Five Years Blogiversary Giveaway!!

EDITED: GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED, congratulations to Leonie! You are the winner!

Five years ago (er…well the day before yesterday) I hit PUBLISH and my life changed! I’ve now been blogging for FIVE whole years!  And because of my blog I’ve had some amazing opportunities, got to know some fabulous people and worked with some amazing companies – for which I am so very grateful!

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WANT TO SEE WHERE IT ALL BEGAN? CHECK OUT MY FIRST POST!

Each blogiversary is a huge milestone and my 5th birthday is no exception. What started as a complete experiment is a large part of how I evolved into a working crochet designer, but I blog because I enjoy writing, I love to share my passion for all things crochet, and I love to hopefully inspire you.

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Let the beauty of what you love be what you do – Rumi

The past five years have been full of highlights and new experiences for me. Here’s just a few (of many!):

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And I’m so appreciative to all the awards my little blog has received over the years! 

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You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. ― Octavia E. Butler

I was looking at some stats about blogs in general and was really surprised to learn that almost over 80% of blogs do not make it past the first three months – so I’m going to take a little moment to say go me! I’m still here – as are so many of you!

Just in case I don’t say it enough I want to say a big THANK YOU to you all that read my ramblings! I really appreciate the time you each take to visit my blog and especially when you leave me comments and feedback. I’d also like to thank you to those of you that have shared my blog your friends and family too.

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LET’S CELEBRATE MY 5TH BLOGIVERSARY WITH A GIVEAWAY!

I’ve actually got double cause to celebrate at the moment because as well as blogging for five years my Facebook page recently hit the mahoosive milestone of 15 thousand followers! Just amazing! So I’m going to do a giveaway here on the blog, a different one on Facebook and another little one on Instagram  because I like hanging out there!  So that’s THREE different prizes up for grabs starting with this one!

So what do I have on offer as prize here on the blog for my blogiversary? Well one winner will receive the following:

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Here’s how you can enter:

To enter, leave a comment at the end of this post telling me which 5 patterns you’d pick as part of the prize – to gain an extra entry maybe you might like to sign up to my newsletter.

The contest is open from RIGHT NOW until 8pm (GMT) on Wednesday 20th February 2019. The winner will be selected using a random number generator and I will need to be supplied with a full postal name and address to send out the prize. If efforts to contact the winner remain unsuccessful after a week, an alternative winner will be randomly selected.

This giveaway is open WORLDWIDE!  

Thank you my loyal friends and followers for your everlasting support and encouragement! Without you, I would serve no purpose!

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Make it Today Magazine | Snails and Unicorns and another Dear Ewe Competition

Crochet Mag ‘n’ Makes, the special edition of Make It Today magazine, is on sale now and I’ve got two new fun designs inside AND (as we wanted to launch with a bang) there’s another feature and crochet related giveaway from Dear Ewe in this issue!

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You can just see on the front cover a couple of my makes – peeking out in the top right hand corner there’s a snail and at the bottom left you might just be able to make out a Stripes the Unicorn!

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I’ve always wanted to design a unicorn so was excited to give one a go for the magazine and he turned out to be really fun to make. And I always think of rainbows when I think of unicorns but I wanted to give this make a little twist, so instead of giving him a stripy rainbow mane (which you always see), I decided to give him a stripy body.

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I had to hide him a little whilst I was making him as my 7 year old is unicorn mad and would have run off with him given the chance!

In this issue I also made a colorful shellection of snails! Just forget about annoying garden pests and make up some gorgeous gastrapods to brighten up your day instead. 

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I nicknamed them Shelly and Sheldon (of course!) and opted for a traditional swirly pattern on their shells. But you could experiment with designs to create something completely unique to you. 

I adore how the magazines have styled them as well with the bulb box and the flowers!

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The mags and makes issue comes with the eight yarns I used for the patterns plus;

  • 3mm hook & 4.5mm crochet hooks
  • 55 exclusive patterns
  • Plus a 66 page magazine

You may also spy on page 6 in their news section that Dear Ewe had a lovely little feature…Little Ewe felt quite famous!

