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

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It’s been a while!

Hello!! It has been a little while since my last blog, but I’ve been on my jollies, having some fabulous family time in the sun. Weeks running up to me going I was trying to get my day job finished, then some Crochet sanctuary stuff sorted, and designs! @lyndascraftroom and I have a few projects we are working on at the moment, including the autumn cal for Knitcraft, some bits for Marriner yarns which is exciting. You know we love Knitcraft yarns, well we also very much like Marriner. You should really take a look as they have some stunning yarns and very well priced. In fact I think they under price their yarn, which can often make people think it’s cheap or poor quality, but it’s not, they’ve got some good dk’ sand some fabulous chunky verigated yarns and beautiful cottons, have a look!

So we went to Bulgaria for 10 days, and stayed in Nessebar, I was very much hoping to find some yarn, but I did come across some ladies making a living from their crocheted items

That was all the crochet I found!! I didn’t get much done whilst I was away either, took plenty of wip but it was too hot.

Before I went away I had my granny square design released on the Hobbycraft blog

We were given a list of items to crochet using granny squares, I chose the hot water bottle, using Knitcraft in the zone, I love the bright colours and the yarn just glides over the hook, lovely stuff!

Then whilst I was away my Not so little box of crochet arrived!! My neighbour kindly took it in for me, oh wow!!!!

It’s amazing!!! It’s designed using intarsia crochet…….never tried it before, and I don’t think I will again! Thank goodness the pattern Said we could use tapestry, intarsia for me is just a mess at the back, and I wasn’t leaving a long enough piece of yarn, tapestry is much easier, I’m not posting a pic yet as I’ve only done about 6 row after frogging the intarsia! It’s beautiful though and I know Amanda still has some boxes so you should order!

We’ve only got 5 weeks until the next crochet sanctuary Yayy!!!! I’m so excited, it seems ages since the last one.

We’ve got the rather fabulous Heather from KCACOUK hosting our guest designer workshop on the Saturday afternoon, which I’m really looking forward to. And we’ve completely sold out until June 2019! What’s that about?! Who ever knew we’d sell weekends so quickly, and to think @lyndascraftroom and I were sick with nerves when we started! We do love it, and we have some amazing guests.

I’ve really missed not going to our Knitcraft social the last few weeks, so looking forward to going back on Saturday, it’ll be lovely to see everyone. Then! On Sunday @lyndascraftoom and I are off to Toft in Warwickshire, we’ve never been before, it was Lyndas birthday in July, so for her gift I booked us both in for a workshop to crochet Chablis the unicorn

Isn’t she gorgeous?! There is also an option to supersize her, so I’ll see how much it is, I’ve been a little naughty recently in terms of yarn 🙈 I can’t help myself.

I’ve still got my nameless blanket to finish, Sophie’s universe, 2 Sophie’s stools, a Mabel bunny from wool couture, primavera blanket oh jeez the list goes on and on! And now I’ve bought this!!

Couldn’t not to be honest! Sneaky little purchase while lying by the pool, ah well!! I really do nee to start concentrating on finishing some WIPs it’s starting to take over the whole house, and that’s without the crochet sanctuary deliveries. So we will see about Chablis!!

I think I’ve caught up…. oooh!!! I bought a sewing machine!! Made one bandana for the dog 😂 bought tonnes of material and tools, cutting boards, rotary cutter tailors chalk pins you know, everything I need, subscribed to sewing mags, got quite a few patterns, and I’ve done nothing….. but I will, I’m a bit scared I think! As my dad would say, ‘all the gear and no idea’

So yes I think I’ve caught up, will let you know how the toft workshop goes!!

Happy hooking

Lisa xx

What a weekend!

We are exhausted! But it was soooo worth it! It’s been fabulous it really has.

We started at 5pm on Friday evening and each of guests received a scheepjes whirl each, we had carried out a Poll on social media a few weeks ago so that we could find out what people’s favourite colours are, and we bought the top 5 colours. We wanted to do this because so many of us, including myself have bought whirls and left them on the shelf, only to bring them down every now and again for a squish and a sniff! Because they’re so expensive!!

We had bought scheepjes whirl patterns for everyone, which I must say were a little bit of a disappointment, one lot we bought had crochet terms written on the front, but inside they were knit patterns??!?!?! Wtf?! So we couldn’t use them and luckily did check prior to handing them out, we also had the stormy day shawl patten, which is fine, but the other one we had just didn’t make any senses at all, I swear scheepjes write them in Dutch then just translate them without testing, so they will be getting some stern words from me tomorrow! The majority of us ended up c2c with our whirls which was great, I’ve never considered c2c with a whirl.

