I was very fortunate to be chosen to join the auspicious company of the Stylecraft Blogstars. I know many of you will use Stylecraft’s fabulous yarn for your projects and if you pop over to their website you can see the full range of yarn celebrities who have joined this happy group.
Just when we planned to have our little family escape to Barcelona, the lovely people at Stylecraft invited me to join the other bloggers for a preview weekend over in West Yorkshire. Can you imagine how I was gutted to miss meeting the other members of the gropu? There are twelve of us in all and nine of the blogstars were able to visit Stylecraft’s mill.
Here is a lovely picture of them: Katherine of Crafternoon Treats : Sandra of Cherry Heart : Heather of The Patchwork Heart : Julia of Hand Knitted Things : Phil of The Twisted Yarn : Helen of The Woolly Adventures of a Knitting Kitty : Lucy from Attic 24 : Sarah of Annaboo’s House : Sue of Susan Pinner Yarn Art.
You can also read more about each of the Blogstars here.
A couple of weeks later I was able to revisit the mill at Slaithwaite. It is an impressive sight. You might remember I visited once before. I loved seeing how the yarn was spun – so inspiring.
Well I got the chance to look at what will be appearing in the shops for the Autumn Winter and learning what the inspiration was for the collection. I have long been an admirer of Amanda Crawford and it was lovely to have a personal tour of the collection with Amanda and Anna from Stylecraft.
There are so many yarns and patterns to tempt you. Firstly I must mention the fabulous Carousel Crochet Along by Sue Pinner. If you enjoy a crochet challenge you will love this pattern. It is stunning.
I saw the lovely Batik yarn, which is going to be very, popular. I have a pattern plan for my sample Batik yarn and I will share that with you soon.
I was also very taken with this poncho design in the fabulous Carnival. I have already cast on and I am enjoying a little bit of a knitting distraction.
Finally the Stylecraft chunky yarn will be perfect for my quick knit gifts, presents for my closest friends at Christmas. I know this pattern and this yarn will be homemade festive combination.
I know how fortunate I am to be included in this fabulous group of knitting and crochet bloggers. As a celebration this weekend I have another giveaway – I have two prizes to give away to readers of the blog – £10 each of vouchers for Stylecraft yarn to be redeemed in any ‘bricks-and-mortar’ yarn shop, a handy project bag and a sample ball of new Autumn/Winter 16 yarn. Leave me a comment below with your email address telling me what your favourite gift pattern is and I will choose two winners at random on Monday morning.
Have a great weekend x
This giveaway competition has now closed and the random generator got 3 and 14 – So congratulations to Anna and Babs. The gifts will be in the post!