Posted on January 22, 2014
When it comes to anything crocheted or knitted, chunky is better. The large loops, interwoven together, create a texture which just has to be touched. Chunky throws are the ideal accompaniment for snuggling on a cold night, preferably with a wood fire!
To fulfil all your chunky throw needs I’ve designed a throw for you to make. The Cold Hands Warm Heart throw is super chunky, making it the perfect winter accessory. Made from merino wool yarn, it feels and looks soft and luscious. It looks that good that it’s hard to resist it when it’s draped over your sofa. The great thing is that you can whip this throw up in a couple of hours – bring on the snuggling.
What you’ll need:
- 3 skeins of Big Loop Merino Yarn (available from Loopy Mango)
- 25mm (size U) crochet hook (available from Loopy Mango)
- Finished size – 1.2m x 1.2m
- Gauge – 3 stitches and 2 rows in a 100mm x 100mm square
How to make it:
This pattern uses UK crochet terminology.
- Foundation Chain – Make a slip stitch and then make 32 chains.
- Row 1 – Work a double crochet into the first chain from the hook, then form a chain (this is the first stitch of the row. Then work a treble into each stitch. At the end of the row you’ll have 32 stitches. Turn.
- Row 2 – Double crochet into each stitch 32 times. Turn.
- Repeat rows 1 and 2 another 12 times so that at the end you have 26 rows.
- Fasten off and weave in the ends. Because this yarn is so big the best way of doing this is with your fingers.
Super dooper, easy peasy! How did you go? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to see a photo of your Cold Hands Warm Heart throw – share a photo on the Homelea Lass facebook page or tag @homelealass on Instagram.
If you like oversized crochet then pop over and check out my extreme crochet board on Pinterest.
You can find this pattern on Ravelry here.
PS – this post is not sponsored.
Posted on July 13, 2014
Creating brings me joy. It feels good to get hit by a flash of inspiration, and I love getting immersed in the design process of sorting out what materials to use and the intricacies of how to make it.
The beginnings of my crocheted Field of Wild Flowers Rug started with a flash of inspiration. I’d been admiring Linda Permann’s Dots and Poppies Baby Blanket pattern for awhile and I had the intention of making it “one day”. I’d bought Heirloom organic cotton yarn to make a different rug but decided the yarn wasn’t suitable for the pattern. Then one day I decided that the yarn and Dots and Poppies pattern should go together – bingo!
It turned out to be a great flash of inspiration. The different coloured motifs has the beauty of a field of wild flowers and the organic cotton yarn feels soft and oh-so lovely. This is the first time I’d made a “join as you go” rug so I improved my crochet skills my mastering a new technique and learnt how time consuming it is to join over 200 motifs!
The finished size of the knee rug is approximately 1.3m by 1m.
Materials and Tools
- 4.0mm crochet hook (I used an Addi swing hook)
- Heirloom Organically Grown Cotton 8ply (50g balls):
- Pink – 2 balls
- Blue – 2 balls
- Yellow – 3 balls
- Purple – 3 balls
- Green – 3 balls
- Brown – 3 balls
- Cream – 5 balls
- Darning needle
I used a smaller yarn and hook than in the pattern so to make a knee rug I repeated the pattern twice along the long side and twice on the short side (i.e. the pattern is repeated 4 times). To avoid confusing myself I photocopied the layout diagram 4 times and cut and pasted it together.
The colours I used for each yarn symbol in the pattern are:
- A: pink and blue
- B: yellow
- C: cream
- D: purple
- E: green
- F: brown
For the border I did 4 rows of single crochet using the cream yarn. The last 3 rows were worked in the front loop only.
I started making circles when I was sewing in the ends to combat being hit by tediousness. It makes the back of the rug look interesting.
I got a bit confused trying to work out what order to join the motifs in. I started on the bottom row and once it was finished I did the row above it. I repeated this until I had finished the last row. For each row I worked from the left to the right.
I learnt to check that the first motif of the row positioned correctly relative to the other motifs. I had to pull out my work a couple of times because the first motif of the row was positioned incorrectly.
Do you love getting flashes of creative inspiration? What flashes of inspiration have you had recently?
P.S. You can find my project on Ravelry here.
Posted on June 28, 2014
I love entering my crochet into country shows and I get a bit excited when I get the competition schedule of my local show. Little did I know when I received this year’s Chinchilla Show schedule that I would end up improving my crochet skills. I’d love to share with you how it happened so you can improve your crochet skills too.
