Announcing the Winners of April's Newsletter Competition

Announcing the winners of April’s Newsletter Competition

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who participated in April’s Newsletter Competition and helped to make it a success. To celebrate the arrival of Spring, I was giving away a ‘Kit of Your Choice’ from the Unravel Website and I was also giving away a €20 voucher as a runner up prize.

To enter, contestants had to answer this question:

‘What’s the first project on your needles/hook for spring/summer and why?’

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BOINN Shawl - A Knitting Design Story - Unravel Blog

Knit Design Story – ‘BOINN’ Shawl

Every idea has to start somewhere… a spark of inspiration, a need, or just unfulfilled passion. Certainly Unravel started with such a spark and everything I design begins the same way. The revered William Morris (1835-1896) famously said: “have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” It’s a maxim to live by and it inspires my creativity every day. I hope it will inspire yours.

This is my first blog in a series I’m calling ‘Knit Design Story’. It outlines where the idea for BOINN, my victorian inspired shawl, came from, all the way through to designing the pattern/kit which you can make today.

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Announcing the Winners of Unravel's 1st Newsletter Competition. Winners receive a copy of Inside Crochet - Issue 75, which includes Unravel's 1st EVER published pattern.

Winners of our 1st Newsletter Competition

I want to send a HUGE thank you to everyone who participated in my ‘1st Newsletter’ competition to win a copy of Inside Crochet magazine. I was overwhelmed by all your entries and was humbled by all your lovely words of support and good luck. Unfortunately though, there can only be three winners. And so a special congratulations goes to…

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Showcase 2016 seen the launch of The Knitwear Project. Check out the innovative knitwear designs presented at the runway show.

The Knitwear Project – Show Case 2016

Show Case…..Ireland’s international creative expo where the very best of Irish designers and makers exhibit Irish craft, gifts, homewares and fashion. This year, for the first time, Showcase introduced The Knitwear Project…..my soul reason for attending the exhibition.

Led by the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI), the Knitwear Project is a presentation of innovative knitwear created by emerging and leading Irish designers and manufacturers, very exciting. The presentation was curated to highlight the potential of the Irish knitwear industry with a view to identifying opportunities for outside investment and export growth. All sound’s good.

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Get set for Valentines with this free knitting pattern for a Lace Heart Cushion, made with Irish Pure New Wool & Handmade Polymer Clay Buttons.

Lace Heart Cushion – Free Knitting Pattern

Valentines day is nearly here! If your like me, you hardly need an excuse to get the needles out, but I think there is something truly romantic about a handmade Valentines Day. I love making heart cookies for the kids, my husband being the biggest and putting secret love notes in their lunch boxes. Valentines Day make’s me happy. This year to celebrate all things lovey-dovey, I made this easy lace heart cushion which takes pride of place in my ‘crafting’ chair in my studio. But rest assured I will be snuggling up with my cushion and my hubby this valentines, pure bliss. Why not make your own Lace Heart Cushion with this free knitting pattern.

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Learn about my crochet design story behind NESSA, a funky Hooded Scarf, through fashion sketches, tension squares & learn what inspires the name

Crochet Design Story – ‘NESSA’ Hooded Scarf

The concept of telling the story of how I design a garment is something that I have been toying with for sometime now. If truth be told I never used to record where I got inspiration from, and although I might make some sketches and take some notes during my design journey, I found myself asking questions. Where do I start? How can I visually tell my story?

To begin telling the story of a design, I needed to understand how I approach design. Upon reflection and to my surprise I realised that the way I actually approach knit/crochet design is akin to the way I approached designing a building during my days as a Surveyor. Who’d have thunk it…that attending ‘Architectural Practice’ classes as a college student would stand to me in years to come when I set up a craft business!

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Unravel Blog Jan 2016

100 Days of Conversations

Welcome 2016! A fresh start, a clean slate, a time to make plans and to look ahead to the next 12 months that will undoubtedly see new challenges and achievements. Since starting Unravel back in October 2014, one of my biggest challenges has been making a connection with people on social media, that and the fact that I don’t post consistently! On a daily basis, I torture myself with thoughts of…..

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Crocheters ultimate cheat sheet to help beginner crocheter's remember how to do crochet stitches, foundation chains, turning chains & crochet symbols.

Crocheters ULTIMATE Cheat Sheet

Do you find it difficult to remember how to do each type of crochet stitch?

Do you find yourself looking up how to do stitches when starting a new pattern?

Well I have the answer for you….. the Crocheter’s ULTIMATE Cheat Sheet!

Sheet Includes – Basic Stitch Reminders; ‘Rules of Thumb’ for Foundation Chains & Turning Chains and a Crochet Charts Key.

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Ever wanted to Crochet Your Own Rag Rug? Want to use up scarp pieces of fabric? Well now you can with this Free Pattern and Tutorial.

Crochet Your Own Rag Rug – Free Pattern

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

CROCHET HOOK – 8mm (US size 11) or 10mm (US size 15)

COTTON FABRIC – Copius amounts of Cotton Fabric in contrasting colours. And when I say copius amounts of fabric… I’m talking a lot! Rag Rugs EAT fabric.

In this pattern I used scraps of heavy cotton curtain fabric kindly donated to me from a local haberdashery store (my moto: if you don’t ask, you don’t get!) Given the different types and weights of cotton fabric available, (t-shirt weight; light craft weight; ‘bed sheet’ weight (if there is such a weight); curtain weight) the type of cotton you use will impact on the tension of the rug. I strongly suggest that whatever weight of cotton you choose to use, be sure to use the same weight through-out.

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New to Knitting/Crochet? Do you tense up when working stitches? If so, this blog is for you. Uncover the Secret to Successful Knitting and Crochet.

The Secret to Successful Knitting and Crochet

Have you ever noticed how you feel when you are knitting/crochet? Have you noticed that when you feel stressed your work tightens up and when you feel relaxed your work loosens up? I know I do!

Have you ever noticed how learners hold onto their needles/hook and yarn as if their lives depended on it? Of course you have….we have all been there. When first mastering knitting/crochet, we feel tense and unsure of how to manage the yarn, and how to hold the needles/hook. Our hands get sweaty, our neck and shoulder muscles tense up and as a result our work tightens and becomes uneven.

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