Thursday, October 30, 2014

Eloise the snake and a crochet giveaway

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What do you give the seven year old who has everything for her birthday?

Why an enormous stripy crocheted snake of course!!

The Sunday before the Friday of our Pepper's birthday we found ourselves asking each other this question often. Seriously, what on earth did she possibly want or need? Being our third girl the answer was most certainly not clothes, or toys, or books. And being seven the answer was most certainly nothing too babyish and nothing too grown up either. And not giving her anything just wasn't an option.

So we were stuck.

And then it occurred to me that I could make her a toy. And hopefully the fact that it would be made by me, and the fact that it would be bright and big, would kind of negate the too babyish bit

So I got to work on ravelry, found a pattern, and every night as soon as she went to sleep I got out the hooks and the cottons and started crocheting. Around, and around, and around.

And you know what? She loved it! She loves it!!

She takes it everywhere she goes, she changes its name constantly and she's even given it a much coveted place in her bed so she can snuggle it all night. (Poor old Big Ted hasn't been as happy finding himself in the crack between the wall and the bed every morning though).

Funny how I am petrified of snakes in real life yet this stripy one makes me so happy.

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So, do you want to make a stripy snake for someone you love too? You know you do. The pattern is simple and totally make-able for beginners. I just used lots of scraps of cotton I had from other projects and I used these gorgeous Clover crochet hooks.

And guess what??

Gorgeous Renae of Yarn Haus has kindly offered to send one of you a packet of these wonderful hooks too. How cool is that!!

I am seriously in love with the Clover hooks. The padding is in the right place not to leave an indentation in my finger, I love the colours and I don't think I will ever use another hook again.

So if you live in Australia or New Zealand.
If you love to crochet or would love to learn.
And if you think these hooks are just what your hooky kit needs, then please leave a comment telling me something about crochet. Anything you like. And we'll choose a winner early next week, (my birthday week - YAY!)

Oh I just realised my pink hook is missing from the pics. Oops! Never fear, your kit will definitely include the pretty pink hook too.

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In the meantime why don't you check our Renae's;

Gorgeous new yarn haus website here.
Go like her pretty yarn haus Facebook page here.
Go follow her fabulous yarn haus instagram account here.
And go and follow her witty yarn yarn haus twitter here.

You gotta be in it to win it!!

Happy hooking friends!!


Love Kate

xx

PS Miss Pepper's snake is ravelled here

105 comments:

  1. What a fantastic snake! I got a huge stripy patchwork snake for my sixth birthday – I lugged it around with me until I gave it to my nephew when I was thirty.

    I've always been a knitter but would love to learn to crochet, and one day be able to make this glorious fellow: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/happypotamus-the-happy-hippo-crochet-pattern

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  2. Hi Kate, I love to crochet and love the snake! My granddaughters loved the photos of Eloise and her snake. Thank you to you and Renae from Yarn Haus for the chance to win the lovely crochet hooks from Clover. Have a lovely night - Nanny Carol xxxx

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  3. Wow! What a gorgeous snake and such a lovely prize. Until this winter, I had only ever crocheted one rug, going round and round and round. However, after seeing your gorgeous granny square hot water bottle cover Kate, I knew I needed to learn how to make granny squares! So I hopped onto You Tube and before I knew it, I had my first ever granny square! I am now making a beautiful granny square patchwork blanket. I love making these simple granny squares. I would love to win this gorgeous prize because the crochet hooks are just beautiful and I currently own one crochet hook. Thanks for the chance to win girls!!! xxoo

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  4. Wow love these crochet hooks! I was taught to crochet by my beautiful grandmother margie. She used to take a crochet blanket on all of their caravanning holidays with my equally beautiful grandfather georgie. They have both passed away now but everytimw I get out my crochet I feel like margie is sitting with me and having a chat. We always needed to look at margie when we spoke to her as she was deaf and I will always remember the granny blankets she made us all! My two girls now are lucky enough to have a granny blanket made by margie to sharw. Thanks for the chance!

