Say hello in April...

This month I am pleased to say hello to some sponsors you may already recognise. Firstly a relatively new and very up-and-coming yarn store that I have found to provide fantastic service (they send packages that feel like yourself!) secondly one of my favourite crochet bloggers, and finally the lovely Hannah who knits, crochets,  dyes, spins and is on a mission to teach those around her to do the same. I hope you enjoy reading more about them and visiting their links.

Harry - the loveknitting office dog
Hello Crafts from the Cwtch readers! Last summer we asked ourselves: “what if you could combine all the best bits of online knitting with the help, support and friendliness of a local knitting shop?” So we created loveknitting and never looked back…

Our task is never finished and we’re always working to improve everything we do. We’re especially proud of our 100% positive customer feedback: we believe it’s down to our lovely variety of yarn, first class delivery service (free on orders over £25), great prices and promotions, extraordinary care and attention to packaging - and an almost obsessive focus on excellent customer support!

We have three main aims as a knitting store: The first is to provide a fantastic range of everything a knitter could want, from yarns and needles to books and buttons, patterns and other accessories. We currently stock Rowan, Debbie Bliss, Millamia, Noro, Louisa Harding, Sirdar, Snuggly, Sublime, Wendy, Peter Pan, Regia, Addi and KnitPro - with plans to bring in other beautiful and great value yarns soon.

Secondly, we want to give knitters all the support and help they might need. Our wonderful expert knitter Natascha is on hand to answer all your cries for help - don’t be shy, she helps us all in the office with our projects too!

Finally, we reach out and connect with the wonderful knitting community on and offline. Our blog is crammed with free patterns, our knitting stories, customers’ projects, fun competitions and links to other favourite knitting blogs - keep an eye out for us during World-Wide Knit In Public Week (June 8th-16th)!

I'm Kat Goldin - when people ask me what I do, I never quite know how to answer.  Sometimes I am a photographer who designs crochet and other days I am a designer who takes photos. What I do know is that my children don't recognise me without a camera in front of my face, crochet hooks in my hands and balls of yarn in my pockets.  

My first book, Crochet at Play with Kyle Books, is out this month.  It is a collection of beautiful and fun designs for children from babies to age 6. In it, and in all of my designs, I try to take basic crochet techniques and make garments and accessories that are enjoyable to make and fun to wear. The designs all have a touch of whimsy about them - ears on hooded jackets, mittens shaped like animals and the like.  In my books, and also with The Crochet Project, a new online magazine, I am working towards changing the way people think of crochet (and I secretly dream of becoming Benign Crochet Dictator of the World). I blog at Slugs on the Refrigerator.

Hello, my name is Hannah and I am a passionate lover of colourful fibre! I am an avid knitter and crocheter, spin my own yarn using a wheel and spindles and of course I love to dye!

I have an etsy shop selling mostly hand dyed yarn, as well as project bags and fibre for spinning on the beautiful hardwood spindles my husband makes.

Last year I started teaching knitting and crochet and now I teach a couple of regular knit and crochet drop ins and also do one off workshops for kids as well as adults who want to learn these wonderful crafts. On top of this I find time for my own knitting, spinning, dyeing and  crocheting projects, a City and Guilds in hand knit design and I have 3 small children!! You can find Hannah's Hen House on Etsy and  Facebook.

If you have a blog or craft-related business that you think other readers might like to get to know in the next "say hello" post, hop on over to the Sponsor page for more details.  I hope you all have a great weekend, I'll be back on Monday with snippets from our little Spring trip. See you then!

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