Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Yarn Jumbles

Hi,

Here comes another Tuesday, they seem to be coming around very quickly these days.

I am still working on the blanket of many colours I now have 3 panels finished and as you can see, I am still working on the jumble.


I don't think that I have ever done anything so messy there are lots of ends and lots and lots of small balls of yarn.  I must have spent more time unravelling the mess that crocheting.
I hope that it will be worth all the hard work, only time will tell.

                   
We had our first sale in the wool store this week  ****  Hurrah ****  click hurrah to go to the store. 

More items are being added daily, today I have started adding some of my crochet patterns as PDF downloads. I am afraid that they may not be immediate downloads but I will try to get them sent via email within 24 hours.


My new doll pattern will be ready soon, my friend Carol is testing her now and she will be available for download from the Wool to your door online store.

This week I am on a mission to sort out drawers and then to finally sort out the rest of the house, I don't know how I have managed to finally fill a four bedroom house and the garage and both lofts but I have.    There are only 2 of us here now and it is still overflowing with stuff. 

I have lots of crafting things from when I taught for Stockton Adult Education, I taught tatting and crochet to start with and then embroidery, cross stitch, Hardanger and canvas work etc., 
then box making and card crafting as well as bead weaving and scrapbook making to name a few. 
So you can see the range of things, I still have most of the samples as well as the equipment.
I am really going to have to be ruthless to be able to part with stuff..... that is going to be hard..

I just looked in the house loft this morning to pop a couple of stray Christmas decorations up, saw all the boxes and closed the door again.. oh well one day.

Hope you are all keeping warm and busy,

Happy crocheting, 

Ali xxx







Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Good Morning

Good Morning,

I am back on track again after Christmas, back to the normal washing, cleaning and crocheting at last.

Our weather has been pretty dismal this week, I have put some of my schedule on hold waiting for some brighter days.

I seem to have got my brain back into gear and loving the project that I am working on this month.


Totally out of my comfort zone using lots of colours and not ones that I would have normally chosen.

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Update on one of my presents the Stick Man kit

I was excited to try this kit because the instructions were beautifully printed and looked very easy to follow......

I know that you can feel the but coming so here it is.... but there were no pipe cleaners included and no wool for the leaves which were on the instruction sheets and not enough brown wool for all of the children. 

I have not finished the construction of the pieces because I need some pipe cleaners, I have crocheted all the pieces so will be ready when I find some brown pipe cleaners.

On the bright side I did enjoy making the bodies, the instructions were great..

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I have also been preparing for a workshop that I am doing for the Cleveland Lace Guild on Saturday.

This time I am going to teach the lovely ladies there how to tat. 
This is not an easy task if they are complete beginners, so I have prepared a short video on how to turn the stitch which I will keep running continually. 
Well that is the idea, wether it works is another matter.


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Yesterday I was crocheting a baby jacket for a friend of my daughter, it was very straight forward and although I am not very good in working out the sizes for babies, I think it worked out ok. I don't know if the size is right yet and may have to work another one a bit bigger. I will have to wait and see..

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I have reduced the Season Blanket pattern on Etsy and Ravelry to 60p + VAT

This blanket can be worked in 2 sizes and has 4 different colour ways for Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter

The Spring Seasons Blanket Yarn Pack has enough yarn for the small blanket and includes the pattern. It is available in the shop.  



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Off to add more wool to the sale in the online shop


Wool to find a home for and pictures still to take

Happy Days 

Ali  xxx


Thursday, 5 January 2017

Free Pattern Robert Robot

Hello,

I started this pattern a few years ago but forgot about it. My Grandson loves playing with the first one I made.  It is a free pattern, but if you could share my page with others I would be very grateful.

Materials Required

A shaded Double Knitting yarn like Stylecraft Wondersoft Merry go Round or this pattern is ideal to use up your oddments
Contrasting double knitting for edging
Black yarn for eyes and mouth
4.00 hook
Approx. 12 x 12 inch ( 30cms x 30cms) wadding


Body 
Make 2
  1. 4ch., 3tr. in 4th ch. from hook, 1ch., * 4tr., 1ch. , rep from * 3 times into the same place, ss. to join in 3rd ch. 
  2. Ss. into next 3tr. and into the ch. sp., 3ch., 3tr., 1ch., 4tr. all in same place, * miss 4tr., 4tr., 1ch., 4tr. all in next ch. sp., rep. from * twice more, ss. to join in 3rd ch. at beg.  ( 4 corner groups made, each with 2 blocks and a ch. ) 
  3. Ss. into next 3tr. and into the ch. sp., 3ch., 3tr., 1ch., 4tr. all in same place, * miss 4tr., 4tr. in sp. between the corner groups, miss 4tr., 4tr., 1ch., 4tr. all in next ch. sp., rep. from * twice more, ending 4tr. in last sp. between corners, ss. to join in 3rd ch. at beg. ( you should now have 4 corner groups and 4 blocks, one on each side between the corners )
  4. Ss. into next 3tr. and into the ch. sp., 3ch., 3tr., 1ch., 4tr. all in same place, *  4tr. in sp. between the corner groups, miss 4tr., 4tr. in next sp., miss 4tr., 4tr., 1ch., 4tr. all in next ch. sp., rep. from * twice more, ending 4tr. in last 2 sps. between corners, ss. to join in 3rd ch. at beg. Fasten off.  ( you should now have 4 corner groups and 8 blocks, 2 on each side between the corners )
Work dc. edging around the sides to join the 2 pieces together cut a piece of wadding to fit and enclose in between the squares before finishing the last side joining.


