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[GIVEAWAY] John Arbon Goodies

If you’ve been following the blog for any amount of time, you’ll know that I love John Arbon Textiles. I did a nice big feature on them on the blog in January, I knitted the Icon Dress in Knit by Numbers yarn, and I have made a point of heading over to see them at as many of the festivals as I’ve been to in recent years. I’ve got to know John and his lovely wife Juliet as people to have a chat with and say hi to when we cross paths, and I’m so excited to be able to continue this association in the future!

John Arbon Goodies

I won’t talk too much more about the company, but I do urge you to find out a little about them – either through my blog or their website. I will mention that there is a Mill Open Weekend on the 16th and 17th of May. I intend to head down and spend some time getting to know the mill and the John Arbon family a little better, and would love to know if you are going too so I can meet up with you and have a chat!

I have just watched John Arbon Textiles: The Movie again, and I cannot explain how excited I am about all of this!

So, on to the goodies. I asked on the off-chance that there was a spare skein of something kicking around, and was thoroughly spoiled by the package that Juliet sent me. With four skeins of yarn and two pairs of socks, there is some truly amazing wooly goodness to get your hands on!

A full selection of goodies from the wonderful John and Juliet.
A full selection of goodies from the wonderful John and Juliet.

Exmoor sock yarn

A skein of delicious 85% Exmoor Blueface / 15% Nylon in the smoke colourway is on offer. This is a light 4 ply yarn, and with 400 metres to the skein, you’ll get a good pair of socks out of this. In case the colours are different on your screen to mine, it’s a purple-brown-grey colour, and would make a sturdy pair of comfortable walking socks! The yarn is on the John Arbon Textiles website here.

Exmoor Sock Yarn in gorgeous smoke colourway.
Exmoor Sock Yarn in gorgeous smoke colourway.

Organically Farmed Merino Laceweight

This is a skein of 100% merino wool. With 650 m of gorgeous lace-weight yarn to get the most out of, this is in the “Dove Grey” shade. It would make a beautiful delicate lace item, and I’ve found it quite hard to accept that I have to part with this! More info on the yarn specifics here.

Organically Farmed Merino Laceweight in Dove Grey.
Organically Farmed Merino Laceweight in Dove Grey.

Viola

Another 100% merino wool, this is a relatively new range of yarns which are dyed by Emily Foden, using a dry-dyeing technique to create the most incredible depth of colour in the spun yarn. I have one skein of a limited edition colourway, Ginger Nut, available for you. This is the most stunning skein with tones of browns, reds, greens and greys to get lost in. You can’t get this on the John Arbon website…just saying! There is 250 metres of double knit yarn in a 100 g skein – perfect for a cosy hat.

viola in Ginger Nut - a limited edition colourway.
viola in Ginger Nut – a limited edition colourway.

Knit by Numbers

As I am the world’s biggest fan of this yarn, it would be a travesty if I didn’t have any to offer to you. With over 85 shades available (let me refer you back to the photo of their display at Unravel, which just makes my heart sing), I have one skein in shade KBN 22. I would describe it as a candy pink, almost. You can see the range of colours here – there are no colour names because the range is so enormous, hence the name “Knit by Numbers”. This is also pure merino, and you get 250 metres in your 100 g skein – I have made a hat from one of these skeins, and it is super comfy.

The Knit by Numbers display on the John Arbon stall at Unravel 2015.
The Knit by Numbers display on the John Arbon stall at Unravel 2015.
Beautiful Knit by Numbers in KBN 22.
Beautiful Knit by Numbers in KBN 22.

Socks

John Arbon Textiles are also well-known for their socks; I have two pairs of “The Exmoor Stroller” for you, in 75% Exmoor Blueface and 25% Nylon. The blue pair is a medium, or UK size 8 to 10, while the green pair is for small feet, at UK size 4 to 7. Find out more about the socks here.

The Exmoor Stroller socks in Small.
The Exmoor Stroller socks in Small.
The Exmoor Stroller socks in Medium.
The Exmoor Stroller socks in Medium.

