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crochet chat : Hexipetl Shawl for Gomitoli's

emma lamb

Hello and happy Monday my blog buddies! Today I have some fabulous news to share about the 'Italian project' I've been teasing you with recently. I am so excited that at last it is here and at last I can share what it is with you all! So without further ado this is my Hexipetl Shawl designed exclusively for Gomitoli's which is currently available on their website as a limited edition kit...

 Hexipetl Shawl : Exclusive kit design by Emma Lamb for the Italian yarn company Gomitoli's | Emma Lamb

Yay! It is such a relief to finally be able to tell you all about this gorgeous project that I was working on back in June. This beautiful yarn was turned into these sneaky peek pics which were then quickly turned into this gorgeous summer shawl. I hope you are loving it just as much as I am?

If you are and want to whip up your own Hexipetl Shawl you can find the limited edition kit here. It includes all the Spring Cashmere yarn you will need to make the shawl plus the pattern in both English (with UK crochet terms) and Italian translations. You will also be sent the charted version of the design which is a little more universal as a crochet language - useful if you find translating between UK and American crochet terms a little tricky or aren't an English or Italian reader!

Gomitoli's tell me that they will ship the kit worldwide (with the exception of China) and they have given me a very special discount code to pass on to all of you, yay! Until the end of this month all my lovely followers will receive a 15% discount off the regular kit price (€79.50) with the code: emma_lamb_gomitolis

 Hexipetl Shawl : Exclusive kit design by Emma Lamb for the Italian yarn company Gomitoli's | Emma Lamb
 Hexipetl Shawl : Exclusive kit design by Emma Lamb for the Italian yarn company Gomitoli's | Emma Lamb
 Hexipetl Shawl : Exclusive kit design by Emma Lamb for the Italian yarn company Gomitoli's | Emma Lamb

A little bit about this design: Originally when Gomitoli's got in touch to commission me to design a kit for them the brief was nothing more than a summer kit using their Spring Cashmere yarn. Now when someone gives you such a wide open brief as that there's a moment of excitement when you think to yourself 'I could do anything!' quickly followed by an equally powerful moment of sheer panic when you think 'I could do anything!' But then you start to focus and begin to think about ideas that have been rumbling about in the back of your mind and you flip through a few scribbled notes before forming a plan.

Recently I've had a real hankering to work up some shawl ideas and when I proposed this to the lovely folk at Gomitoli's they loved the idea. Obviously I knew it had to be something floral and colourful for my first shawl design so I began improving little motifs until I found something I thought would work. After finalising the stitch pattern and getting a seal of approval from Gomitoli's it was time to think about colour - unusual for me since I often start a project with strong colour ideas in mind before the yarn gets any where near my hooks!

 Hexipetl Shawl : Exclusive kit design by Emma Lamb for the Italian yarn company Gomitoli's | Emma Lamb

So yes colour! After yet another of those excitement / panic moments I began experimenting with all kinds of grand ideas and elaborate colour combinations. It was so easy to get carried away with the lovely collection colours in Gomitoli's Spring Cashmere! Once I had pulled a few solid ideas together I sent them off keeping my fingers crossed that they would pick out my favourite. They didn't. Instead they chose this asymmetric rainbow and honestly, I am so pleased they did because it turned out beautifully and I couldn't be more pleased with this design!

Once the yarn samples arrived I spent a blissful week crocheting the very first Hexipetl Shawl sample while doing the usual film watching and copious amounts of tea drinking and chocolate nibbling. I have the best job ever!

Bringing the sample together was such an great process because at every stage of crocheting I got more and more excited about the design, you'll know what I'm talking about when crochet your own Hexipetl Shawl. When all those colours come together in the ombre style section before you finish the bulk of the shawl in cream - it's just so satisfying! I'll be honest and tell you it was a bitter sweet moment packing up this beauty to send to Italy, especially after getting to model it for these images! It is so comfortable to wear because the cashmere makes it feel soft while the cotton and open stitch design keep it cool. It's not woolly or heavy at all. Absolutely perfect for summer!

 Hexipetl Shawl : Exclusive kit design by Emma Lamb for the Italian yarn company Gomitoli's | Emma Lamb

So what do you think of my Hexipetl Shawl design? I'd love to know your thoughts. And remember, until the end of this month all my lovely followers will receive a 15% discount off the regular Hexipetl Shawl kit price (€79.50) with the code: emma_lamb_gomitolis

Emma

 

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Instagram!

emma lamb

 Woo-hoo!!! I'm on Instagram now, come follow me as @emmalamb.uk ...if you like!? | Emma Lamb

Hello! Hello! It's been a wee while hasn't it!? I hadn't planned to be away from my blog for so long but the last few weeks have just been so busy and then I went and bought myself a new toy. A spiffy new tablet! My first tablet in fact! Actually my first ever techie mobile device!

