paintbox chunky pots – an artists blanket

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When the lovely peeps from got in touch the other day asking if I would like to try out the latest Paintbox Yarn, I jumped at the chance. Never one to say no to a freebie, and always keen on quick projects, I was only too happy to give this chunky yarn a go.

It didn’t disappoint!

A generous parcel arrived at my door, containing 3 balls of Paintbox Chunky Pots in shades (from left) Paradise – Making Hay – Fairytale…what to make?

The yarn comes from Turkey (brilliant as it’s one of my favourite places), is super soft and perfect for snuggly projects and each ball is 200g/272m.

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As you know, my hubby is artist Mark Gittins. He paints at his beloved Studio 59 where it can get very chilly at times. Looking at and feeling this yarn, I thought of him and that it would be lovely to make him his very own artists blanket.

Without further ado, and with crochet hook in hand I set to work and today I want to share my quick and easy pattern with you because I think you might like to make one too 🙂 #paintboxyarn #chunkypots

I used all three of my Chunky Pots and a 6mm Crochet Hook with the finished blanket measuring 85cm x 120cm.

Here is what I did: (UK terms)

Start by making two 5 round Granny Squares and then sew them together at one side to form a rectangle.

Next: With right side of work facing, join in yarn at any corner and work 3ch (counts as tr), [1tr, 2ch, 2tr] in same space, *(1ch, 3tr) in each 1ch-space to next corner, [2tr, 2ch, 2tr] in corner; rep. from * all around and join with a slip stitch to the beginning of the round.

Work the next round the same, but instead of (1ch, 3tr) in each ch-space, work (1ch, 2tr) into each of those spaces.

Alternate these two rounds until you have just enough yarn left to work just one more round.

For this last round work 1dc into each stitch and 3dc in each corner space.

Weave in all the ends and you are done! #paintboxyarn #chunkypots

I worked this up in just two evenings, and it fits in perfectly with my idea of a quick yet satisfying project. The blanket is super soft and warm, I enjoyed working with this yarn immensely, and I know this will be a much used and loved item.

Please share yours using #artistsblanket.

Enjoy! X.


N.B. This post was sponsored with yarn only. The comments about the yarn and the pattern are my own!

home-start snowflake appeal

#crochet #snowflakes #madewithloopsHello friends, how has your week been? Good I hope!

Today I want to tell you about this year’s Snowflake Appeal for vulnerable children. This annual appeal, organised by Home-Start, one of the UK’s leading family support charities, helps children facing tragedy and hardship across the UK. Home-Start’s specially trained volunteers tailor-make their support for each child and their family, helping them build their resilience until they can all cope with life again. In 2014, there were thousands of children the charity could not support. Home-Start simply didn’t have the funds to recruit and train the specialist volunteers who could support those children and their families. The Snowflake Appeal runs annually from 1 November to 31 January to raise funds to help Home-Start locally and nationally as they try to reach every child in every family that asks for help.

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If Kirstie can do it, so can you! – LoveCrochet launches its support for Home-Start’s 2015 Snowflake Appeal – Get your crochet hooks out and be part of this great cause – Every snowflake made will be sold to raise funds or sent to Home-Start UK.

The lovely peeps over at LoveCrochet have just launched their support and asking crafters everywhere to pick up a hook and crochet a snowflake (or ten). They have enlisted the help of Kirstie Allsopp to show that everyone can have a go.

Keen crafters can watch Bella-Coco, the popular crochet blogger, teach Kirstie how to crochet her exclusive, free snowflake pattern.. Eager crocheters can then get involved by downloading the free snowflake pattern and watching Bella-Coco’s step-by-step video tutorial, both available at www. They can also donate to the charity directly from the LoveCrochet site.

Finished snowflakes can be sold to raise more funds or sent to Home-Start UK; and crocheted snowflakes that are donated to Home-Start UK before 16th November will be on display at Kirstie Allsopp’s Christmas Handmade Fair from 20th – 22nd November. After that, they will be included as festive decorations in the Christmas survival boxes sent to struggling Home-Start families.

So what are you waiting for…as you can see above,I am well and truly hooked! X.

PS. I have just learned that there is a FREE snowflake kit available – HERE is the link – Enjoy X.