Monday, 13 August 2018

PATTERN: Heartwood Cardi

Hi everyone!

Gosh it's been a long time - babies really are time sinks... We are all going really well though :) Just look at this little face!

But to today's news! 

Stylecraft is releasing out two new colours of their gorgeous Cabaret yarn today! The new colours are Forest Glade (a mix of glorious greens with gold sparkles) and Underwater Rainbow, and aren't they mutedly gorgeous!? 

To celebrate, I'm finally getting around to publishing my Heartwood Cardi design! You can buy it from Ravelry here: 

(but keep scrolling down for a discount code and a chance to win the yarn to make it!) 

It's modelled here by my lovely friend Samantha in Cabaret Pink Bloom: 

I previously made Lily Chin's Coming Full Circle Vest for myself, but being on the tubby side, for the cardigan to meet around the front it hung down past my knees at the back! As with most of my design inspiration, my questions were - how can I make this work for me? And if I can make it work for me, can I make it work for others as well? 

I started with a similar octagon shape (adapted to make it actually sit flat in the centre) and then rather than continuing to work all the way around the circle after armholes, I just worked shaped rows back and forth on each side. Then, to get the gorgeous collar and length, I worked more rows at the top and bottom. Ta-dah! 

I've made four of these cardigans now - one each for me and three wonderful friends, so I am confident that the measurement and maths works for a few different body sizes. Whilst it was originally designed for chunky me, as you can see it also works for regular sized ladies as well. For the skinny minnies among us, well, you can make the plain circle cardigans short enough not to be swimming in them :P 

!!!!!WIN YARN!!!!!

Because they are wonderful people, Stylecraft are giving 8 balls of the Cabaret colour of your choice to one lucky winner to make the Cardi! 

All you need to do is purchase the Heartwood Cardi pattern by 11:59pm AEST next Monday 20 August 2018, using the code 


and you'll get 50% off and one entry into the draw! It is open to everyone worldwide - all you need to do is have a valid email address and use the discount code CABARET when you buy the pattern, and you'll go into the draw. 

Winner will be drawn on Tuesday 21 August 2018 - go do the thing and win some lovely lovely yarn! 

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Some thoughts on creativity

Hi there!

I have been struggling with my creativity over the last months. Or my creative self worth if that term makes any sense. Nothing I did felt "original" and thus I didn't feel like a creative person. Instead I felt like I was just "copying" other peoples creativity. After "all" I did was follow pattern and that felt so copycat like.

Instagram and Facebook didn't help. Don't get me wrong: I love Instagram - I love how it allows me to connect to people all over the world and I have spent more (!) my fair share drooling of amazing crochet pictures. Still, lately I felt like everyone there was soooo creative - everyone except me. Sometimes I even felt ashamed when someone complimented me on my newest blanket because hey, all I did was take some yarn and work someone else's pattern. 

I am not trying to whine here or am in anyway seeking for sympathy. Actually, it took me quite some time to gather the courage to write this post. In the end I figured if I felt ashamed about this "lack of creativity" or felt intimidated by everyone else wonderful works, I probably aren't the only one. As I recently learnt that shame hates being talked about (I currently reading "I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't): Making the Journey from What Will People Think? to I Am Enough: Telling the Truth About Perfectionism, Inadequacy and Power" from Brené Brown), I am talking about it now.

The more I thought about creativity, the more I realized that it is shouldn't feel like a burden. Also it doesn't depend on doing "original" work, creativity doesn't mean one has to create something which hasn't never been there before (because hey, that would be pretty hard, wouldn't it). Creating something new also mean one crochets a blanket following an exciting pattern - in my understanding that is an act of creativity because one is creating a new thing from something else and while someone else has made it too, doesn't mean ones new creation isn't new or unique. I am rambling here but I hope you get the essence of what I am trying to say. 

So now I am trying to feel "self worthy" again in regard to my crochet works. Yes, I don't create new patterns (actually I hardly ever do) and I follow other people's pattern. But each of my works is still an act of creative creation and the finished item is part of "me".

Take care

P.S. In case you are wondering... the pics are from the two projects I am currently working on. Both them are made based on other peoples patterns.

The blanket is "Begin the Beguine" from PollyPlum. I did however pic the colors (Dark Brown, Mocha and Black in Special DK from Stylecraft) - and to be honest, I realized that I am no good with dark colors! My next projects will have rainnnbboowws again!

The ghost is made from the hipster ghost pattern from Crafteando.

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Ta-dah! Alexandra!

Hi everyone!

Phew, what a couple of weeks! It's been a bit quiet on the blog because life took on a whole new dimension a few weeks ago - our daughter arrived! 

