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

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Helloooo! Freezing isn’t it?! Well if you’re in the UK it is, we had some snow today! It hasn’t settled but we’re due for more tonight.

I think with this weather I just want to crochet warm jumpers and cardigans, I’m like a magpie for a nice Aran at the moment, and constantly starting something new.

I’m still working on my spirit of life cal, I’m taking it easy, not rushing and I can quite honestly say I am enjoying every stitch, when I first bought it, it was the first time I looked at a pattern and questioned my ability to do it, I think it was the mosaic but I’ve done it and it was a hell of a lot easier than I thought

I’m really pleased with it, so much so I’ve bought the volcanic version too!! Lord knows when I’ll actually get around to starting it, I’m not on the blocks, once these are joined it’ll be back to working in rows

We had our huge scheepjes delivery last week for the next Crochet sanctuary I treated myself to these buttons, I have been hunting high and low for these buttons and couldn’t find them anywhere!

I love them! I’ll only use them for extra special people ha! I got these pegs too!

Way too cute!!

I’ve also started the Poet cardigan Little Golden Nook I love it!! I’m using WI soft and smooth tweed Aran from Hobbycraft, although I’ve got to admit the sleeves are starting to bore me a little I’m almost at the end of my first one, only the other sleeve to go and it’s done!

On Saturday night we decided to go for a walk with the dogs to New Brighton beach on the Sunday, it’s so cold here I thought I’m going to wrap up!! Can you believe I didn’t have a hat??? I don’t wear them but quickly crocheted myself one for Sunday

I love it!!!! I just used some style craft Aran I had and got this fabulous pattern from 5 little monsters and it was free!!! Less than 3 hours and I was the proud owner of a hat! Don’t you just love crochet?!

Helen shrimpton has also released a new pattern (help me!) I’ve had to buy it, I absolutely need to get some wips out of the way before I start it, it’s lovely! It’s called The lost garden I’m thinking of some fresh colours for this, duck egg blue, whites, but trying to think of another 3 colours.

I’ve finished my designs for the next crochet sanctuary! I also finished my testing for another designer, which I enjoyed doing very much. I’ve just got one large project for knit raft Hobbycraft blog I’m procrastinating with! Purely because I’m enjoying all of these patterns!

Oooooooh fab bargain yesterday!!! Facebook market place is good sometimes for yarny finds, there was a lady who had just closed her craft store not far from me, and she was selling 15 x balls of Rico creative Aran this has to be the softest Aran EVER it’s normally £3.99 a ball, I got 15 for £30!!!!! I reckon I’ll get a few sweaters/cardigans out of this!

Anyway, I’m going to work on that project I’ve been putting off tonight, unfortunately it’s not quite big enough for keeping me warm, but, I’ll feel better for putting a dent in it that’s for sure!

Happy Hooking!

Lisa xx

Not so weekly update

It’s been busy! We’re now on week 3 of the Knitcraft falling leaves crochet along, and it’s going really well!

We’ve been busy finalising and re-testing designs for the Christmas Crochet Sanctuary which is mega exciting! We literally cannot wait to see people’s faces, so exciting!! We’ve gone a little all out for Christmas, but you’ve got to really, we’ve also been finalising designs for our 1 day special on 1st December AND! On 2nd December too! Because can you believe this?! Amanda bloom from Little Box of Crochet asked @lyndascraftroom and I to host a workshop for her grand sale!

I mean, remember when I attended a retreat and she was there and I got all giddy and star struck?!?! Now!! We’re hosting workshops for her?! Unbelievable really ha! Anyway there are a couple of places left, it’s £5 to get in and the proceeds got to brain tumour charity, it’s £15 to get in if you want to do either the morning or afternoon workshop, and we’ve got a cracking project for each one planned! Blacksheep wools have kindly donated oke gift bags for us for the day and some mini catonas to pop in the bags, which was so kind of them, they’re so local to lynda and I so it’s nice that local businesses support each other.

Anyway I love it once we’ve finished designing a CAL because I can get back to crocheting what I fancy, I’ve finally managed to catch up with ubunto! I’ve been a little bit hooked, but I am going to have to frog back a few rows as my stitch count isn’t quite right so nee to figure out where I’ve gone wrong. I went for the ubunto small and I’ve regretted it since, I do love it but I do wish I’d gone for the medium or large

It was due to cost originally as there was a big jump in price from small to medium, but I think I might do medium now too and small can go on the sofas at the sanctuary.

As our Christmas Sanctuary is only next week I’ve started a sweater!! A Christmas sweater, it’s deigned by Eleven handmade and it’s the Golden Rod sweater

It’s an odd hook and yarn weight (to me) its a sock weight yarn requires and a 4.5mm hook, so I’m on the chunky side and to be safe I want to make sure it’s going to fit me! So I’ve gone for a dk weight on the recommended hook size, and it’s coming up lovely! I do love a puff stitch anyway, the sleeves are added on lastly but! You could leave them as is and crochet in a cotton and have it a a summer top, it such a versatile pattern. I’ve decided to make one for my mum, so I’ve bought some baby drops alpaca silk yarn in wheat, although I didn’t realise the wheat would have a yellowish tinge to it, I’m gonna go with it as I’m sure my mum will love it.

Also it was my birthday yesterday and it just so happened to fall on a Knitcraft social day! I was thoroughly spoilt rotten embarrassingly, but wow! I’ve never hand so many birthday cards, even when I was little, and handmade ones at that, so many gifts of candles, gin, yarn, flowers, chocolate a beautiful poppy bracelet and Lynda knows me so well ha!!! A mini schnauzer calendar and! Twinkie chan book!!!! I never bought it, I’ve been eyeing it up for 2 years! And she got it for me! Crochet abode ala mode! Love it!!!!!

It was a cracking day and so nice to spend it with my hooker friends, anyways, it’s Sunday, it’s cold outside, I’m off to carry on with my golden rod sweater!

Happy hooking!

Lisa xx

Crochet Now Magazine

@lyndascraftroom and I are just a tad excited this morning, we’re like kids on Christmas morning, firstly because it’s The Crochet Sanctuary tomorrow, thirdly we’ve released new dates for next year, and already sold out of day passes for November 2019! Like wow!

We must be doing something right! We haven’t even publicised it, we only sent a mail shot out to guests that have attended before, to give them first dibs, and we’ve got bookings for each and every month!

And lastly…..because……we are in this months Crochet Now Magazine! Jeez!!!!! Us! Our water garden cal, is actually good enough to be mentioned in a magazine!

Never ever did we think anything of ours would go into a magazine, like ever.

But there you go it’s there, and I’m off for another squeal, and to start packing for tomorrow evening!!

Happy hooking lisa xx

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