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Monday, 13 October 2014

The London Knitting & Stitching Show - Alexander Palace - 10th October 2014

The London Knitting & Stitching Show

Get Hooked on Crochet Coach Trip

We set off as planned from the designated pick up points in North Dorset

We had a woolly quiz, a woolly personality test, 2 sing songs & lots of fun!




Many of the ladies, crocheted granny squares on the journey as we planned to make a little blanket for a local charity, so that they could raffle or auction it to raise funds.



I think, at the last count it was over 190 squares


And these two lovely ladies have offered to join them together, into not one but two blankets as there were so many squares made


The ID badges made of yellow measuring tape were greatly admired by not only all who wore them, but by people at the show too!


Even our lovely driver Jeff of JFS travel wore one


He did a marvelous job of driving us there safely & on time too!


Here are some of the exhibits at the show




Above is Jenni by the Flower Garden & that's me below


Even though we got stuck in LOADS of traffic on the way home


Our coach load of 44 were all happy hookers, knitters & stitchers & all want to go again next year!!

I have had loads of emails of thanks for organising the trip.  Here are a few of them:

Many thanks for organizing our awayday to the Knit & Stitch on Friday - loved every minute especially the 'in-flight' entertainment.  Nobody does it better!

Kindest regards,

Sandra  


A email to thank you for a brilliant day that you arranged for us yesterday. The show was great and I look forward to going again next year. Helen B

Thank you for a great day out Ali. I had a lovely time. Also nice to meet you in person.  Penny 

Hi Ali, just wanted to say what a lovely day Denise and myself had yesterday, and to thank you for making it such an enjoyable trip. Hope to see you soon. 

Audrey

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Weeks 40 & 41


Me and my little posse of hookers are going mad for Tunisian Crochet at the moment, so I decided to have a little taster of making a hat!


The most complicated bit was the top


But I made it YAY


However I decided to put my own stamp on it by adding lots of colour rows, not just a band of colour


And here it is!!


Sherborne: My class here is only had 2 lessons & this is what they made


Adorable Crochet pot covers


One of them even bought my book and made these socks too! 


She also amazed me with these fab table mats, bordered with a colour change - another thing she learnt from my book as we haven't learnt this in class yet.


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It's official!  I am a "CROCHETER"


Don't you just love this "Prefects" style badge?

More pupil makes, this time from my lovely Improvers who took my sock workshop


They brought in their finished pairs to show me along with

Gerald


The Adorable Giraffe


That has a lovely smile


Another improver finished off this hat.  She had never crocheted "ribbing"before


An in class itself we made Crochet Button Flowers


I have been busy making Granny Squares for the Coach Trip to the London Kitting & Stitching show tomorrow & we are going to make a blanket with all made on the journey itself or pre made as I have done & donate it to a small local charity so that they can raise some money from raffling or auctioning it off.


And here is my wind mobile that I am making in physio 

I chose to decorate it with a crochet hook & a ball of wool - I drew this free hand!  I am very pleased with it.


Last but not least is work from my two new beginners that started with me yesterday.

They certainly have the makings of great hookers!!


Tomorrow I am taking a coach load of 47 to the London Knitting & Stitching Show so there will be a special blog report shortly!!

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Weeks 38 & 39 - Lets crochet sock it to them!!


Just look at the improvement here.  In BLUE we have practice at home (homework) and in PINK is the same homework revisited in class with "teacher" helping!

"H" was so thrilled with her "improved" swatch.

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In another class


We "dabbled" in a bit of Tunisian Crochet


It really doesn't take long to get hooked


On this version of "Knit & Crochet" combined.



We all had fun & all the class went online to Amazon or EbaY to buy Tunisian hook sets


I didn't want to waste time travelling in a car, so I took my Crochet along!


My dogs having a run 


And here they are helping to raise money for Greyhound Rescue


One of my pupils made this GREAT bathroom mat from cotton.
I love the popcorn star, don't you?



Sock Workshop was held on Saturday 20th

All was prepared & ready to go the night before


With lots of love Merino mix wool ready to use

These are my "workshop" pair


I put the sign on the gate


And socks were made!!



Lovely colours


Cosy Toes


A "Quick to Work" Pattern


Made it easy to make a crochet sock


And finally

SC brought in her finished Bavarian Crochet Blanket



Amazeballs!!