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Postcards from Dorset

Our holiday home for the week in the little village of Loders in West Dorset:

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Gorgeous hydrangeas in the village – I couldn’t resist taking some photos of these!:

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Relaxing morning walks with our dogs along the nearby disused railway track:

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Dorset Sheep:

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Wildflowers:

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Making crocheted pebble cosies (see some tips and a link to a great tutorial at the end of this post):

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The perfect beach day at Burton Bradstock (my fave beach and home of the wonderful Hive Beach Café):

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Beach crochet in Rowan’s handknit cotton’s best seaside colours (a square from the Made with Loops Homely Blanket Quest):

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Paddling and having fun in the waves:

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Beach windmills at the Hive Beach Ice Cream Parlour:

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An awesome evening trip to Eggardon Hill Iron Age Hill Fort:

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Amazing 360 degree view of the county:

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Gorgeous views of the countryside in the evening light:

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Walking back along the footpath from Eggardon Hill:

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Finishing my crocheted scarf made using Rowan Kidsilk Haze Glamour and a pattern from Churchmouse Yarns (more about this in another post):

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Driving though the village of Wool (great name for a yarn addict!) on the way to Lulworth Cove:

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Purbeck Ice creams at beautiful Lulworth Cove:

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Looking down at the famous Durdle Door from the cliff tops:

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Admiring the jaunty boats at West Bay:

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Super scrummy wood-fired pizza at the amazing Watch House Café:

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A spot of evening mackerel fishing:

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Beautiful evening light down at West Bay:

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Dorset Cream Tea at Mangerton Water Mill:

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Sweet little ducklings discovered by the lake at the water mill:

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And free range hens:

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A trip to West Dorset wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the wonderful Bridport Yarn, where some small purchases were made (more about this in a later post)!

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A little bit of knitting with a morning coffee in the garden:

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Something sweet for the journey home!

Emily's Seaside Sweets

Goodbye Dorset, we’ll visit you again soon!

If you’re interested in making your own pebble cosies, there is a great tutorial here.  Alternatively you can just crochet your own motif, measure it against the pebble to ensure that it is roughly the same size using increases to adjust the fit, place the pebble inside, then decrease in, gathering the cosy around your pebble.

Happy Holidays! x

pebble cosies

Pebbles

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Granny Bunting Fun and Crochet for Children

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If you’ve been following the wonderful Attic24 blog, you’ll have heard all about the Yarndale Festival, a festival of creativity and craft, being organised in Skipton, Yorkshire this September. Inspired by Lucy of Attic24’s request for granny bunting for the event, and looking for something fun to do during school half term, we dived into our basket of Stylecraft DK stash to crochet some granny bunting triangles – how could we not oblige!?

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My 10 year old daughter who is quite a crochet whizz these days (I had better watch out!) quickly whipped up a triangle or two whilst I was searching for Lucy’s bunting pattern on her blog. Proud mummy moment:

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Making the granny bunting is really quite addictive and we’ll be sending some off for Yarndale (the deadline for sending in bunting is the end of July if you would like to make some too) and also using the pattern to make some granny bunting for our camper van and maybe the chicken house – my girls think it might brighten up their day! (watch this space…)  Thank you Lucy for a super pattern and tutorial!

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Here’s a snap of some of my granny bunting using my little stash of Rowan Handknit Cotton:

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It’s great to have a child who shares my passion for yarny things. We taught ourselves to crochet using You Tube and books like Nicki Trench’s Cute and Easy Crochet.  A great little book for teaching children to crochet is ‘Kids Learn to Crochet’ by Lucinda Guy.   It features simple language and sweet animal illustrated characters with step-by-step instructions to help children to master crocheting chains and basic crochet stitches with projects such as a striped toy cat, a small bear, a sweet bag and some flowers.

In the early days, we went along to and were very inspired by a Scumbled Crochet workshop run by the talented Tamsyn G where my daughter made this gorgeous freeform crochet heart with ribbon and beads which we have in a little wooden frame:

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If you haven’t tried scumbled crochet yet, do check it out, its really fun and the results are quite beautiful.  You can see some of Tamsyn’s projects in the gallery on her blog here.

Here’s a snap of my daughter’s latest scumbled crochet project.  Its fun, portable and you can add to it whenever you fancy a spot of crochet:

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Another great crochet book for kids that I’ve discovered is ‘Crochet for Children’ by Claire Montgomerie:

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It contains lots of delightful projects (adults might be tempted here too!):

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There are sections on techniques, including tools, how to hold the hook and the yarn, and instructions on basic stitches. The projects are set out in themes that include ‘warm and cosy’, accessories, bedroom essentials, playtime and amigurimi toys.

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The author has also written a knitting version ‘Knitting for Children’ which is equally gorgeous and contains ’35 simple knits that kids will love to make’. We have a copy of this too!

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Of course, the younger members of the family shouldn’t miss out – I bought this second hand book recently for my three year old:

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I love the start of the book:

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The illustrations are so lovely, don’t you think?

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The littlest member of our family likes to call our crocheted Granny Squares ‘Grandma’ and ‘Grandpa’ Squares: so cute!

P.S: I haven’t been asked by the authors to review these books – I just happen to like them 🙂

Claire x

Rowan Beach Shoot and a Giveaway!

Hello, I’m going to be spreading a little bit of Rowan Love from the beach today….

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We popped to our favourite beach on wednesday.  Ok, so I know its super chilly here in the UK at the moment, but I can’t resist a trip to the seaside whatever the weather and we were very fortunate in that the sun shone, the sky was blue, and it was actually quite warm down on the beach itself (as long as you were wrapped up well against the elements).  I even managed to get a little windburnt suntanned!

