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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

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Meet Emily

Good Morning

Lovely start to the day, I hope that I can get the washing outside when it is done.

We had a busy weekend, I had asked an electrician to come and put a new light outside our back door and some sockets in the garage, unfortunately that meant that he had to go up in the garage loft…. the biggest nightmare ever, it took 2 carloads of stuff removing to the tip just to make a small space to get him a path through. Next job on my list which seems to get longer by the hour is to get it cleared, I think it has everything up there including a kitchen sink which was my fathers.

 

Whitby

Yesterday we had a lovely trip out to Whitby and Falling Foss

We like to park up at the Abbey and walk down into Whitby, I went to find a post office while Phil and our son in law Mark went to take photographs, this can be a long process so I found something else to do, shopping !!!!!

We picked Mark up at 7am and were hungry by 10am  so we had brunch in Harrys bar, lovely bacon and eggs…..

They went to take more pictures while I shopped again and then went back to the car to crochet unfortunately they found me asleep, oops.

After more picture taking, a trip to the beach further along the coast and a walk to Falling Foss we were ready for a drink and cake at Midge Hall.

A fitting end to a trip out.

 

Emily

My new doll pattern is ready for sale, Emily is a sitting doll with floppy legs, she is approx, 28cms tall. I have used Stylecraft Special dk yarn in 5 colours

Emily crochet pattern

 

 

 

 

 

Sophie’s Universe

I have been working a few more rows my Sophies Universe blanket, I downloaded and printed lots of the instructions a couple of years ago, but I could not resist buying the book.

I love this book by Dedri Uys it is such a lovely quality book.

It is a challenging blanket and one I have to concentrate on, I have just finished round 50 I think it will take many more years for me to get it finished.

 

Stylecraft new CAL

Stylecraft’s new crochet along starts in July

Ross Blanket designed by Catherine Bligh

She has used beautiful colours which she has taken from the series Poldark from the costumes worn by the cast.

We have a pack available on Wool to your door

Ross Blanket Yarn Pack

 

Yet another busy day ahead

Off to have my hair trimmed this morning, shorten some trousers, put the washing out, iron a few that I washed the other day, pick my Grandson up from school, still have more book keeping to finish and last but not least I have some wool to sort out.

Happy days

Ali xxx

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Rain, Parcels and Progress

Hi

Weather report

Miserable again, it is raining and very dull, not too warm either……

I have been in the garage this morning trying to make some space for an electrician to come and put up a light and add some new plugs. It really is a mess, it looks like the local charity shops will be having lots of new stock this week….

 

New yarn supplier

I am very excited today.

I have just received a large box with 2 huge files and 5 balls of yarn from a new supplier. We have been looking for some different yarns for a while and this is the first one to send us some samples. We will take a look tomorrow, make a choice and let you know in a few weeks when we have received the new stock.

 

 

This weeks progress report

I have had a good week this week, finishing off a few things and starting some more, will I ever get all the WIPs finished!!!!

Noooo I don’t think so because I love starting new things.. in the pipeline a new doll not too sure about her yet, there may need to be a few tweaks, a new Flower Frenzy book, some stash buster shapes and finally almost finished another new doll.

I have also finished another panel from Louises Art of Crochet monthly squares blanket. I don’t know how much longer it is going to go on for because I never seem to catch up with the deliveries.

 

New Dolls

 

 

 

My design of Higgledy Piggledy Blanket seems to be very popular, don’t forget we have the pattern on sale here, as well as the yarn packs over on Wool to Your Door.

We also have a printed pattern for it as well on Wool to your door

It also looks lovely in these colours chosen by Carol

 

 

We have not been too busy here this week, so I have managed to get a bit of paperwork done I need to finish the books for last year, I am nearly there. I really must do them each month to make it easier ~

 

I was wondering if it would be useful to add a hint or tip to this blog, so this weeks is going to be a guide to hook sizes and stitch variations between USA and UK

 

Crochet Notes

Ok all done now with the link working I hope, I accidentally closed everything down instead of just going back and had to start all over again.

 

Happy days

Carry on crocheting

Ali xxx

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Retro colours and old books

Good Morning,

Lets get the weather report out of the way first, we have had the hottest days last week, then on Bank holiday when most people are off we get gloomy and wet,  a typical English summer day. Today is cloudy and not so gloomy, let us hope that it will improve.

I used to find it hard to think of things to say when I started blogging, I found it difficult to write and now I seem to love talking about anything and everything. I hope that you enjoy this weeks look into my life.

