Learn to Crochet Workshops 2015

7th March 2015 Gallery Artemis, Cockermouth Cumbria – Learn to Crochet for Complete Beginners

I’m pleased to announce my first confirmed date for 2015 will be in my adopted home town of Cockermouth, Cumbria.

Gallery Artemis is a contemporary gallery and art space which supports local artists and makers and sells a range of jewellery, decorative pieces and paintings by local artists.

The class costs £45, which includes all the tools and materials you’ll need on the day. In addition to the basic skills and stitches, you’ll take away a kit to make a pair of wrist warmers.

The course runs from 10am until 4pm, with a break for lunch. All refreshments are provided, but please bring a packed lunch (or buy from one of the many delicious eateries on or near Main St).

You can book directly with Gallery Artemis by phone, or if you’re nearby why not pop in and take a peek at current exhibits, which include some gorgeous fused glass piece by my friend Helen, and my own boiled wool purses. A full listing and course description is available here.

Cockermouth is well served by public transport and has plenty of local parking. It is familiar to many yarn lovers as the home of Woolfest. I’ll be in Cockermouth all weekend, so if you’re tempted by the chance to learn to crochet, but will be travelling some distance, why not make a weekend of it? I’ll be happy to point you in the direction of some great local sites for yarn lovers, such as The Wool Clip in nearby Caldbeck.

For more details, you can email me (todhunter63[at]gmail.com or contact Yvette at the Gallery on 01900 267090

Hope to see you there.

Put Your Feet Up…

pouffesMr T are spending our third week here in Cockermouth (West Cumbria or “The Lake District” if you’re not sure where that is). We’re here under quite sad circumstances, but the enforced slower pace and chance to spend time with family has been very welcome. This is my adopted home town, being an “Army Brat” I never really settled anywhere, so this is a place I feel fond of, it’s familiar and welcoming. If things were different I could see us  setting up home here.

I’ll write about my daily walks around the town another day, but right now I wanted to share the story behind a pattern I designed which has just appeared in Knit Now issue 31.

I don’t submit knitting patterns very often, but when I saw the call out from Kate (editor), I thought these chunky pouffes might just be worth a go. Mr T approves of them as they serve a very practical purpose and the ones we have at home are just the right height to put your feet up and slouch on the sofa in front of a “Box Set” (currently Game of Thrones or the Good Wife, depending on our mood).

knit now pouffe

Kate suggested a yew yarn for the magazine version, Navia Chunky, which I hadn’t come across before and as there was a limited yardage available I stuck to the plain and simple version (click here for the Ravelry entry). Knitted in the round on circular needles, it would be very easy to adapt this to suit a budget yarn, or to incorporate a textured pattern. The originals were knitted in Sirdar Big Softie (the pale blue version) and Cygnet Seriously Chunky, but Rowan Big Wool would be ideal if you’re looking for a decent wool content. I have been sketching out a version with huge cables and ribs, which may eventually find its way on to my needles in time for next winter!

As there is only a limited amount of shaping (decreases to form the rounded top), this is a great project for a novice knitter. I have already helped a friend’s teenage daughter pick out some bright yarn to knit one for her bedroom and she tells me it’s a great post homework  project as “All you have to do is put on the tv, put your feet up and knit”!!

What a wise young lady she is…

Happy Knitting x