Halloween costume and a 1 hour cowl, both on sale this weekend and only $3 each!

This week saw the release of two of my patterns, and I have decided to leave them on presale for the weekend! they are $3 each for the whole weekend! Which one would you do?

First up the little bright star halloween costume, pattern includes 8 sizes from baby to 6 years old, and pattern for the headband as well!

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You can find it on all my shops: Etsy, Ravelry and Craftsy

The second one is super easy and super chunky cowl, you should be able to make this beauty in an hour!, sizes includes toddler, child and adult. The fabric although simple to make it is very textured giving the simple chunky cowl a totally different look.

Luz Patterns super chunky 188 Also it is a very much an unisex garment

Luz_Patterns_Super_Chunky_cowl_188_11_30Here are the links for this pattern Etsy, Ravelry and Craftsy

 

Seasonal Eating, spicy parsnip and pumpkin soup

I love cooking, and with three young kids I am practically always cooking!, they are not the type of soup eaters, but I miss the lovely feeling that soups give you, I even look forward to the cold days so I can have some soup!, anyway, I made this which was really really tasty and I thought of you!

Spicy parsnip and pumpkin soup… mmmm….

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Ingredients:

Okay first things first, they way I cook is I open my fridge, see what is there and I put a meal together, so this is what I had that day.

I had a beautiful yellow, orange and green pumpkin (why didn’t I take a picture of it?, it was sooooo beautiful!). I put it in the oven at 200c until it was all soft and kind of collapsing inwards…

4 or 5 parsnips, they got peeled and chopped

2 or 3 celery sticks… chop chop

1 pointing red pepper, it looked like it only had one more day before it became a prune… choppy chop

garlic… I cannot cook without it

ground ginger (love ginger!)

red chili pepper flakes (hey!, the kids won’t want it so I can go for it!)

and extra virgin olive oil (they only thing I cook with, I am from Spain, some habits are difficult to shift)

I fried the garlic until the house smell of it :) then added all the chopped bits and the spices, peeled the pumpkin and scoop it into the pan, cover with water, bring to the boiling point and then let it simmer until the vegetables where soft, add some more spices if it need it and that was it!. Well no… I added some chopped coriander to my bow cos I love the stuff!

 

Paris weekend

We are sooooo lucky as to have a weekend all for ourselves! amazing! my mother in law stayed with the kids so we set off to have a little getting-to-know-again! kind of time.

It was great just to walk around the city without much of an agenda, just taking pictures of what I fancied, I liked this shop’s entrance

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LuzPatterns.com Paris Weekend 3LuzPatterns.com Paris Weekend 18And the patisseries! Oh My!

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I take lots of random pictures, I like detail… always the detail

LuzPatterns.com Paris Weekend 5 LuzPatterns.com Paris Weekend 6We  went inside Notre Dame

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It was a great weekend, felt recharged and happy to be back, bye bye Paris… hope to see you soon again

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I was challenged… this is my design… did I delivered?

Okay, as a designer you get a lot of “you know what you should do?” and “why don’t you make…?” most people are very sweet thinking of ideas to help me design new items, but the truth is you only ever do well anything if you are passionate about it!, so even tho this ideas are (for most part) workable and probably crowd pleasers, if I don’t ‘feel’ them I just respond with a polite “that is a good idea” and never do anything about it.

But!, a few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to have the time to sit down and catch up with a dear friend whom I have not seen for a long time, she knows what I do and has a genuine interest on my work, she is a beginner crocheter and knows only few stitches, she also admits that she gets bored very quickly if she doesn’t see quick progress. Well the conversation went something like this:

“I really want to make one of these super ‘fat’ (I think she meant chunky!) cowls with fringes, something that looks like it would have been cool in the seventies  but with a modern twist”

“okay”

“why don’t you give me that pattern?!, I want to make it not just buy it!… I don’t have the money to pay for one!” (she is not kidding, prices in London are mad!)

So, anyway, I decided to take on the challenge, I gave myself only the stitches that she came make to design this cowl (ch, sc, dc and sl st), and I timed how long it took me, around 3 hours, she will probably do it in two sittings… she was happy with that… so here it is, what do you think?

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What I really like from this piece is how many ways you can wear it, I (personally) love it! I probably should stop making things in blue, but I just love love love! the colour so much!

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LuzPatterns.com Super Chunky fringed cowl 186For a very limited time you can buy the pattern in all my shops for only $3! Etsy, ravelry and craftsy

My visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum, the wedding dresses exibition

Yesterday I visited one of my favorite places in London, the Victoria and Albert Museum, they have a fabulous collection of textiles, fashion, art and design belonging to many eras and many cultures. Yesterday I went to see the wedding dress exhibition, You are not allow to take pictures or even make sketches of the dresses, but I thought I will still share the experience with you. The exhibition is within the fashion section of the museum in an open space with two floors the space itself is beautiful… it really allows the dresses to do the talking!

