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Monday, 23 March 2015

What's been hooked in classes....

At Sparrow UK in Shaftesbury, we decided to make teddy bears

We all followed exactly the same pattern

By Nicki Trench

From her book Cute & Easy Crochet

Some of us used DK & others Chunky

But as you can see they all turned out beautifully & uniquely!

Click on photo to order!

Also at Sparrow UK

I taught a sock workshop last Saturday

And as you can see, so far so good!

Bespoke fit

Size 2 UK & Size 6 UK !!

I went to a garden centre the other week & I saw a stand of paper napkins.

I was in need of some as I had totally run out the night before.  I was looking for duck ones, as we are about to get some Indian Runner Ducks, but this is what I found instead

Yes, Granny Square ones

Back to Shaftesbury & a colourful bag that one of my pupils made

Now we go to my classroom in Shillingstone to see the flower buttons that pupils made

And here's what another pupil made after only one beginners class

Another of my pupils showing her expertise after only 2 lessons

And finally this is my Scrappy

I made him along with my Shaftesbury class.  He's made from yarn stash scraps, hence his name

Until next time do keep hooking away won't you


Tuesday, 24 February 2015

The last few weeks

In Sherborne I take an Improvers class at The slipped Stitch. Isn't this just the yummiest looking cup cake one of my pupils made?

 In a workshop that I take for a class from my classroom at home we decided to make cable cowls from the then latest issue of Inside Crochet.  Sue no.2 made this one modelled by Sue no.1. Gorgeous colour and lovely buttons too (changed from a zip to buttons)

The lovely Nicky, a friend, made my pin cushion that's in the latest Inside Crochet magazine. It's so handy as you wear it on your wrist. 

  I am so jealous of this sheep by DMC which is in The Slipped Stitch. Into want one!

  I have been busy writing my 2nd book. I will say no more.  4 projects are complete so far, so I have said some more!

One of my pupils made this, her first garment.  It's a shame that there an error in the pattern. 

These baby blankets, by another pupil who only learnt to crochet in January, are fantastic.

And another pupil showing me her JayGo skills

More of my pin cushions by another pupil. She gave them out to class! 

And little Molly who's resting her head on a ball of wool at Sparrow UK during another class. 

I love the colours of this baby hexagon blanket. All in chunky. 

58 hexagons so far by me.  Today is day 67 so I am 9 behind but it won't take long to catch up. 

  I have been making this bear you see.  Started in class at the Sparrow UK and turning out so cute in scraps of chunky that it's addictive !!

Until the next blog post - Happy Hooking. X

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Lots of crochet projects.....

W.I.P. 's

(Works in Progress)

but not all by me - read on!

I have started to crochet squares in these delicious shades of brown, beige & pink

because I am making this gorgeous sweater that is in the latest Inside Crochet magazine.

As soon as I saw it I thought WOW and was straight online to The Wool Warehouse to order the wool I needed.

In class in Sherborne, we started to make basic amigurumi birds & bunnies.

There will be more photo's in the next post.

I found this online....

Mine is Stitch Hand - LOL

This is my Lurcher Perry having a snooze on the sofa under his crochet blanket & resting his head on several balls of wool!!!

And here are the dogs Granny Blanket getting dry on the aga.

I managed to add a few rows of stitches to my blanket

However my Shaftesbury ladies have roped me into making a "Loren" jumper

So we made swatches in class

And took some measurements before we agreed on getting the front of the jumper made before the next lesson, when we will make a start on the sleeves

CF brought this African Flower Blanket into my Crochet Classroom in Shillingstone last week

And JG brought in this lovely shawl

PLUS this fab cushion cover

And finally, another project that I have been roped into making along with one of my classes.

Again the pattern in from the latest Inside Crochet magazine an as you can see we are crocheting cables!

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Sunday, 18 January 2015

Crochet in January so far....

As you know, I like to make "something Crochet a Day" in the hope that it will resemble a blanket by the end of the year. 

 In 2012 I had so much going on in my life, with a house move & a new business to start up that I made a commemorate blanket.  It had things like the Flag of Dorset, the day I gave blood (a blood drop) A dart board, because I dreamt of a dart board! My wedding anniversary.  A tennis ball for the start of Wimbledon (not the year that Murray won) & of course it was the year of the Jublilee Celebrations, so I made 4 squares in Red White & Blue.

(this is at the October Stage)

2013 saw my little flowers.  All the centres were sunshine Yellow (Stylecraft Special DK) Row 2's were all different colours, some were red, some purple, some grey - you get the idea.  The great thing was that my Facebook & Twitter friends sent me in some of their Yarn Scraps by post, so I was able to make it more colourful that originally thought.

(still about 80 squares to go!)

2014 saw a slight change.  It wasn't that I was bored with squares, I will never be bored of squares, especially Granny Squares, but I wanted to do something a little different, so I went for Triangles!

As you already know, I decided on Baby Hexagons for 2015 - boy are they addictive!!

So much so that I have one in DK & one in Chunky on the go as I can't make just the one!!

If you want the pattern it's here - go on,  join in my CAL ! 

 The famous Crochet & Knitwear designer Lynne Rowe has http://thewoolnest.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/cals-and-kals.html

In other news....

This amazing blanket was made by one of my pupils who couldn't conquer "Chevrons"

And this baby blanket is for my Great Nephew to be

In class (the 2nd of 4) we made mobile phone covers

And here's some of my little crochet cables samplers

that I made to show class before their lesson.

One of my Sherborne ladies brought in this project which I love

& we also learnt to JAYGO

In another class this week we progressed to working in the flat round

I have a total of 32 workshops to teach this month, plus I have been asked to make several commissions for the UK's top Crochet magazines too,  so do bear with me if I don't blog again for a while.

Finally, I would like to thank another Famous Knitwear & Crochet Designer, Tracey Todhunter, for her kindness in giving me some good advice this week.