Yes we did! I am currently recovering from our very first Crochet Sanctuary Weekend……….I didn’t realise quite how exhausting it might be, we may need to change our strap line of Relax, Unwind and Crochet, because it was pretty full on from our part, but you know, we enjoyed every single part of it, well most of it anyway!
@Lyndascraftroom and I arrived fairly early at Cranage Hall to make sure that the room was set up and just perfect for our gorgeous guests, I can’t tell you how excited we were, with cars packed to the point that our boots wouldn’t close properly, even with the seats down, we started to off load our goodies into the Appleton Suite at Cranage Hall, which is a large Victorian style room, which a beautiful fireplace, huge great big sash windows and stunning ceilings. Well we certainly crochetfied it!
We had a room full of sofas, just enough for 30 people, we are glad we didn’t have anymore people otherwise it would of been a squeeze for sure, @lyndascraftroom did a fantastic job of the sweety cart, I mean who has a sweety cart at a Crochet Sanctuary?! We had a lot of lovely yarn, including some stunning Leader of the Pac and Knitcraft Aran from Knitcraft, Scheepjes, Styelcraft, King Cole, James C Brett, Sirdar it was all so lovely and squishy, we had the fireplace decorated in crochet too!
The fireplace later had some stunning Amanda Bloom Little Box of Candles, which were just divine!
We had a couple of runs to make to the station to collect a few of our lovely guests as we didn’t want them forking out for taxis etc. I actually had the pleasure of picking up the adorable Julias Creative Year, just the most loveliest lady, and then all of a sudden we literally had mintues to spare before our guests arrived at 5pm. And in walked the very lovely Knitcraft themselves!!! Emily from Knitcraft is just the fab and such a fast crocheter! We have been working with her for some time, but we have never met! How bizarre! Also the hilariously funny Moomaloom from Little Box of Crochet and then!!! Amanda Bloom from Little Box of Crochet I mean come on!! This is amazing!
We think it is so important that everyone mixes with each other at our Sanctuaries, there is nothing worse than attending somewhere like this where you are not introduced to everyone, and you feel uncomfortable. So we started off with an ice breaker, then into some crochet! Which was The Crochet Sanctuary Snuggle socks in the Leader of the Pac from Knitcraft. We ate food, we had some bubbly and got to know each other really.
Myself and Lynda were up early Saturday morning to prepare the room for our day guests and of course another ice breaker
Yes we actually had Toft kits for everyone!!! Toft kits!! They may of been a little ambitious for a workshop, we knew nobody would get them finished but at least they could take them home and the yarn in them is so beautiful. Our day guests also included some amazing people we had Keep calm and crochet on who will actually be hosting a workshop for us in September too!!!
We also had the best workshop ever! By Coastal Crochet and how fab to meet Eleonora too! I have admired her work for a long time, and she agreed to run a workshop for us, but the effort and thought she put in was second to none! We were crocheting around rocks, okay so its not something I have ever considered before, but why not! Its actually very thoughtful, and Eleonora explained it as creating memories, I will certainly be collecting rocks at our next holiday and crocheting them, thats for sure!
In the evening we had a lovely sit down meal, three courses and a couple of bottles of wine. Sunday consisted of making our very own faux fur bobbles for hats, at a fraction of the price of buying them, beanie hats, and we literally had to force guests to take yarn home with them.
So all in all its been great! We have had a few more bookings too! We only have 2 more day passes and a hand full of weekend passes too. April is going to be great! All of our weekend guests will be working on a sophies stool each and lots of other fabulous workshosp, in particular we have one being hosted by Amanda from Little Box of Crochet!! We will be working with lots of Scheepjes, Three Bears Yarns and much more! So get booking!!!
A few other pics for you
Now time to get my bum into gear with the Spring CAL!
Happy Hooking xx