One lazy, Sunday afternoon at Homelea I was perusing the Chinchilla Show schedule with the intent of deciding what to enter. After some serious reading I was hit with a flash of inspiration “I will enter every category of the crochet wool section”. I had every category covered except for a 3 piece baby set. “How hard can it be” I thought, “baby clothes are small, it won’t take long”.
A quick peruse of Ravelry and a consultation with my yarn stash and I chose to make the “Crocheted Sacque, Cap and Bootees Set #-636″ pattern (it’s a vintage pattern) using Knitsch Merino Sock yarn in the Nautilus colourway.
Little did I know what I was in for. It turns out making baby garments is fiddly and time consuming, not at all like making rugs with their big, long rows of the same stitch repeated over and over again. Even though that 3 piece baby set tested my resolve, I pushed to the end and found that the intricacies of baby clothes required me to use different crochet techniques to what I would normally use.
This is what I learnt:
– you can improve your crochet skills by making something completely different to what you would normal make.
– by pushing myself out of my comfort zone I’ve expanded my knowledge and improved my skills.
– the experience of doing something different is one of life’s simple joys.
– it helps to have a deadline and a goal, without them I may have given up before finishing.
– baby clothes are so cute!
When you think about it, this is fantastic advice for life in general.
If you want to improve your crochet skills, why not pick a tricky scarf and make it for Scarf It Forward? You’ll improve your skills and help a struggling parent at the same time.
I now feel the need to learn how to knit socks, this may be a big goal because my knitting skills are very basic!
Have you ever done anything crazy like make something you’ve never made before? Do you have any sock knitting advice for a beginner?
P.S. You can find my project on Ravelry here.
P.S.S. You can still complete the Homelea Lass Reader Survey here.
Posted on June 25, 2014
Would you do me a favour? I’d love for you to fill out the first Homelea Lass Reader Survey. It’s the very first one!
The survey is done via Survey Monkey so your comments are anonymous and you only need to answer the questions you want to answer. It won’t take long, there are only 10 questions over 3 pages.
I will be eternally grateful to you for sharing a little bit about yourself, and it will help me to tailor what kind of content you see in my corner of the interwebs.
Click here to be involved in the very first Homelea Lass reader survey.
Posted on June 21, 2014
Blog awards are a fantastic way to recognise and share great blogs. I must admit when I received my first couple of blog awards I was a bit hesitant – I felt a little bit embarrassed and a tad uncomfortable. I’ve come to realise that blog awards are a great form of feedback. It’s a virtual pat on the back and it’s a great way to give a couple of pats on the back as well.
Two lovely ladies, Kylie from Indigo and Quince and Lisa from Button Brain, have given me Liebster Awards and I feel honoured! The Liebster Award is a great way of recognising bloggers with a growing audience and this is what it requires me to do:
- Link back and recognize the blogger who nominated them
- Answer ten questions given to me by the nominator
- Nominate ten other bloggers for the award
- Create ten questions for nominees to answer
- Notify my nominees
- Get an award button and display it proudly
A little bit more about me
In the interests of briefness I’m going to combine the two lots of questions I need to answer. So here we go!
- Who are the three people you would most like to be stuck in a lift with? If you could spend a day with any person on the planet who would it be with and why? I’d like to spend some time with three lovely ladies I’ve met on the interwebs but never in real life – CJ from 30 Days of Smiles, Kim from Feather and Nest and Kylie from Indigo and Quince.
- What’s the most unusual sandwich you’ve had? Cheese and beetroot. It’s good too!
- If you could learn a new skill tomorrow, what would it be? What is one thing you would love to learn how to do? How to use Photoshop.
- How often do you buy new music? Very infrequently at present, although I do buy new yarn regularly!
- What’s your favourite childhood treat that you’d love to have right now? Strawberry jam and cream sandwiches on fresh white bread. Mmmm yum!
- Christmas pudding – cream, brandy butter, custard, ice cream or YUK, pass the pavlova? I’ll have Christmas pudding with cream and custard, followed by pavlova please. ;)
- What’s a small, seemingly insignificant item that you treasure? My signet ring that was given to me for one of my teen birthdays. I still wear it.
- Shower or bath? Shower please. When we renovate our bathroom there will be a fantastic free standing bath so then I’ll change to bath. I’ve got my fingers crossed we won’t get 10 years of drought after the reno so I can make the most of it.
- What’s the next thing you plan on buying? A fabulously worn timber chair to stack my finished rugs on. Now I just need to find it.
- The best time of the day is… after breakfast in the morning. The day has so many possibilities at that stage.
