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Unravel and start again


I spent the whole weekend, knitting myself blissfully a cardigan. I saw an Instagram feed, assured myself that homemade chunky knits were the new black. I stalked Pinterest for a pattern. I spent more money at spotlight than our budget really allows. 

I am normally a renegade pattern user. I start to get the gist and I go off on my own tangent. However this time round, I haven’t knitted for a while so I thought I would go pure pattern mojo. I read it to the letter, I stopped and undid rows that were a little wonky. I gave it my best.

Last night I tried on my pattern perfect cardigan and in my husbands words ‘You could fit two of yourself in that thing.’

It was a Pinterest fail to the extreme. It was so large that my family could have camped under it’s canopy.

This morning I chatted away with my husband and he said you just need to unravel it babe and start again.

Start again.


How easy is it to put our failures aside and hope no one notices?

The back of the cupboard. The bottom shelf. Sometimes even the sulo bin out of frustration.

One of the greatest lessons as a creative is somedays our pursuits just don’t work and we need to unravel our work and start again.

From the beginning.

Sometimes we need to do that with our lives.

Sometimes we need to do this with relationships.

Sometimes we need to do this with our major work projects.

As painful as it is to unravel, delete, ask forgiveness, start again.

It can be the best thing for us.

We learn lessons.

We move on.

We are humbled.

We grow.

What project do you need to unravel and start again?

What creative pursuit have you let go of because you failed?

Go on unravel it and start again.


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Crochet bits and bobs for sale


I have been asked to sell some of my crocheted bits and bobs on a great site, featuring my home made creations for the month of July.

You can buy my goods from The Local Creative prices from $12 to $75.

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One of my most popular creations the Shwrap is available to purchase from this site as well. It is made to order though, so you better get your orders in quick, or else the offer may close due to our pending arrival.

More excuse to get my hooks out again this afternoon.

Have a great day.

All my creative love



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Lately I have been playing around with a pattern I made up for little miss v. The pattern below is very loose and can be converted into a shwrap from any rug pattern and any sleeve pattern. It is more about the measurements of the rug, than the individual stitches, if you have made quite a bit in crochet you should understand my musings.

It is a combo of a rug, a cardigan and a baby cocoon wrap. It is perfect for a new little baby in winter and is surprisingly simple.

It is basically any crochet rug pattern, with two slits left to insert sleeves up the top and then finished off as a rug.

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Finished size newborn;

(mint green) 90cm across and 60cm deep.

1) Basically I did a half double crochet (2 chain at the end and turn) the whole blanket for the newborn blanket, until the blanket was 45cm long.

2) At the row that marked 45 cm’s deep, I half double crocheted in 36cm, then I chained two and went back to the start, turning again doing 4 rows like this, until I had a slit big enough for the sleeve.

3) Then I went to the 45 cm mark and started a new row with two chains and made the back between the two sleeves 18cm long, then I chained two and went back to the slit that was now made at the 36cm mark, repeating 4 times to create a back piece in the middle.

4) Then I started at the 54cm start (36cm first slit, plus 18cm second slit) with two chains and repeated the row again, to the end of the blanket, turned two chains and went back to the 54cm split and repeated 4 times.

5) At this point, my blanket now had two slits to insert two sleeves. (depending on the finishing size of your sleeves, you may need to make these slits a little bigger.

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ch 29 Foundation row: 1 hdc in 3rd ch from hook. 1 hdc in each ch across. Ch 2. Turn. ( I added in a ribbed row cuff here: which is fpdc, bpdc repeat around)

next 2 rows: 1 dc in each st to end of row. Ch 2. Turn.

next row: 2 dc in first st. 1 dc in each st to last st. 2 dc in last st. Ch 2. Turn. Keep even till sleeve measures 19 cm’s. On last two rows omit the 2 chain at the end of each row.

6) Stitch the sleeve together under the arm, to the forearm. So it looks like a little tube.

7) Line up with the slit on the blanket and stitch around the shoulder of the sleeve.

8) Finish off the rows for an extra 8cm to finish off. I did a couple of rows of Half double crochet, then I did two ribbing rows; fpdc, bpdc repeat around to make the ribbed cuff. (on the fawn wrap above I did 4 ribbing rows for detail)

9) Then I finished off the whole blanket with a row of half double crochet right around the edge to finish off.

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I hope you love it just as much as I do.

Feel free to share, use, do whatever.

Just make.



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On the weekend my nesting went to a whole new level.

8 Garbage bags later, coupled with 5 bags of baby clothes, my little shack was revolutionised.

My sore back, my exhausted spirit (the nostalgic part of me that believes I can repurpose EVERYTHING), made me feel very satisfied indeed.

I have come into this week feeling so much more inspired than I have for a while.

Weird experiences resolved, new seasons unfolded and projects launched.

It is like my creative-o-meter has kicked into another gear.

And I am so excited about here.

As I was lurking around pinterest I found this tutorial

I have some wool that would work beautifully and I know exactly where it is after the declutter- a- thin.

Are you feeling uninspired?

Chuck away some things, it may kick start a whole new season.

Love always


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less clicking more making

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This little pair of booties took me less than an hour to do.

When I create something, whether it  be a yummy nutritious dinner, crochet, paint, draw…Anything. If I produce something from scratch I feel an immense sense of satisfaction and purpose.

Unfortunately we live in a culture where we live off the success of others and we spend our days comparing and looking online at other people’s creations.

Often I am inspired when I see your bits and bobs on instagram, but if I spend more time clicking, than I spend making, something inside me starts to go a little loopy.

Our creativity becomes watered down by comparison to others inspiration.

It is hard to live a life inspired, when you are constantly comparing yourself to others.

This blog for example, I don’t read many blogs regularly, its not because I think this blog is better than others, far from it, but when I spend heaps of time online on other peoples musings, I find my own thoughts crowding.

A quick surf, a simple delighting in others thoughts is inspiring but too much and your brain starts to crowd and it affects your own output.

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Somedays I just need to pull out a normal book and put my phone and Ipad in a far away cupboard pull out my creative pursuits and get lost there.

Do you need to write?

Do you want to create?

Then take time away from online, make yourself a nice drink and begin again something from scratch. The tension and the fulfilment of its creation is one of the most satisfying things.

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The reason why?

I believe we were all created to produce good things.

Yes you.

Goodness lies dormant inside of you awaiting production.

See ya.


12/365 ( I am drawing every day in my visual diary for 2014, you can follow the journey of mine and others by #inspire14 . It’s all about living inspired this year.)