So far in my 30+ years of existence I have lived quite happily without a mobile phone and plan to do just that for as long as possible. Since I'm a wee bit of a loner who spends most of her time happily in her own company (+1 adorable spaniel of course!) I've never needed one either. But a tablet on the other hand... oooh! I've had a hankering for one of these lovelies for what feels like an age now and finally I treated myself to a nifty little Nexus.

 Woo-hoo!!! I'm on Instagram now, come follow me as @emmalamb.uk ...if you like!? | Emma Lamb

I picked a Nexus because of the great reviews about it's screen and colour display (which lives up to everything I read!), plus the fact that it has a 1.2 megapixel camera as well as the webcam. It's a pretty nifty little camera too, a few of these shots were taken with it and in terms of digital images for use online there's little difference in quality. The only obvious restrictions are when it comes to lighting control and whatnot but for cute, quick snaps it is spot on!

 Woo-hoo!!! I'm on Instagram now, come follow me as @emmalamb.uk ...if you like!? | Emma Lamb

So with that in mind can you guess how long it was before I had my first pic on Instagram!? Okay, so it was a couple of hours but that was only because I met my Man for lunch right after buying it then couldn't remember my Google password off the top of my head and had to wait until I got home! But dammit, if it wasn't for all that it would have been less than ten minutes I swear!

 Woo-hoo!!! I'm on Instagram now, come follow me as @emmalamb.uk ...if you like!? | Emma Lamb

So yes, as well as a bunch of work and enjoying a wee bit of summer weather here in Edinburgh I've been Instagramming a ton of stuff and loving it! Obviously I got carried away with the fab filters in the beginning but I'm just about over that now, having settled on 'Hudson' as one of my go to faves. If you'd like to follow me you can find me here as @emmalamb.uk and Spanner who already has his own wee hashtag, he is the #spannerdog

Emma

 

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crochet pinning : monochrome

emma lamb

Hello my blog buddies and happy, happy Friday! Today I'm going monochrome with lots of black, white and neutral crochet inspiration picks. It's not a common theme in my crochet or even around this blog as you know, but it is something I've been thinking about a lot lately and something I'm finding inspiring for a couple of reasons...

 crochet pinning : monochrome | Emma Lamb

The black and white 'Scandi' theme is huge right now and has been for a while and I am sure it will be for a long, long time to come too since it is such a modern classic. And while I would love to live with but just can't because it is a little too austere for my more Scandi Boho / bit-of-a-hoarder style it does have some interesting lessons to teach and ideas to inspire us...

Obviously the main one is the use of 'white space' which we all know about and which I love because it is such a good way to make the most of pops of beautiful colour. Another idea, and the one I am really interested in at the moment, is how stripping out the colour can make you approach things a little differently and maybe force you to think more in depth about the project in hand. Whether your thinking about how to decorate a room or an art project, planning a quilt layout or considering ideas for new crochet designs it makes you think a little more in depth about pattern, contrast, shape, form and texture. When colour isn't in play (only tonal and monochromatic variations of black and white) how do you create visual and sensory interest? I know these concepts aren't new (so far from it in fact!) but as someone who thinks in colour (a lot!) it feels really refreshing and inspiring, almost liberating!

These are just a few of the crochet finds that have caught my eye lately for these very reasons. I've already added Daina Taimina's book 'Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes' to my wish list, the book that inspired Gabriele Meyer's amazing collection of crochet sculptures 'hyperbolic surfaces' and I'm feeling so inspired by bobbly popcorn stitches today!

 crochet pinning : monochrome | Emma Lamb
 crochet pinning : monochrome | Emma Lamb
 crochet pinning : monochrome | Emma Lamb
 crochet pinning : monochrome | Emma Lamb
 crochet pinning : monochrome | Emma Lamb
 crochet pinning : monochrome | Emma Lamb

11. {PIN} Falabella Large crocheted shoulder bag | Stella McCartney
12. {PIN} Whit's Knits: Crocheted Set-of-Three Pot Holders | The Purl Bee

Remember you can follow my crochet pins on the Makers on Pinterest Crochet board and all my other, generally more colourful pins here too :)

Emma

 

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crochet chat : the 'Italian project'

emma lamb

 crochet chat : the 'Italian' project | Emma Lamb

'Tis done! The 'Italian' project as it has been nicknamed has now been sampled, written, charted, photographed and is now ready for sending to Italy... woo-hoo! Although I still can't divulge all the details just yet I do hope you enjoy these few sneaky peeks, even as cryptic as they are!?

 crochet chat : the 'Italian' project | Emma Lamb

Thankfully the lovely people at Gomitoli's were kind enough to extend the deadline a little since the finished product is a reasonable sized piece to create. I think I calculated over 47,000 stitches in all! That's a lot of stitches I can tell you, but an absolute dream to work in their Spring Cashmere yarn, especially in the warm weather. The cashmere, silk and cotton blend is a perfect balance for a summer project as it doesn't get too hot when you have it piled up on your lap. Plus this yarn was very kind to my hands, no drying or irritation as can sometimes happen with wool blends in the summer. Have any of you tried it for yourselves yet? If you have let me know in the comments, I'd love to know your thoughts.

