Inside Crochet 33

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This gorgeous crochet heart pattern can be found in Inside Crochet issue 33. On sale now. The photography  is by  Andrea Ellison. I am really loving this issue.
Look out for more patterns in issues 34 and 35!

A Few Things Off the Needles and a Thank You

In Progress: Crochet Circles Blanket using Debbie Bliss Cotton DK

Well, my word what a week it’s been. The teen’s AS level results (very good, thanks for asking),  a trip to Sugar Junction, lots of knitting, a fair bit of crochet and  a bit of news  which was unexpected and much appreciated.

Crochet Faux Rib cushion using Debbie Bliss Pure Cotton

First, what’s been coming off the hook and the needles. I whipped up this crochet cushion in a couple of afternoons. It’s so simple: just make a chain the length of your cushion pad then work as many rows as you need in double crochet – but only through the back loop. Change colour as and when you wish to create the stripes. Or, you could work it  using a tweedy yarn such as Rowan Silky Tweed which would be great for this project.

Pepper Puppy, still a work in progress

Next, work on the gorgeous Pepper Puppy featured in Inside Crochet has stalled, he has a head and a body and I have promised myself that he will be finished this weekend. He is very soft and squidgy and I won’t be giving him away, he’s “a keeper” who will sit on my work desk and keep me company.

Duffers, made using Drops Eskimo

Also, another pair of Duffers found their way off the needles. These ones are for Mr T and I hope he likes them otherwise they will be a Christmas gift for one of the other men in our family. I love this patern, so quick and easy, it’s the one I recommend  now to everyone who might be looking for a project to practice increasing and decreasing.

Dales Blanket swatch. Using Rowan 4ply Tweed

There has been progress on the Dales Blanket too and I’ll be posting information on colours and stitch patterns next week.

Finally, a thank you to the lovely Anne, who I met at Woolfest (introduced by Mousy Brown). I’ve been reading her blog regularly ever since and was very touched this week by the mention she gave me in passing on an award. There will be a whole post about that in a day or two, but I couldn’t end this post without saying thank you.

On the subject of Awards … voting ends on 31st August, so there’s still time to vote for me (pretty please), I’m currently in second place and much as  I want to win that egg cup, Witch Mountain is a gorgeous blog with the most lovely illustrations. You really should go and check it out.

So, there you are, a little look at what’s been on my needles. Don’t forget you can post pics or links to your projects over on the Baking and Making facebook page, I’d love to see what you’ve been up to.

Tracey x

Cool to Crochet?

When did crochet get cool? I noticed recently how many of my friends are learning to crochet and how quickly the Learn to Crochet classes at Fibre and Clay book up. Not to mention the requests I get to host crochet parties for Hen Do’s or Baby Showers. It’s lovely to see a blanket appear from an afternoon’s fun and gossip. Something a bride or new mum can treasure forever.

When I was a teenager in the ’70’s my Dad made us long fringed waistcoats, full length dresses with puff sleeves and our house had more crochet lace doilies than you could shake a stick at. But, then came the 80’s and I hid my multi coloured granny square blankets under the bed when friends came round and the only time Dad got out his hook was to make christening shawls or matinee coats for new babies in the family (whatever happened to matinee coats I wonder).

From the archive, made by Dad in the 1970's and still cool!

In the last couple of years I’ve lost count of the number of crochet garments on the fashion catwalk, discovered some  talented designers like Linda and Emma who make crochet fun, useful and above all stylish. Look out for their patterns in Inside Crochet Magazine (which incidentally has a great new blog, you should drop by and say hello).  For once it seems I was “ahead of the curve”, I’m making the most of it, because I’m sure it won’t last.
It made me wonder, have you recently discovered crochet? And, where do you go for patterns and inspiration?
Happy hooking
Tracey x

A Few Woolfest Thank You’s …

First of all, yes thank you, Woolfest was  fantastic. Every time I turned round I saw another familiar face and by lunch time my jaw was aching from so much smiling and laughter. The range of stalls was everything I could have hoped for, lots of familiar faces and some new yarn suppliers / dyers I hadn’t come across before. Needless to say I spent too much and came home with the longest wish list ever!

So, back to those thank you’s…

First off, a big thank you to Kerrie from Inside Crochet, who promised to save me a subscriber goody bag and didn’t forget. I stopped off at the Inside Crochet stall as soon as I arrived and introduced myself, I’m glad I did. Kerrie and Wayne were lovely, and my goody bag was filled with all kinds of treats.

I did stop by later in the day to show off some of my purchases – but couldn’t get near enough to chat – so many people browising the magazines and (hopefully) taking out subscriptions. Kerrie’s company publish “Knit” alongside“Inside Crochet”, and also my favourite “lifestyle” magazine of the moment, “Handmade Living” (I’ll be doing a full review of issue 3 very soon – but I’m still busy sewing a couple a projects from issue 2)!!

My second thank you goes to Vikki from Wild Fire Fibres, not only did she let me fondle all her yarn  mind her stall while she went for lunch, she tucked all my purchases under her table as I’d bought more than I could carry – including a gorgeous sock yarn she had dyed the most glorious shade of pink (it’s destined for socks – Knitsister will be proud of me!)

I’ll be doing a few posts over the next couple of weeks telling you about some of the sights and sounds of Woolfest, but can’t end this post without saying a big thank you to all the Woolfest organising team and all the volunteers to helped out on the day. I can’t begin to imagine how much work goes into making Woolfest run so efficiently and yet remain so down to earth and friendly (the friendliest fibre event of the year I would say). Needless to say, I’ll be back next year and hopefully meeting up with some new friends I made this year. Why not put it on your calendar now and come with me? (Third weekend of June 2012).

Tx