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  5. So many things I could say about crochet! These hooks are delicious and totally complement a blanket I am working on. An extra set of hooks would be fantastic as I wouldn't have to keep finding whichever on-the-go project has the size hook I need to start yet another project :) Oh and not really crochet related but I have a daughter called Clover so seeing her name amongst so much crochet-y stuff gives me little thrill!! xxx

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  6. Love these Clover hooks. Crochet is a great stress buster after a long day and work or at home.
    Sitting and just watching a blanket, scarf etc grow and the colours....... love love this craft. AND especially
    when a parcel hits the front door.....so exciting.

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  7. Such a beautiful set of crochet hooks is just what I need to start my crochet journey. My mother taught me to knit and her Grandmother had taught her - she used to knit colourful blankets with gorgeous crochet boarders on them. I would love to make one for my children. The lovely colours of the hooks remind me of those blankets. Thanks for the chance to win too.

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  8. Love this snake! And love the hooks! I've been crocheting since I was 9, when I won first prize in our local show for a doll's outfit that I made up myself. It was mint green and scarlet and I've loved the colour combination ever since.

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  9. My great aunty taught me to crochet when I was about 14. She was the closest thing to a grandmother that I had. I came back to crocheting a couple of years ago and started by making a granny square blanket. I have learnt a lot more from Lucy at Attic 24 (which is how I arrived here), to the point where I was able to teach a dear friend of mine the craft. She is onto her 4th blanket (all for family or friends) , only having learnt about 12 months ago. Teaching and learning to crochet is a gift that keeps on giving. I would share the hooks with my friend.

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  10. love the snake!!
    crochet is such a different rhythm from knitting. such a nice change when you go from one to the other, so quick to emerge as a beanie or bag. I love crochet.

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  11. I would love to add these hooks to my daughters knitting, crochet and sewing kit I am making her for christmas. I want her to love crochet like I do. Snakey is lovely!

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  12. Those crochet hooks are gorgeous! Hmmm....I do not like snakes but I might have to make the exception with yours! I only learnt to crochet about 2 months ago and have just finished my first rug. And I think it is good enough to give my sister for Xmas :)

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  13. I've been swearing that i'll learn for months now, it might be time to actually take the plunge! My friend makes large fruit bowls out of thick cotton rope with an ENORMOUS crochet hook and they are the most beautiful things.

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  14. Ooh I love this! I'm a crochet newbie so have learnt plenty about indented fingers over the last few months! The thing I've most enjoyed about crochet is the calm that comes with making a little time to sit and make each day....and of course that EEEeeeee! feeling of finishing each gradually-less-wonky project :)

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  15. Drat - on the wrong side of the hemisphere! My girlies would love a snake though - better go check out Ravelry! X

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  16. Oh I love that snake, he has a sweet face. I am a beginner at crochet so don't know much, except that it seems possible to crochet with absolutely anything! Unlike knitting which can be more tricky. One of my first projects was to make a basket out of t-shirt yarn which I made by cutting up a load of old T-shirts I had in my bottom drawer. It was a great way to use up things that would have been thrown out otherwise. x

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  17. Oh Lordy! How awesome are those hooks. I totally get the thing about the indent in your finger thing. Did you know that 'crochet' means 'hook' in French?

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  18. such a gorgeous post :) I love the look of those crochet hooks. And the snake is amazing - what a wonderful crochet project. I'm going to check it out.
    I love lots of different crafts, but I would have to say that crochet is fast becoming my favourite. It's a wonderful relaxing craft and there's nothing better than having a project completed and then say 'I made that'. Thanks for the opportunity to win :)

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  19. oh *sigh* I so wished I lived in Australia or New Zealand and NOT in South Africa right now... *chuckle*...

    I really really really really (did I mention REALLY) love this snake - I don't like the real ones that much either!
    But this snake I REALLY love..... and will have to make one for my youngest lad!!

