Announcement Time!

So it’s time to announce the winner of our give-away!

You may recall that we posted a give-away for Serenata Flowers who have so kindly given us the opportunity raffle off one of their amazing products, the Chocolate and Marshmallow Pizza! Well after some technical difficulties, we are now able to announce the winner! Courtesy of random.org…

Drum roll please!

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The winner is…

Natalie Crossan!

Congratulations Natalie! We will email you to arrange delivery of your gorgeous Chocolate and Marshmallow Pizza! Nomnomnom 😀

Everyone else: better luck next time! Thank you for participating in our give-away, and thank you to Serenata Flowers for giving us this opportunity to reward our loyal followers with such a yummy prize!

Please show your appreciation by visiting Serenata Flowers‘ website, they have loads of great gift ideas for the holiday season, from chocolates to hampers to flowers 😉

– Leeloo the Tall

2014/81 – a how-to for you: button holes!

Hey there! So this one is more of a tutorial for the beginners out there. We post a lot of cool stuff, but sometimes it helps to go back to basics, which is what this is.

Here is a link for you that shows you how to crochet button holes. I’m guessing there are plenty of you out there who are trying to think of ways to make winter jumpers unique, perhaps designing patterns etc., so for those that aren’t sure how to do this part, you may find this useful.

Enjoy!

http://www.petalstopicots.com/2011/11/how-to-crochet-button-holes-html/

Also, the winner of our big giveaway is going to be announced tonight! It’s a little late following some technical issues, but while you’re waiting, why not get your entry in? Gogogo! Find it here 🙂

– Leeloo the Tall

It’s giveaway time! Win a CHOCOLATE PIZZA with UK Crochet Patterns!

Hello!

Our LOVELY friends from Serenata Flowers want to give away a free Chocolate Marshmallow and Chocolate Bean Pizza! Doesn’t it look delicious?! It’s a gorgeous chocolate pizza topped with white chocolate flakes and coloured chocolate beans.

To enter, all you need to do is LIKE this post and leave a comment telling us what your favourite product available from Serenata Flowers’ website is! They offer BEAUTIFUL flowers, plus hampers and chocolates galore!

Take a look at their website here: SerenataFlowers.com

The winner will be announced on UK Crochet Patterns on 30th November at 6pm.

– Leeloo the Tall

Prize winner’s product review + star pattern

Our friend, A Creative Pixie, has kindly reviewed the Red Heart Miami yarn she won in a recent giveaway. Just look at what she made! LOVELOVELOVE!

Click here to visit her blog and to read the review!

She has even been generous enough to post the pattern she used too.

It’s worth noting that we didn’t actually want to send the yarn to her because it’s so yummy 😛 That rich colour … it makes us happy just looking at it!

Thank you, A Creative Pixie!

Product review – Giveaway winner reports!

The winner of our first giveaway was Judit from MonsterYarns. She won a set of circular knitting needles and has sent us her review below :> Her review is all her own opinion and first appeared on her own blog with photos here. Reproduced with permission.

Thank you for taking the time to review for us, Judit!

 

I knit a lot in public and on public transport. By necessity therefore I use circular needles to make sure that I don’t prod anyone sitting near me and attract even more weird looks than I normally do. So when UK Crochet Patterns ran a quick competition to win a circular knitting needle from part of the goodie parcel delivered from Red Heart , I jumped at the chance.

I don’t win competitions that often so I was thrilled to add to my collection of needles – especially gratis!

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My first impressions were of a good but basic quality of needle – the type where what you see is what you get. Unwrapping it however there were a couple of very pleasant surprises – nice tip on the needle and the coil is fantastic. Just the right amount of stiffness so that it doesn’t kink but not too hard so your work “floats” uncomfortably in front of you.

The needles have a clever curve a few centimetres from the join.

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Clever because the perennial problem with any circular needles is snagging on the join between the tip and the coil. The curve is meant to ensure that the knitting feeds in a straight line on to the coil. And it does. Clever.

What doesn’t quite work with these circulars is the join itself. Hopefully you can see in this photo that the edge of the needle is a lot wider than the coil and a little sharp. It’s aluminium after all.

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So the end result is snagging.

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This is not unusual in circulars but incredibly frustrating. There are a circular needles which solve this problem, no doubt through exacting engineering, and as a result tend to be on the expensive end of the range.

So my opinion – good basic circular, perhaps for when you’re travelling and you don’t want to carry your prized expensive ones, but watch out for the snagging!

Thank you Red Heart and UK Crochet Patterns.