A little reflection

 

IMG_3457Last time I sat at my laptop talking to you the sun was shining but unfortunately today I can hear the rain pounding on the windows. I’m happy to be warm and cosy indoors let’s hope this is just a heavy shower. Writing this post has given me the opportunity to reflect on everything that has been happening over the last six weeks or so. I’m always pleasantly  surprised how much I manage to achieve.

I finished the pattern for my Summer Crochet Event and after worrying about it for weeks, everyone loved making the round cushion, most people went on to make two. The event wouldn’t have been such a great success without the amazing people at Love Crochet who kindly sponsored my project and provided lots of beautiful Paintbox chunky yarn in lovely pastel colours. If you would like to make your own cushion the pattern is free on the Lovecrochet website, you can download it over here.

 

The day was lovely; Carole and I work really hard to make everything as perfect as possible. Our theme was a lovely summer’s day with glasses of fizz, sandwiches, raspberry trifle and cakes galore. The tables were decorated with flowers, marshmallow pops, sweets and lots of lovely yarny treats. In addition to the amazing Cushion project everyone had a special goodie bag to take home.

 

This was our 4th event and each time we have more and more people wanting to attend, we are already completely booked up for October when we are running our Autumn Crochet Afternoon Tea. It’s such a lovely way to spend an afternoon and I love seeing my patterns come to life.

Last time I posted I had just finished writing my Posy + Petal pattern which was very exciting.  The pattern is available as a download here on Lovecrochet  and you can also purchase a Posy + Petal yarn pack which we have put together using lovely pastel Paintbox cotton DK. Lots of people expressed an interest in making the Woodland Creatures so I decided to organise some small Amigurumi workshops. I advertised 3 workshops to run throughout July and I finished the last one on Saturday. I think they have been my favourite workshops and I’m so delighted with the lovely little Petals that were created on the day. I’m sure Kate will be pleased at how popular her little Woodland Creatures have become.

 

I enjoy all the workshops I run but I especially like the smaller group sessions which I run at home where I can make the table extra special with lots of goodies and pretty things to take home. The Posy+Petal workshops were so popular I  still have a few people on my waiting list so I am going to run at least one more in late September.

I have had a little time away from teaching and my favourite make that was just for me has been another bag using some lovely yarn from Woolandthegang. The yarn is Billie Jean and I’ve made the “Get Lucky Bag” which was really easy to make, the sort of crochet project that you can curl up with on the sofa with a cup of coffee and a good box set playing. It’s going to be great for shopping. I’ve also made a fab little coin purse for my holidays using Tina Tape yarn which is a fabulous yarn, so silky and smooth.

 

I’m also writing my own bag pattern which is a small fun bag with pom poms. I am beginning to be over run with my samples as I keep tweaking the design. With a bit of luck the pattern will be ready by next week. I am going to put little kits together so that you can buy everything you need to make the bag in a variety of different colourways.

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August is going to be much more of a family time month, as it’s the school holidays I will get lots of opportunities to spend time with my grandchildren. I also have a few trips to London planned to catch up with Kate. So no workshops or crochet lessons this month but I can’t completely switch off from crochet as behind the scenes I am planning the Autumn Project, Carole and I have spent hours choosing yarn and colours I think we have almost got it sorted but that’s a secret!

You may see me busily crocheting on the train when I’m off on one of my visits, no better way to pass the time. I think I have caught up with you and shared all of my projects hopefully catch up with you in September.

Sue

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A busy few months

It’s a lovely morning and the sun is streaming through my window, I feel really happy to be sitting at my lap top composing this blog post. It has been a while but I’ve been keeping up with you all via my Instagram and Facebook page so I have been around.

I’ve started to feel a bit nervous when I think about blogging especially if it’s been a while but this morning I have a spring in my step and the words are flowing onto my screen. Lot’s of lovely things have been happenning since I last did a post which I must share with you.

Our Spring Crochet Afternoon was such a lovely occassion everyone had a really good time. Carole my friend and business partner spend weeks if not months worrying that our next event won’t be as good as the last but it was. We are now having the same worries about our Summer event which is on the 24th June, but we are already fully booked and have reserved places for our Autumn and Christmas Event, so hopefully we are doing something right.