 

Old Books

I have lots and lots of crafting books collected over the years I was looking for a few to talk about and found this one The Blue Peter Make, Cook and Look book it was printed in 1978 and is full of recipes, things to make and places to see. It was a time when John Noakes was working on the program and I heard yesterday that he had died, so sad. It makes me realise that we are all getting older and I still remember him when they had Shep on the program, he really loved that dog.

Blue Peter
Blue Peter

Some of my books go back to the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s here are just a few knitting , embroidery and mixed craft books. I really think that I should start parting with some of these, they have not been used for years. I find it so difficult to part with books, they all have a story to tell, wether it was bought on a holiday or for something inside that I wanted to make, I never bought a book that didn’t have anything in that I wanted to make. So I must have found something in each of these that I found interesting. What it was I have no idea.

Craft books
Craft books

The cross stitch book is very Scandinavian with lots of decorations.

From cones for sweets to hang on the tree and cloths, to covered match boxes !!!! very strange.

The patterns though are lovely if you like to work cross stitches.

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The Kids knits and Crochet has not much crochet and many colourful knitted jumpers and cardigans. I can’t find a date on this one.

 

The Creative Needlecraft is mostly embroidery techniques from Canvas work to Patchwork

Nice book with a page of  background history to each technique and instructions of how to work the stitches

 

Crochet catch up

I have finally caught up with the knitted squares so I can now concentrate on my crochet work, hmmm what to make next I don’t really have a set idea, but I do have lots to finish off, and lots to type up as well, I think that that is where I will start this week. I have a scarf to put live and a blanket to type up.

 

Wool to your door

My daughter Louise has taken over the blog on Wool to your door and is doing a super job of telling everyone about our new stock, this week we have been adding new packs of yarn using rainbow colours. She is also making my Higgledy Piggledy blanket and showing her progress, she is working this in Retro colours I love the muted tones that she has used.

These are available in the shop as well as other yarn packs. The packs are proving to be a popular seller, do you like to have the colours chosen for you or to choose your own colours? when you buy a pack do you have a project in mind or break them up to use for different things?

 

I am going to the post office now with the next batch of parcels, I look forward to next weeks blog.. to keep up with any news on both our sites don’t forget to fill in the notification form on the right hand side….

Alison xx

 

 

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Washing, weather and WIPs

Hello

Super day for crochet ; )

Weather Report

What a beautiful start to the day today, the sun was shining early, I have managed to get a full line of washing out for the first time.

I have had a busy morning, popped down to the doctors early for a blood test, came back home, popped out again to the post office to send a letter and a parcel of yarn away, then on to the Halifax and to Barclays and finally food shopping…

 

And now for the blog

This week I am afraid to say I am still trying to catch up with the knitted squares, they seem to be taking a bit longer because there have not been many plain squares, I don’t know how I have managed to get so far behind I was being really good and doing the 4 each month when they arrived. Somehow I had 12 to do..

Business cards

Our new business cards have arrived from Moo this week along with bags and bags of Stylecraft Special DK, I have still not found a home for it all, I really don’t think that I will, there is not an inch of space left in the wardrobes. We are stocking more because the sales on Wool to your door have been picking up over the last few weeks, I think that this is because my daughter Louise has been going on Instagram and Facebook.

Moo cards
Moo cards

 

Harris Holiday

Here is one of pictures that we took while we were away I am going to use them for colour inspiration I can now see where all the colours come from for the Harris tweed. It is very easy to do choose your picture and select the most prominent colours. You can also add a contrast to this as well.

I have chosen white, graphite, silver, stone, duck egg and vintage peach as colours from this picture.

 

Patterns

There are lots of crochet patterns here on Ali Crafts Designs these are PDF for you to print out yourself, I am in the process of adding printed versions on Wool to your door for anyone who is unable to print out their own at home. If you have seen one here on Ali Crafts Designs and you would like a printed version and it is not there yet, please email me on  info@wooltoyourdoor.com then I can add it as soon as I am able to get it done.

We now have a box on the right hand side panel on both sites for you to sign up for blog updates if you want to be notified when we have written any blogs on both sites. You will need to sign up on both, because unfortunately we can’t join the 2 sites at the moment.

 

WIP

This week I have been experimenting with stash buster ideas and have enjoyed not making a whole blanket or project, I don’t know about you but we always seem to have 2 large bags of wool left over from designing new patterns, this is because I like to be able to tell you how much yarn is needed for each project and I start with new balls most times.

