This time of year is often seen as cold, bleak and depressing, but luckily for those of us who like to play with yarn, a cold snap just means more reason to hook some snuggly projects. This issue we have provided a plethora of beautiful and colourful designs to ensure that the last stretch to spring is most defi nitely not dull and dreary.
If we are in for another prolonged winter this year, I will be happy to step out daily in Shirley MacDonaldâ€™s Canmore Cloche hat. The sophisticated colour and elegant, cabled design make this project a timeless classic, which will make you yearn for winter each year so that you can wear it yet again!
I adore a bit of colour, especially when presented in stripes and Tracey Todhunterâ€™s spectacular bolster pattern on page 80 fi ts the bill perfectly, bringing a little touch of spring to the cold winter air. This fun cushion will happily decorate a childrenâ€™s bedroom, yet the palette is refined and pretty enough to use in a more grown up lounge or study.
Here at Inside Crochet, we love an independent dyer and the unexpected beauty their yarns lend to a project. Excitingly, this issue Lindsey Harrad interviews two of our favourite UK based yarnies. You can see Victoria Magnusâ€™ Eden Cottage Theseus Lace in action in the very special shawl by Heidi McCarthy in issue 48, while Ce Persiano of The Uncommon Thread is star of Final Thought on page 98 and her yarn is used to make the gorgeously warm and quirky Wanten mitts on page 40.
Claire Montgomerie, Editor
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