    Thank you for yet another beautiful post.. I get so super excited when I see you in my newsfeed!

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  20. We often have that present dilemma with our girls. That snake is a great idea. I am a crocheter but I bimble along with hooks from charity shops. Yesterday in our half term holiday my seven year old learnt to double crochet and made a blanket for her dolls house bed. My heart sings so today we are off to our local market town to choose and BUY yes buy her a ball of wool to make a scarf fro herself. Great post as ever. Jo x

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  21. I want to crochet. I want to crochet. I want to crochet.
    Perhaps I just haven't found the right hooks.
    Love the snake. Lovely Yarn Haus.
    Happy birthday to your girl. Seven is good.
    xx

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  22. I love a bit of hooking when I need a quickie....project that is 😉

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  23. I love the rainbow colours of these hooks , happy hands :)

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  24. I love to crochet and have been crocheting since I was twelve when I taught myself. I particularly love crocheting toys and my daughter has already requested her very own Eloise the Snake even though I am totally scared of them. I also love crochet doilies with their intricate patterns and designs.

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  25. I just love this snake so much! He's really wonderful. I have no idea how to crochet (I can knit very basically). I think I would love to learn...and maybe one day make a happy snake!

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  26. Oh wow, yes please! Those hooks look super comfortable to use, my fingers get so sore with my bamboo ones. I made a similar project for my little boy but coiled it up and now it's a snail :-) Sarah

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  27. Kate he's absolutely gorgeous nobody would be frightened of snakes if they were all like him. I love to crochet but animals are hard as there are usually some small pieces and my arthritic fingers don't cope with them very well but the snake should be OK? I have a 2/12year old grandson who would probably love him. Bev

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  28. The snake is all sorts of awesome for a seven year old - and has given me food for thought for my biggest boy who will be seven in 5 months!

    As for the hooks! They are cool and I totally dig rainbows - crochet was my gate way drug into the world of yarny crafty goodness!! Now I do it all 😉

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  29. Never thought I would say I love a snake but you have proved me wrong miss Kate! Between the hooks and the snake am inspired to learn to crochet....Leora xx

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  30. The snake is wonderful! I love oversized toys and making my girls an oversized doll is on my to do list!
    I'd love these hooks because learning to crochet is also on my to do list! And rainbow hooks would certainly get me motivated! :)

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  31. Cute snake and so happy she is in love with it.....as for the hooks...pick me! thanks for always taking the time to voice what is happening in your life. I told my sister to drop in and check out your birthday party for the girls in the forest..superb

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  32. What a lovely snake, very cute. I love the hooks they look so pretty. I use good old aero hooks - boring hey! These look so comfortable, my hand gets a bit sore after I while I'm sure these would help. Another great idea - for any of your gorgeous girls -crochet bunting!! xxbrenda

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  33. How awesome to have a present made with hours of love, just for you by your mum? As I was reading your post my seven year old daughter was leaning over my shoulder begging me for a snake like Pepper's gorgeous one. I'd love to be using super new clover hooks to make it ;-) Helen

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  34. Love the snake! You always choose the most gorgeous colours. I love crochet. Everyone has had a beanie but so far the two beanies for my daughter, one was too big and the other too small. I'm hoping the third one I have started is going to be just right. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

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  35. What a great gift you made for your girl. Even though I don't live in Australia any more I really like to join the give away. My friend is living remote in Arnhem land and I really like to send her those hooks when I win. She can use an encouraging and a creative boost every now and then.
    http://www.missievlieger.nl/index.php/en/

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  36. how lovely! I have crocheted for a few years and am entering my first project in a country show this weekend! the winning prize is $1. I have put a set of crochet hooks on my Christmas list, what a treat it would be to win this gorgeous set. I love the idea of the padded hooks, I'd love to reduce the finger indentation occurrence. thanks so much for sharing.

