dear diary,

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The other week I very briefly talked about taking part in a crochet along organised by a friend of mine on Instagram. Even though I am not involved in the organising of this crochet along, I still wanted to give something back to this amazing group event, and after some deliberation I decided to start an on-line record of my mood blanket, consisting of photos and story for each week’s square and patterns that I have used.

I have created a dedicated menu button, with drop down’s for photos and patterns, at the top menu bar of this blog. This is where you can find my mood blanket story and also some of the patterns I will be using to make my squares. I will add to it on a weekly basis, so please feel free to visit and use this as re-source for your own squares if you wish.

Made with Loop’s Give Away!

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To celebrate the start of a new creative year I have decided to throw a give away party this week!

To take part, all you have to do is subscribe to this blog via e-mail and leave a comment on this post telling me why you would like to win (don’t forget to include your e-mail address). The winner will be picked by a random number generator on Friday 17 January.

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The prize: Anna Bag from Lola Loop’s 2013 book. A bright and cheerful bag knitted using Rowan Handknit Cotton. Nautical stripes in classic colours, set off by a sharp green top and gorgeous red leather handles, the bag is lined with cotton fabric and padded for stability, making it the perfect companion to carry all your essentials right through summer.To continue the summer nautical mood, you will also receive three brass and enamel bangles as shown in the top photo.

…and as if this isn’t exciting enough… as a surprise I’ll throw in a beautiful hank of yarn!!

So what are you waiting for…

I look forward to reading your replies! x

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  • Stephanie Haworth

    Hello,
    Happy New Year! Thank you for the lovely giveaway:))) I would love to win because I absolutely LOVE purses….and this one is so happpppy!!!
    Thank you
    Stephanie:)))

  • Marcie

    There are several reasons I’d like to win this giveaway…. The first is just because it’s fun to win! LOL! 😉 The second is I love to get free yarn, and the idea of yarn from ‘across the pond’ is especially intriguing! The third reason (and the last I’ll post) is that this week is my birthday and it seems like a neat birthday present.
    Thanks for the giveaway, whether I win or not!
    Marcie

  • Sabine

    I would like to win the bag because it would be good for days at the beach.

  • Susan

    I love the bag and how it would suit the hot Australian summer! Reminds me of afternoons at the beach. Stuck inside today as the temperature soars to 44+ degrees Celsius. Too hot to go anywhere so I’m going to browse through your blog.

  • asteride

    I’d like to win this bag because is perfect for happy spring days!

  • Emma

    I love your blog, and I love to log on to a new post and see what lovely things you have created and I COULD create…so nearly finished the homely blanket, it would be good to win the bag to see that it is possible to finish a project sometimes…

  • Kate

    It’s very simple…I’d love to win this because its beautiful…I live by the sea and at the foot of the Downs…the blue and the green represent this! The white…the clouds…xx

  • Keke

    I started to following you on Instagram about a month ago. I decided to start crocheting as a way to occupy my down time and I’ve grown to love it! Now I’m crochetting everywhere all the time! I saw on my Instagram this purse and fell in love with it! It’s classy, yet it’s different, and it looks big enough to hold a spool of yarn!!! Lol

  • Megan

    Hey Heike!

    First off, what a lovely idea to give something away like this! I would love to win because the bag is ridiculously cute. It reminds me so much of a summer holiday and just shows knitting is not all about those winter necessities. I have been following your crafting adventures for a while now on this blog and on Instagram (i’m megernwalker, if you remember!). I’ve been crocheting for 7 months now, but it was your Instagram that made me pick up the knitting needles and give it a go. I’ve been knitting for 3 days now and I **think** I’ve mastered the ‘knit’ stitch – it’s hard to tell though! Anyway, I feel I have rambled on for long enough now. I had no idea I could subscribe to your blog via email, so I’m very happy I have now! Take care,
    Megan x

  • Isabella Barwe

    Hello Heike!!!
    What a cute bag!!!
    I would like to win it, cause together with this bag it would be a perfect start into the spring season!!!
    Hope you have a beautiful day!!!

