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Summer crochet – catch up

Many people give up the yarn arts over the summer, not so the (ever so slightly) obsessed of  us, and so now is the time that we start thinking about autumn and winter knits and crochet.

Personally there is no time when I don’t crochet, and I have made a lot of cotton items over the past couple of months.  I can only give hints here until they are published, but I have designed a cardigan and top in King Cole Giza cotton, a rangoli rug for DMC in Natura XL, and baby blanket for Woman’s weekly in DMC Natura Medium.giza-top-pink-eml 2016-06-21-13-14-362016-08-15-15-42-47

The ladies in our knitting and crochet groups also keep knitting and crocheting over the summer and here are some of their projects

Trish is still going strong on blankets… this made in babette type squares sewn together – cleverly using a load of 4ply she was gifted with – two strands together, gives a lovely tweedy effect on some of the squares (the photo was taken in the Angel Pub so not the best!)


Estella, has been quietly working away and has suddenly produced this gorgeous shell stitch blanket, with a really interesting colour effect…


Finally Gwen, who knitted this baby blanket, then gave it a super ribbon edge – really nice for baby!


For me there is always the opportunity for some Crochet out doors!

My Hubby and I went to see our son ride very quickly (over 170mph in places!) on his motorbike – around Snetterton Race track, you can see the pits where we were stationed!  Sunny day, smell of fuel and burning tyres, what’s not to enjoy?!


This is a very famous place – where my Hubby swam along the river with a couple of hundred others – I sat and enjoyed the peace and quiet for a while.


Here he is swimming in the river – he is far left of the picture taking a breath…

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Constable country – Flatford Mill is where the Hay-wain was painted!


Although I like this photo better, just something about the plants, the bench (and I love an arched window) is very inviting!


I am looking forward now to the Autumn/Winter season, with several shows, workshops to plan and deliver and  a few more patterns I am working on that I can sell myself… watch this space…

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. <><