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Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Where has the year gone so far ?


This year has gone so quickly already!  It's now the last week of May and this is what's happened since my last blog post:



I can't wait to share this.....


I was on Amazon earlier today and I recognised my work on the front of a book that I had contributed too  Crochet Therapy



Click on the underlined book title above,  to be taken to Amazon where you can pre order this book (released July 7th)
Written by the talented Betsan Corkhill.


Wow! They are my therapy balls & the flower coaster, top left, is mine too!  I am on the Front Cover!!!!!! YAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYY



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In other news.....

I have hatched ducklings (Indian Runner Ducklings)


I have bought another 2 calves

The black one is a Heifer Aberdeen Angus & the other is a Bull Hereford.  We have named the Florence & Freddie.


I have made time for crochet too!  Teaching, Designing & making presents and stuff for me too!

The first one here is a Star Blanket made for a baby of unknown sex, due to be born in July.  I thought I had better get it started as soon as I heard that a friend in the village was pregnant, as I never know when I am going to be caught up with commissions.


This is a Rectangular Granny blanket that I am making for one of my two sofa's, so that my dogs can sit on them comfortably and to protect the sofa a little as well!


One of my pupils made this fab Granny Square Bag & lined it too.


We had a lesson out in the courtyard, just outside my classroom


It was lovely to make the most of the sunshine & hook at the same time.  The Giraffe also enjoyed the sun in sitting is a tropical plant


This is the class that attended my Third "Crochet Weekend in Dorset" course.

It was for beginners


And they all had a lot of creative fun


and lots of refreshments including chocolate fudge cake



 The improvement in their swatches are fantastic, after practice, you can see how quickly one can improve!


I found this online & thought that I should share it with you.  Isn't it just super?


I do manage to get my feet up every now and then, but you can be assured that there is a crochet hook in my hands!


Again, I am crocheting away, with my ducks for company this time.


Another picture of me with my feet up, working on one of several blankets that are WIPS





 I taught my pupils a new stitch in improvers class.  I like it so much that I added it to yet another blanket WIP




And here I am hooking away at the Car Wash whilst my car was getting a mini valet (it really did need one - it was filthy = country life + road mud)


I came across Two Sisters on Twitter who are called Chameleon Crafts, and the have a CrowdFunder target of £500 to meet very soon.  Can you help?

Chameleon Crafters: Colourful, Quirky, Creative

Two sisters wanting to start a new online business specialising in colourful and unique amigurumi crochet kits and pattern writing.



So that's it from me for now.  I am off do diarise a few commissions that have come in from magazines this morning & then I am off to the greenhouse for a bit of a potter.


Hope you've enjoyed the read.


Thursday, 14 April 2016

Crochet Days in Dorset #2 - Beginners

Keep Calm and Crochet On


The classroom was prepared

The Fairy Lights were turned on



Chocolates were put out (in a Crochet Bowl of course, that sat on a Crochet Blanket & a Granny Square WIP !!)


Supplies were arranged on the table


And the scene was set!


The girls arrived!  The came from all over, including Ireland, Swindon, Wiltshire, Leicester, The Isle of Wight & of course Dorset!


We got going with the basics


Slip knots to start



which then turned into chains



Which were used to decorate the name badges!



More serious stitching took place



And as you can see, with the help of stitch markers (A hookers best friend), straight edges were soon achieved!


Then it was working in the round


Again using stitch markers


So that essential stitch joins were not missed


Working in the round soon turned into making Granny Squares


Which burst a bubble of excitement in the room


by B who had always wanted to make granny squares


And S who had been on a crochet course before, said that she'd learnt new, and better techniques than she had before, which she really loved


We also covered finishing off techniques, colour changes & fake finishes, as well as a little JayGo & magic knots!

Goody bags, made up of magazines, yarn packs & hooks etc. supplied by Lets Get Crafting Knitting & Crochet, Inside Crochet, Purple Linda Crafts & more, where received with huge beaming smiles.


We had some lovely lunches and a GREAT meal on the Saturday night at The Willows in the village, where the chat flowed well into the night.

The feedback forms that the girls completed made me glow with pride.  I don't think that I can change anything that I am doing to improve this course from what they have told me.

