October 2021 Mini Box Subscription

The boxes this month contained 4 balls of Stylecraft Special XL Tweed. It’s a super chunky yarn and is lovely to work with. Each 100g ball contains approx 68 metres. It can be machine washed on 30°and tumble dried on cool. Recommended hook and needle size is 10mm. This yarn really is perfect now that the colder mornings are starting to come in.  

Subscribers also found a set of super cute fox stitch markers to add to their collection.

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September 2021 Mini Yarn Subscription Box

The mini box this month contained 3 balls of Stylecraft ReCreate. Two balls in shade ‘Rose’ and the third in ‘Ecru’. This is a 100% recycled yarn and has a blend of 40% wool, 30% acrylic and 30% polyester. Each ball contains approx 350 metres and is a DK weight. This yarn is lovely and soft and can be machine washed on 30°C and can even be put in the tumble drier on a cool setting.

Subscribers also found a very handy electronic stitch counter. These are so useful, just click the button at the end of each row to keep count. The stitch counters have a fantastic little memory too, they’ll automatically switch off after a while but will remember your count for weeks down the line. You just then click the reset button to start again!

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August 2021 Mini Yarn Subscription Box

The Mini box this month contained 2 balls of Hayfield Spirit DK in the colourway ‘Joy’. It is a beautiful acrylic yarn with 20% wool that is hardwearing and fully machine washable. Perfect for clothing for the upcoming autumn, it is also fabulous for adding a touch of colour without having to swap and change yarn colours.

Subscribers also found an incredibly handy Hug Light! I have had one of these for some time now and I wouldn’t be without it. Once you have inserted the batteries, you can just click the buttons on the lights. One click for low light, 2 clicks for medium light and 3 clicks for high light. Then just click again to turn off! They are so handy to pop around your neck and the foam arms mean it is very comfortable.

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June 2021 Mini Yarn Subscription Box

This month I included an American Brand, Caron. I do believe that this is the first time I have chosen this brand for the Mini Box. I actually love using it as it is really soft.

Subscribers found 2 balls of Caron Simply Soft in the shade Robin’s Egg. Each of the 170g balls contains approx 288m. It can be washed on 30° but is suitable for the tumble drier on a low setting. Along with the buttons they also found a ‘Handmade With Love’ faux leather tag and some handmade stitch markers too.

The mini box doesn’t contain any patterns but I have put together a list of patterns that would be perfect for the yarn. This list comprises of both knitting and crochet patterns which are just a suggestion as to what you could make. Use these ideas as a springboard for your own. I would love to see what you come up with. You can also see all of these over on our Pinterest Board here

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April 2021 Mini Yarn Subscription Box

April 2021 Mini Yarn Subscription Box

This month subscribers received 3 balls of Hayfield Baby Bonus 4ply. Each of the 100g balls contains approx 466m. As it is a baby yarn it can go into the washing machine and is safe for the tumble dryer. That is a lot of yarn to play with! This month I also included a cute little enamel pin. I collect these and proudly display them on my jacket or bag when I visit the yarn festivals and yarn shops. They are always a talking point!

The mini box doesn’t contain any patterns but I have put together a list of patterns that would be perfect for the yarn. This list comprises of both knitting and crochet patterns which are just a suggestion as to what you could make. Use these ideas as a springboard for your own. I would love to see what you come up with. You can also see all of these over on our Pinterest Board here

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February 2021 Mini Box

February 2021 Mini Box

This month I included 2 balls of Hayfield Journey in a colourway called ‘Sail Away’. I thought it was perfect at the moment, because the one thing that I, and many others, want to do is sail away on a lovely long holiday. Each ball contains approx 355 metres and it does contain 20% wool so it needs a wool wash but subscribers got 2 sachets of Euchalan Wool Wash to try too.

The mini box doesn’t contain any patterns but I have put together a list of patterns that would be perfect for the yarn. This list comprises of both knitting and crochet patterns which are just a suggestion as to what you could make. Use these ideas as a springboard for your own. I would love to see what you come up with. You can also see all of these over on our Pinterest Board

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Why we love knitting and crochet (and you should too)

I often get asked this question. ‘Why do you knit/crochet?’ It is then often followed by the statement ‘I thought only old people or grandma’s do that!’ I for one am far from old (I’m 35 for the record) and I have been able to knit and crochet since I was a child.

A riot of colour when there was none in my life

I know why I started to knit properly when I was in my early 20s. It was a way for me to escape the pressures of University and studying. I was slightly older when I started Uni and was studying English Literature and training to become a secondary school teacher (God knows what I was thinking with that!) I struggled emotionally with everything and was diagnosed with anxiety and depression during this stage. Knitting was suggested to me as a way to help relieve some of those anxieties. And you know what? It worked! I started to reap the benefits very quickly and learnt how to crochet too which eventually persuaded me to put down the knitting needles and collect as many hooks as I could!

