#WIPvember · crochet · knitting

#WIPvember… TIPS AND TRICKS

WIPvember starts in only 2 days! So I’m going to share some tips and tricks that I hope will help you choose your WIPs to work on during #WIPvember, and how much you want to achieve.

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  1. GET YOUR WIPS OUT!

Firstly, I think it is useful to pull out all of your WIPS and have a good old look at what you’ve got. Then you can decide what you really need to get done soon rather than later, which WIPs you can leave for longer, and which ones you might want to frog.

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Here is a photo of my wooly WIPs (embroidery and sewing not included). I took this photo a few weeks ago, so I have actually finished a few, and added a few since it was taken, but you get the idea – I’m snowed under with WIPs.

2. FROG!

Sometimes when you have had WIPs in a pile for a long time, when you pull them out again, you may not feel the same love for them as you once did. Looking through this messy pile, I found an old knitted scarf that I started this time last year when I was learning how to knit again; my tension has changed since I started it, and I also didn’t know to slip the first stitch of each row to stop the edges from curling… so that got frogged. I will start it again differently when I don’t have so many WIPs. I was also working on some crocheted socks for the #SockCAL2018 using some lovely Fine Fish Yarn that I bought specially for the sock-along at Yarndale. However I really wasn’t loving the process of crocheting socks. The fit wasn’t great and I loved the yarn so much – I want to use it on a project I know I’m going to love. After a week of trying to persevere, I had a nightmare about these socks and woke up realising I really need to frog these. So I did. I wanted to continue with these socks to fly the flag for crochet but I don’t think my troll feet are suited to crochet socks (or maybe I haven’t found the right pattern yet). And it wasn’t a problem with the pattern, just me. I’m not saying I’m never going to try and crochet socks again, but whilst I’m trying to clear out my WIP list, and get ready for Christmas… stressing over a pair of crocheted socks is nonsensical.

3. DON’T CHOOSE EVERYTHING!

After you’ve decided if you want to frog any projects, you may have already decreased the length of your WIP List – if so, well done. Then I went through my list (I have a long list) and decided which WIPs were on a ‘must-get-finished’ list and which were not so important. As it is coming up to Christmas, I have to include a couple of presents into my list to get finished in time, which meant pushing a few of the longer-standing WIPs back to the bottom of the pile. Put away any projects that don’t need to be finished straight away so they’re out of sight and out of mind, and pick 4 or 5 to work on. When you’ve done this, you can start to set targets for #WIPvember. Of course, if you want to just get on with it and not plan like an obsessive control freak, then go ahead… 😉 But I do love a bit of organisation 😀 Which leads me onto my next tip.

 

4. SET SMART TARGETS!

Use SMART targets to set your goals, so that you can actually accomplish tasks through #WIPvember.

  • Specific – Don’t be vague with what you want to achieve. If you want to finish a blanket, then that’s what you want to achieve. If you want to crochet 30 rows, then write it down. Don’t pick goals like ‘make progress on scarf’ or ‘work on shawl if I feel like it’.
  • Measurable – By making goals measurable, it easier to know when you’ve accomplished your goal. – ‘knit socks to 16cm’ is an easy goal to tick off, whereas ‘crochet blanket’ isn’t. If you are intending on working on a blanket, break it down into smaller tasks such as colour repeats, or sections (suck as total Granny squares to complete) so that you can cross each task off the list as you go to keep yourself motivated.
  • Achievable – Don’t set un-achievable goals. If you work full time, chances are you only get a little time in the evenings, and weekends to work on your WIPs. Don’t challenge yourself to 3 blankets, 4 shawls and 2 pairs of socks. It isn’t going to happen. Which leads onto the next point…
  • Realistic – Be realistic. Think of what time you have to work on your WIPs and what you can realistically achieve. If you have 5 WIPs to work on, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you will have 5 finished WIPs by the end of #WIPvember. But you can still make progress on all 5; and that is still an accomplishment to be proud of.
  • Time – This challenge is time measurable as we have a month to make progress, but if you want to be more specific; break the month down into weeks. Give yourself a week to work on each WIP or give yourself deadlines to keep yourself focused.

5. DON’T COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS!

Please don’t compare yourself to others. It is so easy to do when everything is online; but you really only get to see a snapshot of someone’s life, and we’re all different. We all have unique projects, skills, and lives, and one may have the time and ability to complete a whole blanket in a month whereas another may only be able to get halfway through a scarf. It doesn’t matter! Every bit of progress throughout #WIPvember is fantastic, and worth sharing.

