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Welcome to 2011. The year of the golden rabbit portends to be a good and productive year. I wish you every success in your endeavours.

My gift to you: a pattern to make my Cosy Cross Couch Throw.

Don’t forget to get your whipup calendar – full of excellent contributors and great crafty images, find out more here (only $5).

Happy New Year
Kathreen
xx

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Just rereading last weeks newsletter and seeing my weather report – how crazy the change in just one week – I feel like its Autumn again with all the soggy muddy rain we are having. And looking at the Northern hemisphere and all that snow – what is it like in your neck of the woods? This past week has been a bit of a whirlwind with kids activities and christmas events, hubby interstate again, and kids home from school feeling a bit sick and exhausted. Needless to say – all good plans must have room for compromise. Today feels like a snuggle up on couch with crochet and cup of tea sort of day – but instead I am tapping away at my computer, getting through all the emails which build up after a couple of days of neglect – but I am making a date with the couch for later in the day – don’t you worry about that!

Next week at whipup I have some lovely book giveaways for you my lovely readers – so keep reading throughout next week to be in the running to win.

So things to do:

  • Support whipup and buy a calendar here (only $5). Read about all the lovely calendar girls here – Miss November was lucky last.
  • Make a paperbag bag
  • Make some drawstring bags
  • Crochet the ellipse scarflette
  • Get cracking on your gift making with whipup’s best tutorial list for gift making
  • Get baking – put shortbread, bagels, croissants and cookies on your list
  • Books

  • the knitgrrl guide to professional knitwear design is a must have book for those wanting to design and sell knitting or crochet patterns
  • Its starting to feel like Christmas
    – or whatever it is that you celebrate at this festive time of year. Make some christmas stockings - a christmas wreath – some singing softies – an advent calendarpaper garland decoration. If you celebrate Hanukkah some festive crafts for you too.

    Links and crafty news

  • make a simple festive brooch
  • Amy Butler’s long awaited Soul Blossoms fabric collections are now available in your local fabric shop!
  • make some eco packaging
  • check out 40 idea blogs for kids crafts – whipup is mentioned on that list somewhere
  • DaWanda’s reycled Xmas competition is now open
  • Interweave Launches Two New eMags in December: SpinKnit and Handcrafted Jewelry Studio
  • Grab some christmas printables
  • the current issue (14) of Mixtape zine is last one (sob sob) so quickly grab it while you can – Best wishes to Justine on her next venture
  • Join The Green Grocery Bag Challenge – a project to encourage sewists to wrap their holiday gifts in reusable cloth grocery bags, thus reducing the amount of wrapping paper entering the waste stream, while simultaneously getting multi-use bags into the hands of consumers (gift recipients.) Go to the facebook page to find out more.
  • Ok so get making…
    Kathreen
    xx

    Whip Up Mini Quilts : archives to mini quilt month here where you can learn about the book contributors, get patterns and tutorials and lots of lovely mini quilty things.

    Did you miss last weeks roundup? get them all here or subscribe to our weekly newsletter via email here
    Find out where to buy my new book Whip Up Mini Quilts
    If you already subscribe why not forward this email to a crafty friend you think may enjoy it.
    Grab a featured on whipup button and find out about how to ADVERTISE with whipup.net.
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    Oh lovely weather, baking, birds chirping, garden overgrown, flowers popping up between the cracks in the pavement. Chooks way too noisy, weeds also popping up everywhere. And lovely surprise this morning when I found cherries on my baby cherry tree – just a few – but I can’t wait to show the kids. Just a couple of weeks left of school for the year, and we are busy practicing for the school concert, planning presents, anxiously looking at deadlines. I have no less than 5 parties to look forward to in the next couple of weeks, husband is away again for work in the midst of all the craziness, kids are upset that he is missing their end of year class graduation ceremonies – and I am a tad stressed – but sort of in a relaxed (can’t do anything about it anyway) way.

    So things to do:

  • Support whipup and buy a calendar here (only $5). Read about the 2011 whipup calendar girls – Miss September is first off the rank.
  • Make a paperbag bag
  • Make some drawstring bags
  • Crochet the ellipse scarflette
  • Get cracking on your gift making with whipup’s best tutorial list for gift making
  • Get baking – put shortbread, bagels, croissants and cookies on your list
  • Books

  • 2 books you can’t do without as a freelancer/craft business person
  • 3 design books you might just like
  • read about Scandinavian stitches
  • Get a sneak peak at Modern top down knitting
  • Check out fanciful felties
  • meet the calendar girls
    miss January, miss june, miss february, miss august, and miss september!

