Christmas CAL

I don’t think I’ve ever crocheted so much in my life! It’s almost done! @lyndascraftroom is just completing the border, we cannot wait for you to see it, there’s so much work gone into it between us over the last couple of months. The pattern is with Knitcrafts testers now, and they’ve not found too many problems…..so far!

So now I’ve done my bit for the CAL I’m busy thinking of Christmas, last year a neighbour knocked and asked me to make 4 mermaid tails a week before Christmas, so I’m not doing that again, this year I will be prepared!

I’ve been making a few of my puff stitch hats over the last few weeks, Mum keeps wearing hers and then offering out my services ha!! Good job I enjoy doing them.

Then my lovely Aunty in Spain asked for one so I sent her two, she was delighted!! I don’t think she’s had many handmade items since my wee Granny Muchy passed away.

Christmas

So Christmas! I’m going to make another Twinkie chan doughnut, this time for my niece, to match her bedroom, so mentally preparing myself for the stuffing process 🙈 I’ve ordered the super chunky yarn for it from Marriner Yarns, purely to keep the cost down, but they also deliver a good quality yarn! And at £1 per ball it’s a bargain!

I’m also making me nephew and my godson this, it’s from the simply crochet magazine, my yarn came today from wool-warehouse, I do love a delivery from them, sometimes I think it’s the organza bag that does it!

Fist things first though. This!!!

I have been itching to make this for over a year! But you just can’t get the yarn, wool warehouse do stock it but they don’t always have all the colour in stock at the same time, you also have to buy 300g balls. So I had some discount codes for yarnspirations and got a good discount, I thought I was being savvy and clever, making a bit of a saving……sometimes it’s better the devil you know!

So, my yarn cane to £31 plus £17 delivery. £48, two days after ordering it’s already in the uk, so quick! But ups want me to pay £31.58 in import taxes………. I was livid! I’ll cut a long story short, yarnspirations had out on the deliver note full price of my purchase not what I’d actually paid, plus you have to pay £11+ brokerage fee! So whilst you think it’s cheaper think again and look into it more than I did!!

The Crochet Sanctuary I’m so excited!! The rooms are filling up nicely! We’ve increased the number of rooms now so we can have a few more guests, and we’ve only got 4 days passes left, I literally cannot wait! So exciting!

Anyway off to work on my space rocket!

Happy hooking xx

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Yarndale 2017

What a day! A mixed one at that. I didnt enjoy 2016, but thought it was because I was poorly. But last year drove straight into a parking space and walked straight into the Mart. This year? No.

We drove and waited in a very long line to get to the Mart, when we got to the round about parking attendants were directing people AWAY from the event, but to no particular place, it took us a while to realise, we then turned back around and ignored the attendants. Waited again to get towards the carpark to be told that there were no spaces anywhere and that we would have to park in skipton and walk to the Mart?!

I dropped off @lyndascraftroom, my daughter and our friend renika whilst I went to find somewhere. So tried the park and ride, it was a shame the attendants weren’t directing to people to the park and ride, because once I got there it was quite well organised. So I parked up, and got the bus back to the Mart, but what a hassle!!

When I finally got to meet back up with the girls inside was just utter chaos, however once you fought your way through the crowds there were some fantastic stalls!

A lot of spun yarn, a lot of hand dyed yarn, which I wasn’t really looking for. I had one thing in mind. Janie crows primavera, and I got it!!!

How beautiful!!!!

I also had a chat with Janie, about the possibility of her hosting a workshop for us at The Crochet Sanctuary she certainly didn’t say no, but did explain they do have a lot of events organised for next year, so she gave me her email address, I will of course be emailing her!

We didn’t stay long at yarndale, just due to the immense crowds, and not being able to get to a lot of the the stalls.

So we caught the bus back to the car

What we didn’t realise was that this particular bus, wasn’t going back to the carpark 🙈 so we had a rather nice drive around skipton and then back to yarndale.

Anyway, its always lovely spending the day with yarny friends, and of course buying yarn, but I was glad to get home and carry on with the Christmas CAL, which is looking amazing!!!

I’ve also missed my Little box of crochet delivery, but luckily our collection office is open at 12:00 on a Sunday, so I will be going to collect! Plus I’m like a child at Christmas, and went looking for spoilers on Instagram and found some! It looks amazing!!!!

Anyway, off to work on CAL

Happy hooking!! Xx

Yarndale tomorrow!

I’m really looking forward to yarndale tomorrow, my first visit was last year, but I had full blown flu, I don’t know how I managed to get there, and don’t remember much about it, so I think I’ll class tomorrow as my first.

I’m hoping that Janie crow has her primavera version of Freda’s flowers slightly discounted, if it’s there I’m so getting it, I’ve had my eye on it for a little while.

This weeks been a bit of a wow week, in terms of The Crochet Sanctuary like a wow week. Slightly surreal, we took two extremely special bookings in the week, which left myself and @lyndascraft on a high for days, I don’t want to use their names to try and sell more rooms but, to say I’m going to be starstruck in February is an understatement!! And to those that have booked onto the sanctuary in February, you’re going to be startstruck too!! I AM SO EXCITED!!!!

