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Hollypips by Hollypips - 1y ago

I’m very sentimental at heart…maybe that’s why I take so many photos, the children are growing so quickly I want to remember all these little moments. But like a lot of people these days the photos tend to stay on my phone. So when the lovely Kate from Squared.one got in touch to see if I’d like to review their fridge magnets I jumped at the chance. I had a few made when Pip was little but hadn’t got round to ordering any since so my fridge was missing photos of Milo – this was a great chance to rectify that!

This has been a busy year – Pip has started school so I ordered magnets of her first day, world book day and other little milestones for her.

We had a lovely holiday in Cornwall, visiting the Eden Project, going to the beach and aquarium and Milo had his first pony ride.

I ordered some lovely ones of Milo on his birthday, cooking and smiling (that had to be printed because it’s rare that I persuade him to smile at a camera!).

And we had a couple of fantastic snow days – the first time both children had seen proper snow – these are the memories I want to capture and have on display, and now I get to see them on my fridge and it makes me smile every time.

Squared.one have the option to have both square and round fridge magnets which I really like, and being 7cm in diameter they’re big enough that you can see the photo properly. They also have a lovely glossy finish and the printed colours are true to my original photos. The website is very easy to use – so easy that I could order them on my phone with one hand while feeding Milo with the other! If you want to order some here is the link.

[Disclaimer – I received a voucher to order magnets for the purposes of this review #gifted ]

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Hollypips by Hollypips - 1y ago

I love crochet baskets – big ones are great for storing yarn, you can make nesting ones and hanging ones, I even have a small one on my desk for pens. I wrote this pattern for the hobbycraft blog last year and thought I’d share it here too for anyone who would like to make it.


How To Make An Easter Petal Basket
You Will Need:

2x balls of Conway + Bliss Odin in Lilac

8mm hook

Small amounts of Hayfield Bonus DK in green, yellow and white

Needle (for sewing in ends)

Stitch marker
How to make the basket:

Working with two strands of Debbie Bliss Odin at the same time:

Form a magic ring, 6dc into the ring and tighten (6)

2dc in each stitch (place a stitch marker into your first stitch, and for every round) (12)

1dc into first stitch, 2dc into the next stitch *dc, 2dc* until end of the round (18)

2dc into first stitch, dc into the next two stitches *2dc, dc, dc* until end of round (24)

*2dc, dc into next 3 stitches* (30)

dc in front loops only for the whole round (30)

Rounds 7-15: dc in every stitch (30) (Nb this is 9 rounds)

*dc, ch1, skip 1* repeat until end of round (30)

dc into every dc and ch space from previous round (30)

Slip stitch into next stitch, *skip 2, 7tr into next stitch, skip 2, slst* repeat until end of round (this forms the petal edge of the basket)

Finish off and weave in ends


To make the daisy garland:
Leaf 1: With Hayfield Bonus DK in green, ch8, then working down the chain into each chain stitch work the following: sk1, slst, dc, htr, tr, htr, dc then slst and ch1.

Working down the other side of the original ch8, now work: slst, dc, htr, tr, htr, dc, slst.

Now chain 108 stitches (this should comfortably go round the circumference of your basket – adjust as necessary). Once you’ve done this, put a safety pin or stitch marker through your last chain and then thread it through the holes in your basket made in round 16 until it comes back out at the start – make sure Leaf 1 remains at the start and doesn’t get threaded through.

Make Leaf 2 by following the Leaf 1 instructions on the last 8 chains you made.

Finish off and weave in ends.

To make the daisy – with yellow, 6dc in magic ring and tighten. Then 2dc into each stitch and fasten off (12).

Join the white yarn into any stitch from the previous round, ch4 then slst into next stitch, *slst, ch4, slst* until end of round (forms 6 chain petals).

*Slst into chain space of next petal, ch1 then htr, tr, htr, dc, (all in the same petal chain space) then slst into next stitch* repeat until end. (6 petals)

Sew the daisy onto the green leaf chain where the two ends meet above the leaves.

Happy making! I’d love to see any baskets you make so if you’re on Instagram feel free to tag me @holly_pips

Xx

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