This crochet retreat, plus the Improvers one a month ago, have both gone extremely well.


The girls set up a Facebook Page!


I was able to post a little pattern on there for them to try at home and here's the results so far.....

Daisy Flowers!




Don't they look amazing.

If you would like to come to my next Crochet retreat in May then there are still 2 places left, so do get in touch.

The cost of this Crochet retreat is £150 for the two days with ALL materials supplied.

There is more information on my website


IF YOU WANT TO LEARN TO CROCHET IN 12 HOURS THEN MY CROCHET RETREAT IN DORSET IS THE PLACE TO COME IN MAY!









Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Crochet Days in Dorset #1 - Improvers


Crochet Days in Dorset

Part 1

Improvers

http://www.gethookedoncrochet.co.uk/crochet-days-in-dorset-2016/

We all had a lovely, hooky weekend.

I am thrilled with how the weekend went and my pupils were too!
 

Here is the goody bag that all the girls got, thanks to Inside Crochet, Purplelinda Crafts, Lets Get Crafting Knitting & Crochet, Jane Crowfoot, Toft Alpaca, KnitWits Blandford & Quarto Publishing.

They were very happy to get all these little goodies, including a crochet hook, a lovely embroidered crochet card, free patterns & some wool wash too!

Here are some of my improvers, hooking away, using the window seat area & sofa's.



Others sat at the big table

 & others at the little table (the one closest to the heater!! LOL)


They were all given WiFi access so that they could share internet crochet on their ipads and phones.

Pinterest was used a lot!


I designed a market bag to be made over the two days, from T Shirt Yarn.  I bought them all a ball of Tek-Tek online & they all had fun choosing the colours they would use, as I got a good selection.

Can you seem the amount of tea and coffee on the coffee table??  We needed lots of refreshment to get us through the day.



I told them to bring along their slippers, so that they would be comfy during the weekend.

These pom pom ones were my favourite.

Their bags are getting larger!



And handles were added


They were encouraged to deviate from the original design, and some did just that!


This bag was made with 1 strand of T Shirt Yarn and a strand of cotton in a contrasting colour.  The effect was brilliant.


It's a shame that you can't see the true colours of the T Shirt yarn from the photo's


As they were all so lovely, especially this one.
 This lady popped down to KnitWits in Blandford after the first day, to buy these amazing handles, which were sewn on using the same dk cotton as the added strand used in the making of her bag.


Here we are on another project of the weekend.  All my pupils brought along something that they were making - their WIPs - something that they hadn't started or needed to start, makes that they had got stuck on e.g. one started to make a baby cardigan, another a jumper, and there was also a shark sleeping snuggler being made too!

Here we all are making T Shirt Yarn. 
In the feedback form that they all filled out, making T Shirt Yarn was the most popular activity!



Wow what a fab market bag!



A lovely lunch was provided on both days.
Home made vegetable soup and warm bread rolls on day 1 & Aga baked Jacket Potatoes with cheese & coleslaw on day 2, followed by cake

Most went up for seconds!!


One pupil learnt Basket Weave Stitch, using 3 strands of DK and a 9mm hook.  It's comes out really effective as you can change just one colour at any time you like, so great for using up scrap ends from your yarn stash

We also made handles for our crochet hooks

Don't they look fab?
I have to confess that the AGA let us all down.  One lady was timing the length of time that they had to be in the oven, but, I think the oven was too hot.  I should have put them in the baking oven and not the roasting oven as they came out very sadly cremated.

 Some buttons were made out of the spare clay - aren't they fab?


 We also had a go at Wire Crochet.   We all made bracelets with beads that the lady's brought in with them.  One lady had a huge amount of beads, which she very generously let us all delve into.


So there you have it, a weekend of crochet fun.

We went to the local restaurant on the Saturday night and had a lovely 3 course meal with a bottle or 2 of wine.

They all want to come back for more, so I am looking into another weekend in September!!


The next 2 weekends are for Beginners - April is now fully booked, but there are still 2 places available in May
See  http://www.gethookedoncrochet.co.uk/crochet-days-in-dorset-2016/  for more information & to book your place!