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Dear Ewe have teamed up with Make It Today magazine to offer a fab ultimate crochet bundle! Worth over £129 one winner will receive a crochet chart mug, crochet chart tote bag, crochet chart large project bag, 8 x creative greeting cards, 4 x photo prop card packs and two pattern downloads in either UK or US terminology.

Click here to enter the giveaway

Entries must be received by 6 September 2018.

 Make It Today magazine is available in major supermarkets and newsagents across the UK.  If you hook up either Stripes the Unicorn or the Snail Duo please share your photos with me on social media (facebooktwitter or instagram) – I love to see what you make! 

Until next time folks! Happy hooking, keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

 

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Big Blue Yarn Giveaway Winner

And so that’s that! My four weeks of giveaways is now over – I hope you’ve enjoyed it! All that’s left for me to do is announce who has won the Big Blue Yarn giveaway.

And the winner is…

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Yay congratulations Sharon!  I’ve sent you an email for your address details so I can get your prize out to you.

And I have to finish off this celebration of four years of blogging by saying again that I want to thank you for visiting my blog and enjoy reading your wonderful comments.  I’m very grateful to each and everyone of you and I hope we can continue for many more years enjoying our crafts together!

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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We have a winner!

CELEBRATING MY 4TH BLOG ANNIVERSARY 

WITH 4 WEEKS OF GIVEAWAYS!

So we need a winner for the lovely Wulla Yarn hooks don’t we! And the winner is….Kate Rowell, congratulations! I’ve sent you an email for your address details so I can get your prize out to you.

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Don’t forget there’s still the ‘big blue yarn’ giveaway open until 9 March

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Up for grabs is:

  • 10g x Paintbox mini (DK)
  • 10g x Scheepjes Catona mini (4ply)
  • 50g x Drops Cotton Light (DK)
  • 50g x Lang Cotton (Chunky)
  • 50g x Just Yarn Cotton (DK)
  • 50g x Patons Baby Smiles (4ply)
  • 50g x Scheepjes Catona (4ply)
  • 50g x Patons Fab (DK)
  • 50g x Phildar Pilou Plus (DK)
  • 50g x Bergere de France Barisiemne (DK)
  • 100g x James Brett Harmony (DK)
  • 100g DY Choice (DK with Wool)
  • 100g x Paintbox Simply Aran
  • 100g x Stylecraft Special (DK)
  • 100g x West Yorkshire Spinners Essential Aran

That’s a whopping 920g of yarn up for grabs which is a nice amount to feed any hungry stash! For your chance to win enter here.

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

 

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Keep Calm and Crochet On U.K’s 4th Blog Anniversary Celebration | Final Prize

CELEBRATING MY 4TH BLOG ANNIVERSARY 

WITH 4 WEEKS OF GIVEAWAYS!

So it’s the end of my celebratory giveaways and I wanted to end it with a fun prize from me.  My feelings are that you can never feel ‘blue’ when there’s yarn around so I’ve  hand-selected some of my favourite blue hues for one lucky winner to play with.

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This giveaway isn’t sponsored by anyone so there is a real range of yarn, colours and weights.  Up for grabs is:

  • 10g x Paintbox mini (DK)
  • 10g x Scheepjes Catona mini (4ply)
  • 50g x Drops Cotton Light (DK)
  • 50g x Lang Cotton (Chunky)
  • 50g x Just Yarn Cotton (DK)
  • 50g x Patons Baby Smiles (4ply)
  • 50g x Scheepjes Catona (4ply)
  • 50g x Patons Fab (DK)
  • 50g x Phildar Pilou Plus (DK)
  • 50g x Bergere de France Barisiemne (DK)
  • 100g x James Brett Harmony (DK)
  • 100g DY Choice (DK with Wool)
  • 100g x Paintbox Simply Aran
  • 100g x Stylecraft Special (DK)
  • 100g x West Yorkshire Spinners Essential Aran

That’s a whopping 920g of yarn up for grabs which is a nice amount to feed any hungry stash. Plus I’m also adding into the parcel a cute little note book for you to jot down your new project ideas and a fun little basket to store your new work in progress in.

