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    Entries in The Crochet Project (2)

    Sunday
    Feb282016

    Unravel 2016

    Last weekend me and my friend Gilly (Tickety-b) went to Unravel. We missed last year, and it was lovely to be back again. We met up with Sarah (Crafts from the Cwtch) and later Joanne (Not so granny - after she had finished teaching) and had a grand time going round all the stalls, chatting with the vendors & bumping into friends. 

    I made sure to visit Rachel & Alli of Yarn in the City and was excited to pick up my copy of the London Craft Guide. It's a great size book - perfect for popping in your bag, and there's a whole lot of stuff packed in. It's made me want to have a couple of solo days in London so I can do my own mini yarn crawls!

    I had fun at Spin City's stand, and had a lovely evening chatting with Louise & her Mum along with lots of other knitty folks that evening. I didn't buy any yarn, but I did get lots of spinning supplies.

    You might have spotted a copy of Crochet Yeah! in there too - and I've already started a project from it. Joanne & Kat are a great team, and I love what they have done with The Crochet Project

    Another highlight was catching up with Amanda Perkins and seeing her crochet blankets on display as a collection. Spectacular, and definitely a good argument that crochet can be both practical and art at the same time.

    If you went, I hope you had fun. I met too many new people to name check everyone, but that's one of my favourite things about yarn festivals - all the amazing people I've got to know! What's your favourite thing?

     

    Monday
    Nov042013

    Melas shawl - The Crochet Project 2: Woodland Whimsy, plus giveaway.

    It's out!!! Have you seen the pretty? It's here. Go look, drool a bit then come back!

    this and all photos are ©Kat Goldin

    This is my contribution, the Melas shawl. Made in Fyberspates vivacious 4 ply (100% merino), the colours just glow. It's fast becoming one of my absolute favourite yarns - I working on a super seckrit design in the dk just now too.

    I knew the names of the patterns would be woodland themed and thought that the delicate look of the design would lend itself well to a nymph inspired name. After a little dryad research (cos that's how I roll!) I came across this

    "(4) The Maliades, Meliades or Epimelides were Nymphai of apple and other fruit trees. They were also protectors of sheep. The Greek word melas from which their name derives means both apple and sheep."

    Nymphs of blossoming fruit trees AND SHEEP!! Perfect. It was obviously meant to be!

    This isn't one of those designs that came easily. It kicked my butt, since you ask. But eventually, when everything slipped into place it flowed and is a fairly easy make. Motif based, and designed as either a square shawl or a rectangular wrap, you can easily make the motifs in batches up to the last round then join them together. It makes for an ideal travelling project. The edging has optional beads added which remind me of dew on spiderwebs.

    As always, Kat's photos are a delight & Joanne's tech editing is thorough  & sensitively done. I am thrilled to have been part of both crochet collections by The Crochet Project. The other patterns are lovely too. I especially like this simple & pretty silk infinity cowl, Sibleyback by Anniken Allis

    This lovely cross season top , Maple Falls by Joanne Scrace

    And the fabulous colours and texture of the Kissiae Stole by Elly Doyle

    In fact, I like all the patterns in the collection, but I can't show you every single one!

    The giveaway is now closed, and the randomly picked winning post is No 9, so congratulations to Josie!

    I would also like to give one reader a FREE Melas shawl pattern to celebrate the collection.

    The patterns are available in both UK & USA terms - let me know which you prefer. The giveaway is open for a week, closing on Monday the 11th November 2013. I'll pick a random post number again. Just comment below, letting me know which design from the collection is your favourite & why. I'll message the winner next week :)

    Good luck!