One of the highlights of my week is Monday evenings when crochet club meet at my house. Crochet club is a chance to share patterns, show what we’ve been working on, ask for help, chat, giggle, drink tea and overall share our love of crochet and yarn! And I am there to provide support, advice, patterns, practise yarn, and of course tea and cake.
Last night I organised a little crochet club outing to a new yarn shop that has opened up in Leighton Buzzard: The Spotted Sheep. The owners, Sheila and Jacqui, very kindly opened their shop in the evening so that we could browse at leisure and even do a spot of crochet while we were there.
The Spotted Sheep is jam packed full of gorgeous yarns of every weight and material you can imagine and there’s something for every budget.
At first I could see that a few of our club members were a little overwhelmed by the wonderful range of yarns on offer. But they soon got into the swing of it and were planning projects like nobody’s business…
The Spotted Sheep also has a little studio, and I will be running some crochet courses and workshops from there over the course of the year. Starting with a Beginners’ Crochet course in April. There are a few spaces available so please do get in touch if you would like to join us!
I really enjoyed the opportunity to discuss new projects with the club members during the evening and noticed that lots of the ladies were excited by the graded yarns, the ones that change shades and colours as you work with them. There was also much discussion about Spring/ Summer scarves, so when I got home I did some pinterest research and found some lovely patterns. You can have a browse through them here on my crochet club pinterest board.
Although we all love a challenge, it’s also great to have a repetitive project to work on that builds quickly and can be picked up in the evening when watching a great series on netflix. I ran a cowl workshop in the Autumn and I know that many of the ladies who attended went on to make several cowls as Christmas gifts. My autumn cowl design is simple but very effective which makes it enjoyable and relaxing to work on. So this morning I have done a little bit of designing and am really pleased with the way my own Spring scarf design is growing…
The only problem is that now it’s calling me away from all my other unfinished projects (including, oh dear I haven’t forgotten despite what some of you are probably thinking, the sampler blanket).
Anyway watch this space for my Spring scarf pattern (crochet club – you will be able to choose between this or various other lovely pinterest patterns on Monday).
If you would be interested in joining crochet club please do let me know. Monday nights are full at the moment- there are 10 of us and my little living room is being stretched to it’s limits seating wise, but I am thinking about the possibility of setting up another club, for example I’ve had some interest in a monthly Saturday meet up. If you are interested or have a suggestion you can subscribe for more info on the website, comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And finally, a big thank you to Sheila and Jackie, for making us so welcome last night and for providing us with the inspiration for many more gorgeous projects!