knitting the continental way

…..would you like to knit faster? Learn how to knit the continental way, “pick”  your knitting instead of “throwing”.

Friday 28th November 2014 11am – 1pm £25

This will  help you tremendously if you are wanting to knit fair isle, have tired hands from the constant motion of throwing the yarn or if you would like to be a looser knitter.

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Please bring along some wool and  suitable knitting needles.

 

Price includes material, a lovely cup of tea and hopefully whatever has come out the oven that day.

Classes will be held in Sunninghill.

100% payment to be done at the time of booking. Maximum of 6 students per class.

Full refund of payment can only be given if the space can be filled by another student. Should I have to cancel a workshop, which is highly unlikely you be entitled to a full refund.

Please have  a look at my fb for further workshops and updates.

love E x 

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learn to knit workshop

So, here we go………my workshop schedule coming up.

Habu woolLearn to knit for beginners 

Saturday 25th October 2014    1pm – 3pm    £30.

Price includes material, a lovely cup of tea and hopefully whatever has come out the oven that day.

Classes will be held in Sunninghill.

100% payment to be done at the time of booking. Maximum of 6 students per class.

Full refund of payment can only be given if the space can be filled by another student. Should I have to cancel a workshop, which is highly unlikely you be entitled to a full refund.

Please have  a look at my fb for further workshops and updates.

love E x 

loving Summer

Hello

Summer is well and truly here, hence less time to write but more time to play.

I have completed my beautiful shawl. It is so soft and has a beautiful drape, and as you can see, can be worn with any kind of attitude.

It is the first time that I would happily repeat the same pattern, I had so much fun knitting this. So much so that several of my craft ladies have decided to make this their summer project. I cannot wait to see the results.

Thank you Blue Sky Alpaca for making such a beautiful yarn.

For UK shoppers it is also available at Loop and Mrs Moon

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Our craft classes have been put on hold 😦 but only for a few weeks, we will all be back in September. It will be great to share our summer stories and crafts too.

I have started working on my tank top. Once again a lovely wool bought through Loop, Eden Cottage Yarns, made in Yorkshire. 75% superwash Merino, 25% Mulberry silk. So much fun to knit with. I will keep you posted.

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I am so proud of Kate who has completed her very first jumper, with only a little  help. She never thought she could manage this and look at her now! It looks so great Kate, no wonder you are beaming 🙂

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I would like to wish you all a great break and look forward to seeing you in a few weeks.

Until then happy crafting.

love E x

A new member in our craft group

Tiger has been with us for 2 weeks now and apart from the widdles and other accidents we absolutely adore her. Yes, her name is Tiger and I’m convinced that her fur is starting to show a few stripes already.

She has decided to join our craft group, yet we still have a while to go till she can master the knitting needles.

Tiger woolThe blanket I had made her is still in one piece, however our toes seem to have a few little bite marks on them. All part of growing up.

 

I’m still enjoying my Blue Sky Aplaca, Metallica shawl that I’m knitting. It is almost complete, which delights me, yet also saddens me as I really enjoyed knitting this so  much.

The universe provides though, look what landed in my inbox yesterday?

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I get the news letter from Purl Soho and this pattern is free ( I do like a free pattern).The only draw back is the  wool used for this tank top is called Miky way from Anzula at $45.30 per skein.The wool is 80% milk protein and 20% superwash merino.

Maybe it is just as well that is not available in the UK. I could order from the US, but the postage is expensive too. So, I will be searching for a wool that would look just as beautiflul. Do you have any suggestions?

 

As you might have notice I like to talk about bits and pieces that I like and if I really like something a lot then I will blog about it too 🙂 I would like to remind you that all my “likes” are my opinion and my opinion only. Please do your own research if you would like any further details etc.

Right now I’m really liking coconut oil. It has so many uses and I love the taste as well as the smell. During my research I cam across WellnessMama and 101 uses for coconut oil   You will be amazed. I make and use the deodorant and can honestly say it is fantastic.

 

Hopefully this has given you something to think about. Do let me know if you use coconut oil too.

 

Have a great weekend

 

love E x

so much to do, in so little time

Applogies for not posting any news in the last few weeks. It is exactly as they say, no news is good news!

So much has happened  in the last few weeks, I battle to keep up with it all.

It was my birthday and I turned 50! No matter what they say it is a rather scary number, however I am so pleased I made it this far. Just imagine what I can get up to in the next 50 years to come.

