Monday, July 20, 2015

Autumn Shawl Swap 2015

Today I’m happy to share with you my plans for another shawl swap!
Following on from the wonderful #summershawlswap2015, I am organising the #autumnshawlswap2015.
Everything will be the same as in the Summer Shawl Swap.
All of us shawl addicts will make one shawl for a partner and receive one from another in return. The one rule is that the shawl must be made with approximately 100 – 150g of 4ply/sock yarn.
It can be crochet or knit, any pattern, any colour and any fibre!
Sign up is now open and will be open until Friday 7 August, partners will be announced by the 14th of August at the latest and the last posting date will be Friday 16 October. That gives us a full 9 weeks to make our shawls!
So, who wants to join in? Send me an email at and I will get a questionnaire sent to you to find out your preferences and match you with a partner.
Please tell all of your crochet and knit friends about our swap. The summer shawl swap was such a nice way for us all to meet and make new crafting friends!
In the summer swap we had 26 participants from 5 different countries and for this swap there are already over 40 confirmed participants from 7 different countries! Will you join us?
Feel free to share the details on all of your social media: facebook, twitter, blogs.
Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Lots of shawls and a catherine wheel

This last month, I have organised a summer shawl swap on Instagram and here on the blog. Today is the last day for posting the shawls so hopefully by next week, everyone should have their new shawl with them
 This is the first swap I’ve ever organized and it has been a real joy to do. It was so exciting to see so many people interested in the idea and in the end there were 26 participants from 5 different countries.
All of us are shawl addicts :)
On Instagram we have been using the hashtag #summershawlswap2015 to see all of the shawls progress and because it was a totally anonymous swap (you sent to one person and received from another) everyone could post photos of their progress. I’ve already had a few emails asking if I will be hosting another swap from people who would like to take part next time, so keep your eyes open later on in the year because I feel a winter shawl swap in the near future!
Today I’ll share with you the shawl I made for my swap partner Lisa and the shawl I received from my swap partner Clare @frankielovescrochet
The one I made is using the pattern Blue Lagoon by Lily Go in a 50% silk, 50% merino sock yarn.
The one I received is made using the pattern Transposition by The Crochet Project in a lovely handdyed sock yarn from Devon Sun Yarns.
In all the packages, we’ve all included a few added extras and one of the things Clare sent to me were these beautiful stitch markers:
When the rest of the shawls reach their owners I’ll share more photos of them :)
If you are a fan of the Catherine Wheel stitch, check out Simply Crochet this month.
I’ve designed a stitch section for them using the stitch and I’ve made three easy to make projects:
a coffee cup cozy
a notepad cover
and a camera strap cover:
All of them made with the wonderful DK Cotton Classique yarn by Stylecraft:

Enjoy your week everyone! Craft lots and be happy!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Silk, Sophie and the Shawl Swap

Today I’d like to share some photos of a silk doily a made a few weeks back.
Shawls and doilies are two of my favourite things to crochet and it had been a while since I made a doily so I used some left over 4ply Colourmart silk I had in my stash to make this:
The pattern is from a vintage magazine and I have the feeling I'll be making another one following the same pattern in the near future!
Do you like to make crochet doilies? Where do you keep them and what do you use them for?
If you follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen that I am taking part in the Sophie’s Universe CAL.

The Sophie pattern is such a beauty and I really recommend it to anyone who wants to try out some new crochet stitches. You can find out more at

Now for a little reminder about the shawl swap I’m organising :)

There are 23 people officially signed up so far for the Summer Shawl Swap 2015 so far. If you’re interested, please look at this post :) Everyone is welcome to take part!
Have a lovely weekend!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Summer Shawl Swap 2015

Hello everyone!
I am organising a shawl swap for all of us shawl addicts to join in and make a shawl for a partner and receive one in return!

The only 'rule' is that the shawl must be made using approximately 100g of 4 ply/sock yarn. It can be crochet or knit, any colour, any fibre!

Sign up until Monday June 15th, partners will be announced on Wednesday June 17th and the last post date to send the shawl to your partner will be Wednesday July 15th.


Who wants to join in? The more the merrier! I'll be posting photos and more details here on the blog and also on my instagram: elizyart_crochet


Email me at and I'll send you a questionnaire to find out your preferences to match you to your shawl swap partner!


