“Such fun” as Miranda of Miranda fame would say.
I am, of course, talking about the April Crochet Sanctuary .
I’ve been home two weeks and a smile still creeps across my face when I think of the fun we had.
If you haven’t been yet then you really must. Who can say “No” to unlimited yarn, unlimited tea, coffee, snacks, breakfast, lunch and a three course dinner, a workshop by a fabulous designer, plus extra treats and projects and best of all simply fabulous company!
When I checked into my room at Cranage Hall at 3pm I considered going for a swim in their amazing swimming pool. However, I had brought my Changing Tides blanket with me and as it was day one of the cal I couldn’t wait to get started. So I quickly unpacked, made myself a coffee and settled down to some crocheting.
Just before 5pm I headed down to reception to wait for the doors to the sanctuary to open. Most of the other ladies (we do get the odd men coming. Not that they’re ‘odd’ if you know what I mean!) had already arrived and I was so excited to see some people I knew from previous weekends.
Entering the sanctuary room is like entering paradise. It’s so relaxing. However I was a bit giddy as I’d seen a sneaky photo that revealed our goody bags were actually plastic shopping baskets. I have dreamed of laying my hands on one of these. Swoon………..
After a brief ice breaker introduction we were presented with our Friday night project. We each had a Hoooked handbag to make using stretchy t-shirt yarn. And hey presto it’s actually finished! I can see me making more things using this yarn. It’s actually fab!
Just look how big the Cranage Hall Estate’s portion of fish and chips is! Needless to say I did not manage to eat it all. It was exceedingly tasty though!
Saturday morning arrived and the sun was still shining for our morning workshop. This is always a unique crochet pattern written by Lynda-Rose and Lisa, our fabulous hosts of the Crochet Sanctuary and this month it was a very practical, but stylish crochet hook roll. One of these has been on my wish list for years so I was over the moon to be finally making one. This too is now a completed project and I suspect I will be making another one before too long. The theme for this weekend was spring, hence the bumble bee charm and honeycomb decoration.
It’s all go and after a delicious lunch in the restaurant, it was time to settle down ready for the guest designer’s afternoon workshop. I had met the lovely Alison Holloway before, whilst on a workshop at Wool Couture, so I was very much looking forward to discovering what she had planned for us this weekend. I’ll be honest, I’m not a massive amigurumi fan, but I always make an exception for Alison’s designs. There were so many ooh’s and aah’s travelling round the room when Alison revealed this little beauty, Lottie the Ladybird!
Another fantastic meal in the restaurant almost brought the day to an end, because as always we couldn’t resist popping back to the sanctuary for a couple more hours of crocheting. It’s such luxury to just sit and crochet without any of the interruptions one would normally get whilst at home. It’s also nice to just sit and chat, as everyone at the Sanctuary is happy to talk about yarn until the cows come home!
So what happens on Sunday I hear you ask. Well, there are no prizes for guessing that after breakfast we all head back to the Sanctuary room to do more chatting and crocheting! We generally use Sundays for finishing wips, or at least continuing with them. Finishing them isn’t always possible at the Sanctuary, but that’s what I love. We get to take our projects home and the magic continues for just a while longer.
Thanks for stopping by!
Amanda aka Mrs G x