The Make and Craft Blog Tour

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Welcome to All!

Welcome everyone to my turn on the tour and thank you to crafty painter whom it seems thinks along the same sort of lines as me! I am so excited to be taking part in this and am eagerly awaiting the first edition of this brand new magazine which comes out exactly 1 WEEK TODAY! If you want to find out more about the magazine then do head over to their website here. There is lots on there so make sure you have a cup of tea handy before you start as there are forums, tips, swaps, ideas …….. (you get the idea). Also don’t forget that you can sign up and get 3 copies for just £1 (digital) or £3 paper. It has to be worth a go surely?

My Book

For those of you that have been following the tour you will be aware that everyone has been sent a book to review. I have been very lucky with my book as it is just perfect for me. I got stuck in straight away leaving everything else as WIP! This is it:

75 Crocheted Floral Blocks by Betty Barnden. ISBN:978-1-84448-808-7

(Yes I know my blog title has knitting in it but I do crochet a lot as well!)

This book is really well set out with 1 block per page. There are written instructions as well as charts making it accessible to all. I am used to following written patterns and set off to follow these but I have to say I had some difficulties. This may be something to do with the fact that I started with an advanced pattern which could have been slightly ambitious (there are three categories easy, intermediate and advanced). The consequence of this however is that I have managed to teach myself how to read charts from this book so I am really chuffed. 🙂

Book Summary

The book gives quite comprehensive instructions. It gives a summary of which hooks to use with which yarns, how to read ball bands, how to start and finish neatly, suggestions for edgings and advice on how to arrange the blocks together. At the back there are 4 examples of projects which you can make. My favourite page shows one block worked with different hook sizes and yarns. It really shows what a difference this makes clearly.

My Project

As this is all part of a launch party I decided to have a go making the triangular blocks so that I could make something very appropriate. Using some yarn from my stash (very surprising colours as I have three boys!) I made this:

Some bunting!! Not as quick to make as that from yesterday but weird that we both had a similar idea.

These blocks are incredibly satisfying to do as they are quite quick (it was easy to do one a night). They are also portable, indeed I did take them out with me to a couple of meetings. (I never like to waste good crafting time!)

Here are some of them in more detail:

This one is called ‘Violet Triangle’

Celtic Flower Triangle

Michaelmas Daisy Triangle

Stonecrop Triangle

After blocking them (pinning them out to dry after spraying them with water) I went to my local shop, bought some appropriate ribbon and threaded the triangles on to it in the order I thought most appropriate. Why not have a go yourself? I would love to see how they turn out so do link back to here so I can see.


For those of you who follow my blog, you will know that I often crochet and knit things in wire, adding beads and making them into jewellery. I have had a bit of a break from this recently but this book inspired me to have another go.

I basically take a crochet pattern and do it in wire. Here is my first one:

This is from a block called Four Daisy Diamond.

My thought on this is a pendant:

My second one is:

This is the central part from the Large Flowered Hexagon.

This is nowhere near finished and I will therefore be returning to it soon. If you have some ideas about what I should do with them then I am always delighted to hear them. If you would like to see how I finish this off  then I am on Facebook and Twitter and I will be sharing the post I write on there.

Final thoughts

I am hoping that you can tell that I really like this book. I have loads more to do with it and I really want to thank those at Make and Craft for giving me such a fab book. Not only did I get a book but I also got an extra copy to giveaway to a lucky reader. All you have to do is register on the Make and Craft website and leave a comment below. I will randomly pick a winner on the 15th October. Good luck 🙂

If you are not lucky and really want a copy then it is available from Search Press which have an amazing amount of creative books on their site. You can also find out more information about the book. If you quote Make and Craft Blog Tour when purchasing the book from Search Press you will not have to pay any P&P! (Phone 01892 510850 to order).

Thank you so much for reading. Do join me tomorrow when I pass the baton onto the wonderful Wendy from Handmade Harbour (of the handmade Monday linky party fame).


28 thoughts on “The Make and Craft Blog Tour

  1. MakeandCraftEditor (@MakeandCraftEd)

    Thank you for such a fun packed blog post on the book club blog tour. I love your review of the book and seeing the different patterns for the triangle bunting is fab. Can’t decide which is my favourite. I’m glad you’re enjoying the book and thank you for joining in the Make and Craft tour.
    Your wire work is beautiful. Love the ‘Knit ‘n’ run for sanity’ motto. I reckon you’re on to a winner there. I’m ok at the former but need to work on the latter!
    We’ve added a link to your lovely blog on our website. See the “Craft Blogs” logo on the home page:
    Cheerio, Katharine, Make and Craft Editor

  2. claireabellemakes

    A great post and review of the book! I think the crochet bunting is really sweet.

    I’m really enjoying the blog tour, it’s been great finding new ones and seeing what people have been making! Can’t wait for the magazine to arrive.

  3. Linda Rumsey

    I love knitting, but have never quite got the hang of crochet. About time I tried again and this book looks fab! I think your beaded pendant is stunning!

  4. Ruth Marie Turner

    This is my first visit to your blog, its lovely.
    I have never thought about crocheted bunting before but it looks great, i have just started knitting and crocheting so still very much a beginner but it amazes me what you can do with wool. I also really like the knitting with wire idea, the pendents are gorgeous, may have to make myself something.

  5. Julie

    I learned to crochet many years ago but never did anything with it. Your post has got me thinking I need to start again. I love your wire crochet. That would be what I would definitely try.

  6. Michaela

    What a lovely post!! The bunting is such a great idea and the patterns work really well in wire. They look like they would make great Christmas decorations!!

  7. Jennifer Nina

    This looks like lots of fun, I recently started crochet and am a bit obsessed with machine felting everything as I have an felt obsession . I should have shares in home appliance shops I have broken so many with my mass felting. Sssh don’t tell the other half it was me.
    🙂 Have a nice weekend

    1. knitnrun4sanity Post author

      Thanks. I have never done felting (well maybe by accident). I will have to have a go…. Oh and I shan’t be telling anyone anything – some things are best left unsaid!!! 🙂

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  9. bakingaitch

    Hi there! I’m registered on the make and craft website and regularly read your tweets and blog. I also spent ages writing my blogpost for this blogtour so I appreciate your “blog fatigue”! I’d love to win this book – crochet is definitely my thing!

    1. knitnrun4sanity Post author

      You are very kind and I am glad I was not alone with the fatigue. You could tell that you put a lot of effort into your post so it was worth it. You ar entered into the draw 🙂


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