The project for the Spring event was lovely and we found the perfect box to pack everthing into, the patterns were for a bottle cosy, flowers, picture frame, Easter basket, and little crochet eggs.

I’ve been working on the Summer project for the past two months and after 3 if not 4 false starts and having to go back to the drawing board I’m now happy with the project and have made lots of lovely samples.

As well as the Afternoon Tea Workshops that are held quarterly. I have also carried on with my smaller Sweetpeafamily crochet lessons and workshops that I run from home. These have become less frequent but I have just released some July dates which have filled up quickly.

One of the reasons I have been neglecting my blog has been my increased attention to my Instagram account, it’s hard to make time for everything.

 

I have really enjoyed taking photographs and perfecting my images and use of flat lays and this attention has paid off. It has been lovely to see my following and engagement grow and it’s not all about numbers I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing my own personal progression and it’s been lovely to see my gallery improve.

In early Spring Lovecrochet made contact with me through my Instagram account to ask if I would like to join their Flock. This was very unexpected and very exciting and of course I said yes but didn’t really understand what the Flock was. After a little bit of a google search I was even more flattered, The Flock is a blogger ambassador programme built to recognise hard-working, talented bloggers or Instagrammers bringing them together to share ideas, collaborate on projects and review the latest products.

Since working with Lovecrochet I have had the opportunity to work with lots of lovely yarn from the Paintbox collection which I hadn’t tried before and this in turn has inspired me to start pattern writing.

I have worked in collaboration with Kate Housden from  Posy + Petals to recreate her adorable woodland creature illustrations. With Kate’s permission I have brought them to life using a crochet technique called amigurumi and I am delighted with how they have turned out.

Kate is not only  a very talented illustrator she is also an amazing stoty teller and has a notebook full of little  Posy + Petal tales which I hope one day will be published.

Meet Posy and Petal, two tiny bears who live in a tree house in the tallest oak in Little Dot Wood. Posy is the big sister and is very calm and sensible, Petal however is a little mischievous and gets herself into all kinds of scrapes. The two sisters love to pick flowers to make midsummer floral crowns. If you carry on past the tree house and keep walking you will stumble across a tiny orchard of apple, pear, plum and apricot trees with secret messages carved into old tree trunks, tumbledown greenhouses full of seedlings waiting to be transferred to the vegetable patch and wheelbarrows perfect for transporting tired ones home after a busy day. There is a tiny stream for dipping tiny toes, fire pits for late night marshmallow toasting, hopscotch and chalk drawings almost washed away by rainy showers and many half built dens and hide aways from days gone by. This is where Posy and Petal meet their friends Maple and Clover and have fun dipping their tiny toes into the cool stream whilst nibbling some sweet fruit from the nearby orchard…………………..I’m sure you would love to hear more of these equisite stories.

I’ve written simple crochet patterns for Posy, Petal, Clover and Maple. The pattern for Clover is a free PDF download available here at  Lovecrochet.

The pattern for the four woodland creatures has just been released and is available here. 

Lovecrochet have helped me create a perfect colour palette using Paintbox Cotton DK which is available as a Posy + Petal Yarn Pack which is so exciting and will complement the crochet patterns perfectly, you can find it here 

As well as working with Lovecrochet I’ve also had the opportunity to work with some beautiful yarns from WoolandtheGang A few weeks ago Woolandthegang launched a new yarn called Tina Tape and I was lucky enough to have a sample of the yarn prelaunch. I took the yarn on holiday with me and had a little play in the sunshine. I started a lacey shawl/scarf – it’s so lovely and cool to work with, a cross between linen and silk.

I’ve also started a holiday bag using the yarn in peach and grey, I can’t wait to finish it.

                    

As well as good things happenning we have had the terrible bombing in Manchester which has left us realing after such a shocking atrocity. A local women started a campaign called #aheart4mcr and asked for donations of hand crafted hearts to show our solidarity and love for the victims and our City. I made a little collection of hearts to support the campaign and my Monday night Crochet Club also joined in. The responce to Beths idea was incredible, hearts started to pour in from all over the world. On Monday Beth and her family decorated Manchester with over 18,000 hearts and people were asked to take a heart away with them. It has brought a little sunshine during this very sad time.

