20 October 2016

Bali Wrap Pattern

Looking at this picture takes me right back to summer.

Do you remember my post from July where I was making up these colourful flowers while hiding in the shade as the sun blazed down during a brief heatwave?  Ahh, it seems so long ago now...

But then again, that post was written exactly three months ago and today I'm here to release the pattern.  Three months?  That's lightning speed by my standards folks.  I've been averaging a year or so for project to pattern turnaround just lately so I'm feeling like a real dynamo right now! 

I suppose if I was anything like organised I'd be planning these things in advance, working on winter projects while in summer and vice versa.  Isn't that what professionals do?  But I'm afraid I'm much more likely to go with the flow and listen to the weather when it comes to getting creative.  Oh well, if it's getting colder here, that means elsewhere in the world it's getting warmer, so maybe it's ok.

Plus the fact, as inspired by sunny climes as this wrap is, you really need a bit of chill in the air before you fancy encasing you upper regions in the woolly stuff, so I guess it all works out in the end.

 I've spoken about this wrap on my podcast before, so you may know a little about it already, but to bring you up to speed if you don't already know, here's a little background for you.   The yarn (Batik DK) was actually gifted to me at the Stylecraft Blogstars get together earlier this year and although I loved the beautiful assortment of colours we received nothing quite popped into my head as the perfect thing to use it for, so I started to play instead.

I tried a few different ideas but it wasn't until I hit upon these flowers that I had the warm and fuzzy feeling that I was on the right track.  'Bingo!' my inner voice seemed to say.  For some reason, it's the joining of these motifs that really speaks to me this time, I just love the extra patterns the corners make as they come together.  Well, it's the small things, what can I say?

Once that was sorted everything fell into place.

The name of Bali seemed so very appropriate for this wrap.  The name of the yarn, 'batik' is a dying process that originated in Indonesia and my bright and bold flowers would be right at home in the tropical warmth of those islands too.   I don't suppose there is too much call for a wrap like this in those parts but I do love the idea that I can cary a touch of that warmth with me this winter.

To celebrate the new pattern release and add a little Bali brightness to these increasingly colder days, I thought I'd do a little introductory discount too.  So if you fancy a go at this pattern and you want to snap up a copy now you can get a 20% discount.    

Sandra Paul

Bali Wrap Pattern

20% Discount 

 price automatically reduced on checkout
offer ends: 27th October 2016, Midnight GMT


For more pattern details and to check correct price before you buy
please see the Bali Wrap pattern page on Ravelry

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I do hope you enjoy the pattern and as always, if you spot a problem please do let me know.

I'd also love to see what you do with yours...

 Come and join the Cherry Heart's Cozy Corner on Ravelry
or tag your pics with #CHBaliWrap

S x



18 October 2016

Basket Basket Giveaway Winner!

Wowzers everyone!

Thank you so much for your fantastic response to this giveaway and your kind words about these beautiful baskets.

There were an amazing XXX entries and it's been really lovely to read them all and find out all the wide and wonderful things that this basket might be used for.

As is only right and proper, yarn and our yarny projects featured very highly  on the list of things to keep inside, some of you also hoping to save your precious stash from curious pets in the process.  I can relate to that problem, that's for sure.

I really liked the idea that some of you wanted to use the basket to transport your projects to your yarny meet-ups or elsewhere, what a great idea.  A reminder too that I really must time a seek a similar such meet-up myself sometime soon.

Others thought maybe picnics, shopping or toy storage would be the best use and someone even suggested a dachshund might be popped inside!  Yep, I can confirm that they do fit, if that helps... ;)

So, without further ado, let me announce that the number number generator has been consulted
and our winner is....

Lesley White

who said...

"Can't wait for you to reveal your latest project in the basket. I would love one of those baskets so I could stop Mollie my cat using it as YET ANOTHER bed station and sleeping on my work in progress blankets as you can close it up."

Congratulations to you!

I'll pass your details to Virginia of Basket Basket and a lovely hand woven beauty will shortly be on it's way to you.

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Thank you so much to everyone that entered and for taking to leave such interesting comments.

S x



13 October 2016

Podcast Episode 18

Ravelry Episode Thread

Show Notes

: :   DOING   : :

Hexagon Project Bag To Be

Fabrics: Various from stash

Blueberry Pancakes in November
Ravelry Page

Yarn:  Hazel Sock by Herbstblatt Regina in Blueberry Pancakes
Pattern: Anemone bu Wei S Leong

: :   DONE   : :

Head over Heels in September
Ravelry Page

Yarn: Head over Heels by Stylecraft in Eiger
Pattern:  From my head

Bubblegum Waffles in October
Ravelry Page

Yarn:  Standard Sock blank by Truly Hooked in 'pink, yellow, grey'
Pattern:  Blueberry Waffle Socks by Sandy Turner

: :   PIPS   : :

Bobbing Along Blanket

Pattern out now!

