Saturday, 6 April 2013

New Website !!!

I am so excited to announce I have a new website ! 
What's new ??
  • Video's in categories making it easier to find your next project 
  • Written patterns that can be viewed or download to your computer 
  • Helpful charts & information 
  • Latest updates 

Thank you for supporting this blog, I hope you enjoy my new website 

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Sydney Royal Easter Show Arts & Craft Preview

I was invited to the Preview of the Arts and Craft at the Sydney Royal Easter Show
WOW I am so glad that I accepted the invitation as the talent and amazing work of hundreds of entries was just mind blowing !
From Paintings to Crochet anything that could be created was there
I hopw you enjoy some of the photos I managed to snap of the crochet and knitting section 



















Thursday, 27 December 2012

The Snowmen !!


I received this wonderful email from Courtney all the way from Independence Kentucky ! Its a long way for me because I live all the way over in Sydney Australia :)

Honestly I could not stop giggling when I saw this photo, they are sooooooo cute ! I just love the sweaters and the Snowman's are just adorable !

Thank you Courtney for making me smile and for allowing me to make a blog post about your awesome creations 

Courtney used this tutorial as a guide for her creation
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSHrVTqmBA4
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Clare,

Thank you so much for the online snowman tutorial. My boyfriend agreed to matching sweaters as long as I made them and the snowman added the perfect touch! I even made a nice bow-tie (using your tutorial for a bow) for my dog so he could join in the festivities as well. I have come a long way in my crocheting abilities because if your FABULOUS videos! 

I've attached a picture! I'm hoping you receive it!

Thanks again!
Courtney T
from Independence Kentucky










Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Dedication, Passion and hard work


People say they want to be like me one day.
All it takes is dedication, passion and lots of hard work. Success does not come over night, more like over 2 years hahahha

-You need to be dedicated to your job, yes its is my full time job that allows me to work from home. You need to put in many hours of hard work, answer emails and questions and not just upload videos

-Passion is very important !!! If you are not passionate and in love with what you do you will not last long and give up easy

- Hard work ..... LOTS OF IT - hundreds of emails and questions everyday, self promotion, creating new tutorials, editing and uploading

Believe in yourself - For me this took time, I new i was good at crochet, but was i good at teaching others? I knew people were telling me everyday via comments. but "I" had to believe it and it wasn't until someone asked me one day (only 12 months ago) 'what do you do for a job?' I replied 'I teach crochet online'.. I got the weirdest look and then didn't tell anyone for a while hahaha
But then I thought , No I do teach people how to crochet and that is my job :) I love it and I want to tell the world about it. So now I hold my head high and I am so proud and LOVE EVERY SECOND of my job
Is it a job if you love it so much ??

Clare xx

Saturday, 22 December 2012

New Crochet Video Tutorial and Pattern Review - Victorian Step



My beautiful friend Laura from The Crochet Case designed the Victorian Step exclusively for bobwilson123 viewers. I am very excited about this pattern. The Victorian Step is a very versatile pattern because  the patterns are created using ‘multiples of’ you can create an afghan for baby or for a king size bed!

I have created a video tutorial to teach you how to make the Victorian Step and with practice and patience you will complete it in no time at all. The pattern works up fast and the colour changes make it fun to make.


You can make it with a minimum of 2 colours (you could use one but it will not have the same effect) and as you can see form the photo 4 colours look fantastic


The layout of the pattern is very user friendly and with basic pattern reading skills easy to understand. I would recomend this pattern for someone wanting to learn to read a pattern. The novelties of row designs in Bargello Crochet are the pixelated effect of chevrons and the ability to create waves, peaks and valleys of varying heights and widths.


