Sunday, December 25, 2011

I wish all of the visitors to my blog a
Holy and Special Christmas.

On the 17th December, my father passed away suddenly
so I will be taking a break from blogging for a while.

~ Gillian ♥

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Making Progress...

Just thought I'd share a progress photo of my calico crochet floor rug :)
it is coming on really well and very enjoyable to make
with the exception of a bit of a sore thumb from working with such a big and heavy project...
a small price to pay for what I am hoping will be a lovely piece in the end!

PS...the flooring you can see in this photo is our new flooring!  I took this photo on our kitchen floor, we now only have our lounge room to floor to lay and hopefully we will finish it off this weekend.

Have a creative and lovely week
~ Gillian ♥

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Three Granny Stockings..... I have gotten a little sidetracked from making my Calico rug!
But when I saw this gorgeous granny stocking pattern
I just had to make some for my children.
I still need to add some cute little pom poms,
I am waiting for a smaller pom pom maker to arrive - oh I know I can make pom poms the old fashioned way, but I much prefer using pom pom makers!
Michelle sells the pattern on Etsy here
and her Ravelry page for this project can be found here

Pattern is very well written and easy to follow,
it is written in UK/Australian terms with US terms in brackets
Lots of great step-by-step photos, well worth the small purchase price.
I used 8ply Moda Vera Marvel & Panda Magnum Acrylic
with a 4.5mm hook.

a little update on my Calico rug 
thank you all for your interest in it :)
I'm almost finished my second ball of calico!
It now measures approx 90cm in diameter.
So far its turning out great!
Trudi asked me how my arms and wrists were coping with the heavy hooking..
Thanks for asking Trudi, so far ok but my left hand thumb is feeling the pressure from working with such a heavy project so I need to work a row or two, then take a break...
its not as hard to hook as the denim was in my
But I think it will be all worth it in the end ;)

Have a great weekend everyone
~ Gillian ♥

Friday, November 25, 2011

Calico Crochet Rug

 Our little family has been busy since October laying new Bamboo flooring in our home, it is looking so beautiful! We only have the lounge room and staircase to go, we will be working on the staircase this exciting :)   I've made a couple of small rag rugs this year and so decided I'd make a large one for our lounge room to add a touch of softness for the kids to lay on and for exercising etc...
 The previous rag rugs I have made have been out of old sheets I had in my linen press, But I decided I would use calico for the lounge room....It is growing rapidly and is much bigger than shown here in these photos and I'm already onto my second ball each approx 1250gms in weight. 
I'm using a lovely chunky 12mm hook and I have torn the calico approx 4cm in width all worked in dc (sc in US terms) with increases when needed...very simple and enjoyable :)
I've got a few projects on the go at the always ;)
I am almost finished my giant granny square blanket -yay!
I am also hooking another pair of slippers...
But I really want to finish this calico rug before our lounge room floor is finished,
so it is taking priority at the moment.

I hope you are having a delightful day
~ Gillian ♥

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Edna Slippers.....

I made these fun little slippers this week....
The pattern came from Crochet Today Magazine Nov/Dec 2011
The pattern is called 'Edna Slippers'
of course I just love anything that has a granny square in it ;)
I used Moda Vera Cardellino yarn (from Spotlight) & a 6mm hook.
They were quite quick to hook, I did make a few alterations to the pattern so they fitted me a little better.
if you are interested about what changes I made
I have noted them on Ravelry page for these slippers here

Hope you are having a creative weekend,
Gillian ♥

Monday, November 14, 2011

Dodecahedron Thingymabob......

I've been busy crocheting Granny Squares over the past month or so
and decided I needed something a little more dimensional for a change this week.....
and crochet doesn't get much more dimensional than this ;)
The pattern is called Dodecahedron Thingymabob, which makes me smile :)
and anything Mathematical is always going to find a home at our place, its being tossed around our lounge room as I!
Pattern is available on Ravelry
The pattern is Excellent! with lots of photos & well written. 
This was loads of fun to make, quite easy once you have made a couple of points and ss them together.

I decided to put 6mm black safety eyes in the end of each point to add a little something ‘extra’ :)
I also filled the points with plastic pellets (the type used in softies) then toyfil…and added a cat toy to the centre to give it some noise.

