From garden birds to Norwegian vikings, we find out what inspires our favourite crafty duo. Highly successful designers, artists and authors Arne Nerjordet and Carlos Zachrison sat down with us to talk all things woolly. Known for their inspiring craft books and colourful makes, they allow their Scandinavian livelihood to inspire them in so many ways. Since their first book in 2010, they’ve created great titles, but we wanted to chat to them about their latest release, Field Guide to Knitted Birds. Read on to find out what encourages them and even bag yourself a free book!
- Doily Purses
- Koala Bears
- Happy Pennant
- Lost In Space: Alfie The Alien & His UFO
- Cactus Pincushions
- Circular Shoulder Bag
- Apple Coasters
- Colourful Lampshade Cover
- Hatching Dragons
- Flower Coasters
- Bobble Cushion
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- A Catch Up With Arne and Carlos
- These Manchester Appeal Crochet Celebs Are Taking The World By Storm
- ISSUE 92 SNEAK PEEK
- Knitting And Crochet World Records
- Craft Your Way To Mindfulness
- ISSUE 91 SNEAK PEEK
- Bonus Project: Bunglebees
- Recreate Princess Charlotte’s Style
- Free Knitted and Crocheted Storage Patterns
- Free Summer Projects
- 13 FREE Crochet Easter Projects
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- Accessories Crochet Patterns
- Amigurumi Crochet Patterns
- Baby Crochet Patterns
- Christmas Crochet Patterns
- Granny squares Crochet Patterns
- Homewares Crochet Patterns
- Toy Crochet Patterns
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- Exclusive: Andy Murray Quits Tennis To Pursue Knitting Passion
- ISSUE 90 SNEAK PEEK
- 13 Easter Crochet Projects
- Wear A Hat Day!
- St Patrick’s Day Projects
- 9 Times Crocheted Food Looked So Tasty We Wanted To Eat It
- Yarn Shop Day Cheat Sheet
- 9 Crochet Projects For Mother’s Day
- Jane Doll: Her Beret & Bag
- ISSUE 89 SNEAK PEEK
- Ponies Presented with Fair Isle Jumpers
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Give the Gift of Craft with Crisis at Christmas
Whilst Christmas is seen as a happy and jolly time for most of us, for some it can be the darkest, loneliest time of year.
The national homeless charity, Crisis, offers year round support to the ever increasing number of homeless, vulnerable individuals in the UK. The work the charity does is never more important than at Christmas and they are calling out for volunteers like you to give a helping hand this December.
Whether you’re a knitter or crocheter, Crisis would love for you to come down to one of their temporary centres, located throughout the country, to help teach individuals skills that will boost their self esteem and could, one day, get them off the streets for good. In addition, there will be positions available for people to run craft sessions in everything from knitting to T-shirt making, helping guests try something new and develop their techniques.
Their crafty service team can also play a vital role by carrying out repairs to guests’ clothing and belongings, with a variety of roles on offer from experts at making and repairing clothes to keen enthusiasts who can help with basic tasks such as sewing on buttons and taking up hems.
Positions are available in London, Birmingham, Coventry, Newcastle and Edinburgh and will run from 23rd to 30th December. Registration is easy, just head to their website.
Crisis’ campaigners, work tirelessly 365 days a year to prevent people from becoming homeless. With their ultimate goal being to change the way society and government thinks and acts towards homeless people and you could be a part of that this December.
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Meet the lady who is raising money for victims of terror through the wonderful world of crochet. Following the recent attacks in London and Manchester, Caroline Reid, from Exeter, has decided to do her bit to help the appeal. She is attempting to crochet 20 mini celebrities in just 20 days. She then plans to auction off the finished dolls to try and raise funds for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund. You can find her JustGiving charity fundraising page here. Her deadline is the 24th June 2017, so get donating quick and do your bit!
Issue 92 arrives in stores on the 15th June and we can't wait for you to get your hands on it. We've packed it full of knitting and crochet treats, plus there are fabulous giveaways for you to enter. Before you get crafty, take a look at the launch of our annual Short Story Competition! You simply need to choose a sentence and write your 1000 word story for the chance to win incredible prizes worth over £500 from Search Press (searchpress.com) and Cygnet Yarns (cygnetyarns.com). Here's a preview of the fantastic patterns you'll find in issue 92...
Us crafters like to push our creativity to the limit and sometimes there are those who love to go to new extremes and attempt a world record. Here's a few of our favourites...
Crafting really can change your life! You will have heard the term 'mindfulness' everywhere, but how can you get involved in this new-found practise? Crafting is always the answer. With fast-paced jobs and busy schedules, it's important we take time for ourselves and make sure that we properly de-stress. In our opinion, the only way to truly do this is to get creative. You may sit down in front of the TV, or dive into a book, but if you're anything like us, you'll find that your mind is still wandering. When we're crafting we are completely invested in what we're doing – whether that be concentrating on tricky stitches or choosing which coloured pencil to pick up next. The point is, our mind is calm, and our mind is mindful. Watching yarn turn into a beautiful garment is one of the greatest feelings and is certainly classed as mindfulness – if this sounds familiar then you're already a master. Below you'll find 15 – yes 15! – FREE projects that you can download right away. Take 10 minutes of me-time on us. Go on, you deserve it. Simply click on the picture to find the project!