Tuesday, 16 April 2013


The knitting and crochet skills of Debbie Abrahams and Jane Crowfoot are combined together in this must-have collection of sophisticated designs for the home. There are many projects to choose from including cushions, blankets, bed runners and bags, all of which have been designed with a contemporary flair making them ideal accessories for the modern home. Each design is fully illustrated with fabulous colour photos though out and the hard back format gives the book perpetual appeal. Kaleidoscope is an inspiring collection of home accessories that are fun to knit and crochet, with projects to suit all abilities.

Debbie and myself were lucky enough to be invited to attend an official book launch event at the lovely TWIST yarn store in Woodbridge Suffolk at the weekend. I have said before what a lovely store this is and we were both treated to an absolutely wonderful event. There were lots of lovely knitters and crocheters, sparkling wine and posh canap├ęs to make the evening just that bit more special and the surroundings of Karen Moggridge's lovely store and the hospitality of her family, friends and colleagues made us feel very special!

TWIST is a fantastic yarn shop with lots of lovely yarn and accessories and lots of space, so it made the prefect location for us to display the projects from the book. We have included 24 projects for the home including cushions, blankets and throws as well as bags and ipad covers within Kaleidoscope. There are 12 knit project designed by Debbie and 12 crochet projects designed by Jane, all using a vibrant Rowan colour palette.

Debbie and I gave a short talk about the inspiration for the book and how we went about conceiving and designing the projects and answered any questions people had.

Over the course of the weekend we tutored a 2 day workshop where participants worked through an exclusive bag project based on some of the designs from the book. Participants could choose whether to knit the project or work on an alternative crochet one.

We were extremely lucky that Karen at TWIST put her faith in us and organised this wonderful event. If you haven't made it to the shop already it really is a MUST for any knitter or crocheter - whatever the distance you need to travel to get there! Not only does Karen have a wonderful staff team of knowledgable and friendly knitters and crocheters to help within the store, but she also makes every single item in her store look utterly scrummy! 

There are rows and rows of gorgeous yarns and stacks of books to browse theough on the comfy sofas. Karen runs a range of exciting workshops and is looking to increase her events programme in the future. Why not give TWIST a call to find out what is going on? 

Kaleidoscope is available now! Get your hands on a copy by visiting the JANIE CROW web site.