6. ENJOY YOURSELF AND MEET NEW PEOPLE!

Don’t stress. Enjoy the invigorating feeling of smashing through your WIPs, and interacting with others on the same mission through Instagram. Follow others using the #WIPvember hashtag and comment and encourage each other – you may make some new friends, and meet new people. We’re all in the same boat, and we all love the same crafts. Have fun, and enjoy the process of ticking WIPs off your list, and having brand new FOs!

Once you’ve decided on you WIP list for #WIPvember, don’t forget to share to your IG feed and stories using the list template below, and the hashtag #WIPvember 🙂 We’ll be sharing our WIP lists on the 1st 😀

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Have fun digging through your WIPs (or WIP mountains in my case) In my next blog post I’ll share with you what I plan on acheiving through November.

Love Charlie, Xx

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Socks, Socks, Socks…

The last few weeks, I’ve had nothing but socks on my brain. With the Sockcal2018/sockalong2018 running throughout October, it was the perfect opportunity for me to try and grasp sock construction. I’ve also used this month to get my head around knitting in general a little better, seeing as one of my new year’s resolutions this year was to improve my knitting. Anyway, here’s a really quick blog post to show you what I’ve been up to…

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As I’ve mentioned in an earlier blog post, and on my Instagram, I tried to fly the flag for crochet and make crochet socks… but I failed. I don’t think I was in the right frame of mind, used the best pattern for my troll feet or chose the right yarn for what is most likely going to be yet another pair of sacrificial crochet socks… That is until I get to grips with the construction of crochet socks. I think crochet socks will have to wait until next year. I have a suspicion that the reason I am finding it so difficult  to make a crochet sock that fits – is because I haven’t quite got the full understanding of sock anatomy yet. I’m hoping that once I’ve knit a few, I will understand the construction better.

I have however finished a pair of socks for Katie using a Backyard Fibreworks MCN yarn in the colour way Trading Post that Claudia kindly gifted to me at Valentines. I used a short row heel for these socks as this is the heel I used for my first knitted socks I made last year. This yarn is delicious. It is so soft! And Katie says it’s 100% toastie.

I have now started making Katie a pair of Christmas socks in West Yorkshire Spinners ‘Holly Berry’ using Winwick Mum’s Simple sock pattern yet. I wanted to learn how to do a heel flap and gusset even though it terrifies me. But with Christine’s easy step by step instructions, I’ve managed it! Now I just need to carry on with the foot and toes…

I do have a few sock WIPs lined up for the future though, and I am trying to learn something new (and a little more advanced) on each of them.

When I have finished Katie’s Christmas socks with the heel flap, I want to make myself some Christmas socks with contrasting heels, cuffs and toes… therefore learning how to change colour when knitting.

Then I would like to make the Vanilla Latte socks by Virginia Rose-Jeanes learning to put a bit of a pattern into the sock.

Eventually, I’d like to make Fay’s Mini Mania socks, and then attempt to learn some simple colour work, I’d also like to learn how to make a few different types of heel to see which one I prefer. Although the short row is an easy heel to knit, I feel as though I do not execute it well, and even though there are no holes, it is a bit to gappy (is this even a real word?) for my liking. Although my recent socks are a lot less holey and baggy as my first pair of socks which I made last year.

Eventually, I would like to start knitting shawls and I feel that by learning these skills in socks I will build myself up to shawls. I still have no desire to knit garments or to learn cables… but a few years ago I had no desire to knit anything – so who knows! Crochet will always be my first love – but I am enjoying learning new skills and techniques.

At the moment, sock knitting is absolutely addictive! I am really enjoying the speed, and size of the project, and how transferable they are. I love that I can do a few rows on my lunch break, and each small sit-in amounts very quickly to a sock.

If you know any beginner sock patterns that you think I would enjoy please share in the comments or Instagram or even find me on Ravelry – lovecharlieblog 🙂

Love Charlie, Xx

#WIPvember · crochet

#WIPvember… Are you Joining?

  • Have you got a never-ending pile of WIPs?
  • Do you keep picking up new projects to start before finishing another?
  • Have you got to make gifts for Christmas?
  • Do you crochet or knit and want to make some progress?
  • Do you enjoy taking part in CALs, KALs, MALs and finish-alongs?
  • Are you ready to be honest about how many half finished projects you have?
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Coming Soon… 

If you answered yes to any or all of the above then you should join the #WIPvember finish-along. Co-hosted by Hannah @andintothetrees, Caroline @poppyseedsbeads, Zahra @tinyanasthetist and myself, Charlie @lovecharlie.co – the #WIPvember finish along runs from 01.11.18 to 30.11.18, and encourages you to grab those pesky WIPs that have been pushed to the bottom of your bag and get them finished. End the year on a high feeling fantastic because you’ve finished your projects. (P.s then you can start 2019 with a fresh list of new WIPs.)

