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Monday, 26 June 2017

Background Noise

What do you like to listen to while you crochet or complete other tasks. It certainly makes housework a lot more enjoyable when you have something interesting to listen to.

Personally I am loving Podcasts at the moment. Some of my favorites are:

Pauline Nordin -
Kids Health Revolution -
Trim Healthy Mama -
The Nourished Child -

Occasionally if the kids are not around I will sit down and watch Netflix. I finished all the Gilmore Girls episodes while I was making the New Zealand Birds Blanket.

Other shows on my list are:

Orange is the New Black
13 Reasons Why
Wynonna Earp

Music I am loving right now is the new Stone Sour album, Papa Roach, Katy Perry, and Lorde.

I also have a Scribd Subscription which includes Audio Books. So I have been listening to a few books on there. Sign up here: It's worth it just for the pattern books available.

If you have any suggestions, let me know in the comments. I am always looking for recommendations.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Crochet Applique Base Blankets

Lowest prices on the best yarn - guaranteed at knitpicks.comSomething great about my crochet applique designs is they can be mixed and matched between bases or used individually. Often I will browse through the Ravelry projects for each blanket to see everyone's creations. It's amazing the different combinations that are used.

I have also noticed an increase in the single appliques that are purchased. I would love to see what everyone is using them for. Share a photo over on my Facebook Page or in the Group.

All the base patterns are free, I have included each base as a download with the corresponding eBook but here is a list of all the different base patterns and a link to each.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Robin Applique

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New Zealand Robins are small birds, about the size of a Sparrow. The males are dark grey and the females are a light brown. So I guess this little guy is a male :)

You can read more about the New Zealand Robin here:

Find the pattern here: 

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Takahe Applique

The Takahe is a flightless New Zealand bird and is classified as an endangered species. You can read more about the Takahe here:

Find the pattern here:

Find the rest of the patterns here:

Crochet New Zealand Birds Blanket

Another set of appliques are in the works. I have finished creating them all as the blankets were for an order and now it is time to write out all the patterns and get them tested. The links will be added as the patterns are released on Ravelry. Keep an eye on this space.

Morepork Applique

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The Morepork is New Zealand's only surviving owl and has a very distinctive 'more-pork' call. As a child we used to climb trees in the evenings and copy the call. 

In Maori tradition the Morepork is seen as a watchful guardian. The 'more-pork' call is thought to be a good sign, whereas the high pitched yelp call was thought to be a warning that there would be bad news coming.

You can find out more about the Morepork here and listen to its call:

Find the rest of the patterns here:

Fantail Applique

Felici Self Striping Yarn from Knit Picks

Fantails are wonderful birds to watch. They have fly around quite energetically, flitting here and there. I wanted to capture it's distinct fanned tail in this applique.

You can read more about the Fantail here:

Fantail at KiwiWise

I also find the Maori meaning behind this bird interesting. The Fantail (Piwakawaka) is a messenger, bringing death or news of death from the gods. My sister and I always used to get concerned when one would fly inside. Thankfully it never amounted to anything.

Find the rest of the patterns here: