{Win} A Peggy May Scarf worth £50

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I’ve got a lovely treat for you today as I’ve teamed up with designer knitwear company Peggy May to give away a beautiful chunky knit scarf made with warm merino wool – which has pockets!

The scarf is handmade by Diane, the owner of Peggy May, who specialises in designer knitwear and vintage-inspired clothing. Diane, who was named the Small Business Sunday winner in 2010 by Dragons Den’s Theo Paphitis, was taught how to knit by her dear Grandmother “Peggy”. It is in dedication to her memory, and tremendous skill, which fuels and maintains Diane’s passion for quality and loving attention to detail.

I spoke to Diane to find out why she loves knitting so much and why she thinks crafting is experiencing a surge in popularity.

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The thing I love most about knitting is how I can have a pair of needles and wool and make virtually anything from it. Lots of things inspire me from colours of the season to a stitch technique I think works with a particular design.

Hand made items such as those made from wool last a long time and they are quality items which are not throw away fashion.  I think a lot more people are crafting now as it’s relaxing and good to get back to traditional crafts. We live in a stressful world now so it’s a lovely hobby to have also.

If I could create one piece of handcrafted knitwear it would be for Madonna as I have always admired the way she has reinvented herself several times over her career and I would love to create something for her.

Diane has kindly given me one of her most popular designs to give away which is worth £50. All you have to do to win is enter via the Rafflecopter widget below.

(Terms: UK only entries and I will pick the winner at random using the Rafflecopter widget once the competition has closed. I will contact the winner and the scarf will be posted to them directly by Peggy May).

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Good luck!

Lots of cosy knit love,

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The Yorkshire Crafty Meetup

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This Saturday was the Yorkshire Crafty Meetup at The Tetley Bar and Kitchen in the centre of Leeds. The idea was to have an event where crafters, makers and people who live and love handmade could get together over a tea or coffee make some new friends.

I had no real expectations of the event (and wasn’t convinced that anyone other than myself would actually show up!) but people did and we all had a lovely natter for a few hours and made plans to meet up again for some crafternoons, which I’m really excited about.

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It was really nice to meet some new people who love crafts as much as I do and the lovely Elaine from Baa Baa Brighouse came along to tell us about her monthly wool club, the Yan Tan Tethera Yarn club, where you can get an exclusive skein of quality Yorkshire yarn that has been sourced, spun and dyed locally by hand each month. As you can see from the photos, these limited edition yarns are absolutely beautiful, and each month the colours are especially matched to a photograph of somewhere in the Yorkshire countryside. Such a clever idea! If you would like to find out more then please head here.

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I spent most of my time chatting and didn’t want to annoy people by constantly poking my camera in their faces, but here are a few pictures from the day.

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We are all planning on getting together again in the New Year for an afternoon of crafting so if you are keen to come along please add your email to the subscription box in the sidebar and you will be among the first to know about it!

Lots of crafty love,

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{DIY – Free Printable} Reindeer and Christmas tree Decorations

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Christmas is coming and it’s time to start making decorations and ornaments in earnest. This week I’m running a felt decoration class to make these cute reindeer and tree decorations. They are really easy to put together and don’t really need too much instruction, but if you would like to have a go then I’ve created two downloadable templates which you can get here: Reindeer and Christmas tree templates

What You Need:

For the Reindeer –

  • Dark brown felt
  • Mid brown felt
  • Red felt
  • Fabric glue
  • Brown embroidery thread
  • Embroidery needle
  • Googly eyes
  • A small amount of fibrefill stuffing
  • Twine

For the Christmas tree –

  • Green felt
  • Fabric glue
  • Sparkly decorations
  • Green embroidery thread
  • Embroidery needle
  • A small amount of fibrefill stuffing
  • Twine

How to Make it:

Reindeer

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  1. Cut out the pieces of felt needed from the template above. TOP TIP: To make sure the front and back match perfectly, I fold over the felt and cut both out at the same time. Make sure your scissors are nice and sharp!
  2. Put the two pieces of felt for the reindeer’s head together, and starting at the bottom, sew together using a blanket stitch. (Click here to find out how to do one).
  3. When you get to the end of the first ear, take an antler and place it in between the two pieces of felt. Switch to a running stitch to sew it in place.
  4. Knot the twine in a loop and sew in place with a running stitch.
  5. Add the second antler and repeat step three.
  6. Continue to blanket stitch until there is a 2 inch gap at the bottom of the reindeer. Stuff with fibrefill stuffing.
  7. Sew the gap shut then fasten off.
  8. Glue the eyes and nose into place.

Christmas tree

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  1. As step one for the reindeer decoration.
  2. Put the two pieces of felt for the tree together, and starting at the bottom, sew together using a blanket stitch. (Click here to find out how to do one).
  3. When you get to just before the top of the tree, knot the twine in a loop and put it in between the two pieces of felt. Sew in place using a running stitch.
  4. Continue to blanket stitch until there is a 2 inch gap at the bottom of the tree. Stuff with fibrefill stuffing.
  5. Sew the gap shut then fasten off.
  6. Glue the sparkly decorations into place.

And that’s it! You’ve just made two pretty Christmas decorations.

I hope you like this DIY. If you make either the reindeer or tree ornaments I would love to see some photos!

Lots of festive love,

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{Five Minutes With} Lola Hoad ~ LH Design

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Hello everyone! I hope you’re all ready from another big dollop of creative business inspiration in today’s {Five Minutes With} post.

This week I’m talking to graphic designer Lola Hoad, who creates a beautiful range of hand-lettered prints and cards from her home studio in Brighton. I’m such a big fan of Lola’s work that I bought one of her prints for our dining room (which is where I do most of my crafting and blogging). I hope you enjoy finding out more about her and if you’re keen to have a look at her work you can find it for sale in her Etsy shop.


Lola runs LH Design, a small one-person business from the sunny south coast, and when she’s not busy with her shop she likes to spend her time reading, listening to records, dipping into cafes and walking along the seafront.

Lola launched her business earlier this year and her prints are perfect for your home or workspace to give you that little bit of motivation that’s needed from time to time, or even as a gift for a loved one to simply show how much they mean to you.

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You may already know about Lola after a picture she posted on Instagram encouraging people to buy from small independent sellers went viral earlier this month:

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Lola kindly took some time out of her busy schedule to share how she came up with her business idea and turned it into her full-time job and I really hope you enjoy reading about it.

Hi Lola, thanks for featuring on my blog today! First up, how did you come up with the idea for LH Design and how long have you been in business?

Hi Kate! I started LH Design in May 2014. I had just been made redundant from my graphic design job, and I needed something to do whilst searching for another. I’ve always had a love for handlettering and typography, and for years I’ve made silly cards for family and friends, so I thought I should try my hand at selling them. In September this year, I decided that I was going to stop looking for a job, and go at this full-time. I’ve never truly felt happy when in a ‘proper’ job, and I thought this could be my one chance to work incredibly hard and get this right. Now, I’m self-employed and I’ve never been happier. LH Design is still young and little, but it’s getting there.

Please could you tell us a bit more about your product lines and the kind of work you do?

I create handlettered paper goods, ranging from prints to greeting cards. They feature contemporary expressions and quotes, and are intended to give you that little bit of motivation on a hard day, or to just simply make you smile. There’s nothing I love more than seeing people read the prints at craft fairs and start smiling. I do custom orders too, which is a great thing to be a part of, especially if it’s a gift. All my products use 100% recycled materials to ensure that this little business is as sustainable as possible.

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How difficult was taking the step to become self-employed and what’s the most important thing you have learnt so far along the way?

When I decided to make this my full-time job and register as self-employed, I was honestly petrified! It was partly because I was worried I wasn’t getting enough orders to actually make some sort of a living, and I was constantly thinking that I don’t even have a C in Maths GCSE! How can I do my own accounts! However, I had an advice meeting with the bank and that calmed me down. Even though it’s only been a few short months, I’ve learned so much, and continue to each day. I have to keep learning in order for this to be a success.

What does an average day look like for you?

I get up around 7am as my boyfriend leaves for work quite early, and I like having those few extra minutes together before a busy day. I spend an hour getting housework out of the way, and having breakfast in the quiet. Then, I get ready like anyone else would for work. I get dressed and try to look somewhat presentable, it makes me feel more prepared to work hard than if I was in my pyjamas all day. I’m currently working from my living room table, which can get cramped and messy, but I’m moving flats soon so I’ll have a lovely, pretty workspace!

I aim to starting working around 8.30-9am, beginning with writing a to-do list, answering emails, and replying to any social media comments. I also take a few minutes to read my favourite blogs and look through Instagram, as it inspires me for the day ahead. I listen to 6Music or playlists that I make for the working day, otherwise I’d waste the day trying to decide what to listen to! The morning is filled up with top-priority tasks such as processing and packing orders, as well as sorting out wholesale enquires. I make a point to get out of the flat at lunchtime, and head to the post office to drop orders off and have a little walk.

The afternoon is usually my planning/designing time. I’ll plan stock for any events coming up, design new products, and work on blog posts. I try and finish work for the day at 6pm, and have one last look at my emails/social media, but that never really works out! It can be tricky to switch off and watch telly when your job is only a few metres away from you. I also don’t work at weekends unless there is something urgent to do.

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What has surprised you the most about running your own creative business?

That people actually want my things! I’m always amazed when I get an order, and still do a few punches in the air like Judd Nelson at the end of The Breakfast Club. In turn, I’ve grown a lot more confident in myself because of this little business. I’m also surprised at how much it doesn’t feel like a job, it’s something I rarely dread and am happy to do each day. I always strive to live a life I don’t feel I have to have a break from.

Have you set yourself any targets for the future and what’s the pipeline for your business?

I’m hoping to have a busy Christmas. It’ll be our first one and I’m really pleased with the holiday products, so to see them heading off to new homes will be lovely. In the new year, I’m going to be releasing a collection of prints for children’s rooms, so opening up to a new market is exciting. I’m always looking for new stockists and I hope to have LH Design in some major retailers in the future.

Finally, do you have any offers or discount codes that you would like to share with my readers please?

If you use ‘WINTER1′ at the checkout, you’ll get free postage on your order.

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Lola’s Quickfire questions:

Chilly or Tropical – Chilly

Beach or Mountains – Mountains

Sci-Fi or Romantic Comedy – Sci-Fi

Paper or Plastic – Paper

Pinterest or Instagram – Instagram (that’s a hard one!)

Autumn or Spring – Autumn

Cats or Dogs – Dogs

Glitter or Matte – Matte

Wool or Leather – Wool

Biscuits or Cake – Biscuits


I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into Lola’s business. I absolutely love her work and I hope you do too.

{Five Minutes With} will be back in a couple of weeks and if you would like to feature in future posts please drop me a line at kate@beakupcrafts.co.uk

Lots of pretty hand-lettered love,

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A Day in Amsterdam

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Wayne and I went for a short break to Amsterdam with our friends Simon and Nikita earlier this week and I thought it would be nice to share some photos of our trip for anyone else who is planning a holiday in the Dutch capital. (Or if you would just like to see some pictures of Amsterdam!) We set sail from Hull on Monday night on the ferry and woke up bright and early on Tuesday morning in Rotterdam. After a coach transfer (which I’ve got to say was a bit of a drag as it took nearly two hours!) we were in the centre of Amsterdam and ready to explore.

None of us had visited the city before so it was pretty exciting and we didn’t really plan what we were going to do. We only had a day there (as the ferry back hope departed that same evening) but we saw so much.

Here are some of my pictures from the trip. I absolutely loved the narrow buildings next to the canals and it was great just having a wander around. I think it’s really nice sometimes not to plan anything and just see where the day takes you.

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If you love cheese then make sure you check out the many cheese shops that are dotted around. They are a cheese-lover’s paradise with samples of absolutely everything.

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We travelled from Hull to the Netherlands on the Pride of Rotterdam and if you fancy visiting Amsterdam I would really recommend you look out for the two-for-one deal we took advantage of. Two nights on the ferry (there and back) and a day in the city cost us £37.50 each – I think that’s a pretty good bargain!

Have you visited Amsterdam before or are you planning a trip?

Lots of travelling love,

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{Make it Quick} Candy Cane Brooch

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Ho ho ho everyone! Who’s up for a bit of Christmas crafting?

One thing I love about Christmas (aside from the mince pies, reindeer jumpers and family time) is that you can go a bit *out there* with your jewellery. I’m talking tinselly earrings, flashing tiaras and holly necklaces with a liberal sprinkling of glitter and sparkle. As it’s the festive season anything goes, which I think is kind of cool as someone who sometimes gets funny looks for wearing my Tatty Devine Radiance necklace.

So with all things Christmassy in mind I thought I would share this nice and simple DIY to make this candy cane brooch. It’s really quick to make and if you don’t want to make it as a brooch you can always make it into a decoration and hang it on your tree.

What You Need:

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How to Make it:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 120 degrees Celsius.
  2. Warm up your clay by separately rolling each colour around in your hand. When it’s nice and pliable, roll it into a long thin sausage. Top Tip: Do this with your white clay first and get this rolled out before tackling the others to avoid colour transfer from the red and green.
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  3. Once you’ve rolled out your three colours into long sausages, line them up next to each other to make sure they are the same length and thickness. Cut them down a bit if any are too long.
  4. Now line them up to create a triangle shape if you look at them from one of the ends. It should look like the picture below.
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  5. Gently twist the clay so a spiral forms.
  6. Once you’re happy with your spiral, trim off the ends then make the candy cane shape.
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  7. Put it on some tin foil and into your pre-heated oven for half an hour.
  8. When your 30 minutes is up, remove the candy cane and let it cool.
  9. Using the strong glue, stick the brooch back onto the back of your candy cane.
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  10. Let it dry for a couple of hours and hey presto! You’re all ready to make your Christmas jumper or brand new cape (yeah, this is mine!) that little bit sweeter.*

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I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy DIY. Are you planning on making any festive jewellery?