Where is #WIPvember taking place?

So, the finish along is taking place on Instagram, and starts on the 1st November, when we will share our ‘I’m joining’ badges which you can share too to let people know you’re taking part.

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‘I’m Joining’ badge to share on Instagram…

Are there prizes?

No, there are no prizes in this CAL/KAL/MAL as it is not a competition, just a safe space where you can be honest about how many WIPs you have and what you want to get finished. We will provide support and tips and tricks to help you get on, and at the end of each week throughout #WIPvember we will share a collage of your WIPs that you have shared on Instagram…

How will we know what you’ve shared?

Well you can use the hashtag #WIPvember on your WIPs and FOs throughout November we will pick up on your posts. Feel free to use any other hashtags you like, but this is the hashtag we will be following. Following a hashtag on Instagram is great fun as any posts with the hashtag will appear on your feed. (Just search for WIPvember and select tags underneath the search bar – then click #wipvember and click follow) It is a great way of meeting new people and making more crafty friends. Also, you can help encourage other WIP-aholics on this challenge by sharing your own knowledge and advice.

How else can you get involved?

You can post your WIP lists to your Instagram stories by sharing this image and over-writing your list. (You can share more than one if your list is too long.)

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I can’t wait for the finish-along to get started, I have many WIPs and I’d like to get a few finished before the end of the year. I also need to make a few gifts for Christmas, and if I have time, I’d like to make a few decorations for the tree. I’m also looking forward to seeing how many WIPs other people have, and whether I am normal in having my excessive list.

In my next blog post, I will be sharing some advice on how to set your goals for WIPvember.

Will you be joining?

Love Charlie, Xx

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Free Autumnal Crochet Patterns

This is really part two of the blog post I posted yesterday. I wanted to combine Halloween and Autumn patterns, but there are so many wonderful patterns out there that I had to split it in two.

10 Free Autumn Crochet Patternswww.lovecharlie.co

Here are my favourite free Fall crochet patterns that I have found. I wish I could make them all… but it’ my own fault, I have too many WIPs already. I’m preparing for a co-hosted finish-along so I really shouldn’t be starting anything new. So I have to enable you instead! 😉

I love the look of all crocheted garlands, but I think that crocheted acorns are adorable. When I see crocheted garlands I wish we had a fireplace so I could make some for each season and hang it up…

Acorn Wreath by Kate Eastwood

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Lucy at Attic 24 seems to have a knack for designing perfect autumn patterns, taking inspiration from nature and using shapes and colours to influence her designs. I have shared three of her patterns as I love how easy her patterns are to read, and how accessible they are. I have already started the Woodland blanket earlier in the year, but it is taking it’s place on the back burner whilst I focus on getting through a few other WIPs. (I told you I’m out of control)

Woodland Blanket by Lucy at Attic24

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Autumn Garland by Lucy at Attic 24

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Autumn Wreath by Lucy at Attic 24

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Here are couple of Autumnal blanket patterns. I love how unique the stitches are in both of these patterns, and I love how warm and homely these colours are.

Autumnal Throw by Amy Gunderson

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Autumn Fields Throw by Roseanna Beck

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I know I already shared Lucy’s Autumn Wreath, but this one is a lot simpler if you prefer a pared down look. And of course I absolutely LOVE the burgundy bow at the top!

Autumn Morning Wreath by Ashleigh Kiser at Sewrella

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I made this cardigan by Alexandra Tavel last year, and I love how snuggly it is. It is literally a blanket that you wear! Perfect for curling up watching movies while it’s raining outside.

Movie Night Cocoon Cardi by Alexandra Tavel at Two of Wands

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Here is another pattern by Alexandra Tavel, which has been in my Library on Ravelry for a fair few years now. I should really make this one as I drool over it everytime I see it. I love that it is such a fashion statement and the size of it means that it’s sure to keep you warm.

Coffee Shop Wrap by Alexandra Tavel at Two of Wands

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Once again, here’s another shawl that has been in my Library for a long time. I saw this shawl at Yarndale too, and it looks even nicer in person. I think this is going to have to go on my WIP list for next year.

