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Yorkshire Lavender, New Designs and books



The Weather Report

After a few miserable days today looks a little brighter. I do not think that it will be much sunnier though, that is typical when the school holidays have just started.


Yorkshire Lavender

Yesterday we visited Yorkshire Lavender which is near Castle Howard. The lavender was out in flower and the scent was beautiful, if you like lavender. The views are wonderful from the lavender field because it is sited on the side of a hill. The cafe was lovely, nice sandwiches and super cakes, mmmm.


Last weeks workshop

Here are some more pictures from the workshop.

Lots of progress made last week.



I am currently working on a new blanket, I am hoping to work 42 different squares for this one, which is going to be an epic undertaking for me to get the patterns written.

I made one many years ago and although I can use some of those squares patterns again I want to modernise the colours and use colours that I don’t normally use. This is going to be darker colours as well. I also need to use more variations of stitches.

The progress so far…

Lovely Stitch Books

I have a lot of crochet books, here are a few more of my favourites,

Crochet Techniques by Renate Kirkpatrick published by Milner

This is a beautifully made book with lots of super stitches. It has colourful pictures and uses American terminology. There are also instructions for a beautiful hexagonal sampler and traditional square sampler.

It also includes Jacquard crochet which is a fasination techniqiue to try.

Annies Crochet

101 crochet stitch patterns

Another good book with 101 stitches. Once again this one uses American terminology good row by row instructions and usung normal easy ones and some unusual ones as well.

The third one is

Mosaic Magic Afghans made easy by Lily M. Chin

Leisure Arts

This book is full of beautiful afghans in many different stich variations

This book took me some time to find because it is no longer in print.


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Stylecraft visit

Good Morning

and it is a good morning the sun is shining   (for now that is because rain has been forecast for later today)

What a Week

I hate to say it but it has been a busy week, I had classes Wednesday and Thursday, a workshop on Friday, our youngest grandson stayed the night, Saturday was all the family for lunch and Sunday and Monday trips out.


Anne was knitting socks  using the new colour Stylecraft Head over Heels yarn Ben Nevis it is really beautiful knitted.

Sunday trip out

Louise and I were invited to go to a Stylecraft show at their Mill in Slathwaite, near Huddersfield.

What a super morning we had there, first we were taken on a tour of the packing department I thought I had died and gone to heaven, it was floor to ceiling boxes of yarn.

Then we met the lady who designs the collections for the next new yarns and Seasons, we loved her design room with all her mood boards, I wish we had wall space in our work room to add some to our walls for inspiration. We did not realise how much work goes into the process of selling yarns before it arrives on our shelves, it is rigorously tested, knitted up and washed many times before being sold to the retailers.

We were treated to a special viewing of new designs and colours for the Winter season and then had lunch. What a super day..

Monday trip out

Phil and I went out for a ride on Monday morning we went to Rievaulx Abbey where Phil took lots of photographs, while I sat and worked on crochet. We drove back home a different way via Osmotherly, Phil stopped to take photos of bog weed or something !!!! Guess what I stopped in the car to crochet.


Now to sort out all the yarn and stocktake again…


Talk to to again next week

Ali xxx


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British Wool Show and Scarecrows

Weather Report

Sunshine and rain this morning it is supposed to get out this afternoon, if you believe the weather reports…


British Wool Show

What a lovely weekend we had at Thirsk.

It did not start too well we were given a long and narrow stand. I could not work out how to set it up, and had to stand looking at it for some time, we normally stand behind a table but this time we opened it out so that everyone could come inside and touch everything, it worked but we had nowhere to leave the money tin, so spent the weekend using plastic bags to hold the change not very professional you would think we had never done a show before.

Our stand always looks like a jumble sale I think I need help in designing a stand. I may have too much stuff…

Its is not far to go for us from Stockton but we decided to stop at The Carpenters Arms at Felixkirk, this was a nice little village just outside of Thirsk. Lovely puddings.

My pudding A taste of Strawberries


Some of the lovely cottages had scarecrows in their gardens.

Outside The Carpenters Arms










We would like to say thank you to all of our customers, we were very busy both days, lots of chatting and selling. It was great to talk to you all, I am sorry if I had to break off from a conversation with anyone to serve someone else.

It gives me such a boost to know that people like my designs and I have arrived back home full of enthusiasm for making lots of new patterns.

I woke up yesterday at 4.30 and got up because my head was so full of stitches…. Phil would say wool….

I seem to have a brain that only thinks about one thing — crochet!!!!

I just wish that I could work them faster, I have more ideas than I could possibly have time to make.

We tried to do a quick stock count yesterday but I don’t think that my system has worked very well, so we will have to do a full stocktake next week oh joy.

It needs to be done though I would hate to think that anyone ordered lots of wool and our count was wrong.



Phil liked the tree outside our room, it was a single tree standing tall on a hill.





Thank you everyone for making our weekend great.

Alison, Phil and Louise


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British Wool Show


Weather Report
Rain today yet more rain, it has been a very mixed week of weather, lots of rain and bits of sunshine..

British Wool Show

I have had a very productive week this week preparing for the British Wool Show at Thirsk this weekend.  Plenty of printing, folding, bagging and pricing of new designs for this year. I have quite a few patterns that have not been to a show yet.. So it is their first outing…

Rainbow Doll
This week I have finished making a rainbow doll.  Pattern coming very soon…

Bridesmaid Posey Bag

Posey Bag
Posey Bag

Caron Cake Squares 

Pollenca Blanket – Pattern

Jeanie Blanket – pattern

Jeanie Blanket
Jeanie Blanket

Emily – Pattern

Emily Doll
Emily Doll

And lots more please pop along to our stand to say hello. Don’t forget you can pick a free printed pattern for Lockton Squares.

Ali x