I’ve not got much in the way of finished projects to show you, as we’re nearly at our deadline for the Christmas crochet along, I’m so pleased with what we’ve done, so very festive! But you’ll have to wait until beginning of November.

We’ve had a phenomenal response to crocheters all over the world for #daisiesforvicky I think it’s going to be more of a joinathon on the 21st October rather than a crochetathon! Have look at these beautiful contributions, our community is just so kind!

So a massive thank you to those that have donated, it really means such a lot. We’ve also had a few more tea on the green blankets completed here’s a few stunning ones!

Anyway, that’s all from me!

More from yarndale tomorrow

Happy hooking xx

Puff Stitch Beanie

Hello you!

We have a crochet page on facebook, just where people post wip and free patterns etc.  Today posted a Beanie, I have been making these for a few years but my post on The Wee Hookers page got a bit of attention, so I thought I would put it into words and post the pattern on here, its for my gorgeous Mum, she is such a fashionista, she swears this colour is so in this year, I reckon she might be right

Puff beanie

Anyway I have posted a link for you here if you fancy the pattern, its very easy, and just takes a couple of hours Puff Stitch Beanie

Enjoy!

Can you help?

Ok so I'm calling out to our lovely crochet community for a little help.

I posted earlier today about raising money for victim support in memory of Vicky. Well we'd like to get a head start on our crochetathon, a lot of people can't attend due to distance and have offered to make some of our Daisy's for the blankets, we might even manage to get enough for two blankets!
Anyway @lyndascraftroom has designed a pretty little daisy it's quick and easy.
If you would like to get involved would you perhaps be able to make a little daisy and pop it in the post?

If so here's a few I've done, in less than 15 mins each

If you would like to take part please search for 'The Wee Hookers' on Facebook and join in the crochetathon event, the pattern is in the files section, although I think you might be able to also click on the link below

https://lookaside.fbsbx.com/file/Daisies%20for%20Vicky.pdf?token=AWwaM3MscXfXNQb_iHXQMGRf3_9O78yT1AeaEYyzRuZ8qOBehDOjqgBMzlx2H4VH2IYfTTIN3t5g4-CFYDE2Hnyz1zuzX9RDks0GlLp-6Ui1BYj1ibzLvHdnD6h2osQFV1tWkHxzdKvCLwGYhH_rfccFpkokZmpCWpTblzBKEbm_eu8ejcPNCwSoZD9lpEY7MNqHelUD6Q5zO8pvVwHgUjnd

Thank you again

#daisiesforvicky #victimsupport

Happy hooking xx

Crochetathon – yes please!

On the 21st of October @lyndascraftroom and I have organised a crochetathon!

This will take place at Hobbycraft in Warrington from store opening to store closing.

We are going to be making a great big beautiful blanket made from daisy squares, we've set up a justgiving page to raise money for Victim support in memory of my friend Vicky Wynne-Jones, for every £1 donated the name of the person donating will be entered into a raffle, at the end of The crochetathon a name will be drawn and that person will receive the blanket in memory of Vicky, #crochetkind

I'm pants at running, swimming and cycling but Crochet I can do!

If anyone would like to donate the link is below, or, if you would like to make a block for us to add to the blanket then that too would be so much appreciated, we will release a pattern for the block shortly so that everyone can get involved.

Whenever I am making anything for someone I always have that person in mind, this for me will be a lovely way to remember what a kind, caring and beautiful person vicky was and to support victim support going forward 💞

To raise money for Victim Support because In memory of Vicky Wynne-Jones
http://www.justgiving.com/Lisa-Hesketh2

As always! Happy hooking!!

What a ride!

I'm feeling a little emotional! Not unusual for me to be fair. We released the last part of the CAL this morning, I know it's not the end but it does feel a little final, we have new people joining everyday so it will continue!

However Tea on the green has dominated sour lives for the last 7 months and more so once the CAL actually started, it's been fabulous! We've learnt so much!

I've learnt I don't have very broad shoulders that's for sure but I've also learnt to accept compliments because we've had a huge amount of those!

This morning we had our first finished TOTG!

By Andrea Davies isn't it beautiful?! Especially in the colours she's gone for.

Here's a few more just waiting the last border

Just amazing! Sometimes we have to pinch ourselves, it's our first big design and certainly the first time we've opened ourselves up to thousands of people but I'm sure @lyndascraftroom will agree with me it's been a huge success. We even have TOTG in Australia!!
Although we couldn't of done it without our gorgeous admin team so a big thanks to them!

We're cracking on with the Christmas blanket for the ' Knitcraft Christmas is' CAL, slowly but surely!

It's also my sisters birthday coming up next week. She doesn't read my blog so I think I'm safe to post a picture! She's asked me for one a long time ago and I failed miserably, she's not asked since so for her birthday I finally made her a Heidi bear happypotimus!!

His ears aren't quite what they should be but it adds to his character 💞

Check out his bum!!!! I love a Heidi bears bum! This has been finished using hobbycraft home cotton I love it!

The Crochet Sanctuary is going so well! Still 5 months to go and rooms are selling fast! So exciting.

Anyway I'm off to make my heart for yarndale so I can pva it and get it posted and delivered for 15th.

Happy hooking xx

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