Sunday, 21 February 2016

Learn to crochet Workshop

Join Helen and Sarah on a   
Learn To Crochet Course
A simple zig zag stitch

working in the round

Saturday 5th March 2016

Holy Angels Church Hall, Salford 
(we can provide a map but its only 5 minutes away from Hope/Salford hospital )

What time?
10am to 4pm

How much?
£35.00 per person

       Come along and learn a new skill, it can be addictive !!

You will learn all the basic stitches from chain, double crochet to trebles and half trebles. We will make sure you are confident enough to start your first project.

Your Tutors will be Helen Ardley and Sarah Daly 

All materials will be provided but a 4mm hook is required. A light lunch and refreshments throughout the day are provided.

To book a place or for any further information please contact Helen on 07885728425 
or email 
h.ardley@ sky .com

places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Love is in the air

Well, we could not let Valentines day go past without a mention and a few knitted or crocheted ideas to go with it, we start with the lovely crocheted heart coaster from the fabulous red heart site just click on the link for the fabulous pattern, what could be nicer to put your champagne or brown ale glass on!
Even my lunchtime slimfast shake looks
good next to these two

One Made but it looks so lonely

Looking even better with the crystal &
As crafters there is nothing that shows your love more than a handmade gift and in this very commercial world it is sometimes nice to give a gift made by you for that someone special, even if it is just a coaster to decorate your table setting it always appreciated because you have taken the effort to make it yourself.

If you are more of a knitter then Red Heart have a fabulous cushion pattern by Michele Wilcox on ravelry  if these aren't your thing then head over to Ravelry where you will find lots of fabulous heart patterns in every shape and size to knit.

A fabulous heart cushion pattern by Michele Wilcox on Ravelry
See Link above.

Why do we use the heart on Valentines?

A heart (red or pink) with an arrow piercing through it is the most common shape depicted for a Valentines. The heart is a symbol both of love and also vulnerability.When you send someone a Valentine, you take a risk of being rejected and your feelings hurt. So a piercing arrow is a symbol of death and the vulnerability of love.

So have a very Happy Valentines day and we hope your tokens are accepted and your hearts do not get pierced! Also if you would rather not get caught up in the whole Valentine thing then have a fabulous weekend too!!

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

January Bits and Bobs !!

January is a dull and cold month for me, I never seem to have any energy, but as soon as I see daffodils in the shops I have to buy them. They were my mums favourite flowers so they always make me feel better. I have been knitting for a few magazines this month and this one is coming soon. I love knitting cables and texture, I never get bored with it.

If you don't already know I run the kids arts and crafts in our local community building in Victoria park. Last year I painted a tree for all the kids to make leaves and flowers on throughout the seasons. This year Lucy at Attic 24 with her patchwork heart flowers have inspired me to create a wall at the community building, using knitted, crocheted and even paper flowers. It will be Victoria Parks community wall of flowers and hopefully have it looking something like this.

                                                         Attic 24 flowers

The patchwork hearts flowers

I have painted the wall in preparation for the flowers
I was sad to paint over the tree from last year
This week I have also been busy knitting with King Cole Raffia. At first it was strange to knit with but the results were beautiful. I can see myself knitting a bag for summer in this.

And lastly, myself and Sarah's crochet scarves went all the way to Scotland. A friend bought one for his wife for Xmas to keep her warm up north, so here is Liz modelling our beautiful scarf.

Until next time Ta ta !! Helen & Sarah xx