Wednesday, 14 March 2018

New Crochet Shawl Pattern Published! Wendy 6088

A new crochet shawl pattern in T B Ramsden's new yarn - ANAPHORA
Wendy Pattern No 6088
crocheted in Wendy EVOLUTION a stunning cotton blend yarn by T B Ramsden

Wendy crochet pattern 6088
Same shawl but from the back in another colourway of Wendy EVOLUTION - a soft yarn from WENDY
The new yarn is ANAPHORA a 4ply cotton blend with a regular colour sequence for which this pattern is specifically designed. Each colour sequence is the same length, which means regular changes of colour that one can plan for!
Of course you can just crochet and incorporate the changes - but I think it looks a lot better having each colour change starting at the beginning of a row. The left over bits can be used to add a nice firm front edge and tassels, which is what I did.
The shawl is NOT just a plain triangle - but shaped to drape well around the neck, with no bulk. The front points being longer and narrower to make a less bulky tie - it falls to the elbow so is an elegant length.
The soft 4ply cotton blend means the shawl hangs well
Oooops - forgot to say this yarn comes in a nice big cake - and just ONE ball makes the shawl - whoop de dooo !! :-)
I have also made this pattern up in other yarns and it works out really well!
I have also added scalloped edges ... and just generally played around with the pattern as it is so versatile.
hint ...... I just changed the hook size to ensure a soft pliable drape
I had great fun designing this shawl and absolutely thrilled that T B Ramsden chose to publish it :-)
Thank you!!

Saturday, 21 October 2017

PENINSULA CRAFT EXHIBITION October 28-29 Woolverstone

OCTOBER 28-29th
10am - 4pm
Entry £1
Free parking
Accompanied children free
Assistance dogs only
Light refreshments
There will an Exhibition room plus sales rooms displaying a wide range of original locally made handcrafts
Wood turning
Baby items
Crochet accessories and garments
and all kinds of things ......
Such a lovely venue in a listed historic building - you can enjoy the grounds while there
Lots coffee/tea and cakes
Perfect for stress free shopping to source an unusual gift or even get a head start on your Christmas Shopping
Makes a  great day or afternoon out as well
See you there .... of course be my things there as well ;-)

Monday, 13 February 2017

Fresh off my hook .......

New project fresh off the hook ........ from some lovely charcoal Wendy Traditional Aran wool recently delivered from
Go check out her super range of locally sourced wools ...!!
Realised - well was reminded that my poor blog was being rather ignored ...... sorry about that but just due to various things - mainly ill health, being unable to walk for nearly a month just before Christmas did not help!
Anyway ...trying to get back in being the happy hooker I usually am - LOL :-) ;-)
So - had ordered some Wendy Aran (a T B Ramsden wool), from A Woolly Tail (my go to place for Yorkshire sourced wools) -very helpful they are as well, fast delivery and super service!! Anyway this had arrived last week and already hooked up a couple of balls ...... more coming later ;-)
The big reveal will come later .......... maybe a new range of goodies .... trying to get my design mojo back!!

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

O Tannenbaum ...... my Christmas CAL finished!

O Tannenbaum - OTannenbaum
My Christmas CAL FINISHED !!
Last minute crocheting and beading until 3am .............. !!
Then added lights - electric and battery then hung on all the ornaments
My Window display for this year
Surrounded by all the worksheets
My version has a hollow interior - perfect for hiding presents and storing all the decorations in ready for next year - has a zip up the back for easy access + lights
Lights are easily pushed through the crochet fabric
A Tutorial - How To will be posted soon !!
This Crochet Along (CAL) is still available FREE on the T B RAmsden website
Thank you T B RAMSDEN for all your support this past year - may all have a wonderful relaxing Christmas and all success for the New Year!
Also dedicated wool packs are still available from A WOOLLY TAIL
A YARN  PACK with the CAL worksheets would make a wonderful Christmas Present to any crocheting friend or relative for them to work on in the New Year
Also all my thanks to A Woolly Tail for all their support and encouragement over the past year
- hope all Woolly Tailers have a wonderful Christmas (feet up no doubt on yarn packs) and a successful 2017!

A few little details ................... all the ornaments were made with WENDY SUPREME COTTON DK - with the added sparkle !!

The STAR - with additional beads front and back - for that added sparkle!
DADDY SNOWMAN - beaded eyes nose and buttons
MUMMY SNOWMAN - with beaded and floral hat + beaded eyes, nose and buttons

BABY SNOWMAN - plaits and beaded eyes, nose and buttons
Close up of tree and ornaments - holly leaves, candy canes, angels, bells, hampers, snowmen ....... plus glowing festive lights!
This ANGEL has a shell bottom to the dress
 ANGELS - each has a different dress!
CHRISTMAS HAMPERS - ready for filling with treats - pink, lilac, yellow and silver
BELLS for ringing in the New Year - pink, yellow and silver

Christmas Raffle Quilt done - 'Parterre'

Combination of applique and piecing - hand and machine quilted (in the ditch and freemotion)

Back view
Joan Lumpkin (a dear departed and very talented quilting friend) did the applique and piecing
Mary Dale put the pieces together - then became very ill, (for a year in and out of hospital) but back with us again :-)
and I framed it with borders and quilted and bound it - and did my back and hips in, in the process LOL
So a quilt with history and been several years in the making, with various ups and downs!!
Decided to call it 'Parterre' as it being green with flowers in a diamond design was rather like a formal parterre garden ... we did think of 'Calamity Jane/Joan'  ....
Was in our Craft Groups Xmas Raffle and won by my good friend who is friends with all of us who made parts of the quilt.
We put it on her bed this afternoon and being 60" square fitted the top of a double bed perfectly - and it looked good in her bedroom :-)

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

The Christmas Raffle Quilt ....progress ...... so far

This quilt top was pieced by a dearly loved member of our quilt group - Joan, who made wonderful quilts with a lot of hand stitching. This quilt has hand stitched floral appliques and some fun flying geese triangles  - I have been finishing it off adding borders and about to piece the backing and then quilt it .................... and this will be in the quilt groups Christmas raffle had better get busy!

Monday, 28 November 2016

Christmas Tree CAL - a little further ahead!

Further progress with the T B Ramsden CAL - 3 snowmen , 3 angels, 3 crackers, 3 bells - all require finishing off with embroidery etc
Fiddly but fun!!

3 Snowmen - Daddy Snowman sporting a hat and scarf : Mummy Snowman - modelling a straw hat with flowers on it and pink scarf: plus little girl snowman in plaited scarf with bunches
Hope to embroider faces etc tomorrow

Ding-a-ling - 3 bells - just need finishing off

Crackers - almost finished !

Angels needing hair and faces to be embroidered - each in a different coloured dress with a different hem