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good reads : my Spring Fling Flower Mandala for Crochet Gifts + a giveaway

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good reads : my Spring Fling Flower Mandala for Crochet Gifts + a giveaway | Emma Lamb

Hello my lovelies! Yes indeed, I have some very exciting news for you today about a gorgeous new crochet design - my Spring Fling Flower Mandala! You can find it in the current issue of Crochet Gifts along with a wee interview from me too. Double yay!



Do you remember back in February when I was playing around with some lovely linen yarn from Yarn Stories but being super secretive about what I was working on!? Well this was that project. I was in utter mandala heaven making my own spring loveliness and now that the pattern is finally here you guys can have a go too. Triple yay!

good reads : my Spring Fling Flower Mandala for Crochet Gifts + a giveaway | Emma Lamb
good reads : my Spring Fling Flower Mandala for Crochet Gifts + a giveaway | Emma Lamb

Crochet Gifts is a relatively new quarterly bookazine from Practical Publishing, this is only the third issue. And as they are fairly new it may be a little tricky to track down a copy locally but if you hop on over to their online shop you can find a few copies here, they do ship internationally and at a very reasonable price too! Of course if you would like to chance your luck I do have a spare copy to giveaway ;)

All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning a copy of Crochet Gifts is to share the image below then come back here and leave a wee note in the comments telling me about your favourite spring crochet projects and patterns or your favourite mandala projects and why you love crocheting them so much! This was my first foray into mandala crocheting and now I know why people love making them so much. So addictively therapeutic!

good reads : my Spring Fling Flower Mandala for Crochet Gifts + a giveaway | Emma Lamb

As ever this giveaway will be open for a week, until May 9th and I am happy to ship internationally so it is open to everyone, just be sure to leave a way for me to contact you - preferably by email and again, no twitter handles this time either. Good luck everyone!

Emma, x

ps - Don't forget, you still have until Sunday to enter the My Rag Doll book giveaway.

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crochet crush : Lalylala, the best amigurumi dolls on the block!

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Have you met Dirk the Dragon and his friends? They are the most adorable group of colourful crochet characters you could ever hope to meet! I am just a little bit in love with Dirk right now :)

crochet crush : lalylala, the best amigurumi dolls on the block! | Emma Lamb

This collection of fabulous and whimsical crochet creatures are from the imagination of graphic and textile designer Lydia Tresselt based in Munich, Germany.


"Hello there, my name is Lydia - some call me Laly...

I like the smell of thunderstorms in summer, snail shells, to burst bubble wrap, chocolate & vanilla ice cream and being barefoot in the meadow. In my opinion duct tape is a really important invention. I'm reading books while walking and appreciate to take a stroll in the wood searching mushrooms. Lalylala is the stage for my addiction in crafting - especially crochet and knitting stuff."


The most wonderful thing is that these aren't just objects to buy, no! Lydia has created patterns for each and everyone one of her unique amigurumi doll designs and they are available for you to buy so that you can create your own whimsical creature! How fab is that!? I can crochet my own Dirk to be my bestest friend ever... *ahem* ...after Spanner and my Man of course! Yay! Check out Lalylala's beautiful website to see who is waiting to be crocheted or take a peek at one of her online shops - Etsy, Dawanda or Ravelry - to buy a pattern.

crochet crush : lalylala, the best amigurumi dolls on the block! | Emma Lamb
All images: Lalylala

Once you have bought and downloaded your first Lalylala design be sure to check out Lydia's blog for a special Easter freebie where she shows you how to adapt her basic doll design and create the most adorable Easter rabbit ever! She's called Rita, isn't she gorgeous!?

So tell me, who would you choose to be your bestest friend ever? Yeah, I guess you could also make these for someone else too and I am sure your kids would love Dirk or one of his pals to be their bestest friends too... but you know, priorities!

Oh yes, and if you need a little inspiration be sure to check out the Lalylala crocheters gallery on Pinterest. There are some seriously cute creations on there as well as a few interesting customisations. Happy browsing!

Emma, x

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my first haiku

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my first haiku | Emma Lamb

Since I was feeling so squiffy this weekend I was in need of some instant, super speedy yarn related gratification. Yes I know have at least eleven wips on the go according to my Ravelry count (believe me when I say there are the same again work wise hanging around my studio) and yes I am sure that completing at least one or two of them would lead to vast feelings of achievement and satisfaction... but you know, there's nothing quite like breaking into a gorgeous skein of yarn to start an equally gorgeous project you've had your eye on for a while. OMG! It is sooooooo, so gratifying!


my first haiku: Gentle waves rippling, in repeats of chains and shells, making me happy. | Emma Lamb

So this weekend I added 'haiku' to my cart along with a few other treats and broke into this delicious skein of Old Maiden Aunt that I picked up at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival last spring. It's called 'Buttermint' and is the most delicious shade of ochre mustard you could possibly wish for. I'm working this shawl on a smaller hook than the pattern calls for since I want to make a denser fabric for an early spring shawl. It's still a wee bit chilly here right now and I plan to be wearing this straight from the blocking board! The pattern itself is an easy to memorise repeat so perfect for picking up and doing a few rows before bed when a cold addled head can't cope with anything too complex. It's on my Ravelry pages here if you want to know more. Oh yes, and in honour my first ever haiku shawl I wrote my first ever haiku poem!

