Friday, 22 July 2016

STYLECRAFT BATIK...Blog Stars team

There are a number of Stone washed yarns around but Stylecraft Batik is different because it has a wool content instead of being a cotton yarn.

I presume it's created in a similar way as you create Batik fabrics hence the name.....must ask and let you know

It's a very springy yarn that fills the space well and looks very textural, I just love the effect you get from this yarn.

It makes up in several motifs from mini exotics....not made any of these for a while

to Mandalas

to granny squares 

or triangles and flowers

in 16 fabulous colours 

50g balls at just £2.10 a ball 

so many different options to play with...

LOTS more to come...

Did i say I LOVE THIS YARN! 

Some LOVELY ideas appearing from the BLOGSTARS team too
check them out see what they are all making

Tuesday, 19 July 2016


Well with the temperatures soaring I need to add at least 2 new colours to my temperature blanket. I knew I needed one more but now its another colour to cover over 30deg.......

3 x 2month making 6 months completed and July/August triangle of flowers is underway 

 May/June section

love the subtle changes in colouring from Jan/Feb to May/June triangle

Jan/Feb section

Monday, 18 July 2016


Fabulous day out yesterday with another Wonderful Shropshire show in WEM this time....

The blanket I added another row of hex's too while at the Rally...Mr T getting in on the photo this morning

We've registered our place in the show for next year already. It's the V.O.I show....don't know what that means?

The weather was fantastic and lots of friends came too and we sat around enjoying the gorgeous sunshine with ice creams thanks Andy and the odd pint or two....all afternoon. 

We took part in the 12 o'clock parade with out 1976 Camper called Noo Noo.

Talking to one of the judges, he told us the show had 150 registered cars last year and over 300 actually turned up, this year over 300 registered and they didn't know how many would actually turn up on the day....lots just looking at the fantastic selections of wonderful historic cars, tractors, commercial vehicles and campers

Some fascinating stories with some of the wonderful cars...a Cadillac at the show was 103years old. And several from 1920/30's ...and every year you could possibly want to see.

Noo Noo Camper
A basket of yarn, well you can't go out for the day without at least a dozen colours can you?

 I managed to add a completerow of hex to the Hex blanket I'm making in all wool mix and acrylic dk ends of balls....randomly picked and joined as you go 

Taken in todays sunshine....going to be another scorcher and even hotter tomorrow they say!

Mr T getting in on the act this morning in the sunshine...


Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Stylecraft 2016 Blog Tour and the Blog Stars

Thank You Stylecraft for including me in your Blog Star Line up. There was a taster of the blog star last year with the Blog Tour with the Limited Edition Yarn Pack 

BLOG TOUR to the 2015 tour if you were unlucky and missed it

The Blog Stars had our first official get together last Saturday.... it was great to meet most of the team of bloggers and Hi to those who couldn't make it, hope to meet you at the next meet in January.


Sandra from Cherry Heart
Kathryn from Crafternoon Treats
Sarah from Annaboo’s House 
Heather from The Patchwork Hear
Jane from Jane Crowfoot 
Angela from Get Knotted 
Emma from Emma Varnam 
Lucy from Attic24
Julia from Hand Knitted Things
Phil Saul The twisted Yarn
Sue at Susan Pinner 

This was my most popular free pattern I did for last years blog tour. I wear them all the time and my Bead N Bezel Necklaces have been very popular, I am always being asked about them

several new colours and variations in the making right now

Yarn Stories Merino and Merino/Baby Alpaca mix
 wool beads waiting to be felted
even some i'm turning into Flowers in Stylecraft Alpaca


So excited to be included in this years tour

Some of us took part in last years Blog Tour, a fabulous pack of yarns that were then on sale. We all created a free pattern for you all to share and there will be another BLOG TOUR this year from the 24th OCTOBER 2016....another exciting collection of free patterns for you all to enjoy

Monday, 11 July 2016

NEW YARN: BATIK in 3 of my new Designs for Stylecraft

BATIK a new yarn Launched

On Saturday the 9th July a group of bloggers got together for the first time at the Stylecraft Mill in Slaithwaite. Great to meet up girls LINK TO THE BLOGGERS  

We were greeted by Annabelle Hill Sales and Marketing Director and 
Juliet Bernard of Blue Bear a Strategic and Social Marketing company....who talked us through the next 12 months with Stylecraft. We got to look, feel and try all the new yarns and colours and chat about the crochet/knitting world

And we all received a fabulously, generous Goody bag too, Thank you it is a wonderful gift..... 
of Knit Pro hooks in a wonderful zip up case, chocolate, tags, bags, new yarns and a complete set of the new BATIK yarn 20% wool, 80% acrylic

We were given an insight into the Glenbrae side of the business, a high tech range of bespoke hand-crested Golfing Knitwear...the baby of Stylecraft owner Richard Brown.

As one of Stylecrafts Crochet Designers, I have been working with Batik for a few months now and love it...I hope all the other bloggers and you all, will love it as much as I do. 

A beautiful range of 16 colours that blend together fabulously

A 20% Wool 80% Acrylic yarn, beautifully springy that fills the space well. I have designed the Stylecraft Autumn Cal using this yarn and in Special DK another huge favourite with lots of people, as the second option.

The May Daisy in Batik compared to the Special DK..slightly bigger motif and a subtler colouring compared to the Special DK

Batik... can give a new look to your granny squares. I love mixing yarns together to add depth, with Batik it's done for you in 16 fabulous colours


Stylecraft Pattern 9298

 Stylecraft Pattern 9299

 Stylecraft Pattern 9300

I'm so excited and pleased with the design I can't wait for September and hope you will all like the CAL design...Top secret for now so just a teaser.
The mandala motif I designed a couple of weeks ago, tried out in Batik. I had already tried one in Stylecraft Sundae DK and one in the Special DK for comparison.....all look lovely and all give a different look and feel

If you Click the links below you will see the full range of colours in these 3 yarns 

The motif pattern is the same but in the 3 different yarns gives you an idea of how they will crochet

HOT OFF THE PRESS: Sock yarn and Yarn Stories
Something we are all waiting for...a new range of Stylecraft Sock Yarns to be launched towards the end of the year that will compliment the beautifully soft Yarn stories Merino and baby Alpaca ranges already on the market from the team at Stylecraft.......its going to be a exciting year