Crochet - Beautiful Yarn & A Giveaway
*Giveaway now closed*
A little while ago I received a lovely email from Amy Small at Knit Collage. She told me that she had made up some of my collars in her Maharani Silk and oh they looked gorgeous. Knit Collage create the most beautiful, unique yarns I have ever come across and after admiring them she kindly offered to send some for me to try...
Amy very generously sent several skeins including some of the gorgeous Daisy Chain (99% wool) and Gypsy Garden (75% wool, 25% mohair). The yarns are all handspun in India where they teach women to craft the yarns on traditional spinning wheels. Bits of ribbons, sequins, flower appliqués and other lovelies are spun into the yarn making each skein truely unique.
I had to wait to have a play with the yarns as I've had other projects to finish but by the bank holiday weekend I could no longer refrain. Now these yarns are expensive (but worth it - they would make a perfect gift for a yarn lover) so I attempted items that I could make using 1 skein.
As soon as I looked at the Daisy Chain I knew I'd have to make a hat for Lulu and as it had been so cold here I thought it would be perfect. Typically, the minute I finished it the weather turned and has been glorious since! But she loves it and it will still fit her when autumn rolls around again. I didn't use a pattern for this one but I was going for a beret effect - I love the way it turned out.
Knit Collage also have an amazing website full of patterns and inspiration and when I was browsing I came across these knitted Chelsea Morning Leg Warmers that I fell pretty hard for! Now we all know that I still can't knit (sob) so I had a go at crocheting something similar. I found that 1 skein was the perfect amount for a pair of boot toppers. Again, I didn't follow a pattern for these but they were so simple, just rows of treble (UK) crochet topped with crab stitch using a 7mm hook. I'm not wishing the sun away yet, but I am really looking forward to wearing them with my winter boots this year.
So here's Lulu in her summer outfit and winter hat:
And my new boot toppers:
I think I stopped breathing for a moment when I opened the box and saw this:
I have 2 skeins of this beautiful Gypsy Garden left to play with - I'm not sure what to make yet, I'm saving it for something special - if you have any suggestions I'd love to hear them.
I'd really love for you to try the yarn yourself so I'm giving away 1 skein of this gorgeous Daisy Chain in Peony Pink:
If you'd like to enter for a chance to win all you need to do is leave a comment telling me what you'd make if you won.
This giveaway is open internationally and will close at midnight Wednesday 12th June. A winner will be picked using a random generator.
I hope you are having a lovely week :)
Bye for now. Em xx