Today I have something lovely to share with you all, my crafty friends.
A hooky friend of mine, Shelley Husband, has just written a fabulous
ebook called 'More than a Granny' and it is full of good stuff for us crochet fans.
(Shelley has a great blog called Spincushions and is big on Instagram too!)
Lucky me, Shelley forwarded a copy to me for a sneaky preview,
so I have been giving it a good read!
I am in awe of her ability to produce such a resource for crocheters, her designs are really great, with 20 motifs including a nice mix of flowery motifs, more lacy type square and also some excellent geometric designs too. There is something for everyone in this selection of patterns, and another interesting thing that Shelley has done is make them all the same size so you could make a beautiful mixed motif blanket using lots of different squares! How gorgeous would that be, I think that's going on my to do list!
The patterns are very well explained with clear instructions and a good stitch dictionary for those slightly trickier stitches. There are some simpler patterns that would be good for new crocheters, and there are also some challenging ones for the more experienced hooker to get their teeth into!
There is a US and UK version so you won't get confused with stitch terms.
I thought I would give this lovely square called 'Crop Circles' a try, I love all the circles, and it would also look great in bold mixed colours, I think it has a bit of a modern retro feel to it, it would make a great blanket!
This is Shelley's example from the ebook, noice! :)
And here is my first two squares, I love them, even if they need a bit of a blocking!
I am thinking I will make 42 and do a little blanket, I have gone to my favourite colours, but I have a few others to add in the next square.
This pattern was a nice challenge for me, I wasn't sure if I could do all the different circles and get them looking good, but I followed Shelley's pattern and it has turned out great! I like Shelley's tips for getting a professional finish to your crochet, it really is the little things that make a difference.
I have to confess I had never read an ebook before, ( I am a bit of a traditionalist and like a real book to look at) but I found it really easy and convenient and think I am a convert, I will probably look into more books in this format!
And you don't need an e-reader to use it, it can be downloaded as a PDF from Smashwords, easy peasy! It is available from lots of places on the internet, have a look at Shelley's post here for more info on techy stuff, and where you can pick up a copy. :)
And guess what!
Shelley has generously offered a free copy to a reader of Little Woollie! :)
So if you would like to win a copy of this lovely crochet ebook, leave a comment and tell me what is your favourite thing to make from motifs. Blankets? Bags? Cushions? I will pick a winner on Saturday, good luck!
Ok I think that is all I have for you today, I am going to go and make another crop circles square! :)
Have a lovely hooky day! :)