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Good morning all! This is the 4th installment of this months Connor blanket, and the second last set of instructions.

There are only 4 rounds this week, as the blanket is getting larger now, they take longer to complete, so I thought it would be much easier on everyone if the last few installments had less rows to worry about.

I have to say, I've been so excited seeing all the photos pouring in on both Ravelry and Facebook! You guys sure know how to pick some fantastic colour combos!

If you have not already seen the start of  the blanket CAL, you can find it HERE

Let's get on to today's instructions!


Pattern Notes:

Starting chain is counted in the final stitch count, and counts as the first stitch of each round.
Instructions within * * are to be repeated.
slst - slip stitch

With colour A

23: Ch4 (counts as dc and ch1), Skip 1 stitch, *dc in the next stitch, ch1, skip one stitch*, repeat around, there will be no skipped stitch between the last dc and the starting chain, join to the 3rd chain of the starting ch4. End off. -118dc



With colour C

24: Join to any ch1 space, ch8, (counts as sc and ch7), skip the next ch1 space, *sc in the next ch1 space, ch7, skip the next ch1 space*, repeat around, join to the first ch of the starting ch8. End off. -58 ch7 spaces.



With colour A

25: Join to any ch7 space, ch3, 6dc in the same space, sc in the next ch7 space, *7dc in the next ch7 space, sc in the next ch7 space*, repeat around, join to the starting ch3. - 29 sc's and 29 sets of 7dc (203dc)



With colour A

26: Slst in the first 2 stitches, *sc into the next stitch (will be the 4th stitch from the previous rounds 7dc), (3dc, ch3, 3dc) in the next sc, skip 3*, repeat around, join to the first sc. -29 sets of 'shells'

NOTE: This round WILL curl in, don't stress, the next round will pull it back out again.




See you next Wednesday for the last installment! 

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Good morning all and welcome to the 3rd installment of the Connor blanket, May's crochet-along!

I hope everyone is having fun with this one, and enjoying the pattern! I can't believe we're getting closer to done now, crazy right? May sure has flown. Last week there was some concern about slight rippling/curling. Don't stress, it's totally ok for this blanket at this stage :)

First time here? You can find the start of this months crochet along Part One, here.

Well, that's enough chatter, let's get on with this weeks instructions!


Pattern Notes:
tr - triple crochet
Starting chain is counted in the final stitch count, and counts as the first stitch of each round.
Instructions within * * are to be repeated.
slst - slip stitch

With colour C

16: Ch2, hdc in the next stitch, ch2, sk2, *hdc in the next 2 stitches, ch2, sk2*, repeat around, join to the ch2. -94hdc



 With colour C

17: Slst into the space between the first 2 stitches, ch4, tr 3 times in the same space, ch1, * 4tr in the space between the next 2 hdc's, ch1*, repeat around, join to the ch4, end off. -47 groups of 4tr.




With colour A

18: Join to any ch1 space, *ch4, slst into the next ch1 space*, repeat around, slst to the 1st chain of the ch4 to join. - 47 ch4 spaces.



With colour A

19: Stst into the ch4 space, ch6 (counts as dc and ch3), dc in the same space,  (dc, ch3, dc) in each remaining ch4 space around, join to the 3rd chain of the ch6. - 94dc



With colour A

20: Slst into the first ch3 space, (ch3, dc, ch3, 2dc) in the same space, (2dc, ch3, 2dc) in each remaining ch3 space around. Join to the starting ch3. -188dc



With colour B

21: Ch3, dc in the next stitch, ch1, sk1, hdc in the next chain, ch1, sk1, *dc in the next 4 stitches, ch1, sk1, hdc in the next chain, ch1, sk1* Repeat around, dc in each of the last 2 stitches, join to the ch3. - 235 stitches (not counting the chains)



With colour B

22: Ch1, sc in each dc and hdc around (skipping all chains), join to the ch1. - 235sc



That's it for this week lovelies, keep an eye out for the 4th installment on the 22nd.

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Good morning all and welcome to the second installment of this months CAL, the Connor blanket.

It was lovely to see all the photos you guys shared for the first week, and I am just loving the wide range of colour choices you have all made! I can't wait to see updated photos once you've added this weeks rounds.

Here we go!

