Spotted Etsy:: Four Fabulous Fruits!

 

 

Jewellery:: These dainty little blueberries are great. Quirky and unique!

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Fruit print figs vintage Botanical Print by Marilena Pistoia kitchen decor gardening gift 8 x 11.75 inches

 

Art:: “This is a print of an illustration by Italian botanical artist Marilena Pistoia”.

It reminds me Croatia last October. With my parter and his family who had come to visit us, there were fig trees everywhere (and pomegranates, kiwis, strawberries, almonds, walnuts, oranges) and I picked a ripe one from a tree. It was so delicious and juicy, I had never tasted a fig so fresh! Croatia is fantastic for foraging.

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Tutti Fruitti Fruit Patterned Men's Bow Tie

“This is a handmade, pre-tied men’s bow tie made from a crazy fruit print high quality cotton fabric.” What guy doens’t need this juicy bow tie to brighten up their outfit!

 

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2016 Farmer's Market Wall Calendar

I love this Farmers Market calandar it would make a beautiful addition to any kitchen!

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Knit:: Mountain Cowl – My First Design

Whilst travelling around Europe last year I was inspired by all the different landscapes of the various countries. Along the way I made notes, made a few sketches and waited until I returned to the UK to put all that inspiration into some kind of yarny design – my pioneering venture into pattern writing.

One thing I couldn’t decide upon was whether to Knit it or Hook it. Knitting or Crochet! Needles or Hooks! Purls or Trebles! Back and forth back and forth until I had an amazing idea. I’ll do both. One pattern, two styles. Not only would that mean more people could enjoy my patterns, it also meant that I wouldn’t have to choose between the two, it allows me to practice writing patterns for both skills, I get to enjoy how one idea can be worked in two very different ways and I don’t just have to focus knitting or crochet but get a balance of both! So basically, a lot of benefits!

There will be four patterns altogether, all designed by me. The style will be fun and free, bright and yet soft, not too difficult or time consuming. I will put as much information into the patterns as I can but ultimately you can interpret them however you like. If you want to make it bigger, with chunky yarn and size 10 needles – go for it! If you want to use different colours or different yarns – go for it! It’s just there as a guide and as inspiration. Feel free to share the patterns, sell or gift what you make – all I ask is that you link back to my blog or the pattern on my blog.

 Right let’s get down to it. 

The first in my European inspired patterns is the “Snowy Mountain Cowl” inspired by the ranges in Northern Italy, Montenegro and Romania.

We camped for a week in Brunico where “the Val Pusteria-Pustertal valley forms the vertex between the main ridge of the Alps and Dolomites”

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…to wake up to this view every morning was amazing. The campsite was enveloped by mountains and the low hanging clouds were so picturesque.

Montenegro has a stunning landscape. So mountainous, so untouched in most places. Below are some of the churches and the Ostrog monastery built into the large rock of Ostroška Greda, it was a long climb to the top!

Finally, Romania in December, where we experienced our first snow, which was a world away from the 30 degrees in Northern Italy in August! Sinaia is a town, in a mountainous area on the Prahova River valley, just east of the Bucegi Mountains.  It was a small but quaint town, this photo was taken after a trip up the mountains in the cable cars. What a view.

All this led to my very first knitted design – The Snowy Mountain Cowl!

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I’m really proud of this design, not only because I created it but because I finished it! I have been wanting to design my own patterns since I first started to crochet and since I first picked up a set of needles! I really enjoyed the process from painting my idea and transferring that onto graph paper, to choosing the yarn to knitting it up and blocking it.

I will be writing up the knitted pattern (free of course!) in the next post for everyone to enjoy. If there are any mistakes, or it’s unclear, please let me know as this is my very first pattern and I am only just learning.

Thanks for reading!

Dominique

 

 

 

 

 

Snapshots:: Durham, UK

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The city of Durham is so lovely. The cathedral, the castle and the university buildings, which dominate a lot of the city, really come together to create a splendid place. For the time being I am staying not so far from Durham  centre so this lovely city is only a short bus ride away.

