15Nov

Crochet Podcast Episode 34

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Lululoves Crochet Podcast Episode 34

Hello! I hope you are all well and keeping safe. We are back in Lockdown here in the UK so I'm doing everything I can to keep positive - crochet granny squares are featuring very heavily this month for that reason…

Book News:

I’m chatting about the launch of my new book Romantic Crochet! The book is now available to buy from Amazon US and Amazon UK as well as other book stores. I was talking about the delays due to the pandemic but I’m so happy to say that all the books have now reached their destinations and are ready to be sent out.

To celebrate the release the publisher Tuva I are hosting an online Book Tour featuring some of my favourite crochet designers and makers. I’ve been so overwhelmed by everyone’s support and I just feel so incredibly grateful to be a part of such a lovely supportive community of makers. I’ve done a separate blog post here with all the details of the book tour along with the dates and accounts of everyone taking part here.

Romantic Crochet by Emma Escott {Lulu Loves}

Finished Objects:

Teddy’s Blanket

I’m sharing a finished granny square blanket that I whipped up for our dog Ted. It was inspired by an episode of Poirot called The Dumb Witness, in which a dog gets blamed for a crime. Anyway, like most people obsessed with crochet, I am so excited to see projects on the tv and in this particular episode the dog had the most lovely crochet blanket in his bed. I set to making something similar as a way to calm myself one particularly anxious weekend and it did the job perfectly. Ted typically was pretty unimpressed by his new blanket – I am almost certain he would have preferred an edible treat! I used my basic granny square pattern and lots of leftover (washable) Aran weight yarn with a 5mm hook.

Crochet Granny Square Blanket | Lululoves Blog

Crochet Granny Square Blanket | Lululoves Blog

Crochet Granny Square Blanket | Lululoves Blog

Granny Square Top

I also finally finished my daughters granny square top. I’m so happy to finished this one as it’s been in the wip pile for nearly two years now! My eldest wanted a rainbow granny square top for her festival visits (which were all postponed this year due to the pandemic). I have no pattern for this one as I was working from a photo that she showed me of a vintage top. But it is basically two crochet squares seamed with sleeves added after.

Crochet Granny Square T-Shirt | Lululoves Blog

Works in Progress (WIPS):

Currently working on another granny square blanket for a gift. I’m using my farmhouse blanket pattern for this one but this time working in Paintbox Simply Chunky Acrylic and a 6mm crochet hook as it’s for a throw not something that will be slept under.

Crochet Granny Square | Lululoves Crochet Blog

Skillshare:

I am so happy to be working with Skillshare again this month who have once again kindly sponsored this episode of the podcast. It's been so great having had them as a sponsor over the past four episodes. I've really enjoyed using the site to find all sorts of classes that fit in with me and my lifestyle. this month I have been taking part in classes to help me organise my time/work flow. I particularly enjoyed the class:

Personal Productivity: Five Exercises to Make your Big Goal a Reality by Kate Arends

so I’m sharing what I’ve taking away from it. There is also a code in the description bar of the podcast for a free trial of Skillshare which normally costs around $10 per month. 

New Items:

I treated myself to some more mini skeins for my blanket from Mr and Mrs Rabbit Yarns. I fell in love with this set (that was also happily in her sale) called Pumpkin Patch. Claire’s orders are always so well packaged and I love all the little extra touches she includes. Have a look at her Instagram too where she shares the inspiration behind her dye work - I find it fascinating!

I also bought a copy of Jessica Carey’s (from The Hook Nook) new book; Making With Meaning. I love Jessica’s work and her designs are always inspiring. The books focus is on putting to use the meditative and therapeutic benefits of working with your hands and includes 20 beautifully simple patterns with repetitive stitch patterns. These are the kind of projects with that I love when I just want to make something that soothes me - and I've craved that A LOT recently!

Lululoves Crochet Podcast Episode 34

This month's books and TV chat:

Books: 

I’ve finished two books this month; Lisa Jewels new book Invisible Girl (thriller) which I enjoyed and The Life of Stuff by Susannah Walker (non-fiction). I’ve shared what I think of them over on the episode if you want to find out more. I’ve also just started American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins and I’m absolutely hooked already.

TV:

This month I’ve enjoyed watching ‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’ and season 2 of ‘The Alienist’ both on Netflix.

I think that’s it for this month, I’ll be back with a special book episode next week but for now you can watch episode 34 here on YouTube – please don’t forget to ‘like’, ‘subscribe’ and ‘share’ if you enjoy the podcast, it really means so much to me.

Stay safe, bye for now. Em xx

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