Thursday, 26 May 2016


I've been working on a new blanket and developing new way of working.
My lovely crochet friend came to see me about 10 days ago, we spent a whole day chatting crochet. Some of the discussion was about the way I sell my work.
I've slowly come to realise that since the closure of NDS last year I no longer have to keep my blankets to use on the stand to sell yarn and that I should sell them instead.
You can find them HERE on my website.

My friend is the proud new owner of a couple of my blankets and she pointed out that I don't do anything to promote blanket sales and she's right!
My blankets are expensive, but as I pay myself half the minimum wage I think I've priced them more than reasonably.
I understand they are out of most peoples budgets and so I don't expect to sell many.
But during the past week or so I have come up with some idea's on how to make my work more available.
The idea's have evolved during the making of Foxgloves

Foxgloves are inspired by the flowers on the moor, the wild foxgloves are beginning to come into flower and the colours are based on the flowers and their surroundings.
I've crocheted and frogged and crocheted and frogged over and over again, developing my ideas as I go.
The photo's below are a of photo diary of my process

Foxgloves started off as a pile of yarn and my attempt to use a square that didn't contain a circle.

However I didn't like the squares, so the circles crept back. At this point in time it was going to be a scarf, with stripes of squares fading into the background green.

And then it morphed into a blanket and I decided to work the stripes corner to corner instead.

Even though I loved the original colour scheme, the stripes faded into the background and so I used an alternative colour scheme and turned the stripes into zig zags.

Which left me with a discard pile of swatches. I had a brainwave and decided I could mount or frame and sell the swatches as small pieces of wall art.

So I decided to make 2 blankets at the same time, one with the original colours and second more muted colour scheme, the layout would be identical, so I would need to make both blankets and publish them at the same time in the same pattern.

However this morning I've decided to just make the muted version, which means I'm left with a big discard pile of swatches to frame or mount and sell.

I still love the first colour way so I'll photograph it and include it in the pattern.
As I've had so much fun playing with the different colour schemes I've decided that it might be nice for you to have the chance to experiment with your own. So I've decided to include a couple of colouring sheets for you to play with.

I've coloured in bits of the layout so you can see the structure, if you use the same yarn you have a starting place to work out your colour scheme around. 
Obviously I need to do some development of the colouring pages, so its a work in progress, but the photo above gives you an idea of what I mean.

If you can't wait for the pattern and want to start collecting colours, you will need to buy 1 skein of  Fyberspates - Vivacious 4 ply Sea Green (the green circles)
And 1 skein of  Fyberspates - Scrumptious 4 Ply - Teal (blue circles)
I've also used 1 skein of Fyberspates - Vivacious 4 ply - Mixed Magentas as a background colour, so if you want to do the same colour way as the original you will need to use it as a core colour to base your collection around.
You can find the list of Fyberspates stockists HERE
You can use any 4 ply yarn, just as long as its a similar metreage (360 - 400 metre's per 100 gs)
My sample blanket includes some Skein Queen, Easy Knits, The Little Grey Sheep and John Arbon Exmoor Sock.

The pattern will be available as soon as I've finished crocheting the sample and the swatches will be available on Etsy as soon as I've worked out how to frame or mount them.

Love Amanda - off to colour in some charts :-)

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Exmoor Stars, Catalina & Geminds

Good morning from slightly sunny Exmoor

I've finally published my Exmoor Stars blanket pattern booklet, its taken me longer than I thought because I've been dithering about how many patterns to include, originally I had planned 3 blankets & 2 scarves, but I struggle to make any else but blankets, so the scarves have been a problem. I've only designed one.
So rather than wait until inspiration strikes I decided to just include the blankets and publish the scarf separately.

So here is Exmoor Stars.......

Exmoor Stars contains patterns for my Stargazer Zodiac blanket, Sagittarius A Black Hole blanket and Catalina Comet blanket. The blankets are all inspired by the stars seen over the moor on dark nights.
You can find it HERE on Ravelry.

The blankets are also available as single patterns, just follow the links below to take you to the individual blanket's page.

Catalina Comet - HERE

Sagittarius A Black Hole - HERE

Stargazer Zodiac - HERE

 All the patterns contain ....
Detailed yarn and colour recommendations
Written and charted motif patterns, in both UK and US terms.
A colour chart and layout key.
And step by step charts, which hopefully make it easier to construct the blanket.

And this is the Geminids Meteor scarf, beautifully modelled by my son on Woolacombe beach.

Geminids is inspired by a meteor shower that can be seen over the moor every December.
It was designed to be a unisex scarf, I have made it using EASYKNITS Smoke and Big Boy wool heavy 4 ply yarn (300 metres per 100 gms)  
As I intended the scarf to be unisex I thought it was appropriate to use Jon's yarns as he is my only male dyer friend, his colours are heavily saturated, big and bold, perfect for such a structured design.
However if you prefer you can make it in softer girly colours or in a lighter weight 4 ply (400 metres per 100 gms)
You can find Geminids Meteor scarf - HERE
The pattern also contains the same list of instructions/information, as the blanket patterns above.

Happy crocheting 

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Pinterest quilt/crochet art inspiration

I wrote a long waffly pretentious blog post about being a crochet artist, but decided to delete it and just show you these photo's of quilt art that inspire and excite me instead.
If you want to see more have a look at my "quilts" board on Pinterest.
I use tend to use Pinterest for inspiration, so my boards are full of random images of the colours and shapes that I feature in my designs.

What do you think?
Wouldn't it be amazing if the crochet world had artists such as these to inspire us?



Kathy York
Kathy's quilt could almost be crochet, but I have included it because I love the way she has used colour.