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Rubbish weather and Penguins

Good Morning

I hope everyone is ok this week and getting lots of crochet time.

 

Weather Report

Miserable this morning again. We were going to take our Grandson out today but it does not look too good at the moment, although it is still early.

 

Designs

I have had another very productive week, I managed to get some patterns typed up and think that I am doing well then I get a new idea and lo and behold I still have more patterns to type up and I still have lots in the pipeline.

 

Penguin Pattern

I have just made some penguins which hold a Lindt Chocolate ready for the NEC, in November

Pattern available

New Design

This little doll is finished and ready for the pattern to be typed up, then she will go to be tested.

 

 

New Blanket 

I have also worked on a new blanket, it is still waiting for a name, my blankets usually have a place name of where we have been or where I made it but nothing seems to be suitable yet.

Wool to your door news

We now have the 3 new colours of Stylecraft Special Double Knitting yarn in stock. Blush, Lapis and Lincoln.

 

Well I better get going I have not had my shower yet and Phil is up and waiting for breakfast

Talk again next week.

Ali xx

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Flowers, bags and blanket

Hello

Weather Report

It is a fine start to the morning, we are supposed to have showers though later in the day.

Free Pattern

I thought today that I would share with you a new pattern that I designed when we bought the Caron Cake yarns for the shop, they are lovely balls of Aran weight yarn in lovely colours available on Wool to your door.

Caron  Scarf

Find the Caron Scarf pattern here Caron Scarf

Days off

I am having a couple of days off, not from crochet just designing, I have been working on some more of the Art of Crochet squares. These squares are small and quick to make. I have about another 20 to do to catch up with the issues that have been delivered to Louise.

This is just a short blog today because I am going to the hairdressers, that really does take ages and then I am busy for the rest of the day.

Last Fridays workshop

We had another lovely day last Friday continuing with works in progress and working on some patterns from my new Flower Frenzy 3 design it will be available soon in the shop.

Carol has finished 2 Bridesmaid Posy bags

Anne made 3 flowers from Flower Frenzy 3

Carol also made some flowers

 

Carlton Blanket

Carlton Blanket
Carlton Blanket

Last years CAL pattern is not going to be available for free any more it has been out for over a year and is now available as a PDF download on Ali Crafts Designs or as a printed pattern from Wool to your door. This design took many months to make and many hours typing up and testing.

I don’t know how so many people are able to give away their designs for free, perhaps they also have a full time job. This is my only job and I am sorry to have to charge for designs, but in order to buy a stands at shows and stock loads of yarn I need to sell the designs as well. I hate being made to feel a miser because I sell patterns. I really do try to keep the costs down but how many people do you know that will work for £0.00 an hour….. This is also the same when you try to sell made items, people think that because you enjoy making something you will do it for free…..

So sorry rant over I have got it out of my system now…..:-)

Next Crochet workshop will be on Friday 1st September from 10am till 3pm

please email me if you want any more details

info@alicraftsdesigns.co.uk

I hope you are all having a lovely day. Enjoy the pattern.

Ali xxx

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Flower Frenzy 3 and Butterflies

Hi everyone

I am sorry this blog is late today, I forgot that it was Tuesday…..

 

Weather report

Wet, cold and miserable, I can’t make that sound good at all.

 

Last weeks jobs update

Fill in forms for Birmingham – done

Send them back – done

Blog for this week – doing – done

Washing in – done

Pay Stylecraft bill – done

Ironing –  finally finished on Sunday

Type up some patterns – some done, lots more to do

Find a home for the yarn that arrived last week – I almost managed that, we really do not have a spare inch of space at all.

Crochet more squares – still ongoing

Make a start on tidying the house loft – ongoing or should I say never-ending, I did manage to take out 4 boxes and throw things out, so that is a good job started again.

I do find it so hard to part with things I have made and craft materials to make more, alas I don’t have the time anymore for anything other than crochet and a little bit of knitting. I have just had to grit my teeth and say goodbye.

