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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!

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