For my birthday my husband treated me with a visit to London including that very famous yarn shop in Islington, The Loop. I’ve read and heard so much about it …. it certainly did not disappoint!
It was a fabulous experience, if only to see the amazing array of Woolly loveliness on offer …. brilliant colours, walls full of yarn goodies which most of us can only dream about!
Even the samples cry out to be touched!
Sophie Digard is a name which I have always associated with crocheted beauty – I did not expect to see so many of her things in the shop.
I’m sure we all recognise her subtle colourways from Pinterest – her designs and intensity of colour remind me of Kaffe Fassett’s patterns.
A few crocheted items caught my eye ….
… making me wish I had more time to experiment and reminding me of textured samples which still need submitting for my IDC course.
As my birthday present I chose from the hand-dyed 4ply section – I had already decided to buy yarn with which to crochet items from The Scarf Project by Joanne Scrace. Something soft, in beautiful colours and with good drape ……
….. just some of the possibilities.
Really excited to get my hook out and start with these gorgeous, squishy yarns but I must be patient. This was a very special present from my husband who appreciates my passion for yarn; I’m very lucky and can’t wait to start on one of the shawls in the New Year. For the moment, though Christmas gifts are top of the list – I expect they are on yours too.
It’s a bit late to wish you all Happy New Year but let’s hope 2017 brings us much crafting joy and success. I haven’t written for ages …. things got rather busy before Christmas but I’ve missed you all and it’s good to be back in touch now.
December brought the usual gifts to be made – mainly hats, beanies, gloves, cowls and a specially requested cushion for one granddaughter along with a fine shawl for another.
This was one of the most fun projects from a pattern found on the Crochet for Children website – Danyelpink Delaney Hat.
stripes and squiggles
Then there was the cushion ……
love the colours
This cushion is an exact replica of one I made some time ago using the stitch pattern from Little Dolally’s Bertie’s Baby Blanket – I was quite flattered that a nine year old should choose the same colour scheme.
Talking of babies … some good friends are enjoying their first grandchild and although he was born in November the crochet gift was not ready until early in January. Fortunately the weather is still sufficiently cold for him to need keeping warm.
bobbles for baby
buggy blanket to match
cosy ears and toes
Moogly’s Leaping Stripes and Blocks comes up trumps yet again – it really is a super pattern.
Now, it’s back to my International Diploma in Crochet and I have already got quite a bit to report from 2017 but I’m going to leave that for the moment and get this update published.
Happy crafting, everybody. It’s lovely to be back with you.
Season’s Greetings everybody!
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you all!
I know I haven’t written for ages but there has been plenty of crochet going on; just couldn’t share photos with you in the run-up to Christmas. I am really excited about my next project though and wilI be sharing it with you. I can’t wait to start it after all the family celebrations – five small grandchildren do not allow much time for crocheting!
I hope you enjoy a relaxing break and that 2016 brings loads of knitting and crochet fun.
My very best wishes to you all,
This is just a quickie to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a craft-packed New Year. Thank you for your support during the past twelve months.
Well, the presents are wrapped, the lights are up, the tree is decorated and my Christmas projects are finished and packed .. except for a teeny weeny bit of one which is proving quite slow. Can’t show photos, of course! What with prawns and stones it has all been a bit of a rush this year; promises made to myself to definitely start my Christmas projects earlier next time round simply do not work!
I, for one, have already so many ideas and plans for how I’m going to spend any free time when the festivities of the next week are over and I’m itching to get those new patterns out and select my yarn. The anticipation of every new project is so exciting … can’t wait!
But there’s lots of family fun and sharing to be enjoyed before that. I hope you all have a great festive season and that 2015 is filled with much knitting and crochet love.
Just a quickie today to say a huge thank you to all those who supported The Woolly Prawn at our stall in the Abbotts Bromley Girls’ School Christmas Bazaar last Saturday and to those who bought books, kits or pebbles. I hope you enjoy them.
I had lots of help from my granddaughter who was definitely giving the crocheted pebbles the hard sell and was generously distributing our cards for The Woolly Prawn and Crocheted Pebbles. A big thank you also to Helen, who invited me to share her stall – we had a lovely day. Do take a look at her fabulous goodies – they make wonderful presents.
Plans are afoot to extend the Woolly Prawn’s range of goodies for next year’s event – watch this space.
Now it really is time to concentrate on my Christmas projects! No photos at this stage for obvious reasons. Time is certainly of the essence …. why does December seem to fly?
Off I fly!
Well, here we are – one day to go. Stormy it may be but Christmas Eve has brought a great sense of achievement …. job well done even, though I say it myself, and I have enjoyed every minute of it. There may still be the odd arm, leg, eye, ear, tail, spike or even horn to attach but the Christmas goodies have taken shape and are mostly packed and labelled. Pics to follow after distribution!
We’re off to Staffs for the “big day” and looking forward to it a lot.
I’d like to wish everybody Happy Christmas and all the very best for 2014. Let’s hope you all have a great crafting New Year and that it turns out to be everything you would like it to be. Thank you all for supporting my blog during the last couple of months and for your patience with my somewhat random musings!
I’m already excited at the thought of getting back to my knitting and crochet, my pebbles and snowflakes; as time has beaten me this year maybe I should start on a snowy garland straight away! Who knows where the journey will take me in 2014.
Enjoy your Christmas,
All the best,
Internet problems were an issue last week but it’s all sorted now so we’re back in business and it’s December.
I’m quite traditional deep down and love it when I hear Christmassy music or see sparkly decorations. The arrival of December always brings excitement and panic in equal measure: yoga party and two Xmas lunches all within three days not to mention the sudden shortage of crafting time before Christmas Day.
On Tuesday our knitting group met to make seasonal bits and bobs so the tiny white snowflake made for my pebble was replaced by some red, green and white larger ones.
Colourful bits and bobs
Then we all went off to the local hostelry for a roast lunch … really sociable and good to have time to chat about things other than yarns, patterns and the intricacies of reading crochet patterns. I expect you’ve guessed that I could spend every waking hour talking knitting and crochet!
The afternoon was spent browsing The Wool Croft in Abergavenny and adding to already substantial stashes! Luscious yarns to save till the New Year, you understand, when all our projects are completed! So all in all it was a beautiful knitty day.
How yummy are these?
Now to more pressing issues – and some of my completed presents do, in fact, need blocking. I can’t post full photos in case some family members try to sneak a look so here are just one or two tiny previews …
…. or this?
The crocheted pebbles haven’t been completely neglected either ….. and the finished results of the first snowflake designs have turned out quite well although a little tweaking is still needed to produce the finish which I have seen on some website photos. I think it will be a question of trial and error especially with very different shaped pebbles.
Marbles and stones
A busy week as you can see – all great fun. Hope you are all getting on well with your Christmas projects. Why does every day seem so much shorter as the weeks go by? What I need is an extra month of crafting time!
That’s all for now,