Crochet Colours and Making Rainbows

When I first started crocheting, I saw so many wonderful and inspirational blankets on other people’s blogs, and I wanted more than anything to be able to make blankets that were as brilliant as those. But I was no good at choosing colours! I had never done anything creative at school or university, and crocheting was really the first time I had wanted, or needed, to work with colour. The colours I picked didn’t look great together and I didn’t have a local yarn shop to see the colours in person. Ordering colours online was a bit hit and miss.

In the end I started using the exact colours and yarn as the beautiful blankets I saw online, which did give me what I wanted: blankets as beautiful as the ones other people had made. It also helped me to learn more about how colours worked and over time I became much more confident in my own colour choices.

One of my favourite things to do now is to come up with my own colour combinations; I make a lot of blankets as gifts and it’s great fun to create colour combinations that I know the recipient will love. I enjoy that challenge, and I frequently play about with my yarn pegs to make new combinations and it’s a good feeling when I come up with something that looks just right. I love it when other people like these combinations as well! I love it when people send me photos of blankets and other projects that they have made in my colour ways. My favourite one recently is a queen bed sized version of my Beth’s Rainbow blanket. It looks fantastic!

Since having my children, I have had to be more efficient in how I use my crocheting time and I find that I am far more productive if I already have my colours picked out, as I can use my crocheting time just for crocheting instead of wasting time deliberating about which colours to use and where. I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently: if I find it helpful to have a colour scheme already picked out, maybe other people might find it useful as well.

I have also been wondering how I can start earning again too. It feels a bit uncool to talk about money and making an income from blogging, (nobody seems to talk about it!) but honestly: I have the potential opportunity to go abroad for a few days next summer, and I need to be able to fund it myself as there isn’t enough flexibility in my budget to save up without some extra income. I have been toying with the idea of colour packs for a while but kept bottling the idea. But, bolstered by encouragement from my friends, I contacted Wool Warehouse to see if they would like to work with me. I held my breath when I opened their email reply as I really expected them to say no, and then I jumped up and down when they said yes! (Tiny Tin Girl was not impressed and did not understand why I was excited.) Wool Warehouse will give me commission on each of my packs – it’s important to disclose that.

I am hugely excited (and actually quite nervous) to present to you my first colour pack with Wool Warehouse: Bright Rainbow by Little Tin Bird. 16 bright colours of Stylecraft Special dk for you to enjoy, create, and love. It really makes me happy to provide this inspiration and I can’t wait to see how you use this colour pack. I’m full of ideas of how I would like to use it and have lots of plans to share with you on my blog!

My preferred way to create a project is to use simple patterns such as stripes and granny squares to really show off the colours of the yarn. I find it fascinating to see how colours can look so different just from changing their placement, quantity, frequency, or simply changing the neighbouring colours. One more stripe or round on a granny square can change the feeling and appearance of it completely. The colour pack doesn’t contain a printed pattern, nor does it make one specific blanket: it is an inspiration pack, a starting point for your creativity.


I hope that having a colour pack like this will give people the starting point to make something they love and are proud of too, and maybe even encourage people to pick up some needles or a hook and have a go as well.
I can’t wait to see the projects that everyone comes up with!



In Photos 8: Yarndale 2016 Part 2

The days that immediately follow Yarndale always feel very strange, after a weekend full of excitement, busyness, inspiration, people, and yarn it feels odd to go back to the normality of looking after my children and just doing homey things. What I really want to do is crochet and create and look at photos and be inspired … and actually I felt like I wanted to have a very long nap as well! Yarndale is fantastic but a bit overwhelming too.

I always like to go and see the crochet houses I made for the very first Yarndale. I wish I had added my name somewhere to them though! Here’s my blog post about making them.


I’ve tried to give credit to all of the stalls that I have taken photos at, but please if I have got a name or a link wrong, just let me know in the comments as it’s easy to make a mistake. I believe the above images were taken at Tall Yarns.


This super bundle of mini skeins were from The Knitting Goddess. I love the fiery colours.


Tile Productions

The blanket and shawl pictured above were displayed near the knit and natter lounge and I assume they were from Hilltop Cloud (please correct me if I’m wrong)

This stunning felt work (which I have really not done justice to in this photo) was also by Hilltop Cloud.


The knit and natter lounge, with Lucy and the lovely people from Wool Warehouse. They were so busy!


And the fantastic Sockalong sock line, with Christine aka Winwick Mum. She was very busy too!


Oh. My. Word. I was bowled over by these blankets by Debbie Abrahams. Stunning!


The ever beautiful “knit by numbers” wall by John Arbon. I decided that if I had all the money, I would like this in my house as a whole yarn wall.


Some alpacas but I can’t find a link for them. Maybe alpacas don’t have the internet.


I was very taken by the texture of this mitt from Yarn Garden.


This stall was opposite Yarn Garden and I think it was Eliza Conway. The coloured knitting needles are pretty.

I’m sorry but I can’t remember which stalls the above two photos came from (please tell me if you know). I adored the weaving and went back to it a few times. I just love rainbows and stripes and gradients!

I know these ones (above) though! Fivemoons Yarns – simply gorgeous and I spent hundreds of pounds in my head there. Not actual pounds as I find these are somewhat lacking in my life but OH the yarn. Swoon swoon swoon. I bought a mini skein. I’ve bought one at each Yarndale and eventually in a million years I’ll have enough to knit a mitre square blanket.


I loved these hats at The Wool Zone, and I thought it was a clever way to display them too.


Oh, Cuddlebums yarn. Oh so gorgeous, such wonderful colours and smooshy yarn, I wanted it all. All of it! It should be mine! Rainbows! Sky Blues! Divine. Waaah. I want it all!

The Mystic Lanterns blanket by Janie Crow was amazing and was attracting a lot of attention. Her work is beautiful and I wish I was as talented as she is!


I like this logo. Aldersign.


Gwennol Designs – these are very sweet.


Shawl pins from An Caitin Beag.


I think these are both from Dyed in the Wool.

Mmmmm I love Easyknits.


Angora bunnies!


Feltstudios UK.





There you go! That’s my trip to Yarndale 2016 in photos. I came away feeling so inspired and really like I needed to be more creative. I am sure I have it in me to do more! I adore seeing the beautiful things that other people create and it feels like a real honour to see them and be able to stroke them and occasionally try on the odd shawl here and there. Thank you, wonderful stallholders!

It was a really, really good weekend and I think overall, very positive. There are a couple of things that always bug me about big events like this and that is people being rude and pushing: YES it is busy, YES you want to get through and see all the things, so does everyone else. The vast majority of people manage this very amicably and are polite and make eye contact and move aside if they can and are very aware of themselves and what have you. But you do get a proportion of people, who I noticed are not in what I would class as “my generation”, who push and shove and are rude about it and seem very entitled as though they have more right to be there than you. No, I’m sorry, but everyone has the right to be there and to enjoy themselves and everyone is trying to get around the busy show as considerately as they can. So if you go to Yarndale, please be nice. Rudeness and shoving isn’t cool.

Do you know what else isn’t cool? Stealing. Every year there seems to be stallholders who tweet or facebook afterwards that they have suffered from thefts, usually they find this out when they go through their inventory afterwards. This year, For The Love Of Yarn posted on their facebook that their yarn wall fell over and as they were trying to right it, they could see people stuffing yarn in their bags and stealing it. WHO DOES THAT? It makes me feel quite sick. I cannot imagine stealing yarn! Let alone in plain sight like that.

That aside, it was a really great yarn festival and I know that an unfathomable amount of work goes into organising it each year. So thank you, Yarndale organisers! I’m looking forward to next year!