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The market square with a modern day carousel and some lovely market stalls selling homemade cakes and handmade spoons.

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And look at this I picked up!!

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Tea bag tongs! Say goodbye to burned fingers and the cumbersome teaspoon. HaHa. :D

Thanks for reading

Dominique.

Knit:: Favourite (Free!) Ravelry Patterns

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A gorgeous two colour cowl that is perfect for those days with a biting chill. This would look lovely in any colour or as a quick whip-up gift.

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Another cowl. But what I like about this is how it dips into the triangular shape at the bottom. Often I wear a cowl and I can feel the breeze nipping at the back of my neck and finding its way through an opening at the front of my coat, but this cowl can be tucked in and will keep your neck warm. This is definitely on my “to-make” list, though I think I would tweek it a little and add a bit of colour, perhaps a motif around the bottom.

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I love this waist length feminine cardi. It’s a perfect fit, not too oversized that it’s resigned to being worn on Bed Days or Lazy Days but it’s perfect for a day at work or a casual meal with friends. I have yet to knit an actual garment and I do plan to, so I’ve saved this one for later! So many projects so little time.

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Look at the colours! Look at the pattern! It’s almost like an optical illusion but somehow it works. I like.

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How cute is this little shrug? A perfect addition to any dress. It’s so delicate and quaint.

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Thanks for reading!

Dominique

Etsy:: Hidden Gems – Whales

I would love to go whale watching – I intend to at some point – and see these spectacular creatures in the seemingly limitless landscape of the open ocean. There is something about those magnificent giants that fills me with wonder.

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These watercolour prints are just delightful and would suit any wall!

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This little brooch is derived from a vintage print and I just love it! A little unusual but funky all the same.

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Who doesn’t love notebooks? This beauty, printed on recycled paper, is absolutely perfect for half filling with lists and plans and doodles then left on the desk to be admired. Naughty notebook hoarders!

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This lampshade, with a whale swimming around it in loops is a perfect touch to any lounge or bedroom!

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And there we have it, a little selection of four whale themed gifts!

Thanks for reading!
Dominique

Knitting:: Favourite Things Scarf… Update

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Anytime we board a bus/coach/train/ferry/horse and cart (kidding) I get out my needles.

As you can see it’s coming along nicely, even the patterns I designed myself are working well! Did you guess that it would be a stack of books?! I really wanted to include reading/books on my scarf because that is one of my main passions. Some things I pick up and put down but I always, always have a book on me. Sometimes two.
I scoured the internet looking for a book related pattern but found nothing! So I took to my trusty little graph notepad (absolute lifesaver) and designed my own stack of books. Resembling the to-be-read stack by my bed.

I’m still unsure about how long it’s going to be or whether it will be summer by the time I finish and far to warm to wear but I still have a lot of motifs jotted down and plenty I want to knit up so I’m going to continue until it’s at least over a meter.

Have any of you made a favourite things scarf? Leave a link in the comment below and I’ll come and check it out!
Would anyone like me to upload the motifs I’ve made?

Thanks for reading!
Dominique

Crochet:: Blankets

As I’m hopping from one hostel to another I really miss my old snuggly bed back home with its plethora of blankets, second hand, hand made and handed down. Below is some crochet blanket eye candy from around the web. I am sort of looking forward to getting home and hooking up my own! A lot of new and exciting patterns have been springing up all over the shop and I know I have enough yarn in my stash for one! (Or two or three…)

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Love the different patterns here

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so many beautiful colours

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There are so many wonderful variations on the Sophie’s Garden pattern! *free on Raverly.

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This one with it’s cool tones and mixture of stitches is awesome. I sometimes get bored by the repetitive treble crochet and it’s nice to mix it up.

Well, as you can see I’ve been attracted like a bee to all the colourful blankets. They are just a pop of happy in these dreary cold winter days!

Thanks for reading
Dominique