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Tuesday, 12 May 2015

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Don't you just LOVE this cute owl bag?

I designed it for Make It Today magazine which is in the shops now!


And here's a link to their Facebook Page 

and website

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In my Improvers class, SC made this lovely fox wrap which is a design from a recent Inside Crochet magazine

www.insidecrochet.co.uk www.insidecrochet.co.uk




We also started to learn  how to make a 4 colour Granny Square


Once again (as I have used her site for this pattern before) I have started another blanket & also taught this technique in class & this was thanks to Smooth Fox Lover



One of my former pupils asked me to ccrochet a few forget me nots for Demetia Awareness week.  I decided to get all of my class ladies making them, so I supplied the blue & yellow yarn & look what happened!

These flowers will be sold to raise funds for this great cause.



One of my pupils is following a pattern by Rowan Yarn & making this amazing felted place mat with a crochet edge.  The amazing thing is that she is using wool that she has spun into skeins that comes from her own Alpaca herd!!


And now for another new technique that I am currently teaching - Reversable Crochet


If you turn it over it's perfectly the same on both sides!!

On May 2nd I went to the Slipped Stitch in Sherborne to help out with Yarn Shop Day


I took mini Crochet Workshops


And I even had a 9 year old boy come in with his stash of Crochet projects to show me which were all fantastic.


And now for some Tunisian Crochet which my left handed pupil is making in  class at Sparrow UK Shaftesbury.


Another lady in the class is making a Chevron Scarf


And another made a blue & yellow spiral effect mat which matched the Forget Me Nots perfectly!


That's all for now followers. I thank  you for following my blog & I hope you have enjoyed the read and have taken some inspiration from it.

Happy Hooking

Sunday, 26 April 2015

So much YARN and so many HOOKS!!


Look at what my pupil turned up at class in!!
Isn't it super fab?

And

Then she produced this little dinosaur
from a pattern by DMC but made in Chunky for a first attempt at amigurumi

Amazing!


Here are my Sherborne Ladies at The Slipped Stitch learning the basics


And here are the mobile phone cases they made after lesson 1 - wow, didn't they do well!



In an Improvers course taken at my home classroom in Shillingstone, EB made this wonderful blanket



And here's JG learning how to wind a skien of cotton tape yarn


From a wool swift (top photo of these 3) to a wool winder


We made Forget Me Nots for Demetia Friends Charity


And Bear Fever is catching on!


Another Improver made this jumper from a recent issue of Inside Crochet Magazine.  I just love the moss stitch.


It's been a busy few weeks here at Crochet Central !

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Stitch Away Stress - special blog post issue

Hi everyone,

This blog post is a special
Stitch Away Stress Issue

I am a great believer in how therapeutic crafting can be & I'll tell you why.

In the Tsunami of 2004, I was on honeymoon in Phuket & got caught up in all the panic, shock & of course - Sea in Tsunami mode.

To cut a  long story short, something hit my ankle when I was knee deep in sea water.  I will never know what the item was, but I now have a neuroma on my nerve as it damaged my nerve just above my right ankle.

On coming home, various tests were done, but it took 3 years until I had my first operation.  They cut the damaged nerve and buried the ending into my bone.  This operation lasted 6 years.

Unfortunately it "popped out" so I had to have another op in 2013.  This time they buried the damaged nerver into my muscle.  This op lasted 6 months & I am now on the waiting list for a third time lucky op this summer.

The moral of this story is that distraction can help with pain and stress.

At a recent pain clinic I learnt what I already knew.  Distractions can focus your mind on something other than your pain or stress.

I am on more tablets a day than I care to take, but I have the "If I do nothing I am in pain, if I do something I am in pain" attitude, so I do as much as I can without being silly & getting to the exrutiating pain stage.

Needless to say my Crochet helps me a lot.

So crafting is not only a distraction - it's creative too!

More at the end of the post so carry on reading.

Just look at what one of my classes made the other week.....


It was a simply lesson in pattern reading & increasing / decreasing.


However they all went home with a lovely heart

The results from my sock workshop at Sparrow UK speak for themselves


One pupil chose to make a plain top on a mono colour pair


And another added a scalloped edge to her pink & blue socks


The sizes range from UK 2 to UK 6 !

This is a photo of my Crochet on the Go.  I was a passenger in my husbands car on a long journey, so I took my Hexagon a day blanket alont with me & worked around 10 hexi's


My lovely owly pupil AR has gone Teddy Mad.  Remember my last blog post where one class made teddies together?  Well AR has made a few more.

So Cute and Adorable


The photo's here are not very good, so apologies in advance and my thanks to hubby for holding this up for the photo session!

I have made my Great Nephew to be an Elephant Mobile


Its from a pattern by Robyn Chachula


So Cute



And now for the good bit!

When Life give you Lemons......

#stitchstressaway and 3 lemons
Please click on the picture to be taken to the Craft Council website
It has both a crochet & knitting pattern for these FAB stress busting lemons.

A Few Fun Facts 
·  85% of 3,100+ people recently surveyed by CYC reported reduced stress from knitting    
   and crochet
·  90% of 4,000+ people recently surveyed by Wool and the Gang reported decreased 
   anxiety from knitting
·  Needlecrafting is recognized by major news outlets like Yahoo! as an effective alternative

   therapy to prescription drugs
http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/

How these crafts can improve your mood, mind and body




Hope you have a stress free week!

Happy Hooking x

Monday, 23 March 2015

What's been hooked in classes....



At Sparrow UK in Shaftesbury, we decided to make teddy bears


We all followed exactly the same pattern


By Nicki Trench


From her book Cute & Easy Crochet


Some of us used DK & others Chunky


But as you can see they all turned out beautifully & uniquely!

Click on photo to order!


Also at Sparrow UK


I taught a sock workshop last Saturday



And as you can see, so far so good!


Bespoke fit


Size 2 UK & Size 6 UK !!


I went to a garden centre the other week & I saw a stand of paper napkins.

I was in need of some as I had totally run out the night before.  I was looking for duck ones, as we are about to get some Indian Runner Ducks, but this is what I found instead

Yes, Granny Square ones



Back to Shaftesbury & a colourful bag that one of my pupils made


Now we go to my classroom in Shillingstone to see the flower buttons that pupils made


And here's what another pupil made after only one beginners class


Another of my pupils showing her expertise after only 2 lessons


And finally this is my Scrappy


I made him along with my Shaftesbury class.  He's made from yarn stash scraps, hence his name

Until next time do keep hooking away won't you

xx