I dyed yarn!

Hello! Ive been so excited for weeks about attending a yarn dyeing workshop with @lyndascraftroom yesterday. We’ve been talking about running a yarn dyeing workshop at Crochet Sanctuary in 2021, I know so far ahead but we have to plan quite far in advance! Neither of us had dyed yarn before, we had no idea how it worked or what appliances are required etc. So thought we’d find out more about it. So we booked onto a workshop at Blacksheep wools with Debbie Tomkies from DT Crafts.

Neither of us knew what to expect, I think the bit I enjoyed most was actually getting messy ha! The course was really good value, we originally thought we would come away with a 100g skein but we actually dyed a 50g skein of merino and then a 100g skein.

But first we tested 1ml, 10ml and 20ml of dye on 25g skeins

Then we played with colour swatch cards and mixing colours together it was fab!

With my first 50g skein I was nervous about dunking it to be honest, incase I’d ruined it, so I decided to paint mine by hand and I was quite pleased with the result, don’t laugh!!! I think it was a good attempt for my first shot

Imagine it dry though and wound into a ball? I reckon it’ll make something pretty nice!

We were then given a 100g skein and I remembered seeing a colourway by witch candy yarn, here’s one of her pics of the yarn I like

But I cannot justify buying it as she is in Canada and with the cost, postage and import fees I just couldn’t justify it. So I thought I’d give it a go, it soooooooo didn’t go according to plan, and very adventurous of me for my second attempt (head in hands) but here’s what I did

Oh well!!! I’m quite pleased with it and I think it’ll make a nice stripes pair of socks, and it’s dry!!

Here’s a few more pics of the day

I think if anything it’s made me realise just why hand dyed yarn is so expensive, the thought and skill that go into it is unbelievable, the pre soaking, rinsing, actually dyeing, cooking, rinsing and drying, I’m actually surprised they don’t cost more. I’m quite pleased with my first attempts.

We’re still not sure if it would quite suit the Sanctuary purely because of logistics, I.e constant supply of water, protecting the newly laid carpets and of course being able to cook it, albeit we do have access to an outdoor kitchen……so watch this space!

Happy hooking

Lisa xx

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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

Oooops

I know……I have seriously neglected my blog since February, no post in March or April, things just seem to have been a little hectic, not too hectic for crochet though.

So what have I been up to? I’ve got loads of finished objects! So first of all since I last posted I started and finished the wrapped in diamonds shawl by Toruń crochet, I was really pleased with the finish, out of all of my whirls this is my first fully completed item!

It was a bit hard to try and get a full picture of it but it’s a fab pattern and I’m sure I’ll make more, in fact, I did buy some more, not whirls but cotton king cakes from hobbi yarns

How gorgeous are these?! They were such a bargain too £11 I think? Sometimes they have some cracking deals on so well worth having a nosey at their website Hobbi yarns

I’ve also finished some Amigurumis!

I’m reallh enjoying Amigurumi at the moment, but there are so many things I want to make!

I’ve started so many other wips, but I’m really trying to work my way through.

Anyway!! At the end of March I took my husband away for a week, our first holiday without our kids who are now 18 & 15, it was his 50th birthday and I booked us a cruise sailing from Southampton to Rotterdam, Where we then got a coach to……..Amsterdam!!! And guess where I went?!!!!

That’s my hubby, we went to Stephen & Penelope’s fine yarns!!!! I have been itching to go! Of course we were too early and it was shut but we only had to wait an hour or so, oh Lordy!!!!! I’m tight fisted when it comes to yarn, I had until then only ever bought one skein of hand dyed yarn, this shop is full of it!!!! I spent €177 which I didn’t think was too bad, I bought 1 for @lyndascraftroom with a wip bag, and 2 for Amanda Bloom as it was her birthday so I haven’t got pics of those but here’s my treat

The shop is well worth a visit but you’ll need plenty of money!!! We then sailed to Bruge and guernsey and it was a fab holiday!

Then just a week later we had the April Crochet Sanctuary we were so excited! We had decided that with it being spring we would have a spring theme, we also had Alison Holloway as our guest designer, Alison is the momma of Mabel bunny, she’s a brilliant designer, when she went through the pattern for April I had a little cry! Purely because of the effort she had put into it. On the Friday evening we had Hoooked bags! I was a little unsure initially as I had only used T-shirt yarn at another retreat I went to, and the pattern we were given was using a 7mm hook, I just remember being in agony of trying to crochet with a 7mm hook, anyway lynda and I got our delivery and decided that really we should test the pattern, we’ll I absolutely loved the yarn!!! Ad it’s a lot easier using the recommended 12mm hook, I loved the pattern too! And it went down a real treat!

