This morning I have been inspired to pick up my crochet hook again and inject some colour into our lovely woolly wonderland once again. The fabulous Attic24 has jollied me along and is providing me with endless inspiration to play around with vibrant yarns.
This gorgeous little Springtime Wreath is making me ponder the possibilities of a Next Steps Crochet Workshop in early April. Would anyone be interested in giving this a go?
There are literally hundreds of variations that we could play around with, adding different colourways or flowers, buttons and beads, personalising them to suit your home. This would be a fantastic gift or simply a little piece of frivolity to adorn your abode. If you would like to join us on Saturday 5 April – book your place at Woolaballoo - to avoid disappointment. In the meantime, just go outside and enjoy the sunshine. x
Taking inspiration from #100HappyDays I have decided to try and pen a mini post as often as I can to welcome you back to our woolly wonderland set in the heart of Hexham, Northumberland. I have so much to tell you that I really don’t know where to begin… From now on we intend to publish a news update at least once a week to keep you up to date with everything that is going on at Woolaballoo. As well as keeping you up to speed with all the new designs, planned workshops, gift ideas, new Cube Gallery artists and lovely yarns that are arriving daily we will be sharing some free patterns and general chit-chat for those that can’t make it along to our Thursday Night Knit Stop which takes place from 7-9pm each week.
Hexham is fast becoming a hub of all things creative and Woolaballoo is no exception to this rule. Within our walls lies a hub of creativity which we will be unveiling more about in the days to come as we make our preparations for Hexham Design Week 2014.
Above is the gorgeous bespoke design which was created exclusively for Woolaballoo by A Heart Felt Gift. You can find this and an abundance of really lovely unique gifts in the Cube Gallery set within our Hexham store. Pop along and take a look and see what makes you smile. This is what made me smile today but tomorrow it will be another creative delight that will draw my eye… #100HappyDays. x
It’s been a funny old week up North – last weekend’s massive snowfall meant that we sadly had to postpone our first Learn to Crochet Workshop of 2013 but it has now been rescheduled for early February.
In fact, the snow was so deep that on Monday with further downfalls forecast that we had to do the unthinkable and close the Hexham store for the day. Whilst, this was a disaster for those that had braved the elements to come and see us, it did afford me some much needed knitting time and I was able to crack on with a few of my numerous unfinished objects much to my husband’s delight. For those of you that know me (and those who will get to know my knitting habits via this blog), I have a hundred and one things on the needles at any given moment and a stash of yarn to rival any store’s inventory. In all seriousness, the UFOs must be into double figures and one of my resolutions for 2013 is to complete as many as possible and remove them from their various unsuitable resting places around our home. One example, would be the gorgeous little Debbie Bliss Striped Baby Cardigan, which has been housed in a vase in our living room (don’t ask me why) for at least the last six months awaiting buttons to be stitched on to complete it!
I have used my time wisely and this week I have taught myself a new skill… the magic loop cast on which has truly changed my life. Why have I not discovered this top tip before now? I have made a lovely beanie using the fabulous knitcol yarn and we are now hoping that the snow stays away tomorrow so that others can benefit from this new found knowledge at the Magic Loop Class that we are hosting at the shop. Here are a couple of snaps of my hat taking shape…
All cast on and starting to take shape. This hat was made with a child in mind and can be comfortably knitted with a single ball of self striping knitcol yarn. This is an aerial view of the finished article!
In the weeks to come I will be sharing some of Woolaballoo‘s pattern ideas with you and helping you to master some new skills. The Magic Loop Cast On is a great technique to have in your knitting bag of tricks, however, as with a little confidence you can even start to design your own patterns with a variety of yarns. You will be able to confidently knit projects from the top down, knit fingerless mitts two at a time and even make garments with no stitching required!
So fingers crossed, tomorrow’s class will go ahead as planned and things may finally get back to somewhere near normal once this snow finally starts to melt away …