Tuesday, September 1, 2015

My new Tutorials & Patterns library

With lots of hard work, sweat and tears, I've been cleaning and organizing and re-designing things here at My Rose Valley these last few months. A big job was my Tutorial & Pattern page which hadn't been updated in a million years and lacked structure. But now it is stylish and fresh. All my Tutorials and Patterns in one place, divided into blocks of Free Crochet Patterns & Tutorials, My Patterns To Buy, Sewing Tutorials, Craft Tutorials and last but not least Patterns & Tutorials in Swedish. Just browse and search and click on the pictures to get where you want to go. I hope you will like my new little Tutorial & Pattern Library.


Kärlek
Annette


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Monday, August 31, 2015

Pattern testing, color & yarn play


This last week I've been pattern testing my upcoming Nordic Hat pattern. A hat that is supposed to accompany the Nordic Wrist Warmers of course... I've been tweaking, fixing, counting and writing it all down. Changing, adding, failing and succeeded! It is one thing to make a hat for yourself, another thing to make it into a pattern for someone else to read and follow...

In the process I've included some color and yarn play. Trying out new color combinations apart from the original version, and a new yarn (so excited about this yarn!!!) which will soon be available in my Yarn Shop.

This new yarn is named Ulrika and is produced by Svarta Fåret just like the wonderful Tilda yarn. It is a 100% Superwash wool and a divine to work with. Supersoft and washable, a DK weight and perfect for winter accessories and blanket making.

And the latest Nordic Hat trial is a smashing bottle green hat with pink contrasting colors. It will look lovely on someone in winter. I might just take it for myself if none of the girls grabs it first. :)

The pattern is about to be launched soon. Stay tune - things are happening over here. Just need to proof read and take those last few pictures and I'm ready to roll this.


Kärlek
Annette


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Friday, August 28, 2015

15 minutes from home





Look what we found!!! The most fabulous little beach place called Altitude 1004, offering rentals of pedal boats, surf boards, motor boats, sail boats... Everything imaginable for play on a lake. A small camping ground with just a half dozen of mobile homes lined up. Privately run by a super friendly tanned old man with silver white hair. A paradise of relaxation with a ping pong table, hammocks in the trees and open fire places to use.  And from the opening of a shabby and eclectic caravan you could buy ice cream and drinks. What else do you need on a sunny day? And all this not far away at all, in a new direction we've never tried before.

We just jumped in the car to check out something new and found us a new favorite place: Lac de Joux, a lake for play. :)

To often we just go to the same pool, to the same lake and the same old beach. We shop in the same shops, go to the same cafés and same restaurants. We stay true to our post office, our gyms and libraries. We hardly ever say "Lets jump in the car and go somewhere new!". But this time we did. And we should do it more often. Explore what is near by. You don't really have to travel across the world to find exciting things, do you? Often paradise is just around the corner. Only 15 minutes from home.




Kärlek
Annette


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