Simply Crochet Magazine |Sierra Summer Diamond Blanket


Yay! Simply Crochet issue 71 and I’m very excited to say that I’ve got a brand new blanket pattern inside which is perfect for summer picnics.

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I’d like to introduce the Sierra Summer Diamond Blanket…

 

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Add a little touch of flair and warmth to your outdoor parties with my fun geometric bold granny diamond blanket…

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Made with Stylecraft Special Double Knit this blanket is made up from lots of lovely diamond motifs made in the round and then joined together. I do so love a motif, they are small and relatively fast to hook up so you feel like you are accomplishing something quickly and they are easy to take out and about with you. 

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Move over orange and black, the way forward is definitely orange and navy!

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As well as my blanket there are some other great patterns in the magazine, it’s got a very  sporty vibe this month with, amongst other things, a fab stylish sporty t-shirt, some great socks (I still need to crochet me some socks!) an uber-cool Tunisian jean trims pattern from my lovely friend Eleonora’s from Coastal Crochet and I just adore 

the adorable Jammy Dodger tape measure free kit with the print edition – I’m definitely going to be making that at some point!

Simply Crochet issue 71  is now available both in-store at and online and they also offer worldwide subscriptions!  If you do make the Sierra Summer Diamond Blanket I hope you’ll share a photo with me on social media (facebooktwitter or instagram) – I love to see it!

Until next time, keep calm and crochet on my friends x

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Yarn Shop Day 2018 | Milo the Cat


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I have the most exciting news to share with you! Some of you may have already seen me mention it on Instagram but now I can tell you all properly.

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Last year I was approached by the editor of Let’s Knit Magazine to see if I would like to design the mascot for Yarn Shop Day.  Me!?! Design the mascot for Yarn Shop Day! I couldn’t believe it! What an honour to ysd-2018-logodesign the mascot for such a big day celebrated all over the United Kingdom! Of course I said yes and I quickly donned my (crocheted) designers cap and started planning.

If you aren’t familiar with Yarn Shop Day, it’s an annual annual event that celebrates bricks-and-mortar yarn shops. Part of the wider Love Your Yarn Shop campaign, this year’s event takes place on Saturday 12 May 2018. Each participating store will host its own special event, with all sorts of fun activities taking place.

I was asked to come up with a design for a cat and so in my excitement I drew about eleventy billion cat sketches and even tried playing with some designs to see what developed, but we finally settled on developing the cat sketch (below) using the Yarn Shop day colours.

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I made him from bits of double knit yarn I had in my stash, that I had bought from various yarn store visits, and this is how he turned out…Meet Milo the Cat 🐱

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And as I had to send that Milo away to the Let’s Knit Magazine team I’m currently making myself another little Milo in Scheepjes Catona yarn which I bought from Black Sheeps Wool last year – because he has to be made with shop bought yarn naturally.

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Milo the Cat and Dixie the Llama are the crocheted and knitted mascots for 2018 and are exclusively available (for free) in participating stores, along with specially produced knitted and crocheted blanket patterns. If you’re a keen crocheter or knitter, be sure to pop down to your local yarn shop for a day of fibre-tastic fun. Click on the banner below to find participating stores near you.

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I never need an excuse to visit a yarn shop and this year I hope to pop down to Abakhan in Hanley to join in the fun. I hope you will be out too supporting your local yarn shop! I feel it’s so important to be an advocate for any small shop owner, they are often the people who are experts in their field, love what they do and are just trying to live their dream.

And if you hook up Milo the Cat, I hope you will share your project on your favourite social media sites, Facebook page or FacebookgroupTwitter,  Pinterest and Instagram as I love to see your finished work! Also if you are featured in my newsletter, as the customer spotlight, you could win a pattern of your choice – so don’t forget to tag me when you share.

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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We have a winner!


CELEBRATING MY 4TH BLOG ANNIVERSARY 

WITH 4 WEEKS OF GIVEAWAYS!

So we need a winner for the lovely Wulla Yarn hooks don’t we! And the winner is….Kate Rowell, congratulations! I’ve sent you an email for your address details so I can get your prize out to you.

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Don’t forget there’s still the ‘big blue yarn’ giveaway open until 9 March

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Up for grabs is:

  • 10g x Paintbox mini (DK)
  • 10g x Scheepjes Catona mini (4ply)
  • 50g x Drops Cotton Light (DK)
  • 50g x Lang Cotton (Chunky)
  • 50g x Just Yarn Cotton (DK)
  • 50g x Patons Baby Smiles (4ply)
  • 50g x Scheepjes Catona (4ply)
  • 50g x Patons Fab (DK)
  • 50g x Phildar Pilou Plus (DK)
  • 50g x Bergere de France Barisiemne (DK)
  • 100g x James Brett Harmony (DK)
  • 100g DY Choice (DK with Wool)
  • 100g x Paintbox Simply Aran
  • 100g x Stylecraft Special (DK)
  • 100g x West Yorkshire Spinners Essential Aran

That’s a whopping 920g of yarn up for grabs which is a nice amount to feed any hungry stash! For your chance to win enter here.

