Tie backs and yarny buys!

I was going to save this for next week, but I’m currently working away from home in Harrogate, staying at faulty towers, it’s 00:34 and I’ve just got back to my room after a false fire alarm, I wouldn’t of been surprised if it had been a real one, this place is so badly maintained!

Anyway, I’m wide awake now so thought, ooh blog!

I finished an order I received from my cousins wife, she had asked for a giraffe tie back and a zebra tie back, I did share a pic of the zebra a few blog posts ago, but he’s now finished!

As you can tell, I do not have one single pair of curtains in my house, at all, so blinds had to do!

I’ve also finished the giraffe

Who has super long legs, both of these were designed by Nice and Cosee crochet she has so many tie back patterns! I’m pleased with these though, super cute

Which means!!! I’ve started my medium sized Ubuntu by scheepjes! I’ve really gotten stuck in and I’ve just this minute finished all of the diamonds to part 3, although not many pics

I’m really enjoying it, I’ve just to finish the main. Colour part on each diamond before I can move into the half diamonds.

I’m also working on some Christmas designs for Knitcraft with @lyndascraftroom it doesn’t half feel weird crocheting Christmas in June! But we’ve been given a brand new yarn to use and it’s lovely, with plenty of colours too! But more of that when I’m allowed.

And then there’s our designs for The crochet Sanctuary but I can’t show you those either! Not until next week anyway, I’m mega excited for the crochet Sanctuary this weekend. We’ve got our guest designer Zeens and Roger who’s work and podcasts I’ve admired for a while, so it will be nice to actually meet Rosina in person, and of course work on one of her designs. I’m so looking forward to meeting up with our regular hookers ha!! And some new people too! We’ve a couple of surprises for them this weekend too!

And I didn’t think I’d be saying this but…….2020 has almost sold out!!! We’ve literally got 5 weekend spaces left for April, 5! That April we have Lynne Rowe from the wool nest (on Instagram) hosting our guest workshop, Lynne did a workshop for us last year, and we enjoyed it so much we’ve booked her again for next year. We’ve lots of crochet days available though, which is good, as although it’s nice being sold out it’s nice to have spaces to fill!

Ooooh I’ve been shopping! I really should just stop! However I am currently waiting on a delivery for this! I’ve pinched this pic from Etsy it’s not mine!

So lynda bought this, when you pull the cow down it plays a tune!!! From the X files!!!! It’s amazing! And it’s bigger than I thought too. So I’m currently waiting delivery!

I’ve also bought……and I’ve pinched this pic from Woolly Mama Yarns I can never add a link for this on Etsy, so I apologise, she has a yarn club called back to the 80’s, I could not resist this!

It’s so watermelon! And it’s actually called ‘I carried a watermelon’!! I’m so excited, lord knows what I’m going to do with it, I’m hoping it’ll be there when I get home tomorrow as it’s been dispatched.

I’ve also pre-ordered some books!

This is by the authors of dragons and unicorns and I loved it so much I couldn’t resist!

And!

Who doesn’t love Mabel bunny and co? Wool Couture are releasing a book!

Again this is pre-order, and should be September, literally so excited!

I suppose I’d best get some sleep need to be up in just 5 hours!

Happy Hooking!!

Lisa x

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More finished projects!

Hellloooooo!!!! From Leeds, not Warrington, Leeds. I’ve been exhibiting at a conference today, and tomorrow, I don’t normally like staying away, but it’s a good opportunity to get some hooky time in whilst stuck in a hotel room on my own! Crochet and Netflix love it! I got through so many episodes of suits last night, more tonight!

So I actually finished some more projects this week, I don’t really take crochet orders, unless they’re for friends and family, but even that stresses me out slightly as I have a deadline hanging over my head, and I also hate charging, I always feel that if I don’t charge then people can’t come back if there’s anything wrong.

So a little while a go a lovely lady at work asked me to make a blanket for her new grandson, I was excited as I had bought so many patterns for small blankets and was itching to make them. She also asked me to make another blanket for another girl at work who is due to have a little girl soon, so off I went to Blacksheep wools to buy some stylecraft bambino, have you tried it? It’s beautiful, and gives the most lovely stitch definition

I bought 2 colourways one for boys and one for girls (neither gender neutral sorry) and I started a very simple rowed treble for the boys blanket, but got so bored! And the colours weren’t doing it for me, so I scrapped that idea and decided to just use the sage colour and a simple filet crochet I chose Estelle blanket by owl b hooked and I absolutely love it! I’ve always steered clear of filet, purely because I’m so crap at counting ha!!