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  37. I got way into crochet this year as I was going through cancer treatment. It was all I could do! And I really had to focus on something positive, like crocheting, to make me feel better about all the stuff I couldn't do, like working on our farm. Soooo... As my partner said, anything that stayed still long enough got wrapped in crochet. And the best thing? I'm pretty good at it now!! Thanks for sharing the snake, and the story of the snake.

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  38. Eloise the snake is beautiful!

    Crochet is deceptively simple- looks simple when practiced with skill but my can it be tricky to work it at the beginning...the massive payoff is the huge sense of reward when you can get those tangles to turn into a first few stitches :)

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  39. I think crochet makes me feel close to my Mum and Nana even though they're hours away. It's the slow repetitive motion, like a meditation, that lulls me into a type of comforting reminisce. It's nice to practise a skill that has been handed down by the women in my family. Total bonus it produces lovely things too!

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  40. I used to crochet many years ago but haven't for a long time. I have been thinking of trying again and those lovely hooks may be what I need to get my motivated to stop procastinating and give it a go!

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  41. I don't own a single crochet hook... and would love to learn. Love your blog, win or lose :))))

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  42. Crochet makes me happy Kate. Pure & simple. Whilst I love knitting, it's crochet that I always turn to when I sad, when I'm happy, when I need to think, when I need to relax. I can even crochet with my eyes shut (which my hubby finds quite amusing).

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  43. Gorgeous snake, Pepper, Photos and Hooks!

    Me, my wrist, thumb and right hand in general would be ever so grateful if I was the lucky winner :-)
    Crochet is my favourite craft and it breaks my heart a little when I have to stop as my hand gets too sore... I've had some hooks like this on my wish list for a while now so would be thrilled to bits to win a set. Reckon I could crochet through the night with these beauties!

    PS I love the Eloise for the snake and totally get the name changing thing... I name everything I make cos naming stuff is fun!

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  44. I'm just starting to get back into crochet after yEArs off. Did a class at Sunspun a few weeks ago and leant how to read a crochet chart! Sooooo excited - like a light bulb going on in my brain. Love Eloise (or whoever she's called now!)!!

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  45. I have been crocheting amigurumi for the last few years. I am always surprised and delighted by the number of people on the bus and train who engage me in conversation about what I am making.

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  46. Pepper's glorious Birthday snake is definitely the only kind of snake I'd like to snuggle with :-)
    When I was 18 (many, many, many years ago) I was DESPERATE to learn to crochet, but I'm left handed AND I didn't know anyone else who could crochet to teach me... SO one day I went to the local library (it was before the days of the internet) and borrowed a ye olde "How to Crochet" book and declared to my housemates that I was locking myself in my bedroom with the book and my hook and I wasn't coming out until I could crochet! I propped the book up in front of a mirror, so that the pictorial instructions were reversed for my lefty brain, and I dabbled and struggled and said a few swear words and that evening I triumphantly emerged from my bedroom a CROCHETER (with an incredibly hideous hat made using op shop yarn)!! And I have been seriously and joyfully addicted to crochet ever since!! My favourite colour is "Rainbow", so these beautiful hooks would make the perfect addition to my crochet kit! Have a wonderfully crafty day, Shara xo

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  47. I love that snake...and I love the innocence of Pepper, what a lucky, lucky girl. Mine are all teens now, so cynical and well just teen like I guess...makes me really miss those beautiful years between infants and tweens.
    As for the crochet hooks, what can I say, they look gorgeous. I've always knitted, I don't remember when I didn't. My mum tried to teach me to crochet when I was younger, although I would master it and complete the project the next time I would pick up a hook it would be all forgotten and I'd have to start again. Well mum died 18 years ago and last year I decided to master this crochet thing once and for all, so with the help of youtube and some great books I've finally got it. I can remember how to do the stitches now. How much nicer would it be to use happy, colourful and COMFY hooks..
    Thanks for the chance
    cheers Kate

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  48. How wonderful I love it...........speaking of snakes my neighbours yelled out over the back fence last night that a big snake had climbed into our tree from their place. Apparently their 4 year old told their Dad there was a snake outside dead and his Dad didn't believe him and then came out to find a big snake curled up on the grass a metre from where his son had been playing....they chased it away trying to get it to go over the fence to the main road but it decided the tree on our property next to theirs was better so they told me about it...ahhh we just stayed inside instead of eating dinner outside like my daughter had suggested....they totally freak me out. I love your colourful snake, he could live in our tree and I wouldn't have any problems with that. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane

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  49. A snake like that would make any kid happy. Crochet was my first love.

