Marshmallows

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For years now I’ve wanted to have a Christmas tree (even just a little one!) with all hand made decorations. I thought this year would be the one but sadly it hasn’t happened! I always run out of time, but I do add a little to my collection each year.

This year I’m adding a few cute marshmallows, rather than have them hanging I think I might thread some wire through the back to secure them to a branch! They take very little yarn to make and I think I might make more with cute facial impressions instead of safety eyes.

You will need:

Scraps of DK yarn (I used Stylecraft Special DK in White and Candyfloss)

3mm crochet hook

5mm safety eyes

Black thread or a scrap of black yarn

 

Abbreviations:

Dc – double crochet

Inc – Increase – two double crochet in one stitch

BLO – back loop only

Inv dec – invisible decrease – insert hook in front loop of first stitch then straight into front loop of second stitch (three loops on hook). Yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over pull through two loops

 

Pattern notes:

Place eyes in round 7, 6 stitches apart

Embroider mouth on round 10

For a more defined shape place a circle of card in the top of the marshmallow before adding stuffing and place a circle of card in the bottom before staring round 14

If you struggle to crochet row 16 after adding a circle of card omit the round, using a needle to sew in and out of the stitches in round 15 and pull tight to close

 

Method:

Using your chosen colour make a magic ring

Round 1 – 6dc into ring (6)

Round 2 – Inc in each st around (12)

Round 3 – Dc, inc. Repeat around (18)

Round 4 – Dc x2, inc. Repeat around (24)

Round 5 – In BLO dc around (24)

Rounds 6-12 – Dc around (24)

Add stuffing

Round 13 – In BLO dc around (24)

Round 14 – Dc x2, inv dec. Repeat around (18)

Round 15 – Dc, inv dec. Repeat around (12)

Round 16 –  Inv dec around (6)

Fasten off yarn and sew in end.

I would love to see any marshmallows you make! Tag me on Instagram, use #lyndascraftroom or drop me an email! Maybe I need to make a cup of hot chocolate now!

Thanks for stopping by!

Lynda-Rose xx

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Relax, Unwind & Crochet – The November Crochet Sanctuary

I cannot tell you how amazing the early Christmas Crochet Sanctuary was! I thoroughly enjoy every sanctuary we hold but there’s something magical about a Christmas theme.

We kicked off the Friday with many glasses of bubbles and opening a Christmas gift!

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Everyone seemed super happy about opening their box of 109 Scheepjes Catona Minis! You can watch a hilarious video here, make sure you have your volume up! We did tell everyone they were welcome to use their minis to decorate their Friday night project (a Christmas wreath) but we also had more than enough yarn in the display unit for them to use if they just wanted to take their minis home! Lets be honest, who would want to break into that box! It needed to go home and be stared at for a while.

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On Saturday morning we started another project, an adorable angel! We decided to name her Tallulah, we left the guests to finish her name off with their own spin. My angel is called Tallulah Twinkle Tush

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We had her sitting on the tree on the Friday evening and a couple of people asked me about her so I had to be a bit cagey (especially when Jill asked me about getting the pattern!)

After lunch we started an amazing workshop with Eleonora from Coastal Crochet. Everyone had a lot of fun with this one!

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Sunday was so relaxing, can you believe the hotel surprised us with a full on Christmas dinner! It was AMAZING, Lisa and I rarely get a surprise at the Sanctuary so it was so fantastic of them. There was crackers on the table and even Christmas pudding for afters! (I had a chocolate orange mousse as I don’t go for Christmas pud lol)

All in all it was a hugely successful weekend, so much so that we’ve sold out of all of our 2019 dates! We have now added some day events to the website and they are steadily selling too so who knows how long they’ll be available.

Thanks for stopping by!

Lynda-Rose xx

Wool Couture

Lisa and  were lucky enough to go along to the Wool Couture shop opening about 10 days ago, it took us quite a while to get there as the traffic was horrendous! It was well worth the trip though, the shop is beautiful and full of lots of beautiful things! (I really need one of those huge yarn balls to sit in the corner of my craft room!

I actually managed to curb my spending and only bought this really cute Christmas pudding wreath kit.