Pattern Notes:

Cluster - Yo (yarn over), insert hook into the stitch or space, yo, pull through, yo, insert hook into the same stitch or space, yo, pull through, you should have 5 loops on your hook, yo and pull through all 5 loops.

Starting chain is counted in the final stitch count, and counts as the first stitch of each round.
Instructions within * * are to be repeated.

slst - slip stitch

With colour A

9: Ch2, hdc in the back loops only of each stitch around, join to the ch2. - 100hdc




With colour C

10: Ch4 (counts as dc and ch1), skip the next stitch, *dc in the next stitch, ch1, sk1*, repeat around, join to the 3rd chain of the ch4. - 50dc



With colour A

11: Slst into the first ch1 space, (cluster, ch1, cluster) in the ch1 space, (cluster, ch1, cluster) in each remaining ch1 spaces around, join to the top of the first cluster.  - 98 clusters



With colour A

12: Slst into the next ch1 space, ch3, 4dc in the same space, slst in the next ch1 space, * 5dc in the next ch1 space, slst in the next ch1 space*, repeat around, join to the ch3. - 25 dc shells



With colour A

13: Slst to the 3rd dc of the 5dc shell, *ch6, skip 5 (that will be the next 2 dc's, the slst and the next 2 dc's) slst into the next stitch*, repeat around, join to the first ch of the ch6. -25 sets of ch6 loops



With colour B

14: Slst into the ch6 space, ch2, hdc 6 times in the same space, 7hdc in each remaining ch6 space around, join to the ch2. - 175hdc



With colour A

15: Ch3, dc in the next 12 stitches, 2dc in the next stitch, *dc in the next 13 stitches, 2dc in the next stitch*, repeat 11 times, dc in the next 6 stitches, 2dc in the last stitch, join to the ch3. - 188dc


That's it for this weeks instructions.
You might notice some slight rippling in the blanket, that's totally ok :)
Part 3 will be released on the 15th. See you then! 

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Good morning my spooky lovelies!

Halloween is just days away, and boy am I excited! Halloween is my FAVOURITE holiday! I love the creative freedom to dress up and decorate in any way you want! The spookier the better!

Halloween is slowly gaining traction here in Australia which is pretty exciting. Each year we get more and more trick or treaters! Last year we had over 150 kids! Incredible!!!

Today's scrap kit is, of course, Halloween themed! I can't wait to use this one myself once I get photos of the kids in their costumes this year (and me too!) My fav element in this kit, is the pumpkin stickers, ahh so cute!!

October's Free Digital Scrap Kit

Included In This Kit:

15 Papers
7 Frames
3 Journal Tags
2 Balloons
4 Splitpins
4 Stitckers
3 Buttons
3 Webs
2 Ribbons
19 Other Elements



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Good morning all!!

Today I'm back with yet another file folder game! (I've mentioned how much I like these.. right??)

Shape matching! This game goes beyond the basic square, circle, triangle, and introduces preschoolers to a larger range of shapes. Now, I'm not expecting a toddler to understand the difference between a hexagon and an octagon straight up, but there is no harm in exposing them to these shapes and words from the get go.

For younger kids it will be a simple matching game, and learning to recognise the shapes, their names, and also colours (eg, What colour is the star?, Which shape is green?) For older kids you can talk about the shapes some more, for example, how many sides they have or what other things in life resemble the shapes.

New to file folder games? It's super simple to do!




Here's How!
You'll need to download the free files here from my Google drive. There are both JPEG and PDF files, so whichever suits your needs. There is also a cover image for your file folder, if you don't want to make one yourself.

Print out each set twice.

Take one copy of each set and laminate the entire sheet. If you don't have a laminate machine you can use clear contact, or if you like you can leave the sheets as is. I laminate everything, so it can be used over and over.

Stick these 2 laminated sheets into the inside of your file folder. I used double sided tape to attach them as I find it sticks better.

Take the second copy of each set and cut the shapes out. Laminate the shapes, and cut them from the laminate sheet.

Here comes the fun part.. Velcro dots! I know I've talked about these before, but honestly, the VERY best way of attaching Velcro to laminate is by using the self adhesive sticky Velcro dots! Easy!