- Pink Or Red? Generally red, but sometimes I prefer bright pink.
- What is the last thing you do before you go to bed? I’ve recently started meditating before going to sleep. It’s a great way to end the day.
- When do you do your best work? When I’m happy, rested and content.
- What would you ask for as your last meal? Fresh seafood.
- What food do you hate? Liver – yik.
- What was your favourite childhood toy? My cabbage patch doll, she hangs out in my studio these days.
- Your favourite high school memory is… good times spent with good people.
- What superpower do you wish you could have? An endless supply of energy.
- You have to leave your house in five minutes, and never come back. Your kids and pets are safe. What 5 material possessions are you going to grab? My iPad, my crochet hooks, my favourite throw rug, car keys and some yarn.
These are the ten fabulous bloggers I’m nominating for a Liebster Award:
- CJ from 30 Days of Smiles
- Kim from Feather and Nest
- Louise from Click Love Grow
- LucyAnn from LucyAnn and Luna Craft
- Christina from Christina Lowry
- Kiwiyarns Knits
- Mel from The Adventures of Miss Piggy
- Christie from Fig and Cherry
- Kylie from Paravent
- Elle from Seeking More Staying Grateful (and Studio Exsto)
And here are ten questions for these awesome bloggers to answer (if they want to play along):
- What’s your favourite creative activity?
- If you could have anything for your next meal, what would it be?
- What’s your favourite colour?
- What inspires you?
- Do you prefer cold or warm weather?
- What is your ideal birthday gift?
- What’s your favourite season?
- Circles or squares?
- Do you love going to markets?
- How do you like to start your day?
Posted on June 15, 2014
Isn’t it lovely to wrap a warm, soft and snuggly scarf around your neck before you step outside on a cold winter’s morning? Now imagine you’ve just stepped outside but you don’t have that warm scarf around your neck because you’re a mum with a couple of children and times are tough. Every last cent you have has gone into feeding and housing the kids. Keeping yourself warm isn’t important when there are hungry bellies, but life would be a little bit brighter and warmer if you had that scarf.
Helping Hands Outreach Project for Dalby Parents
In Dalby, a regional town in Southern Queensland (that’s not far from Homelea), a group of local mums run Helping Hands Outreach Project to help parents that are struggling within Dalby and nearby smaller towns. They give hope by distributing food, clothing, toys and other items that are donated by the community. If you want to know more about Helping Hands Outreach Project you can find the facebook group here.
what Scarf it Forward is about
Scarf it Forward aims to put a warm scarf around the neck of a parent that is struggling to make ends meet. To do this we will make at least 30 scarfs for Helping Hands Outreach Project. The scarves that are made will go to the parents that Helping Hands are currently assisting and into the emergency food boxes over winter.
Scarf it Forward is about giving some love and joy without getting anything in return, except for knowing that you’ve made someone’s day a little bit brighter.
how you can help
I’d love for you to be involved! I need people to make scarves, materials to make them with and postage to send the scarves to Dalby. The scarves can be made using crochet, knitting, sewing, weaving, felting or any other craft.
You can also help by telling your friends, sharing this blog post on social media (there is sharing button below to make this easy) or even blogging about Helping Hands and Scarf it Forward.
what to do
If you’re keen to be involved with Scarf it Forward then fill out the contact form below and let me know how you’d like to help (making, supplying materials and/or postage).
I’ll then be in contact with how to join the facebook group – this is how we’ll keep in contact while the scarves are being made. If you can partially help with materials/making/posting I’ll match you up with a scarfy helper.
Let’s start making scarves!
Posted on June 11, 2014
While you’re over at Elements at Home you can check out some of the other corners, these awesome glassware stools and why not send Kristie a corner of your home?
Posted on June 7, 2014
I love my local country show. Each year I wait eagerly for the competition schedule to be published so I can plan what crocheted items I’m going to enter. As the entry date gets closer I get a little apprehensive that I’m not going to get it all done, but before long my entries are neatly folded and ready to be unpacked, displayed and judged.
This year I set myself a personal challenge of entering all the classes in the “wool or substitute crochet” section of the Chinchilla show (except for the over 70’s class – I’m a bit too young!). I’m proud to say that I achieved my challenge and I improved my crochet skills by making something I wouldn’t have otherwise made – a baby’s jacket, bonnet and bootees set.
On show day I was amazed to find that I got a first prize in each class, as well as a second, a reserve champion and 3 champion awards! My smile was a mile wide when I discovered this!