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I wanted to share with you some of the lovely goodies that I received from Rowan recently and I thought that perhaps if I couldn’t transport myself to the beautiful island of Santorini where the story ‘Glorious’ in Rowan Magazine 53 was shot, the Jurassic coastline in Dorset would do!

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So come and join me at the beach for some summer inspiration….

Rowan Magazine 53 features three design stories: Glorious: a beautiful feminine collection of floral patterns and lace stitches; Ikon: a fun, bold and graphic collection for women and men inspired by the Modernist movement of the 1920’s and 1930’s; and Essentials: a collection of key shapes and textures on trend, designed into simple, easy to wear styles that compliment this seasons essential looks.  Here are some photos from the Glorious section:

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I’ve been knitting (rather slowly since its the School holidays) a Symi Wrap designed by Vibe Ulrik and featured in the magazine, using a combination of Kidsilk Haze (in the colourway Trance) and Fine Lace (in Aged) :

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It’s a lovely lace pattern to try and the Kidsilk Haze is so deliciously light and airy to work with.  Definitely worth checking out if you fancy giving lace a go.  I’ve fallen in love with Vibe’s designs before and written about it here.  You can find a fascinating interview with Rowan’s newest designer in the Rowan 53 magazine.

I also have the All Seasons Chunky brochure to show you some snippets from: a collection of 12 super designs for women by Marie Wallin:

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I’m looking forward to trying out this new yarn which is a combination of cotton and acrylic microfibre.  I can see it being useful for both knitting and crochet, with its great stitch definition.

Or maybe you might fancy the Summer Textures collection : a texture and colour driven collection by Lisa Richardson and Sarah Hatton, which looks to handicraft and artisan tribal weave textures for inspiration?

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Crochet and textured stitches are key looks as well as mesh, basket weave and openwork knit stitches.  The collection has been designed using the Savannah, Summer Tweed and All Seasons Cotton yarns.  I’m hoping to make this crochet top ‘Cabazon’ using All Seasons Cotton:

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Isn’t this gorgeous Softknit Cotton tempting?  The colours available in this new yarn are simply stunning.

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I have some real favourites in the Softknit Cotton collection:

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These designs by Martin Storey provide a fabulous trans-seasonal collection for men and women, with the softknit cotton being interchangeable with Rowan Handknit Cotton.

And last but not least, spot the Kidsilk Haze Glamour (in the Smoke colourway, with sequins!):

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Kidsilk Haze Glamour is a fine yarn made from a blend of super kid mohair and silk with a thread of sequins.  It’s ideal for lace stitch accessories, being lightweight and glamourous, and suitable for evening wear or just that little bit of added sparkle!  I’m going to try crocheting with it as a comparison to knitting (my Symi Wrap).

I’ve also got some plans for some Rowan’s Baby Merino Silk DK and the new Studio 30 collection which contains Folk influenced designs by Sarah Hatton.  Rowan Studio 30 provides a capsule wardrobe of knits for boys and girls from 0-3 months up until 5 years.  Isn’t this pretty Louisa Cape sweet?  I love the yellow in the brochure but I’m afraid my little girl has of course requested it in pink!! (official colour ‘rose’!)  I bought this yarn on my little trip to Liberty when I visited the Wool House exhibition last month.

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I’ve also spotted a gorgeous little girl’s Tutu design by Kat Goldin in the latest edition of Inside Crochet Magazine, with the suggestion that Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK could be used for an extra-luxurious skirt variation!  You can also check out some of my other Rowan favourites in my Rowan Favourite’s Pinterest Board.

SO, SMALL DRUM ROLL PLEASE…

I just wanted to let you know that I really appreciate all of you lovely people stopping by to read and comment on my blog and my Knitandpurlgarden Facebook page, and as I have a spare brand new copy of the new Rowan Magazine 53 looking for a new home (I’ve already got my subscriber copy, which you can find more out about here) I’ve decided to do a Rowan giveaway!!

All you need to do is ‘Like’ my Knitandpurlgarden Facebook page, share the Rowan image you’ll find there in your Facebook feed and leave me a comment to let me know.  Alternatively you could also follow my blog and leave a comment here too.  If you do both, you will get two chances to win!

I will be announcing the winner next Friday.  The lucky winner will receive a brand new copy of Rowan’s Magazine 53 featuring the latest Spring & Summer Collection 2013.

If you are interested in winning a copy, please follow my blog and leave a comment below or like and share the Rowan give-away image on my Facebook page.

Yay!! Good luck!

Claire x

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Easter Preparations…

This weekend I have been eating mini-eggs preparing for Easter….

I’ve been working on a little crochet basket/bowl inspired by designs in this lovely book, using some pretty Rowan pink handknit cotton from my yarn stash.  The pattern starts off with a few rounds of simple trebles (UK) to form the base of the basket, followed by some rounds of bobble or popcorn stitch to form the sides and double crochet (UK) to finish off.

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Today I made a floral lining out of a scrap of Liberty Tana Lawn “Betsy” that I purchased from EBay.

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To be filled with eggs from our chooks:

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Thank you ladies:

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Or Easter delights:

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I think after Easter, my little crochet bowl might find a nice home in the bathroom or bedroom as a tidy for bits and bobs:

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This weekend, we’ve also been enjoying the pre-school puppet show and getting Easter tattoos:

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And I’ve been trying on my new sandals:

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With fingers crossed for some sunshine instead of the wintery showers and hail that the UK has been experiencing this afternoon!

Have you got any Easter projects on the go at the mo?

I’m possibly off to knit some bunnies from Made by Ewe here and Rowan’s Easter Collection here &/or these cute little chickens ‘Esther, Ernie & Enid’ from Rowan (pattern here).

And knit some more of my big project

Happy Easter crafting!

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