Secret Paths Shawl by Johanna Lindahl

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Disclosure: I do not own any of the photos in this blog post, nor do I claim to. All designers are credited. I just wanted to show you some of the patterns I’ve made, or had my eye on for a while.  Crochet designers put in a lot of work to release patterns for free and I am extremely grateful. Please click on the links in this post to show these designers some love.

Love Charlie, Xx

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Free Halloween Crochet Patterns…

I’m busy hooking up a sugar skull Rag Doll for my friend Sam @a_stitchin_time_and_space  as she LOVES anything Halloween, and I thought that this weekend I would share some of the free crochet patterns I’ve found on the internet so you can all get busy before Halloween arrives too. I also wanted to share Autumn patterns in this post but found so many Halloween patterns that my Autumn themed blog post will have to go into a ‘Part 2’.

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I’ve found 12 free crochet patterns that are cute, scary and easy to make.

1. Spin a Yarn Crochet’s latest design is perfect for Halloween. I tagged Sam and Claudia in this post on Instagram as I knew they’d love it. Sam mostly knits, so she asked me if I could make this for her. Of course I said yes… I’m hoping to finish it before Halloween for her.

Sugar Skull Rag Doll by @spinayarncrochet

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2. How cute is this little Dracula? Jillian at Spin a Yarn Crochet makes fantastic rag doll patterns that are easy to make, and guaranteed to look perfect when done.

Vampire Rag Doll by @spinayarncrochet

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3.  Another pattern by Spin a Yarn Crochet here. This little Frankenstein is even cuter than the Dracula. I have made several of Jillian’s patterns now and they are written very well and easy to follow. Check out her other patterns here…

Frankenstein Rag Doll by @spinayarncrochet

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4. I’ve been seeing crocheted pumpkins all over Instagram recently and they are so adorable and make great seasonal decorations. If I didn’t have so many WIPs I would love to make a few of these to put on the window sill at home. This pattern by the Caron Design Team for  Yarnspirations seems to be very popular, and you can see why…

Harvest Pumpkins by Yarnspirations

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5.  Here’s another popular pumpkin pattern. It looks as though the structure for this one is slightly different but just as cute. There is even a tutorial for making a needle-felt pumpkin…

Pumpkin Pattern by Petals to Picots

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6. How amazing is this spooky blanket? Perfect for wrapping the children up with a hot drink when they get back from trick or treating…

Halloween Throw by Michele Wilcox for Red Heart

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7 & 8. Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me has designed two brilliant wreaths, although I have to say I prefer the cat one 🙂

Bat Wreath Pattern by Repeat Crafter Me

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Black Cat Wreath Pattern by Repeat Crafter Me

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9.  This blanket by Rilla Edwards is a great project if you’re taking part in Zeens & Rogers C2C CAL, and is not only perfect for Halloween, but for the whole of Autumn.

Fall Corner to Corner Blanket by Rilla Edwards

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10. Look at the detail in this lacy shawl. I know a few people who would like this one…

Skull Shawl by kungen och majkis

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11. This bowl is one of my favourite Halloween patterns, and if I had the time I would be making this one and filling it full or sweets for the trick or treaters. It is so cute!

Ghostly Candy Bowl by Michele Wilcox for Red Heart

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12. Finally, I found this coaster pattern which would be great if you were throwing a Halloween themed party. I think they would look brilliant stringed up to make ghoulish bunting too…

Ghost Coasters by Kara Gunza for Red Heart

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Disclosure: I do not own any of the photos in this blog post, nor do I claim to. All designers are credited. I just wanted to show some of the cute and spooky patterns you can make for Halloween. Crochet designers put in a lot of work to release patterns for free and I am extremely grateful. Please click on the links in this post to show these designers some love.

Have a creepy time hooking these projects! Happy Halloween!

Love Charlie, Xx

 

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Yarndale 2018…

 

I can’t believe Yarndale was 2 weeks ago already. I think I’m going to struggle to find the right words to describe how perfect this weekend away was – but I’ll have a go. There are a lot of photos in this blog post, so if you didn’t manage to get to Yarndale this year, I hope my blog post gives you an idea of what it was like. Also, throughout this post I have linked my friend’s Instagram accounts so please go and have a look at all these amazing people.

FRIDAY

On the Friday I traveled up to Skipton with Fay @crochet_circle_podcast, Sam, a_stitchin_time_and_space and Bec @pixicactus. Unfortunately the lovely Sharon @mycrochetmakes couldn’t make it. When we arrived in surprisingly sunny Yorkshire, we wandered around Skipton paying a little visit to Pearl & Jane and Coolcrafting before landing in Alexanders.

