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Good evening!

We are celebrating on all fronts today. I'll share the celebrations first, and then I will catch you up and everything I've been up to since my last Newsletter.  How does that sound?

Three Reasons to Celebrate

Reason 1:  It was my birthday on Saturday!
Reason 2:  This is my 100th Newsletter.  Can you believe it?
Reason 3: Sophie's Universe is five years old!  Can you believe it x 2?

To celebrate my birthday and the 100th Newsletter, I've created a coupon code for Ravelry that will give you 50% off all of my paid pattern PDFs from today until Friday 26/6/2020.  

The code is:  202020joy

To celebrate Sophie's fifth birthday, Scheepjes and I are hosting a month-long make-along on Facebook, starting on the 1st of July.  We announced it on Friday and the response has been overwhelming! It's going to be such a feel-good party!  I hope you will join us.

You can read all about the MAL HERE.  


Two Shawl Patterns

I have released two new shawl patterns.  Both of them have beads incorporated into the edging and both edgings are crocheted as you go.

The first one is the Hide and Seek in the Hydrangeas Shawl that I designed for Inside Crochet *mumble* years ago.  I made this one in the Look At What I Made colourway of Our Tribe and is VERY warm and snuggly.  

The second one is the Life in Colour Shawl I designed for Unravel in February.  I used Wanderlust, which has a medium colour-change, and it turned out so bright and happy!


One New Rug

I LOVE my Camping in Cornwall Rug.  It is rich and squishy and nostalgic.  Christiaan and I chose the colours to reflect our love of Cornwall (after binge-watching way too much Poldark and feeling very sorry for ourselves that we won't be going camping this year).

Using two strands of Chunky Monkey yarn held together, it works up to 95cm/37.5" in diameter.


The pattern also makes for beautiful mandalas if you use a thinner yarn.  I used Catona for the photo tutorial (36cm/14″ in diameter). 

You can follow the journey HERE:
  • Camping in Cornwall Rug Yarn (loads of inspirational photos)
  • Camping in Cornwall Rug WIP
  • Camping in Cornwall Rug Reveal
  • Camping in Cornwall Rug Pattern

Updated Patterns and Tutorials

I have been busy updating some of my older posts with new photos and improved instructions.

My Railway Mandala is a very easy little mandala pattern that works up quickly.  It looks great mounted in an embroidery hoop.  

I also updated two of my (very) oldy-but-goody tutorials.

The first one is How to Crochet in the Round:  Spiral vs Joining.  It looks at three different ways to work in the round and contains MANY photos!

The second one is How to Crochet:  Round Rag Rug.  It contains 'recipes' for making a round rag rug using sc, hdc, and dc stitches (US Terminology).  These rag rugs are a brilliant way to use scrap yarn or orphaned balls/skeins.  The rug below is one of my oldest ones, and it now lives in New Zealand.

On Wednesday I will be sharing some exciting new totes and a Sophie-related competition, so please pop over to my blog then and have a look.

I hope you have a wonderful week!  

Charlotte's Sunshine Baby
Maricopa Sun
Sophie's Winter Dream





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