I guess I shouldn't really be blowing my own trumpet but you know what, I just can't help get excited when I see something I made in a magazine. I don't think that can get old, do you?
And if I need another excuse to share it with you then, it's also because I can now show you a couple of the patterns I've been working on behind the scenes lately and it's always nice to be able to let the cat out of the bag too.
First of all, I treated myself to a Simply Crochet the other day, it's been a while since I've enjoyed the pleasure of a cup of tea and a browse through some crafty pages that aren't digital. I'd completely forgotten that I'd agreed to have a picture of my Blossoming Bag in the 'Fab Finds' section, so it was a very nice surprise to re-discover and remember it this way. I'm so grateful that this pattern has proved interesting to other people as well as myself. To think I nearly didn't want to finish it at one point!
You can find the Blossoming Bag pattern here.
Then, a day or two later, a copy of the new-ish magazine #Crochet popped through my door.
I was really excited about this one too, because it's got no less than 3 of my patterns in it and, if you need more, it even has a little interview piece about me too. 'The Sandra Paul Edition' as hubs called it! How exciting is that? Of course, it has got lots of other fabulous stuff in it, not remotely related to me, so don't worry it you fancy getting a copy there's plenty of other pretty and interesting things to choose from.
But it does have my cute little jewellery set in, as sported a very pretty lady in some gorgeous shots. (Another reason I get so excited by these magazine releases, so I can see how it's all been styled. Always beautifully.) And also my little jewellery bowls for holding the said trinkets. All crocheted, of course. It's one of the things I enjoy about magazine work, thinking about and making things that are a little bit different.
Finally, the pattern I was most concerned about but actually the most pleased with, is my little bluebird design. It's just the cutest thing. I sort of had an idea of the look I wanted when I heard the brief but was quite frankly a little worried if I'd be able to achieve it. Happily though the sun was shining on me that day because I got it almost exactly right straight away. I think he's actually based on a swallow type shape and I do love him very much.
These are made with Rico Essential Cotton in three different sizes but I'm quite tempted to try them in some crochet cotton. I wonder how tiny they would be?
The Jewellery set, Jewellery Bowls and Bluebird patterns are available in Issue 4 of #Crochet Magazine.