Entering the Giveaway

So, how do you enter!? Please head over to the John Arbon website and let me know what your favourite product of theirs is – whether it’s a specific colour and blend of roving, or a darning mushroom. Do this by commenting on this blog post – each of the six items constitutes ONE prize, and if you have any preference for what you would like, make sure you say what you would like if you win (ensure you include sock sizes if you go for those). Prizes are drawn randomly and I cannot guarantee that you will get what you would like, but I will correspond with the winners at the relevant time.

For an additional entry, watch the below video and let me know what your favourite part of it is via a comment on my blog (and not on YouTube as I have no way of getting notifications for that).

I’ll give you a hand – at 0:52, brown and white roving is squished down into a barrel, and if I were given half the chance, I would love to do something like that. It looks like the most incredible, tactile experience – and I adore the way the colours blend together too, they look like icing on a cake or something.

For up to three additional entries, you can share this post on three different social media platforms of your preference and let me know about it, making sure to link to the shared item. So that’s five possible entries for six possible prizes.

Anyone can enter, and the giveaway will close on the 15th of April 2015. Good luck!

Much love,

Corrie xx

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[Giveaway]: Sincerely Louise bear cushion kit CLOSED

I’m here to give you the great news that you could win a Sincerely Louise kit to make a bear cushion! It’s really very simple – for more context, you can check out Episode 9 of the podcast, which is all about Unravel 2015 and the fun I had there. For details of the giveaway, read on!

This giveaway is now closed.

Workshop with Sincerely Louise

I was lucky enough to attend a workshop with Louise Walker of Sincerely Louise at Unravel 2015, in which she taught myself and nine other lovely knitters, how to make a bear head! The pattern was for a cushion, but with some slight tweaking, it was possible to mount the bear head on the wall as faux taxidermy – which I did!

The materials were provided at the workshop, and included:

  • yarn
  • 9mm knitting needles
  • plastic safety eyes
  • a knitters darning needle
  • stuffing
  • the pattern

My bear (who is now called Björn and is mounted in our hallway) took me just over 4 hours to complete – two hours in the workshop, and two at home. Worked in just seven pieces (of which four make up the ears), the only techniques required are: knit stitch, purl stitch, increasing (Louise uses kfb) and the ability to sew the head up. It is so simple that this would be an ideal first ‘increasing’ project for a totally new knitter. It’s also so quick that an experienced knitter can whip one up in an evening.

When converting the pattern for the mount, we had to do some sewing up to get the knitting on the boards – I took a video of this which I will post for you very soon to allow you to get your hands on it if you should wish to do this.

The kit is not currently available online (as far as I can see) and although I am sure it will be soon, you will be getting the paper pattern with the rest of the goodies if you should win!

Louise chatting to some other attendees.
Louise chatting to some other attendees.
The start of my bear in the workshop.
The start of my bear in the workshop.
Lovely Sincerely Louise "Here's One I Made Earlier"
Lovely Sincerely Louise “Here’s One I Made Earlier”
Louise teaches Bella of thestitchsharer.com how to mount her bear head.
Louise teaches Bella of thestitchsharer.com how to mount her bear head.
A Sincerely Louise polar bear pillow.
A Sincerely Louise polar bear pillow.
Björn the Bear on our wall.
Björn the Bear on our wall.
Tonks the cat meets Björn.
Tonks the cat meets Björn.

The winner will get what they need to complete one bear head pillow. So, how do you enter?

Entering the Giveaway

You must:

  1. Go to THIS LINK and goggle over Louise’s offerings (I really, really recommend the book)
  2. Return to this specific blog post on Plutonium Muffins and leave a comment saying which kit you would most like to buy from Louise
  3. Up to 3 additional entries can be obtained by sharing this post on social media. In order to qualify for this you must notify me that you have shared the post and provide a link.

The giveaway is open to all, and will close on the 2nd of March at 5 pm GMT. The only restrictions will be governed by your countries posting laws – I am not currently sure, for example, if the wooden needles will be allowed in Australia.

Thank you so much to Louise for the generosity in offering this up for the giveaway!

Good luck!

Much love,

Corrie xx

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Podcast Episode 9: Unravel

Here comes a special, Unravel edition of the Plutonium Muffins podcast! If you would like to hear about how the weekend went for me, take a listen to this very selfish episode. I had a fantastic time, and am looking forward to next year already! Keep listening to the end for a cheeky opportunity to win a kit to knit your own bear head cushion, designed and provided by Sincerely Louise.