Read more about it and find links to the pattern here.

Bali Wrap

Pattern coming next week!

Hear more about it here and here

Getting Ziggy Shawl
(Aka - The Wonky Zebra!)

In testing, to be released in November
I talked about this shawl more here

: :   GOODIES   : :

Swap from Himiko

Hedgerow Yarns
Twinkly Toes Merino Sock - OOAK (One Of A Kind) colourway

Herbstblatt Regina
Hazel Soft Sock in Untypical Fall Colours
Witch Hazel in Fall is in the Air
Hazel Soft Sock Mini Skeins - Herbstblatt Loves Fall Collection
Ravelry Stash Page for colours

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S x



11 October 2016

Basket Basket Giveaway

 One of the many joys of my trip to Fibre East this year, was finding the lovely Basket Basket stand.  I'd spied it the previous year but unfortunately the budget was long since blown by the time I came across the selection of colourful and pretty baskets.  This time things were different and I had a fine old time browsing amongst the woven goodies that Virginia, the owner, had brought with her.

Now I do love a fabric project bag as much as the next person, and for knitting, that's what I use most often to store my current wip.  When it comes to crochet though, I'm nearly always mixing quite a few colours and for me that's when the basket beats the bag hands down.   A basket will hold an awful lot of yarn and that's very handy when you are working on a big project like a blanket of course, but best of all, it will obligingly stay wonderful upright and open allowing all the glorious colours to stay nice and visible and just a hands stretch away while you work.  Perfect.

I decided to treat myself to a couple of Virigina's lovely baskets that day.  Firstly I wanted a lovely big open basket and plumped for one in a sort of French market style, with the natural creamy colour on the outside and a pretty flowery lining on the inside.  I've been using this one for yarny projects of course, but it's been very handy to use as a large handbag too.  I can get everything in on days when there's lots to cart about.

I also fell for with this 'barrel basket'.  I just love the shape of it and the fact it's got those cute little round handles on the side.  It's going to be great to use when I'm working on a crochet shawl or even for knitted socks and will be so easy to pick up and relocate to wherever it is I've decided to curl up and stitch for a bit, which is rather an essential feature for me.  At the moment though it's happily storing some of the other Fibre East goodies and it looks very nice doing that too.

But actually, what I want to talk to you about most today is this beautiful basket here that I was given to review.  This is the Bosaka Shopping Basket and it's made in Madagascar.   Now the thing that attracted me most to this particular basket, apart from the fact it looked so pretty in these pink and blue colours, is the way it fastens.  It's a little bit different and I think it's really clever.

First of all, it fastens in quite a regular way.  From side to side, between the handles.  Most useful for keeping everything together and makes it a little easier to store too, as it takes up less space this way.  But, it also has a second fastening on either end of the basket opening, which you can use instead if you want to, or better still is slipping this second loop into place too.  That way everything inside is safe and snug, it makes it even easier to carry around and I like how cute it looked that way!

Over the last couple of months I've been taking this little basket out for a bit of a test drive and I have to say, it's proved super useful.  It was an absolute boon on holiday, the perfect beach bag with plenty of space for towels, suncream, sunglasses, drinks and everything else a family needs.

We used in it the car to hold lunch for the journey and it's been on numerous swimming trips and a few picnics too, it's really a great size for that kind of thing and the double cinching feature is brilliant for swimming lockers!

Last, but definitely not least, it also holds an amazing amount of yarn.  It holds plenty of big 100g balls and it was the perfect thing to store my t-shirt yarn rug when that started to get large and weighty.  At the moment it's stationed by the chair in the craft room holding lots of experimental samples so it's close at hand for a big wip I'm working on at the moment.

But the very best thing of all is that, as part of this review of mine, Virginia of Basket Basket has kindly allowed me to offer you a chance to win one of these baskets for yourself.  So exciting!

All you need to do is leave a comment here on the blog letting me know what you'd like to use your basket for.  Do take a moment to check out the Basket Basket site and while you are there, have a look at the five colours this basket comes in, as you'll get to choose the colour of your basket if you win.

UK only


Bosaka Shopping Basket
(in your choice of colour - click here for colours)

to enter...

 Leave a comment below and tell me

what would you use your basket for?

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18th Oct 2016 - This giveaway is now closed - Thanks for playing!

The competition will close on Monday 17th October 2016 at midnight (GMT)
I'll draw a winner from the comments below and announce it here on the blog

Edited to add:
Oh my goodness, in my excitement I forgot to say that the giveaway is open to UK residents only!
I do apologise for the confusion.

S x



I received the pink and blue Bosaka Shopping Basket only free of charge for this review however all opinions given are my own.

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