Twitter Giveaway: Craft and Listen Pack With Exclusive Pattern!


My sister-in-law, Fay, has recently launched a craft company, Knit It Hook It Craft It and a podcast, The Crochet Circle.

Fay has a true gift for making things. Whether it is cooking beautiful food, tiling a bathroom or stitching a skirt, she achieves excellence in anything I have seen her try.

Imagine how excited I was when she turned her skills to making a shawlette/scarf inspired by In The Light of What We See!

As Fay knows I am a novice crocheter (and she wanted simple pattern that could be done while listening to an audiobook or watching television), the pattern is suitable for beginners. It has a geometric edge pattern, and I can absolutely picture Mina wearing it.

IMG_4203Plus, she found beautiful hand-dyed yarn (by Ripples Crafts in Scotland) in colours which match the book cover perfectly.

Yes, she’s a genius.

To celebrate my very first ‘bespoke book-inspired pattern’, I’m giving away the audiobook of In The Light of What We See, the exclusive pattern, and a skein of hand-dyed yarn (enough to make the shawlette). Just head to Twitter and RT/follow to enter!

You need to follow both my account and Fay’s – @ma_dashper and @SarahRPainter

Good luck! 

Terms and conditions:

To enter you must follow (or already be a follower!) of both accounts and have retweeted the competition tweet.

One entry per Twitter user.

One winner will be chosen at random. The prize: one skein of yarn, the crochet pattern and one copy of the audiobook (on CD).

Giveaway is open internationally and closes at 9pm (GMT) on Friday 2oth May 2016.

Steampunk crochet bunny slippers

Steampunk crochet bunny slippers.

Best. Header. Ever.

Just when I think I couldn’t love Jennifer Crusie any more, she starts brainstorming for a new series of books (which sound amazing – meep!) with steampunk crochet. Steampunk crochet, people.

Go check out her wonderful creations here and, if you’re inspired to make your own bunny slippers, head here for the pattern.

(Sorry for the quick post: I’m wrestling with the first act of the book and it’s putting up one heck of a fight.)

Not really a blog post…

Not only am I neck-deep in book revisions, but I have something else going on this week that is keeping me busy (in a happy kind of way, I’m glad to say), which is a long-winded way of saying ‘sorry for the pathetic not-really-a-blog-post’.

For pretty pictures, spring-time inspiration and more crochet than you can shake a hook at, I suggest you visit Attic 24.

And if that doesn’t brighten your day, try this pre-schooler playing ukulele. Yes, I know it’s a couple of years old, but it still has the power to unshrink my black and shrivelled heart. At least for a moment.

Last-Minute Valentine

In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s Valentine’s Day.

Forgot all about it? Don’t worry, I’ve got your back… Quick! Print a card from Cruel Tea’s Etsy shop. I love the Letterpress-style one pictured above, although the robots are pretty adorable, too.

Need an emergency gift? How about a crochet heart? The talented and generous Bella Dia offers a free pattern and tutorial here.

Can’t crochet to save your life? How about an apple with a sticker. Cute, no?

Naturally sweet DIY Valentine from Twig and Thistle.

You’re welcome.

Crochet A Rainbow

Sarah LondonFibre artist Sarah London is running the Crochet A Rainbow project in aid of Australian Flood Relief.

She is asking for donations of four-and-a-half inch granny squares (five rounds) to make into colourful, warm blankets for those affected by the disaster.

I still haven’t learned to crochet, but I’m reliably informed that granny squares are very easy – perfect for learning, in fact – and I certainly have enough yarn…