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

 

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A Splash of Neon | Free Zig Zag Zing Crochet Cushion Pattern


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Do not adjust your computer screens we are going bright, bright, bright!!

Lovecrochet.com often put together themes for collections and you may remember that I took part in their Coastal Adventures Anthology in June last year with my Pembroke Shawl.  For their first collection for 2018 lovecrochet.com decided they wanted to go bold and bright with a Splash of Neon

Now neon obviously works great for signs and lights in the real-world but used in yarn…hhmmm you say….I can hear you aren’t convinced…but wait, by the end of this post you’ll want to add neon to everything (possibly)!

Now I’ll confess neon is something I’ve never included in a design before and so when the call came out for neon inspired designs, using Paintbox Yarns, I knew I had to take up the challenge!

If you aren’t familiar with Paintbox Yarns they are a practical (machine washable) high quality premium acrylic and cotton yarn available in various weights. For premium yarn it’s really soft and super lovely to hook up a project with and the range comes in over 60 shades in a modern colour palette which, for any crafter, is fabulous to see. It’s also great value and lovecrochet.com often run Paintbox Yarn sales which you can keep up with by signing up to their newsletter. 

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You might think that neon colours would be tough to use without clashing and that they are too loud and brassy. Scary combinations for crochet right? Well when carefully implemented I’ve learnt that they can be a super fun addition to a project. Take a look at the the eight designs that make up the Splash of Neon collection for instance. Aren’t they all fab! Can you guess which is my make?

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Did you guess the cushion with the pink pom-poms? Well you’re right!

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I’m really excited to now reveal my new Zig Zag Zing cushion!! 

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Now you can express your creativity by adding the bright on-trend zing of neon to your home in a fun, not scary, way.

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The Zig-Zag Zing Cushion is perfect either on its own or coordinated with other cushions and is a great way to bring a pop of colour to any living room or bedroom.

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This free crochet pattern is very straightforward pattern so that it can be readily picked up by beginners. There are written instructions, a chart and I’ve also included instructions for adding a zip opening for a clean look and easy care.

So have I changed your mind a bit about neon? I hope so! I can’t wait to see your finished neon projects. Why not start with my Zig Zag Zing cushion cover which you can get a free copy of right now on Lovecrochet.com

Until next time – keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Keep Calm and Crochet On U.K’s 4th Blog Anniversary Celebration | Final Prize


CELEBRATING MY 4TH BLOG ANNIVERSARY 

WITH 4 WEEKS OF GIVEAWAYS!

So it’s the end of my celebratory giveaways and I wanted to end it with a fun prize from me.  My feelings are that you can never feel ‘blue’ when there’s yarn around so I’ve  hand-selected some of my favourite blue hues for one lucky winner to play with.

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This giveaway isn’t sponsored by anyone so there is a real range of yarn, colours and weights.  Up for grabs is:

  • 10g x Paintbox mini (DK)
  • 10g x Scheepjes Catona mini (4ply)
  • 50g x Drops Cotton Light (DK)
  • 50g x Lang Cotton (Chunky)
  • 50g x Just Yarn Cotton (DK)
  • 50g x Patons Baby Smiles (4ply)
  • 50g x Scheepjes Catona (4ply)
  • 50g x Patons Fab (DK)
  • 50g x Phildar Pilou Plus (DK)
  • 50g x Bergere de France Barisiemne (DK)
  • 100g x James Brett Harmony (DK)
  • 100g DY Choice (DK with Wool)
  • 100g x Paintbox Simply Aran
  • 100g x Stylecraft Special (DK)
  • 100g x West Yorkshire Spinners Essential Aran

That’s a whopping 920g of yarn up for grabs which is a nice amount to feed any hungry stash. Plus I’m also adding into the parcel a cute little note book for you to jot down your new project ideas and a fun little basket to store your new work in progress in.

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Here’s how you can enter:

Entering is oh-so easy. just leave me a comment at the end of this post telling me if you have a project you’d like to try with one of these yarns or perhaps there’s a yarn that you’ve always fancied playing with...Good luck!

To gain a sneaky extra entry, head on over to my KCACOUK Facebook page, leave a comment under the post about this contest and ‘like’ the page (if you haven’t already). And to gain another extra entry, why not pop over to @KCACOUK on Instagram, become a follower, and leave a comment under the post about this competition.

The contest is open from RIGHT NOW until midday (UK-time) on Wednesday 7th March 2018. The winner will be selected using a random name picker and I will need to be supplied with a full postal address for the prize. If efforts to contact the winner remain unsuccessful after a week, an alternative winner will be randomly selected.

Please note: Due to some international shipping restrictions this contest is only open to readers in the United Kingdom.

I would like to thank all of the people, LGC Knitting & Crochet MagazineHappily Hooked Magazine,  Hook and a Book,  Medieval Colours and Wulla Yarns again for their generosity in sponsoring my 4 year Blog Anniversary giveaways

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Keep Calm and Crochet On U.K’s 4th Blog Anniversary Celebration | Week 3


CELEBRATING MY 4TH BLOG ANNIVERSARY 

WITH 4 WEEKS OF GIVEAWAYS!

