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Hello lovelies!
Gosh it's been a while since we last had a chit chat!
I've wanted to come pop by and say hello for many weeks now, the crazy thing is I didn't know where to start, and so I kept putting it off.
I always find it a tad overwhelming getting back into blogging after an absence. I feel almost like I've let you guys down for not being consistent with my posts.
Then there's always the question of how do I get back into my Blogging? Do I fill you in on all the weeks that I haven't blogged, or just continue as if I never had a break?
I decided on a half way point....move forward and over the next posts if I feel like sharing something from the previous weeks, then I will....I guess there are no rules.

So not much has been happening on the blog front, but backstage things have been busy....
I've been working on projects, trying hard to finesse a few pattern ideas and work on new designs.
It's my goal for this year!

I have so many ideas floating around in my head, I do struggle to make them a reality though. Often its that I'm being a little too harsh on my judgement and not letting my projects have a moment to live before I decide that it doesn't work and frog the whole thing. 
I'm going to keep at it though, as I'm hoping the penny will drop and with some perseverance I'll make the ideas in my head become a reality. A reality that (hopefully) I'll be proud/happy enough to share with you guys. 

So what else have I been working on?
A little while ago I was asked to write for Simple Crochet magazine. A small article on whatever I desired. This week I received the May issue of the magazine in the mail and was delighted to see the article that I had written printed amongst the pages.


I am so completely chuffed to say that Boys & Bunting are featured in this months magazine!!
A couple of pages showing of our projects and an article of me jabbering on about us all being inspirational crochet superheroes.


It was a fun column to write and has been pretty well received, which is always nice.
I've received some lovely comments and lots of support from you guys! 
Thanks for that!
So....now I'm going to have a gander through the rest of the pages, sipping on my coffee, basking in the morning sun before work and letting the other glorious creations in this months edition of the magazine inspire the socks off me!
I'll be back soon promise....we have lots to talk about and I'm feeling more blog inspired than ever!!! Have a glorious weekend!

Love always,

Collar Down Cowl + Sale

Hello everyone!

I hope you're all doing well! I can't believe I'm writing this as the sun is shining again. Winter has been quite miserable and rainy here in Germany. Occasional snow, temperature changes between -8 and +8 degrees. Sometimes almost within one day. It's been very unpredictable but that's pretty common over here. However, I've spotted the first flowers popping up outside and I can definitely feel spring peeking through the winter. It's really exciting to me, as I'm not a big fan of the winter.


Even though the weather is getting better, it's still not warm enough to walk around in a t-shirt, and most days I will still need to wear a scarf or a cowl outside. Since a scarf can be a bit bulky I mostly opt to wear one of my cowls. I've especially grown very fond of my most recent pattern: The Collar Down Cowl.


Now I say most recent, but I actually designed this cowl before I even made the Greystoke Cowl! The idea popped up in my head somewhere in November, and within an hour, it was done. I really enjoyed the look of it, but thought it was maybe a little plain at that time to actually write it up as a pattern. But a couple of weeks ago, I suddenly realised it was one of my most worn items, and I loved how it looked when wearing a coat, or just by itself over a sweater. Bold stitches and an almost 'cable-like' effect without actually having to learn how to make cables in crochet.

This pattern

What I love about cowls, is how fast they are to make, and how they provide warmth without adding too much bulk around the rest of your body. It's also something that easily fits in your bag, when you take it off. It's like a 'pocket scarf' really.


I always like my designs to be aimed at men and women. This cowl is another example of that. I've already had some pictures sent to me of people who finished making the cowl, and it always fills my crafty heart with so much happiness! The idea that someone on the other side of the world sat down with the pattern, some yarn, and made this product that I developed in my head once. I picture these people walking around the streets with their finished item and it makes me want to do a little (big) happy dance.


Since a flat photograph of the cowl is not very interesting, I decided to model the cowl myself. It's really not as glamorous as you might think to 'model' a crochet item. It involves me setting up a tripod in the room, with the camera on top, facing a white wall. I then connect my camera through wifi with my phone (technology these days) and hold the phone in my hand as I take the pictures myself. I'm wearing my pyjama trousers which don't show on the pictures. It also involves deleting about 98% of the photos as they are just ridiculous. Luckily I always manage to find a couple that I'm happy with, especially after a quick little edit in Adobe Lightroom!


Like all my recent patterns, this one also includes a video tutorial. Since the cowl is not too difficult to make, the video tutorial is 'only' 30 minutes. I show you how to make the cowl from start to finish and explain all the stitches very clearly. I always thinks it really helps out those people that might struggle with a written pattern, but feel very confident about copying someone from a video. That's how I learned to crochet myself after all.

The yarn I used in this cowl is a chunky / bulky weight yarn. It's called Rico Essentials Super Super Chunky. It's perfect for this project, as you need only 1 skein to finished the item. The recommended hook size for this yarn is a 10mm hook, but I decided to go with a 9mm hook. You can use any chunky / bulky weight yarn that suggests using somewhere between a 9 and 11 mm hook. Also, the pattern is very easily modified, and I've added instructions in the written pattern as well!


Since the winter is almost over, I've also decided to give you guys a little discount code! Since Etsy doesn't offer discount codes for specific items, feel free to use the code for any item in our shop.
I've just put up a new listing as well, where you can purchase all 4 of my recent patterns (The Greystoke Hat, Greystoke Cowl, Point Made Scarf and the Collar Down Cowl) in one set for a much lower price than buying each one individually (note: this pack is only available on Etsy, as Ravelry doesn't have this option).


The following discount code will give you 25% off on your purchase, on either Ravelry or Etsy:

SPRINGSALE

It's valid until Sunday the 19th at the end of the day (midnight EST). 

I hope you're all experiencing some better weather at the moment, although I've seen a lot of people experiencing lots of snow at the moment! Stay warm, take care and keep on hooking!



Simply Crochet - Ikea Hack

Hello lovelies! I do hope your weekend has gotten off to a splendid start?
I'm back again with a quick post and can't tell you how happy I am that I've found the time to get back into my blogging. I'm going to try and bit a little more consistent with it, something I  think Dennis and I always seem to struggle with. But hey, I'm/we're back on the blogging train and will be riding it for as long as we possibly can.

A few months ago we were contacted by the lovely people at Simply Crochet magazine, to see if we would be interested in working on a project collaboration. We were so insanely excited, I literally squealed at the idea!!! EEEEEK!

Simply Crochet had seen the flower lampshade which I had made back in 2014 (pictured above. The original post can be found here.) They wanted us to make a special version out of stars for their upcoming February dreamland edition of the magazine.

So after happily agreeing to work on the collaboration, we received a package in the post of the most glorious yarn, Drops Muskat, a mercerised cotton in some yummy pastel shades.

We got to work making stars (using our free star pattern). Dennis was an absolute star (excuse the pun) making machine and made all of the stars over the course of a couple of days. What a champion!!! 
They were all so perfect and looked great in the playful colours.


Stars were complete...Check
Now it was time to mail them off to England, so that the magazine could assemble them to the Ikea lamp and make some crochet magic.