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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

R.I.P. Wink

mandalas for marinke

The World of Crochet is in mourning for a great lady

Marinke also known as Wink was not only a Creative Being (her website is here) & a fellow Crochet Designer renounded for her Mandala Creations, but a lovely person too, who I had the honour of working with on several crochet projects. 

Although we never actually spoke verbally, we emailed lots & she even did a promotion/giveaway on my book too.


So please join in the 

mandalas for marinke

project to raise awareness for depression.

All you need to know / what to do etc. is here......

R.I.P. Wink

Monday, 8 June 2015

My last blog post till September.....

Yes, sadly this will be my last blog until September, as I have a leg operation (no.3) on Wednesday & will be out of action for 6 to 8 weeks, so I have had to stop teaching until then.

So I leave you with these photo's .....

Here's a Rattle Bear I made for my Great Nephew Arlo, from Let's Get Crafting Knitting & Crochet Magazine

Here's my "ladies" from The Slipped Stitch in Sherborne.

These are the Twitter Birds

That they made from my pattern for homework

And a lovely basket weave blanket that another lady made

Another Tweeter Birdy

And say "Ahhhhhhh" they are so cute aren't they?

They all have their own little characters!

ST made this great cardigan & in a "beading" lesson she managed to finish a 

Beaded pot cover.

We also made Picnic Pebbles in our last class

Ideal for weighing down napkins & table cloths & pretty with it too!

So it's ta-ta from me until September - Happy Hooking 


Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Tweet Twoooooo!

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


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?


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


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

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