lust list | may 2019
Ra Ra Raffia
Wool & The Gang have launched a new Ra Ra Raffia collection and they asked me if I wanted to try it out and because I’ve never tried crocheting with raffia before, I said yes. They sent me this amazing colour called Cinnamon Dust and a pattern for their Million Reasons Bag which I have to say is glorious.
I hooked it up in just one day and it is beautiful and quite big so I’m already using it as a project bag which makes me very happy. I liked using the raffia, I wasn’t sure what to expect but it feels quite smooth and lightweight, almost like it could break at any moment but never does. It’s definitely worth a look if you are trying to get some summer project inspiration, they have a couple of really nice £25 hat kits that I’d like to try and some knitting patterns too. Ooh I bet knitting with raffia would be even weirder, right?
Scheepjes Bookazine - Reef
I am a fan of the Scheepjes Bookazine, you probably know this already if you watch my podcast, they are always, without fail, wonderful. I’m not sure if its the heavy crochet content or the fact their artworking and page design is so sophisticated, it’s just such a pleasure to read and it’s chock full of patterns too.
The new edition, Reef, is no different, there are way too many patterns that I want to make and I’m almost not sure what to do with myself. The book is rich in both crochet patterns (there are a couple of knitting patterns too), and design, I just love everything about it.
Deramores 2019 CAL
Deramores have got an amazing new CAL running for 2019 called Four Seasons and it is EPIC!
It features five designers; Veronika Cromwell, Emma Leith, Leonie Morgan, Hannah Cross and Zoë Potrac, who have all contributed different elements to create one blanket that celebrates all four seasons. The blanket was tech edited by Lynne Rowe, who is also my tech editor (I love her, hurrah) and I know she must have had a mammoth job combining five different pattern writing styles into one format, what a trooper.
You can find out more about the design and the designers here - the pattern is free in weekly installments, the first week was launched last week and you just pay for the colour pack from Deramores which provides you with all the yarn you need to make the blanket.
byPolleVie - Shawl for Loop London
Ellen Decker, the designer behind @bypollevie has created a special shawl for Loop called the Loop Leaping Hare Shawl. You can buy the kits and the pattern here and I don’t know about you but I want one.
I love it so much, I feel like Ellen is very much a crochet artist, her work is always so powerful and original and fun and you could definitely see it looking just as good decorating a wall at home as it would on your shoulders.
Ellen also has a free pattern out in this month’s issue of Simply Crochet magazine, issue 84.
The Sewing Box Magazine 10th Anniversary Special
To celebrate their 10th Anniversary, The Sewing Box Magazine have put together a special offer where you can buy all eight of their pattern-packed publications for the price of three and get access to some amazing discounts including one from me! Wahoo!
You can find out more here and see some of the great patterns that they’ve featured in the magazine, not just crochet but knitting, embroidery and sewing too. They have patterns from the likes of Tilly and The Buttons, Molla Mills, Pica Pau and Nomad Stitches together with in-depth interviews and top tips from entrepreneurs from all over the craft community.
See you at the end of June with more favourites.