Fabulous Crochet Sanctuary weekend with Lost in knit 🧶

Hello! So I’m still recovering, yes I know it’s Wednesday, but I got back from the Crochet Sanctuary Sunday night and Monday morning I was straight back out on the road until last night, so I’m a little tired!

We are always so apprehensive prior to a Crochet Sanctuary whether it’s a day or weekend, especially when we have new people! You think it would be the other way around but we don’t sleep much!

So our theme for the weekend was ‘home sweet home’ we thought with people all back from holiday, kids back at school it’s now people start organising their homes, decorating etc and getting ready for the dreaded C! Well I am anyway!

My summer house is finished!! My own little she shed!

Sorry for the huge spam on pics but I am so happy with it! My husband had it built within a few hours, painted, he bought me some tub chairs and a foot stool, he’s put electricity inside, lighting in and out! I love it!

We’ve also been decorating the downstairs loo, hall stairs and landing, our abbys bedroom, new carpets, so it’s been busy!

So back to the Crochet Sanctuary, home sweet home! On the Friday night we provided everyone with Hoooked rugs everyone needs a crocheted rug right?! Mine will eventually go in my she shed as soon as I have weaved my end! The rugs are using T-shirt yarn, which can be a little hard on the hands but they really are worth it, with them being so big, nobody finished them over the weekend, so I’ve no pics!

On the Saturday morning both lynda and I designed some plant pot cosy’s lynda designed bunny rabbit ears and I designed a cover with a leaf, it wasn’t what I had planned for, I wanted something rose gold in colour with a geometric look, but I couldn’t get the soft fun and catona to work together for a geometric design, but I’m pleased with what I came up with

And a good few people finished theirs!

On the Saturday afternoon we had Emily from Lost in knit Emily is also the yarn guru for knitcraft / hobbycraft. We work closely with Emily for our hobbycraft designs but it’s mainly all on email, so this weekend it was really nice to get to know her, and chat with her, she’s very clever, knits Crochet’s and she does the most amazing macrame!!!! So we had a a macrame workshop!

I’ve got to say I am mortified!!! Because I could not and still can’t get the hang of it! I’m not giving up though! Our guests loved it, they enjoyed doing something different and learning something new, I don’t think anyone had any experience of macrame at all! Normally our guest designers run their workshop from 14:00 until 18:00 on the Saturday, but with it being such a big project Emily literally worked the usual workshop time, and the evening and the whole of the next day too! But look at the results!

It was such a good weekend.

We also had Lexie at the event who runs the ‘Crochet for beginners’ group on Facebook, Lexie very kindly gave us a review, on YouTube!!!! Our very first video review, you can watch it here Lexie loves crochet review

Anyway a few more pics!

We haven’t got anymore weekend spaces left at all until 2021, but we do have some day spaces! The Crochet Sanctuary

We’ve already planned out Christmas!!! And we have some fabulous workshops! Exciting!!!!!

Anyway happy hooking!!!

Lisa x

Hello 2018!

I do wonder how long we should carry on ‘happy new year’ for, only 5 days in and I feel like I’ve said it tonnes of times!!

Christmas started in August for us when we started designing the Christmas CAL, and it now feels like spring, seen as @lyndaacraftroom and I are now in the throws of designing the next one, thoroughly enjoying it I might just add!!

So! I’ve started my Janie Crow Fridas Flowers blanket!!!! Yayyyyy!!! Like on Christmas Eve, as soon as I’d finished my last gift, I have to say it’s the most stunning design and colour way ever!! I’m only on block 3 but it’s so gorgeous

Block 1

Block 2 – my favourite

Block 3 – what’s there not to love?!

Just beautiful

Although it’s going to be one of those blankets I probably won’t let anybody touch! So worth waiting for.

I’ve also had a start on Sophie’s stool, it’s so nice!! I’m tempted to just carry on and do the blanket but I really do want this for the stool.

For those like me that have looked at the stool kit for a while and not bought it, let me tell you it’s such good value for money!! I didn’t realise (I don’t think it’s been very well advertised) you actually get the stool in the kit! Plus 9 x 50g of scheepjes catona, the quality of the stool is just fab!