This simple little flower only takes approx. 5 metres. as you can see it is still a work in progress, I have not darned the ends in yet. Sorry Anne I promise I will darn them in before Wednesdays class.

No name yet

Stash buster number 4

  1. 5ch., ss. to join in 1st ch.
  2. 1ch., 8dc. into circle, ss. to join in 1st dc.
  3. Pull up a loop about 1cm ( half an inch )  yarn round hook, pull another loop up through same stitch, rep. from * yarn over hook and pull through all loops on hook, 3ch., rep from * working in next st.  ( 8 petals )

I have joined them together when working the 2nd round instead of working  3ch. between petals, work 1 ch., ss. into loop on the other flower, 1ch., work next petal on 2nd flower. I joined each flower to 2 of the 3ch. spaces on the last flower.

You are going to be testers again I am afraid, I hope that you enjoy this one. If you can think of a name please email me, many thanks.

 

Busy day

Must add more patterns to Wool to your door now

Oh and I nearly forgot I have a trip to the dentists this afternoon and a pile of ironing to do, I don’t like ironing, that may need to wait until tomorrow.

 

Happy days

Alison xxx

 

 

 

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Holiday and Harris Tweed

Good Morning

Raining this morning, we have not had lots of rain for a while, you would think that the weather knew that I had been away last week and have lots of washing to do..

 

Holiday

Phil and I have been away with our friend last week for a photography trip, we stayed first in Portree on Skye where we had an amazing few days, the weather was beautiful and the places that we visited were lovely.

Portree
Portree

We then went by ferry across to the Outer Hebrides where we stayed on Harris, again we had fairly good weather only one very cold and windy day. There are not many straight roads on Harris, the one our cottage was on was 14 miles long with many twists and turns, very narrow with passing places, very scary, especially when we met a car coming the other way.

I loved the Harris Tweed shops and the beautiful beaches.

Harris Tweed
Harris Tweed

I did not realise that there were so many different ones this is just a small sample. There was a super book in an art gallery we visited called From the Land comes the Cloth: Harris Tweed by Ian Lawson, this was photographs all from Harris and some of the Tweed so that you could see where the colours all came from. It also had pictures of the sheep farmers and the weavers. To be able to add a Harris Tweed mark the weavers have to weave the cloth in their own homes. I found the colours and the history fascinating.

 

Harris
Harris

This was Luskentyre Beach it looked like it could have been in somewhere very exotic the colours were beautiful.

 

WIPs

I managed to crochet some things while I was away I have finished a C2C blanket ( corner to corner ) which I stared on another holiday.

Made a scarf and started a new doll.  Pictures and more information next week.

Sorry I am a bit late today the computer froze on me and I had to wait for it to start again.

More news next week

Alison xx

 

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A quiet week

Hello,

Weather report

Another dull grey Tuesday morning here but the sun is supposed to be out later 🙂

Quiet week

I have had a quiet week this week, sorting out paperwork, website and orders.  It is amazing how little jobs can take longer than expected.  I have also been helping Louise with a few jobs and school runs with her husband having a broken arm.

Louise’s Blanket

Louise has finished her version of the Louise’s Blanket pattern.  She has finished the blanket off with a simple border in Stylecraft Special DK Lipstick.  It is such a colourful blanket I think the simple block of colour around the edge finishes the blanket off really well.

Louise's Blanket
Louise’s Blanket

Daphne’s Diary

I have been reading the magazine, Daphne’s Diary this week.  It is a lovely magazine with lots of ideas and inspiration. It is not crochet related but has lots of beautiful illustrations and photographs on a number of different subjects.

Daphne Diary
Daphne Diary

Take care,

Alison

x

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Lockton, Hygge and more

Hello,

 

Weather Report

Not a good outlook this morning, it looks very damp and misty. Not a good start to the day, it has made me feel gloomy already.

Now the sun looks like it is trying to come out….. hurrah…..

 

Lockton Squares Blanket

See the free pattern for the squares on last weeks blog. Click here

Update on the Lockton Squares Blanket I have finished mine this week and managed to make a border with the remaining yarn, I have worked 63 squares and placed them 7 across x 9 tall, Joining them diagonally using dc.

lockton
lockton

The border is 4 rounds of trebles with 5 tr. in each corner on the 1st round and 3tr. in the centre st. of the corners in the following rounds. Finally I made a loopy edge with 1dc., 3ch., miss 1tr., 1dc. in next st. I was pleased with the final result.

lockton
lockton

Schjeepes CAL 2017

Hygge

Since finishing the Lockton Blanket I have done a little more of the CAL. I bought the kit to crochet along alas I have been too busy with other things, I was only on week 2, I have now finished weeks 2 and 3. I still have many weeks to catch up though because it is on week 11. I had not realised that there was going to be lots of surface cross stitching to do and it put me off a little, but the brighter our nights are getting I am able to see better to work them. So I really enjoyed working the last panel. The cross stitching for each panel has not taken as long to do as I thought.

