A Giveaway!

Craft | Sunday January 23 2011 | 5:50 pm | Comments (15) | Tags: |

I thought it was about time I offered a giveaway!  I’ve been in blogland a while now and I’m ashamed to say I’ve never done one, so here’s a first for me.  And what to give…?  Well, there’s only one thing it could possibly be!  A circle scarf of course!!!  It’s the one project I’ve been making over and over again and I get so many comments on it here, on flickr and when I wear one!

And here it is:   

 

This one is in King Cole Riot in shades of blue, grey, green and brown.  I thought those were colours that most folks would like if they won it as they aren’t too garish and would match lots of other colours.  I had to remember that not everyone is like me in liking lots and lots of bright colour and pattern.

So what do you have to do for a chance to own this very scarf?  Very little actually.  Just leave a comment on this post by 6pm (GMT/UK time) on Sunday 30th January!  Easy as that.  Make sure I can contact you through your comment (ie fill in the email address box in the comment form) and if you have a blog / website leave me a link so that I can have a look in return.  Please feel free to link to this giveaway on your own website too.  I’m happy to post internationally. 

A winner will be picked at random, probably by Captain Caveman (or maybe the random number gadget thingy that I have seen others use) on Sunday evening after the closing time!   

Lots of luck xx

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Amigurumi Ukulele Band

Craft | Friday January 14 2011 | 4:52 pm | Comments (3) | Tags: , , |

For anyone who, like me, needs a smile put on their face today… amigurumi bear and bunny singing The Beatles ‘Twist and Shout’ while playing ukuleles! I dare you to try not to smile!!

Source:  KerokerokingDX (I first saw them on Craftzine)

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Circles Scarf Revisited

Craft | Thursday January 13 2011 | 9:21 am | Comments (4) | Tags: , , |

I can’t hide the fact that I became a little obsessed with the Circles Scarf from Inside Crochet Magazine, issue 11, designed by Linda Permann – I’ve raved on and on about it often enough on here!  In a bid to share the love I have posted before about how that actual pattern can be found, but there are some other versions of the same technique that can be used to give similar or alternative effects too.  So read on if you don’t mind that you too may become hooked!

The design and pattern for the Circles Scarf are by Linda Permann and she has written a post about it on her own blog found here!  Linda has said that in a few months she will be able to offer the pattern for sale as a pdf file, but in the meantime it is available in a digital copy of Inside Crochet magazine on Yudu.  It will cost £4.99 on Yudu, which is the same price as the paper copy of the magazine when it was published, so no loss buying it that way.

Following my last post about the pattern I was contacted by Sunshine to tell me that this technique is called yo-yo crochet!  Not only is it shown on her website, Sunshine’s Creations, she’s written a book about it called Learn to do Yo Yo Crochet

I found that details of how to use this technique aren’t widely available online, but I did find this free pattern, on free-crochet, that uses it in a square form which can be adapted into other shapes or rows fairly easily.  You need to register to download this pattern, but it’s worth it if you want to know how.

And there’s more… a flickr group too!  The group contains many different styles using this technique, some of which aren’t in my taste [sorry], or my types of colours, but they show off the technique very well.

I’ve also found it called a ‘medallion’ too, but both medallion and yo-yo crochet have many different variations so it’s not as easy as googling it to find instructions on how to create it.

I found a basic description of the technique on Patchwork Crochet, if you scroll waaaaaaay down to the bottom of this page.  It also shows you how to add a border around the circles to give a different type of finish.

And finally, the lovely Heather has been trying really hard to track down the issue of Inside Crochet with the circles scarf pattern in it and eventually got a copy on Ebay! 

So, I hope this info gets you up and running with the technique.  If you grow to love it as much as I do leave a comment or send a link to your site.

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I’m in print! Kind of!

Craft | Wednesday January 12 2011 | 6:57 am | Comments (10) | Tags: , |

I was so excited a couple of months ago to get a message from Inside Crochet magazine to see if they could use my picture of the Circles Scarf I have raved on and on about in their Readers Gallery!  ‘Of course’ I said!!!

Well today I bought a copy of Inside Crochet magazine, Issue 14, and turned first to the Readers Gallery.  There it was, my scarf picture taken on a fence post in Yorkshire on our hols last autumn!

The text said:

‘Above: We’re big fans of Louise Bromley’s beautiful circles scarf (Issue 11)’

Louise Bromley?  That’s not me!  But it’s my picture! 

Ah well, these things happen.  I can still say my scarf was in the magazine!

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Measuring Up

Craft | Tuesday January 11 2011 | 11:11 am | Comments (10) | Tags: , , , |

Want to know a secret?  I’m very naughty!  I have never, ever made a tension square before.  When I knitted I didn’t.  Since I have been crocheting I haven’t.  Until now!

Thankfully I’ve never had a problem with stitch tension.  In fact I am rather proud, if I say so myself, at having what could be classed as a very standard and even tension and projects have always come out as intended.

So why start now?  The Crochet Club project I am just about to start isn’t critical on size in terms of fit, but I have been soooooo impatient to get started it was a way to get started.  It also let me try out the yarn (Rowan Cotton Glace) which I really like!  It’s quite a dense cotton that has really crisp stitch definition and isn’t very ‘splitty’ compared to some other cottons.

So how did I measure up?  The advised tension for this project is 21.5 stitches x 24 rows over 10cm square using a 3mm hook in double crochet.  I got 21 stitches x 25 rows.  I think that’s close enough for jazz!

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In today’s post #2

Craft | Monday January 10 2011 | 12:24 pm | Comments (6) | Tags: , , , |

I was woken from my beauty sleep very early today!  7.50am!!  It was still dark!  A very jolly post man arrived on my doorstep with this box for me:

While I was very excited, it was very early for me and I was barely awake.  I was very good and put it down and went back to bed.  But when I got up again I had a real treat!

This box contains all the yarn for the Jane Crowfoot Crochet Club 2011 (from now on called the Crochet Club or CC as its too much to type every time!).  Want to see what’s inside?  Look away now if you’re in the Club, so to speak, and don’t want to spoil the surprise if you haven’t received your box yet…

How gorgeous is all that yummy, scrummy yarn?  What gorgeous colours?  How much crochet?  What have I taken on? 

I’ll post more pictures of the yarn as things go along, but was just so excited about opening the box and sharing the contents!

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