 

Beningbrough Hall and Nunnington Hall

We had a day out again on Saturday, the weather was fair.

We took lots of pictures of flowers and even found a butterfly or two

I took my scarf to finish but did not get any done, although we managed to take some pictures of it in Beningbrough Halls garden. I had finished it the night before and found I had made a mistake!!!!!!!! ~~~~~This is something I am often asked when a mistake has been made.

Do you pull it out or not? the answer should always be yes…..

Many years ago I had a saying when its wrong pull it out. This was a thing in one of my classes, one of my students said I was cruel because I always made people pull out their work, it was not because I like doing it but because you can’t continue with a pattern without altering the rest of the instructions.

Flower Frenzy 3

This long awaited pattern will be ready soon.

Today I forgot it was Tuesday because I was so busy trying to get the instructions written for this one and the pattern for the scarf ready for printing… so much to do.

 

My daughter Louise and her Husband and grandson George popped in at lunchtime, they had planned a picnic today and the weather being like it is they brought it here to get them out of the house for a while.

 

Flower Frenzy 3 sneaky peak

 

Well must get on I have a new shawl to finish and the flowers to finish as well,

happy days they fly by so quickly.

Ali xx

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NEC, news and jobs

Good morning

I can’t believe that it is Tuesday again already, the days and weeks are flying by so quickly, is that a sign of growing old, I don’t know. It just feels that I have lots to do and not time to fit it all in.

 

The Weather report 

It does not look to good again today so I will just say sunshine and showers….. rubbish when I have lots of washing to dry.

 

News

We have decided to book a stand at the NEC in Birmingham for the November, Hobbycrafts show, stand details will follow later. Louise and I are going to try by ourselves for the first time, leaving Phil at home. I know that we have lots of followers who were disappointed that we were going to miss a few shows because Phil was asked to work full-time for another year. I am looking forward to seeing our friends and customers again.

I have lots of new designs ready that you won’t have seen at Birmingham and many more in the pipeline.

 

Todays Jobs

Fill in forms for Birmingham – done

Send them back – done

Blog for this week – doing – done

Washing in – done

Pay Stylecraft bill – to do

Ironing –  to do

Type up some patterns – to do

Find a home for the yarn that arrived yesterday – to do

Crochet more squares – ongoing

Make a start on tidying the house loft – ongoing or should I say never-ending

 

Holiday

We were away last week, staying at a lovely house in the village of Welburn in Yorkshire. Welburn is a small village near Castle Howard, the village has a bakery, called Leaf and Loaf. I think that we were all a few pounds heavier because of the wonderful pastries and breads that they made there. We can recommend that you try the date loaf and the vegetarian rolls. It was lovely to just have a short walk there to collect the freshly made bread.

Our daughters and their husbands and our grandchildren were with us as well. The boys made themselves at home straight away, choosing their rooms before Louise and I arrived. The weather was mixed but we still managed to get sunburnt in the garden. We took so many balls and games for in the garden, it looked like a sports ground.

WIP

I made a start on an new long project, working squares while I was away, I need to make 42 different ones and have not reached halfway yet.

Monday

I had a super day yesterday my friend Joanne came for the day and we sat and put the world to rights while crocheting, chatting and eating.

Joanne was finishing a baby blanket and guess what, I was making squares.

Joannes blanket

 

New Colours  Head over Heels

We are now stocking 2 more colours of Stylecraft Head over Heels, in Wool to your door

We have the 3 new colours and Eiger and Sugar Loaf

It is a beautiful sock yarn with 75% wool and 25% nylon – 100grams for £6.40

 

New Design

New Pattern will be available soon for Hazel the Witch

She has gone to be tested and I hope she will be ready soon

 

Crochet Workshop in Stockton on Tees

I am having a crochet workshop on Friday 4th August 2017

I can help with any problem pattern or teach some new stitches or designs, I have lots of my patterns and books to browse through.