The plastic pellets give this a wonderful weight and makes it spin through the air as it is thrown (just make sure that your crochet is tight so the pellets don't come out).

(Hold the Thingymabob cupped in one hand and flick a point with your middle finger as you throw up into the air & it and it spins...very cool!)

It would of course make a lovely baby present for a new baby boy
(they are often hard to make something for)  maybe in sweet greens & blues, I think I will be making more of these in the near future.

Hope you are all having a lovely week!
Gillian  ♥

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

a little spring bunny......

 My niece found this cute bunny pattern online and asked if I could make it for her, isn't it adorable! 
 It took a little longer than I thought it would, mostly because it was a little fiddly using such a small hook.
 But I'm so glad she found the pattern for me, and I'm glad I finally finished it, in time for her birthday...
Happy Birthday MJ x

Pattern can be found on the
I used Panda Cotton Blend 8ply (purchased at Lincraft)
& a 2.5mm hook.

Thank you all for your lovely blog comments, we have been away for a few days and it was so lovely to return and read them all x
Have a lovely week
Gillian  ♥

Sunday, September 25, 2011


Meet Amineko

Such a fun project!  I made this Amineko for Georgia using the book

I purchased the book a while ago but other projects needed to be finished before I could start this little cat.  It didn't stop this from being a much read book in our home in the meantime, The book so adorable as it has so many cute photos of different Aminekos having lots of fun adventures :)

So after reading this book for months
 and wishing and hoping for her very own Amineko,
Georgia finally has one! 
If you are wondering what the name Amineko means it is
'Crochet Cat' in Japanese.

I used Sullivans Coton-a (purchased at Lincraft) & 3.25mm hook the pattern is easy enough to work from if you have made anything in amigurumi before.

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend
we are 1/3 of our way through our Annual leave,
can't believe how quickly the time is flying!
the children started 2 weeks of school holidays on Friday,
so we are looking forward to a few small trips!
~ Gillian

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

little urchin....

I've wanted to make one of these 'little urchin' covered stones for the longest time.... and finally made one last night as I needed a break from my two big projects and as a reward for finishing another smaller project (which I cannot show you just yet).

Pattern was designed by Margaret Oomen and is so easy to follow,

it can be found on

Ravelry and also on the Purl bee blog

I hope you are having a wonderful week,

we are enjoying our annual leave at the moment....

so our days are full and we are making the most of the beautiful spring air!

~ Gillian :)

Friday, August 12, 2011

Lachlan's Blanket....

This week I finished this blanket for Lachlan, It has been a long time coming for him as I started it in January.....along the way I got sidetracked with other projects, so it took a little longer to complete than I originally wanted, but I'm pleased to say I have finally finished it :)

I used some of Lachlan's favourite colours and the block pattern 'Square Target'

comes from Jan Eatons book 200 Crochet Blocks
My aim with this blanket was to use the five chosen colours and not repeat any combinations (each square has its own unique combination) Total squares 48.

The squares were then joined using dc (UK terms) and then a border worked around the outside made up of a single round of tr, then 7 rounds of 2tr granny stitch, 1 round of tr and then 1 round of dc, with 2 chains in each corner.

The total unblocked size is 125cm x 170cm and

I used 3371.3mtrs of 8ply pure new wool with a 4.5mm hook :)

I hope you all have a lovely weekend ~ Gillian :)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

my new bag.....

I am pleased to be able to share with you

my new bag :)

This is the second 'seaside tote' I have made. This one is made using 1 strand of nettle & 2 strands of cotton held together. I was really keen to try using nettle and was pleased with how my bag turned out. I lined the bag with pure linen fabric and added leather handles and a magnetic closing flap. I feel so proud to use it :)

Pattern for Seaside Tote can be found on

Nettle Yarn can be purchased from Spunkyarn on etsy :)

It is the last day of school holidays tomorrow, it's been a fun and very busy time....
and I will miss having the kids around....but I guess I will be happy to get back into the normal weekly routine once more ;)

Have a happy week
~ Gillian :)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Butterfly Baby Jacket & Ripple Baby Hat