Alexandra Zoe Westlund was born by c-section on Tuesday 22 May 2018, at 4:30 in the afternoon, weighing 3.3kg and 50cm long. We are all recovering well and getting used to this crazy parenthood thing. 

I know I'm biased, but isn't Allie just ridiculously cute? 

All these crochet blankets are coming in handy now that winter has finally arrived in Sydney! 

I'll post more again soon - our Blogstars project for the nursery is nearly done and ready for its big reveal as well!! 


Monday, 7 May 2018

Nesting: Part 2

Hi everyone!

The nursery is set up, the orders are all completed, and so while I try and get some rest in these last two weeks I've been playing with some more crocheted baby things...

Flower Puddles Ripple Blanket

Pattern: Flower Puddles Ripple Blanket

Yarn: Wolltraum My Melodyy 4ply in Forever 

While I don't really need more blankets, I just love this design and maybe it'll be a good photo prop? Once it gets outgrown, I am thinking about mounting it on some self-adhesive board and hanging on the wall <3 

The pattern is really well written and really does look like ripples in a puddle! 

Eloise Sweater

Pattern: Eloise Sweater by Moogly

Yarn: Moda Vera Fayette in Smoke, Stylecraft Special DK in Empire and Paintbox DK in Turquoise

I wasn't planning to crochet any baby clothes. I thought they'd be too hard to wash and dry, and therefore just sit in the cupboard gathering dust rather than getting used! But, we had dinner with some lovely friends on the weekend who said that one of their favourite gifts for their baby was a collection of handknitted jumpers, which were machine washable and got used and loved to death over the wintertime. So, I had a go at one and it came out so cute!!

Fortunately I had exactly the right coloured buttons in my button stash, which is getting sadly depleted - nearly time to go back to the craft op shop around the corner and stock up again!

Because I used DK yarn rather than Worsted, I made the 6-12 month size - hopefully it won't be too small! 

Next projects...

I've almost finished another little jacket, but it really needs the buttons before I can show it off properly ;) 

While I wait for the Stardust Melodies squares to arrive from Anne in Germany and the Blogstars in the UK, I want to make more little cardigans/jumpers! The lovely people at American Yarns are sending me some of the new Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable Waves to try out - it's going to make some gorgeous booties and a cardigan or two :D 

Do you have any favourite baby patterns using DK yarn, preferably not too nanna-ish? 

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Magazine features!

Hi there!

Long time since the last blog post! Life is rather busy for both of us and somehow blogging always gets pushed towards the end of the to-do-list. We are (or at least try) are regularly on instagram, so hop over there if you want to see what we are currently working on (--> we are actually working on the same blanket at the moment - not just the same pattern but actually the same blanket!). I promise there shall be a blog post about it soon - remind us about it in case we forget. :)

This year has been pretty exciting for our little blog already and we haven't told you about it yet! We have been in two (!) crochet magazines! Man, we would have never thought we make it to one magazine let alone two!

Crochet Now ran a feature on our blog in the Stylecraft Blogstar column and also published a pattern of ours. We worked on the pattern together in true Crochet Between Worlds fashion: Anne came up with the idea, Michelle worked the pattern out and Anne crocheted the little lolly bag up. We hope you like the bag - unfortunately, I took no proper picture before I send it of to the magazine. Opps - there was a bit of a hurry in the end!

Inside Crochet published an interview with us in their issue 98. We haven't managed to get our hands on the issue yet (the "joys" of living on the other side of the world/in an non-English-speaking country) but we have seen the way the page looks like. :)

Has any of you seen us in one of the magazines? That would be so cool! It is still hard to believe we have actually been featured in magazines and that people would like to read about our story! :) 

Captain Poprocks wants me to mention that he was in the pictures as well - that little dive now thinks he is famous. Sighs - young hippos these days. As those you follow us for some time know of course, Captain Poprocks wasn't made by any of our patterns - the pattern for him is from the amazing Heidi Bears! Unfortunately that info didn't make it, so we would like to mention that here again. 

Take care

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Yarn Review: Bernat Baby Blanket Tiny (from American Yarns)

Hi everyone!

I was recently given the opportunity by a yarn retailer in Melbourne, American Yarns, to try out some of their brands and write about it here. Well, who am I to say no to free yarn, and also, a lot of the American yarn brands are actually quite difficult and expensive to get hold of here in Australia! But where to start!? So many beautiful squishies, from Bernat to Caron to Lily Sugar'n'Cream, and some new Red Heart lines I haven't seen before... 

I've been admiring the Bernat Baby Blanket Tiny chenille yarns for ages to make some little animal friends. What better opportunity to try some, and also make some baby things for my own little one! American Yarns kindly sent me some in the Wildflower and Hush Pink colourways. 

The postage was very quick (fortunately, because I am very impatient) and then I had to decide what to make. This gave me time for some very enjoyable squishing and cuddling of the yarn - it is so soft and snuggly!