Click HERE to enter the giveaway. (more…)

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[Giveaway] Happy Christmas to you! CLOSED

Merry Christmas! I’m super excited to be back to blogging – my holiday from it was a breath of fresh air, and I return with a Christmas gift for you all!

I had a super Christmas, with gifts a downplayed thing this year – I did give my mum a pair of Cadeautje, my dad some boot cuffs/wrist warmers, and my gran a bright orange Capucine. I was fortunate enough to receive some photography equipment and a lovely book on wire-working (as if I needed another craft to sink my teeth into). This guy also found his way into my pile – isn’t he gorgeous! I also got some photo-editing software for my iPad which is just fantastic, so now I have no excuse for poor photos around here…

The Giveaway: A Christmas Gift

As well as being a gift for ye olde festive season, this is also a small celebration of Plutonium Muffins third birthday! We actually celebrated this on the 5th of December, with a big glass of mulled wine and a mince pie. I can’t believe it’s been three years.

Anyway, moving on. I was out looking for some books for my Etsy cards just before Christmas and I popped into a charity shop to check out their classics. I always check out the craft books when I’m in charity shops (you know…just in case!) and I found a serviceable copy of Anna Tillman’s “Knitted Socks: Over 25 Designs for Fab Feet and Cozy Toes for the Whole Family”. I snapped it up as quickly as I could.

Fab Feet - the winner's copy.
Fab Feet – the winner’s copy.

I have had so many queries about where I got the pattern for my Solomon’s Temple socks, and they come from this book. Found on Page 47 under the heading Zigzag Socks, they have been a great way to add some interest to a self-striping yarn which I didn’t want to knit as a pure vanilla sock. I couldn’t resist the opportunity to give someone a copy! When I say serviceable, I mean to say that it is very good – certainly in better condition than my copy, which has been through the mill and back again as it’s gone in and out of my bag a number of times.

Apart from the zigzag socks, there are some brilliant patterns in the book – including pigs, penguins, teddy bear sock buddies and a plethora of lace and cables. My plan is to work my way through each pattern this year – more on that later. Check out the full list here.

Here’s how to enter, then. Leave a comment on this post by 5 pm GMT on the 12th of January 2015 and you will be entered into the draw via random number generator. If you share the link to this blog by Facebook, Twitter and/or on Ravelry, each unique post will earn you (up to three) extra entries.

The winner will be announced on the 13th of January. To qualify for the prize you must leave your contact information, and if I get in touch with the winner and they do not reply within 14 days, I will redraw the winner.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

I will share a photo of the finished socks on Friday so you can get a good look at them. Good luck!

Much love,

Corrie xx

Solomon's Temple, ready to go.
Solomon’s Temple, ready to go.
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Episode Four: Mvere

The latest episode of the Plutonium Muffins Podcast includes the #WIPCrackAway knitalong, some big news regarding fleeces, a resolutions update and a lesson on another breed of sheep. Enjoy – and don’t forget to enter the giveaway before the 5th of October!

Episode Four: Mvere

Mvere

“wool” in Shona

Section One: Knitting

In the Oven

Gourmet Knitting

The Kitchen Cupboard

  • My stash enhancements are Malabrigo, Rowan Fine Lace, Lioness Arts, Countess Ablaze and Whimsy. Stash found here.
  • Elegance Scarf Wrap

Newsflash

The first half of the Icon Dress
The first half of the Icon Dress

Section Two: Spinning

Half-baked

  • Splash still on the go

In the Pantry

Le Cordon Bleu

Section Three: Resolutions

Section Four: Crafty Roots

A Good Yarn

Sheep

  • Mouflon Sheep post
  • Navajo Churro (blog post to come on the 6th of October)

Conclusion

Contact me!

Tune is “Camembert” played by John on fiddle and Micky on guitar on Sunday 28th September 2014, with optional percussive interludes by a cute little springer spaniel puppy.

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Happy (2nd) Birthday!

The Etsy giftcard giveaway is now closed!

That’s right – today is Plutonium Muffins’ second birthday! We’ve gone from the first ever post to celebratory first year giveaways to pattern publication and the birth of my spinning career. My, it’s been a busy couple of years!

