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.
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………..
Date: Saturday, 23rd July 2016
Time: 1pm – 5pm
Ticket Price: £45
Venue: St Albans Church Hall, 1 Salcombe Road, Offerton, Stockport SK2 5AG
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 and 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
Booking Request Form:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
Happy Thursday everyone thank you so much for supporting me I have been overwhelmed by the number of lovely comments I have received. It’s been such an amazing and positive start to my new Blog. I want to use my blog as a sort of diary to share my day to day happenings some ups hopefully but inevitably some downs as well which is just how life is. It definitely feels like an up day today and it’s nice to have my blogging head on.
I like to look back over each month by sharing a monthly collage I’m going to carry on creating my little montages. I often feel that I don’t achieve very much but when I look back at my collages I’m always astonished at how much I have actually achieved, which encourages me to be even more creative.
I know that it’s March but I didn’t want to exclude the collages I’ve already created so I have included January and February’s below, it will be nice to look back at them all at the end of the year
I’m really pleased with my collages so far and hope March will inspire me as much.
Today I am having a home day, one of my close friends called for a coffee this morning which was great as we haven’t caught up for a while. Then during the afternoon I have a couple of yarn orders to sort out, my new Scheepjes yarn is becoming very popular.
I’ve also got to finish planning this Saturday’s Amigurumi workshop which always takes me much more time than I think it will
and then if time permits I want to start writing up a little house pattern I’m working on.
I had better get back to work otherwise nothing will get done
talk soon x
Good afternoon everyone I hope you are having a happy March 1st, it’s nearly Spring. I am so excited today and also full of fear and trepidation – if this sounds over dramatic it’s because it is such a big thing for me as I’ve left my old blog behind and moved over to WordPress. I’m suddenly out of my comfort area, I could navigate confidently around blogger but sadly I couldn’t find a way to add new features. This transition to WordPress has been made easy as my good friend Anna has been leading the way, holding my hand and if I’m totally honest doing all the hard work and setting my blog up for me.
I’m so pleased with the finished product and with Anna’s help I think I can take baby steps forward on my own.
The new format enables me to share information about my crochet workshops and yarn but keeps my Blog on a separate page which is what I wanted. It will take a little time for me to populate everything and I’m sure I will have a few teething problems along the way. I’ve been experimenting with some pattern writing and also have the facility to share these with you.
To celebrate my new blog I’m going to have a little give away. I thought I would share a little parcel of some beautiful Scheepjes Catona yarn. It comes in the cutest mini 25 g balls.
If you would like to receive 5 mini balls of this adorable yarn it’s so easy to enter just leave me a comment and I will draw the winner on Sunday March 6th – so exciting.
I hope you will call by again and follow my new blogging journey, promise to post more frequently.
A simple amigurumi pattern which I created for my Amigurumi Workshop, I’m happy for you to make and even sell little Hugo’s but please link the pattern back to my blog.
Please don’t reproduce or sell this pattern.