Place one dot on the back of the shape, and the other on the shape it matches on the folder. That's it! Your done!

If you are not using laminate or contact to cover your pieces, then I strongly recommend that you also avoid the Velcro. The pieces will rip when being removed if you have Velcro on them, so just sliding them into place would work fine. If this is the option you use, you can store the pieces in an envelope, and stick the envelope to the back of the folder, so pieces don't go missing.

Put the cover on the folder. Again, I used double sided tape. Boy I love that stuff!

That's it lovelies, you are done! Now let your toddler/preschooler have some fun with it!

Looking for more preschool printable games? Check them out here.


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Good morning all and welcome to another Barbie gown!

Today's gown is super elegant, and very glitzy. Helped in part by this fantastic Moda Vera Lillium yarn, which has tiny little sequins in it. So pretty! I've actually been sitting on this yarn for a while waiting for the right project, and this was absolutely it. This fishtail gown is a quick afternoon project, and an excellent scrap buster too!



You Will Need:

4ply/Fingering Weight yarn, I used Moda Vera Lillium
2.5mm hook
Closure of choice (button/snap/velcro/hook & eye. I use snaps)
Stitch Marker

1: Ch31, sc in the second chain from hook and each across. -30

2: Ch1, turn, sc in the first 12 stitches, 2sc in each of the next 2 stitches, sc in the next 2 stitches, 2sc in each of the next 2 stitches, sc in the last 12 stitches. -34

3-5: Ch1, turn, sc in each stitch across. -34

6: Ch1, turn, sc in the first 12 stitches, sc2tg 5 times, sc in the last 12 stitches. -29

7: Ch1, turn, sc in each stitch across. -29

8: Ch1, turn, sc in the first 12 stitches, sc2tg, sc in the next stitch, sc2tg, sc in the last 12 stitches. -27

9: Ch1, turn, sc2tg, sc in the next 23 stitches, sc2tg. -25

10-15: Ch1, turn, sc in each stitch across. -25

16: Ch1, turn, sc in each stitch around, join. -25 

17: Ch1 sc in the first 4 stitches, 2sc in the next stitch,  *sc in the next 4 stitches, 2sc in the next stitch*, repeat around, place marker. (We'll be working in continual rounds here on) -30

18-22: Sc in each stitch around. -30

23: Sc2tg, sc in the next 13 stitches, sc2tg, sc i the last 13 stitches. -28

24: Sc in each stitch around. -28

25: Sc2tg, sc in the next 12 stitches, sc2tg, sc in the last 12 stitches. -26

26-27: Sc in each stitch around. -26

28: Sc2tg, sc2tg, sc in the next 13 stitches, sc2tg, sc2tg, sc in the last 5 stitches. -22

29: Sc2tg, sc2tg, sc in the next 7 stitches, sc2tg, sc2tg, sc in the last 7 stitches. -18

30-39: Sc in each stitch around. -18

40: 2sc in each stitch around. -38

41: *Sc in the next stitch, 2sc in the next stitch*, repeat around. -54

42: Sc in each stitch around.

End off, weave in tails.

Add closure of choice and you're finished!


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Good morning all, and hello to July!

It's really starting to cool down now here in Tasmania, which is perfect for making blankets!

Today I have a pattern, that ties in with some others I've released this year. The Peter Gown and the Peter Beanie both feature a sweet cluster stitch, and this blanket does too. All 3 together make for a great coordinating set.

I know you guys have been asking for matching pieces for a long time now, and I am so excited to have this one ready for you all. I have many more to come too!

Just a heads up, when making this blanket, I carried the contrasting yarn on the back as I worked, making sure to stitch over it (instead of droping it and picking it back up). This creates a really neat effect, but you need to be VERY careful that you keep your tension on that strand loose, or the blanket will bunch and pucker.

Of course, you can also complete it with just one colour and avoid that issue entirely, but I love how the clusters stand out with a contrasting yarn.



The size I've given here is to also fit a 24 week bub, so it matches the sizes of the hat and gown, but it's very easy to increase (or decrease if you want it smaller), and once you've done a few rounds you'll see how.

You could also make multiple small ones, and join them together for a much larger cot/bed sized blanket.

If you are confident with chainless dc starts you can use that in place of the starting ch3 throughout.