Last year I had a birthday box giveaway, which was really stressful because I spent the whole time worrying that the person who got it would hate it. This year, I am going to do something different, inspired by a recent purchase I made on Etsy…

Birthday Giveaway – Etsy – NOW CLOSED

In the spirit of birthdays and ignoring the fact that it’s nearly Christmas, I wanted to do something that would allow someone to do something they only get to do once a year – buy something for themselves.

Room with a View - by Louise Goodchild, my birthday present to Plutonium Muffins!
Room with a View – by Louise Goodchild, my birthday present to Plutonium Muffins!

So, you will be winning a £20 gift card for Etsy, with which you can buy anything!

I don’t know if you’ve ever had a look on Etsy, but if you haven’t I thoroughly recommend you going and having a look. A lot of the stuff on there is to die for! As it is all handmade, the prices can be high because as we all know, handmade takes time and love, and as a result costs more. I don’t often treat myself to things like this as I normally think I could make something myself, or I just simply can’t justify the expense…if someone gave me £20 for Etsy I’d probably go nuts with funky roving!

Camel roving would be my birthday treat to me!
Camel roving would be my birthday treat to me!

To enter, please leave a comment on this post completing the following sentence:

To treat myself on my birthday…

You can get up to three extra entries by sharing this post to your friends and followers!

The deadline is going to be the 5th of January 2014 (ick) and I hope the prize will bring the winner a bit of sunshine into a fresh start! Open to anybody in any location, so get commenting!

Much love,

Corrie xx

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Gigantic Blankie & Tetris Scarf

I have been a bit short of time recently so progress on the Gigantic Blankie and Tetris Scarf has been a bit slow! Last week I was at the World Travel Market, we were puppy-sitting this weekend, and this week I am doing a course to learn more about some software I use at work. I have been doing a bit of work on the Tetris Scarf, and it has now been suitably long enough since I blogged about the Gigantic Blankie that I think perhaps it is time for another post about it.

Tetris Scarf

As we all know, JS is getting his wish on this scarf, and I’m not doing it in funky colours. I am loving it, the yarn is incredibly gorgeous, I’m loving intarsia and I am really enjoying the speed with which it is knitting up. It’s only 25 stitches across at the moment (I will be extending it) so it goes very quickly.

Two thirds knitted...sort of, still need to figure out how to stop it curling.
Two thirds knitted…sort of, still need to figure out how to stop it curling.

The best thing definitely has to be the excuse I get. Whenever JS complains that I’m knitting too much (when we are watching a film, when I’m meant to be cooking dinner, when I’m meant to be going to bed….) I can just say “Do you want your scarf to be done soon? Huh?!” It’s amazing.

The tetris scarf is languishing in a new knitting bag :)
The tetris scarf is languishing in a new knitting bag :)

I might knit for him more often.

Gigantic Blankie

I really haven’t worked much on the Gigantic Blankie as I have been working full steam ahead on the scarf. There is a bit more funky fur in there, and I have also bought some new needles to make it a bit easier on my wrists as I *love* this design and will be doing more. These are Addi, and I bought them from Loop.

Gigantic Blankie and some new needles.
Gigantic Blankie and some new needles.

I wanted circular needles because the blanket can rest in my lap while only the active stitches are actually weighing on my hands. It’s a lot less tiring!

We are nearly too full to fit the Gigantic Blankie in the basket.
We are nearly too full to fit the Gigantic Blankie in the basket.

That’s it from me for now. Friday is the last day for the Knitted Cats and Kittens giveaway, so get your entries in!

Much love,

Corrie xx WIP Wednesday's with Tami's Amis

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[Giveaway] Knitted Cats and Kittens CLOSED

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

I’m incredibly excited to announce that this month I have teamed up with Sue Stratford to bring you a copy of her book, “Knitted Cats and Kittens“. This combines two of my greatest loves – cats and knitting! Hurrah. I know that a lot of you share these loves, so I would urge you to enter the giveaway.

Knitted Cats and Kittens by Sue Stratford
Knitted Cats and Kittens by Sue Stratford

Not only do you get a copy of the book, but it is also signed! Before I tell you how you can enter, let me try persuade you a little bit more how much you want this book.

Knitted Cats and Kittens by Sue Stratford.
Knitted Cats and Kittens by Sue Stratford.

