Interview: Thistle Dubh Ewe

I had the pleasure of going to Perth Festival of Yarn at the start of September, and I met a wonderful and inspiring bunch of people, including Louise from Thistle Dubh Ewe. Lou is a 45-year-old Scot, which are two facts that are very important to know about her. “It informs everything I am and everything I do, including my business. And my age? Well, I’ve reached that point in my life where I’m finally pretty comfortable in my own skin; happy with my choices and the person I’ve become. Not an easy place to get to.”

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Review: Granny Square Weekend

Granny Square Weekend by Emma Varnam
GMC Publications
★★★★★

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I love a good Granny Square. I came across Emma’s previous venture, Granny Square Home, last year and I instantly fell in love. I love the inventive use of the traditional crochet technique. So when Granny Square Weekend landed in my inbox I was thrilled. Emma’s designs are always brilliant, she has a fantastic sense of colour and an eye for the perfect application of my beloved Granny Square.  Continue reading “Review: Granny Square Weekend”

REVIEW: 200 Fun Things to Crochet

200 Fun Things to Crochet edited by Victoria Lyle
Search Press

★★★☆☆

200 Fun Things to Crochet is a collection of five previous titles from Search Press – 100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet and 75 Birds, Butterflies & Beautiful Beasties to Knit & Crochet by Lesley Stanfield, 75 Shells, Corals & Sea Creatures by Jessica Polka, 50 Sunflowers to Knit, Crochet & Felt by Kristin Nicholas and 75 Crocheted Floral Blocks by Betty Barnden. With a large focus on floral designs, it takes the crochet sections from each of these books to collate 200 projects boarding from simple and ready for beginners  through to more complicated designs fit for improvers and advanced crocheters.

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Review: Once Upon A Time In Crochet

Once Upon a Time in Crochet by Lynne Rowe
Search Press

★★★★★

I am a sucker for amigurumi, nearly as much as I am for the humble Granny Square. I am even more of a sucker for amigurumi created around a theme. This book of fairytale amigurumi from Lynne Rowe is perfect. Great for lovers of animal amigurumi and cute figures alike, Once Upon a Time in Crochet is a brilliant book because not only does it cover the figurines, but it gives you the patterns to incorporate the character into their surroundings, too.

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Review: Pixel Crochet

Pixel Crochet by Hannah Meur
Search Press

★★★★☆

Inspired by the 8-bit days of old, Hannah Meur’s book presents you with 101 cool designs to be made up with granny squares of a sizing you choose. The idea behind this book is brilliant. It’s simple and effective and so easy to execute. What’s great about Hannah’s book is that it doesn’t limit you to certain patterns, but merely shows you the pixel patterns you can use on another project of your choice.  Continue reading “Review: Pixel Crochet”

Indie Spotlight: Flock on the Plain

© Gina Jones of Flock on the Plain

I first came across Gina and Flock on the Plain in a news article in our local paper, as she was opening up her own independent yarn shop locally. This was really exciting, and I headed down on opening week to check it out.

I love this little unit in Woodborough, Wiltshire. It’s situated in a small collection of independent stores including a local garden centre and a lovely little cafe, it’s a crafty quarter so Gina’s Flock on the Plain sits perfectly between its peers.

What I love most about FotP is the fact that Gina is there all the time, running workshops and really driving home that craft is for everybody. She’s encouraging children of all genders and backgrounds to pick up crafts, she imparts her knowledge on to others on a regular basis and even shares her dyeing techniques.

© Gina Jones of Flock on the Plain

Her weekly Knit and Natter is a joy to be a part of, even when there was only a small group of us it was such a wonderful atmosphere. Gina really cares about quality, and individuals. She’s a breath of fresh air and, frankly, she gives a shit about what she’s selling. She knows her stuff and she sells it well.

Her yarns are gorgeously dyed and the variety is baffling, how she manages as a one-woman show I can’t fathom.

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24 Days of Crochetmas is coming!

From the 1st-24th December I will be hosting 24 days of Crochetmas!

As you might guess, this is basically like Crochet Christmas/Advent. I’m going to be releasing a pattern a day (a mixture of free and premium patterns) including a completely free Crochet Along Christmas blanket, aimed to be completely doable before the big day!

Get yourself a whole bunch of chunky yarn, you’re going to need it!

I’m also going to be getting people to use #Crochetmas across all social media, and tagging me (@crochetbouquetblog on Insta, search Crochet Bouquet on Facebook, @crochetbouquet on Twitter), so get sharing your Christmas makes this holiday season, and let’s celebrate the season in absolute style!

Happy holidays!