Bargello Crochet looks more complicated than it really is; using only basic stitches allowing the beginner to challenge their new skill or the more experienced to play with something new. Once you have the initial few rows made, the rest is easy-peasy! As soon as you get the hang of the pattern stitch, you won’t even need to look at the pattern.
After the foundation row you will repeat row 2 for the entire pattern 


Laura also has a Ebook (Printed book available February 2013)
NOT YOUR NANA'S NEEDLEWORK BARGELLO CROCHET ROW DESIGNS


You can download a free copy of the pattern in my Craftsy.com store
http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/crocheting/home-decor/victorian-step---bargello-crochet/38079


Thank for stopping by
Clare
xxx

Please vote for me in the On the Rise You tube Program

Hi friends !
I would be forever grateful if you could nominate me for 'On the Rise Program' 
On The Rise program is where we identify four YouTube partners whose subscriber numbers are growing but haven’t yet reached 100,000. You get the opportunity to vote for your favorite, each channel is evaluated on criteria such as viewer engagement and channel optimization techniques, and one of the four channels is featured on the YouTube homepage and across our social networks

You need to fill in the form and not just leave a comment on the blog post :)

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1m3eL_fbdC3A_897tFgP142ceIhwdJiRkMS82Ey9gAyk/viewform

THANK YOU !!
Clare xx

A look back on 2012 - WOW what a year :)

WOW what a fantastic year :)

With over 23 million  lifetime views on my YouTube Channel and 18 million just in 2012 it has been the most busiest and most successful year so far. I have gained over 40,000 subscribers WHAT !! O.M.Goodness these numbers are making my head spin. Little ol me ?? Really ?? Some days I have to step back and say WOW I did this ?

I have made so many new wonderful friends and heard hundreds of crochet stories. I have helped save lives through crochet. Helped with suicide and depression. Help family raise money to help pay the bills, save for Xmas pressies and make them feel good about themselves.
Tears are welling in my eyes as I type this and I am so proud of what I have achieved. I am so passionate and dedicated to teaching others crochet that I have to force my self to go to bed :)

Every day bobwilson123 headquarters receives over 300 emails and messages  filled with love and support

Thank you to my army of helpers thought out the year. Amanda, Laura, Olgaa, Cassiopia and Monica, it would not be possible with put your dedication and support xx

Last but not least, i would like to say a BIG BIG THANK YOU to all the people that have supported me though watching my videos, leaving comments, sharing on the FaceBook Page , Joining our Ravelry group and supporting all of the crochet Community on YouTube 

Group HUG !!

Happy Holidays and I will be back in 2013 
Clare
xxxxx

PS. Bob the dog says HI !!

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Hanging out with friends

Last Sunday I got to meet up with Laura from The Crochet Case and Cassi from Cassi is Crafty  from Facebook  Laura, Cassi  and I have been great friends for years and share a passion for Crochet
We hung out a the park and chatted about creativity, inspiration and new projects that we are both working on 


Laura and I 



Cassi and I 









Saturday, 6 October 2012

Thank you

To all my viewers and supporters of my YouTube videos and other pages that I have
THANK YOU!!!! You make my job so enjoyable, you inspire me to create new patterns and to push though the hard days when it seems to get a little to much. You write to me and share such wonderful stories with how crochet has touched your lives
I am just a girl who loves crochet and wants to share with as many people that will put us with my twangy accent and my silly humor.  I hope you can find the enjoyment and passion for crochet that I have. I will be sharing my creativity with you for as long as I am breathing
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making my life better and so much fun xxxxxxx

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Not So Square Granny Free Written Pattern and Video Tutorial


Not So Square Granny Square


Video Tutorial and Free Downloadable Written Pattern link - http://www.bobwilson123.org/afghans--granny-squares.html

Thank you Daisy for converting my video tutorial into written format

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Crochet Hook Case - New Written Pattern

Crochet Hook Case
A huge thank-you to my dear friend Daisy for helping me out with converting my video tutorials into written format






Free written pattern and video tutorial can be found here 
http://www.bobwilson123.org/other.html

Thursday, 26 July 2012

NEW Store with all the latest bobwilson123 Merchandise !!!

