Welcome to the Revamped ‘Sweet Yarns’ Blog

The Journey so far….

In 2007, I started a little online business – American Yarns.

In 2010, this changed to Yarn Over

In 2015, I started Sweet Yarns NZ

and now….

Sweet Yarns Australia

This blog is a collection of all of my valuable posts and patterns from my years in the knitting and crochet business.  Enjoy reading and downloading these patterns.

I look forward to uploading more patterns when I can and sharing my personal knitting, crochet, spinning and sewing projects.

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With Love,

Gabrielle

For the Lazy Sewer!

I just LOVE kits – I have all my crochet projects organised in zip-lock bags with patterns on a shelf in my craft room – ready for me to just grab one and start stitching!

So you can imagine how excited I was to see these cute kits!

Rag Doll Kit

Quilt Kit

Soft Book Kit

Tote Kit

Hobo Tote Kit

Messenger Tote Kit

I also sew and am a ‘lazy sewer’, so these kits are just perfect – wanna know why?? There’s no pattern!!

Yay! So how do they work?

They are pre-printed panels and pieces on cotton – all kits come with instructions and a list of other materials such as fibre-fill – all you have to do is cut and sew!

How cool is that!

We have all kits available for pre-order now – and if they are popluar, I will be carrying them all as regular stock items.

Quilting Projects – Wonderland Quilt and Pillow

I also do quilting in my spare time (LOL!) and below are pics of my first quilt.

Wonderland by Momo - quilt

The fabric was ‘Wonderland’ by Momo for Moda Fabrics.  I used a layer cake and extra backing and binding fabric from the same range.  The pattern is a mix of tulip flower blocks and plain blocks.  the pattern was from an old edition of ‘Handmade’ magazine.  It is about a single bed size – maybe a little shorter.  It’s currently adorning the back of one of the couches in the shop.  I made a few mistakes in the initial rows – two blocks were shorter than others so the seams did not match up – but this is not too noticeable.

With the left-over bits I sewed them all together and made a cushion:

Wonderland Cushion

NEW! Hand-made box totes and pouches now in-store!

I just wanted to share with you some fab new box totes that I made myself and which we are now selling in-store and online:

Hand-made totes
A selection of our hand-made totes on display in-store

Box totes or ‘sock boxes’ some people like to call them, are great little carry-all project totes!  They are small and light – just the right size for a set of DPNs or a circular and a couple of 50g balls or 100g skein or your fave sock yarn.  They also make great gifts – just in time for Christmas!

We have a selection of styles available:

From the whimsical “Kimono Girl” –

Kimono Girl Box Tote

to Retro spots:

to Russian Matroyshka kitsch:

and even Christmas ones!:

These are all limited-edition, one-off designs, handmade by me!  I use quality quilting cotton and all bags are fully lined with quality zips.  There is a fabric label sewn in to each one and the carry strap is cotton webbing – very sturdy!

There are also pouches to match each box tote – great for storing notions, scissors (sheathed of course!), stitch markers etc…

Look out for our new range of crochet hook rolls and needle rolls coming soon!

So get yours quick – before they’re all gone!