Monday, 29 September 2014

Secret Santa Bookmark Exchange 2014

Secret Santa Bookmark Exchange

Can you believe it is that time of the year again?
With only 13 weeks to Christmas I am guessing that most of you are gearing up your handmade bag of goodies for this festive occasion - I know I am :)

Being our 3rd annual event (can you believe that?) I decided that I would like to have a Handmade Exchange with a difference.

Those of you who take part in Ginny's Yarn Along each week tend to include your latest book being read. 

I thought it would be a really nice idea to incorporate both our hobbies as well as our books into this years' challenge.

And so I introduce to you.......

Marigolds' Loft
Secret Santa Bookmark Exchange 2014

Each participant will be required to send their partner a Handmade Bookmark.

Your bookmark may be crocheted, knitted, embroidered or sewn.

It must be made by you.

It must be on it's way by the 30th November 2014.

You must be willing to send overseas.

Are you up for the challenge?


Fill in this Form with your details before the 19th October 2014.

It is so wonderful to receive, but just as wonderful to give, please only sign up if you plan on genuinely taking part.

Each participant will receive their partners details by the 20th October 2014.

Taking part and want a button for your side bar?

Here we go :)

Marigolds' Loft

I can't wait to see all the lovely bookmarks that will travel the world :)

Disclaimer: Marigolds' Loft will not be held responsible for parcels being undelivered or not sent at all. Each participant is solely responsible for sending her partner their bookmark. 

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Thursday, 25 September 2014

Tutorial Thursdays Month-Long Linky Party

Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party

Welcome back to the last week of linking fun for the month of September!

This month there is no theme, and no feature. 

Feel free to link up all your crafts below.
I look forward to visiting all of the links I find below.

If you want a button for your side bar - here you go:

Marigolds' Loft

See you again soon.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Wednesday Fun!

WIP Wednesday

How has your week been?

Have you been busy and creative?

Those are my favourite kind of weeks :)

This week I have managed to work on a couple of my products and am quite glad to see through the pictures that they have progressed a little.

Let me bring you up to date:


Drops Baby Merino

My Juliana is growing, somewhat slowly, but there is still movement.
I have roughly 10cm left before I make the next armhole and then am on the home stretch :)

That makes roughly 80cm left to knit before the sleeves.

Tardis Socks Drops Fabel

I have progressed quite nicely on the first Tardis sock and have already turned the heel and am busy on the foot.
Because the size is perfect for Jas, I am making the first pair for her (a Christmas pressie) and then will re-size the pattern to make a pair for Hubby for Christmas.

I am planning a pair of socks for Kay too, they are still in the planning as I have a definite pattern in mind, I will share it with you once it gets going.

I will be starting my Rebel Lace Cardi later on today.
I spent the weekend trying to reach gauge - yes, believe it or not I swatched - 3 times! That is definitely a first for me!

Rebel Lace Cardi Craftsy

Drops Muskat

I can't wait to get going. I love this part of the pattern and can't wait to see how the cardi progresses.
What I love about broomstick lace is the speed with which the project grows.

Have you done this Craftsy class before?

And my last project to share with you today:

I am busy creating some new Pewter boxes for an upcoming market and plan on giving them their "faces" today :) They have been stained and sanded and are ready for the next step.

This is a big hobby of mine and I can't wait to finish them off later.
I will share the finished projects with you once they are done.

On the reading front - I am still reading the same book as last week and hope to finish it up soon.

I hope you have a great rest of your week.
See you soon
I will be sharing this post with all of my lovely Wednesday Friends.


Friday, 19 September 2014

Broomstick Lace

Broomstick Lace Craftsy

I am in love with the concept of Broomstick Lace :)
This amazing looking technique is sooo easy it is quite unbelievable!

Yesterday I started on my Craftsy Course - Beyond Basic Broomstick Lace

Beyond broomstick lace

I started in the late afternoon, and one hour later had already finished the first project!

sunglass case

This morning I am raring to go and will be starting the Rebel Lace Cardie -  I am so excited :)

beyond broomstick lace

If you have been wanting to try a Craftsy Course for a while, and you love crochet, this is one I would warmly recommend.

Jennifer Hansen gives you a great lesson, she explains the basics, but also gives you tips on how to correct errors, work gauge and size properly, as well as many other tidbits that you only gain from years of experience.

