The Long Slow Process of Updating Patterns

I’ve been putting off a thorough re-design of my patterns for some time, I put new covers on a while ago, but I knew more was needed. A lot of patterns have way too many pages, so I’ve opted for a 2-column design, the free patterns no longer have a cover so the pattern starts immediately. The patterns for sale now start with a picture and materials required on the first, the actual pattern starting on the second page. Some patterns have gone down from 9 pages to 4, oh my goodness, serious bloat!!

Here’s a gallery of the front covers so far…hopefully it shouldn’t take much longer, as I’m in the middle of a personal project that I can’t wait to share, and I’ve got an ever increasing list of ideas, including something to do with bat wings!!

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Knitted Blessings

The Wooly spire of St Botolphs and the Boston Stump.

Hand knitted versions of six Lincolnshire parish churches will go on display at Lincoln Cathedral in August.

The knitted churches have all been hand-crafted by community groups as part of the artsNK managed Woolly Spires project and will be on display from August 1 to 30.

The exhibition includes one church from each district of Lincolnshire: St Denys’, Sleaford; St Mary & St Nicolas, Spalding; St Botolph’s (the Stump), Boston; St James’, Louth; St Wulfram’s, Grantham; and St Mary’s (Stow Minster), Stow.

Source: The Lincolnite

Chris mentioned, in passing, that we might like to work on a joint knitted project of our own…The Vatican, I told him to stick to knitting scarves!

And in other news – John Lewis has ‘no plans’ to close the haberdashery department

It isn’t often that we post news stories, but this is an important one.

John Lewis

Rumours that High Street stalwart John Lewis would be ditching its haberdashery department in favour of bikini waxes have prompted an online backlash from customers and crafters.

source: BBC News

The article also states that next year will be all about Macramé, of course we’ve already been there, done that, so nothing new!

Royston yarn bomb victim thanks vandals

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A yarn bomber says vandals who repeatedly removed her woollen artwork, throwing it around a Hertfordshire town, have done her “a big favour”.
Laura Whitford decorated the centre of Royston with colourful nets and bunting to publicise a craft fair on Saturday.
The nets have been thrown on to a roof and into trees almost every day since she put them up on Sunday night.
However, Mrs Whitford put her story online and said so many people saw it, everyone “now knows about the fair”.

Royston yarn bomb victim thanks vandals – BBC News.

And if that wasn’t bad enough, I also found this article;

Colourful knitting left on a cycle path was “littering” and it will be removed, according to Dumfries and Galloway Council.
Dumfries was “yarn-bombed” on Tuesday night by a group known as the “Bollard and Chicane Protection Authority”.
They left knitted and crocheted items on bollards and railings.
In a blog post, the group said: “This is a town with some nice cycle paths but far too many invisible bollards (and chicanes).”
They said they were designed to be seen in all light conditions,. A reflective thread ensured they were visible at night.
But the local authority has condemned the move.
A spokesman said: “If the positioning of bollards and other street furniture is an issue for people, they should raise the matter with the council directly.
“However colourful the yarn may be, it is littering and will be removed as part of ongoing maintenance.”
However, a later statement seemed to soften that stance.
“We appreciate arts and crafts in the region and this is certainly a very colourful way to draw attention to an issue,” it said.
“If the group contact the council we would be happy to listen to their thoughts.”

Dumfries ‘yarn-bombs’ are litter says D&G council.

Queen Victoria’s Crochet

Trawling through the news searching for anything to do with crochet I found this article, not exactly recent news, but nonetheless interesting! Google seriously needs to change its algorithms, crochet is NOT knitting.

What is the link between Queen Victoria, potatoes and crochet?
In early Victorian Britain, crochet was often regarded as a cheap substitute for traditional hand made lace and as such was not popular amongst the wealthy. Queen Victoria strove to make crochet more fashionable by buying crocheted lace crafted by Irish women striving to eke out a livelihood during the disastrous potato famine which decimated the population of Ireland in the mid 19th Century. The Queen even learned to crochet herself, making eight crocheted scarves as awards for selected veterans of the South African War. These Royal scarves were worn as sashes with great pride.
This particular crocheted “comforter” or scarf was made by Queen Victoria and given to Lady Wantage who presented it to Wantage Hospital. Its pristine condition suggests that it was never actually used, but framed for posterity.

source: BBC

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRIS!

Today Bloke is…erm…*whispers* 49, we don’t really do parties, but there is a rather epic chocolate cake for later, and pizza, and egg ‘n’ mayo sandwiches, as Bloke himself would say, “yes, but not all on the same plate”!!

origami cake

I found you an origami cake, I’m sure you could make it for real, I only crochet!!

Happy Birthday Chris!!