 crochet chat : the 'Italian' project | Emma Lamb
 crochet chat : the 'Italian' project | Emma Lamb

Oh I am so excited for you guys to try this project for yourselves, I think you will love it! I can't wait to show you it in full! Hopefully that won't be too far away now. There has been some suggestion that the kit will be ready for early July but I'm not 100% sure just yet, I'll keep you posted on that one. There's also a little rumour that there might be a little something special just for my blog readers so stay tuned for that one too :)

 crochet chat : the 'Italian' project | Emma Lamb
 crochet chat : the 'Italian' project | Emma Lamb

What else, what else? Hmmm. I think that's all I can share just now but it won't be long until the full reveal... eeep! In the meantime I hope you have enjoyed a wee bit of floral summer colour? Taking these photos is always such a fun and inspiring part of the creative process for me. I love these last two so much, so many more ideas are bubbling up from these alone!

Emma

 

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colour crush : Pretty Living's colourful vintage wedding style

emma lamb

 colour crush : Pretty Living's colourful vintage wedding style | Emma Lamb

Last week my lovely friend Ivy Long of Edera Jewelry shared some beautiful images of a gorgeous wedding photo shoot featuring pieces from her handmade wedding collection. As soon as I saw those images and found my way to Pretty Living Magazine's wedding special I felt another colour crush coming on!

But first up, if you don't know of Ivy and her incredible handmade jewellery collection the necklace pictured above is worked in her signature handmade lace (that is hand crochet with silver threads no less!) and embellished with vintage pearls, crystals and beads. Each and every piece she creates is just as delicate and intricate and breathtakingly beautiful as this! I am lucky enough to be the very proud owner of one of Ivy's necklaces and I can tell you her work is just incredible! Uniquely beautiful and an absolute joy to wear! I completely understand why brides covet her pieces as much as they do because they make you feel great. Special even. Please do visit her website and shop to see more of her collection and stop by her Facebook page to keep up to date with her current projects. I promise you will not be disappointed!

 colour crush : Pretty Living's colourful vintage wedding style | Emma Lamb

So yes, onto my colour crush! In recent years wedding trends seem to have been focused largely around the prairie and rustic farm theme with barn weddings seeming to be most popular. At least that's what I tend to see a lot of and my Pinterest feed which is often choc full of images of long tables using hay bales covered with vintage quilts and crochet tablecloths. Pretty and lovely, absolutely! But a wee bit over done to me. Maybe that's why I'm loving this colourful vintage shoot that's just a little bit bohemian eclectic. Not a brand new trend by any means but it feels really fresh and uplifting to my eyes.

 colour crush : Pretty Living's colourful vintage wedding style | Emma Lamb
 colour crush : Pretty Living's colourful vintage wedding style | Emma Lamb
 colour crush : Pretty Living's colourful vintage wedding style | Emma Lamb

Of course it's all the fabulous floral details and colours that I love most about this shoot. How about that candelabra hanging from the ceiling? It's decorated with gorgeous bright pink silk flowers. And the simple three tier floral cake also with pink blooms complemented by bright over sized tissue paper flowers in yellow, turquoise and yet more pink. Paper flowers are such a huge trend right now too and these look amazing in this setting! All of those amazing colours are contrasted with the natural tones of the fresh roses and Ivy's delicate floral motifs in her jewellery. On first though that mix of floral styles and colours sounds too much but when you actually bring them together magic happens and it works perfectly!

You can see more details from this photo shoot starting on page 44 of Pretty Living Magazine, The Wedding Special here. The digital issue is available for free but you can also buy an actual copy if you wish as it ships to most countries around the world from the US. Also, if you have a moment you should check out Pretty Living too as they seem like a pretty awesome and supportive group of people headed by Charissa Lauren...

"Pretty Living is about passion and chasing dreams while setting a positive visual image. We believe in showcasing the beauty of the world and the growth of individuals and businesses. We’re feminine and empowering and seek the beauty of and from life. We are Public Relations with Style representing women in business and entrepreneurs."

 colour crush : Pretty Living's colourful vintage wedding style | Emma Lamb
 colour crush : Pretty Living's colourful vintage wedding style | Emma Lamb

CREDITS
Photographer: Angie Candell of La Candella Weddings
Cake: Tin Man Sweets
Model: Hannah Novak
Hair: Kim Rohanna
Makeup : Reema Anbari
Paper Flowers: Especiallyforyoubyyw
Props: Vintage Alley
Florist: Cassandra's Florals
Accessories Designer: Kata Banko Couture
Jewelry: Edera Jewelry
Wedding Dress: Arlette Kronk
Venue: Steelgate Studio

A huge thank you to Angie Candell of La Candella Weddings for giving kind permission to share her photos and to my lovely friend Ivy Long of Edera Jewelry for her help sourcing the images!

Emma

 

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