Hobbycrafts WI Home Cotton Review

Quite simply, go and get some!

This is now on my list of favourite cottons, fact! It's stunning!
I'd been looking forward to trying it for a while but didn't really have a project for it.
It's my sisters birthday on the 12th, I first started crocheting when she asked me if I thought I could make a Heidi bears happypotimus 'yeah course I can' I said, I failed miserably and I never finished it. When I'd finally found the confidence to do it I hated my colourway and chosen yarn. So I thought now would be a good time to crochet one in time for her birthday.
So we had our knitcraft social in Warrington yesterday and picked up the home cotton, it's just beautiful to crochet with! I'm doing rounds 1-4 in the aqua and pink then the joining in the lemon, she did say that cherry was her favourite colour with lemon and turquoise but I think these are pretty close!

The Home cotton does state that it is dk weight but I'd say it's more of an aran weight, so this Happy is going to be rather big!!! I'm going to weight his feet down with glass beads so George her cockerpoo can't lift him, and tie a huge ribbon around his neck, I've got a thing for Heidi bear bums 😂 so very much looking forward to his tail! The pattern takes 44 African flower motifs I've only got 17 more to go before I start joining.

Anyway I just thought I'd share my thoughts on home cotton, and you know for 100g and £2 per ball and on the 3 for 2 it's an absolute bargain!

Happy hooking!!!


Hello you!

Hello lovelies!! I haven't blogged in a while, we've been so busy!

The CAL is going so well! We have over 2100 people al making our blanket! Here some fabulous pics

I get slightly overwhelmed when we see so many gorgeous variations of it!

Some people have decided to stop at last weeks, as it's quite large, but the majority are continuing which is lovely.

I wish I could show you some snippets of the Christmas CAL, but I can't ☹️

Whilst working on the Christmas CAL I've also been working on my scheepjes whirl stormy day shawl, it's taking longer than expected due the CAL, Christmas CAL, The Crochet Sanctuary and work of course!!!

Anyhoo, Amanda Blooms little box of crochet arrived last week, and I've got to say I think it's her best box yet, apart from Jenny's mandala, this months box is a gorgeous purse, not just one, but two purses! It's lovely, I loved the Crochet but did not enjoy attaching it to the purse frame but it was worth the effort

If you've never subscribed to one of little box of crochets you must!! They're such a nice treat! And we all deserve a treat right?
Talking of treats I don't know what Mr H has been up to, but he actually, off of his own back went to blacksheep wools yesterday and bought these beauties for me!!

I'm in love with the one on the right liquorice yum yum! So looking for more patterns! Until then they can sit on my shelf and I'll have a quick squidgy and sniff every now and again!

Is anyone off to yarndale this month? @lyndascraftroom and I are going, and I know this is shameful but…..we're going to be handing out these leaflets for The Crochet Sanctuary we still have 7 rooms left! I know it's in February which sounds quite far, but I'd feel much happier if we were booked up, so we've had a tonne of these gawjuss leaflets printed
and thought we'd raise some more awareness with some lovely yarny people!

Anyway all is well, we're in the second to last week of the CAL, and it's quite a sad feeling! We've had about 100 people joining each day so I know it's going to continue for quite some time, it's just so nice that people actually like what you do!

Anyway I'm off to get some 'real' work done 🙄

Oooh next part of the CAL! Knitcraft Tea on the green Block G week 7

Happy hooking xx

Thank heaven for little boys 💞

Just a quicky so I can post my bobble blanket, couldn't post it yesterday as it was a gift.

I became a godmother yesterday to a beautiful little boy, he's just edible!!!

Anyway I made this

Not a great pic as I hand to stand on a chair to try and get it al in, but it was made from hobbycrafts WI aran, all 1200g of it!

Such an honour to be asked, I'm not too sure if people take it seriously anymore, ok I'm not religious but I do strongly believe in the principles behind it!

And isn't this lovely!!!

Anyway was just a quick update to show my blanket off.

Happy Hooking xx

Well I never!

Believed that our CAL would be so popular! So much so someone posted on the Facebook page if we could design a Christmas CAL……so now we're working on a Christmas CAL design in conjunction with Knitcraft! So exciting!!

