Happy Apple Day!

Today is National Apple Day here in the UK so what better time to share a veritable windfall of our favourite apple crafty projects. And why the devil not. 

What crafts tickle your fancy? Perhaps you're a stitcher. If so then your might like this little taste of apply goodness in a project from our very own Cross Stitch Collection mag. You can download the pattern from our brand new website The Making Spot so we reckon this could be a good opportunity! 


Crochet a moustache with Mel!

Is anyone you know growing a moustache for Movember? This fun campaign does seriously great work, raising vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and testicular cancer - you can find out more on the Movember website.

We were chatting to crafter Mel from Addicted to Making over on our Facebook page, and we discovered that she had a great way for us ladies to join in the Movember fun - with crocheted moustaches!

Head over to her website now to find the full story and free crochet pattern from Mel, and remember to make a Movember donation over at uk.movember.com.

Inspire me: Cosy capes & shawls

Winter is coming - the perfect excuse to show off stylish knitted capes and shawls! You don't have to be an expert knitter to give it a go; even beginners can make simple designs like the Rainbow Wrap. Once you've had a bit of practice, shawls are a great way to showcase luxury yarns and fancy lace stitches too.

Here are eight of our favourite capes and shawls from The Making Spot to inspire you...

Happy birthday Simply Knitting!

Today we're sending lots of crafty love to Simply Knitting magazine - the 100th issue is in UK shops today!

This bumper issue is packed with patterns for you to enjoy, including a special Hand Knit Christmas book filled with festive inspiration.

Spooky Weekend – quick links!

We've enjoyed a fantastic weekend of creepy crafting! Here are some quick links to all of our wonderful Spooky Weekend treats, so you can enjoy our freebies, giveaways and guest posts all over again...

Save 50% on Halloween craft projects (Note: Our Halloween sale ended on 31st October 2012)

Notes on Paper's art journaling challenge

Win luxury Artesano yarn!

Free pumpkin knitting pattern

Tutorial & giveaway from Going Buggy

Free crochet pattern - Gothic wristwarmers

Free Peter Pumpkin bear knitting pattern

Free Halloween owl template

4 Halloween cards to make

Free Spooky Werewolf pattern

4 Halloween cards to make

Our Spooky Weekend blog party is almost over! But we're finishing with a freaky flourish - four quick and easy Halloween card tutorials! 

Click over to The Making Spot now to find your step-by-step guides and free templates!

Tutorial & giveaway from Going Buggy!

We love Enfys Cashmore's card designs, and her craft blog Going Buggy is always full of gorgeous inspiration and crafty giveaways!

In honour of our Spooky Weekend party, Enfys has posted a great video tutorial, plus an exciting giveaway - wow!

Sale! 50% off finger puppets project

Here's another one of our favourite craft projects from the bumper half-price sale at The Making Spot - Halloween finger puppets knitting pattern!

Knit up a bat, owl, ghost, witch and black cat! Kids will love putting on a spooky puppet show, or knit them up as quick gifts for Halloween party guests.

This fun knitting pattern usually costs £1.99, but you can buy and download for just 99p!

Visit The Making Spot to find the Halloween Finger Puppets pattern, on sale now

Gothic wristwarmers – free pattern!

Welcome back to the final day of our Spooky Weekend! We hope you're enjoying our blog party and Halloween sale - and remember you can tell us about your Halloween makes in the comments below, or on Twitter and Facebook!

We loved the Summer Cuffs pattern that designer Ruth Maddock shared with us back in May... in fact, we thought they'd look rather magnificent crocheted in black for Halloween!

Click 'read more' to find the quick and easy pattern for these Gothic Wristwarmers, and make yourself a pair for cosy trick-or-treating. The lacy scalloped edges look ace alongside blood-red nail varnish!

And if you love these, be sure to visit Ruth's website and her gorgeous Etsy shop. Thanks Ruth, we love your designs!

Sale! 50% off Halloween Gifts pattern set

Get crafting for Halloween with our mega sale! You can save 50% on all of our Halloween craft projects until 31st October 2012 - check them out now! 

We wanted to show you one of our favourite Halloween knitting projects; 6 Halloween Gifts by Jane Burns. This set of easy knitting patterns is perfect if you're crafting for a kids' party or making some fun trick-or-treat costumes. It usually costs £2.99 for the set of six patterns, but you can download for just £1.49 until 31st October 2012 - bargain!