Everyone really enjoyed it. And most got them finished that weekend.

On the Saturday our guests crocheted our honeycomb hook roll which is available on our Etsy shop!

We used scheepjes stonewashed and catona, cute isn’t it!! And check out the bee!!!

Then in the afternoon we started Alison’s pattern……Lottie the ladybird!

I really enjoyed making Lottie, her wings move too!!! She’s available to buy from Alison’s Etsy page (I’m struggling to add a link sorry)

I’ve got too much to post here! So I’m missing out a few finished objects! Anyway! I finally used up all of my willow and lark woodland yarn I bought 20 balls from little box of crochet Etsy page as they were too good to resist. I used some for my mums sweater at Christmas, and the rest I used for Eleven handmades rye bread cardigan, it was the perfect yarn for it

Ooooooh lynda bought me a bag!!! I mustn’t forget that, thank you lynda!

We were then planning for our May Crochet Sanctuary which we wanted to Keep with the spring theme. Our May sanctuary was just for one day and it was great! Our guests crocheted matching ‘bee happy’ pin cushions and a scissor pouch, we even gave them the scissors

And keeping in theme we crocheted hoooked baskets too!

And!!!!! Go me!!!! Remember last year for @lyndascraftroom birthday?! I started nameless by Helen shrimpton and as per usual I realised I’d bitten off more than I can chew? Well I finally finished it!!!

Those last 7 rounds almost ruined me

We also released our 2020 dates!!! We have some phenomenal designers lined up, even one flying in from Amsterdam, and I hate to say it, well actually I don’t I love it!! Ha!! But we’ve only got 6 day places left for the whole of 2020, February, June, September and November/December have gone! We’ve got quite a few crochet days left, but only 6 spaces for April, crikey, I never thought I’d be typing this! So if you fancy a day or weekend it’s www.crochetsanctuary.co.uk then click book now to see what we have.

Our June weekend is coming up from 7th June, and wow it’s probably the most yarn filled weekend we’ve had, I’m so excited!!

Well I think that’s almost it for now! I’m going to try and post a little more often from now on.

Happy hooking!!!

Lisa xx

High five 🙌

To @lyndascraftroom and mwahhhh!! We’re slightly buzzing, ever so slightly. It’s funny when we design something, it doesn’t matter how much we’ve tested the pattern, at the back of our minds we always worry we’ve missed a mistake, especially with this months little Box of crochet!

But it’s out, some people are still receiving them, some have finished which is a relief as we know there never was any errors phew!

Yayyyyy!!!! We’re so pleased with it ♥️♥️♥️ you might still be able to get one from Little Box of crochet

I’ve been working on a wrap for our holiday at the end of March

It’s Helen shrimptons free bubblegum shawl pattern, nice easy tv crochet.

No other exciting news from me because it’s exciting enough!

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

February Little Box of Crochet

Hello!! Well I’ve got zero finished wips, barely crocheted the last week, I’ve been so poorly! Full on flu, chest and throat infection, nice, I’ve actually taken time off work to try and get better which I haven’t done in over 8 years! I’ve always thought If i were poorly off work I’d get loads of crochet done, but I’ve just not felt like it whatsoever.

Anyway whenever I lose my crojo I always find Helen shrimpton patterns get me going again, I love her designs, so intricate, I started nameless last June thinking is finish it in July ready for @lyndascraftrooms birthday, but as the date got closer I soon realised it wouldn’t happen. Helen has released a new pattern The Lost Garden it’s beautiful, but I thought there’s no way I can start as j haven’t finished nameless so here’s my progress so far

So my treat is once I’ve finished this one I can start lost garden.

I can also reveal I did some testing for A Yarny Robin for her gorgeous trio of cupcakes pattern, Nicola has released the pattern now so I can share some pics, the pattern is lovely, very vintage looking, and works beautifully with paintbox cotton

Here’s a link for A trio of cupcakes

The other amazing news that we’ve been keeping from you, is that @lyndascraftroom and I are the designers for Little Box of Crochet February’s Box!!!!!! You know I’m a massive fan of lbc and I have been for the last few years, for Amanda to ask us to design a Box was like a pinch myself moment!!! But it’s happened!!!! No sneaky pics yet but, look how amazing the box is!!

