Merry Christmas and finished items!

Merry Christmas!!!! Well what’s left of the day, I’ve had a lovely day with my family and actually managed to get some crochet time in this evening too.

My parents came over for Christmas dinner, and I had made my mum the Golden Rod sweater designed by Eleven Handmade, I’ve made one before but I’d bought some yarn from the Little Box of Crochet Grand sale, the willow and lark woodland in oatmeal, it’s such a pleasure to crochet with, anyway I gave my mum the sweater today so I can finally share a pic

I really do enjoy Eleven handmade patterns and she has some amazing ones on her Etsy shop , make sure you have a nosey.

I’ve also finished drake the dragon from the unicorns and dragons book, this was chosen by Max my nephew towards his Christmas gift, I’m really pleased with it and he loves it too!!

Isn’t he fab!!!

And whilst I’m on a roll! I’ve actually, finally finished my ubunto CAL!!! I’ve really enjoyed making this, and enjoyed not getting stressed out keeping up with the cal, I’ve completely gone at my own pace

It’s been so nice not being at work the last few days, catching up with friends, finishing Christmas shopping, I think a few days of rest and crochet are in order and then it’s time to start finalising things for February! It’s The Crochet Sanctuary very first birthday in February and we’re gong all out, I’m so looking forward to it, we had a great year last year and we’re looking forward to another, so many things amazing things planned!

Oooh I almost forgot I finished last months Little Box of Crochet, I really do love a mandala

And I really enjoyed making this although excuse the picture it needs blocking!

Oooh also I’ve finally put The water garden pattern on here too, under patterns I think this has personally been our favourite design this year

Anyway I do believe that a whopping 4 finished items! Not bad for me!

I hope you’ve had a lovely day

Happy hooking

Lisa xx

Christmas crochet weekend

Hello lovelies! It’s Monday morning, I’ve booked the day off work to just relax, this weekend has been full on non stop, but it’s been equally fabulous.

On Fridays evening myself and @lyndascraftroom arrived at Cranage Hall to set up for our first ever crochet day which was being held On the Saturday at 10:00, but by setting up the night before it meant less of a rush on the Saturday morning. And wow, it was simply beautiful, Cranage Hall have gone all our Christmas!!! Lynda took some photos below, if you’re not quite feeling festive yet you will after a nosey through these:

Just beautiful!!!

So we set up our room, and tried our best to get it just as festive!

We had a fabulous day on the Saturday albeit a little strange for us just doing the one day, but it was great, there were 15 of us in total, with an abundance of yarn, and some wreath rings, our guests created some Christmas crocheted wreaths, although with it only being a day, most of our guests did get to cover their wreaths but not quite embellish them. We took a few pics using the Dear Ewe prop cards. It’s the first time I’ve use them, I’ve use my bag and my wip bag which are amazing quality but these cards are too! Double sided and really thick, their website is definitely worth a good look.

So a great day was had by all and it was really nice to see some very familiar faces and meet some new ladies.

Saturday was an early night to bed to be ready for Sunday, so Sunday was Amanda Blooms Little Box of Crochet grand sale wow! There was an abundance of items for sale

The pic above was before it even opened! Lynda and I had been asked to host two workshops, the building it was held in was lovely, the grand sale was held in the cafe and we had a large room with an adjoining room upstairs in the business centre, which was equally lovely. We had 22 guests for the morning workshop and 20 for the afternoon lynda and I had designed 2 teapot cosys and mug cosys to match

We had some fab ladies join! And some managed to finish their cosys within the 90 minute workshop! Each guest received a gift bag which included their scheepjes softfun yarn, catona, a teapot, pattern and buttons

Again some very familiar faces and lots of new ones too. Our last workshop finished at 15:30, lucky we didn’t have too much to pack away.

So we all helped Amanda and Mirraid to pack away the unsold items that will be listed on Etsy soon, but it meant it was time where we could grab a few last minute bargains too, I was good!! Well behaved, I came home with

Thee book!! Amanda’s book it’s fabulous you need to get it

A stunning candle

Jane Maddern soaps x 4 (amazing Christmas wrap ups)

A crown to hang from my tree

And some beautiful and heavily discounted willow and lark woodland yarns which is 50% pure wool, 25% alpaca and I can’t remember the other 25%. But we were all exhausted, absolutely shattered.

When I got home I started on another eleven handmade golden rod jumper with my willow and lark yarn, this is a gift for my mum for Christmas.

I knew I wanted to make another of these, for mum. The pattern calls for an American fingering weigh/sock yarn which to me is a 4 ply, so wool warehouse had a 30% sale on drops so I bought some lovely wheaty coloured baby alpaca and silk yarn which should of been about £70, but when it arrived the colour wasn’t what I thought. So I asked mum what her favourite colour is and she chose ice blue, so I started crocheting the jumper, but it wasn’t right, I couldn’t get the gauge right, it asks for. 4.5mm hook which is big for a 4ply, but it was far too small! Lynne Rowe from the woolnest came to our crochet day on the Saturday so I asked her advice and she agreed with me to go up half a hook size and crochet the biggest size, she was spot on! But it was all too loose and didn’t feel right, so I’m going to have to use the yarn for something else.

I shall keep you posted! Anyway! That’s about all from me I think, I’m shattered so today will be a relaxing crochet day possibly in my pjs ha!

Happy hooking

Lisa xx