Monday, 2 April 2018

Week 1 - Water Garden Crochet A Long

Hi there

Hope you've had a good long weekend full of family fun and love and if you craft, just a little bit of crafting too in amongst the chocolate you might have been gifted. 

The weather hasn't been that good so what an opportunity to stay indoors and do some crochet... which coincided on Good Friday (and what a good day it was) with the release of the first part of the new Water Garden crochet-a-long designed by Lisa and Lynda.

You can get your pattern by joining the FB group called Knitcraft Crochet Along by clicking HERE
OR you can head to the Hobbycraft blog where the pattern will be available every Friday for you over the course of the next seven weeks.

I've made a start on the pattern and now have a little bit of joining to do.

I am of course using the Cotton Blend Plain yarn by Knitcraft as I feel this is the only yarn that will do the pattern justice and give just the right amount of structure to those awesome 3D flowers on each of the hexies.  You can of course use whichever yarn you please.

Here's my progress.

I'm now cracking on with another one of the hexies called Oriental Magnolia and shall be back soon with an update on those and my joining.  As you may be able to see I've added beads to the ends of some of the daffodil petals and water lillies too and I am going to continue with this beading work so that hopefully my blanket will look like little glistening water droplets.

Take care
Tanya xx

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Yippee... There's a new Crochet A Long on the Block....

Hi there

So last week it was announced on the Knitcraft CAL Facebook page that a new crochet-a-long will start very soon.... and yes indeedy it is this Friday, the 30th of March....  Yes that's Good Friday and it will be an uber good good Friday.

Lynda and Lisa have pulled another awesomely pretty design out of the bag in the design repertoire now to add to the other two they designed last year.

You can buy your yarn pack through Hobbycraft right HERE and get your weekly patterns (7 weekly instalments appearing on a Friday) direct from the Hobbycraft Blog or through the Knitcraft CAL Facebook page where you can get lots of hints and tips to completing the aptly named Water Garden blanket.

It's all kinds of pretty and made with such beautiful yarn which contains an element of cotton which will really make the design pop with dimension.

Here's a sneaky peek at the design for you....

So I'll just leave those pretty photos with you till later this week and then I'll be back to share my start with you of this beautiful project.

Take care
Tanya x

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

*****The Crochet Sanctuary*****

Hello again

So on Sunday I said I would be back to talk about my visit to the Crochet Sanctuary at the De Vere, Cranage Hall, Holmes Chapel, a few weeks ago.

Well, what can I say about this absolutely wonderful weekend?

Well, what I can tell you is that I had the best time ever ever ever, surrounded by lots of yummy yarn and food and the most glorious surroundings which were so comfortable and picturesque and also the best company I have ever had the pleasure to be part of AND AND AND of course the brilliant weekend wouldn't have been possible without the planning and wonderfulness of Lisa from The Wee House of Crochet and Lynda from Lynda's Craft Room.

I was treated to the weekend as a random act of kindness.  By who.... I've still to find out but whoever it was I thank you from the bottom of my heart for such a wonderful gift.

The weekend started at 5pm on the Friday night with a getting to know you task of writing down three things about you (one of which was a lie) and then having another guest read them out while everyone guessed which was the untruth.  It was a really good way to get to know the other weekend guests and was a great laugh. 

We then set about our first workshop in which we could make a pair of slouch socks or a v stich scarf - patterns written by the utterly fabulous Lynda and Lisa.

I chose to make the slouch socks out of Knitcraft yarn called Leader of the Pac in two colours.  And although I didn't get to finish them on the first night I have since finished them at home.

We were provided with coffee and tea and lemonade and water and a buffet in the room; a room which was laid out so pretty with lots of comfy sofas and blankets and little crochet nic-nacs and also a selection of crochet books on the window sill.  Not only that we had our very own sweetie cart.

Amanda Bloom and Moomaloom from Little Box of Crochet were there to spend the weekend with us and we were treated to the wonderful scent of some candles  brought by Amanda as we chilled out and drank prosecco during the evening.

On the Saturday we had a buffet breakfast that covered everything from smoothies and cereals to toast and full English breakfast with coffee and tea in constant supply in the lovely restaurant.  We then headed on up to the Crochet Sanctuary Room for our 10am workshop which was a Toft one.  We each had a choice of kits which included a pattern, yarn and stuffing and a Toft hook.

I chose Simon the Sheep and although I tried to finish him at the Sanctuary I didn't quite manage and I've been working on him in between other projects for the past couple of weeks and he's nearly ready for sharing, so watching this space.  After working on Simon for a few hours, the time passed so quickly, we had a lovely lunch again in the restaurant and then it was back to the room for the Guest Designer spot. 

The lovely Eleanora from Coastal Crochet paid us a visit (straight from her holiday return!!!) and brought with her some pebbles from the coast and we got to crochet a few little pebble cosies using Scheepjes Catona yarn from Eleanora's perfectly written step by step pattern.  I've got to finish off about four more so once I've finished them I'll share the pictures here.