The Peter Blanket
You Will Need:
5mm Hook
DK/8ply/Light Worsted Weight yarn in a main and contrasting colour.

Cluster Stitch (cl) - yarn over, insert hook in stitch, yarn over, pull through (3 on hook), yarn over, pull through 2, yarn over, insert hook into same stitch, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through 2, (3 on hook), yarn over, pull through all 3 stitches. Cluster complete. (clusters count as stitches, remember to work into the top of them each following round)

Start with main colour

1: Ch5, join to make a ring (or make a magic ring), ch3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), into the ring do 2dc, ch2, 3dc, ch2, 3dc, ch2, join to the starting chain.

2: Ch3, dc in the next 2 stitches, (cl, ch2, cl) in the next ch2 space in alternate colour, *With main colour dc in the next 3 stitches, (cl, ch2, cl) in the next ch2 space in alternate colour*, repeat around, join to the starting chain.

3: Ch3, dc in the next 4 stitches, (cl, ch2, cl) in the next ch2 space in alternate colour, *With main colour dc in the next 5 stitches, (cl, ch2, cl) in the next ch2 space in alternate colour*, repeat twice, dc in the last stitch with main colour, join to the starting chain.

4: Ch3, dc in the next 4 stitches, (cl, ch2, cl) in the next ch2 space in alternate colour, *With main colour dc in the next 7 stitches, (cl, ch2, cl) in the next ch2 space in alternate colour*, repeat twice, dc in the last stitch 2 stitches with main colour, join to the starting chain.

5: Ch3, dc in the next 5 stitches, (cl, ch2, cl) in the next ch2 space in alternate colour, *With main colour dc in the next 9 stitches, (cl, ch2, cl) in the next ch2 space in alternate colour*, repeat twice, dc in the last stitch 3 stitches with main colour, join to the starting chain.

6: Ch3, dc in the next 6 stitches, (cl, ch2, cl) in the next ch2 space in alternate colour, *With main colour dc in the next 11 stitches, (cl, ch2, cl) in the next ch2 space in alternate colour*, repeat twice, dc in the last stitch 4 stitches with main colour, join to the starting chain.

7: Ch3, dc in the next 7 stitches, (cl, ch2, cl) in the next ch2 space in alternate colour, *With main colour dc in the next 13 stitches, (cl, ch2, cl) in the next ch2 space in alternate colour*, repeat twice, dc in the last stitch 5 stitches with main colour, join to the starting chain.

8: Ch3, dc in the next 8 stitches, (cl, ch2, cl) in the next ch2 space in alternate colour, *With main colour dc in the next 15 stitches, (cl, ch2, cl) in the next ch2 space in alternate colour*, repeat twice, dc in the last stitch 6 stitches with main colour, join to the starting chain.

9: Ch3, dc in the next 9 stitches, (cl, ch2, cl) in the next ch2 space in alternate colour, *With main colour dc in the next 17 stitches, (cl, ch2, cl) in the next ch2 space in alternate colour*, repeat twice, dc in the last stitch 7 stitches with main colour, join to the starting chain.

10: Ch3, dc in the next 10 stitches, (cl, ch2, cl) in the next ch2 space in alternate colour, *With main colour dc in the next 19 stitches, (cl, ch2, cl) in the next ch2 space in alternate colour*, repeat twice, dc in the last stitch 8 stitches with main colour, join to the starting chain.

11: Ch3, dc in the next 11 stitches, (cl, ch2, cl) in the next ch2 space in alternate colour, *With main colour dc in the next 21 stitches, (cl, ch2, cl) in the next ch2 space in alternate colour*, repeat twice, dc in the last stitch 9 stitches with main colour, join to the starting chain.

12: Ch3, dc in the next 12 stitches, (cl, ch2, cl) in the next ch2 space in alternate colour, *With main colour dc in the next 23 stitches, (cl, ch2, cl) in the next ch2 space in alternate colour*, repeat twice, dc in the last stitch 10 stitches with main colour, join to the starting chain.

13: Ch3, dc in the next 13 stitches, (cl, ch2, cl) in the next ch2 space in alternate colour, *With main colour dc in the next 25 stitches, (cl, ch2, cl) in the next ch2 space in alternate colour*, repeat twice, dc in the last stitch 11 stitches with main colour, join to the starting chain.