Entering crochet items into the show is not all about winning awards. I hope my creations spread some beauty and joy throughout my local community and that I can inspire someone to pick up a crochet hook (or use another craft) to create something beautiful themselves.
Anyhow, here are some happy snaps of the knitting and crochet section of the 2014 Chinchilla Show (if you click on one of the photos a larger gallery will open).
Now that the Chinchilla Show is over for another year I’m looking towards the Brisbane Ekka. My nominations are in and I’ve got a scarf and a throw rug to make before the end of June. Time to get hooking!
What items do you enter into your local show? Do you want to enter but are not sure how to go about it? Feel free to ask any questions you have, I’d love to be able to help.
P.S. You can find my round up of last year’s Chinchilla Show here.
Posted on June 3, 2014
Disclosure: Samara Magazine provided me with a copy of Fashionably Worn to review.
If you’re a vintage enthusiast or just curious about vintage, then Fashionably Worn by Leigh-Ann Pow is the book for you. I reviewed this book for Samara Magazine, and I loved every second of it because it’s an interesting and delightful read.
You can read my review here.
Posted on May 29, 2014
Thank you, thank you, thank you! It’s time for some celebratory crochet because the Homelea Lass blog has made the top 100 Australian blogs in Voices of 2014, and is in the top 40 of the beauty and lifestyle section. Amazing!
The top 100 was announced ages ago and I’ve held off blogging about it because it felt a bit surreal and I needed some thinking time to process it, plus it gave me a little bit of blog-fright (which is similar to stage-fright, but without the stage).
I started blogging when I was at the deepest part of my chronic illness. There were so many things I couldn’t do, but I could write words and take photos. In fact, it turns out that I love writing and taking photos! Thank you for reading my blog and being part of the awesome Homelea Lass community.
Anyhow, I’ve got some great company in the top 100 of Voices of 2014 – why don’t you pop over and see if you can find some new favourite blogs to follow? I’ve enjoyed going through them all and I’m looking forward to reading more by these bloggers (my blog reader is overflowing at present!):
- Amanda from Cooker and a Looker
- Bianca from Whole Food Simply
- Lizzie from Strayed from the Table
- Gillian from My Square Frying Pan
- Sara from Belly Rumbles
- Cate from Go Make Me
- Christina Lowry
- Marianne from Esme and the Laneway
- Rebecca from Bloggers Bazaar
- Cheri from Ms Critique
- Alicia from A Typical Type A
- Lisa from Puppy Tales
- Wita from Design is Yay
Happy blog browsing! I’d love to know what new blogs you’ve discovered and loved from the top 100 – share them in the comments below. :)
Posted on May 3, 2014
This week I finished crocheting Pierrot’s Outing Shawl pattern and I had to share it with you because it’s turned out beautifully!
I came across this pattern because I had two skeins of Knitsch 4ply sock yarn in a gorgeous teal colourway called Sinatra that was too amazing to sit in my yarn cupboard. Sinatra’s not just a flat teal colour, it has different depths of tealness that looks amazing. Anyhow, I went searching on Ravelry for a suitable pattern and came across the Outing Shawl. It turns out that this was a yarn-pattern combo that was made in heaven because I only had a little bit of yarn left over and the finished product looks and feels beautiful. I must say that although it’s called a shawl it’s size is more of a scarf in my opinion.
perfectly suited for . . .
This scarf is perfectly suited for wrapping around your neck when the weather is not warm but it’s not cold either – like when the air conditoning in the office is a tad cool or to combat the evening chill when you’re out enjoying the end of the day. Even though the Outing Scarf is light, delicate and lacy I was surprised by how warm it feels around my neck.
why you should make this . . .
- The edging is cute!
- It’s a free pattern.
- The pattern chart is easy to follow.
- It’s a great “stash buster” because you only need 100g or 334m of 4ply yarn.
- It’s size and weight makes it the perfect for working on when you’re out and about.
- This scarf is (relatively) quick to make, it took me about 10 hours to crochet the body.
- You’ve mastered the basic crochet stitches and want to make an awesome scarf!
top tips . . .
Here are my top tips for making the Outing Scarf:
- Work the dc’s into the chain space, not into an individual chain to form the scallops.
- Finish the body on a row 6.
- When doing the edging work the slip stitches of the 3 petals into the first chain after the 3trtog.
- Check that the first row of the edging is worked with the same side of the scarf body facing forward.
- I seriously recommend blocking your finished scarf, it opens out the pattern and makes the scarf drape beautifully. This is what the finished scarf looks like before blocking:
Blocking does amazing things doesn’t it!
You can find my finished scarf on Ravelry here.