Crochet sanctuary… Day two

Well, it’s crazily late… Despite crocheting all day I wanted to keep going till I finished my first sock! And then WordPress unhelpfully decided to delete my whole post when the app stopped working just as I tried to add the final photo! Really I should be going to sleep, but it’s bothering me, and I want the post written today. So here goes!

This morning started with a very tasty breakfast where you could pick just about anything you could possibly want. Then we went straight into our first workshop where we could choose a toft kit to work on. I chose Emma the bunny who has very cute floppy ears, and I used the very practical row counter ring we were given to keep track of where I was in the pattern. After working all morning I had finished and stuffed her body and this afternoon I got her head done too. Just four limbs, two ears, a tail and then sewing on her face to get her finished.

We had an amazing lunch, which gave us a chance to chat to some other people too. There are more people here today as they have come on a day pass, and it was cool to get to know some of them.

After lunch I got to meet eleonora from coastal crochet, which I was super excited about!

She brought loads of pebbles from home and got us crocheting pebble covers to make them into decorations or paperweights. It was fab to see other people taking her patterns and adapting them to create new ideas. I had hit a bit of a wall with my mood which I think linked to just being on a high of excitement for too long, being around lots of people who I don’t know very well, and having a sudden loss of confidence in myself. Thankfully it’s really laid back here, so I took a bit of time out, and then just ‘hid’ in my crochet for a while. I followed two of eleonora’s patterns but got a bit creative with the colours I used. One lady made an ammonite design up, which she talked me through. This evening, once I had a bit of bounce and confidence back I gave it a go, and was thrilled with the result.

Finally this evening, after a few glasses of wine and a three course meal that included sticky toffee pudding, I finished off my first sock. My first attempt at ribbing using front and back post stitches didn’t work (twice!) and lisa helped by pointing out that I’d done front and back loops… Not posts. But she helped more by frogging some of the rows for me (it’s beautiful wool but a pig to frog… Taking longer to frog than to crochet I reckon, and that poor part of the sock was onto its second frogging as well!). Anyway, a quick demonstration later and I was on my way to the desired ribbed effect and a perfectly fitted sock. Now I just need to make the second one!

I can’t quite believe that even after all this crochet I’m still eager to do more tomorrow! I did take a bit of time out of crochet to draw notebook covers to say thank you to Lisa, lynda-rose and eleonora for all their hard work. Lisa got a schnauzer as she has one at home, lynda-rose got a cat as she loves them and eleonora got a seahorse as she’s coastal crochet. It was fun to look for ideas to copy and adapt, and to do three such different styles.

OK… Text now copied incase I have another malfunction while adding photos… Here goes…phew!

And publish….!

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44 thoughts on “Crochet sanctuary… Day two”

    1. Aren’t they cute? It was such a fun project, and now I’ve got the confidence to turn a piece of sea glass into a necklace using the same technique, just a smaller hook and finer thread.

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  1. Awww, Julia… so lovely to read your blog post about the day and read your perspective! Your ammonite pebble is amazing! And the Seahorse notebook you gave me is incredible! I just love it!! Thank you so much…❤️❤️❤️😊

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  2. Love the sock. In fact love all you have done at the workshop. Its good to take time away out of your comfort zone. you really seem to be handling things well. look forward to seeing you soon. love Sue

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    1. Oh thank you. Inside my head it doesn’t seem like I’m handling things well, but it’s cool that I’m enjoying the weekend loads even though my head keeps telling me horrid things about myself 😐

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  3. You have described a lovely day, packed with crochet, food and people. Well done on the crochet sock and the bunny. Your drawings are utterly delightful. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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    1. Thank you. It’s really been a lovely weekend so far and they’ve got more fun things for us to do this morning. Not knowing what’s coming next is like opening lots of exciting crochet presents!

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  4. you’ve been making some gorgeous crafts, and well done on your first sock! Looking forward to seeing what you get up to today ^^

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  5. I can really associate with your need for a time-out during your weekend – it has happened to me on a number of residential events. I always have to make sure that I have a single room (or tent) so that I have a bolt-hole! But wow – I’m not surprised that you felt a bit overwhelmed. All the projects are lovely and what a cute bunny. I have one of those little ring counters (gifted to me ages ago) but I have never used it assuming that it would be distracting.
    Anyway, I hope the rest of the weekend was a blast.

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    1. I had my own room, which was lush, but I should probably have made an effort to take some time out to go for a swim. But then I’d have been worried I’d miss something! Well… I have a couple of hours of quiet before an early night tonight… Then back to work tomorrow with 29 small children! Thank you for your encouraging words though… It’s always good to know it’s not just me!

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      1. It’s hard when you are concerned about missing out, but I know that I enjoy things like that more when I acknowledge my need for a bit of space and assimilation time. You description really made me wish I had been there!

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  6. What a lot of lovely projects. Looks like you had a great time. Wonderful that you have such supportive craftspeople in your area.

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    1. It was lovely, and it’ll be lovely to meet up with Jackie too pick up my yarn! It was cool meeting with so many people as it helped to figure things out and to get more inspiration. Plus interesting to see how everyone approached things a bit differently or had different crocheting styles

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  7. That bunny is going to be super cute, I love the pattern with the floppy ears.
    The rocks / pebbles are a grand idea. I love the crocheted covers.
    And well done on the sock, it is looking perfect.
    Have a great week!

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    1. I’m so excited about the bunny. I Think the floppy ears really make her cute. Thank you for your lovely comments. Hopefully I’ll gradually get these projects finished over this week and have pretty things to show you all.

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  8. Sticky toffee pudding Is the bees knees! Always wondered what a crochet sock looks like, are they comfy? Do they feel like bed socks? I LOVE LOVE LOVE THE CAT!!! Oh my gaaaaaaaaaaaaaah your so freakin talented. If I ever move to a new house id hire you to paint feature walls lol!

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    1. It’s my absolute favourite pudding! I guess the stock I’ve made is more like a bed sock. I’ve not worn it properly yet as I’ve only made one of them! Il let you know once they’re done! I was really pleased with the cat. It’s only copied from another design I found in the Internet, but it was unlike anything I’ve done before and I thought it was very cute.

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  9. It seems I’m reading these posts in reverse – I’ve already read about your last day 😂 The crochet pebble covers are really cute. Those note book drawings are fantastic. I think they are all great but I adore the seahorse.

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    1. Lol! I even labelled them to make it easier! 😂. Thank you for your lovely comment about the notebooks. I love the idea with the rocks of picking stones up from places I go and decorating them to create memories.

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  10. Hello sweet Julia, it sounds like you had a lovely time. Crocheted rocks is something I have never heard of but sounds like a fun thing to do. I absolutely love your artwork for the ladies. They are absolutely beautiful. I hope you are well. XXX

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    1. Thank you so much. It was fun to make something for them, and I didn’t want it to be something crocheted! It was nice to be able to make them all personal to each of them. The crocheted rocks were fun and I picked a new rock up when we went on a weekend away to wales for a friend’s birthday, so I have a new one to crochet round. Just need to get a, smaller hook to work with as I borrowed one on the crochet weekend. By the way it was really lovely to get your letter… Thank you so much. Hope you’re doing ok too xx

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  11. I think you were more productive in two days than I was in nearly two weeks on my crochet cruise!. Love the sock, and the bunny looks like it will be cute.
    Your notebook covers are beautiful!

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