Anyway! I’ve also been working on some designs for the spring cal for knitcraft but obviously I can’t show you those….yet!

We also have literally 1 month and 10 days to go before The Crochet Sanctuary eeeeeekkkk!!! I’m so excited, and excited that some of you lovelies will be joining us! People we talk to on Instagram and some of our CAL members! We literally have sold out on all day passes, we only have 2 weekend passes available, to be honest it’s a bit of crap time of year, asking people to fork out £450 for a weekend of pure self indulgence, SO! As Lynda and I have already paid for everything in advance we obviously need to sell these last two rooms, so we’ve decided to raffle off 1 room, which is Fab really, for the sake of a £5 (virtual) raffle ticket you could win a weekend away of none stop Crochet, beautiful food in gorgeous surroundings with the loveliest people, and let me tell you we’ve sold so few the odds of actually winning is pretty bloody high! So if you fancy buying one, they’re £5, just send a payment through via PayPal to hello@thecrochetsanctuary.co.uk we get notifications straight away, so we’ll send a receipt through for your records. Ooh the weekend is from Friday 16th until Sunday 18th, it’s worth a fiver believe me!!!

We are really very pleased that we’ve sold the original number, then increased the number of weekends by another 5, at this time of year we think we’ve done a super job, so next week we’ll be releasing the dates for April Crochet Sanctuary!

Anyway happy hooking!!!!

Xx

2017 Wow

Well for me it’s been rather amazing!

2017 started with the designing of our first Crochet Along in conjunction with Knitcraft/Hobbycraft, @lyndascraftroom and I honestly thought we’d get about 100 people max taking part, if we were lucky!

I even remember us high fiving each other when we hit 77 😂 77 people! We’re close to 4000 now, 4000 people making our Designs, ours?! <<
u know you’re doing something right when your members start asking for a second CAL, specifically a Christmas themed CAL just just 4 months away from the big day! After a lot of hard work a few choice words and 8 weeks, yes just 8 weeks we managed between us to create The Christmas is…..CAL

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onestly cannot tell you how nice that warm feeling is when thousands of people make something that came out of your mind, through your fingers and into a yarny creation (struggled with that bit 😂) it’s just amazing. And it feels phenomenal to inspire people!!!

At the start of each CAL we get asked ‘can a beginner do this?’ ‘I’ve never crocheted before, will I find it easy?’ ‘This looks complicated I’m not sure I’d be able to do this’ we always tell them yes!!!!!!!

I have to be honest at first I found it a little alien, because unlike other areas in my life (weight management is a good start!) I have never looked at a pattern and thought ‘I can’t do this’ I just do it! And I keep doing it until I get it right. To me it’s like a recipe, so long as you can follow instructions you can cook it.

We get to so many people joining who have never picked up a hook! Never made a blanket, or crocheted anything before, and to see their results it’s just amazing!

Take Sarah Miller as an example. I met Sarah at high school, and never saw her a again when we left, she moved to the US and married the man of her dreams, she had crocheted a granny square and she had also done some scarves, in single stitches. She said she’d never be able to do Tea on the green, but she did!! She flew over in November and came to see us!! And this morning, she has posted this beautiful and amazing piece of work

Isn’t it fabulous!!!!

I’ve learnt a lot in 2017, especially about designing! I’ve learnt a lot about people, my skin has grown a lot thicker, like a lot, and that’s a good thing, I struggled with comments I thought were negative at the start of each CAL, I’ve grown to realise they’re not negative towards myself and Lynda or the CAL it’s just a few thousand people looking at what lies ahead of them and announcing ‘I can’t do this!’ But we know that now, and we turn them around and they do it!!! And they do it so well!!!!

Through the CAL’s we’ve made so many new friends too!!! I love crochet friends!

Myself and @lyndascraftroom have also launched The Crochet Sanctuary that’s been a big learning curve, with many more to come I’m sure! We’ve successfully sold out on day passes and initially all weekend passes, so we increased them by another 5, we’ve still 3 more weekend passes to sell, but that’s fine! May just have to add a little more discount to get them sold before February, but this will see an amazing start to 2018, and we have another CAL arranged for Spring and then Autumn, and Sanctuary’s arranged throughout the year!