Alexanders…

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Alexanders is a beautiful restaurant on the side of the canal, and we found a table in the sunshine and drank some gin and pulled out our WIPs. Coincidentally, we were all knitting socks. What a site! Four women sitting in the sun drinking and knitting in a fancy restaurant. Isn’t this what dreams are made of?

The time came around for us to go and find our accommodation which was set in a beautiful location of an old fashioned, quaint village called Airton, next to the river in an old mill building. Thank you Fay for taking the time to find us a beautiful place to stay, and for driving us up the M6 whilst we got to sit, knit, crochet and take in the scenery.

The Mill Apartment – Sykes Cottages

This was the view from my bedroom window…

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Friday evening we settled in our PJs with homemade sourdough bread and cheese scones (Thanks Fay) homemade quiche (Thanks to Sam’s daughter) and a baked Camembert and cheeseboard (Thanks Bec) I’d like to put up a picture here of our amazing buffet but we immediately stuffed our faces with cheesy bready goodness. The fridge looked hilarious stacked with naughty treats; cheese, olives, cider, chocolate and wine. We also attempted to convince Sam that ‘The Good Place’ is a fantastic binge-worthy programme on Netflix.

SATURDAY

Saturday morning came around, and we arrived at Skipton Auction Mart bright and breezy, caffeinated and ready for shopping! It was Saturday that I finally got to meet Claudia @crochetluna and she is so real, and full of colour, love and life. I also got to meet Sophie of @aspringsnowflake who is so un-apologetically positive, and delightful to be around. Between these two I was gifted a handful of badges and a mini skein of Woolfy Wool Yarn. [THANK YOU!] Sheepiness was in the air… and we were ready for the doors to open, all equipped with our weekend wristbands, shopping bags at the ready and wooly enthusiasm.

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Saturday was filled with yarn squishing, sniffing and shopping. I made a dash for Vicki Brown to get a skein of her popular Hendricks 4ply, and then to Riverknits to pick out colours for one of Fay’s new shawl designs. I had a list of things I wanted to get whilst at Yarndale, and I managed to get everything bar a ball of West Yorkshire Spinners Candy Cane Christmas sock yarn as it is now discontinued. Saturday morning Claudia and myself did a fair bit of enabling  and had a [very] successful shopping spree.

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I bought another knitpro symfonie short circular so I can knit two socks at the same time in an attempt to relieve second sock syndrome. At lunch time, we met outside with picnic blankets and packed lunches and despite the cool wind, we had a wonderful time meeting fellow crafters. Rosina @zeensandrogers and Tamara @craftyescapism met us, Kathryn @crafternoontreats, Nicola, @creative.explorer, Fiona, @fizxcrail, Lynsey @andthentherewasmorgan, Eleanora, @coastalcrcrochet and many others. The #sockalong2018 had officially started and many of us pulled out the beginnings of crocheted and knitted sock WIPs.

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It is the nicest feeling to feel as though your online community is together in person like a little family. Claudia had made us Crochet Clan badges to unite us, and we really missed all of our friends from around the world that couldn’t be with us.

Saturday evening arrived and Chrissie @chrissie_crafts had arranged a get-together in a Skipton-local called The Railway Inn. Here we met up with Becci and Markus @Riverknitsuk, Vicki Brown @vickibrowndesigns, Joanne Scrace @notsogranny and more amazing crafty people to have a meal and a drink. The food and service was amazing! Fresh, homemade, hearty British pub grub with the best company. We even gained a new member of the Crochet Clan; Kate @kcrofton. I would definitely recommend this pub for future Yarndale adventures.

After Sophie had tackled her humongous sticky toffee pudding, we decided it was time to leave so we could commence our Pyjama party back at the Mill Apartment. Claudia joined us on the Saturday evening for a sleepover and it looked like Christmas by the time we had all finished showing our wares to each other. However nobody’s haul could beat Claudia’s! 🙂

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We sat around in our PJs, drinking, eating sweet treats from Escondido, and finished the evening with Tequila shots (yes, we committed ourselves to salt and lime, and yes it was delicious).