Thank you for so many wishes, flowers and many other kind gifts and messages. It was a really special day. birthday flowers guido poeny bday

My husband and I then spent a weekend in Venice. There are no words to describe it except if you happen to have a “bucket list” or what ever you might like to call it, Venice has to feature. We had a fantastic weekend. This photograph was taken from the Bridge of Sighs.

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I would also like to thank Nicola and Amanda who popped into Purl Soho while visiting New York and brought back some absolutely beautiful bits and pieces for me.

The wool is from Blue Sky and is an alpaca and silk blend. It is called Metalica and is also available at Loop in London.

purl soho stashWatch this space for a delicious shawl which will be created with great gusto.

Now, it is back to real life and thank goodness that also means getting down to some serious crafting. This will have to take place in the kitchen today . I have been given a box of cherries which need to be turned into jam.

With or without pips, what do you think?

 

Hope  you are having a great week too

 

love, Ex

 

 

PS: How could I forget? The Wool Warehouse are having a super sale on their Drops products.The sale ends on 31st May. If you are in need of some wool, and who is not in need of some wool? Make sure you have a look.

 

 

 

 

What a lovely world

Good morning

After a few weeks of happy crafting and an ill family  the sun is still shining! I love to wake in the morning and  to feel and see the sun shine down on me. It awakens the sunnier side of my soul.

It has been so lovely to have my niece visiting, a great excuse to go on  a few day trips, Brighton being one of them. The sun was shining and fish and chips was enjoyed on the pebbly beach while observing the screams of laughter as well as terror from the nearby Brighton Pier.

 

A little handy information I stumbled upon. There is a website called ParkatmyHouse You log on find a “driveway” in the town you are visiting, pay via paypal and park for a fraction of the price charged by commercial car parks. I was rather pleased with this and will definitely be using them again.

 

I have been doing a little knitting and sewing too. Finally my cape is complete, a lovely seaweed and silk wool from Artisan YarnsEla shawl

and I have put my hand to some sewing, totally inspired by the Great British Sewing Bee Ela Frida dress

 

…….which reminds me to remind you of the C&H competition which is running at the moment. All Entries need to be in by May 3rd. It will be great fun to enter, I’m working on a blouse as I type (well not literally) and will be entering  it.

 

 

 

The other exciting news is that I have finally opened my Etsy Shop, there are  a few items and hopefully there will be many more real soon. Please have a look and let me know what  you think?

 

One of the highlights of my holiday has been a 2 day ceramic workshop where I could throw pots and bowls to my hearts content. The only promise I had to make was that they will all nest into each other as we have run out of space for all my fabulous ceramic creations.Ela pottery 2 Ela pottery1 I cannot wait to have them bisque fired and then glazed. Oh, but how will I glaze them? Which colour should I choose? Should I decorate and then glaze? I better decide soon.

Until then we will enjoy Easter with all its trimmings as I hope you will too.

 

My craft ladies are back next week, ready for a new term of colourful and creative master pieces.

 

Have a lovely Easter

 

Love E xxx

Knitted sheep and a little more………

Where does the time go? Too busy crafting I guess.

It  has been a busy time here at Love to Craft, many new projects and a new baby too.

Congratulations to Karen and Thomas on the birth of a girl, I cannot wait to meet her. I have made the hat so now I need to see if it fits 🙂

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Lorraine has been feeling the love………..Lorraine Heart

 

……….and Lisa has been super sewing bee with this lovely apronLisa apron

 

You might know that my other passion ( I have many) is making pottery. I’m very proud of my latest piece Ela vase so much fun to make. I’m really pleased with the way the glaze turned out, not always predictable.

Caroline has very quietly started kintting a little farm, the first cuties look so sweet!Caroline's sheep

 

We were very busy bees yesterday at our tea cosy felting workshop. These are the felted tea cosies, drying and waiting to be embellished further today.

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There has also been lots happening around and about. Please remember the C&H Sewing Bee competition. Please click on link for further details. I’m hoping to take part. Did I just put that in writing? Yikes, I better get going then!

Create a festival of creativity in Henley on Thames is comming up (29-30March) this weekend. Remember the post about yarn bombing a boat for Henley? Well, if you visit the Create Festival you can get knitting a crocheting straight away and your creation will be added to the boat. Thank you again to all of you who have given me your squares, I have pass them on to Lady Sew and Sew and they will be used. Cannot wait to see the lovely yarn bombed boat 🙂

 

We also have the Henley Arts Trail to look forward to. It takes place on Sat3rd May – Mon 5th May.A lovely day out with so much to see and do.

