Well, I pinched the title above from the magazine I’ve been working with for the past few months, but I’m sure they won’t mind! There can be no better rallying cry than that, as far as I’m concerned. Even better when you see that the whole title of the mag is ‘Let’s Get Crafting – Knitting and Crochet‘. It couldn’t be more up my street if it tried! It’s a valiant call to arms, with the arms being hooks and needles which, quite conveniently, are supplied along with every issue of the mag and enough yarn to make one or more of the many projects and patterns featured inside.
I’ve been crocheting an exclusive design about once every six weeks since September last year and it’s been a lot of fun! It’s a welcome challenge to conjure up a specifically commissioned amigurumi every now and again. As a self employed hooker (now that does sound a bit dodgy, but I’m sure you know what I mean!) it’s normal for me to please myself as to what designs loop their way out of my imagination, but sometimes it’s good to have a specific request imposed upon you. The requirement to use the hook size and the supplied yarn from the kit in the appropriate amounts and colours does bring up some challenges, but I’ve not been defeated yet! There’s nothing quite like some creative constrictions for making you think outside of the box. And it’s been such a thrill for me to see my little crochet characters in print! If you’ve visited my Ravelry Store recently you may already be familiar with some of these pictures. If not then I’d love to share them with you now. Here are my contributions so far – photographed beautifully by the LGC team:
Issue 64: Christmas Elves
Issue 65: Holly the Polar Bear
Issue 66: Walter Bear
Issue 67: Princess Amelia
Issue 68: Diego the Parrot
I’ve had a lot of fun inventing these colourful, happy characters.
🙂 Some of them have even made the front cover 🙂
I’ve designed a cute pair of dachshunds for the next issue, and a unicorn for the following one. I’m so looking forward to seeing them in print too!
If you live in the UK you should be able to find a copy at your local WHSmiths, Asda, Tesco or Sainsburys – or you can subscribe here for even better value and the added luxury of having it arrive through your letter box while you’re still in your pyjamas! And if you love free patterns (err, is there anyone out there who doesn’t?!) be sure to check out LGC’s great collection waiting for you right here.
After my magazine arrived in the post I couldn’t resist carving out a bit of rest and relaxation time to make some coasters from the pattern on page eight.You know, these would make fantastic motifs for a blanket…although I’m well aware that I have to have a strong will and finish the Mexican Stripe blanket first before I start any more large scale projects or there will be no room for the rest of the family in the lounge if I bundle in a second mountain of yarn! I’m definitely going to keep these motifs in mind for blanket number 4 when the time is right though, but only after every last Mexican yarn end is darned in and neatly trimmed! Hmm, doesn’t stop me planning ahead in my mind though. I’m thinking of soft Easter inspired pastels, and a maybe a larger hook to give a more drapey, lightweight summertime throw. But in the meantime I’ve managed to expand my Granny Square/Circle repertoire and have gained some lovely new coasters to brighten up my kitchen this spring.Flicking through a little further and I was really excited to see my very own two page feature in this months magazine (the one with Diego the Parrot on the front cover).
My first ever official interview.
>Does silly-happy-dance while no-one’s looking!<
That was one very pleasant tea break! You can read the whole article about me here if you’re curious 🙂 And if you do make anything from any of the Let’s Get Crafting magazines don’t forget to post a picture on the LGC Facebook page so we can all have a look and join in the fun! You might even get a mention in the ‘All about you’ page in the next issue!
Here’s raising a mug to many more tea sipping, biscuit munching, magazine browsing, coaster making tea breaks over the coming weekend. I hope you all get to make the time to do the things you love… Happy crafting everyone!
January 23, 2015 at 8:11 pm
Hello, can I purchase these patterns separately from the magazine? Thanks & I do love your patterns. forget 14 Claire
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January 24, 2015 at 11:16 am
Hi Claire, they’re only available in the magazine for now, as they are on an exclusive contract. I’ve got a whole load of new patterns coming out soon though, hopefully there will be something you like amongst them! I’ll be featuring them on my blog when they’re ready so keep an eye out!
January 24, 2015 at 11:18 am
Congratulations Janine here yet stunning model . Kiss .mimi
January 26, 2015 at 10:37 am
Thanks so much for writing such a lovely feature about LGC Knitting & Crochet magazine, Janine – we are thrilled to have you on board!
January 26, 2015 at 1:07 pm
Thank you LGC, glad you like the article, it’s great to be part of the team!
January 26, 2015 at 4:08 pm
Just made parrot .in fact was only reason I bought mag never been tempted before now I need to subscribe lol . Thanks for design
January 26, 2015 at 4:15 pm
Fantastic! I’m glad you liked making him, I loved doing all those ruffles! Here’s to many more happy crocheting hours! x
January 28, 2015 at 9:22 am
Your designs are GREAT. I love them all & so adorable too!
January 28, 2015 at 2:13 pm
Thanks 🙂 I should have some new designs coming out soon. I’m finally getting my creative head back on after the Christmas break and a recent (early) spring cleaning frenzy!
November 21, 2022 at 1:30 pm
Hello Janine, my mum is 89 years old and spotted in an old LGC mag you Holly Bear and she would love to crochet it, your pattern on Ravelry isn’t available, I wondered if you have this pattern that I could purchase please