NEW Store with all the latest bobwilson123 Merchandise !!!

Click here to get one of these awesome bags
They are great bags and made of a sturdy fabric





Hoodies are great for winter !!







Enjoy a nice hot drink in this bobwilson123 Coffee Mug 





Look great in your bobwilson123 sweater 



I grabbed one of these for summer ! Look great and stay cool in your bobwilson123 T shirt 





Need a drink bottle for the Gym or long walks along the beach
Great light weight bobwilson123 water bottle 





Stay cool this summer in the funky bobwilson123 Tank top 






I have one of these beauties. Great for winter !! Tested right here in Sydney :)






bobwilson123 3.5" Button/Badge 






White or Grey Hooded Sweater 





bobwilson123 logo White T-Shirt




bobwilson123 logo Sigg Water Bottle 0.6L





 bobwilson123 3"x3" Sticker 


bobwilson123 logo Ceramic Travel Mug







bobwilson123 logo Trucker Hat








Tuesday, 24 July 2012

My FAB-U-LOUS photos !

I need some professional photos of myself to promote bobwilson123
So here is a sneak peek !
I approached That's Life Magazine here in Australia to see if I could share my story with their readers
and when they said YES I nearly did a back flip ! I am so excited to be in my first magazine and hopefully its not the last :)
I love to share my knowledge of Crochet with the world via YouTube 
I would have not imagined in a squillion years that I would be teaching 1 person let alone have thousands of people tune in each week 
I would like to give a warm heart felt thank you to each and every person that has helped me continue on this amazing Crochet journey 
xx

Photography by Hourglass Photography

Yarn supplied by Morris and Sons 

Hook supplied by Cassi is Crafty on Facebook




Crochet Cross stitch hat tutorial http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poArd6yIE40


Friday, 15 June 2012

My thought's and being honest

Hi !
I am not really sure how to start this blog post :)
I never thought that I would be teaching anyone let alone 1000's of people to crochet. It started with one video and 3 years later there are over 400 .. I even shock my self when I look at the stats of my videos. Who would have ever thought that more than 27,000 people would ever care or want to hear what I have to say. I am so blessed to have such a dedicated fan base. No i really am, it is a dream to teach what I love (very addicted to) to any one that will listen. Everyone is so supportive and I can "feel" the support of each and every one of you
Now on to why I started this blog post ....
I would LOVE to make 'bobwilson123' my full time job, at the moment  I personally put in 50 plus hours a week to keep it running smoothly, but the pay really sucks  hahahahaha  To keep me from going back to work full time at a REAL job - yes I have bills too, No fancy car or posh house here  :) I have decided to have advertising on my blog, YouTube channel and I am thinking about my Facebook page. I do not want you to think that I am going all commercial and forcing you to use certain products, its not like that at all, its just a way for me to keep bobwilson123 FREE to the consumer - that's you :) I have all my videos and written patterns free for your pleasure. I also have a TEAM and when I say team of ladies we really are a team :) Amanda, Olgaa, Cassie, Laura and Monica help me keep things running smoothly... you didn't think i did EVERYTHING my self did you hehehe I might be good but I'm not Superwoman :) Between my ladies they put in over 35 hours a month.... between us that's a grand total of 235 hours a month !!! EEkk!!
So I hope you understand why I need to have advertising on my various pages, I really do love what I do and love to connect with all of you. Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope you are having a great week
Hugs, Clare or better known as bobwilson123
xxxxxx

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Weddings !

Hi !! Most girls love a wedding right ? I have started another blog all about weddings !! You will find great inspiration from shoes to dresses and Ceremonies to Reception
I would love for you to share photo's of your wedding day, flowers, cars, dresses everything. Its nice to see real photos not just some image in a glossy magazine.
I am also looking for wedding horror stories to share with others.
Make sure you have a look at the blog, contact details are located at the top of the wedding blog page :)
http://amoderngirlswedding.blogspot.com.au/

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Colors available !

