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Okay I need to try to keep calm about this but I can’t!!! I can’t tell you how excited and pleased I am to have been chosen as one of the bloggers to take part in this years Stylecraft Blog Tour to celebrate the release of some of their new colour packs!
Earlier in the year Stylecraft did a public poll to help choose some new colours for their Special Aran and Special Chunky ranges. From a list of nominations six gorgeous winning colours have now been added to both yarn weights…but more about that in a moment!
If you haven’t heard of Stylecraft they are a family run business based in Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire who aim to produce high quality yarns and patterns with the best possible value. I’m a big fan of all their yarns, especially the Special’s Range, which I have used many times for various designs and projects of mine (like my 2015 Crochet-a-long blanket, Margaret’s Hug Healing / Prayer Shawl and River Rose Cushion to name a few).
For the blog tour I was asked if I’d like to produce a special new free design for you guys using Stylecraft Special Chunky so of course I said a big hunky chunky YES!! Stylecraft Special Chunky is a chunky version of Stylecraft’s Special DK (8ply / #3 weight yarn) and is the equivalent of US Bulky yarns (12 ply / #5 weight yarn). It’s good value for money, it crochets well and is really super soft and squishy. Personally I find it a delight to work with because it has a really fabulous range of colours for crochet (or knitted) projects!
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Sooo let’s talk colours! This is the palette I’m working with which includes the new colours chosen by the lovely public…
♥ Pale Rose ♥ Empire ♥ Storm Blue ♥ Sage ♥ Pistachio ♥ Saffron
but for my new pattern a couple more colours have been added for a nice balanced palette.
♥ Parchment ♥ Pomegranate ♥ Spice ♥ Gold
My yarn arrived for me to play with in July and I really enjoyed playing around with the colours. First of all I made myself some yarn colour pegs (an idea that I’ve been desperate to try since I saw it from the fabulous Attic24). Here are a couple of my combinations for inspiration…
Wonderful warm sunset: Pale Rose, Pomegranate, Spice, Gold and Saffron
Spring flower power: Pale Rose, Pistachio, Saffron and Parchment
I have pretty much fallen in love with every colour combination I came up with! I can see these colours popping up in future projects for sure!
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So what is the Stylecraft blog tour? Stylecraft have put together two colour packs, in both Special Aran and Chunky featuring the six new shades with some highlight colours, and sent these packs out to 12 crochet and knitting bloggers asking them to create designs in their own style to inspire creative peeps all over the world.
The bloggers featured this year (in no particular order) are:
- Janie Crow aka Jane Crowfoot
- The Knitting Exploits of Josie Kitten
- Emma Varnam
- Crafternoon Treats
- The Twisted Yarn
- Patchwork Heart
- Le Monde de Sucrette
- Hand Knitted Things
- Cherry Heart
- Sue Pinner
- Annaboo’s House
- and ME!!! Keep Calm and Crochet On UK
So when is my pattern coming out I hear you say…well the tour kicks off 24 October 2016… and at some point during that week my brand new pattern will be released. To whet your appetite here’s a sneaky peak…
OOooo so chunky and delicious don’t you think!
It’s a closely guarded secret as to where the tour is going to each day so make sure you check out Stylecraft’s Facebook page on 24 October. Each blogger (including me) are also going to be giving away a FREE pack of the different yarns each day of the blog tour.
Opportunities for fantastic new patterns and chances to win lovely yarn – what’s not to love!
Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx
Disclaimer: I have not been financially compensated by the yarn company to write this review. All opinions expressed are my own and based on my own experiences of using the yarn.