Gentle waves rippling,
in repeats of chains and shells,
making me happy.



my first haiku | Emma Lamb

I worked so hard on those seventeen syllables and had to Google 'rippling' just to double check that it was 'rip-pling' and not 'rip-pl-ing'. Accents have such a huge effect on how we pronounce our words both out loud and in our own minds so I was making doubly sure my Scottish / North East England mash up of an accent wasn't making up it's own syllable construction. Honestly this was probably the trickiest little sentence I've ever written! Usually I write as though I'm just chatting with someone and never give much thought to any of the technical stuff. Thing is I'm already thinking about my next haiku, since I'll definitely be crocheting another shawl I will most definitely need another poem to go with it!

Have any of you ever written a haiku? I'd love to read them if you'd like to share them in the comments, it would be great to inspire each other!

Emma, x

ps : The excitement is already building for the next Edinburgh Yarn Festival planned for March 2015, find out all you need to know here. I'm already saving my pennies for another yarn splurge!

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January crochet

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January crochet | Emma Lamb

As part of my grand plan to get back to the roots of why I enjoy creating and doing more to nurture my creativity I'm plan to do more stuff just for fun. To simply enjoy my craft and create without limitation. Limitations such as those nagging questions that pop into your head when you're in the middle of your creative flow and throw doubt over all your ideas. You know - Will this be a viable product? Will someone want to buy it? Will I make any profit on it? Blah, blah, blah. Well right now I'll be ignoring all those and reminding myself that I'm making simply because I enjoy making.


January crochet | Emma Lamb

I remember when I first started blogging (over five years ago, eep!) it was to do the very same thing I'm doing now, to reconnect with my creativity. Back then I was laying the foundations for a new creative path, the path I'm walking today, but I didn't know it then. For all I know I could be doing the very same thing right now, but at the moment I don't want to think about that. At the moment I'm just remembering how much fun I used to have creating and and taking pretty pics of my makes for my blog. It was a pure and simple process that really worked for me so I'm using it again.

The first make on my hook for 2014 is this lovely pillow from the Woman's Weekly Vintage Patterns magazine, a 'best of' collection of reworked patterns from their archives. This crochet pillow design was originally released in 1974 but has been reworked and restyled for 2014. Isn't it pretty? I love seeing vintage crochet patterns and ideas rejuvenated with updates like this, they have such a timeless beauty that deserves to be celebrated and enjoyed.

Woman's Weekly, Best of our... Vintage Patterns and Knitting & Crochet | Emma Lamb

For 2014 Woman's Weekly have launched their new Knitting magazine and the first issue has a whole bunch of cute heart themed makes as well as some lovely rustic knits. You can see a wee bit more about it here and the digital version is available on Google Play if you can't find a copy locally. There are a bunch of things I'd like to try from each of these magazines once I've finished my bobbly pillow, that is if I decide to keep it a bobbly pillow because at the moment I'm thinking it would make a pretty amazing potholder too! What do you think?

pillow or potholder? | Emma Lamb

Emma, x

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colour stories : Meredith Crawford

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Remember a few weeks ago I did a 'What's In My Yarn Bag?' interview for lovely Meredith over at One Sheepish Girl? Well when Meredith first asked me if I would like to do it for her I immediately said yes, but on the condition that she would come and be a guest here to share her lovely colour story. Of course she enthusiastically agreed and here is her simply lovely, fresh and uplifting colour story. Let me hand you over to Meredith...

colour stories : Meredith Crawford | Emma Lamb

"Hello lovely Emma Lamb readers! I am so honored that Emma asked me to participate in her Colour Story series. I share Emma’s love for colorful fibres and talk about it on my blog, One Sheepish Girl. When I design a new pattern I am always inspired by a bright and cheerful color palette. For my Colour Story I collected some of my favorite blue and green photos and reflected on the meanings associated with these hues.


colour stories : Meredith Crawford | Emma Lamb
colour stories : Meredith Crawford | Emma Lamb

Ever since I was a little girl, I always answered “Blue!” when asked about my favorite color. When the sky is clear and the only visible color is a bright blue, I can’t help but smile. I appreciate cloudy days when a blue-grey blanket dims the sun, allowing the world, and my racing mind, to quiet down a bit. Whenever I am in doubt or lacking inspiration on a new knit or crochet project, I turn to my trusty blue yarn palette. I recently used a lighter blue yarn when experimenting with crocodile stitch. I love how the rows of scallops resemble the blue waves of the ocean. I usually pair blue yarns with green, my second favorite color. Green is so happy and fresh. I recently completed a giant granny square blanket with an emerald green stripe that stands out against the creams, greys, and light blues. I enjoy using color in my work and capturing color with my camera in the world around me. Whether it is a blue bicycle parked in front of my favorite coffee shop or a batch of blueberry jam filled biscuits cooling on my kitchen counter, colorful inspiration is always available. I just have to remind myself to open my eyes and experience the colorful world outside my front door."

colour stories : Meredith Crawford | Emma Lamb
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"When the sky is clear and the only visible color is a bright blue, I can’t help but smile." ...I could not agree more! Thank you so much dearest Meredith for sharing your beautiful colour story, it feels like a wonderful breath of fresh air to me today. Just what I needed!

Emma, x

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