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The last two weeks have been a blur of yarn and colour.  When the newsletters slow down to once a fortnight, you know that I am busy with yarny goodness behind the scenes.

Before I tell you about the last two weeks (and lose my nerve), I am going to just blurt it out:  I have been interviewed by Marie Segares from Creative Yarn Entrepreneur and you can find out more about the podcast HERE.  In the interview, I talk about juggling work, family, and designing, and the iimportance of saying No!

I went to Yarndale two weekends ago and it was wonderful!  I spent the entire weekend immersed in colour and yarn.  The trip to Skipton was...eventful.  I am not going to go into details, but there was a dodgy tummy, a flat tyre, and a bad cold (much like the one I had when I was doing the workshops in South Africa).  I will tell you all about it (the nice bits, not the dodgy bits) next week.  For now, I will leave you with this photo of me and a person dressed as a sheepdog...why not?

On the way back from Yarndale, my friend and I went to Betty's Tea Room in Harrogate, and that was one of the highlights of the trip for me.  Mostly because I love 'high tea', but also because my boss LOVES the Fat Rascal cakes they sell, and I am now well and truly ahead of my colleagues when it comes to brownie points.  Coming home driving 50 miles per hour on the motorway for a million hours...well, that's just another thing that will make the weekend stick in my mind forever.  I always think you remember things much better when they go pear-shaped.  I am SO glad that I was not driving!

Last weekend, I had another retreat with Daisy from Devon Sun Yarns.  Just like the previous two, it was a wonderful weekend with lots of new friends made.  I found another enamel pot/dish/thingy when we went fossil hunting on the Sunday, and I was also more confident with the yarn dyeing this time around.  I'm actually really pleased with how my yarn turned out.  It was a proper 'Look At What I Made' moment.  I'll tell you more about that next week as well.  In the meantime, there are still 2 spaces available for our December Retreat

My friend Alison Livesey has published the pattern for her 'Little Froggy Helper'.  I have had my Little Froggy Helper (a gift from Alison) for almost a year now, and you will have seen him crop up in photos, holding my hook and my needles for me.  If you want to make your own Little Froggy Helper, or you just want to read more about it, you can find the details HERE.

I have been using the Banskia Border on all sorts of projects over the last few months and I have finally gotten around to publishing the pattern for it on my blog.  It forms part of the Friends Around the World CAL hosted by the CAL - Crochet A Long group on Facebook.  You can find the pattern for the border HERE.

And now I am off to take some photos for tomorrow's post.  Jenny has been super busy the last few months, making a very special blanket that I think you will love!  We will show you some sneak peeks over the next 4 weeks, with the pattern being made available (for free) on the 28th of October.

Happy Hooking!


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Sunshine Owl CAL

Hooked on Sunshine is hosting this cheerful free CAL on Facebook.  It was inspired by the Zooty Owl Trivet and is already on Week 6 of 9. Using a 4 mm hook and double knit yarn (light worsted weight), the finished blanket will be 1.2 m x 1.2 m.

Please note that the pattern is only available through the Facebook group at the moment, but it will be available on Ravelry once the CAL has finished.  In the meantime, you can save it to your Ravelry Queue HERE.

Over the Bay Shawl

This Over the Bay shawl by Daisy Forster is one of my new favourites.  I had the privilege of seeing it this weekend at the Devon Sun Yarns retreat and it is even prettier in real life.  You can buy the pattern HERE on Ravelry.

Stripey Pouf

This Stripey Pouf from It's All in a Nutshell is the perfect stash-busting project.  We have 2 crochet poufs and the boys LOVE them and use them all the time.  They also brighten up our living room.  If you are unsure of what to do with your scraps, I can highly recommend making a pouf with them.  You won't be sorry!

You can find the pattern for the Stripey Pouf HERE (free).





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