Saturday, 8 September 2012

Let's Get Crafting Issue 44 Review

It seems longer than a week ago that we returned from a lovely family holiday in Menorca. 10 days of uninterrupted sunshine. Lots of sunbathing, snoozing, swimming, eating and walking. Oh, and a little bit of drinking too. Fabulous. Just what the doctor ordered.

I was thrilled to find LGC issue 44 in the pile of post when we returned. Despite being tired, we sat and had a nice cuppa and I had a good read through the latest offerings from LGC.

I love LGC mag. They've supported my work since I first embalked upon knit and crochet designing and I'm forever grateful. The magazine has improved dramatically over the past few years, and the current look is bright, modern, informative and packed full of fun and practical projects.

This month is no exception. It's a festive issue with 23 patterns, so you can start crafting your xmas gifts in plently of time for the big day.

The free yarn pack is a Christmassy combination of red, white, green yellow and purple and these colours have been cleverly used in the wide variety of projects. In terms of value for money, on a personal level I tend to rate the magazines I buy in terms of how many projects I would actually make. For me, this issue is great value for money as I will definitely be making Susie Johns Winter Hat and Christmas Mascots (they're sooo cute!!), Lucinda Ganderton's striking Scatter Cushion, Amanda Berry's Simple Mitts and Mini Sparkling Stocking,  and of course my own designs - Festive Tea Cosy Wrap, my easy Console Cover and Star Bunting.


I'd better start my xmas knitting right away!!!

In addition to the many fab patterns, there's an interesting interview with Erika Knight whose signature style of crochet is so popular at the moment. There's also an informative 'how-to' guide for fair-isle and intarsia knitting. It's not as daunting as it seems and practice definitely makes perfect. I forced myself to get over my fear of intarsia/fair isle knitting by practising simple designs and I'm pleased to say that due to many hours of practice, my console cosy looks extremely neat. There are lots of other interesting articles too - I seem to fnd something extra each time I pick it up.


Another great feature is the granny square club. In issues 43-47 there are 4 unique granny square designs per issue. If you crochet 2 of each per issue you'll have 40 squares to turn into a lap blanket. What a great idea.

So if your looking for a modern, informative and interesting magazine that you'll use over and over again, look no further than Let's Get Crafting.

What's more - if you subscribe this month you'll receive my free chunky hat and scarf pattern (on the front cover), plus the yarns and needles to make it, all in a beautiful sewing box. All the details are in this issue or on the LGC website http://www.letsgetcrafting.com/. Happy Crafting!!