Gosh I feel as though I’ve caught up with lots of my news and it’s been lovely to share it with you. I hope you all have a little bit of sunshine today and I hope to be back soon.

talk soon

Sue x

 

 

 

Grown up days

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This week has been full on business which sort of gets in the way of creativity but can also be fun. My list of must do’s for the week included my tax return, advertising workshops and dates for our Crochet Afternoon Teas. I have been quite productive I’ve almost finished my tax return, D day is the 31st of January but I’m on track to finish before the weekend.

I advertised a few crochet workshops for January and February. I run the workshops from home and keep the group size to between 4 and 6 depending on what I am teaching. When I checked this morning most are full and I just have a couple of spaces left for my Mandala workshop. Whenever I advertise my courses I always have a little knot of anxiety in my tummy, in case no one books in, so it’s very reassuring to see them fill up so quickly.

Carole and I have planned our Crochet Afternoon Teas for the year. We are mostly following the seasons and have one in Spring, Summer, Autumn and then a Christmas themed event.

I’m already playing with some pattern ideas and met with a yarn rep on Monday to order some lovely Springlike yarn for our first event. We work so hard to make our events special, always trying to add that little something extra so it’s quite a pressure to keep improving but we have some great ideas for 2017.

The Spring Crochet Extravaganza is on Saturday 11th March
Time: 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Ticket Price: £45
Venue: St Albans Church Hall, 1 Salcombe Road, Offerton, Stockport SK2 5AG
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Once I’ve received your request I will email with details on how to make a payment to secure your booking

Talk soon 

Sue

 

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Another year and less of the empty promises………….

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My blogging mojo disappeared in 2016 after being a prolific blogger, I used to post most days but last year my engagement with you all became nearly non-existent. My sporadic posts always promised better things to come but I failed to deliver. My social media presence hadn’t completely vanished I still managed to post on Instagram and a little on Face Book. To add a little bit of colour I’ve shared a montage of my favourite makes of last year, I was quite busy behind the scenes.

I have really missed blogging, I’ve tried to understand what has changed and I think it must be my time. My business has grown and because of my health restrictions something had to go and that seems to have been blogging. I’m lucky that lots of my blogging world friends have become Instagram friends so I haven’t completely lost touch. The beauty of Instagram is that it’s pretty instant and not very wordy, blogging needs more thought and time but as I am sitting at my computer I am loving the feeling of sharing my thoughts with you. It’s not quick but it is feeling good and I think I am rekindling a spark and I hope my blog will bear more fruit this year.

Last year as well as running crochet workshops and teaching beginner crochet lessons I ventured into the world of planning bigger events. This all came about over coffee with my friend Carole, we often discussed ideas for possible business ventures and one afternoon we began to explore the idea of organising crochet afternoons. The seed germinated and in July we had our first Ladies Crochet Afternoon which was a great success, we even had some press in Crochet Now magazine. In December we hosted a Christmas Crochet Afternoon Tea which was so popular we had a waiting list. Plans for more events during 2017 are already well on the way and we are hoping to have seasonal events throughout the year.

As well as the events I’m hoping to concentrate more on my pattern writing, I often have a play with yarn and hooks and make my own designs but I am terrible at writing my patterns down, they become very much a one-off. This year helped by a lovely project diary from my friend Carole I’m hoping things will change.

I also have a few ideas for new crochet workshops but if this area of my work increases I may have to re think how I structure my beginner crochet classes as they are currently run over 3 consecutive weeks. Lots to think about which is exciting but can also be daunting as I do have a tendency to over stretch myself. I will take this one step at a time and will keep in touch one way or another.

Just taken a peep out of my window and it’s so very grey, rainy and cold perfect for the afternoon I have planned. I’m looking forward to some sofa and crochet time. I’ve just started the Moorland Blanket  the Cal was released yesterday. I love Lucy’s work and have already completed a number of her beautiful blankets, I’m sure lots of you are joining in with the Cal and I hope you can do the same this afternoon.

Talk soon

Suex

Ladies Crochet Afternoon

I’m so excited to be able to share my new workshop idea with you which as you will see has it’s own added touch of sparkle ….. a “Crochet Afternoon” with fizz, canapés, crochet activity kit (all items included in cost)* followed by a “Vintage Afternoon Tea” plus a few other little surprises………..