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Here’s how you can enter:

Entering is oh-so easy. just leave me a comment at the end of this post telling me if you have a project you’d like to try with one of these yarns or perhaps there’s a yarn that you’ve always fancied playing with...Good luck!

To gain a sneaky extra entry, head on over to my KCACOUK Facebook page, leave a comment under the post about this contest and ‘like’ the page (if you haven’t already). And to gain another extra entry, why not pop over to @KCACOUK on Instagram, become a follower, and leave a comment under the post about this competition.

The contest is open from RIGHT NOW until midday (UK-time) on Wednesday 7th March 2018. The winner will be selected using a random name picker and I will need to be supplied with a full postal address for the prize. If efforts to contact the winner remain unsuccessful after a week, an alternative winner will be randomly selected.

Please note: Due to some international shipping restrictions this contest is only open to readers in the United Kingdom.

I would like to thank all of the people, LGC Knitting & Crochet MagazineHappily Hooked Magazine,  Hook and a Book,  Medieval Colours and Wulla Yarns again for their generosity in sponsoring my 4 year Blog Anniversary giveaways

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Keep Calm and Crochet On U.K’s 4th Blog Anniversary Celebration | Week 4

CELEBRATING MY 4TH BLOG ANNIVERSARY 

WITH 4 WEEKS OF GIVEAWAYS!

So we are approaching the end of the giveaway with only a couple of prizes left up for grabs, I’ll tell you about the next one momentarily but first I need to tell you who the winner is of the Medieval Colour rainbow yarn pack. And that is…as picked by the fun random wheel of fortune name picker….

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Congratulations to you! I’ve sent you an email for your address details so I can get your prize out to you – and now onto the next prize (woo hoo!)

Week 4 is sponsored by Wulla Yarns who have generously donated a set of their amazing neon jumbo hooks. You may remember that I reviewed the yarn and created the free Wulla Wreath pattern in collaboration with them last year.

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One lucky reader will receive a 15cm, a 20cm and a 25cm of these fabulous loud and proud hooks  – you are lucky to be getting this one as I want to keep them aalllll!

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Here’s how you can enter:

To enter, leave a comment at the end of this post telling me what you’d like to make with these awesome jumbo hooks.

To gain a sneaky extra entry, head on over to my KCACOUK Facebook page, leave a comment under the post about this contest and ‘like’ the page (if you haven’t already). And to gain another extra entry, why not pop over to @KCACOUK on Instagram, become a follower, and leave a comment under the post about this competition.

The contest is open from RIGHT NOW until midday (UK-time) on Wednesday 28th February 2018. The winner will be selected using a random name picker and I will need to be supplied with a full postal address for the prize. If efforts to contact the winner remain unsuccessful after a week, an alternative winner will be randomly selected.

Please note that this giveaway is open worldwide.  

I would like to thank Wulla Yarns again for their generosity in sponsoring my 4 year Blog Anniversary. 

Don’t forget to pop back on Sunday for details of the final prize giveaway prize – this time from me.

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Keep Calm and Crochet On U.K’s 4th Blog Anniversary Celebration | Week 3

CELEBRATING MY 4TH BLOG ANNIVERSARY 

WITH 4 WEEKS OF GIVEAWAYS!

It’s time another giveaway prize for our new week but first I have a winner of week 2’s prize to announce don’t I for the Hook and a Book gift box! And I’m also late in picking the prize winner for the Happily Hook magazine subscription too – sorry about that, we’ve had illness in the house again and I completely missed picking it! So I’m going to announce both winners right now!

And the winner of the Happily Hooked magazine subscription, as picked by the fun random wheel of fortune name picker, is Alison and the winner of the Hook and a Book is Shanaya!!

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Congratulations to both of you I’ve sent you both an email so we can talk about getting your relevant prizes to you. And now onto the next prize (woo hoo!)

Week 3 is sponsored by Medieval Colours who have generously donated a rainbow set of their yarns for one lucky reader.  

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You may remember that I reviewed the yarn and created the free crochet Renaissance bag pattern in collaboration with them last year.