Saturday morning was just fabulous!! @lyndascraftroom and I had planned an Alice in wonderland and mad hatters tea party theme and it was amazing!!! @lyndascraftroom popped on her bunny ears and her pocket watch, we had 23 people stood outside the sanctuary door waiting for us to unlock it, but in runs Lynda shouting ‘I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date!’ I then opened the door wearing my mad hatters hat! Ha!!!

I did have to try on Lyndas bunny ears though

Anyway here’s a few pics

Lynda had gone to the effort of deco patching the sign and the bunny too!

We had created a tea party with a mixture of crocheted cakes, and real cakes, The at little box of crochet tea cups, which I love! And of course our tea pots!!

So as the guests came into the room they were each handed a gift bag, which included lots of our usual bits and bobs but it also included some gorgeous biscuits, tea from the old English tea company and of course a tea pot!

For our workshop we gave a choice of crocheting either @lyndascraftroom funky mad hatter tea pot design, or my more traditional design, or they could do both?! We used scheepjes softfun for the cosy base and then Yarn & Colors mini must haves for decorating each one.

Lyndas even had a little mad hatter hat on it with 10/6 embroidered onto it, and a tea bag hanging out, it was fabulous!!

And for left overs we had a macaroon pattern, but I don’t think anyone got that far!

In the afternoon we had Lynne Rowe from the wool nest as our guest designer, I wish I’d taken more photos but I was so wiped out after our mindfulness session! I almost fell asleep, it was very relaxing, the only thing that kept me awake was my fear of letting out a snore 😂

Lynne had an array of scrap yarn in tonnes of colours, and she created what almost looked like a colour wheel, unintentionally she said! We each had to create a card with our favourite colours and one with colours we didn’t like, it was very interesting, we then made some gorgeous mini mandalas, it really was a very useful workshop.

In the evening we carried on with our teapot cosies and our whirls which was lovely

And today, again everyone had a choice to carry on with their whirls or tea cosies, or, they could have a go at crocheting with raffia yarn, which I rather like using, it’s not quite as harsh on your hands as you think!

Anyway, it’s been a fabulous weekend, I’m pooped!

Happy hooking

Lisa xxxx

Knitcraft Spring CAL!

Well, well, well 30th March it is! The spring CAL will be our 3rd CAL with Knitcraft and we really do enjoy doing them. We’re so proud of this one, it really does say spring! Cannot wait to share pictures of it. The yarn bundles will go on sale on the hobbycraft website next week, if you do fancy buying it online use the link on the side of this blog I might make a penny or two!!

Now that it’s finished and been sent to Knitcraft HQ for testing it’s been odd to have a some time to crochet, you think I’d concentrate on finishing some WIP but I haven’t, we’ve been designing things for The April Crochet Sanctuary we’ve got some amazing things planned for our guests, it’s so exciting, we have people coming from all over the country, even someone from Germany!!!

One thing I have crocheted and can share is the Zeens and Rogers Easter egg, I need to make another really, but enjoyed it and the WI yarn was lovely to use. There’s a lot to be said about my embroidery skills though, or lack of!!

The pattern is free and can be made in any yarn, so I’m definitely gong to make more!

I’ve also managed to get half of my Embrace shawl by Little box of crochet not so little box!! Some may think its expensive, it’s more self indulgent, but we all deserve it right?! The yarn is amazing!!!! The colourway is stunning

Now we’ve also given a room at The Crochet Sanctuary to Little Box if Crochet for them to run a prize draw, so for every person that has bought the Not so little box, their name will be entered into a draw to win and entire weekend! Not bad!! Plus they would get to sit in on Amanda’s workshop on the Saturday afternoon, so this is open to anyone! But the box get entered, even if you don’t win the box is worth every single penny.

Now recently our little Knitcraft social has become not so little too!! Our table is now full plus and extended table! We’ve got so many regulars now it’s fabulous!

Today we had someone new join, Mike, I don’t know about you but there is something lovely about a guy that crochets, even more so his work! Check this out!!

A huge crocodile stitch blanket!! Mikes been crocheting for about 12 years, I personally think it’s fab!

I’ve also been working on my Coastal crochet seaside stash buster and thoroughly enjoying it!! I’ve not completed fridays yet but I’ll crack on with that tomorrow.

