Competition: Win fab knitting stash!


Happy Valentine's Day! We're celebrating with a fantastic competition - one lucky crafter will win a scrumptious prize worth over £50 from our friends at Black Sheep Wools.

The prize includes Lantern Moon heart-shaped stitch markers, two pairs of Milward bamboo needles, a Lantern Moon silk needle sleeve, and five balls of beautiful Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace yarn in ravishing red. The winner will also receive a Rialto Lace pattern book, so they can start knitting straight away!

Click here now to enter our Black Sheep Wools competition. This competition is open until 28th February 2013, and you can enter from anywhere in the world. Good luck!

If you love this, be sure to click over to the Black Sheep Wools website and browse more gorgeous yarnsknitting and crochet accessoriespattern books and more. The shop is based in the UK, but orders can be shipped internationally too - hooray!

Win yummy yarns & a knitting book!

It's the final day of our Valentine weekend, but don't worry - sign up for our e-newsletter and we'll send you news of more special crafty treats on Valentine's Day! Click over to The Making Spot and you'll see the sign-up link at the top of the page.

Today's free project download is Elizabeth Moad's romantic quilled cards, and now here's a fun giveaway comp for you:

Win a pair of left-handed craft scissors!

We've got a great Valentine weekend lined up for you - come back each day for a free project download plus a crafty giveaway. Today's free project is this set of gorgeous valentine knitting patterns, and now here's a fun giveaway competition...

If you're a left-handed crafter, you know how tricky it can be to find a good pair of left-hand scissors for sewing projects and papercraft. We were really excited to see these funky new red scissors from Fiskars, designed especially for lovely lefties!

Fiskars left-handed general purpose scissors have both their handles and blades reversed, so you can see exactly where you're cutting. The sturdy blades are great for all kinds of crafty tasks, but we think they're especially useful for fabric projects and large-scale scrapbook layouts. Click over to the Fiskars website to find your local stockist.

We've got a pair of Fiskars left-hand scissors, worth £15.99, to give away to one lucky crafter. The winner will also receive a selection of gorgeous ribbons, including glitter and heart-printed designs, perfect for wrapping those Valentine's Day gifts!

Click here now to enter our Fiskars scissors comp. Good luck!


Crafting for Valentine's Day? Find loved-up craft ideas on The Making Spot now


January sale ends soon!

Don't miss your last chance to grab a bargain in our January sale - the sale's final day is this Sunday, 20th January! Click over to The Making Spot now to get up to 50% off selected knitting patterns, cross stitch charts, crochet projects, printable papers and more.

Don't miss it - check out The Making Spot's January sale today!

Crochet flower fun!

We're thrilled that so many of you have been enjoying our How to Crochet a Flower video on YouTube. If you haven't seen it, you can watch it below now!

In the video, Jenny shows you how to make a quick crochet flower - you only need a little yarn, and the pattern is simple enough for beginners.

Simply Crochet out today!

It's finally here - Simply Crochet magazine hits UK shops today! Simply Crochet is full of creative ideas for anyone who loves - or would love to learn - crochet. Crochet is a fantastic craft that's so fashionable right now. It's easy to get started, all you need is a crochet hook and some yarn!

In Simply Crochet, you'll find beautiful designs for the home, fashionable accessories to wear and gift ideas for all occasions. With clear, easy-to-follow instructions to ensure the best possible results every time, you'll be hooked on handmade from the very first page! You can take a peek at the free Simply Crochet sampler online now.

Each issue contains more than 20 patterns and an exclusive free gift. If you subscribe, you'll receive 13 issues of Simply Crochet every year, straight to your door. You can also enjoy digital versions of the magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Click over to the Simply Crochet website to find out more about the mag, or subscribe now!

Don't miss our January sale!

My, what a big sale we've got! Don't miss The Making Spot's January sale, starting today! Save up to 50% on some of our favourite craft projects, including fantastic knitting patterns, cross stitch charts, printable papers, sewing ideas and lots more.

Turn your old t-shirts in to a ball of yarn!

If you're having a pre-Christmas clear out or you're already planning what to do with unwanted Christmas clothing, then we've stumbled across a tutorial we think you're going to love! Head over to Time for Tea, where blogger Jess teaches you how to recycle old t-shirts into a big ball of yarn - perfect for knitting into wintery accessories. We're thinking hats, scarves and mittens!

Take a peek at Simply Crochet!

We had a huge response to our Simply Crochet competition last week, so we're thrilled that you can now get a sneak preview of this exciting new magazine!

Head over to and click on the 'Take a peek' link to browse a few pages of the first issue.

The magazine hits the shops very soon, or you can subscribe now online. Each issue is filled with gorgeous crochet patterns plus tips and tutorials for beginners. It's a treasure trove for crochet fans!

Even better, the Simply Crochet team have a bumper competition for you to enter right now. You could win crochet goodies worth over £200 - visit the website to find out more and enter now.

We love you, Simply Crochet!

12 Days of Christmas quick links

Our 12 Days of Christmas blog party is over! Here are some quick links to all the posts so you can catch up on anything you missed. Please note that the competitions have now closed, but we've added links anyway for those who want to ogle the pretty prizes!

Many thanks for joining us - we were thrilled to read the wonderful comments and emails from all over the world. If you've enjoyed our party, be sure to sign up to The Making Spot for more free patterns, tutorials and great new craft projects every month. Happy crafting!