14: Ch3, dc in the next 14 stitches, (cl, ch2, cl) in the next ch2 space in alternate colour, *With main colour dc in the next 27 stitches, (cl, ch2, cl) in the next ch2 space in alternate colour*, repeat twice, dc in the last stitch 12 stitches with main colour, join to the starting chain (join with contrasting colour).

15: Complete this round using only the contrasting colour. Ch3, dc in the next 15 stitches, (cl, ch2, cl) in the next ch2 space *dc in the next 29 stitches, (cl, ch2, cl) in the next ch2 space *, repeat twice, dc in the last stitch 13 stitches, join to the starting chain.

16: Continue with contrasting colour. Ch2, hdc in the first 16 stitches, (3hdc, ch2, 3hdc) in the next ch2, *hdc in the next 31 stitches, (3hdc, ch2, 3hdc) in the next ch2*, repeat twice, hdc in the last 14 stitches, join to the starting chain.

End off and weave in tails.

Alternative edge ideas: You could easily add a second round for a thicker edge, or even reverse sc (ch2 in each corner) after round 16. For a more feminine blanket try a picot edge after round 16.

Blocking: It is best to block this blanket. I use acrylic yarn, so I went block by getting the blanket damp, and pinning it out on some old foam letter mats.


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Good morning all!

I think, probably one of the most popular things to scrapbook, and indeed the reason a lot of people take it up, is when a new baby enters their lives. It's a great way to preserve photos and create something beautiful. Indeed, it's the very reason why I started scrapbooking years and years ago!

Today's scrapkit, Sweet Girl, is all about things PINK! From sweet little tags to the alpha set, this kit is bursting with pretty! Shiny, glittery, and very very PINK!




June Free Digital Scrapbook Kit - Sweet Girl

Included in this kit:

14 Papers
6 Buttons
1 Alpha
9 Ribbons and bows
5 Frames
5 Stickers
1 Journal block
7 Tags
and
43 Other Embellishments!

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Good morning all!

Recently I've been playing with paper crafts! I've always loved to scrapbook, and now I've been playing with cards and happy mail, and having oodles of fun along the way!

One thing I noticed though, was that I have a LOT of leftover pieces. You guys know, Im a huge fan of not wasting stuff, and upcycling, so today Im going to show you how I made some cute little embellishments from scraps!

Today Im focusing on circles. I recently purchased a set of hole punches that make 3 sizes of circles, so it was a good chance to play with them.

I've never blogged anything like this before, so.. Are the descriptions ok? Would you prefer no descriptions and just the photos? Something else I've not thought about? Let me know. I can't wait to share more paper craft adventures!





To make these embellishments you will need:

Scrap paper or cardstock
Glue
A Stapler
Some Bling (I found some stashed in the craft draws, the small silver shapes are about 8 years old!)
Words or phrases. These could be stickers, cut out from magazines or just leftover from other projects. I had a heap left from some cards I'd made (I just printed words onto cardstock, and cut into strips)
Foam Tape





Cluster 1: Position a small circle over a larger one and glue down. Offset a word of phrase to the bottom right with foam tape for height. Add some bling to the top left!







Cluster 2: Cut one circle in half, and cut 2 different length strips. Place the shorter of the 2 strips on the large circle, and attach a half circle on top. Add the longer strip to the right of the shorter one. Cover the strips with a smaller circle. Use foam tape to attach a word or phrase to the main circle, in the middle so it covers the half circle line. Put some bling beside the word.





Cluster 3: Glue one smaller circle to the center of a larger one. Choose 2 words of phrases and attach them to the circle using a stapler. I stapled twice. Add some bling under the staples.




Cluster 4: Cut 2 circles in half. Alternating colours, fan them out over a 90 degree angle, adding glue to adhere them together. Attach a word of phrase to the bottom, and some bling to the left of the word.

See, I told you these were easy! Probably you didn't even need the descriptions! It's a great way to use up all those little pieces of scrap that are sitting around, and can be added to so many things! Scrapbooks, cards, loaded envelopes, flip-books, as paperclip toppers or even used in planners. Oodles of options, all from a few pieces of scrap!
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