SUNDAY

Sunday morning we enjoyed a coffee in the Farm shop next to the Auction Mart, and went in for round 2. I had already bought most of the things I wanted on the Saturday, so on Sunday I had a focused list of where I needed to go. John Arbons, another trip to Fine Fish, another trip to Vicki Browns and a search for some Aran for Hannah @thecosycottagecrochet new Mirage cowl/hat pattern which she kindly gifted to me recently. We had another picnic which was a lot colder than Saturday’s but got to meet the lovely @browneyedgirlgb who gave me the cutest magnet which I will put in my craft room. She also brought tasty homemade cookies. For the rest of the afternoon, I settled in the knit and natter area where Lucy @attic24 was vending with Wool Warehouse and worked on my knitted socks. (I know i’m working with the dark side here… but I am also crocheting socks too!)

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We were exhausted by this point, and ready to go home despite having the best weekend. Yarn shopping is tiring work , don’t you know 😉 So many thanks to Fay for driving our sleepy bums back to Cheshire. I think the stop for Coffee and Krispy Creme doughnuts was essential and the sugar boost was needed. I can’t explain the feeling of belonging I felt with 3 women I’ve only know for a year – but feel so incredibly at home with and comfortable around. Our #crochetclan is more than just people with a common interest (or yarn addiction) – it’s a family bursting with love, creativity and compassion.

Anywhere, here’s a quick round-up of what I bought…

My favourite vendors were Vicki Brown, Fine Fish Yarns, John Arbon Textiles and River Knits. I’ve probably missed out tonnes but oh well… I’ll just have to go back next year 😉

Love Charlie, Xx

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Bob the Blood Blob – Free Crochet Pattern

Crochet for Charity…

Earlier in the year, I was approached by Leukaemia Care UK with regards to #SpotLeukaemia which is Blood Cancer awareness month that takes place annually in September. Although this blog post is late, it has taken me a long time to write as I wanted to get it right. This is a sensitive subject, but so very important, and better late than never.  It doesn’t have to be September for you to be aware, and able to support such an amazing charity.

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#SpotLeukaemia is a campaign to help raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of Leukaemia and how to spot it earlier rather than later. I was asked if I could design a crocheted ‘mascot’ that people could make and share to help fund-raise and promote  education and understanding for this cause.

“September was the official month for the #Spotleukaemia campaign, but why not continue to raise awareness for this critical disease?”

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I was delighted and thought a small plush would be perfect as it would be easy to make, require few materials, and great for beginners through to advanced crocheters. I chose a blood drop as it can easily be visually related to the cause and is symbolic of the blood cancer.

Read an article about Bob the Blood Blob here…

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Make him and give him to local hospitals (enquire first) or make him and sell him to raise money for Leukaemia care UK (donate here). Or give him to friends and family – he is extremely cute after all. (I’ve just made one for my uncle who works in phlebotomy). Leukaemia Care UK is a fantastic charity that focuses on carrying the emotional strain that Leukaemia enforces on patients and their families and continues to support those in need and provide answers and advice. This charity aims to improve lives through earlier diagnosis, access to effective treatments, information and support. Please head over to their website to read more. https://www.leukaemiacare.org.uk/

Spot Leukaemia

Click here for a printable Free Bob the Blood Blob crochet pattern…

Many people have been making Bob already…

 

However there is one Bob that caught my attention When I saw that a little girl called Arabella had been made a Bob, I approached Arabella’s mum to ask a bit about her back story.

Arabella was diagnosed with Leukaemia when she was only 4 years old in May 2018. She was transferred to Adenbrookes hospital where she received her first round of chemotherapy as a clinical trial. Unfortunately this was unsuccessful and she was put in a high risk group. She underwent a second round of chemotherapy before being transferred to Bristol for a stem cell transplant, despite non of her siblings being compatible for a match. Arabella had only 4 possible matches from the DKMS register, however her condition was so critical that her consultants didn’t want to risk the wait. Arabella undertook a transplant using an umbilical cord instead and was doing really well; however contracted a virus and chest infection soon after. She is now doing better and has been transferred back to Adenbrookes Hospital, which is one step closer to home for this incredible family. Arabella loved her Bob, and by making Bob you can help raise awareness for Leukaemia and in turn support little girls like Arabella and their astonishingly strong families.

Follow Arabella’s progress here… ‘Arabella Scannell Blog’

If you follow my blog, or my Instagram or YouTube, please support me by taking 1 day (Seriously… Bob can be made in one sit-in) out of your crochet plans to make a Bob and post a picture using the hashtags #spotleukaemia and #bobthebloodblob

Let’s show Instagram how thoughtful and caring our crochet community is. Please tag @lovecharlie.co and @leukaemiacareuk

Find me on Ravelry to upload photos of your Bob…

Love Charlie, Xx