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!
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.
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
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!
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.
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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!
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!
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!
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As always it has taken me a little time to do a write up of our most recent Sanctuary. What an amazing time we had!
On the Friday evening we greeted our weekend guests and had a little ice breaker – Lisa came up with the great idea of drawing our guilty pleasures… As you can imagine it was hilarious! I went with my usual ‘love of Dolly Parton’ and I hate to think what the hotel staff thought when they saw my drawing in the flip chart. After that we went straight into our evening workshop before going to the restaurant for our evening meal, as always we returned to the Sanctuary for more crochet and prosecco! As much as I loved Friday night I just couldn’t wait for Saturday for so many reasons!
Sooo Saturday! As Lisa and I had decided to run a teapot cosy workshop in the morning we decided to give it an Alice in Wonderland tea party theme! I love Alice in Wonderland (and dressing up in general lol) so I had the bright idea of wearing some bunny ears and to sneak out the other door to hop around and greet our day guests! Lisa stayed in the room to open the door and welcome the day and weekend guests wearing The Mad Hatters hat (she managed to whip it off before I managed to get a photo!)
As everyone trooped in we handed out the gift bags (they contained lots of little treats and a 2 cup tea pot that we were making cosies for! We stayed up late to dress the room including a table set up for the tea party featuring both teapot designs, crochet cakes and the odd real cake thrown in!
After a lovely lunch we had our guest designer workshop with the lovely Lynne Rowe from The Woolnest. She taught us how to make our crochet mindful and how to work with colour. She started by talking about mindfulness and how to chill ourselves out and relax which was great… apart from the fact she has such a lovely soothing voice that made me want to have a little nap lol. I managed to shake it off and enjoy looking at colours and seeing how they made me feel, of course I was drawn to all the gaudy bright colours!
As always we were sad when the day guests left, we’re sure they had a fantastic time though! We spent the evening working on whatever we fancied from earlier in the day or the night before.
Sunday seemed to roll around too quickly, some guests carried on with previous projects whilst some tried the raffia yarn project we had planned (Sunday is always a very chill day) The day seems to end so quickly, we did manage to get outside for a group photo (which we wish we had done on Saturday!) I also managed to get pics of Lady Deborah in the giant deck chair!
As always we had a wonderful weekend full of returning faces and wonderful new friends that we hope to see again soon!
I’ll add some more fab pics in a slideshow below, check it out.
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This morning I posted the bonus patterns for The Water Garden CAL myself and The Wee House of Crochet designed for Knitcraft/Hobbycraft. I was desperate to make mine in shades of pink (I am so a pink girl) but I behaved myself and used the left overs from the blanket.
It’s a surprisingly roomy bag and will be fab to carry WIPs around, I’m going to gift this one to my friend Deborah and then make myself one in pinks. I decided against lining it as the holes in the daisy block are pretty small.
I also managed to start a pair of ballerina slippers by Heart Hook Home, they are so cute and everyone seems to be making them at the minute! I’m doing a practice one in some left over Caron Simply soft then I’ll choose something colourful to make myself a pair.
I think they’d make very cute Christmas gifts, is it acceptable to make your family and friends send you their foot measurements!
I’ve also been working on patterns for The Crochet Sanctuary, I’m very much in love with what we have been working on for the Saturday morning! I really wish I could share a photo because it’s so awesome but I really don’t want to ruin the surprise. It will be a whimsical weekend!
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I’ve come to realise I’m terrible at blogging when I don’t have a finished object to show off and a lot of the crafty things I’ve been doing lately I’ve been unable to show off for one reason or another.
That being said I’ve decided I’m going to start doing a weekly round up every Friday to document the crafty bits I’ve been doing each week (maybe this will shame me into finishing off more of the random little things I start then abandon)
So one of the things I’ve been playing with this week is a pattern for Junes Crochet Sanctuary using Scheepjes Soft fun. I obviously can’t share any pics of it as that would ruin the surprise for our guests but it’s my first time using this yarn and it’s yummy. Lisa has designed the base pattern for what we are doing and then we are both doing our own versions of it. This is part of the Saturday morning workshop so both the weekend and day guests will get to take part and make one or both versions if they want to!
I also managed to complete the basket from Aprils Little Box of Crochet designed by ATERGcrochet. I decided to go with the one big basket rather than two smaller ones (my theory being I could cram bigger things in this one) It’s the first time I’ve used Yarn and Colors Fabulous and it’s such a nice yarn to use, I think it would be great for lovely soft amigurumi so I might have to get some and have a play.
Lastly I have been working on a bonus pattern for The Water Garden CAL that is currently in it’s sixth week! Whenever I’ve had a spare couple of minutes I’ve been knocking out hexagons ready to assemble into something pretty. Lisa is also doing a bonus pattern so everyone will have options for using up all those leftovers. If you want to join in the fun our Facebook group can be found here.
So that’s it for this week, thank you for stopping by.