I think it turned out beautifully!

I also crocheted a lovely simple blanket in a dark grey, with silver star appliqués, I pinched the colourway and pattern from Kate from just pootling she always chooses the most beautiful colours

It’s quite small but the perfect size for a car seat for sure. 23 stars though?! Thank you for @lyndascraftroom who kindly sewed them on for me, I hate sewing!

And finally, the busy bees blanket, I only started it last week, in the vintage pink with a beautiful cream border, I almost didn’t want to give it away!

Is it it lovely!!!!

I only really have one more item to finish, before I can crack on with things that I really want to do, in between designing for The crochet Sanctuary

On March 7th my cousin sadly passed away. She left behind 2 beautiful little girls, I felt overwhelmed with sadness and guilt as I had not made the effort to contact until 3 days before she died. Keith flint from the prodigy had passed away and, fire starter always reminded me of Karen, so I messaged her, but I didn’t hear back and by 7th she wasn’t there anymore. Anyway!!! Enough doom! I decided to make her girls a little something, even if it just put a smile on their faces for 30 seconds it would be worth it, but then I thought, well I should really make my other cousins children something too, I ended up making a few items!

Milo Monkey was for my cousin Alison’s little boy designed by Kornflake stew

Then I ended up making the Fox for wee Don, who is Karen’s nephew, same designer

I made Karen’s eldest daughter a puff stitch beanie as she is 12 and I didn’t think she would quite appreciate a toy!

And for Karen’s youngest I made pegasuaurus? I might be wrong there, and I can’t remember the designer, but it was out of Unicorns and dragons crochet book this book is amazing by the way!

So! I finished them a discreetly handed them out after the wake, my cousins wife then contacted me and asked me to make some ami tie backs for curtains, she wanted a zebra and a giraffe, so the zebra is done and has the most amazing mo!!

But I’ve yet to finish the giraffe, I’m about 1/4 way through they’re both designed by Nice and cosee crochet check out her Ravelry page!

Then!!!!!!!! I can finally start…….Ubuntu medium!!! So remember I finished my small Ubuntu? Well I enjoyed it so much I was a bit gutted I didn’t get the medium kit, but it was so expensive at the time and I didn’t know if I would finish it. Well both @lyndascraftroom and I have bought the medium kit eeeek! The small one I did sits in the Sanctuary, but the medium I’m going to crochet for our sofa at home

I am so excited!!!

So tonight I am sat in my hotel room, testing a pattern for our Friday night project for the next crochet Sanctuary, who am I kidding?! I just couldn’t wait to start it ha!!!! But can’t show you yet! What I can say is, it’s gorgeous!

Anyway, I’m off to order room service then get my hoook on!!!

Happy Hooking!!!

Lisa xx

Birthday weekend🦄🦄🦄

Well it’s been a whole year, a year today actually! That @lyndascraftroom and I held our very first Crochet Sanctuary it’s been an absolute blast! We’ve met so many amazing people. So our theme for the weekend was birthdays, cupcakes, unicorns, unicorn colours, piñatas, pass the parcel, and cake, way too much cake!

We started off our evening with everyone arriving including our guest designer Lottie & Albert, who’s podcast I watch regularly, it’s so odd meeting someone that you watch when they’ve never met you before!

Our room looked beautiful!! So we had 18 weekenders and 8 crochet day guests for the Saturday, so 26 of us in total. We started the evening off by giving all of our guests miffy slipper kits from Stitch and Story the yarn in the kits are absolutely beautiful, including a lovely bamboo hook and some lovely little cotton labels, they would of been perfect had the pattern included had been a little easier to read, it was a little oddly written and took a lot of concentration, which I struggled with, however we do have one person that finished them!

They’re so cute, but I think I personally need a quiet room to concentrate for these ones. Photo credit Sharon Meakin! Well done Sharon!

We also had Amanda from Little Box of Crochet so very kindly donate one of her Learn to crochet boxes ohhhhh my!!!!! I wish these were around when I was learning, they’re stunning, and she donated one for us to use as a pass the parcel and the lovely Alison Bailey won!

Just look what’s included!

Anyway, we had a lovely evening, albeit late, as once everyone had gone we then set up for our unicorn party the next morning

Oh the fun!! Although not so much fun when the balloons tangle!!!