My first thought was to make one of Anne's gorgeous little Cross Your Heart Teddies as a cosy little friend for my tiny human, but then I thought I better find a bigger project first, as the teddies don't need all that much yarn and I didn't want to run out on making a blanket!

After perusing the Ravelry Projects Gallery for the yarn, I started with a Corner to Corner blanket, thinking that it would show off the colour changes without looking too mind bendy. However I discovered very quickly that because the lovely squishy chenille yarn has almost no stitch definition, it was very difficult to work into chains. So, that half a ball of blanket is sitting here now waiting for me to be inspired to either finish it and make a lovey, or undo it and repurpose the yarn. The outcome is extremely warm, soft and beautiful to touch and hold, just the crocheting was not a lot of fun. 

Do you have any suggestions on blanket patterns that require minimal working into chains? 

So on to the teddy. Oh my goodness, it worked up so well with a 3.5mm hook, and it is just so soft (I need to find another word for soft). My husband Kiah nearly claimed it for his own, and spent quite a lot of time the evening I finished it with it tucked between his neck and shoulder, just enjoying the cuddles. I am going to make a few more so that as they need washing or the chenille wears a bit thin, the wee flea can still have its snuggly toy! 

It's been heaps of fun trying out this yarn. If you're in Australia and looking to buy American branded yarns, have a look at American Yarns! I'm excited to dive in further and try more, but they might have to wait until after I get used to having a small baby in the house! 

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Nesting: Part 1

Hey everyone!

Oh man I have been so bad at blogging and crocheting so far this year - my output is way down and my crojo has spent a lot of time AWOL. I've just been extra tired, what with growing a whole new human being! Kiah and I are having our first child, due in mid-May. So far pregnancy has not been enjoyable at all between the very hot summer, my chronic fatigue and all the usual "perfectly normal" things that go along with the whole process, so thank goodness there's only 9 weeks to go! We're not going to find out whether it's a boy or a girl until it arrives :) 

I have managed to make a few things though, and it's super exciting to be making baby things for me for once :P 

We have some big things coming along this year - continuing our work with Stylecraft and the Blogstars, a new collaboration with an Australian yarn retailer, and hopefully working with a mindfulness magazine called Breathe later in the year on another meditation CAL. Plus, there's a bunch of new designs at  various stages of production that I really should get moving on before all my time is devoted to a tiny screaming person! 

But, while that is all in progress, I thought I'd share with you the things that I've been working on over the last few months :) 

Neat Ripple Blanket

Pattern: Attic24 Neat Ripple

Yarn: Bella Baby Bambini Print, 50% Acrylic 50% Nylon

I started this blanket ages ago - the yarn is so soft and silky, and worked up so beautifully in Lucy's neat ripple pattern. When my crojo first disappeared in January it was really nice to pick up again and just do something relatively mindless and repetitive, and I'm so happy with how it came out!  

Rainbow Cloud Wrap

Pattern: Virus Blanket / Scallop Border for Virus Shawl

Yarn: Wolltraum My Melodyy 4ply in Mamma Mia (500g cake)

I made one of these for the Sydney Easter Show last year, and sold that one very soon after. I still had the other 500g cake which was wound with the colours in the opposite direction with dreams of making another one someday... Then, I was looking for a project I could take with me to sit in the extremely boring waiting room of the antenatal clinic, and picked up the second cake to give it a go! 

The pattern was so easy to remember after a few rounds, and it was a lovely project to just sit in front of the tv through this hot Sydney summer, no need to change colours or weave in ends... The texture is absolutely wonderful - warm but breathable - and I can't wait to wrap our baby in it! It's also machine washable (and goes in the dryer on low) so I don't have to be afraid to use it in case it gets dirty! 

For the edging, I found an edging pattern for the virus shawl and it was pretty easy to adapt to the square blanket. It finishes it off beautifully! 

Rainbow Happypotamus

Pattern: Happypotamus 

Yarn: West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply in Rum Paradise 

I have been drooling over this yarn forever - such bright rainbow colours... But, I am not too excited about making more socks (knitting is just so slow!?) and as it's a wool/nylon blend, what else is it really good for? 

It's good for happypotami. The outcome is just so pretty, but the texture of the yarn is a bit scratchy from the wool so maybe this will be a toy for looking at on the shelf rather than playing with :P 

I only ended up cutting the yarn to start in a different place once, for the nose piece - otherwise every piece just continues on from the previous one, and it worked out really well!

I absolutely adore the colours! 

What's next? 

Anne and I are working on a project with the other Blogstars using Polly Plum's Stardust Melodies patterns and the new Bambino Yarn - but we'll tell you all about that next time!