Hello friends, I’m Heather and I’d like to wish you a warm welcome to my little blog!
Grab a cuppa and settle in for a read as I share my love of all things yarny and my passion for everything crochet.
Although my mum and Nana taught me to crochet when I was younger it wasn’t until I was pregnant with my eldest daughter that I properly picked up a hook to set about making something purposeful. The result was not only a pretty filet baby blanket (read more about that here) but a full blown obsession with crochet that I don’t think will ever go away!
Crochet is definitely my happy place and you can find me talking about all things crochet over on the blog. My favourite things to crochet are amigurumi, shawls and blankets; which I see as sort of little, medium and large depending on my mood!
I never thought, when I started this site at the end of January 2014, that I’d enjoy blogging so much and I’m so happy that so many of you seem to enjoy my musings! I do hope you enjoy your visit and I love hearing from my visitors, so don’t be shy!
Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx
Want to know more about me?
- I have a weakness for bread and cheese (and chocolate!)
- I have a degree in Literature and I love to read; my all time favourite book is Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. You can see some of my reading recommendations in my Amazon Store if you are looking for something new.
- My favourite drink is tea but my favourite tipple is probably a rhubarb gin with elderflower tonic.
I have really enjoyed designing crochet patterns for magazines including; Simply Crochet Magazine, Crochet Now Magazine, Your Crochet and Knitting Magazine, LGC Knit and Crochet Magazine, Happily Hooked Magazine (US), iLikeCrochet Magazine (US) and Too Yarn Cute e-Magazine (now sadly no longer available). If you are interested you can see links to blog posts of features here.
I have also had the privilege to work in collaboration with other designers and yarn houses such as Stylecraft for their Blog Tour 2016, It’s All in A Nutshell for her 2017 Nuts About Squares CAL, and more recently creating designs with the amazing hand dyed yarn of The Yarn Whisperer.
I am really happy to work on design projects with other designers or companies where I’m able. Please get in touch with me here if this is something you would like to do.
I’m also more than happy to run giveaways for crafty products / books / patterns on my blog. Ideally I do like to trial any products / books / patterns first. I want all opinions expressed on the blog to be my own and based on my own experiences. If I include an affiliate link I will declare any such link in a disclaimer to my readers.
Posts on the Keep Calm and Crochet On UK blog will at times contain an affiliate link. I am currently a participant in the following associate programmes:
- Buysubscriptions.com (Intermediate magazines)
- Etsy (not for my own stores; KCACOUKDesigns, DearEwe or Yarnybobs)
- I Like Crochet magazine
- Happily Hooked magazine
This means, at no cost to you, that I may earn a small amount of commission if you click through and make a purchase on something I have mentioned in a blog post.
Designing is definitely where my heart is; for me there is nothing like playing with yarn and seeing what develops! Here’s some FAQs:
- Yes you can most definitely sell finished products made from my patterns as long as you don’t sell or reproduce the written pattern. All I ask is that you include a link to the pattern with credit for the design (links below) – on the online listing if selling online, or on the tag if selling at a craft fair or in a shop.
- I write my patterns in both UK and US terminology. If it’s a free pattern on the blog then the patterns are written in UK crochet terms, some of my earlier patterns though might be written using both e.g. tr/dc (for UK treble and US double crochet) but the UK terms would be first. If it’s a pattern from one of my pattern stores (Ravelry, Etsy and LoveCrafts) then the newer patterns should include a link for both UK or US. For my the earlier patterns they would be written using both UK / US terminology.
- I have lots of free patterns as well as patterns available for purchase so take a look around; I hope you find something here you would like to make!
I have been on Ravelry and LoveCrafts the longest so they have all my patterns listed. I’m slowly trying to provide more choices on where you can buy my patterns by adding them to Etsy and Ribblr, as I have a bit of a backlog of patterns the latter stores are taking me a little longer to populate! Please bear with me or feel free to contact me if you are having issues getting the pattern you want.