Hello and welcome to day 8 of the Make & Craft Blog Tour! I’m delighted to take up the baton today in this exciting magazine launch blog tour, to tell you a bit more about the magazine and give away a lovely book too!

For those of you visiting my blog for the first time today – a big hello! I am Amy, mum to two lovely girls aged 8 (Happy Birthday for today Grace!) and 4, and I am a serial crafter. I have tried many, many crafts in the past and my current favourites are sewing, knitting, crochet and cake decorating. We also like to make lots of things at the home with the children and you’ll usually find some sort of messy project taking over the dining room table!

The project that I think I enjoyed the most and was incredibly pleased with was the crochet blanket that I made for my niece when she was a baby. I followed that instructions from Attic24 and I adore the colourful granny stripe pattern. It was one of my first crochet projects and I can’t wait to make another one.

Anyway, enough about me and a bit more about the magazine! Make & Craft is a new magazine that is launching on 12th October – not long now! They already have their lovely website live so you can go and have a browse and while you’re there, check out the fab subscription offers – including 3 digital copies of the magazine for just £1! The magazine is packed full of craft projects and there is a great craft community on the website, which includes Craft Swaps, Craft Book Club, Craft Challenges and much more.

The lovely folks at Make & Craft magazine sent me a book to review as part of their launch and have offered one for me to give away to one lucky reader too.

30-minute knits (ISBN 9781844488773) by Carol Meldrum and published by Search Press, is a lovely little book full of quick and easy knitting projects which, as the title suggests, shouldn’t take you long to whip up.

Designed to knit up quickly, these quick-fix designs will liven up a boring TV show or give you something to do while dinner’s cooking. Boring train journeys will never be the same again. Best of all, you won’t need to spend lots of money on new and fancy yarns (unless you want to) as they can easily be knitted from what you have in your stash of leftovers already.

There are lots of projects I can’t wait to get into and will be perfect for all the time I spend sitting in the car waiting for the children to come out of school. First on my list is the cute little string of birds, followed closely by the bow hairclips, which will make brilliant little Christmas gifts for the girls.

If you’d like to win a copy of this delightful little book then all you need to do is register as a member on Make & Craft then leave me a comment to say you have done so and to tell me what craft project you are working on at the moment. You have until 5pm on Friday 12th October to enter, then a winner will be drawn at random and contacted within 2 days. One entry per person and UK entries only please.

If you aren’t the lucky winner you can order this book with free P&P by calling Search Press on 01892 510850 and quoting ‘Make & Craft Blog Tour’.

Do check out the Make & Craft blog to see who else is taking part in the blog tour and tomorrow you should definitely head over to Crafty Painter who will have another lovely book to give away. Good luck!