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my little corner of the world in South Yorkshire, England, where you will find me addicted to colour and playing with yarn!

29 March 2015

Crochet Community Charity Blanket

 Would you like to win this fabulous blanket?
It is unique and made with love by 121 ladies in UK.

Sitting at home crocheting
 and enjoying the company of my Instagram friends on a daily basis
 is one of life's ultimate pleasures for me!

Last year we joined together and made a care blanket
 for one of our friends
 to support her through an illness.
So much good came out of our group
 and when it was over we all missed the community project.

So this winter I planned and launched the first 
Patchwork Heart Community Blanket.
Ladies in the UK
 were invited to make a 10cm square containing a flower,
 from a given colour palette of Stylecraft Special DK.
120 crocheters signed up
 and soon squares were flooding into Patchwork House.
I had the lovely pleasure 
of joining the squares into the blanket and making a border.

If you missed the original posts about the making
 you can read them HERE

The plan was to hold a draw of the makers names
 and the winner had the choice of keeping the blanket
 or using it to raise money for charity.

I am delighted to announce that the lovely Kathryn at
won the blanket and has decided to use it to raise money for 
You can take part in this draw to win the blanket
 by making a donation on her

The draw closes at midnight on April 23rd
 and the winner will be drawn on April 25th.
For just £2 you can make a donation and have a chance to win!
This is open to anyone worldwide
 and postage will be very kindly paid by the lovely Kathryn.

As I write we are absolutely flabbergasted at the popularity of our blanket 
and thank all the lovely people who have made donations.
 In less than 3 days of the draw being open
 we have raised £2600 for Marie Curie Cancer Care!!!

If you have a blog or facebook page please share this post
 and help us make a difference!

Wishing you all a happy Sunday



23 March 2015

Making Rainbows

Today I am really excited
 to be able to tell you about a competition
 to win £500 worth of yarn!!!

I have joined together with 5 other bloggers
 to help launch the

Here's how you can take part!

Everyone loves a rainbow
red  orange  yellow  green  blue  indigo  violet.
Lately I've been playing with colours
 a lot

as a Mathematician
 order is very important to me
as an artist 
colour fills me with passion
 to create a rainbow
 is perfection
 in my little world!

A few months ago
 I made myself a set of shade squares
 for all my favourite Stylecraft Special DK shades.
I used a small 3 round solid granny square
you can find a pattern 

Hours of fun and playing
 ended up with this combination
 for my bright traditional rainbow

I tried it out on a star shaped baby blanket
using a free pattern by 
and the result was amazing!

but the artist in me wants to play
and my brain is continually making new rainbows

a pastel rainbow was next on my hook
oh so pretty

then again more playing with my squares
resulted in 
bright versus vintage

using my creative license
I next hooked a
vintage look rainbow baby blanket
and I really love these soft muted tones

So where did this rainbow trend begin?
I have to give thanks
 to my hooky friends over on

This winter there has been a craze inspired by
 a beautiful Cath Kidston blanket.
So many of my clever hooky friends
 have been making their own versions, 
beautiful granny striped blankets
 with a parchment background.

totally inspired by the lovely makes of
and many others
I finally gave in and tried it myself

adding the neutral background
 to my vintage rainbow
 resulted in this amazing 
Cath Kidston inspired
 granny square baby blanket

Rainbows have spread into my cotton creations too

I always begin with a traditional colour order

Mandala making
 is such a perfect way
 of trying out colour combinations

but I soon find myself thinking
 that rainbows don't have to include all 7 shades!

Before I know it I'm shading pinks and purples
and blending blues and greens

Working with colour is therapy to me
it excites me
and makes me come alive!
So what better rainbow celebration
than my latest creation of a dream catcher!
This pattern by ATERGcrochet is available to buy on Etsy

So are you inspired?
 Do you want to play with colour too?
Oh I do hope I've got you rushing for your hooks
 and diving into your stash!

Ladies I'm really excited to tell you
 about the fabulous new
I'm helping launch

would you like to win
 £500 worth of yarn
? ? ?

All you have to do
 is play with colour and crochet something wonderful!
Blog about your makes and enter the competition.
You will find all you need to know here

Go on you know you are itching to create
and who doesn't need more yarn!
You can enter many times
 and there are 5 other trends you can follow too!

This week I will be playing with a bright rainbow
 and a cream background! 
Come back next week to see what I made!

Do leave a comment to let me know what you are making
 and entering into the competition, 
I'd love to pop over and visit your blogs
 to see what you are making

Happy hookin


14 March 2015

The Spring Flower Blanket

Pretty spring flowers
 to cheer up a gloomy grey Saturday morning

Happy Saturday to you all!
I hope you can enjoy lots of happy hooky yarn therapy today.

I have begun my day
 working on the Community Crochet blanket 
that I have been running on Instagram.
This has been made by over 100 ladies from UK on Instagram.
If you missed the original post about this you can read it

This blanket is so thick and heavy
 as many of the squares are 3D flowers

just look at the fabulous detail
 and clever crochet from so many ladies

Sitting under the blanket as I work on the border
 is providing me with hours of pleasure

the lucky winner is going to have years
  of fun and pleasure from all these unique flowers

I have used a flat braid join
 which adds a lovely lace texture
 and am now completing the blanket
 with a deep lace border!

Come back next week for the big reveal!

happy weekend friends



7 March 2015

Pretties for Spring

Spring is on the way!
As I write  I'm enjoying open windows in the house
 the smell of fresh air and the sound of the birds singing.

This morning I've been cleaning and tidying
 Patchwork House
 and having much fun rearranging 

I love to see piles of prettiness
colour around my home

It was time to put away the valentines hearts
 and add some
 spring coloured flowers and baubles to my twigs

The last few weeks I've been busy stocking my
with pretty spring goodies

Ive really enjoyed these quick little makes
and the massive dose of colour therapy!

Rico Essentials Cotton DK

 has a wonderful range of colours and a gorgeous rich sheen

pattern from Simply Crochet magazine issue 14

Mandalas are such fun to make

pattern from Simply Crochet Magazine issue 7

and are a glorious addition to any home

pattern from Made in K Town blog

being pretty and practical

pattern from Simply Crochet magazine issue 12

you will find them in plenty at Patchwork House!

DMC Natura Just Cotton

 has a lovely natural texture and deep warm shades

pattern from Made in K Town blog

 has a luxurious feel
 and a very good twist which prevents splitting

Sirdar Cotton DK

I use a 3mm hook
 when making mandalas to achieve a firmer finish

pattern from Simply Crochet magazine issue 14

and for flowers too

pattern for rose from Attic 24

pattern from Katicrafts blog

 has 5 new shades and I'm loving this leaf green and fondant

pattern for rose from Attic 24

Patchwork House is ready for Spring

As a newbie to Etsy
 I'm amazed at how fast these pretties have sold!

I'm restocking every few days so do keep visiting!

Etsy Shop

Now my chores are done
 you will find me here for the rest of my weekend
 doing what I love!

Happy hookin friends



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