We'll have two colourways right from the off, but that's all I can say for now!!

Part five of the Knitcraft Tea on the green is now available on the hobbycraft blog Knitcraft Tea on the green Block 5

We've got almost 1,500 people on Facebook alone working on the CAL we're not quite sure how many outside of Facebook but there are some on twitter and Instagram which is just fabulous. Considering we thought it was successful at 300 it's completely exceeded our expectations.

What it means is that we've literally only got 7 rooms left at The Crochet Sanctuary for February which is just phenomenal! And so very exciting!

I've been busy working on my bobble blanket the last few weeks as well as the second colourway for the CAL and YouTube tutorials, I'll post a pic tomorrow as it's a christening gift.

So a few phenomenal pics of the cal so far!

Happy hooking!!! X

Friday again?!

I can't quite believe how quickly the weeks are flying by, we are already into week 4 of the Knitcraft Tea on the Green CAL, this weeks pattern is a very simple C2C, I might be wrong but I think this is the first CAL to incorporate blocks with C2C, we seem to have a lot of beginners taking part in the CAL, which is so rewarding! So this block is fab for them to learn something new, and for the more experienced something easy.

See part 4

Seeing someone join and watching them progress is just phenomenal. We have one lady, who said she was brand new to crochet and lacked confidence, wasn't too sure if she would be able to do it, well she's smashed Blocks A to C and was so confident that she started Rosslyn!!!!
She posted a pic of Rosslyn on Helens Hookaholica and the last time I looked she had in excess of 300 likes!

My Rosslyn took a back seat this week, I didn't realise how close we were to 20th august, when I will become a god mother for the first time! I decided I'd like to crochet something for my future godchild to keep, so I started a bobble stitch blanket and I'm made up with it!!! It's a lot of effort but my godchild (Freddie) is so worth it

The blanket is made up of a lot of different blocks that read 'thank heaven for little boys' I thought it was quite apt for a christening.

I've got to be honest though, I didn't quite realise how hard it would be running a CAL, even though @lyndascraftroom and I are running it together, I thought my skin was a lot thicker than it is, I was wrong, it's odd because we have over 1000 people now all taking part, which I think is fabulous for our first cal, we get so many nice comments, and they're all very uplifting, but it's funny how emotionally attached you become to something you have worked so hard on, I mean it's bound to happen, you're bound to get a couple of negative posts out of a thousand people, but it's that one negative post that really bothers me!

Thinking back to CAL's that I have done I've been guilty of it myself, we have had a few patterns where there has been a minuscule typo, we are humans at the end of the day, but people are quick to point them out, or if there is a part they don't like, quick to tell people, but what that does is ignite others to join in, so we have managed to 'manage' the fb page fairly well until last week.
I work full time so I can't be there all of the time and neither can Lynda, so we have been given help by 4 new admin and they have been and are amazing!!!!
I've actually slept! Yes it's been stressful!

But it's all a learning curve and I hope these people stay with us for our next one!

Anyway off to hook!

Happy hooking xx

What a week!

The Knitcraft Tea on the green CAL is going well, some amazing work from our 'wee hookers'!

Week 3 block has now been posted on the hobbycraft blog Block C our CAL so far has been on a few road trips!

  1. The emmerdale studio tour
  2. Swimming
  3. Starbucks
  4. Bike rides
  5. Hair dressers
  6. And most amazingly (we never thought it would get outside the UK) but it's been on a 1000 mile road trip from Nevada to Utah!
  7. Also!! We have Carol Mathews taking part in the CAL, I had no idea it was thee Carol Mathews and I had read two of her books, but Carol does Facebook live videos and actually showed her crochet on the Facebook live videos ha!!!

I've started another little project too, I've started Helen shrimptons Rosslyn blanket, I'm in love with it, it's just beautiful, whilst I completed the mandala type centre perfectly, with no mistakes whatsoever the squaring off hasn't gone so well, I can't quite figure out how my stitch count is so out, but it lies flat and looks good, so I'm just going to live with it

I've used the sacred wisdom colourway and it's just lovely, I'm determined to finish this one! Especially seen as star of wonder is not complete and neither is mandala madness, I'm a serial starter!