Then after a few hours more crochet it was back to my lovely comfortable room to freshen up before it was time for our lovely three course evening meal and then back to the room to change into something comfy and back to crocheting again. 

It was so chilled in our little crocheting room and there was much laughter and chatter. 

After a lovely sleep in a comfy bed it was time to get up for the Sunday breakfast and our final workshop of making faux fur pom poms from squares of faux fur and a bit of sewing and a press stud fastening, in a workshop run by Lynda.  We then got to make our own puff stitch beanie using a pattern written by Lisa with some more Knitcraft yarn, this time Soft and Smooth aran.  I chose green and pink and have made two beanies and three pom poms.  The green beanie is mine and I've given the pink one with a white pom pom on to my mum.  I'm going to make some mittens using Lisa's pattern from her blog with the left over yarn.

So all in all it was a lovely weekend and so much fun being with likeminded people and I felt really chilled out when I got home, if not a little tired.  But I'll definitely be going back for another weekend very soon and would highly recommend others booking a weekend there too.  If you want to make new friends, then I would say this is ideal as I've made a few friends from it, and if you want to squish yarn and just treat yourself to a bit of 'me' time then it's great too.  I'd heard so many things about crochet weekends before I went and it was not all good.  I heard about people paying to go on crochet weekends and not being made to feel welcome....  not the case at the Sanctuary as everyone was warmly welcomed.  I'd also heard of other crochet weekends charging for the use of yarn on top of the weekend price....not the case at the Sanctuary as everything was included for all the projects/workshops.  I'd also heard that at some crochet weekends that not everyone was treated the same and when leaving not everyone was given a goodie bag....not the case at the Sanctuary, as every single person left with a bag bulging with yarn and other goodies.

How fabulous is that?  Well I for one can't wait to go again and you should all book a place too by going right HERE  I believe the next one in April has some fun workshops including Amanda Bloom from Little Box of Crochet and also a workshop on making the Sophie's Universe Stool !!!!  How exciting.

Anyway, enough from me for one post.  Hope you've enjoyed looking at the photos and you'll book a place for one of the next Sanctuary weekends.

Take care
Tanya xx

Sunday, 11 March 2018

I'm Back.....

Hello everyone

So back in November I blogged (was it that long ago....!!!) to say I'd be back blogging very soon and very regular....but as you can see from the radio (well social media) silence I didn't at all.  How naughty of me.  But now I am definitely back....and with a lot to share with you so will do a few posts this week so as not to overload the airwaves.

So first of all back in the summer I started the Tea on The Green Crochet Along designed by The Wee House of Crochet and Lynda's Craft Room in connection with Kniftcraft HQ/Hobbycraft.  It was a wonderful way to pass along the long summer nights and also a holiday companion of mine when we visited Alcudia in September.  The blanket and the different granny squares accompanied me on many rides on my bike where I would sit on the grass or a bench having a rest during the many miles I did.  I couldn't share the blanket with you all as I made it for my very best friend Samantha and as I had personalised it with her name on a graph-gan panel I didn't want her to see the photos on social media.  I used the pack available from Hobbycraft to make the blanket and added the extra bobble border as well as the personalised name.

But here is the finished blanket in all its glory.  (Photos taken in November in Astley Park, Chorley)

 and here you can see the bobble border I added
 and I added flowers too....

I started in July and finished in November which just in time to start on the next blanket designed by Wee House of Crochet and Lynda's Craft Room which was called Christmas Is.... which I just finished in February using Stylecraft Yarns.

And the finished blanket.....

 Again I added a border of bobbles as I love love love bobbles.

 and I added some red bobble noses on the reindeers too.
It was the first time I'd tried tapestry crochet and I love it.

I'm now working on a second Tea on The Green blanket in a different colourway using Stylecraft yarns for my friend's dad and this will also be personalised with his name on a graph-gan along the bottom and I'll be sharing photos of that as I go along.

BUT....  over the weekend an announcement was made that Lynda and Lisa's THIRD, yes THIRD....  CAL is on its way and will start on March 30th....  not very long to wait.  I have seen a sneaky peek of it and it is absolutely beautiful (and as awesome as the other two CALs) and oh sooooo different too and the packs of yarn will be available this coming week from Hobbycraft.  I'll post the link on my blog where you can find it and if you fancy doing a crochet along.

There's also an awesome Facebook page hosted by the designers (where I'm lucky to be admin) where you can be kept up to date with designs and information.  If you want to join us just pop along right here  and ask to join

I will be along in a few days time to share some photos with you of Lynda and Lisa's Crochet Sanctuary I was lucky enough to go to in February....  It was heavenly....  staying in a posh hotel with lots of lovely food and yarn and lots of company too.  The weekend was their very first event and was such a wonderful weekend for them and their forthcoming weekends for the year are filling up fast.  But I'll tell you more about that in a few days.

Till then, bye for now.

Take care
Tanya x