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I just canโ€™t stop bleating about it! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Yarndale
I’m just too excited to keep this to myself any longer, I’ve booked tickets for Yarndale 2018 and I cannot wait! ๐Ÿ˜
Yarndale is a celebration of all things woolly! And a craft show I just could not miss again!
There are tickets still available if you’re interested. You can purchase them online at www.yarndale.co.uk.
Be sure to let me know if you’re going too, I’d love to know. ๐Ÿ˜Ž
– B xo
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Yarn Shop Day 2018 Exclusives! ๐ŸŽ‰

Yarn Shop Day 2018 is nearly upon us! (Only 2 more sleeps in fact!) So I thought now would be the perfect time to a) Start getting excited ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป and b) Give you a little sneak peek of how myself and Unravelled are getting involved this year.

For those of you who don’t know what Yarn Shop Day is, it is a celebration of all things wool and local. You get to show your local yarn shop some love, take advantage of some exclusive offers and even do your bit for charity, all whilst having fun!

I was lucky enough to be a special guest last year for my local! (You can read all about my experience in last year’s blog.) However this year, with Unravelled now being with us in all its glory, I’ve got two Yarn Shop Day exclusives for you all!

I’ve teamed up with the lovely Helen from Beacon Crafts to bring you my first Unravelled X YSD exclusive! For one day only, if you come down to Beacon Crafts and join in the celebrations, you can pick up not only a signed copy of Unravelled, but you get my Adrian Scarf Knitting pattern absolutely free! So for those of you in the Midlands area click here for the Beacon Crafts Facebook page, where you’ll be able to find the shop address as well as other sneak peeks of their YSD preparations!

I am also very excited to announce that Unravelled will be a part of Yarn Shop Day in Scotland too this year! Faye from Wool For Ewe will be the first Scottish shop to stock the Unravelled paperback and one lucky winner from her YSD raffle will also have the chance to bag themselves a signed copy! How awesome is that? You can find the Wool For Ewe Facebook Page here.

I would love to see your pictures! Use the tag #unravelledxysd to let me know what you get up to this Yarn Shop Day!

– B xo

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The Slow Knitter Podcast & Giveaway!

You may remember, a few blogs ago, I announced the wonderful news that I was going to be a part of The Slow Knitter podcast!

Well, last week I spent some time chatting with Rena, the lovely lady behind The Slow Knitter, all about Unravelled as well as my knitting & crochet journey.

Today, her podcast containing my interview went live!

You can watch it here.

I’m so excited to share this experience with you, because I had so much fun doing it! Rena was a great host and asked some really interesting questions.

And if that wasn’t enough!!! Rena is also hosting a giveaway via her podcast where, not only could you win a copy of Unravelled along with the Adrian’s Scarf knitting pattern, but one lucky winner will have a chance to win the whole Ultimate Unravelled Kit… and it’s so easy to enter! (Be sure to watch the podcast for more details!)

Enjoy and hit the subscribe button whilst your there, so you never miss an episode of The Slow Knitter podcast. ๐Ÿ˜Š

– B xo

(Image Credit: Yasmin Qureshi Photography.)
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Yasmin Qureshi Photography ๐Ÿ“ท

The internet really is an incredible thing. ๐ŸŒ ๐Ÿ’•

Jump back to over a year ago at my author event debut. As the crowd started to filter into the room my nerves started to stir. I didn’t notice the new face; the one whose eyes were sparkling with interest. (To this day, I’m still a little gutted about that. ) However, I returned home to a tweet that started something amazing. A tweet from that face in the crowd. A message of such joy and appreciation from someone I’d never met. It warmed my heart. โค๏ธ

That was the day I connected with Yasmin, the lovely lady behind Yasmin Qureshi Photography. Ever since that day we’ve been internet buddies and last year she offered me the amazing opportunity to be a part of her photography project, “Your Stories”. Of course I jumped at the chance!