This fantastically unique prize contains a set of naturally dyed yarns in favourite colours of Medieval times:

  •  yellow from weld (Reseda luteola)
  •  red from madder (Rubia tinctoria)
  •  blue from woad (Isatis tinctoria)

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Here’s how you can enter:

To enter, leave a comment at the end of this post telling me what you’d like to make with these pretty rainbow yarns.

To gain a sneaky extra entry, head on over to my KCACOUK Facebook page, leave a comment under the post about this contest and ‘like’ the page (if you haven’t already). And to gain another extra entry, why not pop over to @KCACOUK on Instagram, become a follower, and leave a comment under the post about this competition.

The contest is open from RIGHT NOW until midday (UK-time) on Wednesday 21st February 2018. The winner will be selected using a random name picker and I will need to be supplied with a full email address for the prize. If efforts to contact the winner remain unsuccessful after a week, an alternative winner will be randomly selected.

Please note that this giveaway is open to residents of the United Kingdom only.  

I would like to thank  Medieval Colours again for their generosity in sponsoring my 4 year Blog Anniversary. 

Don’t forget to pop back on Sunday for details of another prize giveaway – still two prizes after this one up for grabs!

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Keep Calm and Crochet On U.K’s 4th Blog Anniversary Celebration | Week 2

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CELEBRATING MY 4TH BLOG ANNIVERSARY 

WITH 4 WEEKS OF GIVEAWAYS!

Soooooooo it’s a new week which means it’s time for another giveaway prize? It’s all very exciting isn’t it! But first I have a winner of week 1’s (part 1) prize to announce…mini drum roll please…and the winner is, as picked by the fun random wheel of fortune name picker…

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Congratulations Zeens and Roger!! I’ll be contacting you shortly for your address so I can post you out your prize.  Sorry for folks that didn’t win this time but don’t forget that the week 1 (part 2) prize is still up for grabs on this post here.

Now back to this week! Week 2 is sponsored by the crochet subscription box, Hook and a Book, who are offering one lucky winner one of their 2017 boxes (currently on sale in their Etsy shop). One winner may choose from either;

  1. Doggy themed cup cosys (this is the box I reviewed here)
  2. Apple coasters OR
  3. Feather necklace

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Here’s how you can enter:

To enter, leave a comment at the end of this post telling me which box you’d like to win.

To gain a sneaky extra entry, head on over to my KCACOUK Facebook page, leave a comment under the post about this contest and ‘like’ the page (if you haven’t already). And to gain another extra entry, why not pop over to @KCACOUK on Instagram, become a follower, and leave a comment under the post about this competition.

The contest is open from RIGHT NOW until midday (UK-time) on Wednesday 14 February 2018. The winner will be selected using a random number generator and I will need to be supplied with a full email address for the prize. If efforts to contact the winner remain unsuccessful after a week, an alternative winner will be randomly selected.

This giveaway is open WORLDWIDE.  

I would like to thank Hook and a Book again for their generosity in sponsoring my 4 year Blog Anniversary. 

Don’t forget to pop back on next Wednesday for another prize giveaway!

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Keep Calm and Crochet On U.K’s 4th Blog Anniversary Celebration | Part 2

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CELEBRATING MY 4TH BLOG ANNIVERSARY 

WITH 4 WEEKS OF GIVEAWAYS!

Soooooooo who is ready for another giveaway prize? And don’t forget that prize 1 is still up for grabs on this post here.

Week 1 (Part 2) is sponsored by Happily Hooked Magazine who have generously donated a YEARS digital subscription to the magazine for one lucky reader.

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If you haven’t heard of Happily Hooked Magazine it’s a monthly online US e-magazine for crocheters filled with patterns, articles, interviews and more PATTERNS!

I’ve had the pleasure of working with them on recent patterns like my Parchment Meadow pillowBack to School Bear and Little Red Robot.  I know you’ll love this magazine if you’ve not tried it before.

Here’s how you can enter:

To enter, leave a comment at the end of this post telling me why you’d like to win the prize – simples!

