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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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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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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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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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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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My Crochet Week

Good morning,

I hope that you are all well

Sorry about the mix up last week I hope that you found the blog on Wool to your Door.

As you can tell I am easily confused when it comes to computer work.

We have 2 websites one is for the wool sales and the other for the patterns, Wool to your door and Ali Crafts Designs. We are still trying to get everything on the same site. It is the downloads that are the problem.

 

Weather report

Cloudy again, it was bright when I got up and now its miserable again, what has happened to the super weather we had over the weekend.

 

Wool Stocks

This week has been good we received some of our new yarns, Caron Cakes, they are lovely, the only trouble is they sent the same order twice so we still only have 5 colours. Every time I hear a car or van outside I think that it is here……..

 

Jeanie Blanket

I have finished the blanket that I was making with the Stylecraft new Jeanie, it is Aran yarn with cotton, lovely mmmmm.

It was really nice to use and I like the finished blanket. Pattern won’t be too long, I just need to add the pictures. It is good for beginners and is mostly worked in double crochet stitches (sc.) I used 1 ball of each colour and it is not a bad size.

 

 

Flower Squares

I was working yesterday on a new blanket using the Caron Cakes, I love this yarn as well, I seem to have gone silly with aran yarns, I don’t usually sell Aran.

I am using 3 different cakes and mixing them up. Here it is so far.

 

Patterns

Don’t forget all our patterns are here and we do have some yarn packs which include the patterns on Wool to your Door.

I spent most of yesterday trying to find a home for all the yarn that has arrived over the last 2 weeks it was piling up in the spare room. I took all my other crafting stuff out of the wardrobe and have stacked the wool in there. Now I have another problem where to put all the beading and scrapbooking items I took out. 🙁

 

Happy Day

I have a friend coming today to have a crochet day, I can’t wait, lots of chat and putting the world into shape, lots of crochet, coffee,  and chocolate biscuits…. just what I need.

 

Breakfast is waiting, then the ironing,

talk again next week.

Happy Easter

Alison xx

 

 

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Knitting and WIP

Good Morning,

Very busy day for me today, I have a check up at the dentists and do a bit of shopping, home for lunch and then later back out again to go to the hairdressers for a colour and a trim. Not much time left for computer work today, because I like to crochet or do crafts in the afternoons.

This week I have been finishing some more of the WIPs ( work in progress ) from the cupboard under the stairs. I finished a shawl which only needed the border to be designed. I will post a picture next week because it is a yarn that requires washing to remove some of the dye, my fingers and hook turned blue while I was working the stitches.

Found a knitted shawl that I started a long time ago. I bought the yarns with the instructions from a lovely shop in Whitby, which is no longer there, sadly. It is a feather and fan pattern which I am enjoying knitting in these beautiful yarns. I am still finding it much faster to knit using the Continental method, I don’t feel so fingers and thumbs working this way.

 

All these projects are shelved at one time or another, because a crochet idea pops into my head that I just have to design and everything has to stop. I suppose that I am a bit like a writer when I have an idea I have to get it worked out straight away. That can sometimes mean that I work quite late or start early in the morning.

I love doing all kinds of crafts, my cupboards are full. Lots of lovely new ones to start and many more to finish. I found sewing and embroidery and tatting projects.  Hmmm maybe I should take some of these away next time we have a trip.

I just wish that I could work faster. There are not enough hours in the day, or is there something stealing a few minutes out of each hour, or could it be that as you get older the time seems to pass so much quicker.

 

Pattern news

My friend has taken 2 more patterns to test so it should not be long before we have some new patterns ready.

 

Weather report

I seem to always mention the weather so here is todays, looking out of the window and popping out to the bin, no fancy gadgets to record the temerature or wind chill here.

It is another bright start to the day today, with a cold wind, I hope that it won’t change before I get home.

What a joy to know that the first official starting day to Spring was here this week.

Have a lovely week

Ali xxx