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My Make Nine 2018

Hello! I hope you are all having a lovely day. Today I’m going to share with you my #makenine2018 crochet projects. I wasn’t going to get involved with this phenomenon that has swept through the craft community on Instagram, mostly because it felt like a lot of pressure to actually complete 9 specific projects. I’ve never really been one to plan out my makes, I just tend to make what I feel like making. Mind you, that didn’t really happen last year as most of the things I was making were to sell at markets, and that is definitely something that won’t be happening this year, at least not initially.

So I thought to myself this year I would really like to get back in to making things for the pure enjoyment of it. Last year making became a bit more of a chore & I lost my passion for some of the things I was doing (most notably the crochet amigurumi toys). Also I have never actually crocheted anything for myself, at least nothing that is wearable. And so I decided that a little focus would be good & I hit my Pinterest boards to find items to make, & boy was that a task & a half! Do you ever feel overwhelmed looking on Pinterest? I sure do! The moment I start looking through my boards a feeling of sheer in-decision sweeps over me & my mind boggles at all the potential things I could make. It took me Tilly’s entire nap time, around 2 hours to decide what I wanted to make!

So without further ado, in no particular ‘making’ order, here is my Crochet Make Nine 2018 for ME!

 

Chunky Criss Cross Headband by Hopeful Honey

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I really like the look of this as the stitch used looks quite interesting. I have some bulky soft Aqua yarn in my stash destined for this.

The Every Girl Slouch Hat by Croyden Crochet

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I have long wanted to make myself a hat & this one doesn’t look overly difficult. I have a potential bulky weight yarn for this in variegated tones of peachy pinks, however I do just like the use of ivory as it can then go with just about anything.

Just Peachy Cowl by Hooked on Handmade

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This was the easiest thing to decide on & the first item I picked to be in my make nine. I love the colour combination & plan to un-ashamedly copy it!

Manhattan Crochet Tote – Mama in a Stitch

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I knew I wanted to include a bag in my make nine & choosing which bag was super hard. There are so many great bag patterns but in the end I settled on this & can’t wait to get started on it.

Shin-Yu Infinity Scarf by Chichi Allen

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So I wanted to include a scarf pattern in my make 9 as well as a cowl & shawl. I’m aware that this doesn’t look overly scarf like & more like a shawl cowl combination, but I was really drawn to it, probably mostly by the colours which I love, but also the lacy pattern. Shin-Yu means True Friends in Japanese.

Ski Sunday Sweater by Fran Morgan

Crochet story shoot on location with model Sara

I spied this in issue 66 of Simply Crochet Magazine & fell in love with it. I love the colour work which is something I haven’t done before so I’m looking forward to learning a new skill with this one.

Soul Soothing Mitts – Sandra Paul, Cherry Heart

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It was hard to pick a wrist warmer pattern. I wasn’t being drawn to any of the ones I had pinned, then I remembered that Sandra had recently podcasted about a pair she had designed with a rather interesting stitch pattern. So here they are on my list!

Spring Rainbow Shawl by Katia Yarns

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Last year mum & I both bought a cake of Katia Spring Rainbow yarn (I got colour 54) which came with this free pattern. Mum has already made hers, but as I can’t yet read graph patterns, I’m waiting on mum to write it out for me so I can start!

Winter Wonder Socks by Vicki Brown

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Whilst my goal this year is to learn how to knit socks, I thought I would also try to crochet a pair. I chose this pattern as it looks fairly simple but has a touch of interest to the design at the cuff.

So there they are, my crochet goals. Of course I also have my sock knitting goal, as well as items I’d like to crochet & sew for the home. Plus there are all of my un-finished mini quilts, & of course new ideas for Mini EPP patchwork. Oh & today I finished making a Crochet Make Nine for Matilda (I’ll do a separate post for that)

I am going to be super busy this year!

Love,

Miss Leela x

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Show Notes – Miss Leela Podcast Episode 4

Hello! Hope you are having a lovely day. Please find below show notes to my latest Podcast which you can find Here! 

Magic Knot Bag

You can find the tutorial I used for the magic knot Here.

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Scallops of the Sea Mandal Cushion – Crochet

Book: Mandala’s to Crochet by Haafner Linssen.

Wool: Moda Vera Pure Wool 8 Ply, Colours 13 (Yellow), 08 (Ivory), 59 ( Pink)

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Geometric Quilt

Inspired by Triangle Jitters Quilt Pattern by Suzy Quilts. Pattern can be purchased Here.

