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

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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

Weekly update

I have been very good, well I think so anyway, I’ve not purchased anymore yarn…….. Well kind of anyway!

Little Box of Crochet

Well what can I say, Amanda Bloom has out done herself yet again, seriously if you haven’t picked up one of these boxes do! They’re simply stunning, this month is very all about Autumn, leaves, acorns and mushrooms, the box came with the most delicious DMC cotton yarn that has a lovely sheen to it, and the pattern uses a 2.5mm hook, it’s just beautiful!!


There are two projects in this one, a wreath, which I’ve almost finished, and a nice broochwhich will look stunning on my lime green Coat, for sure.


Check out my baby acorns and leaves!


I love Amanda’s boxes, they’re such a treat and I really do learn something new each month.

Did I mention I’m going on frank and olives crochet retreat? 😂 yes I know, sorry if I’m boring you, but only 2 weeks today!!! Excited much!!!

My brother in laws surgery went very well, he is still in hospital but he’s surprisingly up and in his feet, so I’m pleased about that.

Crochet Brocade!

As you know I started a group at hobbycraft Warrington a few months ago, and we have about 10 people that come some not every week but we do have a few regulars, well we had a lady start this morning and she hadn’t crocheted before but brought hooks and yarn and asked if we could help her, so we did and by the end of group she had managed to do this!!!

I’m so pleased!!! And so was she, she’s done a cracking job, fingers crossed she comes back next week!

Whilst we were in hobbycraft the lady that looks after the yarn area asked us if we would be able to help them with the big knit for the big issue, making hats and gloves and scarves for those that are homeless, we were so lucky we were given a 400g ball each of women’s institute Aran and a Pom Pom maker, so thoughtful of hobbycraft, so we’re all planning on getting stuck in this week, I’m more than happy to put my wip to one side, it must be awful for those outside all night in the cold.

Happy hooking xx