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Sock Crochet Along 2018 - #SockCAL2018

Fay Dashper-Hughes

Sock Crochet Along 2018 - #SockCAL2018

Hello there Crochet Clan!  Some of you reading this blog may not be aware that I also host the Crochet Circle Podcast (Youtube for video version and Podbean for audio version).  I often host crochet alongs (CALs) over there and the latest one is about to start and it's all about crocheted socks.Here is everything you need to know about the #SockCAL2018:The #SockCAL2018 is nearly upon us.Blog hop - It kicks off on Saturday the 15th September with the first installment of the blog hop by Tamara from the Crafty Escapism blog. Every Saturday until the end of the CAL,...

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Winter Making by Emma Mitchell - book review

Fay Dashper-Hughes

Winter Making by Emma Mitchell - book review

Although this book was released in November 2017, I am only getting around to reviewing now because I have made/used three of the projects.  If you know me, you know that I won't review something until I have given it a good road test.  I bought this book from Loop London the day after it was launched in the same shop.  I bought it for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it is a multi-craft book with crochet patterns in it and I feel that this needed supporting.  All too often the woollen craft part of these types of publications is knitting...

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Wet blocking - the magic wand for your Criss-cross shawl

Fay Dashper-Hughes

Wet blocking - the magic wand for your Criss-cross shawl

The same project can vary greatly from one yarn to the next or one person to the next.  Even your level of relaxation can have a massive impact on your finished object (FO).  If you are crocheting or knitting whilst stressed, this can lead to tighter tension.  I wonder if the opposite is true?  Really chilled out crocheting time may lead to very relaxed tension and a looser fabric. If you look at the examples of the Criss-cross shawls that are on Instagram (#crisscross) or in Ravelry under projects, then you will see just how greatly the shawls differ.  Some...

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#BackToSchoolSweaterCAL update

Fay Dashper-Hughes

#BackToSchoolSweaterCAL update

I blinked and suddenly it's the 3rd of November.  It feels like the CAL started just a few days ago but it has been running for a number of weeks now. How is everyone getting on?  The Ravelry thread is full of chatter, WIPs, encouragement and the FOs are coming in thick and fast.  The WIP and FO threads are really very inspiring and for those that haven't yet tried a garment, it will definitely show you what is possible and how much support is available. I initially struggled with my choice of garment.  I started the Aberdeen Castle Cable...

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How is set up my local crafting group - Woolgathering Sandbach

Fay Dashper-Hughes

I promised to go through how I set up Woolgethering Sandbach as part of The Crochet Circle Podcast (Episode 22).  There was so much detail that I turned it into this blog post to support what was said on the podcast. I had been going to crochet classes and suggested to the other attendees that we continue to meet up and craft together every couple of weeks.  Given that it was my suggestion, it was up to me to find the location. Location:  At first I was going to house the group in a local cafe but although the space was...

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