If I could of squealed when I saw the pics I would of, but I had no voice whatsoever!! Can you believe it?!!! We can’t wait for you to see what’s inside!!! Never in a million years when I bought my first box (flower garland) did I ever, ever think that one day we would be designing a box, but there you go, we have!!!

Happy hooking!!!

Lisa xx

Serial starter

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

Happy New Year!

Happy new year everyone! I hope 2018 was a good one for you, I’ve spent some time looking back and it was a good one for me for sure. 2018 was the start of The Crochet Sanctuary which initially started as 1 weekend in February and quickly grew to 5 weekends and a crochet day, and everyone of them was fabulous, which is a real confidence boost, we also had The Water Garden CAL with Knitcraft published in spring and the Falling Leaves CAL in Autumn,

we’ve ran workshops for Amanda Blooms Little Box of Crochet grand sale and met some amazing new friends, it’s all been good on the home front too!

I’ve finished so many projects I’ve lost count! The pics are all on my Instagram account though, should I ever feel the need to look back!

Oooh and I had my very own pattern published on the Hobbycraft blog! I almost forgot about that! Hot water bottle cover

It’s been fun!

So 2019, there’s lots to look forward to, February we have our very own 1st Birthday weekend, and we are so excited! We have so many amazing things planned including a guest deigned workshop by Lottie & Albert, I’m slightly worried as I’ve turned into a bit of a fan girl 🙈 her YouTube podcast is brilliant to sit and watch whilst crocheting, you should give it a go!

We’ve then got the March crochet day, which will be almost a duplicate of what we do on the February weekend, we do still have some March crochet day places left if anyone fancies booking Click here then, we have something mega exciting happening towards the end of February, something I never thought or even dreamt that would happen! But it’s all a big secret at the moment!

Mr H turns 50 in April! And I’ve booked us a cruise for a week to celebrate, our first ever holiday since our honeymoon almost 19 years ago, scary, but exciting, then there’s the April Crochet Sanctuary oh the list goes on, how exciting!!

I’ve had a good Christmas and new year break from work, albeit 2 funerals inbetween, but I’ve managed quite a bit of crochet time!

I picked up this absolute bargain from Blacksheep wools! This is the scheepjes spirit of life CAL from 2017, and online its £47.50, in store the other day it was only £24.99!!!! I could not resist! I’ve finished part 1, but here’s a picture of it almost toward the end of part 1

I wasn’t keen on the colours together at first and had to keep checking the pattern, but I can see it’s starting to work!

I also had a brilliant bargain in Hobbycraft on Saturday some WI soft and smooth aran tweed in blue, usually £10 a ball down to £5! so decided to make myself the Eleven hand made Gorse sweater from inside crochet mag

The yarn is gorgeous just lovely to use, but, I think I’ve gone a little wrong somewhere as the arms aren’t quite lining up with each other now, I wouldn’t mind but the pattern is very simple, so clearly I’ve not been concentrating!

I’ve also treated myself to some twirls! From Hobbii they’re literally £7.80 each! For 1000 metres so at that price I thought it’d be worth a try, I’ve read some reviews which look great! These are the colours I’ve gone for

So we will see what they’re like! So, the next few weeks will be finalising designs for the February Crochet Sanctuary, I’ve also got a bit of pattern testing to do for another designer, I’m just waiting on my yarn to arrive, I’ve had a peak at the designs and they look AMAZING!

But, hey ho, back to the grindstone tomorrow, back to work, needs must!

Wishing you all a happy 2019 and thanks for taking the time to read throughout 2018!

Happy Hooking Lisa xx

Merry Christmas and finished items!

Merry Christmas!!!! Well what’s left of the day, I’ve had a lovely day with my family and actually managed to get some crochet time in this evening too.

My parents came over for Christmas dinner, and I had made my mum the Golden Rod sweater designed by Eleven Handmade, I’ve made one before but I’d bought some yarn from the Little Box of Crochet Grand sale, the willow and lark woodland in oatmeal, it’s such a pleasure to crochet with, anyway I gave my mum the sweater today so I can finally share a pic

I really do enjoy Eleven handmade patterns and she has some amazing ones on her Etsy shop , make sure you have a nosey.

I’ve also finished drake the dragon from the unicorns and dragons book, this was chosen by Max my nephew towards his Christmas gift, I’m really pleased with it and he loves it too!!

Isn’t he fab!!!

