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...
- Hatching Dragons
- Flower Coasters
- Bobble Cushion
- Camping Set
- Pompom Mittens
- Lost In Space: Arlo’s Spaceship & Rocket
- Seahorse Duo
- Simple Flower Mittens
- Toadstool Hat & Rattle
- Scandi Hot Water Bottle Cover
- Floral Granny Square Cushion
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- 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
- Exclusive: Andy Murray Quits Tennis To Pursue Knitting Passion
- ISSUE 90 SNEAK PEEK
- 13 Easter Crochet 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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- 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
- 13 Makes for Disney Lovers
- These TINY Goats In TINY Jumpers Will Melt Your Heart
- Easy Projects To Make For Valentine’s Day
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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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!
We've got so many exciting projects for you this issue that we can't wait to share. Issue 91 hits the shops on the 11th May, so make sure you pick up your copy and tell us your favourite pattern. There's not just exclusive makes for you to try, but great reads too! This month is a TV special as we delve into the world of Call the Midwife and interview a family from the popular show Gogglebox. Make sure you scroll all the way to the end of this post for some real treats!
Issue 91 of Let's Get Crafting, on sale 11th May, featured the adorable Missy Bear from Crocheted Bears and Other Animals by Emma Brown (£12.99, CICO Books). Photography by Geoff Dann.
Princess Charlotte is often in the headlines seen sporting a new, and utterly adorable outfit. Her style captures the hearts of parents everywhere, eager to dress their child similar to the royal. A recent news story featured Charlotte wearing a cute sheep-design cardigan from John Lewis. The store later confirmed that the garment sold out very soon after the photograph of the princess – taken by her mother the Duchess of Cambridge – was released to the public. Already a style icon at the tender age of two, it's no surprise parents want to add an elegant 'Charlotte-style' touch to their little prince and princess' wardrobes. Instead of buying something similar why not knit or crochet one? We like to treat you, so check out the patterns below – they're all free!