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Wool Dying Experiments

I purchased the Ashford Niddy Noddy in the Standard & Sampler sizes from Aunty Jenny.

I bought the Synthrapol Wool wash from Silksational

I bought the Eucalan Wool Wash in Grapefruit from The Yarn Bar.

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New Yarn Acquisitions

Jazzy Makes : 100% NZ Polworth Superwash, 4 Ply Fingering in colour Berry Sorbet

The House of Wool: 75% BFL/25% Nylon Sock Yarn in colour Primula/Rye/Tasman/Ivy

Christmas Present Goodies!

Project bag from Seaworthy Knots

Enamel pins from Ric Rac Sews

Books

On the Loom, A Modern Weaver’s Guide by Maryanne Moodie

Beetles, Bugs & Butterflies by Laly Lala

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What I’m Reading

Mindful Living Magazines

Project Calm & In the Moment

Breath

Whilst looking on the website I found the Breathe List Journal & ordered one for myself!

Book: The Aloha Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini

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Podcasts & Vlogmas:

Brooklyn Knit Folk   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCl_o_ptXlmrnhUR4J0f2aWQ

Loop & Bar   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiEGPxfbefEo6RE030Ed_Bg

Skein Studio   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCO2D42KTJejmRVck4L80wQw

By the Lakeside  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCf02Pxr-ClYXI9xQwV4nNzw

A Homespun House   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKBneIa3Vm16E-g2_y5m1NQ

Makers Haven   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpWO7eO452rBo2T3Qo2gqKA

Sew Sweet Violet   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVJbayjIJpMKK7vvMZ9JYhA

Little Tailoress   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCU-ncF_kQ52d9JBGBLky0Bg

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Thanks for watching & reading, until next time Happy Making!

Miss Leela xo

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An Introduction

 

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Hello, welcome to my blog, a place where I plan to document & share with you my creative life. Thank you for finding your way to my little corner of the inter-world. I will be sharing with you my making, gardening, styling, adventures & explorations, as well as snippets of family life. So settle in with a nice cup of something & take a peek in to my creative world…

I thought I would start this blog with a bit of a ‘get to me’ post. I tried to cheat & did a google search on creative person questionnaires, but I couldn’t really find anything that wasn’t written in a deep psychological manner, so I guess I’ll make the questions up as I go!

Where do you call home?

I live in the beautiful Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, Australia. I love living in the mountains & being close to the bush. We have such a stunning landscape up here. Even though I’ve lived here my whole life (30 something years), there is still so much of the Mountains that I’m yet to explore.

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Who do you share you Creative Life with?

I share my life with my Husband Tim, our daughter Matilda (Tilly, 19months old) & our Fur Children, a cat called Tink & a miniature dachshund called Indie. We are really fortunate to have a lot of our family living close by, including both our parents who live just in the next town over (perfectly convenient for babysitting!).

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What creative crafts do you pursue?

My main craft is patchwork & I particular enjoy English Paper Piecing. I enjoy doing a lot of miniature patchwork using this method. I also enjoy crochet. I have mostly been making amigurumi toys, with a few blanket projects here & there.

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Of the crafts you do what is your favourite & why?

English Paper Piecing is defiantly my favourite. I have been sewing using this historic method since my early twenties. Once I started using ¼” hexagons my passion for creating miniature quilts was ignited! I love the slow, steady nature of hand sewing that EPP (English Paper Piecing) provides. I find it incredibly therapeutic, & I find I want to do nothing more than pick up my needle & thread at the end of a day’s work. I get major withdrawals if I go more than two days without hand sewing! I also love how portable EPP is, especially my miniature projects. They don’t take up much room & can easily be packed up & taken away on holidays, or just as easily be worked on sitting on the lounge watching TV.

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What other crafts would you like to try?

I would really like to learn how to knit. My mum taught me ages ago & I made a very simple scarf, but I would love to knit myself some socks! I have been watching so many wonderful Knitting podcasts & seeing all the beautiful projects being made that I’m now desperate to join the Knitting Revolution!

There are more things I’d like to learn with Crochet, in particular I’d like to try Tunisian Crochet, & also garment making with Crochet. I’d also like to try weaving & I have started Yarn Dying & have plans to dye & print fabric also.

What other crafts have you tried, what was the first?

I think the first thing I ever learnt was how to Cross Stitch when I was in primary school. I also tried my hand at long-stitch, latch-hooking & Quilling as a young child. In my teen years I was mostly in to sketching & drawing & enjoyed working with chalk pastels. Aside from that I’ve dabbled in a bit of scrap booking but never really got in to, I prefer a more digital way to record photos & memories.