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Date: Saturday, 23rd July 2016
Time: 1pm – 5pm
Ticket Price: £45
Venue: St Albans Church Hall, 1 Salcombe Road, Offerton, Stockport SK2 5AG
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Booking request form is at the bottom of the page

This is a new and exciting venture for me as all of my other workshops have been small and run from home. This larger Crochet Event is the beginning of a business partnership with my friend Carole. We both share a love of crochet and have been toying with lots of different ideas of how we can bring the crafty appeal of a ladies afternoon and combine it with a little bit of something special. I feel that we have pooled all of our ideas together and created this special “Ladies Crochet Afternoon”

I hope you will join us for some fun, fizz, lovely food, good company and of course the star of the show create some beautiful crochet. We don’t want to spoil the surprise but here is a little taster of what we have in store for you:-

The afternoons itinerary – 
1 pm – on arrival a glass of something sparkly and canapés then a brief introduction to the afternoon.
1.15 pm – you can peep inside your goodie bag which will contain your fab afternoons crochet activity* and of course a few little extras.
2.30 pm – a yummy “Vintage Afternoon Tea” will be served
3.30 pm – back to completing your crochet project and time to browse the specially priced yarn packs and kits which are available to purchase on the day.
5 pm – sadly it’s time to go home.

*The crochet activity is aimed at people who can already crochet and read a very simple pattern

As an extra little treat my yarn suppliers     stylecraft logo      and    Scheepjeswol logo  are kindly providing you all with a little bag of goodies to take home to make the day a little extra special.

Places are limited so please book early, a 50% deposit is required on booking and then the final balance by the 9th of July. If you would like to book a table for 6 the price will be reduced by 10%. Please see booking request form below

Sue

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Once we’ve received your request we will reply to your email with details on how to make a payment for your deposit to secure your booking. 

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Hugo

I love amigurumi and I started running workshops about a year ago, that was when I first produced Hugo. He was very popular at my workshops and even complete newbies to the technique of amigurumi were able to make him. I have since been asked by a number of people for the pattern so over the last few weeks I have been producing a little Amigurumi crochet pack. I originally made Hugo in DK cotton but I’ve gone down a hook size and now use a finer yarn.

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Hugo is such a sweet little creature and a great first project. I have used Scheepjes Catona cotton, which is a lovely yarn to work with as it’s very smooth and doesn’t split.

If you have a 3 mm crochet hook you will be all set to start as the pack has everything else you will need, pattern, yarn, stuffing, stitch marker and a little vintage cotton reel with black thread to embroider Hugo’s face.

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The pack has sufficient yarn and stuffing to make two little creatures so you could have a Hugo and Hermione. Catona comes in more than 70 shades, to help you decide on your colours I have put a few combinations below, but if you want a specific shade please get in touch as I have most shades in stock.

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I’m very excited about my pack launch if you would like to make your very own Hugo the pack costs £10 plus £2.80 P&P if you would like to place an order please contact me below and don’t forget to advise me of your colour choice.

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and the winner is ……………

Happy Monday I hope you all enjoyed your weekend and mums in the UK I hope you had a fun Mothers day yesterday, I felt very cherished by my three lovely daughters.

But back to the job in hand I’m sure you can’t wait for my prize draw. My giveaway ended last night and I have been overwhelmed by your lovely messages about my new blog, it feels very exciting to be part of something new.

I didn’t make it easy for myself, maybe next time I will try to figure out how to use one of the number generator tools. I counted, checked and double checked and then went back through my Instagram feed to capture all the extra entries for tagging friends in – so now for the drum roll – and the lucky winner is “themessybrunette”

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Maura congratulations it would be lovely if you could send me an email with your contact details, then I will package up 5 balls of the lovely Catona 25g cotton yarn for you – I’m happy for you to choose your own colour combination or I can do a little pick and mix for you.

I hope you have a nice day planned, the sun is trying to shine here today which is making me feel very Springlike. It’s my Crochet club tonight so I’m preparing a little Easter themed evening. Hopefully we can crochet up some little Easter treats – I’ve just found these that I made last year which has given me some inspiration for this evening.

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Talk soon

Sue

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