These are the colours that I have available for my hats :)

Colours available - Colours may be slightly different depending on computer screen
I have tried my best to describe the colours and as you can tell i am hungry ;)


Top left to right- White, Cream, Weak Late, Full strengh Late LOL, Chocolate Brown, Bright Yellow, Mustard, Pumkin Orange,
2nd row left to right - Baby Blue, Cornflower Blue,Light Denium, Dark Denium, Navy, Dark Navy, Pale Mint Green, PaleTeal, Teal
3rd Row - Apple Grren, Olive Green, Pine Green, Christmas Green, Lavender, Dark Lavender, Dusty Purple, Deep Purple,
Bottom Row - Peachy, Musk Stick Pink, Bright Pink,, Red, Maroon, Dark Grey Light, Dark Grey


Friday, 6 April 2012

Yarn Giveaway !

 8000 fans on my Facebook page ! Wooo Hooo !!!
 bobwilson123 facebook page

To celebrate this big milestone there is going to be a yarn giveaway
400 gms/smidge over 14 oz ..

Angie from Angie's Studio is donating 200grams of yarn. I will be putting another 200grams plus postage.

1 lucky winner will win 400gms of yarn shipped to anywhere in the world !!

To enter the giveaway go to this link and comment on the photo with your favourite colour combinations
YOU MUST LEAVE YOUR COMMENT ON THE PHOTO IN THE LINK BELOW - NOT A COMMENT ON THIS BLOG POST
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=hpskip#!/photo.php?fbid=172463366139720&set=a.172463362806387.52166.172462949473095&type=3&theater

The competition will run for 1 week only

Sunday, 1 April 2012

CROCHET BASIC BEANIE – HALF DOUBLE CROCHET - Free written Pattern and video tutorial

CROCHET BASIC BEANIE – HALF DOUBLE CROCHET
Directions given for multiple sizes
Pattern Designed by bobwilson123
Converted into written format by Tammy

Video Tutorial HERE


 
Supplies needed:
-Yarn of your choice
-Crochet hook (use hook size according to yarn choice)
-Tapestry needle
-Stitch marker
Stitch abbreviations used in this pattern:
CH – Chain
SC - Single crochet
HDC – Half double crochet
SL ST – Slip stitch
ST – Stitch


Note: Hat is worked in the round and not by joining after each row.

To start, attach a slip knot to your hook.
CH-5, SL ST into first CH to make a ring.
Round 1: CH-2, 6 HDC into the ring, DO NOT JOIN,
{note: if you find that 6 HDC is too tight, you can use 12 HDC, it won’t make a difference to the pattern, it will just make your hat flat at the top instead of pointy}
INSERT STITCH MARKER HERE,
Round- 2:work 2 HDC into first HDC, now 2 HDC in each stitch around until you reach the stitch marker, (12 HDC) move stitch marker up,
Round 3: *1 HDC into next stitch, 2 HDC into the next stitch* Repeat from * to * around until you reach your stitch marker. Ending with 2 HDC in same stitch (ALWAYS on an increase round). Move your stitch marker up.
Round 4: *1 HDC into next 2 stitches, 2 HDC into the next stitch* Repeat from * to * around until you reach your stitch marker. Ending with 2 HDC Move your stitch marker up.
Round 5: *1 HDC into next 3 stitches, 2 HDC into the next stitch* Repeat from * to * around until you reach your stitch marker. Ending with 2 HDC Move your stitch marker up
Round 6: *1 HDC into next 4 stitches, 2 HDC into the next stitch* Repeat from * to * around until you reach your stitch marker. Ending with 2 HDC Move your stitch marker up
Round 7: *1 HDC into next 5 stitches, 2 HDC into the next stitch* Repeat from * to * around until you reach your stitch marker. Ending with 2 HDC Move your stitch marker up
NOTE: You will continue to increase each row until you have the size desired for your hat. -DEPENDING ON HOW BIG YOU NEED YOUR HAT WILL DEPEND ON HOW MANY INCREASE ROWS YOU NEED. YOU WILL KEEP INCREASING UNTIL THE HAT CIRCUMFERENCE IS ½ INCH/2CM SMALLER THAN THE CIRCUMFERENCE OF THE HEAD YOU ARE MAKING IT FOR
If you are using worsted weight 4ply yarn you will need a different amount of rows. The following is for 8ply/DK yarn and a 4mm hook  
Baby size would be around 8 rounds.                                                                                                      
Example: *1 HDC into next 6 stitches, 2 HDC into the next stitch * Repeat from * to * around until you reach your stitch marker. Ending with 2 HDC
For a regular adult hat with a 4mm hook it is around 10 rounds.
Example: Round 10: *1 HDC into next 9 stitches, 2 HDC into the next stitch* Repeat from * to * around until you reach your stitch marker. Ending with 2 HDC
Once your hat is big enough to fit the crown of your head or for the person you are making it for, you will stop with the increase rounds.
TO FINISH YOUR HAT
-Move stitch marker up,
1 HDC in each stitch around. Continue to move your stitch marker up with each round until your hat is the desired length.
In last stitch, SC and then SL ST across the next 2 stitches for a nice finish. Fasten off and sew in tail on inside of hat to hide.
Make sure to sew in tail from beginning of round 1.