So I think I can say it’s been a good one!!!

I’d like to thank YOU for following and reading my blog.

Thank you to Knitcraft for actually having faith in two amateur designers, letting us loose on your customers, trusting us and for giving us such a fabulous opportunity.

And too my partner in crime @lyndascraftroom for putting up with me! Listening to my ideas and telling me they’re crap when I needed to be told, we’re so different in so many ways, but together it just works! Thanks Lynda!!!

Until next time

Merry Christmas

Happy New year

And

Happy Hooking!!!!!

Lisa xx

Christmas CAL, WIP and new yarn review!

Well can you believe that’s our second CAL complete, well almost! @lyndascraftroom May have a bonus pattern ready to be released on Friday! And then I might just have one for the week after!

We’ve had some fabulous finished blanket pics getting posted, just so lovely to see!

Some people went for the original Knitcraft colourways but many have chosen their own and they’re all just fabulous!

I’ve been ever so good lately, I’ve finished some wip just in time for Christmas and I am getting close the end of my list, then and only then will I allow myself to get stuck into my primavera blanket.

I finished simply crochet magazine issue 63 gingerbread jumper. (Simply Crochet is Fab for patterns, they’ve an offer on for a fiver, look to the right!) I have to admit, this project did bore me, purely because it was mainly DC’s all the way through, I got excited to do the sleeves which involved some increase rows! But I forced myself to finish it and to say that my gorgeous girl Abby is happy with her jumper is an understatement

I’ve also finished the yarnspirations blast off rocket blanket!!!! Yayyyy!!!!! I did enjoy doing this, but let other projects get in the way, it’s massive, it’s heavy and chunky and my nephew is going to love it!

So I’ve just two troll hats to finish (still) I’ve made the hats it’s just the hair! But with help from the girls at our knitcraft social I’m getting there

Needless to say I won’t be doing anymore!

Now there I was I’d finished some wip and thought right, into the next one, foxy cardigan, when I popped into Blacksheep wools in Warrington, to get some large wool needles, I came across this yarn……..

DY Apollo manufactured by stash fine yarns, oh wow, ok so it’s a dk weight, mainly acrylic with about 20% wool, this isn’t my particular colour choice it’s a gift for someone, but the colour changes are just phenomenal! Absolutely beautiful, it’s lovely to crochet with and I don’t get bored, as the colour changes really make it interesting

Same picture but one with flash one without, the colours are so vibrant, I just love it, each ball is 300g in weight and Blacksheep wools are selling them for £14.95 but to be honest, well worth the money, and they’ve a lot of different colours in stock, well worth a nosey.

So this ball of yarn has jumped the que a little! However I’ve got two weeks to get my foxy cardigan done for my godson then another huge Twinkie chan doughnut for my niece, that’s it!

Then I do believe it’ll be heads down and designing the next CAL!

Ooh only a couple of weekends left at The Crochet Sanctuary !!!!

Happy hooking xx

Week 4 already!

I didn’t even get s chance to blog last week, been rather busy with work, CAL and Christmas orders.

Anyway I’ve completely bypassed week 3 and week 4 has just been released this morning Christmas CAL week 4 we had some amazing part 3’s completed last week, by people who’ve never tapestry crocheted before check these out!

@lyndascraftroom and I have to pinch ourselves sometimes, these patterns came out of our heads! And people are actually making them, not only are they making them they’re learning something new and building they’re confidence, it’s so heartwarming it really is.

I’ve finally completed the last of my puff stitch beanie orders

And I’ve been asked to make some troll hats, I must admit they’re driving me crazy, there’s an awful lot of hair to attach, once you’ve attached the hair you’ve got separate each strand, yes, each strand! Then brush with a wire brush and lose half of the hair, anyway I’ve two to make and I’m almost finished the first

A little scary 😂 but apparently the kids love them!

My little box of crochet arrived yesterday!!! And I am still being very patient waiting for the ‘Not so little box of crochet’ literally cannot wait for it to come!!

