Well a while ago I saw an advert for a crochet away weekend.
I learnt to crochet just over a year ago and thought I could learn something at this weekend ( how to read a pattern) now that would be fab…
So I ring the number and get through to what I now know to be an amazing lady called Louisa
who explained it all to me it’s a full on weekend and you can do as much or as little as you would like to do in an amazing gorgeous beautiful barn in Hertfordshire, now I’m originally from Hertfordshire and moved to derby 10 years ago , so I knew where I was going.
So I paid the money and off I trotted a little nervous as I hadn’t done this before ( would I be good enough, would the people be nice , would I like the food being veggie, would people like me, would I be able to do the projects) .
All worries we mortals have.
Well I needn’t have worried at all, the place was amazing what a wonderful welcome from the amazing Louisa and Caz.
Caz was there the full weekend to show us how to spin yarn. More of that later.
Arrived to a warm welcome and a coffee after a 3 hour drive. Settled in to my gorgeous en-suite room
Other people started arriving and we all got chatting over coffee/ tea and everyone was normal just like me , they just wanted to crochet and some of the things people had already made were very good .
We started with the weekend project all yarn and pattern etc included. It was a table runner designed by Louisa. Louisa was on hand to help us all get started now I work in US terms so Louisa patiently explained the the stitches to me.
I didn’t complete the table runner during the weekend but did finish it at home and it’s been on my table ever since with no sign of me putting it away
Then we sat down to a lovely dinner all freshly prepared by a wonderful cook she had talent I tell you. Along with a few glasses of wine.
Once dinner was finished and we finally all stopped gossiping. We started the Friday night project which Louisa had laid on.
Now this involved Caz who spins yarn with ease. We all had a hand spinner to play with and with Caz’s instructions we were well away, I started a little bumpy as I’m left handed as well but again with the patience of Caz and some one to one I was well away, not something I ever thought I would want to do but how wrong could I have been. The night was Caz let us all have a go on her spinning she’ll now that is one piece of kit and I loved it.
Well we were well into the night by now and finally trotted off to bed well past midnight with all new skills added and new friendships formed .
Morning couldn’t come quick enough and after a wonderful freshly prepared breakfast we were off again a day guest joined us and the crochet talk continued this time we made a bobble hat, well I tell you I learnt brand new stitches for that and I also learned how to read a pattern ( thank you Louisa) that was my main aim of the weekend ( I’ve been struggling to read patterns for the last year and had given up) but one evening /morning with Louisa and woohoo I can do it.
Then we had lunch home made soup and soda bread . Lush
Then another guest the sewing alchemist embroidery well here we go again I thought I’ve never done this am I going to look stupid. Answer was no I didn’t another wonderful lady who just wanted us all to relax and enjoy a craft she clearly adores. Well apart from not being able to thread the needle myself the afternoon flew by. Sorry to say I didn’t manage to complete my project but brought it home to continue.
Pictures of some of her kits and designs
Well the afternoon flew by and before we realised it was dinner time another treat for us all, and very well catered for a difficult vegetarian.
Beautiful table settings. Feeling throughly spoiled.
And yes there was more we learnt to crochet a basket ( you can never have to many baskets) in t shirt yarn who knew t Shirt yarn even existed. More new sills
Then well what can I say the biggest yarn I have crocheted with and the biggest crochet needle I have ever seen. To make and amazing snowflake a variety of colours were available and a neon light and pom-poms yes pom-poms .
Now that’s going to be put up every Christmas it’s just so cool I love it.
Again we were chatting and crocheting long into the night well after 12 before we headed to bed.
The morning brought a hell of a lot of snow.
Breakfast and crochet bauble making and lunch were all lined up. But as I had a 3 hour journey and the snow was bad I didn’t stay much to my disappointment. It took me 5 and half hours to get home I thought I was going to get stuck.
But even that didn’t dampen my enthusiasm and enjoyment from a fabulous weekend spent with like minded people learning new skill.
So much so I have booked on the next weekend in March yes I really enjoyed it and learnt so much I just have to go back.