Call out for Pattern Testers

pattern testers wantedAre you interested in being a pattern tester for me? 

If you are keep reading. 

I am looking for a few of you to test crochet one of my patterns.  If you are not sure what this entails, I have set out what I require below…of course you can always ask your own questions if you are still unsure.

Do I need to have test crochet before?  Nope… as long as you can crochet and read from a written pattern you are good to apply to be my tester.  Infact, I am looking for  people with varying abilities of crochet.  

Is there a deadline? Yes…if you are successful in applying for the role of tester I will require you to finish the test within the specified deadline.  See below for more details.

Other than crochet the pattern on time what else do you need me to do?

 Good question! 

I will need you to give me lots of feedback, to include the good, the bad and the ugly!  

Spot typo’s and grammatical errors and make  pattern corrections. 

I need you to keep in touch even if this means you can’t meet the deadline…life happens, I understand that.

I also require a good quality photo of the finished item that I will be able to use on all social media…I will of course tag you. 

You need to be able to keep a secret.  If you are selected to pattern test for me, I require you to keep my pattern out of the public domain during testing and until the pattern goes live.  However,

I will require you to be active on social media once the pattern is live….What does this mean?  Once I have published the pattern and it is available on general release, I would like you to post your picture with a link to the pattern.  I will let you know when the pattern is live. 

Do I get paid to test a pattern? Nope…I wish I could say yes, but sadly the answer is no!  However, you will get the pattern fully edited for free  and if your photo’s are of good quality I will use them here on my blog and in my social media and I will always tag you so people can head your way!

Can I make changes to the pattern?  mmm….I need you to follow the pattern as it is written.  With regards to yarn I will make recommendations, but this can be negotiated as different yarns will give me more thorough feedback.  It’s all down to communication. 

Do you supply materials? Nope, I only send you the pattern, you will need to supply your own materials

How will communication happen? via email. 

I think that about covers it…other than deadlines.

The pattern and deadline details are below. 

Crochet cupcakes

( cotton or a cotton mix yarn in several colours and toy stuffing will be required)

deadline for applying is December 31st 2018 deadline for completion is January 31st 2019

I do have some more patterns in the pipeline that will need to be road tested, so watch this space. 

If you are interested please complete the contact form at the bottom of this post.  In the comments section please state

1.your level of crochet experience ie/ beginner, intermediate, advanced

2.a link to your crochet social media / ravelry account if you have one

3.a little bit about yourself ie/ where you are from, how long you have been crocheting for.

 

Thank you in advance, I will look forward to hearing from you.

xxxxx

 

 

 

Sheraby Baby Blanket…

Oh my days! 

Life seems to be on fast forward at the moment…It is nearly December already…how can that be? 

I  have been hooking, but a lot of what I am doing is

Secret Santa type of top secret and the like.  I can show you this, however

crochet baby blanketA pretty linen stitch baby blanket, using up my leftovers from my Sunday Shawl…this yarn has to be my absolute favourite at the moment.  It is Scheepjes Merino dk and it is so, so soft…I mean really soft and plump and squishy.  I started this blanket on a whim and then couldn’t put it down, so it actually hooked up quite quickly.  I hooked it in the car,

crochet baby blanketIn the café whilst the boys were mountain biking,

crochet baby blanketbut, mostly I hooked it in Sherwood Forest, whilst away for a few precious days…hence the name ‘Sheraby’. 

in my happy place

You might be thinking what about all those pesky ends?  Well, I just crocheted over them as I went, so there were no pesky ends at all.

crochet baby blanketIt is only a small little blanket…car seat size, but I am so pleased with it.  This years hooking seems to be about busting my stash and I am really enjoying the challenge of that.  I really do like the ‘knitted’ look  that linen stitch produces to.  It’s a lovely closed fabric effect and is very simple to do.

crochet baby blanket

crochet baby blanketWhat do you think?

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seasidestashbusting blanket…The End!

It’s done!  I have made the last stitch and woven in the last end of my beautiful #seassidestashbusting blanket. 

