We actually did it! It’s taken me a couple of days to recover but boy did I have a fantastic weekend! It may have been exhausting but it was a truly fabulous event, I am rather proud of myself and Lisa.
I don’t think I can sit and write a blow by blow account of the weekend, partly because there was so much going on that I’m likely to miss all the good stuff! Also the best way to experience it would be to book yourself a weekend 😀
Some of my personal highlights (aside from meeting all of our fabulous guests) were the reactions to our Toft workshop (Toft kits just scream pure luxury to me, they are fantastic and many of the guests hadn’t tried one before). I loved meeting the people I have interacted with on social media in the flesh, especially Emily from Hobbycraft! So many emails have bounced back and forwards between us so it was really lovely to meet her. Oh my gosh I think the workshop by Coastal Crochet was one of my favourite things ever! It was so nice after the Friday and the Saturday morning to actually sit myself down and relax whilst Eleonora took over the reins. I’ve never thought about crocheting around pebbles before but it was really fun (and they turned out so pretty!) Eleonora even had seaside themed music playing during the workshop, it was fantastic!
Lisa and I were also given a couple of lovely gifts from our guests which was very sweet! Amanda Bloom from Little Box of Crochet brought us a gorgeous flower basket and some of her fantastic candles for us and the other guests! I really can’t justify another subscription but it wouldn’t be wrong to subscribe my other half to her candle box right??? It was lovely seeing Amanda again and meeting the fabulous Moomaloom! Watching the two of them giggle and take selfies together is such a treat #friendshipgoals
Julia from Julia’s Creative Year gave us a notebook each with a fantastic hand drawn image on the front. How gorgeous is my beautiful cat! I love all stationery so I can’t wait to decide how to use this lovely book. I have to be honest, the prospect of using it is a little scary because I think it’s the nicest notebook I have ever owned! I’ll have to keep it for something super special, so finding a use may take me a little time 😀
Our lovely Tanya from What I Created Next gave us a lovely card, notebook and keyring. I do love a good unicorn so I can’t wait to use this cute little book!
I fully intended to blog at least weekly this year, doing well so far considering this is my first post of the new year! I’ve been so busy doing bits and pieces, getting ready for the The Crochet Sanctuary in a couple of weeks and working on the next Knitcraft crochet along with The Wee House of Crochet.
I can’t share any pics of the CAL as usual, we have to keep it hush hush but it should be released around Easter time! I know I am biased but it really is gorgeous. In between working on that I have also been making the bunny posted on the Hobbycraft blog a few weeks ago.
Since taking this picture I have crocheted the body and ears. I just need to line the ears with fabric and crochet the arms and legs. The design is a rabbit with a bow tie but I plan on making mine a nice necklace or something insead. I like to change things up so it’s very rare I use the yarn a pattern recommends but this time I am, it’s Womens Institute Soft and Chunky in cream. So to put my own stamp on it I’ll make different accessories 🙂
I’ve also made a job lot of cute bear stitch markers for The Crochet Sanctuary. We are running a Toft workshop where everyone will pick one of the fab kits to make an animal. Lisa and I thought it would be nice for everyone to have a hand made stitch marker to use during the workshop so I knocked these up ready!
I also managed to catch up on the Coastal Crochet seaside stash busting blanket yesterday! I’m just random picking colours out of my scrappy dk boxes (left overs from many amigurumi makes lol) I’m not sure about the red and black but the blanket is for my OH and he said he likes it so I’m just going with it! Eleonora from Coastal Crochet is hosting a workshop at our February Sanctuary and we are so excited for it.
My final thing to share is my most recent Lalylala finish. I started this Mici the Mermaid ages ago and got to the point where I needed to sew on all the tiny circles for her hair. After six I got bored and shoved in a bag but I pulled it out a few weeks ago and decided to finish it. Because I couldn’t be bothered with the circles I decided to pretend the ones already on were a hair band and add hair. I’ll be honest and say I wasn’t happy with it so it went back in the bag for a week lol.
I decided last minute to take it along to the Knitcraft social at Warrington Hobbycraft the following week to get opinions from the ladies. We often get people stopping by to see what we are up to and a little girl stopped with her mum and cousin, her mum told us she is mermaid obsessed! She gave the mermaid a squeeze and stroked her hair before handing it back to me. Before they left she came around the table to give the mermaid ‘one last cuddle’ and my heart told me I had brought the mermaid to group because it was destined to go home with this little girl. The look on her face when I told her she should take it was priceless! A few mins after they had left she ran back upstairs with a thank you card for me. I’m not really a soppy or emotional person but I have to say it melted me a bit, I think Mermaid Maker would be a great job title!
Gauge is not important for this project, your scarf will be approx 7.5 x 76 inches
As Caron Cakes have abrupt colour changes this will likely happen mid row, you can let it happen when it happens (as I have) or you can cut your yarn and rejoin to have the colour changes at the end of the row.
1. V stitch in the third ch from hook, *Skip 2 ch, V stitch. Rep from * a further 7 times. Tr in last st, turn. (9 V stitches total)
2. Ch3, V stitch in the ch1 space of the V stitches of the previous row, tr in the top of the chain from the beginning of previous row, turn.
Repeat row 2 until the you’ve used up the Caron Cake (leaving a tail for finishing off)
Sew the two ends of your scarf together using your yarn tail, sew in any loose ends.
I can’t believe the second CAL I have designed with Lisa from The Wee House of Crochet is complete! We are starting to get some gorgeous photos of the blanket on our Facebook page and I couldn’t wait any longer to share some of them 🙂
There are so many beautiful colourways being posted as well as lots of the Happy Wishes & Snowflake Kisses bundle and the Crisp Skies & Full of Surprise bundle. So fantastic 😀
In other news we only have a couple of rooms left for The Crochet Sanctuary in February! What could be better than a weekend full of crochet, food, luxury accommodation and fun! It’s a perfect Christmas gift… even if you buy it for yourself! Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
I’m so excited that our new CAL for Knitcraft is live on the Hobbycraft blog! Myself and Lisa had so much fun designing it, even though we had a limited time to get it done! (this was because we had no intentions of doing a Christmas CAL this year but the lovely members of our Facebook group really wanted it!)