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  50. The snake is awesome, I might have to put him on my to do list :)

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  51. Hello Kate,
    I've been making a crochet scarf during my flights on the big Houston trip. I have one Clover hook and I love it so a whole set would be brilliant! I love the speed of crochet and when I have to rip, it doesn't seem quite as painful as undoing knitting so I guess I'm not as scared of making mistakes.
    Thanks,
    Ab x

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  52. The snake looks so friendly and fun. A perfect companion for any little girl! I stumbled across this blog through instagram and I am incredibly inspired. I will definitely be back, and often.

    I find the rhythmic movement of yarn through my fingers incredibly calming and meditative. And, even better, it is a perfect outlet for creativity and you get something beautiful to show for it. We recently moved to central Victoria (leaving everyone we know in Sydney!) so I find myself relying on "yarn therapy" more often than usual to make our new town feel like home. And to keep warm! I'd love to be doing it with something other than my dodgy spotlight hooks.
    Sandra xx

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  53. I knitted a snake for my daughter then she was three, gave it away during the move from UK to Australia and now regret it. Maybe I'll crochet one as well, though the top item of my crochet list is one of these cute animals based on the african flower pattern - http://www.ravelry.com/designers/heidi-bears

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  54. Still remember Templeton the Rat from Charlottes Web that mum crocheted for me for Book Week 1975. Loved him literally to bits!

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  55. They are some lovely hooks, and that is a lovely snake. What a brilliant idea for a birthday present. I've just finished putting together my first granny square blanket, albeit a tiny one. Loose ends to be sewn in everywhere. But it's already being used, ends and all, since my little boy has just started sleeping in his own bed. Sob sob. I was worried he'd be a bit cold and it just covers him nicely. But I still need to nab it back and actually finish it..

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  56. Fab snake! A very happy snake :-)
    Next week is my birthday week too, but I'm overseas, so I don't qualify for the give away!
    I kept the enormous yellow soft toy dog Mum made for me when I was little. Sue kept me from falling down the side of the bed. I kept her until about ten years ago and only got rid of her because some rats made a nest in her whilst she was stored in the garage. Still sad (and mad) about that - our house mate had bunnies and didn't store their food securely. I lost a lot of keepsakes from my long deceased mum and her sister to those stinking rats.

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  57. Soo sweet, what a lovely present. Pam x

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  58. What a gorgeous snake. My nearly 5 year old would love and re name a snake like this too. Not to babyish at all. I love to crochet. Just love it. Have a million projects on the go. I was a knitter. Could never "get" crochet. Not until my gorgeous friend Gayna showed me how. Kind. Patient. A perfectionist who taught me so well. And now I love it. It helped me through the last two years and post natal depression. You can't crochet and be sad. You just can't.

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  59. After seeing your gorgeous snake, I first felt sad that my girls are too old for such stripey goodness... but then I decided that it would make a fabulously happy door snake! Yay! And as for crochet... is it too honest to admit that my favourite thing about crochet is that how easy it is to rip and redo?! Frogging knitting is the pits, but I can crochet easily in front of the telly at night without crying the next morning if I discover a mistake :-)

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  60. Wow! What a gorgeous snake. I could do with a draught stopper and this would be perfect. I love creating with yarn and have been knitting since I was 6 and crocheting since I was 10. Crocheting can only make one happy! :)

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  61. I am learning crochet and my children love wearing my attempts, a toy would just be just the ticket for Christmas 🎄🎅 clover hooks would be heaven on my novice fingers. Happy Birthday for next week Kate 🎂🎁 Emma

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  62. Eloise looks like a very happy snake.