Last night I’d finished my last puff stitch beanie and I just had to have a little play with one of the Christmas decorations, the pattern is amazing, yarn beautiful, candle smells phenomenal! And some nice goodies inside too

Don’t be looking at the state of my craft room!!! Just the bell please 😂

The Crochet Sanctuary is becoming more exciting each day, we’ve literally 3 rooms left and that was after increasing our booking by another 5 rooms. Now!! Originally when we booked cranage hall and paid our whopper of a deposit, we chose a room with amazing tall sash windows and rather snug Victorian type fireplace, when we went a few weeks ago to test it all out, we were asked why we hadn’t picked the babage room, wenweee shown The Babage and as soon as we walked in we just knew we had to have it, it’s beautiful, more beautiful than our original choice, we’ve nicknamed it our Harry Potter room, it’s all wood panelled walls great big stone fireplace, it’s cozy and snug but big enough for 35 people, the babage is originally where they used to make medicine back in its day, anyway we couldn’t find out if we could have it until the Monday, we’ll we can have it! It’s ours!!! And we’re going to adorn it in crocheted blankets, cushions, crocheted pouffes and we maybe making some stag and unicorn heads for either side of the fireplace, at either side of the fireplace will be sofas positioned so that we can all keep warm, see each other and we won’t have to reach too far for our yarn, absolute bliss!!! We’ve had a brief from @coastalcrochet regarding her workshop and we are so excited!!

Anyway, that’s it from me, happy hooking xx

Christmas is, and an afternoon at The Crochet Sanctuary ☺️

What a lovely afternoon had by all!! So yesterday part two of the Christmas is Cal was released, pattern is available here if you fancy Part two it’s going sooooooo well!! We have people that have never crocheted joining and completed part one, which is just phenomenal, it gives @lyndascraftroom and I such a buzz that we are able to give people so much confidence, it’s just fabulous!!

There’s such a real mixture of stitches, and we know we’ve broken so many unwritten crochet rules so that we’re able to get all of these textures in one blanket, but it’s working! And so nice to see so many colours.

Anyway this morning we met some of the girls at hobbycraft Warrington where the lovely Emma has made a sign for us! We’ve only been there for 18 months so much appreciated!

I also had an old friend turn up, all the way from Nevada!! We haven’t seen each other for 24 years so it was so lovely to see her, a few months ago sarah had crocheted a couple of scarves, we got her involved in the Tea on the green cal and she’s finished it and done such an amazing job, she’s now doing the Christmas cal!

As you know The Crochet Sanctuary is happening in February, and we want both of our weekend and day guests to enjoy every single minute of it, so we thought we’d have a mini sanctuary afternoon, just to see how it was going to work, where we want the sofas positioned, and test some food obviously!! Ohhhh we did not want to leave!!! We chilled out on the sofas, fire on, hot drinks, light lunch and crochet! We even took a few crocheted bits with us as a bit of a dress rehearsal, ahhhhh relaxed doesn’t even describe it!

How pretty is our entrance!! I’m thinking of a bobble rug at the front of the door, we’ll have some nice banners outside too

Just so comfortable!! We’ve requested plenty of sofas so people can kick their shoes off, slipper socks on and chill!

And check out the fire, just lovely!!

Best of all though we had a giggle.

We walked out of cranage hall with that ‘just right’ feeling, it’s absolutely thee perfect place for us, and we simply cannot wait!

We’ve sold out of our day passes for February 17th, and we’ve increased the number of weekend passes by another 5 so there’s a few of those left. But with so many sofas I think we’re going to need to whip up a few more blankets!!

Anyway happy hooking xx

It’s live!

Christmas is…..live on hobbycraft blog, and our Knitcraft CAL Facebook page, I feel exhausted already!! A bit surprised Knitcraft posted whole pictures! But nice to see everyone’s reactions!!

So here they are!!

The grey version is ‘crisp skies and full of surprise’ and the purple version is ‘happy wishes and snowflake kisses’

@lyndascraftroom and I are rather pleased!!

Here’s a pic of part one, this was crocheted by Samantha who is an amazing pattern tester!

Anyways, off for a little cat nap I think, didn’t sleep much last night!!