And whilst I’m on a roll! I’ve actually, finally finished my ubunto CAL!!! I’ve really enjoyed making this, and enjoyed not getting stressed out keeping up with the cal, I’ve completely gone at my own pace

It’s been so nice not being at work the last few days, catching up with friends, finishing Christmas shopping, I think a few days of rest and crochet are in order and then it’s time to start finalising things for February! It’s The Crochet Sanctuary very first birthday in February and we’re gong all out, I’m so looking forward to it, we had a great year last year and we’re looking forward to another, so many things amazing things planned!

Oooh I almost forgot I finished last months Little Box of Crochet, I really do love a mandala

And I really enjoyed making this although excuse the picture it needs blocking!

Oooh also I’ve finally put The water garden pattern on here too, under patterns I think this has personally been our favourite design this year

Anyway I do believe that a whopping 4 finished items! Not bad for me!

I hope you’ve had a lovely day

Happy hooking

Lisa xx

Christmas crochet weekend

Hello lovelies! It’s Monday morning, I’ve booked the day off work to just relax, this weekend has been full on non stop, but it’s been equally fabulous.

On Fridays evening myself and @lyndascraftroom arrived at Cranage Hall to set up for our first ever crochet day which was being held On the Saturday at 10:00, but by setting up the night before it meant less of a rush on the Saturday morning. And wow, it was simply beautiful, Cranage Hall have gone all our Christmas!!! Lynda took some photos below, if you’re not quite feeling festive yet you will after a nosey through these:

Just beautiful!!!

So we set up our room, and tried our best to get it just as festive!

We had a fabulous day on the Saturday albeit a little strange for us just doing the one day, but it was great, there were 15 of us in total, with an abundance of yarn, and some wreath rings, our guests created some Christmas crocheted wreaths, although with it only being a day, most of our guests did get to cover their wreaths but not quite embellish them. We took a few pics using the Dear Ewe prop cards. It’s the first time I’ve use them, I’ve use my bag and my wip bag which are amazing quality but these cards are too! Double sided and really thick, their website is definitely worth a good look.

So a great day was had by all and it was really nice to see some very familiar faces and meet some new ladies.

Saturday was an early night to bed to be ready for Sunday, so Sunday was Amanda Blooms Little Box of Crochet grand sale wow! There was an abundance of items for sale

The pic above was before it even opened! Lynda and I had been asked to host two workshops, the building it was held in was lovely, the grand sale was held in the cafe and we had a large room with an adjoining room upstairs in the business centre, which was equally lovely. We had 22 guests for the morning workshop and 20 for the afternoon lynda and I had designed 2 teapot cosys and mug cosys to match

We had some fab ladies join! And some managed to finish their cosys within the 90 minute workshop! Each guest received a gift bag which included their scheepjes softfun yarn, catona, a teapot, pattern and buttons

Again some very familiar faces and lots of new ones too. Our last workshop finished at 15:30, lucky we didn’t have too much to pack away.

So we all helped Amanda and Mirraid to pack away the unsold items that will be listed on Etsy soon, but it meant it was time where we could grab a few last minute bargains too, I was good!! Well behaved, I came home with

Thee book!! Amanda’s book it’s fabulous you need to get it

A stunning candle

Jane Maddern soaps x 4 (amazing Christmas wrap ups)

A crown to hang from my tree

And some beautiful and heavily discounted willow and lark woodland yarns which is 50% pure wool, 25% alpaca and I can’t remember the other 25%. But we were all exhausted, absolutely shattered.

When I got home I started on another eleven handmade golden rod jumper with my willow and lark yarn, this is a gift for my mum for Christmas.

I knew I wanted to make another of these, for mum. The pattern calls for an American fingering weigh/sock yarn which to me is a 4 ply, so wool warehouse had a 30% sale on drops so I bought some lovely wheaty coloured baby alpaca and silk yarn which should of been about £70, but when it arrived the colour wasn’t what I thought. So I asked mum what her favourite colour is and she chose ice blue, so I started crocheting the jumper, but it wasn’t right, I couldn’t get the gauge right, it asks for. 4.5mm hook which is big for a 4ply, but it was far too small! Lynne Rowe from the woolnest came to our crochet day on the Saturday so I asked her advice and she agreed with me to go up half a hook size and crochet the biggest size, she was spot on! But it was all too loose and didn’t feel right, so I’m going to have to use the yarn for something else.

I shall keep you posted! Anyway! That’s about all from me I think, I’m shattered so today will be a relaxing crochet day possibly in my pjs ha!

Happy hooking

Lisa xx