Who taught you your craft?

I learnt everything from my wonderfully talented & crafty mother. And I mean everything. She taught me how to cross stitch, use a sewing machine, everything she knows about patchwork I know about patchwork. She taught me how to crochet & has taught me once before how to knit, but I need some new lessons! When she isn’t around or available to answer my crafty questions, I turn to Google or YouTube tutorials to find the answers to my questions

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Who are your Crafty Role Models?

Definitely my Mum! Not only has she taught me so much, but we love sharing our crafty endeavours with each other. We enjoy spending time making together, as well as going on crafty expeditions to quilt shows, patchwork & wool shops. My Dad is also creative in the field of photography & so I call on him for opinions on that & other things. You are always guarded to get an honest opinion from him, whether you agree with it or not!

Aside from my parents there are many women in the making world I look to as Role Models. Amy Butler is a big one & I have admired her work since I first discovered her when I was getting in to patchwork quilting. Recently I have found new Crafty Role Models in the likes of Jooles from Sew Sweet Violet, Sandra form Cherry Heart, Melody from B Mandarines, Danni from Little Bobbin Knits & Molly from Homespun House. And really I could go on naming so many more!

Where do you get inspiration from?

I find inspiration from so many places. Of course there is the obvious Instagram, Pinterest & Podcasts, as well as books & magazines. But I also get a lot of inspiration from my surroundings & travels. Be it from my local bush surrounds, a trip to the coast or a trip out in the country. Being in these places not only inspires me but rejuvenates me. I also find inspiration from simple things such as flowers, going in to a craft or homewares shop, & also from fabrics & yarn.

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Tell us about your Crafty Business.

My business Miss Leela Handmade took many years to get off the ground. I held myself back from launching it for so long from a lack of confidence & feeling like I wasn’t ready. I also wanted everything to be perfect from the get go, my branding, my products etc. Finally I got the courage up & decided I was ready. I opened my Etsy shop on the night of my First Wedding Anniversary, October 13, 2013, so now I get to celebrate two awesome things on that date!

In my shop I sell my miniature patchwork wall hangings, as well as patchwork quilts, crochet amigurumi & décor items. I also in recent years developed my own range of cut paper pieces for miniature patchwork & I sell packets of these in my shop.

In 2016 I took Miss Leela Handmade out of the studio & did my first ever market, the Etsy Made Local Blue Mountains Artisan Market. I thoroughly enjoyed this experience which I shared with my Best Friend Rachael who kindly helped me out on the day. I also took part in last year’s Etsy Made Local event, both as a stallholder & organiser. I did a few other markets last year, & whilst it’s lovely to meet people out at markets, it’s bloody hard work! This year I’m not planning on doing too many markets & instead will be focussing more on my online Etsy shop.

What are you Making/Creative Dreams?

My big number one creative dream is to move to the countryside on a big rural property, with a lovely Australian country house & enough space to build a large studio & run a Making Retreat, where guest can partake in all manner of different creative crafts & stay in glamped up Yurts.

Other making dreams include writing my own patterns for EPP, writing a book, & to develop my own range of fabrics & yarns.

Aside from craft, what other creative pursuits do you have?

I have worked as an interior designer for the past 12 years. This has led me in to pursuing styling & photography. In particular I love styling crafty bits & bobs, & handmade items. I do also enjoy a bit of home interior styling. Last year I tentatively launched my own Styling Business, Miss Leela Styling. I am currently building up my portfolio & nutting out what my particular styling/photography ‘style & technique” is.

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When you’re not making, what else do you enjoy doing?

Reading, colouring in, working in the garden & watching a good movie or TV series. I enjoy spending time with Tim & Tilly, as well as catching up with Family & Friends. Going out & exploring new places is also something I like to do.

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What are some of your favourite things?

Tea! I love tea, pretty much any flavour tea except for anything liquorice flavoured, chai or green tea. One of my most favourite simple pleasures is making myself a pot of tea in one of my china cups. Also chocolate! Basically I need this to survive. Rarely is there a day that goes by when I don’t eat chocolate!

I love homewares & soft furnishings. I also like to collect things. So far my collections extend to cut glass vases, china tea cups & saucers, owl figurines, fabric & yarn (of course!), vintage sewing baskets, & vases of all different shapes & makes.

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Well I hope you enjoyed reading a little bit about me. I would love to connect with you so please don’t be shy in leaving me a comment below, or connecting with me on Instagram or Facebook.

I hope to be back really soon with more from my Creative Making Life.

Miss Leela xo