Hygge
Hygge

Caron Cakes 

I am still trying to get another idea for using the beautiful Caron Cakes we now have in stock, on our Wool to your Door website. I have worked a granny type blanket and want to do something else so that it will show off the shading more than the blanket did. I loved the yarn though, it is soft and easy to crochet.

Caron Cakes
Caron Cakes

Lots of work to do today and I am picking my Grandson up from school this afternoon ” note to self do not forget” I must add a reminder to my phone. All done 🙂

 

I am trying to decide what colours to use for my next piece of work do I use the green and bright pink ( Fiesta ) or green and bright orange ( Jaffa )

Oh the decisions I have to make…..

If only life were that easy and that was the only thing we all had to decide.

 

I hope you all have a good week

Alison

xx

 

 

 

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Holidays, blankets and patterns

Good Morning,

 

Weather Report

Not too bad a start today, sunny for once I hope that it stays for a while. Snow was forecast but it looks pretty good out there.

 

Update on blankets

The Caron Cakes blanket is finished, pattern still in progress and the Stylecraft new colours one, is almost done.

Lockton Squares
Lockton Squares

I thought that I had not done a free pattern for some time so here are the instructions for the square that I used for the Lockton blanket. There are not instructions for borders or the blanket just how to make the squares.  I hope you like this one..

If you would like to use the same colours for this one I will be making a pack available on Wool to your Door.

It has not been tested so you will all be my testers,

Pdf download from here Lockton Squares if you have any problems please message me and I will try to help.

 

Holiday

We had a week away last week staying in a cottage in Lockton, a village not far from Whitby. We had an eventful week, our son in law broke his arm on Easter Monday and we had a terrible journey to take him to hospital in Scarborough. Then we needed to bring his car home and our second car back so that we could get everyone home on the Friday. We all still had a nice time and our grandsons managed to fit in trips on the miniature railway and the Sea Life centre in Scarborough. We also visited some gardens at a house near Pickering. As you can see Louise and I planned to crochet while we were away.

 

Wool to your Door

I am starting to add printed patterns to the shop, which I will send out in the post, this is because I just realised that not everyone has a printer. I am afraid that they will cost more than the PDF downloads. Printed pattern are here.

The PDF downloads will still be available here on Ali Crafts Designs as well.

 

Naming Patterns

I have great difficulty in naming my designs sometimes it can take a while  for something to pop into my head and for others the name can come first even before I have worked a stitch.

As you will see from the latest pattern name I usually name blankets from some of the places that I have visited. Dolls and scarves have girls names unfortunately there are not many boy names that I have used, apart from Fred Bear and his family of bears and Milo with his sister Millie. Even the groom does not have a name he is just Groom !!!! :}  Crochet is not really a medium that is suited to boys and men apart from scarves, baby jackets  and some toys. Although when I was looking online the other day I found a pair of mens shorts……… noooooo……… that should not be done in my crochet world.

 

Thank you for reading my blog,

Talk again next week

p.s. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook to keep updated on all new products offers… https://www.facebook.com/alicraftsdesigns/

Ali xxx

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My Work Day

Hello

Weather report

Hope you have all had a good Easter weekend. We have had a mixed weather week some sunshine and cold winds as well as rain.

Even though I work from home I still have to work out how to fit everything into my day, housework, washing, ironing, designing, computer work, packing parcels and going to the post office to post them. Here is how it sometimes works, 6.50am get up and showered, fill dishwasher and washing machine, answer any messages received overnight, put rubbish in the bin, bit of computer then breakfast about 8.30 or 9.00, after that its computer  for a while longer and cleaning.

After lunch I usually crochet and make the meal for when Phil comes home.

Progress

This weeks work has been finishing off a Caron Cakes blanket and starting a new one using the new colours from Stylecraft, Buttermilk, Vintage Peach and Mushroom and adding Cream and Mocha.

 

 

Just sitting enjoying the sunshine, and think I might continue working on some more squares for another blanket

 

Alison xxx