Head
Make 2 pieces as body for 3 rounds only.
Work dc. edging around the sides to join the 2 pieces together cut a piece of wadding to fit and enclose in between the squares before finishing the last side joining.


Top of head
Work 1 piece for 2 rounds only 
Fold in half diagonally to make a triangle and work all round in dc. There is no need for wadding in this piece.
Legs
Make 2
Work as for the body working 4 rounds
Fold each piece in half and work dc edging to join the edges together and add a piece of wadding as before.

Arms
Work 2 pieces as body for 3 rounds only
Fold each piece in half and work dc edging to join the edges together and add a piece of wadding as before.

Sew all the pieces together as in the picture.
Using black yarn sew eyes and mouth

beg.
beginning
ch.
chain
dc.
double crochet
htr.
half treble
rep.
repeat
sp.
space
ss.
slip stitch
st.
stitches
tr.
treble

I hope you enjoy this pattern.  You can also download a PDF version from Ravelry or My Website,

Alison x

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Wool to your door SALE

Hello,

Just a quick note to say during January Wool to your door is having a sale. 5% off any order over £10.


Please use the code SALEJAN17 when checking out your order, this is shown on the payment page.

Alison x 

Christmas Craft Gifts

Hello,

Hope you have all had a lovely Christmas.



I have had a nice Christmas and Birthday spent with my family.  They always ask what I would like so I make a wish list on Amazon and this year most items are very craft based.  I am looking forward to testing them out.


Mitten making kit - Includes pattern and wool.
Crochet your own Stickman Kit - I will be making this for my Grandson who loves the book.
Teardrop Bag Kit - Pattern and fabric to make a bag.
New methods for Crochet socks - These look great and the pattern looks clear with modern pictures.
Small purse Kit - Includes pattern, fabric and zip.
M&S Knit your own cushion or hat or snood - Includes needles, hook, wool, pattern and pom pom pattern. 
Crochet 2017 calendar - A different pattern for everyday of the year.
Button Angel from Bobbin Patch - Lovely pattern for a felt decorated bag.


The little book of Hygge
Cosy Winter Hygge colouring book and pencils - I have been tempted to try colouring books for  a while but never actually bought one.
Mittens of Latvia - This is a lovely book with traditional patterns. 
Cute and easy Crochet with Flowers  - Lots of simple flower patterns. I do love crocheted flowers.
Crochet Journal - This is a great notebook to help you record works in progress (WIP).
Ruby & Custard's Crochet book - Lots of little crochet projects.



Baby washcloths & Afghan Squares - Lots of small patterns for washcloths. Nice clear photos.
Modern Crocheted Shawls & Wraps - Crochet pattern book
Boho Bags - patterns for bags to sew.
On the go bags - More patterns for bags to sew.
Crochetterie - Lots of patterns for contemporary crocheting projects.

Wow I really don't know what to make first..

Don't forget Wool to your door the online wool shop is now open.

Alison x










Sunday, 11 December 2016

Wool to your door

Hello,

I just wanted to do a little post about my online shop, Wool to your door.  When I first posted about it I didn't have all the products added yet which I have now done. I have added Stylecraft special DK, classique cotton and many other yarns.  I have also added hooks and yarn packs.  In addition to this, I have a number of sale items listed.

We currently have FREE delivery on all UK orders over £20.  I am looking into international postage costs so that will be coming soon.  Please email if you would like me to send internationally and I will get back to you with a price.

All wool is stored in a pet free, smoke free house and away from direct sun light.



Tuesday, 6 December 2016

View from our window

Here comes Tuesday again

This week seems to have flown by ever so fast.

What a difference a day makes


Yesterday there was a beautiful sunrise

Today though


It was not worth taking a picture I can't see the houses behind us, no hills in the distance at all.


It is the time of year when I am looking for spaces to hide things, shhh you know what I mean!!

While I was looking I found an old work folder and found these samples inside I have no idea where I got the ideas.




There was also a book with some lovely stitches in, this one was called Little Bells, they are formed by working clusters. 
Topical for this time of the year..



I have managed to finish the Christmas tree this week.

I am not sure that I wanted all the trimmings this year so have left it quite plain.




Don't forget that all of the instructions are online to finish the CAL that I started way back in March
they are on my web page www.alicraftsdesigns.co.uk and on Ravelry..



I am still adding more items to the stock in our new shop Wool to your door 
Check out my sale items soon.. when they are gone they will be gone.....


Seasons Greetings
to all

Ali xxx