I recently made this sweet little

Butterfly Baby Jacket

and Ripple Baby Hat

for the sweetest little baby in our church

Making baby items is such a pleasing thing to do :)
The Butterfly Baby jacket pattern was in Australian Knitting, Summer 2010 Magazine

& the Ripple Baby Hat pattern can be found on Ravelry :)

I actually made these a couple of weeks ago,

I've been a little quiet on the crochet front since then as I have tendonitis in my right arm :(

Its a combination of a few things I do on a daily/weekly basis :( Unfortunately the crochet seems to make it ache even more and nothing but resting my arm seems to fix it! So annoying as I am so close to finishing a couple of projects...Hopefully it will be back to normal very soon!

I hope you are all have a great weekend

~ Gillian ♥

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Seaside Tote.....

this is my version of

designed by Stephanie Gage
It is a brilliant little tote/bag to hook, I made this one for my mother-in-law :)

I held two yarns together to make the fabric - Patons Smoothie DK & Sullivans Crochet & Knitting Cotton and used 5mm hook, which made a great fabric for the bag.

I made a couple of small additions - the flap, I made the handles a little longer, I lined the bag and added a magnetic catch to the flap. Details of these are on my ravelry page :)

You can find the pattern on

Ravelry & on Stephanie's blog

Have a wonderful day!

~ Gillian ♥

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Shawl no.4......

This is another shawl I have just finished for my mum

This was the a lovely shawl to crochet

I love how the pattern changed throughout

the main body of the shawl keeping it interesting and fun.

Yarn used was - 5 x 100gm Lincraft Surprise Yarn in Sunset

Called the Juliette Shawl it was designed by Dora Ohrenstein

the pattern can be found in the book below

I really love that green scarf/stole on the front cover as well...

might have to put it on the 'to-do' list ;)

so it is needless to say not much else has been crocheted, including my block of the week project....which I think I'll need to change the name of soon to block of the month or even bi-monthly block - oh well, I'm having fun with my hook and that's the main thing isn't it ;)


Have a lovely week

~ Gillian ♥

Friday, May 06, 2011

Shawl no.3......

I ♥ Crochet ShawlsI made this sweet one for my little miss 10
Being a shorter shawl it is quite versatile and she loves experimenting with ways to wear it, I must admit I enjoyed doing the same when I was photographing it :)
For the body of the shawl I used a pattern I found on Ravelry by Sharon Maher

The shawl is called 'It's just a triangle' and is a fantastic shawl for a beginner.

You can find the pattern on

Sharon has provided an Excellent tutorial :)

For the edging I wanted something very feminine and pretty

and I was recently given some of

my Nannas & Andrew's Grandmas crochet books - what a joy!

Most of them are lovely old Australian and English patterns.

I found the pattern for the edging in a very old Myart book

Crochet Edges by Myart 7th Edition Book No.2

(If you click on the pattern it will make it larger)

I love that it looks quite complex but is actually quite much simpler than it looks.

I found the pattern terms are in UK/Australian terms and they are slightly different to what I am used to...But easy enough to work out.

d = dc UK/Australian (sc US)

Ltr = dtr UK/Australian (tr US)

For this shawl I used Paton's Australia Sorrento yarn & a 4.5mm hook :)

Hope you are having a lovely day

~ Gillian ♥

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

second shawl......

Morning Has Broken Shawl no.2

Although I haven't been blogging much lately

or even visiting some of my favourite blogs,

my hook has been very busy.....

I have a few projects to share over the coming week.

I made this shawl for my mother,

She chose the yarn primarily to match her lounge room

as this shawl is to sit on by her armchair

to throw over her shoulders during the winter months

while she is relaxing in the lounge room.

I used the same pattern as my first shawl

all the pattern details are listed in that post :)


Have a wonderful day
~ Gillian ♥

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Fezzes are cool......

It’s a fez, I wear fezzes now….fezzes are cool!lol! actually it's not me who is fez mad....

If you are a Whovian, or at the very least watch a little Dr Who

You will understand the Fez Love ;)

Lachlan turned 12 last week

and not only does he collect hats

but he has started watching Dr Who.

so of course I had to make him a Fez!

Here's a youtube video of part of the Fez episode if you missed it ;)

It was a fun surprise for him on the morning of his b'day.

