This time last week I was hastily packing the last few things into my suitcase so that I could set off for my relaxing weekend at the Crochet Sanctuary. Unfortunately in my excitement I completely forgot to pack my toothbrush and toothpaste!! What a forgetful ninny I am. Thankfully the wonderful receptionist at Cranage Hall Estate came to my rescue. They have a secret stash available to people who may have a brain like a sieve, just like me!
I am a big fan of these weekends, fabulously hosted by Lynda (of Lynda’s Craft Room) and Lisa (of Wee House of Crochet) and may have been once or twice before…..! It is an absolute joy to spend the entire weekend with likeminded individuals, doing little more than chatting, crocheting, drinking coffee and eating. Of course, if you feel so inclined you can always take advantage of the hotel’s amazing swimming pool facilities, where they even have GDH hair straighteners in the changing rooms! I have to confess I have yet to wake up early enough to take advantage of a morning dip, as I just love the novelty of having the enormous bed all to myself. It is pure bliss.
It’s worth noting that everything is included in the price (apart from alcoholic/soft drinks with your lunch and evening meals). Water is always provided during mealtimes so there really is no need to spend another penny the whole weekend. There is always coffee/tea/juice/water available at the sanctuary and a constant supply of cookies and pastries too! Handy when you’re ready to stretch your legs during the mammoth crocheting sessions!
We were allocated a different room in the hotel for the sanctuary on this occasion, but I have to say I did rather like it. It was very bright and airy and we had a fantastic view of one of the weddings taking place outside on the Saturday.
As a child life seemed to be full of surprises, but those magical moments become few and far between once you’re an adult with ‘grown up’ responsibilities. However, for me that all changes when I step inside the Crochet Sanctuary. We never know what projects have been lined up for us and diving into our goody bags is like Christmas morning!
September’s Goody Bag
At the September Crochet Sanctuary our main project was Mabel bunny using the gorgeous yarn from Wool Couture and pattern from petalscraftsandme. Oh my what a luxurious treat. In our goody bag we found a hot water bottle. Hmm a little strange I thought. But it all made sense on Saturday morning when we were presented with patterns and a choice of yarns to crochet a hot water bottle cover!! There was also a pattern, yarn (Knitcraft Shiny Dancer) and dried lavender to make a scented lavender pillow. PLUS everything else you can see in the photo above. Can you understand now why I love the goody bags so much?
After a delicious lunch in the hotel restaurant, we headed back to the sanctuary for an afternoon workshop with the super talented designer Heather aka Keep Calm and Crochet On UK and one half of the Dear Ewe company. Her surprise project for us was to make our very own ‘Relaxing Ralph’ cat with his very own hammock. There was much talk all afternoon of attaching little ‘suckers’ to the hammock so that we could have ‘Ralph’ relaxing in the back of our cars! We gave all our ‘Ralph’s’ different names, and I decided to call mine Julian. His legs and arms were protruding at different angles and he vaguely resembled Julian Clary…… or so I thought! Here is Julian relaxing in my craft room.
Sunday was spent with everyone chatting to old friends and new whilst working on the project of their choice. Most of us spent the morning finishing our Relaxing Ralph whilst others worked on their Mabel bunny. All too soon it was time to say goodbye and take some photographs of our projects (just to prove we didn’t spend the entire weekend talking and eating!) As always we all left laden with new projects and a few extra balls of yarn to add to our stash at home.
What more can say, other than…… Roll on November! As yes, I’m booked on that one too! Here are a few more photographs from a fantastic weekend. xx