Workshop Handmade Christmas – Paper & Yarn

What a great day yesterday in our workshop handmade Christmas – Paper and yarn.

Lots of lovely ladies, some new attendees and some ladies who have been before.

This time we were fortified by Chocolate chip cake and tea.

Many paper items were made by all and we all did a bit of crochet in the afternoon.

I certainly had a great day showing them all.

Workshop – Homemade Christmas – 1

Saturday is our first Homemade Christmas workshop, our second one (part 2 – sewing) is in a couple of weeks.

Julie will be tutoring knitted and crocheted gifts and decorations and I will be making decorations and gift boxes from paper.

All our Craft Workshops are now listed on the Crafts by the Sea website.

Homemade Christmas Workshop @ Craftsbythesea.co.uk

Life in General – The past week

Well what a week of under achievement!.

Having come down with the worst cold I’ve ever had ( no exaggeration) I achieved absolutely nothing this week apart from sniffing, sneezing, blowing my nose and feeling sick all the time.

Not only have I been feeling miserable but the weather has been atrocious.  It has been so windy and rainy here is feels like April showers on a high.

So I need to catch up on everything starting here.

Firstly I’ve been nominated for another Blog award by who has nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award.  Thanks – I do appreciate it and I will pass it on as soon as I can.

Not only did I have this cold but so did Julie who was going to tutor the Knitting workshop on Saturday with me but she was just as ill as me, so we cancelled our workshop.  All the ladies were lovely when we cancelled the workshop, we will re-arrange it ASAP.

Above are  some of the things we were going to cover in our workshop.

We have also had  Petes mother down (“mother in law”) for a long weekend as it her 85th Birthday last friday on the 15th.  They’ve gone out for a walk so hence I’m catching up with my blog.

The weather today is calm – no wind – yippee and sunny so far.  I walked the dog this morning and it was a pleasure to get out and about without wearing wellies ( although there is lots of mud and puddles around) and a raincoat.

More posts on their way…………………….

New Knitting workshop for all abilities

I will be working with Julie and Jane Colquhoun to teach a knitting workshop in June.

The Yarn Academy are running a mixed ability workshop on the 16th June.  The location will depend on final numbers but will be in Swanage, Dorset.  The cost is £35.

Don’t worry if your skills don’t fall neatly into learning or improving we will cover the areas you need to move your knitting on.

Knitting Workshop on June 16th, 2012
A workshop for all abilities – Learn to knit or to improve.

Learn To Knit

  • Learn how to cast on
  • Cast off
  • Knit
  • Purl
  • Rescue dropped stitches
  • Increase
  • Decrease
  • Cope with the most common pattern abbreviations
  • Make a button hole

Go home with a mug hug
OR

The next Stitch

  • Recap of previous skills learnt
  • Additional ways of increasing and decreasing
  • Cables
  • Sewing together
  • Tension and Tension Squares
  • Stitch Markers
  • Advanced Pattern reading (abbreviations and reading a garment pattern)
  • Circular needles
  • Pattern Charts
  • Intarsia

Go home with bunting flags and instructions for a bunting garland

Workshop details

Time: Starting 10am – ending 4 pm
Lunch: Please bring a packed lunch
Refreshments: Tea, coffee, Cake/Biscuits supplied all day
Materials: All materials provided
Tutoring: We offer a high teacher student ratio
Location: Workshops are held in and around the Swanage/Corfe Castle area (different locations are used according to workshop participent numbers)
Other: Yarn, needles, hooks and accessories available to purchase to take home

Knitting workshop

New tea cosy

My partner hates tea cosies and he hates with a vengeance my current tea cosy so it was time for a new one.

We  also we want a ‘show and tell’ pattern that’s used crochet & decreasing for our next crochet workshop.  It took a couple of evenings to make and a  knit & natter session with Jane and Julie  to finish it off.

The wool for cosy came from someone who had a clear out and was  a DK that is not made any more .  The flowers were made from Noro which were some of the left overs from my crochet scarf

Old Tea Cosy

Old Tea CosyNew Tea Cosy

New tea Cosy

                                                                           

 


Hanging ButterflyFlowers

Knit in Public Weekend 9-10th June 2012 (part of Knit in Public Week)

Knit in Public Week

The Yarn Academy are pleased to announce that our event for the Worldwide Knit in Public week (9th – 17th June, 2012) will take place over the weekend 9-10th June 2012.

Come and knit with us (beginners welcome) on our amazing Victorian Pier in Swanage from 10.00 to 4.00.

Swanage pier

Help us to expand our row of bunting or bring your own knitting.

Wool and needles will be supplied for the bunting, as will refreshments and lots of cake and biscuits.

If you don’t knit come along and have a go or just come along and say hello.

The bunting from previous blogs will be used as the centre piece to start our bunting off.

The pattern is a free Pattern from Knittersneeds

Knit in Public

Learn to crochet workshop – 21/01/2012

We had another Learn to Crochet day on Saturday.

It was a long tiring day but at the end of the day another 7 ladies left us having learnt how to crochet.

One of our ladies brought in homemade cheese scone (Thank You) and the cake for the day was Beetroot cake- which was great. (Thank you Jane’s mum)