Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Land Ahoy!

A few months ago I mentioned that I had embarked upon a tunisian crochet project of “epic” proportions. Well, it looks like the time has come for the big reveal…

…it’s a crocheted map of the British Isles! Well, so far it’s only the south of England and a bit of Wales, but the rest is making steady progress. Hopefully it will eventually be stretched and framed or used as a wall hanging in one of our shops. 

 The map is composed of 27 panels, each of which are 20 stitches wide and 80 stitches high. The final map will probably be about 6ft or 1.5m tall (in other words, big enough to stand in front of and read the weather).

I’ve worked each panel in a mix of intarsia and stranded colourwork, depending on the placement of the colours in relation to one another. Rows with lots of green and lots of blue are worked stranded, while rows which are, say, blue at one side and green at the other are worked as intarsia.

I’ve joined each panel with a method that was as close to mattress stitch as I could manage, which means that the overall picture is not disrupted by crazy seams. Another upshot of this is that there are also these cool ridges on the back that seem to be lending it some structural stability and keeping it from sagging when it is hanging up.

Post by Heather.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

McAree Advent : Day 24

Day 24: Today's offering is a FREE PATTERN for modern, chunky cowls.  There are 3 styles to choose from, so pick your favourite! 

The yarn is Rowan Big Wool for a quick and easy knit.

Monday, 23 December 2013

McAree Advent : Day 23

Day 23: A cute, little holiday project for you today.  Knit these tiny Winter Animals using our FREE PATTERN.  There's a polar bear, a rabbit, a penguin, a robin and a sheep to choose from, or you can knit them all!.

The yarns are Rowan Angora Haze, Fine Tweed and British Sheep Breeds Boucle Fine.

Sunday, 22 December 2013

McAree Advent : Day 22

Day 22: Knit yourself a chunky hat with today's FREE PATTERN.  It only takes one ball of the vibrant SMC Neon Mix!

Saturday, 21 December 2013

McAree Advent : Day 21

Day 21: Flying home for Christmas?  Don't forget your yarn cutter pendant!  Perfect for snipping those ends of yarn when you're not allowed scissors on a plane!

Friday, 20 December 2013

McAree Advent : Day 20

Day 20: Another FREE PATTERN, and this time for some snowflake slippers.  We don't want you catching a cold!

Knitted in gorgeous Rowan Felted Tweed DK and cosy British Sheep Breeds Boucle Fine.

Thursday, 19 December 2013

McAree Advent : Day 19

Day 19: "Baby, it's cold outside..."

Why not warm up with this FREE PATTERN for a cosy hot water bottle cover?  Knitted in the beautiful Rowan British Sheep Breeds DK, though any standard DK yarn will do!

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

McAree Advent : Day 18

Day 18: Wrapping presents is easy with the Clover Bow Maker!  Use ribbon, yarn, fabric, beads - anything you can think of, to create beautiful bow embellishments.  View the how-to video on our website to see how it's done.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

McAree Advent : Day 17

Day 17: Something for the home today with a FREE PATTERN for a chunky cabled cushion.

The yarn is Rowan's beautiful, natural chunky British Sheep Breeds.

Monday, 16 December 2013

McAree Advent : Day 16

Day 16: These polka dot craft bags would make a lovely present for any crafter.  Check out the whole range here.

Sunday, 15 December 2013

McAree Advent : Day 15

Day 15: Struggling to shop for your crafty friend?  Worried your other half won't buy you the right yarn?  Fear not - we have gift vouchers!

Saturday, 14 December 2013

McAree Advent : Day 14

Day 14: How about another FREE PATTERN?  Today's is this cute little Teddy Bear by Jem Weston! 

He's knitted in beautiful Rowan Panama and Wool Cotton 4 Ply, but you could use any 4 Ply yarn to create your own little character.

Friday, 13 December 2013

McAree Advent : Day 13

Day 13: We're all rushing to finish our Christmas present projects, but have you thought about your Christmas holiday project?  Once all the gifts have been given, what will you have on your pins?

