Simply Crochet is a UK crochet magazine produced by the same super publishing house that does Simply Knitting, Mollie Makes and The Simple Things. The magazine launched in January this year, and some of you may remember that last year there was a one-off Summer issue of Simply Crochet to which I contributed a short interview (you can read it here). I like the magazine, and subscribed to it right from the very first issue. It has an appealing style, with a friendly, chatty written voice and a certain quirkiness that I enjoy.
It is also a very full magazine. The adverts are kept to a minimum and the pages are busting with a huge, inspiring mixture of stuff.
There are pages like this which contain many snippets of information :: creative makers, designers, projects, patterns, websites, shops, yarn and books. It makes you want to rush to your laptop and greedily go on the hunt for more.
The projects in each issue are mostly seasonal, and I love that the focus in Simply Crochet has shifted away from crocheted garments and onto more fun and decorative things. Lots of garlands, cute toys, accessories, gift ideas and home decor. The style is sometimes quite quirky and vintage, sometimes bright and funky, but pretty much always great. Occasionally there is stuff which makes me frown and go eeeuugh, but not really often.
There are some really great designers that contribute to the magazine, and some pretty amazing crochet. Sometimes the projects are biggies (some fantastic blanket designs)....
....but mostly the focus is on small, stylish and very do-able projects.
The full title of the magazine is "Simply Crochet ~ Hooked on Handmade" (LoVe that!), and at the beginning of every issue, there is a page called "Hooked". Oh, I really love this page a lot! It is always something fun, a big image to grab your attention, and often a link to a website or blog where you can go to find more. The above image is sooooo good, don't you think? It's crocheted Fish and Chips by the super-talented designer/maker Kate Jenkins, who's work I have long admired (see here).
This is the Hooked page from the current magazine (issue 12), which is very festive indeed. I probably wouldn't attempt to make my own yarn trees, but I do admire good styling and a bit of funky creativity.
Issue 13 hits the UK shops on 9th December, and is still in progress at the publishing house. I've been a very lucky little so-and-so though, cos I've managed to get a sneaky peek of one of the pages.
And by kind permission from the lovely peeps at Future Publishing, I've been allowed to pass the sneaky-peek onto you.
Want to peek?
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Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's Meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!
I proper nearly fell off my stool when I received this image by email a few hours ago (this is seriously hot of the press you know). Fancy that!!!! It surely can't be true?! Surely to goodness my woolly socks and old brushed cotton pyjamas aren't going to be put so BIG on a page like that? Surely a mistake? But nope, no mistake. That's the way it's gonna be in issue 13 apparently.
I would like to read you the blurb at the bottom there, so you can see where this is going. Can I read it to you? Ok. It says.... "There's nothing quite like taking refuge, square by square, under the shelter of a cosy crochet blanket that's slowly growing. They're the perfect winter projects. This vibrant granny extravaganza is by talented blogger Lucy from Attic24. Watch this space for more musings and colourful creations from Lucy - we're thrilled to announce that she'll be writing a regular column for us starting in the very next issue. Hooray!"
Oh HOORAY indeed!!!! Yes, tis true, this is my exciting news, and yes I am thrilled about it. I am now officially part of the Simply Crochet magazine, with my very own monthly column no less. I am happy and chuffed-to-bits and ever so nervous. Deadlines make me nervous, but so far so good. I actually got my first column in early (yeah, I know, how totally unlike me to be early with anything) and am already working through ideas for the next one ahead of schedule.
These days, I am spending quite a lot of time at my desk writing and browsing doing research, but I am enjoying it. I get to pootle about in Blogland, Flickrville and Pinterest and call it Work. I'm working, I can say, as I ooooh and aaaahhhh at lots of inspiring images of crochet. It's research, I can say, as I get all giddy over crochet bits n bobs.
So....a few more bits of fabby information for you. My first column will be in issue 14, which comes into the shops on 9th January. I'm not able to spill the beans yet about how the column will be, you'll have to wait and see. But something I can offer you is a chance to subscribe to Simply Crochet magazine for a bargain price......
If you live in the UK, you can subscribe and get the first 3 issues for just £1. There are also discounted 6 monthly subscription offers for Europe and ROW. Here is the special linky for this offer :: www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk/scr317
And if you live in the US, you can get the first 3 issues for $10 and this is the US linky :: www.imsnews.com/simplycrochet-2008
These offers are valid until the end of January 2014. And if you order your subscription before 18th December then your first issue will be number 14 with my first column in :o)
Right then, I am feeling a little bit over-excited and squirmy now after all that! I'm going to go and settle by the fire to unwind with a bit of therapeutic hooky. I'm working on a new project this week that involves new yarn and colourful little squares and I'm enjoying it enormously....more of that very soon. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
EDIT TO ADD :: For those of you who asked, here's some info from SC mag about digital subscriptions....
"you can download Simply Crochet from Apple, Google Play, The Nook and Zinio.
And you can get the first issue for free on Apple, Google Play and The Nook. So all platforms except Zinio you get one free issue, hope that makes sense!"
It's as clear as mud to me as I am not a digital gal, but hope that info is helpful, especially to those of you outside of the UK.