It’s huge and I simply love it!

mixedstitch crochet blanketOh! what a journey this blanket has been…a beautiful, stitchy, vibrant and meandering journey of colour, crochet and community…not to mention stash busting too! 

mixed stitch crochet blanket

Thank you so much to Eleanora over at Coastal Crochet for hosting such a marvellous and well organised CAL (crochet-a-long) and to all the lovely people I have met  a long the way; who have encouraged and inspired me with kind words or blankets of their own.  I have really enjoyed scrolling through the IG feed #seasidestashbustingblanket and seeing so many wonderfully unique contributions.

mixed stitch crochet blanket

I am keeping this blanket for myself because honestly, I just can’t bear to be parted from it.  I have hooked in so many memories of my year…like the sunny glamping rows, the foot surgery rows, the world cup rows, the too hot to crochet rows and the snowy day bobbles and I can relate each memory to the specific rows.  I will leave you with my photographic journey…

#seasidestashbustingblanket CAL

#seasidestashbustingblanket weeks 5 - 8mixed stitch crochet blanketcrochet mixed stitch blanketcrochet blanket calmixed stitch crochet blanketseasidestashbustingblanketmixed stitch crochet blanketLove, love, love this blanket. 

I’m not sure what I’m going to do without the weekly rows…

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Amigurumi unicorn…

amigurumi unicorn

 

After dipping my crochet toe into the world of amigurumi with Abe, the delightful zebra dude  I knew I had the bug and it wouldn’t be long before I started another little cutie.  This time I fell for the magical charms of this sweet, sweet unicorn.

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Unicorn ingredients…

amigurumi unicornI wanted her to be white and chose Sugar n Cream worsted weight cotton mix, which gives a lovely texture  to her body and face. Her hooves were hooked in a soft lemon aran weight cotton yarn from The Women’s Institute and her mane and tail were created using a dk weight Ricorumi cotton in a baby pink.

amigurumi zebra

I even managed to get everything the right way round this time! and felt much more confident than when I hooked my zebra.

amigurumi unicorn
getting her ears

 

The pattern is by the very talented Chiquipork and is called ‘William the Unicorn’. It is a beautifully written pattern and has lots of top tips for construction.  The pattern is  written very clearly and it was easy to follow as it is formatted into the different sections of construction.  There are lots of photo’s too which I found helped me in the ‘putting together’ process. 

Well worth the purchase!

amigurumi unicornamigurumi unicorn

I have named her Bella, but alas she is only staying with me for a few weeks, for she has been adopted by a little girl who will love and cherish her and who may well give her another name!

amigurumi unicorn

Bella…she is magical isn’t she?
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Seasidestashbusting blanket weeks 29 – 32

mixed stitch crochet blanket
Here’s the penultimate update on the gorgeous

#seasidestashbustingblanket …

These rows were finished a little while ago and I am onto the border now…but, I wanted to show you my progress in chronological order.

mixed stitch blanketI didn’t think this blanket would match any décor in the nest, since it is just made up of stash I had hiding under Little Robin’s bed, but it is looking fine on my bed…

mixed stitch crochet blanket

and in the lounge…but to be honest it is so flipping lovely it would look amazing anywhere. 

So,  I’m off to finish the border and I will be back soon with the final post for this beautiful blanket.

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Vintage Market Tote…

Vintage Market ToteAutumn is creeping in and I can feel the joy rising in me.  I adore the Autumn and all of her treasures; it awakens my soul and wraps me with comfort. 

I know not everyone feels this way…Mr R mourns the Summer, but I am celebrating her arrival. 

A great deal has gone on here at the nest over the Summer months and there is still much more to achieve.  New windows and doors have been fitted, outdoor adventures have taken place, three weddings have been witnessed and celebrated (we still have two more to come), decorating has commenced, and children have been coming and going and then coming back again only to go off once more it seems! 

I have taken great delight in my crochet time, which has been a little bitty.  I wanted to share this Vintage Market Tote with you…pattern details and links can be found at the bottom of this post.  I made it for my Mama’s birthday and it hooked up quickly. 