I also thought I'd best get my act together with my bead wrap, mum goes on holiday a week Friday and I've still a few more long rows to complete and the tassels to do but it's looking lovely!

Other than crocheting it's been busy! Keeping on top of Facebook questions and queries and the YouTube tutorials, we're also still taking bookings for the The Crochet Sanctuary which is filling up slowly but surely for February.

Anyway, best go and do some real work!!!

Happy hooking xx

Crochet Along, sweet caroline and little box of crochet 💞

As you know Friday just gone knitcraft released the first part of @lyndascraftroom and my CAL ‘Tea on the green’ well, considering it’s knitcraft/hobbycraft first CAL and ours I think it’s going pretty well!! We’ve had one or two tiny hiccups but I’m really pleased with it so far.  The first Block A was always going to make it or break it, it has a real mixture of stitches in there, we wanted it to be suitable for both beginners and those a bit more experienced.  Once the first person completed the first block there was a sigh of absolute relief!!! We’ve had them working with dc’s, htr’s, tr’s, dtrs, ttrs, bpdc’s, bobble stitches and turning circles into squares!! 

Along the way we’ve had so many lovely comments!! I think because both Lynda and I spent so long on it we forgot just how nice it is, so to read nice comments is so heart warming.  I won’t lie, a few have brought a bit of a tear 😂!!!

At the moment we’ve got 780 people following on Facebook, I’ve not a clue how many are working on it outside of that, but I was jumping for joy at 200!! We’ve got people joining us every hour of the day, some are even in Australia and the US! So people joining through the night too.  Anyway we’ve had some fabulous Block A’s completed, thought I’d share a few 💞💞

It’s like wow!!! We designed that!! And people like it!  
Anyway, I’ve also been making YouTube tutorials, never in my life have a made a tutorial, but there’s a first time for everything! I don’t even know how to edit them so they’re rough, just me a hook and yarn.

In between all that I’ve also been working on Helen shrimptons 🎶sweet caroline🎶 I love it! I love Helen shrimpton she’s just an absolute legend!!!  Here’s my part two finished using scheepjes catona

Then!!! Another exciting thing! My little box of crochet arrived this week! I’ve made a little start!

It’s just lovely and full of goodies, and if you’ve never had one before, get one!!
Happy hooking xx

Now that took some stuffing! 🍩🍩🍩🍩🍩

I have been itching to make a doughnut for a long time, Twinkie chan (amazing) released the pattern last year in her book, Crochet abode a la mode, she fantastic, I still haven’t bought the book! But then the pattern was released in a magazine 

so I had to buy it.  Then when I looked at the pattern it was going to cost a fortune to make, the pattern recommends super chunky lionbrand yarn, I think I was looking at about £60 for the yarn and £75 for the stuffing.

Anyway, after visiting abakhan in Liverpool last week I managed to find some super chunky yarn in a biscuit colour and pink, they were classed as seconds because the label was missing, I bought 8 balls of biscuit for about £12 and 5 balls of hot pink for £6.99, then I found the new hug it out yarn from hobbycraft knitcraft and thought I’d use that for the centre, it’s just lovely! And so thick!

All in all I spent £25 on 

yarn, savvy shopper me you know!! Once I’d finished it looked a little like this

Floppy! I had read online that it would take between 4-5 kg of yarn to stuff! Anyway @lyndascraftroom sent through a link for amazon, £10 delivered for 5kg!  It’s difficult to understand without seeing just how large 5kg of toy stuffing is!

It’s huge!!!!!!  But, Twinkie chan wasn’t wrong, not one bit, that doughnut swallowed the lot.  So this morning has been a little hot and sticky, with help from the girls at our #knitcraftsocial we got it stuffed, I’m so pleased with it!!!

Like a doughnut on legs!

This will now be covered in large stuffed 9cm sprinkles and kept by for The Crochet Sanctuary.

Anyway if you fancy a doughnut, calorie free get hooking!! Xx