The next 10 years saw me in and out of severe depression but it was when I lost my new-born baby boy in 2015 that I hit rock bottom and could only see one way out. At that moment there was only one person in the entire universe I wanted to be with and I contemplated suicide. It took a lot for me to say that to the bereavement midwife at the time and she basically turned round and told me that I needed to do something and knowing that I could crochet she placed a hook and yarn in my hands. Just stitch she said, don’t follow a pattern, don’t make anything specific; just focus on the way the yarn twists itself around and the hook.

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January 2021 Mini Box

January 2021 Hook It Yourself Mini Yarn Subscription Box
January 2021 Hook It Yourself Mini Yarn Subscription Box

This month I included 2 balls of Sirdar Colourwheel Dazzle in this spectacular Tropical Twist shade. Each ball is 150g and contains approx 520m which is perfect for a scarf or use both for a blanket perhaps? It can be machine washed at 40°. This box also included some blocking pins. I always find these ones from Knit Pro particularly useful to have around.

The mini box doesn’t contain any patterns but I have put together a list of patterns that would be perfect for the yarn. This list comprises of both knitting and crochet patterns which are just a suggestion as to what you could make. Use these ideas as a springboard for your own. I would love to see what you come up with. You can also see all of these over on our Pinterest Board

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2020 vs 2021

New Year…New Goals

This time last year I decided, for the first time ever, not to set resolutions. I never kept to them. I think it was the term resolution. It just seems so finale. It doesn’t seem to give me the option of working towards it. It is an all or nothing concept to me. So I decided to set goals instead. To many they are the same things, but I see goals differently. I can break down goals into mini steps in order to achieve them.

So did I achieve my 2020 goals? Erm…One of them, yes. The other 2…I’m still working on them. Honest!

I gave myself the goals of completing the Sophie’s Universe Blanket I have been working on for the last 3 years, finishing the year with only one WIP and also to run a 5k!

Can you guess which one I actually managed? Not the Sophie’s Universe Blanket…which should have been easy enough to complete considering the sheer amount of time we have all spent at home since March. Finishing the year with only one WIP? That may have been a silly goal to put down. I mean what knitter or crocheter only has one piece of work on the go at the same time?

I did run a 5k though. In fact, I ran a lot of them. I even ran a lot of 10k and a couple of half marathons too. It was my goal to run a 5k race. However, Covid stopped that but the race went on virtually meaning I got my medal. I then signed up to run a lot more and gained a lot more medals.

What about 2021 Goals?

Life is just a series of obstacles postcard
Life is just a series of obstacles postcard

I am going to keep my goal of completing that Sophie’s Universe Blanket by Christmas. I don’t want it to gather more dust, plus I want the bag it is currently residing in back. I also want to knit a jumper for me. I can knit…just not brilliantly and I really want to do more than just to stocking stitch or garter stitch. I want to do colourwork too! It’ll probably take me all year to make that one. And my final goal for 2021 is to be selfish with my crochet and knitting. Say what!?!

Yep…selfish! I want to make more for me. So much of my personal knitting and crochet time is quite often taken up making for others because they ask me to, which means I get left out. Not this year. I am focusing this year on me. I think that this goal has to be the hardest one as being selfish is just not in my nature. I’m not saying I won’t make things for other people throughout the year, just significantly reduce it.

We’ll see how it all goes. How about you? Are you setting yourself any goals this year?

September 2020 Mini Box

4 balls of Sirdar Snuggly 4ply in blue, with one being encased in a red yarn sock. alongside this there is a postcard which reads 'I'm just as shocked as you are that I don;t have all the I need for this project', blue buttons, tea, coffee and biscuit
September 2020 Mini Yarn Subscription Box

This month I have included the gorgeous Sirdar Snuggly 4ply in blue. Each ball is 50g and contains approx 226m. In terms of washing instructions it can be washed on a 40° cycle and it can be popped into the tumble drier on a low heat. The Sirdar Snuggly 4ply retails at £2.99 per ball

The mini box doesn’t contain any patterns but I have put together a list of patterns that would be perfect for the yarn. This list comprises of both knitting and crochet patterns, and as this yarn lends itself so beautifully to garments this is what I have focused on. I would love to see what you come up with. I will keep adding to this list as I come across suitable patterns. This list, with direct links to patterns, can be found here in this blog post. It is also here on Pinterest.

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