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Sunday, 23 November 2014

Weeks 45 to 47 - Christmas & more


I have been mega busy these last few weeks:
In no particular order, here is some of my Crochet World to share with you....


I had to make swatches for a book publishers - this is now all done and dusted pre deadline!
Thankfully I am now up to date with all my commissions for customers, books & magazines!
PHEW


My desk earlier this week - lots of Christmas Decorations being made for the Shillingstone Fayre on the 6th December.

When I went to teach at Sparrow UK this week


I was shown the joined blankets made from the squares that were crocheted on the trip to the London Knit & Stitch in October


One is going to Julia's House & the other to Weldmar - both charities based in Dorset.

In class I started to make a hat with a pupil & got hooked - I have now finished this one & started another (more later)


This is the lovely MK, my old lady friend that I visit weekly via Age Concern


I made her this hat from Merino Aran - she loves it.

Below is Jan who learns Crochet at Sparrow UK


She's thrilled that she can now crochet with straight edges

And here's HS joining her granny squares


She has loads to join & I can't wait to see her finished blanket.

I found this old Crochet stitch & pattern book at a "Curiosity" place


Some very interesting patterns in there - one for "ladies knickers"

I started to teach a new beginners class at The Slipped Stitch in Sherborne last Monday


Here they all are with straight edges, thanks to my tuition & stitch markers!!




Sunday, 2 November 2014

Lots to show you - Weeks 42 to 44


I have been teaching lots of classes / workshops over the last few weeks, plus I have lots of commissions to work on for books & magazines too!

 Here are  some of the photo's that I took along the way, either of my pupils work or even some of my own crochet!

I have been a busy bee with a hook!

Here's DM crocheting my blanket from the fantastic DK Crochet book


And this is a cute lion that BP made, in fact that's a very cute lion!


From my Shaftesbury Class, L made this lovely tissue box cover


And this is a neckerchief that I made from my cotton tape bought at the London Knit & Stitch Show.  I liked it so much that I made....


...a second one with the other skein that I bought!


Back to class now & KPK wanted to learn a new stitch called star stitch


So we both added star stitch to our multi stripe blankets!


SC has made a cat basket using Boobles T-Shirt Yarn - again this is a pattern from the DK crochet book.


And at the end of my 4 week beginners class ET made her first Granny Square


I got this lovely DMC Natura & Petra in the post this week.


It's for a commission so I can't tell you what I am making with it - sorry

Now take a look at this amazing blanket - do you remember the Coach Trip to the London Knit & Stitch?  Well, these are just SOME of the squares joined together by the marvelous AR who volunteered.  This blanket will be going to Julia's House a local charity, so that they can raffle it or auction it off to raise funds.


This is just one of two blankets.  I simply love the colourway chosen.  Well done AR.

And here she is again - now a blanket junkie!


Considering she nearly threw her hook out of the window when she first started to try this pattern - didn't she do well????? YAY amazing.

Here is the lovely B with her scarf made in shell stitch with wool bought from the London Knit & Stitch.


Oh! Another postal treat - my new book.


Yesterday (Saturday 1st November) I took a Christmas Crochet Decorations Workshop


We had fairy lights, tinsel yarn, the music of the season & mince pies!

Here is one of my students showing off her Halloween costume - a Ninja Turtle, which she made in one night! 


And here are some of the baubles


We all made


I love them all


Beautifully worked!


We also made Stars, Christmas Trees, Christmas Wreaths & more!

Monday, 13 October 2014

The London Knitting & Stitching Show - Alexander Palace - 10th October 2014

The London Knitting & Stitching Show

Get Hooked on Crochet Coach Trip

We set off as planned from the designated pick up points in North Dorset

We had a woolly quiz, a woolly personality test, 2 sing songs & lots of fun!




Many of the ladies, crocheted granny squares on the journey as we planned to make a little blanket for a local charity, so that they could raffle or auction it to raise funds.



I think, at the last count it was over 190 squares


And these two lovely ladies have offered to join them together, into not one but two blankets as there were so many squares made


The ID badges made of yellow measuring tape were greatly admired by not only all who wore them, but by people at the show too!


Even our lovely driver Jeff of JFS travel wore one


He did a marvelous job of driving us there safely & on time too!


Here are some of the exhibits at the show




Above is Jenni by the Flower Garden & that's me below


Even though we got stuck in LOADS of traffic on the way home


Our coach load of 44 were all happy hookers, knitters & stitchers & all want to go again next year!!

I have had loads of emails of thanks for organising the trip.  Here are a few of them:

Many thanks for organizing our awayday to the Knit & Stitch on Friday - loved every minute especially the 'in-flight' entertainment.  Nobody does it better!

Kindest regards,

Sandra  


A email to thank you for a brilliant day that you arranged for us yesterday. The show was great and I look forward to going again next year. Helen B

Thank you for a great day out Ali. I had a lovely time. Also nice to meet you in person.  Penny 

Hi Ali, just wanted to say what a lovely day Denise and myself had yesterday, and to thank you for making it such an enjoyable trip. Hope to see you soon. 

Audrey

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Weeks 40 & 41


Me and my little posse of hookers are going mad for Tunisian Crochet at the moment, so I decided to have a little taster of making a hat!


The most complicated bit was the top


But I made it YAY


However I decided to put my own stamp on it by adding lots of colour rows, not just a band of colour


And here it is!!


Sherborne: My class here is only had 2 lessons & this is what they made


Adorable Crochet pot covers


One of them even bought my book and made these socks too! 


She also amazed me with these fab table mats, bordered with a colour change - another thing she learnt from my book as we haven't learnt this in class yet.


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It's official!  I am a "CROCHETER"


Don't you just love this "Prefects" style badge?

More pupil makes, this time from my lovely Improvers who took my sock workshop


They brought in their finished pairs to show me along with

Gerald


The Adorable Giraffe


That has a lovely smile


Another improver finished off this hat.  She had never crocheted "ribbing"before


An in class itself we made Crochet Button Flowers


I have been busy making Granny Squares for the Coach Trip to the London Kitting & Stitching show tomorrow & we are going to make a blanket with all made on the journey itself or pre made as I have done & donate it to a small local charity so that they can raise some money from raffling or auctioning it off.


And here is my wind mobile that I am making in physio 

I chose to decorate it with a crochet hook & a ball of wool - I drew this free hand!  I am very pleased with it.


Last but not least is work from my two new beginners that started with me yesterday.

They certainly have the makings of great hookers!!


Tomorrow I am taking a coach load of 47 to the London Knitting & Stitching Show so there will be a special blog report shortly!!