    Oooh, I like the sound of those Clover hooks. They sound very comfortable. I have an ever increasing list of crochet "to do" projects and I really should put down my knitting for a while and get a few things made. So many gorgeous granny square projects, so little time.

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  63. Say something about Crochet -- My earliest memories are of Crochet - sitting with my Grandmother, she would never sit idle, even for one second. As soon as she would sit down she would pour a cup of tea in her special China cup and pick up something to do with her hands, it was either crochet, knitting, or fancy work. I'd watch her hands and fingers go in a blur and think she was magic because no one could possible think that fast to make your hands go like that. But magically the most amazing things would appear from her hooks or needles. If she let me look through her work bag I would think I was the luckiest person on earth. She had all sorts of knitting needles that I would try to match up in pairs and every size and shape of crochet hook, with the hooks of the tiniest ones pressed into a piece of cork and all sorts of other weird and wonderful things. My biggest thrill was when she crocheted me a filigree curtain with a picture of birds worked into it and the table cloth with crocheted crinoline ladies on it with the most amazing crocheted border, that I still have. I crochet but nowhere the skill or quantity she did but it makes me think of her every time I pick up a hook and I thank her for the gift that she gave me by teaching me to crochet. Love you Nana.

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  64. I have never used the clover hooks - will have to go try one. The thing I love about crochet is it is so much easier to fudge something, or make it bigger or smaller, or design something than it is with knitting. I am not mathematically minded so can't design my own knitting patterns but I can definitely do my own thing with crochet (and I love that!)

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  65. Love reading your posts and constantly being inspired, I am a soon to be first time mum and am looking forward to learning crochet as I have so many patterns on my wish list to make. My mum is a fantastic knitter although she doesn't think so and has been wanting to learn to crochet for years now. When I do finish work we are hoping to take up crochet classes together and make lots of cute things for the baby. These clover hooks could be the perfect Xmas gift I have been looking for as every year she says she doesn't want anything but these would be the most amazing surprise gift, the colours are amazing and they look like a great tool for her to use with her arthritis.

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  66. So wonder your little girl likes the snake: It looks fantastic!!!

    Take care
    Anne
    http://crochetbetweentwoworlds.blogspot.de

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  67. I love crochet with a passion as it has helped me deal with my depression, I also love blogs such as yours that fills me with inspiration and happiness thankyou, Melissa xx

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  68. I knit like a woman possessed, and always intend to spread the passion into the crochet arena. But no matter how big my intention it hasn't happened yet. Maybe some rainbow hooks would be all it takes to make it happen. Love your blog by the way, so much beautiful inspiration (crafty and otherwise) x

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  69. When my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer I wanted to get her a blanket to keep her warm during the cold Macedon Ranges winters whilst she went through her chemo. Someone suggested making one myself, so I jumped on youtube and taught myself to crochet and I've been hooked ever since. The first thing I made was a grey and pink blanket for my sister in grey and the breast cancer pink. I hoped she could wrap herself in it like a warm hug when she needed it. I found stitch after stitch and row after row was therapy for me too, almost relaxing and calming, something else to focus on. I've since crocheted a baby blanket for friends and bonnets for my girls.
    I bought so many hooks before my first and only purple clover hook and I haven't put it down. You are so right, they are definitely the most comfortable, the best. I've admired the sets in their little leather case in my local wool/fabric shop but haven't been able to buy one yet.

    I loved the snake when I saw it on Instagram and Pepper looks very happy with it too! You're such a clever lady! I have two girls and already find it hard to buy for them, am trying to cull plastic fantastic and keep the quality wooden, classic and handmade things in our home. I am becoming so much more mindful with everything I buy these days!

