Wool Monty show!

Helloooo you! I’m taking a break from designing Christmas and crocheting Christmas! Seriously, it’s June, we’ve not even had a summer yet here, the weather is proper pants!

Anyway, on Sunday a group of us who all met at the crochet Sanctuary met up at Wool Monty in Sheffield.

We had a great day!! I had read that the event was packed and there were hour long waits for food, but when we got there it was fab! It may of helped with it being Father’s Day, Sunday and the last day, we didn’t have to wait and had a great time.

We met Lisa-Lou yarn dyer and fellow hooker from Made by Penguins and this girl knows marketing, all you had to do was take and share a selfie tagging in Made by penguins and you got a free bag!

That’s Lynda and Lisa-Lou, she was so lovely!! When we mentioned we were from the crochet Sanctuary she said she’d heard of us and follows us, and she’d like to offer us free bags for our guest!!! This is unheard of!! We need ever get freebies, I’ve heard some crochet retreats get free yarn, but we’ve never been given free yarn or anything really, other than knitcraft, they do support us when we ask but we kind of see that as payment for our designs, we have also been given a pile of 10% off at blacksheep wools and some after parties, so to be offered bags is just massive for us!

Anyway I was on the hunt for some watermelon dyed yarn, I failed miserably. I bought some beautiful neon (glow in the dark) yarn from Lisa Lou! I had to get it wound into cake though as it kind of unravelled and I knew I’d be in trouble if I didn’t cake it before I got home, there were some ladies from the knitting and crochet guild winding skeins for £1 winner winner!!

Is so bought some Lana Bou it was £15 for a lucky dip, how ace is all of this!!

I am such a yarn sniffer!!! So the perfect postcard ever!

I also bought this beautiful yarn from Diana home crafts now!!! This is the yarn I saw online in America, and when we went on the yarn dyeing workshop I tried to get the same effect, I didn’t do badly for my first time but this is the one!!!

Isn’t it a beaut!!!!! I’m going to use it for a one skein scarf designed by Lynne Rowe she wore one at our crochet sanctuary last year and it was beautiful so I bought the pattern, this is too beautiful to make socks!!

I’ve just finished work today, looked at my phone and thought what the hell! @lyndascraftroom has put a giveaway on Instagram when we have crochet days or weekends our guests always leave with a gift bag, we quite often have left overs so we’re doing a giveaway, you just need to find us on Instagram @thecrochetsanctuary follow us and tag a pal!

Anyway I’m getting good at keeping on top of my blog don’t you think?!

Best fo move my butt

Happy hooking

Lisa xx

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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

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

Knitcraft social and crochet books

Hello! I’ve not had too much to blog about recently, we’ve mainly been focusing on the new Knitcraft Spring CAL, so I can’t tell you much about that just yet…….also finalising the finer details for the February Crochet Sanctuary , it’s literally two weeks away, and I’m becoming so nervous! At the same time we are also planning and taking bookings for the April Crochet Sanctuary, we’re pulling all the stops out on this one! We visited cranage hall yesterday and looked at the room again, our own Harry Potter style room, discussed the layout, and realised we need more crocheted items!! So Abby (my beautiful daughter) has been making lots of Pom Poms to fill our TCS (the crochet sanctuary) fillable letters, to pop onto the fire place, we’re adding more bunting and finishing blankets and cushions

You can’t have too much right?!

Our Knitcraft social group is growing rapidly!!!! I don’t know where they’ve all come from but it’s great!! We’ve had 4 new ladies join us, and @lyndascraftroom and I are thoroughly enjoying helping them to grow their yarn stash!!

We’ve even had a little girl join us who is being taught how to crochet in school and even though she’s not quite joined the group she has been popping along with her Mum for help, and it’s lovely!

I’ve finished the top part of Sophie’s stool!!!

I still wish I’d dropped another hook size because it’s still slightly too big, pattern a 3mm for the top but I think I should of dropped to a 2mm, but it’ll have to do now, just the shoes to go, I’m so pleased with it.

