For those of you who’ve been reading for a while, you’ll know that I’m a bit of a crochet fanatic – I’d been trying to learn to knit for absolutely ages (years, if I’m honest!), and was getting frustrated with not being able to get the hang of it. My Mum suggested I have a go at crochet, and just after Benjamin was born, we sat down together during naptime (his, not ours!) and she went through the stitches with me. It took a few days, but it clicked quite quickly, and off I went*. Since then, I’ve made cushions, blankets, garlands, motifs, scarves, hats, bags, collars…. the works. I’ve started working on my own patterns, namely the infamous crochet bobble cushion, and am working towards getting some stock together to do a few craft and vintage fairs, as well as making a ton of Christmas gifts. My name is Vicky, and I am a crochet-aholic.
So when I got an email from the lovely people at Lark Crafts, asking if I’d be interested in reviewing Crochet Boutique by Rachael Oglesby, I jumped at the chance. Rachael, of Softspoken, is famed for her beautiful crochet work, and has produced lines for both Modcloth and Etsy – I’ve been reading her blog for a while now, so I knew a book with patterns constructed by her would be a goodun.
I’m going to start by saying that this book is an absolute breath of fresh air to the crochet world. The patterns aren’t for anything out of the ordinary, but the huge difference is that they’re actually on trend and aimed at the modern craft world. So many times I’ve picked up a book, flicked through it and sighed, wondering just how many granny-square cardigans one person can need – as soon as I opened this, I started marking pages. It was like somehow Rachael knew everything I wanted to make and wrote a pattern for it. The scarves and cowls are my absolute favourites – huge, chunky and perfect for our lengthy winter months. Leafing through, I found patterns for hats, a shawl, a couple of bags and a few homewares – all simple to make, and all really, really lovely.
What’s even better is that right at the back is a stitch directory, and brief section on how to master the basic stitches used in the patterns throughout the book, meaning that even absolute beginners can have a shot at making something. In short, it’s ace, and I’m keeping everything crossed that there’s a follow up to come (Rachael, if you’re reading – I’ve always wanted to make a cable cardigan in crochet…!).
To celebrate the publication of Crochet Boutique, Lark Crafts have given me an extra copy to give away to a reader of The Owl and the Accordion – and for good measure, I’ve added a few titbits in as well….
As well as the book, there’s a set of crochet hooks in coloured aluminium, two balls of Sirdar Denim Sport Arun in cream, and one completed Cuddle Cowl, worked up from the pattern in the book.
|The cowl is reversible – ribbed on one side….|
|…and bobbled on the other.|
To stand a chance of winning, follow these simple steps:
1. Follow me on Twitter or ‘like’ The Owl and the Accordion on Facebook.
2. ‘Like’ Softspoken on Facebook.
3. Leave a comment below to confirm your entry.
The giveaway is open until midnight Thursday 1st November 2012 – entries after this time won’t be counted.
And that’s it. Good luck!
*I still can’t knit, by the way.