    Have a great weekend x Dre

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  70. I'm so entranced by your website! I've been more of a knitter, but I'm suddenly remembering the toy possibilities of crochet: I made a squid with the ends of tentacles and feelers curved and spiralled just so; I made a prawn with funny little directional legs. You can strike out in 3D with a crochet hook!!

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  71. I love that snake! I adore rainbows, so I must make one very soon. Thank you for the pattern link.
    Now, something about crochet...my mum used to crochet when we were younger and she stopped and hasn't done it for about 30 years. She recently (about a year ago) said she really felt the need to make something, so I gave her a needle from my meagre stash (I don't crochet very often) and some yarn and off she went. Since that time she has churned out 5 ripple blankets (and one in progress), 4 blooming flower cushions and a couple of hats. She is amazing and I would love to give her a set of crochet hooks for her birthday.

    Mel
    em-ee-el@hotmail.com

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  72. Your daughter sure loves Eloise the snake. Bright and cheerful gift. I much prefer crochet over knitting any day. It's easy to fix a mistake in crochet, however knitting is another story (I am a novice at knitting). I enjoy crochet as it is very relaxing and I can be in the same room as our children while crocheting my latest project (compared to sewing at the other end of the house in our spare room). I have heard that Clover hooks are amazing to work with. I have been doing a lot of crochet this year and winning these would be heaven for my fingers. Lovely giveaway Kate

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  73. Hi Kate. Well, you might remember I failed at the granny hottie a long! I blamed my cheap wool but maybe I would have done better if I had some gorgeous crochet books like those!! Haha. I have crocheted in the past; I made a crochet teddy for my friend's baby about 10 years ago. He turned out pretty well, although he took me a long time. I've been knitting toys for my girls of late, but this snake might just lure me back...it's gorgeous and you did a great job. And to do it in less than a week... Wow. Oh, and happy birthday to you for this week. Hope you get some handmade goodness xxx

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  74. Love the snake colors would love to win these hooks would help with my RSI have to rest often after using alluminum hooks for too long been crocheting for 40 years

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  75. Beautiful colourful hooks to hook up your beautiful Pepper rainbow snake!

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  76. Having Sunday morning me time when Gaia my eight year old daughter walks into the room and shrieks oh Mumma those are just the hooks I need can you please get them for me?

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  77. My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was a kid. I started out with a large granny square rug. I am sure my love of crochet is mixed up with the fond memories I have of my grandmother. I have found my zen with crochet. If I am stressed a simple crochet rug calms me, if I am upset the colours make me happy, if I am worried a complex pattern distracts me.
    At the moment crochet is taking me down the toy line ... so far I have hooked up a bear, monkey, zombie, rabbit and moose. I can ssssssssssee a sssssssssnake being added to that list. I absolutely love your Eloise! A beautiful, friendly, colourful snake!

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  78. I've been eyeing those clover hooks for so long!!!!…the funniest thing I ever crocheted was a lime green bikini I made for myself when I was about 14…of course at the time I thought it was pretty awesome…thank goodness I don't have any photos of me in that bikini!

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  79. This is such a gorgeous softie! One of my favourite things about crochet is the tradition of sharing that goes with it- grandmas teaching daughters and cousins, sharing patterns and tips and finished projects with each other. I agrew up in a tiny village of approximately 50 people and I think every child there received a granny blanket from the dearest old lady, Melva- it was the most beautiful tradition. I'm only 22 now but I've finally got the hang of crocheting and I can't wait to be the cool aunt/nana that makes blankets for everybody's little ones.

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  80. Dear Kate, I love your blog ; it inspires me. My Granny taught me to crochet 40 years ago and I'm still using the same hook. My current project is a rainbow blanket which I'm crocheting for my son Hamish who turned 13 today. A set of bright and fun hooks would add even more fun and colour to my favourite hobby. Sincerely, Canberra Cate.

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  81. I am a granny and in the last couple of years I have been teaching myself to crochet via Youtube - By no means am I an expert but I absolutely love the process of crocheting. and thank you to both you and Renae from Yarn Haus for the chance to win the crochet hooks from Clover. Maybe they will help me further in the process.