The original pattern was for a toilet roll cover, but the instructions make it easy for you to make your fez what ever size you want it to be :)

Thank you to Denise Plourde for making this fun pattern available!

you can find the pattern


Life is starting to get back to normal now after a few weeks school holidays and Andrew having some time off work also,

it was so lovely to have everyone at home for a lovely relaxed break :)


Praying for all those in southern US

as you as you recover from the terrible tornadoes you have had,

our hearts go out to all who have lost loved ones,

homes & other property x
~ Gillian ♥

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Our home is no stranger to the world gaming
and one of the cutest characters has to be Kirby!

I'm still a beginner at amigurmi and was quite unsure when it was suggested it would be awesome if I could make this little guy.....
closely followed by
"and mum, if you do make him....
do you think you could PLEASE make the Mario hat for him as well"?
Well whats a mum to do? :)
You have to admit he does look very cute in Mario's hat!
A Big thank you to Emjay Bailey for sharing this fabulous pattern it was very easy to follow for a beginner! I had not done INVDEC until making this pattern, but thanks to Emjay having a great tutorial on her youtube channel (there is a link to it on her blog where the pattern is)
I quickly learnt how to do it :)

You can find the pattern on
Ravelry and on Emjay's blog Nerdigurumi
~ Gillian ♥

Monday, April 18, 2011

my giant granny square.....

I always have a few projects on the go at once....
on the weekend I started a giant granny square blanket,

I wanted something that I could pick up at any stage

and hook without counting or concentrating.

I started out using the 5ply cotton/acrylic in a single strand with a 4.5mm hook

and it worked up beautifully soft but I wasn't happy with the look of it....

So I unpulled what I had started and held two strands together and started hooking with a 6mm hook. I'm much happier with this effect and looking forward to working on it over the coming weeks and watching it grow.

It reminds me of that lovely red & white packing string :)
Hope your week is off to a lovely start

~ Gillian ♥

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Block no.16 & 17

For Block no. 16

I made this lovely block called

Blushing Bride Square

Designed by

Heather Prusia

I enjoyed making this one VERY much

Thank you so much Heather it is a really beautiful block and I know it will always be one of my favourite ones in my blanket when it is finished :)

You can find the pattern on

Ravelry & also on Heather's Blog The Good Life

Block no.17 in my

I made block #100 Pastel Delight from the book

This was a pretty easy block,

I am so thrilled with how my collection of blocks is growing :D

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend,

It is a cool rainy day here today....

might just have to settle into some more crochet!

~ Gillian ♥

Monday, April 11, 2011

look what lives in my street....

a beautiful Koala I've been trying to get a photo of one of the koalas from our street for years.

(if you click on the photos if you'd like to see more detail)

This lovely big fella ran up our street past our home yesterday evening at about 5.30pm.

They don't hang around very long on the ground,

because of the dogs and other dangers

in his haste he climbed up this pine tree (I think it is)

definitely not the eucalyptus tree he normally heads for.

This tree is in the middle of a couple of large eucalyptus trees

that the few koalas we have in our neighbourhood frequent.

I think it is a male, as he is very large.

I ran across the road to see if I could grab a photo

and he sat and looked at me for about 30 seconds

before climbing up the tree - yay!

What a joy :)

have a happy day ~ Gillian ♥

Saturday, April 09, 2011

little bunny blanket....

When I saw this pattern I knew I had to make it!!!

this afternoon my little miss and I are attending a baby shower

for a lovely lady from our church so a bunny blanket just had to be made.

Made using two strands of Sullivans Coton-a

held together and crocheted with a 6mm hook.

and a great pattern! I love the little hands that are tied into knots :)

Pattern can be found on

I just wanted to say a huge Thank you to all of those who left comments

on the shawl in my last post,

It was a birthday gift for my Mother In Law and she loved it :)


We've had a great week and a bit, with grandparents visiting, an Easter hat parade, end of school term festivities....and I have been busy making a couple of other projects!

I seemed to have missed my block of the week project this week,

maybe I'll get two blocks done this coming week.

lots of excitement in my home today as its the first day of school holidays - yay :)

Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend

~ Gillian ♥