 

As you can see, lots is happening and so much more to look forward to.

 

Have a great weekend and happy crafting

 

love  E x

 

 

To be inspired

As I mentioned in my last post, Farnham Maltings hosted the Unravel Fair. It was all about yarns, wools and what to do with them all. I’m so glad I went with a budget as it would have been so easy to buy the lot.Farnham Maltings dove

All the stalls and the stall holders were absolutely delightful, however one stood out for me, and there were a few, a lady called Jenny Barnett. She is a Master felter par excellence! Send her a photograph of your pet and she will felt it.jenny barnettShe also creates the most beautiful little dresses, fit for any fairy. Please do let me know if you have anything made by her I would love to see it.

I got to meet the lovely lady from Artisan Yarns who dies seaweed and silk wool. Yes seaweed and silk. I could not help myself but had to buy just one skein and am itching to get started.

I had a try at spinning wool, it takes great skill, which I’m sure will come with practice. Will this be the next step?  Oh dear Lord give me more hours in the day 🙂

 

We have been busy here at our classes too. Siobham has finished  making the beautiful cushion cover, her first project on the sewing machine, the napkin rings don’t count she tells me.Siobhan cushion

Thank goodness it is almost the weekend, so there will be more time to knit.

Hope you are happy crafting too!

 

love, E X

 

PS: I found this in the Simple Things magazine: Next time you have a spill go to www.woolsafe.org/uk the award winning Stain Guide app

Free Patterns, Fairs and other bits

Good morning

It might be half-term for us in the UK, but that means more time to research and to knit of coarse.

I  spent some of my time on Pinterest, my favourite site of all, and found this fun website. mystylerules.com

You key in your measurements and it will tell you which style of clothing suites your body shape the best. Not that we don’t know that already, a little bit of fun if you have too much time on your hands. It is half-term after all.

As you might know, I love to knit and one of my favourite stores, if not the best store ever, is Loop based in Islington, London.

It is so beautiful, with so many choices of wool and gorgeous patterns. I receive their email updates, which I look forward to. There are often free patterns with advice and many other interesting information.

Which leads me to Kate, who is in knitting mania, creating one beautiful hat after another.Kate hat 2

Will we be getting the colder weather to sport our new creations?

If you have some spare time this weekend (21.22.23 February): Unravel….a festival of knitting at the Farnham Maltings, is the place to go. It looks  good and I’m sure will be very inspiring.

 

If you enjoy embroidery Caroline Zoob ( I have one of her books: The Hand Stitched Home) is hosting some workshops in a private house near Guilford, Surrey.

I would like to make just about every project in her book.

email sales@carolinezoob.co.uk or telephone 07929 826052 for more info

 

So back to the couch and my knitting…………..I wish this would be the case. It will have to be the house work first,  but I have my girls home to help, if and when they decide to part with their beds 🙂

 

Have a great week

 

love E x

the rain will not stop us…….

Hello from the very wet and windy Ascot.

We do live on an Island, but unfortunately a very damp one at the momet. Luckily for us we have our crafting to keep us busy and smiling.

Kate has  inspired me to knit while overseeing the homework. It keeps me calm, no matter how long the homework takes. Should it take a little longer? Oh goody,another few rows done 🙂 I actulay look forward to homework time now as does my daughter. Far more importantly, she is making great progress too.

We have all been rather busy, Michelle could be persuaded to “disguise” a few holes on her favourite jumper with some needle felting michelle jersey lovely result and done in no time at all.

She also completed her first knitted project, a really lovely hat Harrison Hatespecially when being modelled by such a cutie.

 

Lisa, as always, rustles up master pieces in no time Lisa bird cushion 1 and Kate has been making quilts for her daughters friend!kate birthday quilt Exactly , just what I thought, we need to get on that friends list 😉

Kate has also been busy knittingKate scarf. I just love the colours of this scarf. kate scarThe wool is from Noro and is available in many stores, best to look it up on line.

I have been a little busy too. I have made a coat, a really warm coat, so if it stops to rain and start to snow I’ll be just fine. Ela's coatIt’s actually a lovely pink, sorry not such a good picture. It was great fun to make, except I ended up with very pink fingers and a very pink iron?

I hope you are well and dry and look forward to next weeks crafts.

happy crafting E x