Quick update to say that I’ll be heading over to Hopewell Square’s Christmas Market on the 12th-14th December (unfortunately I can’t make it on the 15th for family commitments). I’ll be selling lots of Christmas decorations, small gifts and some crochet kits too.
There will be an ice rink as well, so anyone who fancies it should head on over!
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.”
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”
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.
Nicki Trench strikes again with Rainbow Knits. This time, instead of exploring the magic of the Granny Square, she’s taking us into the beautifully bright world of the rainbow knit, using both block colours and variegated yarns for a wonderful mix of patterns.
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.
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”
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.
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.