Vintage Market Tote

The pattern is free and I found it to be well written with clear, concise instruction.  I altered the length of the handle by about 20 stitches, making the straps a little longer, but that was just preference. 

women's institute yarn

I used a lovely  aran weight cotton blend yarn by The Women’s Institute, which flowed from my 5.5mm hook with ease.  I crocheted using x2 strands to make my tote more sturdy,  which meant I used  just over 300g of yarn and finished with a chic black and white spot ribbon.

Vintage Market ToteI will definitely return to this pattern…and my Mama loved it! 

Pattern by Dorianna Rivelli – Vintage Market Tote

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Seasidestashbusting blanket weeks 25 – 28

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I am still behind on my 

#seasidestashbustingblanket …

I have just completed  week 29 and I think the CAL is now up to week 31, so I really want to push on and catch up with this as the CAL is almost done.  I think there may be a couple more weeks of rows before it is time to border and finish.  So I am going to make this one of this week’s hooky priorities; especially since it has cooled down a lot around here.  These weeks pictured contained some more filet crochet, bobbles and some more basket weave! 

I am loving these colours there are 11 in total which I had in stash and they are stylecraft special dk. I did have to go a buy a ball of yarn yesterday as I was short and didn’t want to introduce a new colour so late into the blanket and I really felt that it should feature in some of the last rows.  Other than that I am just picking from these yarn balls randomly, and I like the surprise of that.

I have been hooking some other little makes and have found some wonderful patterns and I will share those with you soon.

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Amigurumi zebra…

 

crochet zebra

I’ve been wanting to introduce  this rather charming crochet zebra to you for a couple of weeks now, but I have been working overtime (urgh!!!). 

This is Abe…isn’t he just a dude?  I started hooking him a little while ago…my first foray into the world of amigurumi and most definitely not my last.

crochet zebra
I really struggled to put him down, he was such a joy on my hook.  I absolutely loved every paintbox cotton stitch.  I have made a lot of mistakes and he certainly has taught me  a lot and for this reason he is mine to keep…I am a bit like a 4 year old child at the moment, moving him from room to room so he is with me!!!   

crochet zebra

I think the hardest part for me was sewing him together…Not only was it a bit like a zebra horror show, he proved to be a little tricky.

crochet zebraTo begin with I sewed his ears to his nose…I was extremely frustrated at this point and so I do not have the photo to show you. It was late in the evening and his ears were the first things I joined together for him.  I was feeling rather chuft with myself and  I didn’t make the sickening discovery until just before bedtime.  I lay there trying to go to sleep, but it was no good.  I had to get up and perform some late night intricate facial surgery.  It was silly o’ clock when I finally got back into bed, but worth the midnight oil not to wake up to such a silly mistake.

crochet zebraIf you look closely at that arm and you have a trained eye you will notice that it is actually inside out…another lesson learnt.

crochet zebraBut I just love his cute little face and his stripy pyjamas.

crochet zebraHis limbs have just the right amount of dangle.

crochet zebraOnce he came to life it wasn’t long before his character began to shine through…posing zebra alert! 

All in all I love this dude and I have found a suprising new love in amigurumi (crochet toys)… You can find the free pattern details at the bottom of this post.

crochet zebrapattern by amvabecreations

 

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Seasidestashbustingblanket weeks 20 – 24

mixed stitch crochet blanketHere’s just a little update on the lovely

#seasidestashbustingblanket …

I confess I have fallen a week behind with this CAL.  I am laying the total blame for this at the feet of Gareth Southgate and the England world cup team for smashing history and those penalties…apologies if you are reading this in Columbia. 

I am also totally going to blame the UK heatwave…the hottest and driest summer since 1976…which was also before I was born!  It is glorious but it makes hooking blankets hot work.  If you look closely at week 24’s photo you will see just what I have been hooking instead… but I will write a separate post all about that next time.

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Yarn a long Sunday #8

 

Well this is the last yarn a long Sunday in this June series.  Apologies for this last session being a bit late…It has everything to do with a manic weekend, a 16 mile charity walk and a wedding in a field!  It is still Sunday in the UK…so only a bit late eh!

I now have  a little collection of cute summer projects and if you follow me on Instagram you will know what has captured my heart…but I will post about that separately in the week.

This week’s topic is

‘Ask me a question…yes you can ask me anything!’

ayarnyrobin

Go on don’t be shy!

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