Please tell all you crochet/knit shawl addict friends :)

Friday, March 13, 2015

Spring time, Simply Crochet shawl and an interview

Hello everyone!
Today I want to share my latest shawl with you :)
My pattern for this shawl is called Ruby Red Shawl and it is out now in Simply Crochet number 29. It’s a lacy shawl and the yarn is 100% silk. It’s really light and airy – perfect for the arrival of spring!
Here is is on the model:
Spring is only a few days away. It’s been feeling very spring like here in Madrid recently. I love this time of year, when flowers start to bloom and the days get longer. The arrival of a mild, sunny day is the perfect excuse to go outside and enjoy nature. Here there are Almond and Cherry blossoms everywhere and I can’t help but take photos...and then be inspired by these photos to crochet
It’s supposed to get a lot cooler this weekend, so I’ll be wrapping up in this:


It’s the same pattern as the red shawl above, but made with a thicker yarn and a larger hook!
If you get the chance to grab a copy of Simply Crochet, have a look at page 54. I’ve got an interview in this issue talking all about my love of crochet and crochet shawls :)
 I hope you’re all having a wonderful start to spring and are crocheting lots!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Midnight Blue Shawl : Simply Crochet 27

Happy New Year! I hope 2015 is going great for you all so far!
Today I want to share some photos of my Midnight Blue Shawl.
It’s my own pattern and it is available in Simply Crochet issue 27 which is out now.

I’m feeling really proud because the shawl actually made it onto the front cover of the magazine  :)

If you buy the magazine, check out the article on page 76 about crochet accessories, I share some of my thoughts about why I think crochet accessories are so great!
This shawl is made with silk yarn. It’s super soft and super shiny.
The yarn is from Colourmart (click here to see their webpage). This company is based in Shrewsbury and have the most amazing yarns. The colours they offer are amazing, the quality of the yarn is so high and to top it off the couple who run the company are really, really nice. I can’t recommend them enough!
The pattern features beaded crochet. Little glass beads are such an easy way to add some extra shine to your crochet projects.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Ripple Blanket Reveal

I started a ripple blanket this summer, yesterday I finished it and today I can show you some photos:

I used the Neat Ripple Pattern by Attic 24 for this blanket. You can find the pattern on her blog:
In the original pattern the ripple are just two rows thick. I tried that:
and in the colours I was using I decided they needed to be thicker to get the effect I wanted so I ended up doing 6 rows before changing colour:
Now, this wasn’t the first time I’ve used a ripple pattern but this is my favourite one so far because the stitches are close-knit, or should I say close-crochet? :), and I really wanted a solid blanket with no open stitches. You can easily adapt the pattern to any size you want and change the thickness of the ripples like I did to get a project you’re really happy with.

Now for some maths….there are 140 double crochet per row, each ripple is 6 rows wide making a total 840 stitches in each ripple stripe. There are a total of 15 stripes so that makes a grand total of 12600 stitches! Twelve thousand, six hundred stitches!! That is a LOT of crochet! I loved making this blanket though, the pattern is so simple and it was the perfect project to work on when I was watching tv and wasn’t paying much attention to my crochet project. In the beginning before it got really big I even took it with me and worked on it outside of the house

In total I used 6 skeins of Caron Simply soft, 2 of each of the colours: white, soft pink and neon pink. This yarn has quickly become one of my favourites to work with. I’ve used 11 skeins of it so far and I’ve not found a single break or snag in any of them and the colours are amazing. It’s 100% acrylic but it’s really soft and doesn’t hurt my hands at all.

I’ve made this one for me for when I’m working at my desk. I get so cold when I’m sitting still; it’s 21ºc right now in my house and I have two pairs of socks on and my feet are still cold! So, this blanket is for me to snuggle under when I’m working on computer.

I have a little yarn left over, there wasn’t enough to get another ripple of each colour but there is enough to make a cushion so my next project is going to be a cushion to go with my new blanket. I’m trying really hard to reduce my WIP mountain before the end of the year and not start new projects but I’m going to make an exception for the cushion :)

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week and have a happy, crafty weekend!
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