I charge £12 for the day from 10am till 3pm you are welcome to come and join us.

Please email: ali.crafts@ntlworld.com for details or ring 07854932288

Louise's Blanket
Louise’s Blanket

 

I suppose I better get on with the list of jobs there are still lots to do, I don’t really want to start any of them today, but I must….. sigh…..

Talk to you all again next week

Ali xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yorkshire Lavender, New Designs and books

Hello,

 

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.

 

New WIP

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.

Workshops

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.

Rievaulx
Rievaulx

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

xxx

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British Wool Show

Hello,

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

 

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Busy Busy and day out

Hello,

Sorry the blog is late today, we have had a busy day adding new stock to Wool to your door, Louise and Phil have been busy taking photos of it all as well as lots of new pattern pictures and redoing some older designs which badly needed updating.

 

New Stock

The new Stock which arrived yesterday is Stylecraft Special DK Candy Swirl

150gram ball for £6.80

Super new cakes of colour I can’t wait to try them.

There are 8 colours and they have the same feel as Special dk.

candy 4
candy 4

Day Out

Phil and I had a day out yesterday in the super weather, Phil loves to take photographs and takes a long time to set up and take a shot, so I quickly take a photo and settle down somewhere close to crochet, so both of us are happy..

 

Aysgarth Falls
Aysgarth Falls

We went to the Yorkshire Dales, visiting Askrigg, Thwaite, Keld, and finally finishing up at Aysgarth Falls, it was lovely sitting in the quiet with the sun starting to go down, listening the the water and crocheting, very peaceful… Sorry about these pictures they were taken on my phone. The proper ones need changing to jpeg and it may take some time to get processed.

 

NewPatterns

Lots of new designs in the pipeline, lots of typing up to do, a show to prepare for and dinner to cook, busy, busy, busy. I feel the need to go and crochet so dinner may be late, oops.

 

Off to crochet and cook dinner, maybe…. a bit later

Talk to you all again next week

Bye for now

Ali xxxx

 

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Book review – 101 Crochet Stitch Patterns & Edgings

Hello,

Weather report
The weather today is a bit cloudy and a lot cooler than it was over the weekend.

Book Review
I thought I would do something a little different this week.  I have been crocheting for many years and I am a big lover of books.  This has meant I have collected many many craft books over the years, mainly crochet books. A small section my book shelves…

Book shelves
Book shelves

 

The book I have chosen to look at is called, 101 Crochet Stitch Patterns & Edgings: Patterns to Create Everything from Doilies to Afghans (Annies Attic Crochet), written and edited by Connie Ellison. My version is lovely, colourful paperback book published in 2012.  

101 Crochet Stitch Patterns & Edgings
101 Crochet Stitch Patterns & Edgings

The book includes patterns for swatches and edges plus two examples of how they can be made up into a blankets.  There is a section at the end of the book which covers crochet basics and helpful lessons.

The patterns in this book use US terminology. The print and layout is very clear, and each pattern has a clear photograph.

Short break

I have been busy trying to do a few new patterns this week, Phil and I have had a long weekend away to celebrate his 65th birthday, so I packed lots of lovely cotton yarns (who needs clothes) to experiment with on the plane and sunbed, news on them soon. What I really would like to know is how we manage to get a lovely warm place to go for his birthday and for mine we went to Geneva, snow and freezing there in December…..

 

British Wool Weekend
I will be at the British Wool Weekend again this year, selling my patterns, yarn and yarn packs.

  • Saturday the 8th of July 10am-5pm
  • Sunday the 9th of July 10am-4pm
  • Thirsk Rural Business Centre
    Blakey Lane, Thirsk
    North Yorkshire
    YO7 3AB

It would lovely to see you, if you are going pop along, stop at our stand and say hello.

Don’t forget to subscribe and share this blog please.

Happy Crocheting,

Ali x