Oooh exciting times!
Many of you will know that I was away for a couple of days, I can now share where I was, and what I was doing.
♥ I am now an official Stylecraft Blogstar ♥
I am thrilled to join this amazing team of bloggers and designers, and to be working closely with Stylecraft yarns, and their lovely team.
A four hour drive on Friday, up the M1 (yuck), took me to up to the Pennines in Yorkshire. There was snow on the ground when I got there, and a very chilly wind blowing.
But oh my goodness what a warm welcome.
It was wonderful to sit and chat over a cup of tea, and later over dinner with so many inspirational, creative, ladies.
There was so many different topics of conversation, but most of us were knitting or crocheting as we were chatting. I know the internet, and social media brings us all together, but there really is nothing like sitting next to each other discussing colours, yarns, and the latest project we are all working on.
Then on Saturday we all went to Spa Mill, the home of Stylecraft, where Annabelle, from Stylecraft, updated us on all the latest goings on, and gave us all some new yarns to play with.
Here are some of the yarns I was given in a goodie bag, and what I am planning to do with them.
Head Over Heals Boho.
♥ This is a gorgeous sock weight yarn, but my plans are to make a lovely lacy scarf or wrap with this yarn.
This yarn is sooooo soft and squishy, it has a slightly looser twist than other yarns, it is 100% Premium Acrylic, and Double Knit weight.
♥ I have been thinking of designing a baby blanket for a while now, and this yarn will be perfect!
These are the new colours in the Jeanie range. 60% cotton, 40% Premium Acrylic.
An Aran/worsted weight yarn, 5mm hook recommended, this yarn is going to be so versatile.
♥ At the moment I have no idea what I am planning to make with this yarn.
And finally Batik Swirl.
I asked in my Facebook group, what people would most like me to design, a poncho or a wrap?
The results were fairly even, and I feel a Ruana or blanket wrap would be great in this yummy yarn, so that is what I am going to be working on first.
The twist will be that the pattern can also be made into a rectangular wrap, I just have to design it first!
One of the things we all did was learn how to make a Dorset Button, this was so easy, and I can see a few of these in future projects.
Here is my first attempt, made with the Linen Drape yarn.
I would just like to repeat something here that Annabelle said….
If every you have a problem with any Stylecraft yarn, PLEASE let them know straight away, then they can find the problem and sort it out.
This is their hotline phone number 01484 848 435.
If you are outside of the UK then please email them or message them on their Facebook page, they will respond as soon as possible.
Stylecraft is a family run business, and their customers mean a lot to them. They have an enormous amount of knowledge about yarn and the world of knitting and crochet. As a designer I feel this is very important for me to get the support I need, and also to be able to help and support all of you who support and follow me.
So I am thrilled to be a part of the Blogstars team, and to be in the company of so many talented, creative people.
Thats fantastic. I made your Mandala Madness from Stylecraft Aran weight wool & love it! Great value threads & a gorgeous range of colours. Can’t wait to see your next designs. (& as a Yorkshire lass, it’s great to see support for local producers).
The Batik Swirl would be just perfect for the ruana. Hope you can hurry up and do it! (darn, no emojis to show I’m teasing). But seriously, I have been wanting to do a ruana since I saw one in Tunisian Crochet in an Interweave Crochet magazine years ago. I got lost in the Tunisian crochet and never got very far, but maybe with your marvelous mind at work, I could follow.
Congratulations Helen, i can imagine you are very proud to be one of them. I m looking forward to new patterns as they are fabulous.
CONGRATULATIONS Helen, looks like you had a fantastic day and made some new friends, the new yarns look beautiful and am sure they will inspire you to create another of your wonderful creations
Congratulations Helen Your getting the recognition you deserve Well done darlin’
I am from Australia and have no idea where you went but it certainly sounds like you had a great time. Look forward to seeing new patterns. Cheers Marie
Congratulations 🙂 . Love your crochet patterns and enjoy to work with the yarn from StyleCraft
Oh my…What a fun filled weekend…I think I want at least one of each of the yarns..lol, and learning to make the button will be so exciting. Thanks for sharing your fun with us.
My warmest congratulations to you Helen. And now my naughty question I am so curious when your beautiful new pattern come out.
I’ve just bought some Bambino yarn from Black sheep wool and started a baby blanket with it. It’s early days but so far I’m loving the texture and how it’s working up. Love love the colours. Can’t wait to see what design you create for it Helen
Oh cingratulations Helen! What a great news! I love all the yarn of your goodiebag and can’t wait to see what you are going to make with it.
Hope you do a tutorial on the making of the Dorset buttons. I, for one, would love to know how to make them. They really can add a lot to a project whether knitted, crocheted or a fabric creation. Congratulations on becoming an official Stylecraft blogger! Would love to kidnap your goodie bag!
oooh yes I can do a tutorial, I will get to it soon 🙂
You took the words right out of my mouth
Can’t wait to learn how to do buttons. I need to put on some shawls so they stay put! I must move around too much, they keep sliding off my shoulders.
Congratulations, you will be a great asset to Stylecraft. Looking forward to reading your blog.
Stylecraft has always been my ‘go-to’ yarn,for just about everything crochet!!!
Exciting time for you Helen, I met the Stylecraft ladies at the knitting and Stitching show and they are a lovely group. Looking forward to your patterns.
Congratulations Helen! What a thrill for all of us but especially for you! Enjoy the ride!