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Summer Holiday crochet

I am really excited to be back blogging, I have restarted the 30 day business blogging challenge, along with a few others on Facebook, and I am relishing the new start ,  I got to day 25 last time, and I am determined to complete it this time!

I don’t have an actual summer holiday booked, but I am looking forward to teaching a learn to crochet course over three days at Missenden Abbey.  I have heard from others recently that it is a great place to stay, and to learn.

I am also working on a project for Women’s Weekly (knitting and crochet special) some other projects – especially a blanket or two, or three, along with the other wip’s (Work In Progress) I have around…

Also during the summer I want to re-start the International Diploma in Crochet, there, I have said it out loud, now need to follow up!

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After working full-time in school for eight weeks, I can focus on the business again, I have had three more patterns published, two in Woman’s Weekly, and one for DMC in their recently published Tiny Tatty Teddy range.  I have also just completed another pattern for DMC to be put in their Christmas range published in September.

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I have also been able to go back to the stitching groups on Fridays, starting with Love 13 where they had probably the best Lemon Meringue Pie that I have ever had! And then on to Maximas where there were 13 of us crocheting and knitting in the sunshine.

Crochet and friends – nothing better for the summer holiday!

Fun Friday!

I looooove Friday’s!

I get to crochet with friends all day! First visit is to Love 13, a cafe in Bush Hill Park, which has lots of creative people, the cafe owner is really friendly, and they have a big table in the back which we all sit around, Rachel was sewing ends in for some crochet commissions, and then continued knitting a Tudor cap! There were ladies knitting for charity, and a topsy turvy doll.  I was working on a commission, had a lovely cup of coffee and for lunch a toastie!

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Love 13 have their own website – linky here, they run great courses, have excellent coffee and cake, and a selection of really eclectic gifts, and a some yarn including a local spun one which in London is quite unusual!

In the afternoon, the ladies that used to meet for a Chain ‘n’ Chatter in the shop, meet at a local cafe, Maximas, although they are closed for a couple of weeks so we have been in the Angel Pub instead. We are making a crochet blanket for the end of a bed, a swing jumper, a baby cardigan for ‘stock’, baby blanket for a sisters friends baby, My first Hoodie (for a bottom drawer!) a knitted jumper for a future great granddaughter, a crochet cushion, a crochet small blanket for a potential grandchild! We had lots of chatting about new driving licences, local planning issues, family – especially babies and grand children – we are ladies of a certain age!

Let me know where you like to crochet with friends, is it in a regular group? or do you find strange or unusual places to crochet?  Leave a comment below!

Chain ‘n’ Chatter – plus!

I have been looking forward to today, a whole day crocheting, with visits to two different groups…

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I finally made it to Love 13, in Bush Hill Park, Lovely group of ladies fabulous coffee and two special friends.  I have not been able to visit since I had the shop, now I am not working the 9-5 Or 10-4 for the shop, I am able to do this in the name of research!   We had lovely coffee and a deeeliscious choc chip shortbread.  You can see in the pic what I had hoped to work on which is a commission from Yarn Garden, I am practising in 4ply yarn because the actual pattern is to be in cobweb yarn – finer even than laceweight!

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Well it didn’t go too well on the designing front, I ended up frogging everything I tried, probably not best to design and chat at the same time! After Love 13, I went back to Waltham Abbey, and what used to be the Chain ‘n’ Chatter at The Crochet Chain, now meeting in Maximas Coffee Shop, we have now meeting here for about a month, and enjoying both the inside and outside space, outside today and we had a doggy visitor – Ronnie who was really well behaved!

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Change of project, a scarf made from a silk lace yarn, which was much, much easier to do while chatting!  It was a nice day so we were able to sit outside in the garden with the shade that we needed. I always love to sit with other knitters and crocheters, it is  so inspirational to see what they are doing, and as also to help each other along when we are finding a pattern tricky, and that you grow to be such good friends. <><