Lots of Christmas love,

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*Just don’t forget it’s not a real candy cane and try to eat it when you realise Grandma has eaten the last of the Quality Street.

 

{Getting Organised} Five Ways to Plan Your Blog Schedule

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As a blogger (and just in life in general really) I try to be as organised as possible. While I think it’s great to have the flexibility to post an idea on your blog that only came to you in a flash that morning, it’s also good to do a bit of forward planning.

Like everyone, my ideas for DIYs and posts tend to come in fits and starts. Some weeks I have loads and other weeks I have none and the trick I’ve had to master is finding a balance. Here are my top tips for getting organised and planning my blog schedule:

Capture your ideas

I use the Notes app on my iPhone to jot down blog ideas and inspiration when I’m out and about. I have a memory like a sieve (with massive holes in it) and if I don’t write down post ideas as and when I have them, then chances are they will be gone forever. Likewise, if I see something on the internet and have a lightbulb moment as a result, I tend to pin it to a secret Pinterest board immediately. I think it’s a great plan to have a few secret Pinterest boards on the go to hold ideas and inspiration without advertising it to the whole world.

Have regular features and general themes

While variety is the spice of life I think it’s important that your blog generally covers a few key themes. This will hopefully help to keep readers coming back for more and knowing what to expect while still being surprised and informed by your content.

For me this is craft and DIY posts, creative business inspiration/advice and positive lifestyle posts.

I like to have one of each a week or at least some variation. Not only will this give you some loose form of structure, especially if you have certain regular features appearing on the same days of the week, but it will help you to plan with some focus on the content you need to create.

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Also decide how often you are able to post and stick to it. This way people who love your blog will know what to expect from you and as reliable blogger  you will see people returning for more. I post three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with any other posts a bonus as this is a blogging schedule that works well for me.

The Traditional Way

I tend to find I accomplish more when I physcically tick things off a list (what’s all that about?) and if this sounds like you then why not invest in a personalised pad? There’s quite a few on the market but these ones by xoxo Stationary are my favourites as you can get your name/the name of blog at the top along with a motivational phrase. And aren’t they pretty?

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Blog Scheduling Plugins

This is something that’s relatively new to me but I really wish I had embraced it sooner. I use the CoSchedule plugin to organise my content and schedule my posts and social media activity – all from within WordPress!

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It’s really neat, and while it costs $10 a month, I think that’s worth it for the overview you get of your pipeline and the gaps in your editorial schedule. It gives you an interactive calendar where you can plan your blog posts for weeks in advance (and also check the previous six weeks – great for seeing if you’ve had too much of one type of post using the categories underneath each one), there’s drag and drop functionality to move things around, a to-do list and reminders all mixed together with a social media platform. There you can schedule Tweets, Facebook updates and pin to Pinterest around your posts.

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It also has functionality if you have several different people writing for the blog, but as it’s just little old me running my site I can’t give you a review of this. If you would like to give CoSchedule a try (and by that I mean a 14 day free trial!) then head here.

Online Calendars

If you’re not quite ready to pile into a plugin but you want a bit more of a streamlined approach with all of your data held online, then Google Calendars might be for you. If you have a Google+ account already then you’re good to go, if not the signing up process is pretty quick. With this you get an online calendar where you can plan the timing of your blog posts.

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Obviously as this is external to your blog there won’t be any added benefits like social media sharing but using the Monthly view you can get a good idea of where you need to plug the gaps in your editorial schedule. You can also change the colour of tasks entered, which would work well for different blog category types.

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I hope you found my tips for planning your blog schedule helpful. How do you organise your content? Do you plan ahead or do you post as and when you have an idea? What tips do you have for streamlining your blogging experience? I would love to hear your thoughts.

One final thing before I sign off from this post is that blogging is supposed to be fun and if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed then I urge you to take a step back. Plans and schedules are all very well but if you feel like what you have planned is unachievable in the time you have then there’s no shame in dialling it down a little. After all, while it might be causing you stress, no-one else will know that you haven’t squeezed in an extra post this week. It’s best to find a posting schedule that works for you and if posting every day is too much then don’t do it! Whatever you go for, whether it’s one post a week or two posts every day, if you can do it consistently that’s better than a hit and miss posting schedule as your readers won’t know when to come back for more.

