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Saturday, 26 April 2014

Such Talent! Crochet in Dorset Week 16

I can't tell you how lucky I am as a Crochet Teacher

to come across such talent in one County - Dorset!

Just look at the finish on this baby cardigan - toggle buttons & a fab colour mix!

Another pupil saw a pot cover I made last week (you can just see it top left of the photo) & she went away & made this...

After a lesson in Flower making last week - AR brought her own in this week, complete with a cover pot too

I love them!

And PG worked really hard at pattern reading & made these lovely flowers
I love the pansy

We talked "drape" over the last couple of lessons & V brought in her finished scarf & the start of a shawl

The next few photo's are taken in my Crochet Classroom at home....

Another lesson in following patterns

Which seems to be the "hook" in the side of many crochet -ers

It's a matter of reading what's there in front of you and reading it again and possibly again before it goes "bing"

And it worked as here we have 2 covered stones, ready for al fresco dining this Summer

I did a similar project at my Shaftesbury lessons, but this time with Jam Pot Covers

They were not allowed to compare notes or cheat!! It was very "exam like" for some moments as they all concentrated on the task in hand and the room went quiet!

And as you can see, progress was made and end result

And here are the Sparrow UK "hookers" with their subscription forms ready to be completed and sent to Inside Crochet Magazine.

In the latest issue, which is in the shops (Issue 53) not only has one of my patterns....

but also my "interview" which DMC creative world said....
@CrochetAli It was lovely reading your "final thought" @InsideCrochet Thank you also for using our #DMCpetra for the #crochet food cover!

images are courtesy & copyright of Tailor Made Publishing

Do you think someone is "hooked" on Granny Squares with her collection of books?


 These Crochet Queen charms are selling well (see my "Crochet Shop" tab above)

Bavarian Crochet - I have a workshop on Saturday the 31st May from 10.30 am to 4.30pm

Cost £45 for the day - do get in touch if you are interested in learning this fantastic Crochet Technique

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For the latest news on Triangle a Day Blanket

And finally, one of the Shaftesbury ladies gave me this lovely Aquilegia.

I shall plant it in my courtyard garden & remember her & her wonderful crochet work every time I see it!

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Crochet in Dorset with Radio Chat on You Tubers! Week 15

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Did you know that I have 9, yes 9 You Tube videos to help you to learn to Crochet?

Why not try my first one - there are versions for left handers too!!

And to top it all I had a call from a lovely lady at BBC Radio 5 Live on Friday evening, asking me if I would go on the programme the following morning!! Of course I said yes & was live on the Radio to the Nation talking about my You Tube Videos!

Now for my week of Crochet Classes.....

I taught my "Improvers" class Broomstick Crochet.

Due to a lack of broomsticks in my house (they are all in repair LOL!)
I had to improvise & we used large white board markers instead!

Isn't it pretty?  There are more photo's at the end

On one of my dog walks I couldn't resist "snapping" these pretty flowers in the fields & woodland

This is AR who comes to the Shaftesbury workshops held at Sparrow UK

She made an Easter "Bonnet"

Some fantastic colours are about to be added to this already wonderful Bavarian Crochet blanket WIP 

Inside Crochet Issue 53 arrived on Thursday- It's  a wonderful issue (as always) with one of my patterns in it!

One of my crochet ladies is making my Pom Hat which was in Inside Crochet Issue 45

And this is a wonderful doggy blanket

A baby cardigan was completed for homework with the addition of a lovely flower button closure!

Learning to work in the round & following a pattern 

More rows have been added to this SUPERB blanket

Now just feast your eyes on this lot - lots of lovely choccy treats with our tea & coffee thanks to Sarah the owner of Sparrow UK who bakes Gluten Free especially for me.

Another Baby Cardigan with lots of lovely flowers!

Also in Issue 53 of Inside Crochet Magazine is my interview so be sure to buy a copy to read all about it! 

Last but not least is Broomstick Crochet - they all loved learning this new technique!

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!