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Learn Tunisian crochet…

I am off to North Wales next month to teach a Tunisian crochet workshop (we will also be having a trunk show on Saturday & Sunday – come and see our self-striping sock yarns!) The workshop is being held at ‘Find me Knitting‘, in Bettws-y-coed. You can find all the details here.

Come and learn the basics of Tunisian crochet! The workshop is suitable for beginners and although some knitting or crochet experience will help, it isn’t essential.

Although it has a reputation for producing rather dense fabric, you can make more delicate, lacey items as well. Tunisian crochet is great fun and when you work with thicker yarns, your pieces will work up really quickly!

My new Childrey Cowl pattern has been designed with beginner’s in mind and would make an ideal first project. I have included links to videos to help you with all the stitches and techniques and we will also have a kit available next month in our Etsy shop.

If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, check out my Alum Bay Shawl. Inspired by the different layers found in rock formations, a variety of Tunisian stitches are worked in one or two colours to create different textures and interesting patterning. The pattern also includes links to tutorial videos for all the stitches used. We sell kits for this pattern and they will be available on our Etsy shop next month.

Tunisian crochet is brilliant for making blankets, especially multi-coloured designs (like my Pencil Box Blanket shown below):

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Wimbledon Top by Sarah McFall

Sarah has just released her Wimbledon Top pattern. With minimal shaping and a simple stitch pattern, as long as you have some basic crochet skills, you should have no problems making this cute, t-shirt style top! Made using DK weight yarn, it should work up nice and quickly 🙂

The pattern has been tech edited (by me!) and Sarah has also had it test crocheted. You can purchase the pattern on Ravelry, Love Crochet or Etsy.

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Hello 2017…

January 5th already – eeek! Everyone seems to be busy setting goals and making plans for the year. I’m working on a few plans of my own – the first involves crochet and making videos. You’ll have to wait a bit longer to find out more but here’s a cute photo in the meantime 😉

Andrew & I had fun with some yarn dyeing before Christmas and we have plans to do lots more this year. I still can’t decide what to make with this skein – it will probably be socks.

Last year I successfully completed both of Joeli’s tech editing courses and started taking on a few clients. I’m looking forward to doing a lot more tech editing this year. I have plenty of availability at the moment (I edit both knitting and crochet patterns). You can find out more on my tech editing page.

One of my goals for this year is to do more designing. I have recently submitted a design to a magazine (waiting to hear the outcome) and I’ve got a couple of things which should be ready to publish in the next month or so. I’ve got lots of ideas – I just wish I could knit faster (or in my sleep maybe?!) I’m quicker at crochet so maybe I should work on my crochet designs first!

I’m also hoping to run a few workshops later in the year. I think I’ve found a suitable venue 🙂 I just need to decide on some dates and which workshop(s) to run. Knitting toe-up socks is likely to be high on the list.

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