Knitted Cats and Kittens – Review

Beginning of book

With 112 pages of glory, Knitted Cats and Kittens goes through the usual knitting introductions for us. This is not a book intended for someone who has never knitted before and I really like these two pages as they are concise and clear, without being condescending – something I often find in non-beginners books.

The glorious contents page.
The glorious contents page.

The first two pages are materials and equipment. I adore the way Sue discusses some of the less usual materials that people who have not yet made toys may not have experienced before – I use her tips on toy filling all the time. Her ideas on how to make safety eyes look good are ingenious, and definitely something I will be utilising when Digger‘s eyes finally arrive!

The technique sections talks us through finishing techniques and some of the needlework techniques less commonly used by knitters – such as some embroidery stitches. This would be a fabulous introduction to decorating your knitting in ways that are not intrinsic to the stitch.

Main Content

The rest of the book is dedicated to the patterns – and what cats they are! All of the photos I’ve included are snapshots of the pages from the book, but they are by no means all of the patterns.

My favourite is definitely Clematis, closely followed by Rainbow and Doorstop Cat. The patterns are pretty, true to the nature of cats (cuddly, playful, cute) and useful. Doorstop Cat is actually a doorstop! Pretty cool, huh?

Clematis - isn't she gorgeous?
Clematis – isn’t she gorgeous?
Rainbow Cat!
Rainbow Cat!
Doorstop Cat...I would call him Gordon.
Doorstop Cat…I would call him Gordon.

Not only do you get to make cats, but Sue includes a Monster Cat, some mice, accessories, clothes…

Monster Cat-----rarrrr
Monster Cat—–rarrrr

I will tell you a secret – I bought this book for myself when I saw it back in February, when I had no money. I loved it that much. I haven’t knitted a single thing from it, but when I’m feeling really down, I flick through it and plot what I will make when I haven’t got Christmas knitting to do…

A Siamese, a bed and mice...all from the book.
A Siamese, a bed and mice…all from the book.
Family of cats!
Family of cats!
Furballs with an accessory you can make from the book!
Furballs with an accessory you can make from the book!
Valentino stole my heart <3
Valentino stole my heart <3

So I’m sure you’re all desperate to know how to win it…

Knitted Cats and Kittens – Enter

We are heading back to a month-long giveaway this month, as I want to give everyone a chance. The giveaway will close at 5 pm GMT on November 15th, 2013. It is open to everyone from anywhere and the draw will be random, thanks to the random number generator on Excel!

To enter, let me know which of the photos featured here you would make, and what you would call your cat.

You can get additional entries – up to three – by sharing this blog-post on a social networking site such as Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter, and letting me know on this post that you have done so.

Please make sure you leave contact details so I can get in touch with the winner.

Much love,

Corrie xx

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Resolutions, London giveaway & general update

Today’s post is a round-up of resolutions, a giveaway and a general update following has been a VERY busy few weeks/months. I won’t bore you all with the full details (folk festivals/the Netherlands/moving house) but let’s just say that I am so pleased to be in my new flat, with lovely and gorgeous flatmates, and in my new job!

First day in my new job!
First day in my new job!

Resolutions

My August Resolutions, if you remember, were:

  1. Finish Digger
  2. Finish spinning purple roving
  3. Make significant progress on Kittylow

Well, I finished knitting Digger, but his eyes still haven’t arrived from Thailand. I did half of my purple roving, and surprise surprise, I finished Kittylow! (Photos to follow on Friday.)

So, I count August as a success, given the crazy amount of other stuff I was doing!

Heeeeere's Digger!

My September Resolutions (in brief, I’ll update with more info another time) are:

  1. Make Wonder-Bro’s birthday pressie
  2. Make a wedding pressie
  3. Finish the purple roving

As two of these are presents, I won’t be able to post too much details – but I have to get them done, so September will almost certainly have a 66% success rate!

