It’s been a while!

Hello!! It has been a little while since my last blog, but I’ve been on my jollies, having some fabulous family time in the sun. Weeks running up to me going I was trying to get my day job finished, then some Crochet sanctuary stuff sorted, and designs! @lyndascraftroom and I have a few projects we are working on at the moment, including the autumn cal for Knitcraft, some bits for Marriner yarns which is exciting. You know we love Knitcraft yarns, well we also very much like Marriner. You should really take a look as they have some stunning yarns and very well priced. In fact I think they under price their yarn, which can often make people think it’s cheap or poor quality, but it’s not, they’ve got some good dk’ sand some fabulous chunky verigated yarns and beautiful cottons, have a look!

So we went to Bulgaria for 10 days, and stayed in Nessebar, I was very much hoping to find some yarn, but I did come across some ladies making a living from their crocheted items

That was all the crochet I found!! I didn’t get much done whilst I was away either, took plenty of wip but it was too hot.

Before I went away I had my granny square design released on the Hobbycraft blog

We were given a list of items to crochet using granny squares, I chose the hot water bottle, using Knitcraft in the zone, I love the bright colours and the yarn just glides over the hook, lovely stuff!

Then whilst I was away my Not so little box of crochet arrived!! My neighbour kindly took it in for me, oh wow!!!!

It’s amazing!!! It’s designed using intarsia crochet…….never tried it before, and I don’t think I will again! Thank goodness the pattern Said we could use tapestry, intarsia for me is just a mess at the back, and I wasn’t leaving a long enough piece of yarn, tapestry is much easier, I’m not posting a pic yet as I’ve only done about 6 row after frogging the intarsia! It’s beautiful though and I know Amanda still has some boxes so you should order!

We’ve only got 5 weeks until the next crochet sanctuary Yayy!!!! I’m so excited, it seems ages since the last one.

We’ve got the rather fabulous Heather from KCACOUK hosting our guest designer workshop on the Saturday afternoon, which I’m really looking forward to. And we’ve completely sold out until June 2019! What’s that about?! Who ever knew we’d sell weekends so quickly, and to think @lyndascraftroom and I were sick with nerves when we started! We do love it, and we have some amazing guests.

I’ve really missed not going to our Knitcraft social the last few weeks, so looking forward to going back on Saturday, it’ll be lovely to see everyone. Then! On Sunday @lyndascraftoom and I are off to Toft in Warwickshire, we’ve never been before, it was Lyndas birthday in July, so for her gift I booked us both in for a workshop to crochet Chablis the unicorn

Isn’t she gorgeous?! There is also an option to supersize her, so I’ll see how much it is, I’ve been a little naughty recently in terms of yarn πŸ™ˆ I can’t help myself.

I’ve still got my nameless blanket to finish, Sophie’s universe, 2 Sophie’s stools, a Mabel bunny from wool couture, primavera blanket oh jeez the list goes on and on! And now I’ve bought this!!

Couldn’t not to be honest! Sneaky little purchase while lying by the pool, ah well!! I really do nee to start concentrating on finishing some WIPs it’s starting to take over the whole house, and that’s without the crochet sanctuary deliveries. So we will see about Chablis!!

I think I’ve caught up…. oooh!!! I bought a sewing machine!! Made one bandana for the dog πŸ˜‚ bought tonnes of material and tools, cutting boards, rotary cutter tailors chalk pins you know, everything I need, subscribed to sewing mags, got quite a few patterns, and I’ve done nothing….. but I will, I’m a bit scared I think! As my dad would say, ‘all the gear and no idea’

So yes I think I’ve caught up, will let you know how the toft workshop goes!!

Happy hooking

Lisa xx


I have finished my Emma blanket, from Deramores……its a relief, taken a whole week of sewing and NO CROCHET!!!! I can no longer bare to look at it, so it’s now been folded away until I’ve gotten over the pain.  I am considering giving it to a friend who has been going through a difficult time, but, I might just hang on a little longer, I’ve put so much into it I’m not quite ready to give it away just yet!

Anyway finished article

I finished it last night at 20:00, and started on my lillypond straight away, it was so nice to actually crochet! The Lilly pond is designed by Jane crowfoot, the original is full of mice greens and bright colours, but I’ve gone for the cherry blossom, the good news is it isn’t a mystery cal and the cal finished a long time ago, so I have the full pattern and can actually join as I go

Gorgeous colours aren’t they!!! 

Lilly pond takes quite a few different colours of yarn and you need to read the pattern carefully, and this week I am away with work, so I’ve bought an attic 24 pack to make some bunting for my best friends baby boys nursery, I ordered from wool warehouse and it came within 24 hours of ordering!

I also ordered some Mahoosive buttons for an alpaca wrap I started last winter, I’m crocheting it with two skeins at a time so it’s hot and heavy, so I’ve put it on hold for a bit into the weather has cooled down and I’ve done my CAL’s, but check these out!

60mm buttons!!! From woolwarehouse again!

I don’t know if anyone has seen any of their designs but I saw a lovely oversized jumper from Frank & olive on Instagram and was going to buy the pattern and yarn when I spotted this

How beautiful is this?! I sent the screen shot to my mum and she loves it, she said it was very ‘mint velvet’ so my finger slipped and I ordered the yarn 😬 oh dear!!! I changed the mont colour for a baby pink

Definitely my mums colours!  Then of course on September 13th the pattern is released for sue pinners carousel!! So lots going on.

The crochet brocade group at hobbycraft in Warrington is slowly building, we had 5 last week including @itchycrochet, it was great to put a face to a name, although I was pleased to hear her name is Amanda, not itchy!!! We’ve got one lady who is learning and has mastered slip knot, chaining and DC! I r Clin next week I am going to push he to start crocheting in a round and perhaps doing a DC hat for her grandson.  We have another lady who has just moved to the area she’s a knitter and crocheter and she’s lovely! And we have a few more joining us next week, 

So this week is mainly staying away in London and Southampton I’m about to pack my bunting to do whilst I’m away, then Saturday crochet brocade group again, then Saturday afternoon is the Manchester craft fair and Sunday is a trip out to emmerdale set! So busy and exciting week ahead!!
Happy hooking xx