Today’s been great, we had our Knitcraft social this morning and then this afternoon we attended the Event City exhibition hall at Trafford for the craft show, we had won tickets through a competition ran by the lovely Lynne at Wool Nest, so free for us to get in, unfortunately not too much there in the way of yarn, I think 3 stalls in total, so we only stayed for an hour, I did treat myself to some king Cole cake (more yarn cakes) 🙈 I seem to have gained rather large collection of scheepjes whirls, Caron cakes, style crafts and now King Cole, there’s only so many shawls a girl can have! Then later this afternoon we popped into blacksheep wools for some more of their little patterns.

I’ve had a good bargain or two this week from eBay, I’m a stickler for a good Crochet book, and won this

What a book! The patterns are amazing! Really modern and I literally want to make everything.

I also ordered this one but not 100% keen really, it’s no where near as good as the Celtic cables one, but in all fairness I’ve not read through thoroughly yet

Sublime review

I think sirdar have described it perfectly, it is simply sublime, beautifully soft, and amazing to crochet with, it’s just a real treat and an absolute pleasure to use.  

My only negative thing is that there are zero crochet patterns available for sublime, none.  

Each skein is 50g and 116m, which surprisingly goes a long way, I’ve so far managed to get 80% of a baby cardigan completed in sublime ‘piglet’ I’m currently just finishing the last little arm, then it’s the collar and edging, each skein is £5.29 I bought mine from Black sheep wools so for less than £11.00 I have a beautiful cashmere and merino silk cardigan to give as a gift, I’m so pleased with it.  

I’m not much of a rule breaker, I like to use a suggested pattern for the yarn I use or the other way around, I wanted to make a modern baby cardigan to suit the sublime but with zero crochet patterns I’ve used a Debbie bliss pattern


I’ve struggled with how the pattern is worded, I’ve had to read and reread some elements, put it down and come back again, but I’ve figured it and it’s stunning! I’ll have the last sleeve and collar finished by tomorrow so I’ll post a picture.   

Anyway, sirdar sublime, is sublime and a real treat to use!!
Happy hooking xx

All things shiny, shiny…

Am I the only one who is a bit like a magpie when it comes to yarn and crochet patterns? Common sense would say to start one thing and bloody well finish it! But no not me! 

I’ve not blogged in a good week or so because for a few months I’ve been eyeing up Helen shrimptons Mandala Madness CAL, it’s already started and finished, but the pattern is all available on her blog.  I thought I’d just give the first round a bash because it looked quite complicated….big mistake…I’m hooked!  There are 18 rounds, and already I’m on round 7, I can’t get enough.  A few weeks ago my sister had asked me to make her a king size bedspread out of flowers, I found the pattern she wanted but when I really looked at it I realised it would take 2,700 flowers to make, so dismissed it quickly.  She’d asked for black white and grey to match her bedroom colours, so I stared round one using some Women’s Institute DK, well now I’ve had to buy more because I am going to finish this mandala! Here’s my progress so far:


Sue pinner carousel 

Magpie eyes has stopped me from doing a lot more on my carousel, but I’ve started round 4 today and I’m really enjoying it! I’ll get it done on time for Tuesday’s next release that’s for sure.

Hobbycraft news!!

Sometimes I avoid hobbycraft for buying yarn as they don’t do a lot of what I like, but a few months ago they took on a new knitting guru and she seems to have brought some life to hobbycraft for yarn!! Because they’re not starting to stock Janes c Brett noodle yarn (big thumbs up from me), Caron simply soft, which is fabulous s there are so many patterns out there for Caron and I often admire other people’s work when they’ve used that brand too.  They’re also sticking sugar and spice!!! I love their cotton! I’m so pleased, and even better news, they’re doing them on the 3 for 2!

Caron cakes 

It really gets my goat that Caron have given exclusivity for Caron cake yarn to Michaels in the US, really annoys me, because Michaels won’t ship to the uk, it makes absolute no business sense whatsoever, why limit your target market?! I’d love to get my hands on some Caron cake but my only option is Ebay at £30 a ball, so forget it, anyway, Blacksheep wools have actually started sticking s new yarn, very similar to Caron cakes, called Wendy evolution take a look at this!!


How nice!!!! And work from the box! One is for my sister who wants a cowl, she’s chosen the green, and the pink and black is for my bestie, another cowl as a Christmas gift, gorgeous aren’t they?! Who needs Caron cakes anyway!!

Anyway happy hooking xx