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We then travelled back to the shop on the Saturday as we had booked ourselves in for a macrame workshop! Lisa spotted that Mrs G had booked on and quite fancied going too, so we did and it was absolutely fab! It’s something I’ve never tried before but I really enjoyed it, we all opted to make a wall hanging and could choose whatever colour we fancied (I, of course went for pink).

It took a little while to get used to the knots, I had a real issue doing one of them but Claire was such a patient tutor and kept coming back to show me over and over until I managed to crack it!

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Lisas Daughter Abby joined us for the workshop and as usual she took to it really easily and raced a head of the both of us, she even put her own spin on things and finished hers differently! Abby an I both opted for pink, Lisa on the other hand went for grey.

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We finished the workshop by enjoying a nice cup of tea and a HUGE scone made by David (Claires son), they smelled so good I don’t think anyone actually took a photo of them. We smothered them with jam and enjoyed them with a cup of tea and a natter.

When I got home I told Paul all about the workshop and showed him my hanging, he’s decided he’d like to go on one of the workshops so it looks like I’ll be booking another one soon!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Lynda-Rose xx

Relax, Unwind & Crochet – The September Crochet Sanctuary

As usual it has taken me a while to do a little write up about the most recent crochet sanctuary… but here it is!

Lisa and I decided on a bit of a magical theme for the weekend so we kicked it off on Friday with a Mabel Bunny from Wool Couture!

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We placed all the kits on the sofas ready and waiting for our guests to claim, we had lots of excited ladies I can tell you! The kits are so beautiful and the yarn is to die for! We all had a little start before going for our evening meal in the restaurant,

Saturday morning came around and after going for breakfast we went into our first workshop of the day – making a hot water bottle cover! (we also handed out our goody bags at this point, containing the hot water bottle to fit in the cover)

Lisa designed a gorgeous grey cover with tiny butterflies, I went for bright blue with stars. We carried on with this until we went for lunch and then we came back to an fantastic workshop with Heather from Keep Calm and Crochet On UK ! We give our guest designers free range on what the do and Heather designed an awesome cat amigurumi called Relaxing Ralph. He fit in with the vibe of the sanctuary puuuuurfectly!

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Because of the chunkiness of the yarn used alot of people managed to get Ralph finished before the end of the weekend which allowed for a plenty of photo opportunities. Considering we all followed the same pattern each Ralph looked different and had it’s own personality so everyone managed to easily identify their Ralph after group shots!

Sunday at the sanctuary tends to be my favourite day (even though I’m sad it’s coming to the end of the weekend). It’s just so relaxed with everyone working on whatever they fancy, it’s very chilled out. As always we had a fantastic weekend of returning faces and meeting fab new friends, I’ll add some of my fave photos to the slideshow below so check it out!

Thanks for stopping by!

Lynda-Rose xx

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Birthday visit to Toft

A couple of weeks ago I went on a road trip with Lisa to Toft. She booked us on the Chablis the Unicorn workshop for my birthday, how awesome is that!!

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It’s over 2 hours drive away and we got there extra early so we could have a good look around the shop and have a visit with the alpacas, but typical British weather meant it was raining so we decided against the 45 minute walk!

We spent ages looking at all the different animals before the workshop started, squishing the yarn and stroking pompoms.

Once we were seated in the workshop space (which is situated in the corner of the shop) we met the lady running the workshop and found out that the workshop wasn’t just for Chablis, there was people making horses and Alpacas too. Some of the guests had booked on to do one thing but decided to swap to something easier and some people were upgrading their yarn from DK to aran (we decided to stick to DK), all in all this took just over 30 minutes so whilst we waited to get our pattern so we could start we took pics of the animals above us in parachutes and the GIANT giraffe behind us

Once we all started crocheting the room went very quiet whilst we sorted our increases, as soon as people started doing rounds with no increases we started chatting again! I think I managed about 14 rounds in total as we stopped towards the end of the workshop for tea and cake, we were then handed a cute tote bag to carry our yarn home in and that was the end of the workshop.

I’m super busy at the moment working on our new Knitcraft CAL and an amigurumi design for Marriners but I hope to find the time to finish my lovely Chablis before the September Crochet Sanctuary comes around!

Thanks for stopping by!

Lynda-Rose xx