To gain a sneaky extra entry, head on over to my KCACOUK Facebook page, leave a comment under the post about this contest and ‘like’ the page (if you haven’t already). And to gain another extra entry, why not pop over to @KCACOUK on Instagram, become a follower, and leave a comment under the post about this competition.

The contest is open from RIGHT NOW until midday (UK-time) on Saturday 10th February 2018. The winner will be selected using a random number generator and I will need to be supplied with a full email address for the prize. If efforts to contact the winner remain unsuccessful after a week, an alternative winner will be randomly selected.

This giveaway is open WORLDWIDE.  

I would like to thank Happily Hooked Magazine again for their generosity in sponsoring my 4 year Blog Anniversary. 

Don’t forget to pop back on Wednesday for another prize giveaway!

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Keep Calm and Crochet On U.K’s 4th Blog Anniversary Celebration | January 2018

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Four years… Keep Calm and Crochet On U.K is 4 years old today! I simply can’t believe it! 

I swear someone has put time on fast forward! I only started blogging last week surely…but I suppose realistically so much has happened in that time, both personally and professionally, that it must be four years (four years!).

My life is a bit of a juggling act with work, a home, a husband, two young girls and my designing but one of the things that helps keep me grounded is that Wednesday is blog post day! I never realised I would enjoy blogging quite as much as I do until I really got into it and I have to say it has opened up opportunities that I’d never imagined. One of the highlights definitely being when I got invited as a ‘guest blogger’ to London for the Knitting and Stitching Show and got my very own press badge!

Blogging for me is a way to connect with like-minded people (I’m not really near any other crocheters that I can talk crochet to all the time – booooo) and it’s a wonderful feeling that I have a space where I can regularly share my experiences or ideas to people that (hopefully) want to  hear about it.

I don’t say it often enough but I just really want to say that I appreciate the time you each take to visit my blog and especially when you leave me comments and feedback. I was so worried that the only person reading would be my mum (hey mum!) when I first started, so it’s so nice to know that there are people out their reading and that you seem to join me in my love for all things crochet! I’d also like to thank you to those of you that have shared my blog your friends and family too.

And because you, my lovely constant readers, are so wonderfully supportive I wanted to run a great series of giveaways for you with some fabulous prizes donated by lots of wonderful companies and people I worked with last year. Soooooooo…

LET’S CELEBRATE MY 4TH BLOG ANNIVERSARY WITH 4 WEEKS OF GIVEAWAYS!

Week 1 is sponsored by two of the wonderful magazine’s I have had the pleasure to work with; one of the prizes will be given away in this blog post today and another one on Saturday (so make sure you pop back then too).

To start the proceedings we have LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine who have generously donated the three most recent copies of the magazine for one lucky reader.

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If you are not not familiar with LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine it’s a magazine that comes with needles, hook and yarn for the knitting and crochet patterns inside of the magazine. They also have great articles, competitions and tips.  In these particular issues, up for grabs, there’s some of my favourite designs; including Bruno the Bear and Santa, Superhero girl and bracelets, and the latest issue featuring Princess Jessica and the love tokens

I know you will love this magazine if you’ve not tried it before and I’m super happy to be able to offer THREE ISSUES as our first giveaway prize! 

Here’s how you can enter:

To enter, leave a comment at the end of this post telling me why you’d like to win the prize – simples!

To gain a sneaky extra entry, head on over to my KCACOUK Facebook page, leave a comment under the post about this contest and ‘like’ the page (if you haven’t already). And to gain another extra entry, why not pop over to @KCACOUK on Instagram, become a follower, and leave a comment under the post about this competition.

The contest is open from RIGHT NOW until midday (UK-time) on Wednesday 7th February 2018. The winner will be selected using a random number generator and I will need to be supplied with a full postal name and address to send out the prize. If efforts to contact the winner remain unsuccessful after a week, an alternative winner will be randomly selected.

This giveaway is open to residents of the United Kingdom only.  However other prizes in this giveaway will be available internationally.

I would like to thank LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine again for their generosity in sponsoring my 4 year Blog Anniversary. 

Don’t forget to pop back on Saturday for another prize giveaway!

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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