It’s time another giveaway prize for our new week but first I have a winner of week 2’s prize to announce don’t I for the Hook and a Book gift box! And I’m also late in picking the prize winner for the Happily Hook magazine subscription too – sorry about that, we’ve had illness in the house again and I completely missed picking it! So I’m going to announce both winners right now!

And the winner of the Happily Hooked magazine subscription, as picked by the fun random wheel of fortune name picker, is Alison and the winner of the Hook and a Book is Shanaya!!

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Congratulations to both of you I’ve sent you both an email so we can talk about getting your relevant prizes to you. And now onto the next prize (woo hoo!)

Week 3 is sponsored by Medieval Colours who have generously donated a rainbow set of their yarns for one lucky reader.  

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You may remember that I reviewed the yarn and created the free crochet Renaissance bag pattern in collaboration with them last year.

This fantastically unique prize contains a set of naturally dyed yarns in favourite colours of Medieval times:

  •  yellow from weld (Reseda luteola)
  •  red from madder (Rubia tinctoria)
  •  blue from woad (Isatis tinctoria)

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Here’s how you can enter:

To enter, leave a comment at the end of this post telling me what you’d like to make with these pretty rainbow yarns.

To gain a sneaky extra entry, head on over to my KCACOUK Facebook page, leave a comment under the post about this contest and ‘like’ the page (if you haven’t already). And to gain another extra entry, why not pop over to @KCACOUK on Instagram, become a follower, and leave a comment under the post about this competition.

The contest is open from RIGHT NOW until midday (UK-time) on Wednesday 21st February 2018. The winner will be selected using a random name picker and I will need to be supplied with a full email address for the prize. If efforts to contact the winner remain unsuccessful after a week, an alternative winner will be randomly selected.

Please note that this giveaway is open to residents of the United Kingdom only.  

I would like to thank  Medieval Colours again for their generosity in sponsoring my 4 year Blog Anniversary. 

Don’t forget to pop back on Sunday for details of another prize giveaway – still two prizes after this one up for grabs!

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Simply Crochet Magazine | Crochet Edits Supplement


Happy New Year everyone!!! I know it’s the new year and all that but I’m going to have to take you back a wee bit to the end of 2017 – to December 28 in fact. Unbelievably, in my fevered state, I almost missed the release of one of the biggest projects I’ve ever undertaken! Out now in Issue 66 of Simply Crochet magazine there is, along with a fab little blocking tool,  a Crochet Edits Supplement for three granny stitch projects designed by yours truly.  

It’s a bit of a floating on a cloud moment for me and I’m feeling quite proud (and still a bit incredulous that they are actually in their very own supplement) and of course I want to share my exciting news with you my wonderful constant readers.

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It all started just after I’d received back my Perfect Pansy Bag. I was chatting to the lovely Sara, the editor of Simply Crochet magazine, via email when she happened to ask how my granny square making abilities were – well after working on the gazillion variations for the Groovyghan that’s one crochet skill I do feel I have down pat. Sooo it was arranged that I would do three projects for a supplement for the magazine. A whole supplement, all to my very own – I couldn’t believe it! 

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Unfortunately the project did not start off smoothly! The yarn went missing during delivery – we eventually found out the parcel had been delivered to a neighbour of mine who had subsequently gone on holiday.  So I lost about ten days from the time I had planned to start the deadline was looming to finish of all three projects so there was some anxiety about proceedings but eventually I got my hands on a deliciously large box FULL to the brim of the squishiest King Cole Luxury Merino DK. 

Picture the moment, if you will, when someone with a yarn obsession receives a giant box full to the brim of yarn – it was a pretty glorious moment I can tell you! Eight of the most lovely colour’s of which I’d be hard pressed to pick a favourite (though loving the mustard!), were enclosed inside the parcel of joy and the yarn is sooooo soft that it really was an absolute pleasure to crochet with it.

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I’d always wanted to make a multicolour hexie blanket and so I can now tick that off my crochet bucket list. Although the colours appear random there was a structure to the colour placement with no outer colours the same touching and every colour represented in seven hexagon flower arrangement. I’m not going to lie – the placement of colours was something I agonised over for AGES (don’t worry a schematic for the colour placement is included in the pattern). But when it finally came together I was so pleased with how it looked.

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It’s definitely one of my favourite makes of 2017…

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Actually scratch that, it may just be one of my favourite makes EVER! What’s not to love about a pretty merino shade rainbow!

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The other projects included in this supplement are my Blooming Bunting…

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And my Bohemian Beauty Granny Slouch Bag which I also adore.

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Simply Crochet issue 66 is available both in-store and online, and you can see an online preview of the magazine hereThey also offer worldwide subscriptions

If you make any of these projects I hope you’ll share a photo with me on social media (facebooktwitter or instagram) – I love to see what you make!

Until next time, keep calm and crochet on my friends x

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