Oooops

I know……I have seriously neglected my blog since February, no post in March or April, things just seem to have been a little hectic, not too hectic for crochet though.

So what have I been up to? I’ve got loads of finished objects! So first of all since I last posted I started and finished the wrapped in diamonds shawl by Toruń crochet, I was really pleased with the finish, out of all of my whirls this is my first fully completed item!

It was a bit hard to try and get a full picture of it but it’s a fab pattern and I’m sure I’ll make more, in fact, I did buy some more, not whirls but cotton king cakes from hobbi yarns

How gorgeous are these?! They were such a bargain too £11 I think? Sometimes they have some cracking deals on so well worth having a nosey at their website Hobbi yarns

I’ve also finished some Amigurumis!

I’m reallh enjoying Amigurumi at the moment, but there are so many things I want to make!

I’ve started so many other wips, but I’m really trying to work my way through.

Anyway!! At the end of March I took my husband away for a week, our first holiday without our kids who are now 18 & 15, it was his 50th birthday and I booked us a cruise sailing from Southampton to Rotterdam, Where we then got a coach to……..Amsterdam!!! And guess where I went?!!!!

That’s my hubby, we went to Stephen & Penelope’s fine yarns!!!! I have been itching to go! Of course we were too early and it was shut but we only had to wait an hour or so, oh Lordy!!!!! I’m tight fisted when it comes to yarn, I had until then only ever bought one skein of hand dyed yarn, this shop is full of it!!!! I spent €177 which I didn’t think was too bad, I bought 1 for @lyndascraftroom with a wip bag, and 2 for Amanda Bloom as it was her birthday so I haven’t got pics of those but here’s my treat

The shop is well worth a visit but you’ll need plenty of money!!! We then sailed to Bruge and guernsey and it was a fab holiday!

Then just a week later we had the April Crochet Sanctuary we were so excited! We had decided that with it being spring we would have a spring theme, we also had Alison Holloway as our guest designer, Alison is the momma of Mabel bunny, she’s a brilliant designer, when she went through the pattern for April I had a little cry! Purely because of the effort she had put into it. On the Friday evening we had Hoooked bags! I was a little unsure initially as I had only used T-shirt yarn at another retreat I went to, and the pattern we were given was using a 7mm hook, I just remember being in agony of trying to crochet with a 7mm hook, anyway lynda and I got our delivery and decided that really we should test the pattern, we’ll I absolutely loved the yarn!!! Ad it’s a lot easier using the recommended 12mm hook, I loved the pattern too! And it went down a real treat!

Everyone really enjoyed it. And most got them finished that weekend.

On the Saturday our guests crocheted our honeycomb hook roll which is available on our Etsy shop!

We used scheepjes stonewashed and catona, cute isn’t it!! And check out the bee!!!

Then in the afternoon we started Alison’s pattern……Lottie the ladybird!

I really enjoyed making Lottie, her wings move too!!! She’s available to buy from Alison’s Etsy page (I’m struggling to add a link sorry)

I’ve got too much to post here! So I’m missing out a few finished objects! Anyway! I finally used up all of my willow and lark woodland yarn I bought 20 balls from little box of crochet Etsy page as they were too good to resist. I used some for my mums sweater at Christmas, and the rest I used for Eleven handmades rye bread cardigan, it was the perfect yarn for it

Ooooooh lynda bought me a bag!!! I mustn’t forget that, thank you lynda!

We were then planning for our May Crochet Sanctuary which we wanted to Keep with the spring theme. Our May sanctuary was just for one day and it was great! Our guests crocheted matching ‘bee happy’ pin cushions and a scissor pouch, we even gave them the scissors

And keeping in theme we crocheted hoooked baskets too!

And!!!!! Go me!!!! Remember last year for @lyndascraftroom birthday?! I started nameless by Helen shrimpton and as per usual I realised I’d bitten off more than I can chew? Well I finally finished it!!!

Those last 7 rounds almost ruined me

We also released our 2020 dates!!! We have some phenomenal designers lined up, even one flying in from Amsterdam, and I hate to say it, well actually I don’t I love it!! Ha!! But we’ve only got 6 day places left for the whole of 2020, February, June, September and November/December have gone! We’ve got quite a few crochet days left, but only 6 spaces for April, crikey, I never thought I’d be typing this! So if you fancy a day or weekend it’s www.crochetsanctuary.co.uk then click book now to see what we have.

Our June weekend is coming up from 7th June, and wow it’s probably the most yarn filled weekend we’ve had, I’m so excited!!

Well I think that’s almost it for now! I’m going to try and post a little more often from now on.

Happy hooking!!!

Lisa xx

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

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

Weekly update 🍄🍄🍄

I’m just getting ready to got to work in London for the next two days, so I thought I’d post a quick update.

So I made a start on the tree of life, it is such a beautiful pattern, but a little too expert for me I think, I’ve gotten into a bit of a mess with all the fpdc’s and bpdc’s and I don’t think it is quite looking how it should albeit it started off looking fabulous, I’ve got too much wip going on so I’ve given up! For now anyway.

Carousel part 3

Yes!!! Sue Pinner and Stylecraft launched part three of the carousel and I’m really enjoying it, I’ve never had the opportunity to JAYGO before but this pattern is full of it and I am loving it, no more joining at the end and sewing for what seems like forever!  

My finished part 2 piece


Please excuse the following picture, I didn’t have a flat surface so it is draped over my laptop and desk, but this shows you 3 of the 16 hexagons joined, I love it


Not 100% on the colourway still but I’m sure it will grow on me.

I’ve done absolute nothing on lily pond cherry blossoms or mums Christmas jumper, I need to start getting a wriggle on with those as my wip is building 🙈

Little box of crochet
Ohhhhhhh I have been wanting these for ages!! This was Amanda blooms first ever LBC, before I’d even heard of her, well when I went to yarndale I managed to grab a box


I was trying to pace myself on carousel so last night thought I’d give one of these mushrooms a go, I am so pleased with it!!


I’ve got the other two to do, but they’re packed in my overnight bag for London tonight, the yarn from sheepjes is just simply divine.

Marriners yarn

You know those inserts you get in the magazine, the ones you never read? Well I’d read a lot of comments on social media about Marriners yarns, they’ve been around for a loooong time, well I found their brochure in one of my mags, if you’ve not looked at their site before, get on! Look at their prices! My delivery hasn’t come yet but I’ve placed an order for 8 skeins, including delivery £11.95, now that’s a bargain, well I think it is anyway from all of the comments and recommendations I’ve read anyway! They’re website is Marriner yarns its well worth a look at £1.00 for DK, I’ve ordered mermaid and plan to make a mermaid tail for my niece, and some other Autumn colours for a dinosaur tail for my nephew, more to add to the wip list!!

I think that’s all from me to be honest, best finish packing, sort my face out then off to London.
Happy hooking xx