Spring, Spring, Spring! And Giveaway winners!


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Any fans of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers will be completely forgiven for breaking out into uproarious song after reading the title of my post. It’s my lovely mum’s most favourite movie so the show tunes have become ingrained from childhood! 

This weekend we definitely enjoyed ‘Ma Nature’s yearly miracle’ as we went on a visit to Tatton Park, an historic estate in Cheshire. And OH but the sun was glorious and the sky was so blue, the birds were a-twitterin’ and blossoms…well they were just so blossomy!!! 

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I can’t even begin to tell you how nice it was to get outside and enjoy some good weather after quite a grey March – and to walk about with no coat on either; just delightful!

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It was an absolute pleasure slowly walking round the gardens with all my family (as my mum and Dad came too), talking and taking in and appreciating the scenery.

I even spotted a bit of crochet in one of the farmers huts…though I might question the realism of the colour palette of the bottom blanket for the olden days – hot pink yarn?!!

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Then whilst hubby played with the girls on the play-park my parents and I wandered over to look at the house. Inside, amongst lots of other things, they had what seemed to be a little embroidery showcase. There was no denying the talent of the artists that had created some of the pieces – they were just stunning! I took a picture of my favourite work because I just thought it was so beautiful (silly me though I forgot to look for the name of the artist) I just love the colours, the composition of the piece…just everything about it!

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The highlight of the day for everyone though was Tatton Park’s lambing week…

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By some sort of wizardry they had synchronised their ewes to lamb within a 10 day period and there were so many of the little cuties bouncing about ‘waggin’ tails, rubbin’ noses’. Although we didn’t see any lambs actually being born, we saw some that had just been born! Little G asked lots of interesting questions…and was thoroughly intrigued by the whole thing.  

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By the end of the day we’d walked over 8.4km  (about 5.5 miles) round the gardens and house, enjoyed some eating alfesco with the first picnic of the year and all went home with happy hearts! So glad that Spring is finally here!

And before I forget there are some giveaway winners to announce aren’t there! Just to remind you, I set a little competition so some lovely people could win some pattern prizes (details in this post). Was the winner you? Did you get the answer right?  

Well the answer to my clue was my Daisy Chain Flourish blanket

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but some of you answered that it was my Daisy Chain afghan square  which was kind of right too – so I’ve tumbled you all into a random.org and the winners of a pattern of their choice are:

  1. Patricia Giles  
  2. Trisha Smith
  3. Nicola
  4. Yolande Timkoe 
  5. Kirsty

Congratulations folks! Please can you get in touch with me so you can claim your prize!

Well until next time, happy hooking and keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Clover Amour 4mm/G Hook & Pattern Giveaway


So I think it’s no secret that my favourite hooks to use EVER are Clover Amour.  If you don’t know the Amour line of hooks, they are a range of hooks that are covered in soft elastomer rubber and ergonomically shaped so that they fit oh so nicely into your hand. I’ve tried many hooks in my time but these are the ones I definitely prefer! I have nearly all the sizes now (apart from the new extra large sizes, 8mm, 9mm & 10mm, which are on my wish list) but my go to hook is pretty much my 4mm  / US size G – plus that particular size is purple so what’s not to love!

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So I thought, continuing with my little celebrations, that I would give YOU the chance to win A BRAND NEW 4mm / US Size G Clover Amour Hook of your very own!  Plus offer you a couple of my patterns which use a 4mm hook to accompany it.  How about that?

All you have to do is leave me a comment below to tell me how many other hooks you think I have in this jar and let me know which of my 4mm hook patterns you’d like to go with it and who you will be making it for. 

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One winner, who guesses nearest the correct amount of hooks, will be chosen at random on 13 June at 7.30pm (GMT).  This competition is open WORLDWIDE!

Good Luck Everyone!

Keep Calm and Crochet On UK is 3!!! Let’s Celebrate!!!


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Wow, its hard to believe that Keep Calm and Crochet On UK has been around for 3 years!! (Yes I did originally post on my page that it was 4 years old but I obviously can’t count very well lol!) – June 6 2012 my page on Facebook was founded!

I picked up crochet as I was finishing  up my degree in 2012 and my love of it soon grew into something that I’d never imagined!  I published my first pattern to Ravelry in July that year and the rest, as they say, is history!  So much has happened since then life wise and with Keep Calm and Crochet On UK; much more than I ever thought or hoped for!  

I am so appreciative of all the support I’ve had from friends, my family, Facebook friends, fabulous customers and supportive crochet testers and designers I have met on my journey so far – I certainly wouldn’t be here without them!  When I consider it all I feel so blessed and so grateful!

I wanted to show my appreciation for the support I’ve had from everyone so I’m going to give away prizes throughout the week (6 – 13 June) with something to hopefully suit everyone.  Today’s prize up for grabs are THREE gift certificates (1 each for 3 people) with 30% discount off a next custom order (expires Dec 2015) – what item would you like a discount on?  

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For inspiration on what you could spend your gift certificate on here are a couple of things that I recently enjoyed making!

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Winners of this prize will be drawn on Tuesday 9 June at 7.30pm (GMT), you can enter via Rafflecopter at the following link: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Keep Calm and Crochet On UK 8,000 Pattern Party Giveaway


I’m so excited, proud and appreciative of the fact that my little ole page on Facebook has now got over 8,000 lovely Facebook Friends.  THANK YOU so much to all of you lovelies that have supported me since I started in June 2012 and got me to this amazing milestone! This giveaway is my way of showing you much love ♥ !!!

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So about the giveaway; well I’ve managed to round up 34 (including me) designers and there are over 77 pattern prizes to be won!!!

The wonderful designers donating pattern prizes are: me (Keep Calm and Crochet On UK), Little Treasures by NancySchere’s Crafty CrochetIrish Hooks & YarnFrom HomeBlankies by JackieKrissysWondersCharmed By EweHigh Strung DesignsToo Yarn Cute Crochet MagazineFelted ButtonFamily Traditions CraftsForever StitchinHodgePodge CrochetLove To Be In StitchesSimply D’ BestSincerely PamCuddle Me BeaniesGramma Bean’s Homemade GiftsKnotted NotionsThomasina Cummings DesignsCrochet GertNeon Hooker DesignsTricity Hokes CreationsCrystalized DesignsDearest DebiGrammyJo LidsOne and Two CompanyProcraftistationPattern ParadisePlayin’ Hooky Designs24 Carat CrochetCherishable Creations and The Hooked Haberdasher !!!

Please pop along and show the vendors much love and appreciation!!!   

To enter check out the pinned post on my Facebook page, the rules accompany the prizes! The giveaway ends Sunday 21 September.

Good Luck!!! ♥