Phew!

I’m off to go an write some lists, plan some posts and have a cup of tea.

Lots of organised love,

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* I was kindly gifted the to-do lists by xoxo Stationary but I genuinely love these products and highly recommend them. The links to CoSchedule in this post are referral links. This doesn’t change a thing for you guys, but it does mean that if you sign up to the program I get a little percentage shaved off my monthly fee. This DOES NOT, however, mean that I’d endorse this plugin if I didn’t adore it! All opinions on this blog are my own.

A Rainbow of Winter Warmers

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There’s a definite nip in the air now and with December fast approaching it’s reached that time of year when I’m thinking about upgrading my winter woollies. I’ve just finished making a pair of crochet mittens (as I needed a break from making things for the craft fair I’m doing!) which you can see over on my Instagram page, but I’m also coveting this colourful array of hats, scarves and mittens. Who said just because it’s winter you can’t be bright?

Do you embrace bright colours in winter and have you got your eye on any new cosy knits? If you’ve already got yourself sorted for this year, maybe the things I’ve chosen might inspire you for someone else’s Christmas gift? Or if you see something you like you can always drop a hint to someone else…

Lots of rainbow love,

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{DIY} Personalised and Pretty Marbled Crochet Hook

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My love affair with crochet shows no signs of slowing down and if it’s possible, I’ve fallen even more in love with it ever since I started making things for the craft fair that I’m doing in Leeds on December 6.

Despite hooking up a storm over recent weeks I’ve never actually upgraded from the first metal crochet hooks I bought when I started the hobby a few years ago. I decided it was time to make life a bit easier and more comfortable for myself and came up with this quick and easy hack to make a bespoke hook which fits my hand and crochet style PERFECTLY!

Introducing the pretty marbled crochet hook, which is not only really easy to make but it will make your days crocheting a total dream as you can 100% personalise it to fit your hand exactly. How cool is that!

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Anyway, less of the chat and more of how you make it.

What You Need:
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  • A metal crochet hook
  • Polymer clay in white
  • Smaller amounts of polymer clay in two other colours

How to Make it:

  1. Roll your white polymer clay around in your hands to warm it up and make it nice and pliable. When it’s soft, shape it into a ball.
  2. Break up the two other colours of polymer clay into tiny pieces.
  3. Roll the white clay over the bits then start rolling, folding and kneading to get a nice marbled pattern. Don’t do too much of this, though, as eventually your colours will all merge into one.
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  4. Shape the clay into a sausage shape that’s about double the width of your crochet hook.
  5. Lay your crochet hook alongside your clay to measure it. You want to leave at least a couple of inches from the tip of the hook uncovered, so chop off any extra length from your multicoloured clay sausage.
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  6. Gently push the non-hooked end of your crochet hook into the clay. You will have to ease it in by gently pushing and twisting but it will go. It’s important to do this gently to make sure you have a snug fit.
  7. Once your clay is covering your hook, hold it in your hand. This is so you can work out where to flatten a section to make it easier for you to hold. Most crochet hooks have a flat section two to three inches from the hook, but now is your chance to work out where this would be the most comfortable for you! I flattened mine out a bit where the pencil is pointing as I hold my hook in the knife grip.
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  8. If you like, you can also add a mark using a stamp (or as I did, the blade of a blunt knife) to show the size of the crochet hook. I would advise you do this, especially if you’re going to be doing this with a few hooks to make sure you don’t forget which is which.
  9. Once you’ve done that and you’re happy with the colour and fit, put your new-look hook into an oven that has been preheated to 120 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes.
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  10. Once the hook has cooled down you’re ready to go!

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I hope you have been inspired by this post to give your crochet hooks an upgrade. I would love to hear what you think. I’ve got to admit that my new-look hook took a little bit of getting used to, but I was happily crocheting with it after a few minutes. The polymer clay is so light you can barely tell the difference and it is much more comfortable to use now.

Lots of happy hooky love,

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Please Vote for Me! ~ The UK Blog Awards

This is just a quick little post to ask for a small favour please. Voting for the UK Blog Awards 2015 opened today and I would really appreciate it if you could take a couple of seconds to vote for my blog please.

Beak Up Crafts is in the Arts and Culture category and while I’m by no means expecting to win, if you enjoy reading my blog I would love it if you could please cast a vote for my site!

To do this all you have to do is to click the image above or in the sidebar and fill in a couple of details:

Voting closes on December 1.

Thanks so much – I owe you a cup of tea!

Lots of blogging love,

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