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Friday, 20 January 2017

Hello 2017

Hello to you all.  It's 2017 and I realise that I haven't blogged for a good while, since October in fact, which is very naughty of me, but I have been through a foot operation, loads of commissions, the Festive Season & arranging new dates for my very affordable Crochet Weekends for beginners & improvers.

All this sort of thing takes time & I find that I am easily distracted when using my computer, so I do have to stay focused.

I am happy to say that I have a very busy teaching schedule for January and for the next few months too. I have beginners workshops on the go, both at home and at a local venue and Improvers workshops too.  I had also sold a lot of gift vouchers for Xmas Presents, and they are now calling in to book up their classes too - phew!

Lots happened in 2016, which has helped my business to grow.  I have been asked by new yarn manufacturers, companies, publishers & private individuals to work for them via commissions, however teaching is my passion.

My Crochet Weekends, the first 2 that I scheduled for March and April this year are already fully booked, so I have now added a further begginers weekend in May now too!

I am currently working of a few things for myself too - like this "poncho" I love trying out new stitches and I have chosen a pack of yarns from PaintBox for this.  It's a great way to use up your frustrations when needing to try out new stitches & this is one way of getting these frustrations out!

Don't you just love the colours.  I can't wait to finish this and wear it around the village.

I met so many lovely people in 2016 and taught so many lovely ladies to hook away.

Here are just a few of the photos from last year:

This is me, meeting Edwyn, a lovely crochet mad guy who I have only conversed with on social media before.  We met at the London Knit & Stitch Show. 
My slipper socks made at the September Improvers course
Crochet Mufflers made for Age Concern by the gang who came on the London Knit & Stitch show coach trip
Chilling at one of my Beginners Workshop
One of my pupils, Sarah, with her own design!
The Beginners Weekend pupils, all deep in concentration!
Beginners showing off their straight edges at a class I teach at Knit Wits in Blandford Forum
Taking photo's for a yarn review
My Slipper socks, so warm and comfy, made with Joes Toes Slipper Soles
Using 21st Century Technology to learn a new Crochet Technique
Crochet in Action using an iPad for instruction
Beginners Weekend badges
Making a crochet mug coaster in Beginners Class
Learning to wind a wool skein into a ball
Photo's from a Beginners Weekend

My dog Scrumpy loving his Granny Square Blanket
Practising a new design
Balls of Yarn ready for Beginners workshops
Practicing Stitches
Making Crochet in a different way!

Chilling out on one of the crochet classrooms comfy chairs
A poncho WIP

Oh Yes!

Crochet Cabling

See!  I told you I've been a busy hooker!

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Review: Cosy Wool - the HOME of Vacuum Packed Wool.

Cosy Wool – The Home of Vacuum Packed Wool!

Cosy Wool are “THE HOME OF VACUUM PACKED WOOL”.   Based in Lancaster, they supply all your favourite wools and yarns, like Debbie Bliss & King Cole, but with a clever little difference!
Would you believe that they vacuum pack the wool or yarn before popping it the post!
All of the air is literally sucked out of the packing before they post it, to make delivery easy peasy.
You see, by doing this, you don’t have to worry that you won’t be home when the postman arrives.  You don’t have to ask a neighbour to keep a look out, you don’t even have to worry about what day it will arrive on, because, yes, you’ve guess it:  It will fit through your letterbox!

Once you open the envelope you find a little squished package inside, along with a very nice card from CosyWool.


As you can see, the package, having been vacuum packed is really, really thin!
But I guess you are thinking about the yarn, or in this case Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino wool, inside.
Me too.
How will affect the wool, will it spoil or ruin it, will it make it stay flat?
Well the answer is NO!
As soon you break the seal, all the air whooshes in and your wool ball puffs up!
All I did was squish the wool, which to be honest I would have done even if it hadn’t been vacuum packed, just to get it back into shape and to also have a sneaky feel of how lush it would be to work with.
 Wow, amazing! Just think, if you want to take some yarn on your holidays, this is the way to do it!  Vacuum packed yarn in your suitcase or rucksack – that’s the next best thing since sliced bread!
Also the packaging means that your wool won’t get wet in transit.  I once had a box of wool delivered that had an accident.  It was terribly sad as something had obviously fallen onto my box, tore through the cardboard and the flimsy plastic protecting my wool & then to add insult to injury, some of my yarn had a sticky goo all over it.  Not good!  I can’t imagine this happening with Cosy Wool’s packing as the plastic they use for the vacuum wrap is very tough, and you can get 7 balls of wool in one letter box friendly envelope!
You could actually keep it this small until you wanted to use it, no matter if you were going away or not!  Imagine your storage problems solved in one fair swoop!  This is your answer.  I reckon you could get 20 vacuum packed balls into the same place as one!

Well I must say, I’m sold.  As a crochet teacher and designer, I often need my wools and yarns super fast.  As a part time farmer, I can’t always be home in time for the post man, who to be honest, doesn’t run on a regular time, he runs on Dorset time in our village, so that could mean waiting in all day.  
This means that Cosy Wool has solved my problem!  I will never ever have to wait for a package again.  I can simply be with my calves and let the postie deliver my package through the door so that my wools and yarns will be at home waiting for a snuggle before I start my next commission or project.


All YOU need to do now, to experience this YARNY WOOLY life changer, is go to www.cosywool.co.uk to place your order and see how great this vacuum packaging will work for you!

Monday, 26 September 2016

Another amazingly HOOKY weekend!

We all gathered for 10am, armed with tea and delicious biscuits, we introduced ourselves
My pupils were given a ball of glitzy yarn. As you can see this was a very exciting moment and the yarn was a great hit with all. 
I love to do "show And tell" so out came a few projects including this amazing granny blanket
I love the way DB has used white in every other round. 
SC brought in her cardigan which neede ever so slight adjustment on the back. 
She had been a very good Hooker and made a tension square before starting but the back came up huge!! So help was needed to correct this "pattern error" and pinning saved the day.
The design / make for the weekend was a slipper kit. All were given a beautifully present kit purchased from Joes Toes and when I mentioned that we were going to design slippers, my pupils were in shock!!
But just look at them knuckling down to it and look at what they made!!  
Buttons and felt appliques  were added to give each pair a flair!!    

Using the wool winder was good fun and we also worked on our WIPs
 Then out came the FIMO

 We had fun rolling out the colours, making a mess of the table & squidging bits of this to that to create our custom hook handles.

I wasn't taking any chances this time.  I read the "baking" section over and over and in they popped for about 10 mins in all.

Fortunately they came out fine this time & it was smiles all round - SuCeSS!

  Birthday Girl!! 

Yes, we had a Birthday Girl with us all weekend!!  She couldn't think of a better way to spend her day than hooking away with like minded people - what a fab Birthday Day!!

If you'd like to come along to an affordable Crochet Weekend Retreat, then keep your eyes peeled on my website http://www.gethookedoncrochet.co.uk/crochet-days-in-dorset-2016/http://www.gethookedoncrochet.co.uk/crochet-days-in-dorset-2016/ for Improvers & Beginners weekends coming soon!