    Hugs from Isabella (@lila28a)

  • Uylond Lynch

    Hi Heike,
    I would love to win the knitted striped bag – how lovely. I enjoying following your blog – all your travels and seeing what you are up to.
    I still have such fond memories of meeting you in 2010 in France at the amazing knitting retreat – I just came across some of the photos again this morning.
    We are buried here in snow and seeing your crochet squares is very cheery.
    I wish I could crochet – I am still not comfortable with it – even after taking classes.
    Thanks again for offering this giveaway.

  • Joan Sauve

    I would use this beautiful Elegant bag proudly for my crocheting
    Other them yarn I love crochet carrying bags for all my crafts.
    I Treasure a bag and or basket for my one true craft love crocheting.

  • Heather

    What a beautiful bag…. I’m sure I could do it proud this summer

  • Hanne

    I have been following you here from the beginning and also your previous venture. I love the enthusiasm and energy of your blog and the vibrant colours in your photos. I am also fortunate to have met you and you are a very lovely lady, should anyone not already have figured that out 🙂

    I cannot believe your generosity. You actually want to part with this lovely bag? I have knitted a few things from your ebook, but haven’t done everything I want yet. I have had and am still having a good time with the homely blanket quest.

  • Ann maullin

    I love your blog and have been asubscriber for a while. I love the bag its style simplicity its classical and could be used by all age groups. Beautiful

  • Kelly

    I already subscribe to your blog and I would love to win this bag because it’s beautiful and I love anything knitted.

  • Robbie

    I found you through IG…love your feed!! This bag would go perfectly with a spring dress I am trying to get back into…only 10 more pounds to go! Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Rhian McCarthy

    Would love to win the bag, my crochet yarn would live in it so happily. Diolch
    Rhian

  • Julie

    What a lovely giveaway,I love this bag and it would be perfect for the coming seasons. I could carry my yarn around in style 🙂 thankyou for the opportunity xx

  • Carole Calverley

    Loving those nautical stripes…perfect look for spring and summer. Have been subscribed to your blog since before Christmas….can’t remember how I came to you…..through the usual blog hopping process I guess .Very glad I did find you…..love your patterns ( I have the Midwinter Mangas on my never -ending ‘to do ‘ list !) and really enjoy reading every post ….much inspiration here. A very generous giveaway….hope I am lucky .Happy New(ish) Year to you 🙂

  • Ellie

    What a gorgeous bag! And the bangles look so summery. I’d love to win the bag, I’m currently crocheting squares using your patterns & the bag would be ideal to carry my project in when I’m out & about.

  • Maneli

    Hiiii !!! I would LOVE to win this lovely fab bag!!! I dont have any knitted bag and I love the colors, the size is perfect for me too!!!! GOOD LUCK me !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Patricia

    Thank you so much for your generosity in sharing your 2014 crochet squares
    I am planning to make them as part of my attempts to improve my crocheting in 2014
    If I was lucky enough to win the bag too it would be the icing on the cake
    Here’s to a craftilicious year !!

  • Danijela

    Love the colors,navy stripes are my fav.This could be also perfect for coming spring,even now since weather is not like winter at all.Love the bangles too,I could share with my daughter.And how could I refuse new year,that is enough reasons,I think.Lovely giveaway,thank yo for the chance to win it.

    Happy New Year!!!!!!

  • Christelle Le Riguer

    I have subscribed a while ago, and I really enjoy reading your blog! I’d love to win this book because even though I’ve crocheted forever, new challenges/patterns/ideas would be welcome!

  • Laura

    I’ve been subscribed to you blog for a while now. I found you when I came across a pineterest of one of your posts about your granny square blanket. I’d love to win because I am just learning to knit and I don’t have many pattern books for knit yet. Thank you for such an awesome chance at great prizes.

  • Elizabeth

    I am new to crochet searching blogs I found urs a while ago. Not only It is inspiring and fresh but also so very well explained that I engaged myself in the crochetmoodblanket2014. So now I am learning to do grannies with u.:). It is summer season around Southamerica so that bag will be perfect if I win it.It has been a great excuse to write to u and thank u for sharing with us. Greetings from Peru.

  • Philippa

    I’ve been meaning to subscribe for a while, thanks for giving me an excuse! I would love to win the bag, just because it’s a beautiful and I’m slowly developing an obsession for anything knitted/crocheted. I’ve been crocheting for a little over a year now, getting better every day and your blog gives me so much inspiration 🙂