It has been a while since my last blog update. The last few weeks have been really busy as we are trying to get everything prepared for the Birmingham NEC show in November, also my youngest son has been off school with a nasty cough.
Virus Shawl Progress
Ali and I went to a Virus shawl workshop a couple of weeks ago at Woolabaloo, it was so lovely to enjoy four hours of peaceful crocheting time. I decided to crochet the shawl from the chart pattern rather than the written pattern. Once the chart was explained I found it relatively easy to follow, after the first four rows are done you soon get into the flow of crocheting the shawl.
Is it too early to mention Christmas? The shops seem to be in full Christmas mode already. If you are wanting to make some Christmas crochet items it is always a good idea to get started nice and early. It took me two years to make a Christmas blanket once, at least I have it ready to use this year 🙂
Christmas Printed patterns (if you prefer PDF downloads you can find them on Ali Crafts Designs)
Christmas Tree Blanket The pattern is also now available for the Christmas Tree blanket or if you prefer you can also get the printed pattern plus the required yarn to make the blanket.
Just a quick update about our new Stylecraft yarn packs. Buying the yarn in packs is more cost effective, making each ball just £1.75. Today is the first day of autumn, the weather is certainly feeling cooler and it has just started raining on my nearly dry washing. We have added some new yarn packs onto the site this week that have a halloween and autumnal feel to them.
This pack was inspired by the famous coffee drink, lots of warm spicy colours and muted browns.
Christmas Tree Blanket
We have decided to make the Christmas Tree blanket into a pattern, it is now available on Ali Crafts website, ravelry and Etsy. You can also purchase the printed pattern with the yarn needed to make the blanket.
At the beginning of August I had an idea for a Christmas blanket. I wanted to create something that was fun and a little bit different 🙂 I love Christmas and making Christmas themed projects so I had the idea to make a Christmas tree shaped blanket made up of different coloured green squares. I wasn’t really sure how it would turn out but I am so pleased with the finished result.
I started making the squares using oddments of greens we had left over from other projects. The Stylecraft Special DK range has many greens to chose from. I chose a square design from the Stockton squares pattern.
Layout and chosen colours
I have had many people asking which colours I have used. The star on the top of the tree is Stylecraft Special DK in mustard.
The main tree is made up of the following greens;
I used Lipstick and Claret for the pompoms but you really could use any colours you like. The border is a simple DC all the way around using Khaki.
Pom pom maker – I really struggle to make pom poms so I decided to get a pompom maker as when I make them they fall apart. This made making pom poms so much quicker and easier, I think I still need a bit more practice as some of them look a little squashy.
We are getting back into the school routine now, Mam and I had a day together this week working on some website problems and changes. We have lots of new patterns listed on Ali Crafts Designs website if you like PDF download versions of patterns. Love this scarf pattern made using Stylecraft head over heels….
I have made it to the end of the school holidays 🙂 It has gone quickly but has had its challenges. I have managed to do some crocheting. Housework has been the priority this week, we are working on a much needed garage sort out and tidy up. I am looking forward to spending some days with Ali Crafts next week to do some planning for the blogs and our next projects.
Many Many Green Squares – Crochet wise I am still crocheting the green squares, about 7 left to go but it is taking me along time. I can’t wait to start joining them together.
Flower Frenzy – I thought I would have a little change from the green squares so I decided to try and crochet some flowers using Stylecraft Candy Swirls. I am using this pattern, Flower Frenzy. I am not sure what I will make with them but I thought it would be great crocheting practice.
Merry Christmas Tree Kits – We are feeling a bit festive at Wool to your door 🙂 We have a small number of mini yarn kits to make your own Christmas cards, these include pattern, card, envelope, yarn and a button for £3.50. These would make super teacher thank you cards.
We are nearing the end of the school holidays now, 1 week to go 🙂 I currently have a husband with a broken arm, 10 year old gaming fan who is glued to his gaming chair and 7 year old who has autism so that has meant we haven’t done too much over the holidays. My husband works from home so it has been quite hard balancing everything. I think we are all ready to get back into school/work routine.
Wool to your door news – I created a new yarn pack this week that includes two of the new Stylecraft special DK colours.
This is a six ball yarn pack at £10.50 which means you are getting each ball for £1.75. The colours are;
I think the colours work really nicely together and hope to use them in my next project. This yarn pack is called Rose garden.
What am I working on? – Squares squares squares 🙂 I have a slightly crazy idea for a blanket, so far I have made 17 squares for the blanket but I need 22 more. I am really enjoying it though and managing to fit some crocheting time even with the endless requests for food from the boys. We are going through an alarming amount of crisps during the holidays!!
