My new project bag

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This my new project bag.. Isn’t it bold and just wonderful.

I bought it at a local craft fair by anonymous crafter. I paid the princely sum of £3!! How cool is that.. I was immediately drawn to the pattern of the bag. Its a really great size and I love it.  This bag will become a great travelling bag and it hangs perfectly from my wrist.

My jumper pattern is coming along really well and i’m very pleased. I have now finished the back and now working on the front. I will seam the pieces together and do the sleeves from there. In my next post I will be delving into my project bag for a ‘whats in my yarn bag’ post as inspired by Meredith at onesheepishgirl.blogspot.com.

So I am asking you.. Whats in your yarn/ project bag?

 

Inspiration for my new Work in Progress!

Black Sheep sale and craft fair
Black Sheep sale and craft fair

Hello Everyone!

After my last post, I felt it was about time that I posted something crochet related. I began a new project this bank holiday weekend. I began my first sweater.. Yes I know its nearly June and i’m crocheting a sweater. But just hear me out.. I went to a yarn sale at Black Sheep Wools in Culcheth, Warrington. Oh My GOD!!! A yarn lovers heaven.. It’s out there people.. and I was there last Saturday with my mum. At their annual 10 day sale.

Blacksheepwools.com
Blacksheepwools.com
Fron Ravelry
Fron Ravelry

I came away with Rowan Tweed in Buckden, Fine Rowan Tweed in Murker, and 4 balls of Cashsoft 4ply from Rowan in Navy, a bag of 10 balls of a cashmere blend unlabeled yarn for £10!! (I literally jumped at it and did a happy dance in the middle of the craft barn) and some yellow yarn in Pearl and Bamboo dk from Sublime to finish my Nikki Trench bag and a couple of real luxury items.. A rosewood crochet hook from Lantern Moon and the Holiday Crochet book from Rowan. I have looked at the book for along time and I have finally got my mitts on it.. I love it! ( You can see that I went for a real Rowan spree! can’t you? :D)

But anyways back to topic.. I am now using the Tweed and my bag of cashmere blend yarn to create my sweater. A new adventure as I am trying to make my own pattern for it as I couldn’t find one that I liked so I am adapting my work to fit me. It is also a bottom up construction and I have never done one of these before so it is a little nerve wracking for me..Stay tuned for updates along the way.

In the first photo you will see my new project bag.. Find out whats inside in my next post. What are you doing this holiday weekend? I would love to hear from you.

A new challenge

 

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Hello Everyone

Yet another overdue post I know, For the last week I have been in the wet yet beautiful Lancashire countryside with the Princes Trust for a week of team building, new challenges and mud with heavy burst of rain . I began the Princes trust team programme 2 weeks ago, As some of you may know I have been unemployed for the last year. I have found the endless task of job hunting never ending and disheartening. I came upon a local article for the team programme in a newspaper and jumped at it. I am so glad I did. I have a sense of purpose again and I’m finally happy again. The Princes Trust set up by HRH Prince Charles in 1976, the trust helps young people throughout the UK from disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve their potential and work with communities to support their young people in their journey to the world of work and beyond.

The adventure week allows the team to get to know each other and work together to become a successful team and part of the last weeks activities was to confront our fears to become more confident people. To come out of our shells, to confront our fears and build up our confidence and self worth. I have also confronted a fear this past week.. Heights. I did a 300ft zipwire!! and to quote a friend ‘Are you crazy!!!?’ no, I am now going into week 3 of a 12 week course of community work, fundraising and work placements. I will keep you updated throughout the course.

I know I am a team member so now i’m going to prove it.

 

All of this means that I have less time to crochet, I will hopefully have some finished projects and other items for you soon. Thank you to everyone for your comments and reactions to my stash. My stash has since grown because I went to a big yarn sale with my mum last weekend. I bought some new yarn from Rowan for a new cardigan. I will show all of you soon.

 

 

 

 

 

Let me introduce you to a friend

Let me introduce you to a friend

Moving aside from Crochet, for a moment I want to introduce you to Scooby, he is a Guide dog puppy and he is 8 weeks old.

I am sponsoring Scooby because I know the work that the Guide Dog charity do and that everyday more and more people are going blind. He will become the best friend anyone could wish for. I am sponsoring Scooby because of the good work I know he will do, he will be someone’s best friend. He will change someones life forever. I would like to think that someone would help me in that situation. However I do have to admit..Isn’t he gorgeous.. 😀

I will let you know of his progress.

When is a stash, not a stash? That is the question

When is a stash, not a stash? That is the question

My name is Emma and this is my confession.. In the entire time that I have been crocheting and writing this blog. I have amassed this.. This is my stash.

Where do you stand on Stashes..? Do you have one? or do you buy for each project? My aim is to keep my stash to within the red basket. It has been added to gradually.. I can’t help it.. There is some gorgeous yarn out there waiting to be discovered! The fibre that features the most is Alpaca. I just love it. Its so warm but very light to wear. What is your favourite fibre. I have also discovered that I love the finer yarns.. Lots of 4ply and lace feature the most.

Ravelry is such an enabler I love the forums and patterns. Not to mention reading about your projects, Following all my favourite bloggers.

I would love to hear from you in the comments..