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Friday, 11 April 2014

Hooky Creativeness Continues in Dorset - Week 14

I can't begin to tell you how PROUD I am of all my pupils.

At the beginning of the week I look at my schedule to double check on what classes I have on what days & to make sure that I have everything prepared  & ready for the needs of that workshop.

The best bit however is the magical time when my pupils arrive & open their craft bags (which get bigger with each visit) and out comes their Crochet Creations......

Just look at these fantastic Granny Squares

In class we learnt to Join as you Go or JAYGO as well as making a start on the "Loren Jumper" which is a pattern in a recent Inside Crochet Magazine.  This will be the first garment these ladies will have crocheted.

In the next class we made "Rosettes"

And in another - hearts

BP sent me in this photo of her Bavarian Crochet - she learnt this in an all day workshop that I held last Saturday

When I got a bit of free time to myself, I created this jam jar cover for a magazine

However I killed two birds with one stone as I got my next class to "Tech Edit" the pattern for me just in case there were any mistakes!!

Now for my Shaftesbury Class thanks to 
Sparrow UK

Here they all are, hooking & chatting!

And making garlands - pretty garlands

One of my pupils brought her daughter along, due to the school holidays & she made this lovely flower

With a French Knitting Doll

Isn't that just great?

AR conquered her fear of Chevrons!


And now for my "Highlight of the Week" thanks to AR

 *sending more crochet hugs and crochet love your way*

AR made me this fantastic new Crochet Hook Set & Accessories Bag

Not only is it lined

But it has pretty buttons

Is very colourful (the best way!!)

And lovely and BIG (just what I need)

The best bit is that it's also got 2 sections so I can separate my hooks from my accessories!

Isn't it just perfect! 

If you would like one of these too then let me know & I will pass on your order to AR!

Some LARGE crochet hooks


Last but not least is this wonderful Crochet Ring by SD 

I love it so much that I prompts me to make something with the ring I bought before Christmas!

Friday, 4 April 2014

A week of new Hooky Creativity! Week 13

This week has seen the  beginning of a good few "Improvers" workshops- 4 in fact, along with some new private classes

That's a whole load of hookiness going on !

At Sparrow UK in Shaftesbury this is how creative one lady got - she used the middle of her flower as a button hole!

On Tuesday night I was presented with this gorgeous granny square - love the colours & to think that LS couldn't crochet 4 weeks ago!

GW has completed her Fox Purse which is FABBBBBB!

And back to Shaftesbury for this delight

Which is beautifully lined in the most adorable fabric 

Here, back at Crochet HQ we have synchronized crochet granny squares going on by a left handed and a right handed pupil who realised that they were at exactly the same stage!

And are selling well - adorable and will make your work look professional!

We are now springing back to Shaftesbury where these lovely daisy's are taking shape

And this cowl is beautifully finished and the maker even adjusted the design slightly to suit her needs!!
Well done you.

A little mouse with flower buttons for eyes

Practising changing colour in a granny square - I promise you that I did not make this!

A lovely chevrom blanket

And here's the maker of the chevron blanket wearing a warming cowl that she designed and finished with buttons for that extra special touch.

More Granny Squares

And a wonderful flower by GW which she has made as a gift.

Back to the talent in Shaftesbury where VW has started this Paint Pot blanket for her Granddaughter
I want one too!!

And the talented AR has made amongst other things, this wonderful iPad case

She made it all so well that I have commissioned her to make me a crochet hook case - a large one!

More Granny Squares in the making

And this lovely creation is another from VW

Now back to HQ - ML sent me in these lovely photos of her Easter Bunny

Isn't he adorable?

last but not least is Sparkly Chic

By OE which is amazing!

That's all from me this week folks.  I am absolutely poooooped & I need to recoup as I have a full day Bavarian Crochet Day tomorrow.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Hook Tastic - Week 12

Wow what a week it's been!

It all started with the Vintage Fair on Monday which was a FAB day

Here's my "Crochet" table all set up and ready to go!  I had oodles of people stopping by to learn some basics, or to learn a new stitch or to simply admire my work!  

I took a basket of wool with me to work on my Triangle Blanket....

I spent some time on Sunday night, calculating the amount of wool I would need for each triangle & I sorted out all these lovely colours to add in, however, and yes you've probably guessed it, I didn't manage to add one!!

Have a read of this fantastic review here.....
Online report re: vintage fair

I also came across this on the net - it applies to Crochet too!

Knitting Is Healthy for Your Brain

And while I am at it, why not try out one of my free patterns 
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My best find at the Vintage Fair was this lovely Dewhurt's "Sylko" thread box

Now I can have lots of fun finding the wooden reels to go in it!

On Wednesday I took the last of the beginners classes at Sparrow in Shaftesbury.  The best thing about that class was that Joan finally cracked "Working in the Round"


I burnt my finger - it's the left hands' index finger, the one the wool tends to go over a lot so I have had to tape it up to protect is and stop me screaming.

It has slowed down production!

My class on Wednesday Night was GREAT! Look at how messy we got!

Another Vintage Fair find by one of my pupils who's hooked on fine lace crochet edgings

And CF's blanket is growing!

Isn't it to die for?

Tickets are selling fast - are you coming??