Giveaway for London Yarnies

Have you heard of the Great London Yarn Crawl? It is on the 21st of September (a Saturday) and looks a-m-a-z-i-n-g. Unfortunately I booked my ticket without thinking about the dates…and it is actually the aforementioned wedding on that day, so I can’t go. Great London Yarn Crawl

I have double-checked, and I can change the name on my ticket – so anybody who fancies heading on over to the Great London Yarn Crawl is in with a chance of winning it! My ticket is for the Green Route, which is:

iKnit –> Sharpworks –> Village Haberdashery –> Knit with Attitude –> Mulberry Bush

There is an after-party at the end, as well as goody bags. I am absolutely gutted not to be able to make it, and I hope that whoever ends up with the ticket will enjoy it as much as I would have!!! Tickets are nearly sold out and official registration ends on the 7th of September, so you this will be one of your chances of getting a ticket following that!

To win just post a comment in this post stating your favourite yarn shop ever. The ticket is open to anyone – however, you will have to get yourself to London for the event, and I bear absolutely no responsibility for anything other than providing the ticket, so please don’t apply if you can’t make it.

The closing date is Saturday the 14th of September to give you a week to make arrangements – you will have until 23:59 on this date. You can get only one extra entry by sharing on social media and letting me know you have done so.

(And my favourite yarn shop ever? Hulu in Modbury, of course!)

That’s it from me, it’s way past my bedtime. Work is going well, but I have to get up very early and it’s already 11:30 pm here! I have so much more to tell you all and I might post again tomorrow.

Much love,

Corrie xx

I’m not getting anything for doing this giveaway – merely giving it away instead of selling it on! Please spread the news even if you cannot go, as it’s a fantastic opportunity and I would hate for the ticket to go unused. The winner will be chosen using a random number generator.

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[Review] – The Knitter’s Bible

It’s time for my long overdue review of The Knitter’s Bible by Claire Crompton. I hope you are all aware that this is my current giveaway! I was so disorganised that I forgot the book in Devon while I was in London, so I’ve extended the date to the 28th of June. Now, I know that it’s tomorrow, so my deadline is going to be midnight GMT.

The front of the Knitter's Bible.

Just a note while you’re admiring the photos of the lovely pages…the “PlutoniumMuffins.com” stamp is not in the actual book, it’s simply my attempt at protecting my images! The winner will not find this anywhere in the book, so fear not.

I also would like to say that I do not have a copy of the book myself, and I am so, so extremely jealous of whoever is going to win it. I will be buying it when I have enough money.

The Knitter’s Bible

The mini-blurb on the front of the Knitter’s Bible is The complete handbook for creative knitters. Flicking through, you get the smallest glimpse of this. The whole book is colour-coded (with some incredibly gorgeous pastels that make me happy). The sections are:

  • Getting Started
  • Creative Options
  • Exploring Options
  • Stitch Library
  • Projects

Signed copy of the Knitter's Bible.

Getting Started is a fully comprehensive chapter on everything from types of yarn, conversions from UK to other measurements, standard knitting techniques such as casting on, standard stitches and basic increases/decreases. The photos are clear, diagrams are obvious, and text is also focused on in as much details as diagrams, which I find very useful.

Creative Options covers more complicated techniques which a beginner knitter probably won’t be too interested in, but once you have covered the basics you’ll love to go back to this chapter. It includes techniques from lace to circular knitting, cabling to smocking. The example pattern is absolutely gorgeous and I would love to make this. Have a look at the colour!! I also adore the blue drink, I’d love to know where to get one like that.

Beautiful pillow and a fabulous blue drink!

Exploring Choices has got some of the more exciting options for knitting. These include beaded knitting, fulling (or felting), creating garments, and techniques allowing you to get more complex with your knitting, from picking up stitches to creating button holes. You can learn how to create the perfect seam, and how to correct a mistake.

The Stitch Library is fantastic. It includes so many stitches that I almost went into raptures when I opened it. This is the perfect place to try your hand at ‘making stuff up’. A good example of this is the Dimple Stitch, which I have found through this book and would love to use on a pillow. I would do it by simply making two squares the size of my pillow, in this stitch, and voila! My own design and my own fancy schmancy object.

Gorgeous texture stitches.

Finally, the Projects are to die for. They range from toys to throws, to sweaters for adults and children. I’ve seen one of these in real life during my lesson. Absolutely amazing, especially when it is finished properly. It’s incredible!

Beautiful sheep toy.

I hope this has inspired you a bit – make sure you enter now now now, as it’s your last chance!

Much love,

Corrie xx

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