Wednesday, 27 October 2010

The Enchanted Grove's Craft Book Emporium

I  just wanted to let you know about my new Amazon craft book store, which has a wide range of craft books available, from knitting and crocheting, sewing, beading and jewellery making, crafting with children, spinning and weaving.  There is sure to be something to inspire and delight you and some lovely books there, that would make the perfect gift for the coming festive season.  Please take a look here or follow the side bar link on the right.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Auntie Burrows - A Crocheted Rabbit

Auntie Burrows started out in life as a pencil sketch from my imagination. She then burrowed around in my mind for a while and I eventually made her up into a little crocheted figure. It was whilst her clothes were being made for her, that I started to develop a personality for Auntie Burrows and started to jot down some stories about her.

The pattern for Auntie Burrows is the second of my patterns to be accepted for publication by the UK's Inside Crochet magazine, which will be published in their Spring issue, number 15.  Auntie Burrows is just over 13 inches tall and is fully jointed and can sit and stand unaided. She comes with a complete outfit (as pictured below) and also comes with a little bag that matches her hat and shoes, which is just big enough to fit in a few mini eggs or a hen's sized chocolate egg, to make a wonderful Easter or Springtime gift.

I am very excited to have her pattern accepted and this very week, she will be going off to their offices ready for her photo shoot. She will be away for a while, so I hope she has a safe journey.

Auntie Burrows now has her own blog, which you can see here: The Journal of Auntie Burrows  It is very new at the moment, but keep an eye out for stories, pictures and crafts coming on there, which will be gradually added.  Some of them will be suitable to do with young children, whilst others will be more for an adult to make for children.

I hope you like her and will look out for her pattern in Inside Crochet in the spring.

My First Published Pattern

It seems ages since I last posted here, but I have been extremely busy with crafting and with my family.  I was lucky enough to have one of my newest crochet patterns accepted by the UK's Inside Crochet magazine. You can find out about the magazine here.  My pattern is for a Girl's Waterfall Waistcoat and it will appear in issue 12, which will be out in November. The magazine is available by subscription and also from high street newsagents and major supermarkets.

I am also happy to take custom orders for the waistcoat to be made up and you can find details on my Etsy store. For sizes newborn through to 24 months, see here and for sizes 2 to 6 years, please see here.  The waistcoat is made up using 100% merino yarn, which is a very soft, non-itchy wool.  I have pledged to donate 10% of the sale of any of these waistcoats to The Motse Project which helps support rural communities and orphaned children in Botswana. Please take a look at their website for more details:

Here are a few photos of the waistcoat for you to see:

I hope you like the waistcoat and will look out for the pattern in Inside Crochet next month.