Happy hooking xx

Sunday already

But I’ve had a lovely weekend! Started with Saturday morning rushing around and falling out of the front door, who does that! I fell out of the front door and landed in a very unflattering heap, so felt a bit shaken up. I turn the horrible 40 next Friday and been feeling quite down about it. Anyways turned up to our knitcraft social at hobbycraft, ready to get one of the #daisiesforvicky blankets finished, @lyndascraftroom normally waits outside for me, but had messaged to say she was already upstairs…..bit odd….gets half way up the stairs and could see her at the top, but as soon as I’d seen her she’d gone, very odd! I turned the corner to our table and nobody’s there, but the table was full of cakes, crackers, my favourite cheese, favourite pate, drinks, I couldn’t understand what was going on, next thing out pops Tanya from ‘What I created next’ lynda and Margaret tanya’s Mum, shouting happy birthday! I soooo wasn’t expecting it, and boy I was overwhelmed! Lynda handed me a bag, i was that busy being in shock I didn’t realise the bag had my logo on it, how ace! Lynda had filled the bag with dream gifts for a crocheter, a gorgeous pack of ice yarn, I do like ice! An amazing crocheted birthday cake!!!! I’ve never had anything crocheted gifted to me before, isn’t it a lovely thing to receive?! And Gorgeous lush shower products, I could not believe it

Then tanya also gave me some gifts! An amazing project book, actually personalised! I’ve never had anything personalised before, and it’s got everything in it for crochet it’s fabulous!

Tanya had actually painted me a picture as well, I mean wow, again, I have never had a picture properly painted for me, if you zoom in she has actually gone to the effort of writing my name inside the bubbles, so special, and a handmade card, I’ve never had one of those either!

Isn’t it fabulous!! I’ve never felt so special to be fair, so lovely! Shortly after that the lovely lynn arrived with gorgeous Lindtt chocolates and another special handmade card ☺️☺️☺️☺️. People are sooooo kind!!!

Our Knitcraft group has been going for about 13 months and during those months I really have made some special friends.

Anyways!! Enough of me! We finished one of the #daisiesforvicky blankets, I added the border, Lyndas started the next one, bless her, offering to do all of that joining is no easy task! It took me about 3 hours just to do the border.

It really is beautiful, so much thought gone into each and very stitch by many different people. Margaret did the draw, and this particular blanket was won by Hannah Thorley from @quietwatercraft how fabulous!!! So this will be in the post for Hannah tomorrow.

I’ve even managed to finish some wip this week, my work colleague became nana last week so I’ve managed to make two blankets some booties and a princess crown

I’m going to sew some silvery gems onto the crown tomorrow.

Anyway it maybe Sunday already but it’s been a bloody good weekend!! Roll on next Friday, Christmas is….CAL launch!!!

Happy hooking xx

Christmas is………..!!!!!!!!!

@lyndascraftroom and I have done it again!!!! The Christmas is…. CAL is now available on the hobbycraft website!! We have two colour ways one is Happy wishes and snowflake kisses and the other is Crisp Skies and full of surprise! Get your Kit here! Or you could be really nice and order it from the link to your right hand side……..

So Knitcraft have not posted a pic of the blanket yet but this picture below is inspired from the CAL launches on 3rd November and will be released in 6 weekly parts

Totally inspired from it!!!

Such an exciting day!!!

Happy hooking!! Xx

Wow! What a day!

Such a fabulous day! Any day filled with crochet is fabulous, but when it’s for charity it makes it all the better. We have been inundated with daisies, and we’ve raised a nice bit of money for victim support too! A massive thank you from myself and @lyndascraftroom for all your help and support, to the people that donated daisies, money and to those that turned up today to crochet or give support, you’re all amazing!!!

We did bite off a bit more than we could chew, we managed to join 1 blanket, we are still to join the border!! And then we think we have enough stunning daisies to make another two blankets, so we will have to do the draw next weekend so that we have finished blankets to handover.

Also a huge thank you to Hobbycraft Warrington, who have let us stay from store opening until closing at such a busy time of year, their support is just fabulous!

Anyhoo, we’ve still got a lot of work to do, but it’s all for a good cause, victim support, in memory of Vicky Wynne-Jones, who was probably looking down on us today having a chuckle.

Happy Hooking xx