CROCHET DOUBLE CROCHET AND SHELL BEANIE - Free written pattern and video tutorial

CROCHET DOUBLE CROCHET AND SHELL BEANIE


Thank you Belinda for your AWESOME photo !

Video tutorial and free written pattern can be found here 


Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Our Yarn Exhibiton at Trainworks

FOr the last 6 month the Crochet and Knitting group that I am the President of have been working very hard on completeing a yarn exhibition to be held at our local steam train museum. Stram trains and yarn dont mix I hear you say ! We were approched by the museum to create items that told the storys of the trains and also to add a bit of 'colour and fun' to the stuffy olf museum  - their words not mine
Please enjoy some of the photos taken on the day there were over 100 great pics taken on the day
HUGE thank you to my ladies that were involved in helping, sewing, crochet and knitting



My beautifull ladies that helped out on the day
There are ladies that couldnt make it that also helped with the crochet and knitting :)

 
Buffer covers made by Tania

Birds made by Win and catapillar made by Robin

Buffer covers made by Tania
up close they look like eyes and they even have eyelashes


Lady bug made by Tania

Eileen helping with the construction of the vines

Spders made by Tania

Criochet frothy beer by Bronwyn

Toast by Peggy
Sugar cubes by Bronwyn

Sald was a group effort

Getting organised

The Jail van has a maniquin so he got handcuffs made by Dawn and Cup of coffee made by Tania
ham sandwich and a banana

busy busy

Maggie and Michelle doing what they do best .. laughing !


Group effort on the fruit

It looks so real !


cupcakes anyone ?
Made by Katie and plate made by Robin
Plate trim added with wire by Clare (thats me )

One slice or 2 ?
Cake made by Ruby and biscuits made by Eileen
Placte amde by Tania and trimmed by Clare (thats me )

Dawn made this FAB Tartan scarf and was over 3 meters long

Stand around long enough and they will decorate you too :)

I made the tiara ! This train makes this 50cm x50cm tiara look so small :)

having fun at the opening cutting the YARN !

Win

Tania

Ruby

Robin

Renate

Maggie 84years young might I add and the cheekiest one of all :)

Flo

Eileen- made over 100 leaves for the vines !!! And more !
Beverly

Dawn

Clare (me) Presidentay !

Bronwyn - Vice presidentay

Not sure what happened here


But it sure was funny !

Mmmmm bacon and eggs !!
Made by Robin
They cooked them on the shovel over the fire from the engine

Items made by Robin, Bronwhy, Tania, Win

Michelle installing the birds nest

Win made the birds and the nest :)

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