You may have seen me using some of the amazing shots she took across my different platforms (also cropping up in a couple of my event’s marketing and interview articles!) However I am very happy to announce that the article, for which the photographs were originally intended, is live!

You can read the full post here.

This is exactly what I mean when I say that Unravelled has opened up some amazing doors for me. If it wasn’t for my novel I would never have met this amazingly talented lady and I would never have made such a lovely new friend. ๐Ÿ’•

– B xo

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Happy World Book Day! ๐Ÿ“š

Hi everyone, I hope you’re all having a wonderfully bookish day.

I’m celebrating today by announcing some exciting bookish news. I’m going to be part of a podcast interview about Unravelled! How cool is that?!

I will be talking to lovely Rena from The Slow Knitter all about Unravelled later this month. I can’t wait!

Check out her latest podcast, “Socks on the Beach” to hear her announce our interview and her thoughts on Unravelled so far!

– B xo

(P.S: My Mom’s Just text me to say I have book mail waiting for at home. #winning Happy World Book Day Everyone! ๐Ÿ“š)

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Belated January Wrap Up 2018

Not many people I meet are a fan of January, in fact I know quite a few people who were very glad to see the back of it this year. But besides catching the flu and struggling against wisdom tooth pain that had me wanting to chop my own head off, I had a pretty fantastic January. So I thought today I’d share my January with you all and I’d like to encourage you to do the same in the comments. Go on, show January some love. ๐Ÿ’–

I started my AIYSO Temperature CAL.

know I mentioned this in a previous post but I thought this wrap up would be a good way to show you my progress. My blanket has already grown so much and it’s only been a month, it’s going to be huuuuuge!

I started jotting down ideas for a sequel. < /strong><

I don't want to get anybody too excited with this one but, along with the "new year new start" marlakee, I made myself a promise to start working on another novel this year. We're still in the very early stages of ideas right now but definitely something that happened that I thought was worth a mention. โค๏ธ

I received my second delivery of Unravelled. ๐Ÿ“ฆ

I am aware that I’m just posting a picture of three cardboard boxes here, but for me this was such an exciting moment. I’m already on my second print of Unravelled!!! Thank you to everyone who’s already got their copies, you’re all a part of making dreams happen.

I received my first piece of hand written fan mail.

There’s just something nostalgically beautiful about hand written letters. Receiving this card really touched my heart. How lovely. โค๏ธ So far I’ve heard nothing but wonderful feedback about Unravelled. Thank you and please keep that feedback coming!

I was featured in Simply Knitting Magazine! This is another of those pinch me moments. Unravelled continues to offer me some truly amazing opportunities, just like this one. Haven’t got your copy yet? Find it here. (Issue 169)

I took part in the second ever Wolverhampton Literature Festival. And the festival as a whole was a huge success! In fact I am happy to announce that the festival has been awarded funding for next four years! ๐ŸŽ‰

I learnt how to C2C crochet. I’m always up for a challenge, especially if it’s for a good cause. Last month I heard the story of a brave little girl called Grace and the amazing guys at littleheartsforgrace who were trying to make a difference. Grace is only three and she’s already undergone open heart surgery… more than once! Friends of the family asked crocheters from around the world if they’d help raise money for the charities that helped this little girl by crocheting hearts themed squares. You can read more about their story here. I instantly wanted to help out and grabbed my hook and wool. One of the patterns was for a C2C heart square and well, I set about teaching myself a new skill with the aid of YouTube! My square may not be perfect by any means, but I really enjoyed doing it and I can’t wait to see what the blankets will look like when all the squares are put together.

Crocheted Face Scrubbies.

January for me is home to a couple of birthdays. So I set myself the challenge of giving my gifts the personal touch and hand making a little something. Online I found the pattern for these cute, eco friendly, face scrubbies. The perfect re-washable alternative to cotton pads. What lady doesn’t love a nice pamper session? I had great fun making these, even if I did break my hook doing that puff stitch! ๐Ÿ˜‚

And that’s a wrap!

– Bxo