    Links and crafty news

  • C&T publishing announces another new venture, PatternSpot, coming in early 2011.
  • the second issue of Nuno magazine is out and it is chock full of loveliness
  • You must check out Abes Peanut A Micro-Magazine for kids.
  • I love this autumn yarn and twig wreath at curbly
  • I loved this post at bloesem
  • Great craft idea – how to make paper lanterns
  • lovely 5-min tinsel wreath
  • beautiful pleated wristwarmers from maya
  • sooz has a great post on things she has learned about making bags
  • love these yarn pom poofs
  • Pascale shows us three ways to use fabric flowers
  • Darren from Problogger starts up a new lifestyle blog
  • check out this cute yoyo advent calendar
  • make a personalised christmas stocking
  • how about some felted ravioli?
  • some felt ornament tutorials for you
  • Beginning November 30, 2010 and running though December 30, 2010 – BurdaStyle will be announcing a new prize giveaway each day!
  • STC craft has put together 14 free patterns to make for friends these holidays
  • refashion a towel into a hooded swim cover
  • check out the creative advantage – it might be just the kick start you need
  • make a summer sun top for a baby/toddler
  • Ok so get making…
    Kathreen
    xx

    Whip Up Mini Quilts : archives to mini quilt month here where you can learn about the book contributors, get patterns and tutorials and lots of lovely mini quilty things.

    Did you miss last weeks roundup? get them all here or subscribe to our weekly newsletter via email here
    Find out where to buy my new book Whip Up Mini Quilts
    If you already subscribe why not forward this email to a crafty friend you think may enjoy it.
    Grab a featured on whipup button and find out about how to ADVERTISE with whipup.net.
    Follow us on twitter: whipup: @whipup and Nicole: @craftapalooza + join our flickr group
    Send in letters, ideas and links to whipup[at]gmail.com
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    Well its been another crafty week here at whipup headquarters, still working on my secret quilt projects for the next book, and busy crocheting socks. Since I crocheted those socks for Rob I have a few orders from the rest of the family for a pair – when really all I want to do is start a new project (a colorful afghan perhaps) … ya know what I mean?

    I have also been on blog tour with Whip Up Mini Quilts – here is the schedule so you can follow along:
    June 1 - Craftzine – essential quilting tools
    June 2 - Crafty Pod – book review & giveaway
    June 3 - Chronicle Books – Behind the making of the book
    June 4 – Indie Fixx – Designing your own mini-quilts
    June 7 – Craft Sanity – Piped binding tutorial
    June 8 – Hand Made by Alissa a review and chat about minis
    June 9 – My Love for You Background on Mini Quilts
    June 10 - Film in the Fridge a review and chat about minis
    June 11 - The Haystack Needle Decorating with mini quilts
    June 12 – West Coast Crafty

    Some crafty news:

  • curbly have a new redesigned site – very nice too!
  • strut your stuff – make a video – and win some chocolate
  • Spoonful Issue 2 is now for sale – new crafty zine on the scene
  • try this granny stripes crochet rug
  • Happy making my darlinks!
    Kathreen
    xxx

    Whip Up Mini Quilts : archives to mini quilt month here where you can learn about the book contributors, get patterns and tutorials and lots of lovely mini quilty things.

    Did you miss last weeks roundup? get them all here or subscribe to our weekly newsletter via email here
    Find out where to buy my new book Whip Up Mini Quilts
    If you already subscribe why not forward this email to a crafty friend you think may enjoy it.
    Grab a featured on whipup button and find out about how to ADVERTISE with whipup.net.
    Follow us on twitter: whipup: @whipup and Nicole: @craftapalooza + join our flickr group
    Send in letters, ideas and links to whipup[at]gmail.com
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    This weekend is the deadline for the first part of my next book. I have read and re-read and now I am whipping my husband into action to do some sketches for me … he is a good man! Have also been doing some domestic duties… I blogged my recipe for homemade tomato paste – you must try it. And while I was hunting for a cheesecake recipe I came across my brother-in-laws recipe – let me know if you try it.

    At whipup we have been busy too … and have been having lots of fun exploring the whipup flickr group … check out all the crochet talent and the latest craftiness … + don’t forget to get your whipup.net pull-out calendar in this month’s mixtape zine.

    1. MADE ME SMILE: … baby in a pouch doll
    2. MADE MY HEART SING: … Japanese hats
    3. QUICK FIX CRAFTS: … kids hero t-shirt stencil digital book reader case argyle applique t-shirt soft nesting boxes
    4. SLOW CRAFTING: … starfruit cushion
    5. BOOK: … Check out a rainbow of stitches

    Happy crafting!
    Kathreen
    xxx

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