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There were some truly amazing dresses, the detail on them spectacular! but what really surprised me was Kate Moss’s dress, if elegance would have a corporeal being it will be this dress! it is exquisite, the sequins, the embroidery, the attention to detail, the delicate material, the colour! everything was perfect on that dress!

Victoria and Albert Kate Moss dress

Wedding Dresses Exhibition © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Photo by Mario Testino for Vogue

I just don’t think the pictures truly show this piece of art!, if you are in London and are passionate about textiles/fashion you must visit this exhibition I felt so inspired I just wanted to share this feeling with you!.

Luz xx

Two new patterns and two to come!

Hi there, I have been blessed with the time-to-concentrate-and-work that is going back to school :) So I have been able to finish some of the projects I had outstanding!

First one the blue weave hooded cowl (a personal favourite already!)

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And a lacy fingerless gloves, (I just cannot get enough of them!)

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I am having some very colourful fall patterns coming up! so keep on checking the blog/shops for offers and a new giveaway coming up very soon!

Have a terrific Monday!

Luz xx

Luz Meets: Crochet designer Susan Carlson of Felted Button

Happy Friday!

I am so happy to introduce a new feature to my blog, “Luz meets:… ” well… mainly very talented crochet designers!. In this series of blog posts I will be interviewing some of the designers I admire the most!, contrary to what you might think there is a lot of support and many words of encouragements between us online, one place where this is possible is Design Wars, I have met great professionals there so I wanted to share with you who they are.

First up is Susan Carlson of the Felted Button

If you like crochet and you like colour Susan is the girl for you!, she has an amazing eye for colour and colour combination. They say pictures talk louder than words, in this case it is so true!…

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Say Hello

Hello! Thank you, Luz, for inviting me to share a bit about my love of all things colorful and yarny! I am a wife to a dear man and the mother of three “only” children as they are quite spread out in age–24, 15 and 7. My love of creating has always existed as I recall times as a child when I literally felt the NEED to create something and I would start digging through the house for the glue or paint or glitter or….

Why Crochet/Why Design

The first thing you should know about me is that my brain is VERY noisy. Like really noisy. It seems to constantly be buzzing with ideas and distractions. (OK, I might have ADHD.) But when I focus on something, I hyper-focus–until I get distracted. Crochet was that way for me, too. My granny taught me to crochet on a visit to our home one summer when I was a child. My first crochet project was a hideously long scarf for my dad. Apparently I didn’t know when to stop–something my teachers in school told me, too. I got a little distracted–for several decades running hurdles competitively around the world and teaching high school science–until I was inspired by some beautiful crochet blogs to get a hook and some yarn and try again. It was like heaven for my noisy brain. Calming, quieting and creative. But then I got really focused, trying my hand at all sorts of techniques and patterns. It was when my shelves and closets started overflowing with crocheted creations with no homes that Felted Button came to life. Why the name Felted Button? Simple. I love felting. And I love buttons. (I actually made myself a huge felted button to hang on my wall.) Not one to enjoy making the same thing again and again–it’s that distraction thing–designing something new each time I crocheted was the next logical step. And thankfully I had a very good Technical Writing professor in college to help in pattern writing.

Where does your inspiration come from

COLOR! It makes my heart happy! My eye is immediately drawn to the most colorful items in a store–especially a yarn store. I like mixing them and playing with them and rearranging my skeins of yarn to find just the right combinations. I look at nature. I look at fashion. I look at interior design. Although I am typically drawn to brights, sometimes the subtle tones of a neutral with a pop of color is delightful to me, too.

Favorite item you make over and over again

Blankets have been my obsession of late–see that hyper-focusing issue again. I think I am drawn to designing them because they feel like a blank canvas to me. I can “paint” with yarn and really get my creative jive on!

My favourite patterns are:

the Painted Pixels Blanket

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the flying colors blanket

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the Pointillism Posie

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Advice for a beginner

My advice for someone just getting started:

Don’t give up–watch YouTube videos, try a wide range of patterns that challenge your new skills, don’t let the little things frustrate you (like a stitch count that is off by one), and ENJOY the process of creating. It will quiet a noisy brain, heal a tired heart and keep restless hands busy. In the end you’ll be better off, and you’ll have something wonderful and tangible to share with others! Happy Hooking and Hugs!

You can find Susan’s amazing patterns on her Etsy, Ravelry and blog.

Thank you so much for sharing Susan!