With winter now in full swing, crochet is definitely my favourite way to wrap up warm against the cold! And this issue weâ€™ve got a great selection of patterns to keep you cosy, from Ruth Maddockâ€™s pure wool cardigan to Helda Panagaryâ€™s colourful Van Gogh Scarf, in a gorgeous vintage-look yarn. Iâ€™m also a big fan of layering up different length tops, so Annelies Baesâ€™s Tweed Top will go perfectly over a long-sleeved tee â€“ and thereâ€™s a matching set of mitts too to keep my hands warm.
Love is in the air this month, with Valentineâ€™s Day on the way, so weâ€™re celebrating with some gorgeous â€œloveâ€ themed projects, from a heart motif blanket to a lovebirds mobile and Liz Wardâ€™s adorable flamingo amigurumi. Thereâ€™s also a beautiful floral set by Helen Free, worked in a gorgeous handspun yarn. Turn to page 98 to read our interview with the spinner, Tania Oakshott, and if youâ€™re interested in trying out spinning for yourself, you can read our introduction to the joys of the craft on page 84. I love spinning my own wool using a pretty wooden drop spindle â€“ thereâ€™s nothing quite like crocheting with yarn you made yourself!
Our free cover gift this issue is a set of jewellery making supplies ideal for combining with your yarn, from brooch backs and earring hooks to jump rings that are ideal for crocheting around â€“ just turn to page 55 to try out my Circles set for some fun ideas.
Rhian Drinkwater, Editor
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