I am using a crocheted square pattern from the Stockton Squares blanket pattern which is currently on sale (only £1.80). Once I have finished the squares I am planning a deep border using lots of different greens.
Ali Crafts Designs SALE – There is currently a sale over at Ali Crafts designs, initially it was just for the Bank Holiday Weekend but we have decided to extend the sale until the 1st September 2017. Why not grab yourself a bargain PDF download pattern…if you prefer printed patterns we sell them here at Wool to your door.
Hope everyone has a great week. Don’t forgot to give us a follow on Instagram – the link is the right hand side bar or search for “wool to your door”.
Three new Stylecraft special DK have been released this week, Lincoln, Blush and Lapis. I love the wide range of colours already available in Stylecraft special DK, and there really is a colour for every project. Now we have three extra ones to chose from!
Spider Shawl – I managed to finish crocheting Ali Crafts Spider shawl this week. I have never made a shawl before but found the pattern so easy to follow. The tweedy yarn is soft and lovely to use so the shawl grew quickly and didn’t take me long to crochet even though it’s the school holidays.
I have been inspired by the new Lincoln colour and I am making a new blanket made up of some of the different coloured Stylecraft greens. I have a rough plan of how the blanket is going to turn out but it is going to be quite different. Fingers crossed everything goes to plan.
RSPB Saltholme and Hardwick Park
The weather has been a little better this week so we have managed to get the boys out for a few walks. It has been a busy week but only two weeks left of the school holidays now.
We have just got back home from a lovely week away in Welburn, North Yorkshire. We stayed in the most amazing cottage which had a massive garden. The weather was really a mixed bag all week, some very hot days and some very rainy days. So nice to have some lazy days with the family. Well, as lazy as they can be with two boys, my youngest is seven and he has severe autism but he coped extremely well with staying somewhere new.
Peaceful crochet time – I am currently working on two projects. A Christmas blanket which is nearly finished. It was supposed to be finished for last Christmas 🙂 but it has taken me a while. The pattern had some trickier parts, like a swirly granny square. As I was staying with Mam it was an ideal time to have her help me.
Leaf and Loaf bakery – If you ever visit Welburn I would highly recommend Leaf and Loaf bakery. Such a lovely range of fresh bread and cakes which we visited everyday. The date and walnut loaf was so amazing!
Yorkshire Lavender – We didn’t have many trips out during the week but thought we would try the Yorkshire Lavender farm. We really enjoyed the beautiful views, a nice play area and we also had some lunch in the cafe there.
Tweedy Dk – Look out for new wool coming into stock this week. Very excited to try these super new Stylecraft Tweedy yarns. These will be available in 100 gram balls and it is a mixture of 74% Premium Acrylic and 26% Cotton.
Well, that is one week of the summer holidays done 🙂
Hello, I thought I would do a catch up blog as I haven’t written a post for a while. We seem to have been very busy lately, I am trying to prepare and organise tasks before my children break up on Friday for the summer holidays.
Sock Yarn This week we have spent a lot of time taking photographs of products. Stylecraft Head over Heals sock wool is now available in three new colours, Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Inglebrough. These are made from 75% Superwash wool and 25% Nylon, 100g 4 ply ball for £6.40. More colours coming soon..
Retailer visit to Stylecraft – Ali Crafts and I were very pleased to be invited to a Stylecraft Retailer day. We really enjoyed looking around the mill and finding out about the whole business process. It was also great to meet so many lovely people who have such an interest in crafts and yarns. We also got the chance to meet two of the Stylecraft blog stars, Helen and Lucia and see examples of their work.
Higgledy Piggledy is finished – I was very pleased to complete my Higgledy Piggledy blanket this week the border took a lot longer than I expected. I was concerned the panels would not fit together well but the loopy border worked really well and brought the whole blanket together perfectly.
So, time to start a new project. I have decided to make this pattern Kevin blanket but using paler colours. I am enjoying the pattern so far.
Yarn cakes seem be everywhere at the moment and are very popular with both knitters and crocheters. This week we were very excited when the brand new Stylecraft Special DK Candy Swirls arrived. These 150g cakes are available in eight different colours and we are also stocking a number of Candy Swirl patterns to help you decide what to make with them. £6.80 per cake.
We also currently stock Caron Cakes in ten fabulous colour ways and currently on sale at £7.30 per cake…
The blankets below were made using Caron Cake yarn…
Blanket Progress The weather has been much cooler this week and it seems to have rained for days. I have managed to make some progress on my Higgledy Piggledy Blanket, just one more panel to go then joining and the border.