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Friday, 22 August 2014

Week 33 and 34 Socks, socks and a few more things to report....

I found ANOTHER crochet sock book for the bargain price of £2.50, so I just had to have it.  The great thing about it was that it had a few patterns in DK, so that was a bonus as I have been working in the norm of 4ply recently.

I decided to try out 100% cotton as I had some in my stash

And this is what happened!

Another pair I made were in 4ply in this lovely rainbow yarn

Aren't they just super snazzy!

Ah! here I am in class, showing off my new DK 100% cotton socks

I also decided to make another "Loren" Jumper in Red this time, which I work on in front of the TV at night as it's an easy no look type pattern

And now for some class news.....

I know, I know I am supposed to be taking some time off & catching up on commissions & my own work (as per the socks etc. above)

 But I was in demand!

This beautiful blanket is by the totally addicted "Dorset Finca" who is also addicted to Attic24
I can't blame her as Lucy is crochet amazing!

And here's another addict - a cushion addict

I have also had a bit of a classroom makeover this last week - I bought a table cloth to lighten up the room & I have a new wool stash thanks to Lemonade Yarns

It looks brighter

And well stocked!

Ahhhhh more rainbow socks!

Thank goodness it's nearly sock weather again
(pattern by Claire Montgomerie in Inside Crochet)

I also made over my Crochet Class sign that I hang on my gate when I know a new hooker is arriving

What do you think?


I will be taking the following crochet classes at the following venues in September:

All of the classes listed currently have places
All workshops run for 4 weeks & for 2 hours a week

Week Beginning  
Wed Sept 3rd - Beginners at Sparrow UK (Shaftesbury) 10.30 to 12.30
Thursday Sept 4th - Improvers at Get Hooked (Shillingstone) 3 to 5pm
Friday 5th Sept - Improvers at Sparrow UK (Shaftesbury) 10.30 to 12.30
Monday 22nd Sept - Beginners at The Slipped Stitch (Sherborne) 10.30 to 12.30

Please contact the venue direct for prices & to book your place

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Weeks 31 & 32 Crochet ME time!

Do you remember that I blogged about the Key Ring Book by Emma Varman last time?

(click on photo for the link)

Well I finally got round to making one of the wonderful key rings in there!

This is obviously a tortoise, but I made her with Chunky yarn rather than DK so she's a little bit large for a key ring - however I do have a very large sack type handbag, so she might get attached to a ring after all!

I added a flower to her shell as I had one "just there"


Now for my "FIND OF THE YEAR"

My lovely friends at String Theory Crochet have started to make & sell these wonderful Yarn Candy Tubes

I asked for a "Rainbow" combinations of colours

But there are lots of options to choose from

These little balls of 8g (approx) each are just perfect for projects like my "Flowers" blanket in the photos above

Or for my Triangle a day project

Isn't this just so much FUN

And each triangle takes about 3g of yarn, so I have plenty of each colour to make 2 triangles

 Do go to the String Theory Crochet shop 
have a look at all the fantastic colour options available - you WILL be like a kid in a sweet shop!! 

OK - yes, you can blame me.


Another blast from the past blog is Ms Clarice

You can find the pattern in Inside Crochet Magazine,

In the meantime Ms Clarice can be found in Pimperne, North Dorset

Or on the farm by the coast!!

Isn't she a cutey?


I have had a little "me" time this week as I have been good by working a little over the last weekend and getting all my commission work finished and posted out.

So, with "me" time I thought "CROCHET" and went to have a look at my yarn stash.

This did take some time as I have accumulated a lot of it, so I had a little sort out at the same time.  

During this thoroughly harrowing (not) experience, I came across a ball of 4ply by A Stash Addict called Mermaids Hair.

"Perfect for Socks" it said - it was thinking exactly what I was thinking 


I went to my list of "patterns to make" and quickly opted for a pattern in Inside Crochet Issue 51 by Bianca Boonstra called Simmerdei Socks

Here's the Ravelry Link

So I got my hook out

And got hooking

I am loving the way these socks work up so quickly

I have nearly finished the first one!

Ahhh and now I have finished them both!

And finally, my lovely Mother in Law bought me this beautiful Crochet Ring

So head over there if you fancy one for yourself!