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

1 comment:

vicky.julie.carver@gmail.com said...

It really sounds like a great weekend, with lots of sharing ideas and laughter.