Why not take a look at our 20 to Make range - there's something there to suit everyone, and they're full of little projects that you can pick up and set down between visitors.  We love this Crochet Granny Squares book!

Thursday, 12 December 2013

McAree Advent : Day 12

Day 12: Another one-day offer for you!  This time, it's the colouful, cosy Sirdar Indie - buy it today only for just £2.50!  Tomorrow it will be back to it's normal price of £3.20 per ball, so don't miss out.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

McAree Advent : Day 11

Day 11: Jean Greenhowe is always very popular at Christmas.  Her sweet, little characters knit up very quickly and often use less than 25g of yarn.  They make lovely decorations or unusual gifts.  We love these cheerful snowmen from Christmas Treasures in their Winter accessories!

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

McAree Advent : Day 10

Day 10: If you're a fan of ruffle scarves, then you might like to take advantage of today's Advent offer!  For one day only, you can purchase a hank of Wendy Frills for just £5.95 instead of the usual £8.95!

Monday, 9 December 2013

McAree Advent : Day 9

Day 9: Another very special offer for you today!  Our SMC Savanti is reduced to just £4.50 for our 9th day of Advent.  It's a super chunky, super cosy pure wool - perfect for Winter accessories!

Sunday, 8 December 2013

McAree Advent : Day 8

Day 8: A cute snail tape measure to brighten up your sewing kit!  These little fellas come in pink, blue and green, but which colour will you get?  It's a surprise!

Saturday, 7 December 2013

McAree Advent : Day 7


Day 7: We love these beautiful shawl pins!  They're part of a luxury rosewood range by KnitPro, and would make the perfect little extra or stocking filler

Friday, 6 December 2013

McAree Advent : Day 6

Day 6: We've got a very special offer for you today. Our Adriafil Crea Chunky is reduced from £4.65 to just £2.95!  This offer will last for today only, so don't miss it!

This vibrant, chunky, pure wool is very soft and cosy.  It's perfect for making felted items such as bags or slippers - great last-minute gift ideas!

Thursday, 5 December 2013

McAree Advent : Day 5

Day 5: Have you got your Christmas tree up yet?  Need some inspiration to help you deck your halls?  Look no further than this little book - 20 To Make: Felt Christmas Decorations.  It's full of mini projects to make you feel merry.  You can even order your felt squares at the same time.

Check out our whole range of 20 To Make books for more gift ideas.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

McAree Advent : Day 4

Day 4: Can't think of what to make for the man in your life?  Check out today's offering - a FREE pattern for a knitted tie and bow tie.

It knits from just one hank of the Rowan Fine Art, a beautiful, hand-painted sock yarn.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

McAree Advent : Day 3

Day 3: What better present for a knitter than a set of interchangeable pins?  All the sizes you need in one little pouch! 

We love this luxury set of bamboo interchangeables (hint, hint, Santa!), but if that's a little out of your price range, we also have beautiful KnitPro and Knitting Essentials sets in stock.

Monday, 2 December 2013

McAree Advent : Day 2

Day 2: Ever tried your hand at needle felting?  Why not give this Penguin Kit a go?  It contains everything you need to get started, including easy-to-follow instructions to guide you on your way.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

McAree Advent : Day 1

Can't decide what presents to buy?  Need an extra stocking filler?  McAree Brothers are here to help!

Check out our McAree Advent Calendar for daily inspiration in the run up to Christmas.  Each day will bring a new gift idea, free pattern, discount deal or yarn review to help you make up your mind.

Today on Day 1 we have chosen the Sirdar A5 Notebooks.  These little books are perfect for a knitter or crochetier to jot down bits and pieces as they work through their patterns.  There are 6 to choose from, and each features a vintage Sirdar pattern on its front cover.  The pages are blank, so there's lots of room for sketching, calculating and pattern drafting!