This weekend would be the best place to signup too as Craftsy are having a Fall Sale which is huge!

Craftsy's BIG Fall Course Sale!

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Hurry, offer expires September 22, 2014 at 11:59 PM MT. Shop Craftsy's BIG Fall Course Sale and save.

I wish you all a very creative and enjoyable weekend.
I am sharing this with all my lovely Friday Friends :)

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Simple Man Wristlets

Simple Wristlets

Drops Fabel

Here are Hubby's Wristlets.

This is one of my go-to patterns which I change according to who I am knitting for.

If you are interested in making your hubby a pair the pattern is as follows:

Cast on 66st on a size 2.5mm (US 1.5) circular needle, or DPNs with some fingering weight yarn. (roughly about 50 - 100m depending on your required cuff length)

Knit the pattern as follows - knit 3, purl 3 in the round until your desired length has been reached.

For Hubby's Wristlets I knitted 40 rounds.
Cast off in the elastic bind-off method.

List of projects that are still in my queue:

  1. Hat for Jas - Complete
  2. Crochet shorts 
  3. Another Hat for Jas
  4. Another Slouch for Kay - Complete
  5. Julianna for me - WIP
  6. Isis Wrap for me
  7. Winter socks for Jas
  8. Winter socks for Kay
  9. 2 Pairs of socks for Kay
  10. 2 Pairs of socks for Jas
  11. 4 Pairs of socks for hubby
  12. Hubby's Pullover
  13. 2 pairs of socks for me
  14. Rebel Lace Cardi
  15. Wristlets for me - Complete
  16. Wristlets for hubby - Complete
  17. Tardis Socks for Hubby - WIP
  18. Broomstick Lace Sunglasses Case - Complete
I wish you all a great weekend.
I am sharing this with my lovely Friday Friends.


Thursday, 18 September 2014

Tutorial Thursdays Month-Long Linky Party

Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party

Welcome back to another week of linking fun!

This month there is no theme, and no feature. 

Feel free to link up all your crafts below.
I look forward to visiting all of the links I find below.

If you want a button for your side bar - here you go:

Marigolds' Loft

See you again soon.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

New Additions

WIP Wednesday

Finally, something new to share with you all :)

First off my regular WIP as of late - my Juliana:

Juliana Drops Baby Merino

I am halfway to the next armhole and then will be on the last stretch - and I mean stretch, of knitting!
At the moment it looks like a very long, odd looking scarf!
I still really like the pattern and if you look in the picture above you will see the great definition those dropped stitches give the piece (on the left they have been dropped already and on the right they will be dropped once I get to the next armhole)
I love the project but I guess I will only be making one of these, for as much fun as it is, it is a huge amount of knitting and it leaves me itching to get on to some other projects.

Which I happily oblige this week :)

This yummy package arrived for me yesterday:

And with that a whole lot of queued projects to start on ;)

Hubby's' wristlets are complete (Will share with you on Friday) and I have merrily chosen two new projects to start with this week.

Another surprise project for hubby - Tardis Socks

Drops Fabel

He and Jas are huge Dr. Who fans and I thought it would be a fun project to knit them each a pair of socks.
I have adjusted this pattern slightly so far as I really like a snug fit around the calf and so I have reduced the number of stitches I cast on.

I would have liked the blue to be a bit more blue, it looks more blue in the picture than it does in reality but I hope that with the other colour patterning it will all come together.

I am knitting this pattern in Drops Fabel.

Next - 

 I have been wanting to get back to my Craftsy courses for a while and with my yarn order I received my Drops Muskat that I have decided to use for my Broomstick Lace Rebel Cardie from the Craftsy course: Beyond Basic Broomstick Lace

The first project is a sunglasses case, and for this project I have chosen to use some Drops Cotton Merino.

Drops Cotton Merino

I can't wait to get going on this project and will be re-watching the course this evening :)

On the reading front things have changed too :D

I have finished "The Boy Who Went to War" and have started reading "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children"

So far I am enjoying the story.

How has your week been until now?

See you soon
I will be linking with all my lovely Wednesday Friends :)
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I used to be a homeschool mom, and now that my children go to school, am a mom who has found a creative side and am exploring that with great delight!

I am interested in alternative therapies, studied as a vibrational therapist and incorporate my beliefs into my everyday life.