Year End Break

For our year-end break we got away from Auckland and spent 4 days "house-sitting" for a friend in Rotorua. They have a lovely house on the lake and it was great to enjoy the beautiful views and relaxation. The kids rode bikes and jumped on the trampoline. We also took a walk in the nearby Redwood Forest. ...continue reading

Crochet for Summer

It is now officially summer here in New Zealand. Though it seems a bit odd to my crafting friends in the Northern Hemisphere, I've just released this new design for the hot weather - the Mia Tank - which coordinates with the Mia Beret I designed some weeks ago. Pattern includes sizes 0-6 mos up to 8 years. My little 2 year old Maddie says about this photo: ...continue reading

Alpaca Samples

A few weeks ago I received a big box of lovely alpaca wool in a variety of beautiful colors.  I'll be using the wool to make samples of several of my designs that will soon be selling in wool shops here in New Zealand. So far, I've made a few of my hats using the luxury, super soft 8ply (light worsted weight) yarn. Still on my to-do list are a few ...continue reading

Thanksgiving Sale

To celebrate Thanksgiving, we're having a 40% sale on all crochet patterns purchased via Holland-Designs or from my Etsy shop. Included in the sale are several brand new designs - released just this week! ...continue reading

Perfect Layering Pieces

With autumn settling into the Northern Hemisphere, I've been working on a few layering pieces for the cooler weather. Today I finished this variation of my Shawl Collared Cardigan pattern in a size 2 for my niece. The original design had long sleeves, but I opted for short, ribbed sleeves on this one. I've updated the pattern now to include both the long ...continue reading