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  82. I have been knitting since I was about 8 years old (40 years ago....) and I have just taught myself to crochet! I have one of the hooks you are giving away and I love it. It is so soft and comfortable to use. I am making a ripple blanket and even though the start is a little looser than the rest of the blanket I still love it as my first project. I have definitely started on something I now love and will continue with more projects of both crochet and knitting. I would love a set of the hooks to get me started on a collection of different sizes. Thanks for the opportunity. Oh, and I love your snake. I too am terrified of the real ones.

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  83. I love the way crochet allows me to dream something up and make it! Since I learnt a few years ago there has been no stopping me! It is a creative outlet I so desperately need as my desk job limits my imagination. I also love the way my crochet projects are admired and appreciated by others, especially the people who receive them as gifts. Having a handmade present appreciated and loved is the best reward!! Your crocheted snake is gorgeous and the pictures show how much Pepper loves it!

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  84. I do wish I could get the crochet thing happening for me - with three hooks to my name I have churned out a few rag rugs in my time, but am yet to follow a pattern. Perhaps these hooks would help me complete a granny at last! Eloise is a cutie. x

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  85. Lovely snake, lovely hooks - what more can one want on a Monday :)

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  86. Amazing snake its so vibrant.... the hooks are incredible just dream of owning a set

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  87. Amazing snake its so vibrant.... the hooks are incredible just dream of owning a set

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  88. Love your snake. I love to crochet. Doesn't mean I'm any good at it, so love to keep on trying and hoping that one day my project will look like the finished product. Gorgeous hooks by the way!

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  89. My Grandma taught me too crochet when I was little so I like to sit and crochet and think of her!

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  90. I can't win because I'm in the UK. But I love those hooks - they are much better than any other type of hook I've used.

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  91. Alas three babes, whirlwind events and work have resulted in neglected wee works in progress. This snake has inspired me to pick up my hooks again. I wonder if I could whip one up before the jolly fat man comes to visit?

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  92. I would be very happy to win those hooks! You have inspired me to make one of those snakes for a beautiful 3 year old who loves snakes, and is about to become a big sister! Please could you direct me to the pattern?
    Thanks!

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  93. It's my goal in 2015 to learn. I've been dreaming of nights surrounded by wool creating. These would be great. X

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  94. I can crochet
    ...but only chains
    ....and not straight ones
    ...so why do I want these hooks so much??
    xx

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  95. I crochet as my "therapy". I am hoping to teach my sister - but she is a lefty, so these would be a gift for her.
    Thanks for the chance & your lovely blog.

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  96. My Grandma, who taught me to knit, tried repeatedly to teach me to crochet, but I could never quite get the hang of it. One day I would love to learn -- in her memory. Perhaps these lovely hooks would provide the impetus!

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  97. Every seven year old needs a rainbow coloured crocheted buddy! I have been teaching my nine year old to crochet and she has gone nuts!! Churning out hats, blankets and making up the patterns as she goes. She told me the other day that it kinda makes her feel calm when she's crocheting. I totally get that!! :)

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  98. what kind of camera do you use? Love the snake!

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  99. I may be too late for the giveaway, but that snake is so so wonderful! I am lined up for a beginner crochet session. And would love to make the snake first up! Also happy birthday! (I think we share our birthday, not that I'm stalking you or anything ��.)

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  100. Aah...crochet! The most portable, useful and gorgeous type of therapy I know! I'd be lost and a lot less sane if I didn't have the wool and the hook to escape to! Beautiful blog, beautiful snake and beautiful hooks! xx

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  101. I used to be able to crochet, then I started knitting. Maybe this is the incentive I need to restart ;)

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  102. Pick me! lol. I love crocheting and there's no telling what I could all make with these :D

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  103. I love the snake!!! I made some similar toy. I call him wormie. He is very clever :) http://sillylittlesheep.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/giant-wormie.html

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