Also this morning I was sooooo chuffed. Christmas 2016 my next door neighbour who has 4 gorgeous girls asked me (a week before Christmas) if I could crochet 4 mermaid tails, I said yes, and finished the last one 03:00 Christmas morning. Well the youngest of her daughters has been dragging her tail around with her everywhere, it’s a real comfort to her, which I wasn’t aware of, so this morning they popped into hobbycraft to see if I could stitch the tail back on as not surprisingly after 15 months it’s showing some wear. But I was so pleased that something I have crocheted has been loved so much!! I mended it as best I could, but I am going to make her another and see if she’ll replace it. But she also mentioned that she has two reborn dolls, and one day maybe I could make a cardigan for her. So I’ve grabbed some of my hayfield blossom, which I’ve been itching to use and I’ve whipped up a quick set for her in a couple of hours, the yarn is so cute!! It’s not perfect but I’m sure she’ll appreciate it

I think that’s about it……other than we still have a couple of rooms left for April, which obviously need booking! June’s is 50% booked, September 75% booked and November is surprisingly 50% booked too!!!

I think that’s all for now

Happy Hooking 😘

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

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

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

Second Frank and Olive crochet retreat

Awwww what a fabulous day! Just what I needed! If you’re in the UK the retreat is a must! We (myself and @lyndascraftroom) arrived this morning at 09:45 after a fairly easy 2 hour drive, and we were created by Ruby…..the guests that stayed overnight were just having breakfast so we got first dibs on seats ha!  

I was sooooo pleased and slightly starstruck as Amanda from the little box of crochet was sat at the table!  I have this awful habit when I see someone from the TV or someone who I would class as famous (I do class Amanda as famous) I look at them and smile as if I know them and they know me! I normally get greeted with a ‘oh oh we’ve got a weirdo here!’ Last week I met chris Bisson from emmerdale farm and gawped at him, then just the other day kate ford (Tracey from coronation street) I’m sure I scared them both, but I played it cool when I saw Amanda, even though I was like wow!

Plenty of yarn at the retreat, I made a bag, it was supposed to be a hook bag, but I adapted it slightly so it was more of a tote


Made from t-shirt yarn, I quite like it! Just needs a big button on the top and clip inside to keep it closed, I might even use it.

We then had a gorgeous lunch, and then went onto a workshop with a very clever lady from @cottonclara look what I made!


Ok not quite crochet but very much yarn related and it will look lovely in my craft area, we then did some cross stitch on plastic templates, I’m rubbish at sewing so I’m not even going to embarrass myself by showing you my makes!  

Anyway, I’ve had a great day, we only had a day pass, but next time I’ll be booking a weekend for sure!
Happy hooking xx

Crochet calm & 2016

On a personal note it’s been a bit of a tough year, i work full time and help my husband run his business, ok, not so much help, I run his business and he goes out to do the work! But it’s been a nightmare this year, we took on some new employees and then brought in the work to help pay for them only for them to leave, and since then we’ve been pretty much chasing our tails behind on jobs etc. And too busy to take on more people, it put a huge strain on my husband and me but we made it to the end of the year without divorcing each other, just!

I put it down to crochet, as the stress of his business increased my hook started to move faster and my yarn stash got bigger, and boy I really have created some beautiful things and I’m proud of me, even if I do say so myself.

 I’ve always been known for having a short fuse and stressing about things when there isn’t anything to stress about, that fuse seems to be a lot longer now and I generally feel a lot calmer in myself, again I put it down to crochet.  

It still amazes me how with just one hook and ball of yarn I can make something beautiful. 

I’ve pushed myself too, I’ve looked at projects that look complicated and where normally I would not even attempt to complete them this year I’ve really gone for it I’ve started them and completed them and felt a real sense of achievement.

I started a crochet group at hobbycraft and doubted myself, I didn’t think people would turn up, but there has not been one week where I’ve been sat on my own, even on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve!  I’ve made what I would call real friends at our little group they’re all so lovely, we help each other with crochet problems, enable each other to increase our yarn stash and we have a laugh, it’s not my group it’s ours and I look forward to it every week.


I’ve taught my sister to crochet, like wow! Now that is amazing, she’s doing so well with it!  She loves anything with repetition and she too feels a lot calmer which is good.

I think what crochet has given me this year is time for me, time to switch off, to create, push myself and give, I love giving things away to those that really appreciate it.


My biggest crochet accomplishment this year has to be my mandala madness, and I’m no where near finished with it yet, it never gets boring, it’s beautiful and I’ve made it.


Another big achievement has to be my carousel I finished it, it’s not perfect but it’s mine


Anyway, I’m a little superstitious, we didn’t see 2015 out and 2016 in with a bang, so after this year we will be seeing 2016 OUT and 2017 in with a family party, best go and sort myself out!

Happy New Year to you all and thank you for taking the time out to follow me.

For the last time in 2016 Happy Hooking xx