The sun is shining through the windows into Crafty HQ and we can't wait for summer to officially begin. Ice creams, the beach and of course working on our latest WIP on the warm grass – there's so much to look forward to. Here are the free projects you need to make your summer a crafty one!
- Toadstool Hat & Rattle
- Scandi Hot Water Bottle Cover
- Floral Granny Square Cushion
- Egg cosies
- Bunny Toy
- Pixel Easter egg square
- Bunny bunting
- Lost In Space: Arlo The Astronaut
- Easter jar cosies
- Speedy Sloth
- Easter Bunny Tote Bag
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- Free Summer Projects
- 13 FREE Crochet Easter Projects
- 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
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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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- ISSUE 89 SNEAK PEEK
- Ponies Presented with Fair Isle Jumpers
- 13 Makes for Disney Lovers
- These TINY Goats In TINY Jumpers Will Melt Your Heart
- Easy Projects To Make For Valentine’s Day
- CUTE ALERT: VILLAGERS KNIT JUMPERS FOR ELEPHANTS
- Our Favourite Reader Makes of 2017 So Far
- ISSUE 88 SNEAK PEEK
- 9 Dreamy Crochet Beds For Your Pet
- 11 FREE Amigurumi Patterns for Film Buffs
- Patterns To Channel Your Inner Hippy
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Knit Or Crochet To Help Cherished Gowns For Angel Babies
Cherished Gowns for Angel Babies is a charitable initiative with the aim of providing bereaved parents with gowns made from wedding and other formal dresses, and knitted and crocheted items to accompany them.
Megan McKay is the co-founder of Cherished Gowns for Angel Babies, and mother to three young children. She operates a small business by day, offering alterations and repairs, but spends most of her evenings operating Cherished Gowns. We spoke with her to find out more about the group’s work…
Cherished Gowns was set up in September 2014 after I volunteered to be a seamstress for a group doing similar work. The group wasn’t very successful so myself and my friend Lynda Garrett decided to go it alone, and so we set up our own group. We quickly expanded into a larger team of volunteers who were able to transform wedding dresses, and knit and crochet items to match them.
Every parent deserves the opportunity to dress their baby, whether that baby is stillborn at 24 weeks or alive at full term. Just because your baby passes away does not take away the fact that you have become a mother or a father.
Our gowns offer parents the ability to make memories with their baby, and provide the baby with dignity too. No one wants to bury their child without clothes. Our aim is eventually to be able to supply every hospital in the UK with a stock of our gown packs. We currently stock 101 hospital around the UK.
We did a large amount of research with SANDS - the Stillbirth and neonatal death charity - around sizing, to determine the design of our gowns and knitted items. They have also been very forthcoming in telling us where we can point parents to find the support they need, after the tragic loss of a baby. We have attended local SANDS meetings and had a lot of input from parents about what they would like to see in a gown or a hat, for example.
If a parent sadly experiences the tragic loss of a baby we first hope that they are offered one of our packs whilst they are in hospital. However, as we do not stock every UK hospital there will be some parents who aren’t offered this.
If they would like to receive one, they simply just pop us an email to email@example.com with their address and some details about the baby. We will then send a pack directly to them via Royal Mail Special Delivery so it is received the next day.
All of our gowns are made from donated dresses, but we currently have a very long waiting list of people who wish to donate. We don’t anticipate reopening this before Jan 2017. Each gown that we make is matched up with an appropriately sized hat, pair of booties, cloth nappy, and a blanket.
We are currently very short of blankets between 18” and 24” square, and always need donations of wool, embellishments, stamps and general office supplies. If you are able to help in any way or offer your services, do get in touch! I am proud of how far we have come.
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Tennis pro Andy Murray OBE, has decided it's time to retire from the sport to finally focus on another passion of his, knitting. Mum, Judy has always been a keen crafter, and it's clear that her love of yarn has rubbed off on her athletic son. Judy, who is also a tennis coach, explained the similarities between knitting and tennis. “Knitting is great for manual dexterity, great for concentration, it’s great for rhythm, and timing and attention to detail, so there you go: tennis and knitting, it’s all the same thing really.”
Issue 90 hits the supermarket shelves on the 6th April and we can't wait for you to get your copy. It's filled to the brim with fun new knitting and crochet projects for you to try. But before you get crafty, why not have a read of our Arne and Carlos feature? The creative duo are sure to give you a giggle while you enjoy their stunning makes.
Easter is one of the most delightful holidays, associated with nothing but gorgeous animals being born, bunny rabbits, bright colours, the start of spring and of course – eggs! This is a time of year when everything is just 'so cute'. Why not seize the opportunity and enjoy 13 of the most egg-stra special Easter patterns on the web for your pleasure. Happy Easter!