Saturday, 24 January 2015

My lovely bright morning..........

Good morning it's lovely and bright today it feels almost Springlike. It's so nice to have a lovely bright kitchen it almost makes doing chores fun - well almost!



I'm having fun with my crochet and have lots of projects to share with you. I have always had a few things on the go but at the moment I'm hopping from one thing to another but for a change it doesn't seem to be worrying me. I don't have that nagging thought in the background of needing to finish what I'm currently making before I start something else. I am liking the fact that I have big projects, fiddly projects, and then some lovely simple ones, so I can pick something up depending on my mood or the amount of time I have available. Giving my self permission to project hop is very uplifting - you should try it or maybe you already have!

My projects are also very visible I seem to have a large selection of baskets housing them at the moment so I can see and admire them rather than hiding them away feeling guilty at my neglect.

I started this last night I wanted to experiment with some Spring Colours.



I was inspired to make my next blanket by this lovely Design Seed colour palette, Anita from My Craft Life and Heather from My Patchwork Heart



I love the Stylecraft colours and the blanket pattern is also from Stylecraft 


My favourite project is my beautiful baby blanket for Kate - we are expecting a new granddaughter in March - I can't wait. This is my fiddly project lots of colour change, lots of ends to weave in but it will be so worth it. The yarn is beautiful and I love the shades, it's the first time I have used Rico baby merino it is just adorable but definitely not a budget yarn.


I have been making little flowers and leaves to make one of Lucy's heart hangings.


I have also started my first Crochet Beginners Workshop for 2015 so had to get busy and crochet up some little hook pouches - the flowers also came in handy here.



I have to admit I do have more on the go but I will share them with you another day. Hope you all enjoy a lovely Saturday, talk soon

Thursday, 8 January 2015

A hexie a day keeps you smiling ...........


I'm joining in with Rachell's baby hexie a day CAL and I love them. They are so easy to make and you can join them as you go - I think I may become addicted.
For more info and the pattern why don't you pop over to Rachell's blog http://thelittleroomofrachell.wordpress.com/




Talk soon - if I can put my hook down xxx

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

New Year - New Post.............................



Hi everyone a great big Happy New Year to you all lets hope we all have a happy and healthy 2015.

Where do I start it's ages since I've been around, life is busy and at times my energy levels are low which makes it hard to fit everything in, although I have been using Instagram a lot more as it's so quick and easy to share a photo. I seem to find it hard to settle down and write a blog post these days  - I think I have lost my touch.

Even though life is busy I am having fun which is great. My mini crochet business is still flourishing, I have met such a lot of lovely women and made some long lasting friendships. I run a Crochet Club on a Monday evening and I have just had to suspend new membership as I physically can't fit anymore wonderful crocheters in - at this rate I will need an extension or a bigger house.

I have fallen even more in love with crochet and with the motivation from my group I have started to become more creative, although my greatest love will always be a simple crochet blanket.

For a very quick recap of my year I have shared some of my happy moments from 2014 with you below;-

Happy times with my grandchildren

more of the little ones

crochet fun and workshops

lots of baking

Crochet club day out and Christmas crochet

lovely yarn

lots of lovely blankets
Sorry about the quality of my photographs I am really disappointed with my images I tried a different application and the finish is quite poor, I promise not to use it again and will also promise to keep in touch more.

talk soon x

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Knitting

I haven't knitted for ages as all my spare time has been spent working on crochet projects and planning my crochet workshops. What a busy 6 months I have had. Kate had asked me to knit a hat for a friend who is having a baby and she also quite fancied a hat for herself. Kate chose some lovely wool and we bought some special Alpaca pom-poms. I have come up with a very simple but stylish beanie.



Kate was very pleased with her beanie - she always looks good in everything. I posted a photo on my Facebook page and can't believe how many people like them I have already had inquiries about commissions, so I have decided to make them to order, the yarn is a lovely 100% chunky wool.
Just visit my Facebook page if you are interested or leave me a comment. I am selling the hats at £25 plus p&p

must get back to my knitting
talk soon
Sue x

Friday, 3 October 2014

Just had to share.........................

Just a very quick visit today to follow on from my workshop post, as I wanted to share this beautiful Autumn Wreath with you - it's just so beautiful.....................................................................



Nicola came to my very first beginners crochet group in March  - she hasn't stopped crocheting since.

Talk soon x


Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Autumn Workshop ...............................

After what seemed like weeks of planning and being surrounded by heaps of autumnal shades of yarn my workshops finally took place last Friday and Saturday. As usual I really enjoyed them and what could be better than sharing an afternoon or maybe two with a lovely group of "kindred spirits".

It was fun getting the table ready and making everything welcoming for the workshop - I thought I would have everything finished in plenty of time but ten minutes before the workshop started I was still running around doing last minute tweaks.


Table all set..............



Cakes and treats prepared............


Some I made earlier!

We all share a great love of crochet and yarn, and everyone experienced such a sense of achievement when they produced "the cutest sweetest tiny pumpkins" - it's quite hard to put into words the beauty of creating something, or managing to follow a tricky pattern, and the lovely warm feelings you get when people admire your work.

So many funny stories were shared, it's seems that partners don't always share the love and beauty of yarn, they don't understand the desire to buy that perfect ball of merino when you really don't know what you will do with it or where you will put it. Yarn is carefully stored ( hidden) under the bed, behind the sofa, in the boot! and sometimes it is cherished and stored in beautiful boxes all perfectly colour co-ordinated - I think you all know who you are!

At times you could hear a pin drop everyone was concentrating so hard, it wasn't a bit like our noisy chatty "Crochet Club" nights, some beautiful autumnal lovelies were produced and I can't wait to see the finished wreaths.









Just when I thought I could put my feet up everyone is talking about a Christmas Wreath workshop!

I'm so lucky to have  the beginnings of a little business that allows me to meet lots of lovely people, be creative and earn enough money to replenish my ever depleting yarn stash.

talk soon x

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Autumn Workshop

I'm just planning another workshop, My theme is Autumn and I am busy collecting lots of lovely yarn in soft autumn hues. I want to make an "Autumnal Wreath" but my challenge is how much can be achieved in a 4 hour workshop. I have been researching lots of crochet blogs for ideas and inspiration and of course Lucy is famed for her crochet flower wreaths. Some wreaths are covered with yarn wrapped around them and some have a double crochet jacket. I much prefer the ones covered with a length of double crochet. They look so much more substantial, this method of course takes a lot longer. For a 25 cm ring using a 4 mm hook and 25 stitches you need to crochet a length of 75 cm as you can imagine I am busy making prototypes.

An important message to myself is "write everything down" I have a habit of making little patterns up and then forgetting how I made them. I made a teeny tiny crochet mouse to add to my wreath but have completely forgotten how I made it!

I have found some lovely beautiful free patterns for pumpkins and acorns, but if you use them please link back to the original source. Lovely pattern for a small pumpkin here and here and an amazing acorn pattern here.


My first ever covered wreath...............


Just a few little embellishments


Starting to pin into place



Starting another one !!!

Before I go back to my crochet wreath I must tell you some incredible news, I had quite a surprise yesterday I was looking at my blogger stats and couldn't believe that I had reached the amazing milestone of over 100,000 hits which is unbelievable. So a great big thank you to all the people that take the time to click onto my blog.

Hope you all have an amazing weekend xxx