A good friend would of helped……😂

For our workshop in the morning Lynda and I had designed some cupcake pin cushions, one with a great big cream swirl and unicorn, we also had unicorn marshmallows on sticks

Don’t laugh at my sleepy eyes!!!!

But if people didn’t fancy using them as pincushions they had some head bands too, to make a head band

After lunch we moved onto Lindsey from Lottie and Albert Lindsey had provided us all with her rainbow blanket pattern and heart belly basket, the project is created by working 6 strands of dk yarn at the same time, using a 20mm hook, winding the yarn into large balls was a laugh!

It works up so quickly! And it’s so soft, so even if you wanted to use a cheaper yarn because it’s in a larger hook and it’s so airy even a cheaper yarn is so soft!

We used scheepjes colour crafter in pastels

Throughout the day we had pass the parcel games and our guests won things like toft kits, sweets and Amanda Blooms ‘the story so far’ book 😍😍

Sunday is always a chill out day, where we finish projects from the weekend, even though we themed the weekend as our first birthday it was more to give us ideas to base the weekend on, but people actually brought us gifts 🙈🙈 we’ve had chocolates, candles and cards! Oh no!!! That really wasn’t the intention, but check out this amazing gift!!!

Mini skeins of hand dyed yarn in a mug!!!! Like 😱😱😱 how amazing!!!

Anyway, we really couldn’t of had our 1st birthday if people didn’t actually book with us, so we bought our guests a gift to say a massive thank you to them

And we were lucky enough to have the author of the book there to sign it too!

It’s been an absolute laugh, and what more can you want than a comfy room filled with lovely people, yarn and cake?!

Here’s a few more pics

I think that’s all for now, until next time happy hooking!!!

Lisa xx

A wee update

Our deadline for the spring CAL looms at the end of this week, so as per usual @lyndascraftoom and I have been hooking none stop!! It’s so worth it though because it looks stunning, and we’re rather proud! But I can’t show you! Not yet anyway.

It’s amazing when we look back at Tea on the green, and then to this CAL just how far we’ve come, even if I do say so myself, we were ahead of schedule and then for slightly off track, only slightly, the CAL has now gone to Lynda for her unusual fabulous finish and then back to me for the border, but it means I can catch up and sort out designs for the next Crochet Sanctuary which is on 20th April until 22nd, so literally 8 weeks away. We’ve had so many messages about other dates, we were trying to wait until we’d sold out on the next date before releasing the rest but we’ve given up and released all dates now, so we have April, June, September and November.

So first on my list was to catch up on Coastal crochet seaside stash buster CAL I’m really enjoying this, there is absolutely no pressure at all. And I have to admit blues and greens aren’t really my favourite colours so I seem to have a large amount of it in my stash which means I really can make mine look rather coastal, I’m really pleased with it

Just 4 rows a week, and the patterns are nice and easy to follow, I’m enjoying the process and I know it’s going to be a long CAL but I’m also rather excited to see the finished result too.

I’ve also been teaching my 14 year old daughter to crochet! We spend a lot of time together and she comes to our Knitcraft social most weeks, and I kind of felt guilty that she couldn’t come on the last Sanctuary but she couldn’t crochet and of course it’s a lot of money to pay for her to be bored all weekend, so she has been nagging me if she can come to April, the deal was that if she can crochet she can come, so this happened!

She crocheted her first granny square! Ok so she’s not quite for the bug and I don’t want to force it on her but I couldn’t help but take her to Blacksheep wools on Sunday, she bought herself a yarn cake and a tulip hook

The chunky blossom is mine though!! And guess what? She completely unravelled her cake and decided she couldn’t do it 🙄🙄 do I’ll leave her for a bit and then give her a gentle reminder!

So! While I’m here! We’ve sold out of all day passes for April, but we have got some rooms left for weekend bookings. It is going to be fab, each weekender will receive a fabulous Sophie’s stool!!!

We will work through a number of workshops, using some stunning yarns, three bears yarn, scheepjes and hopefully some hoooked or some Knitcraft Home cotton, all with a spring feel! Our workshops will also be including the very fabulous Amanda Bloom from Little box of crochet

Amanda has a fab workshop planned and no doubt with some amazing yarn!!

So if you do want to book click Here it is just a £50 deposit

Taking of little box of crochet, I was very naughty and bought myself the Not so little box of crochet…..oh wow, just wow!

Well!!! I couldn’t not could I?! So I’ll soon be getting started!!! Once the CAL has been sent and I can concentrate anyway!

Best got to bed now really

Happy hooking xx