My visit to The Crochet Sanctuary


Sooo today I want to tell you about the wonderful weekend I had at The Crochet Sanctuary  What’s this I hear you cry! What on earth is a Crochet Sanctuary? Is it a sacred place for humans to crochet all day long? Well yes – that’s EXACTLY what it is. The Crochet Sanctuary is a place for like minded people to congregate in a state of pure relaxation and enjoy crochet aplenty.

You may remember that the lovely Mr. KCACO-UK bought me a day pass last year as a treat for a weekend in February. So last weekend hooks in hand and in a wild state of anticipation I made my way to the beautiful Cranage Hall in Crewe.

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The Crochet Sanctuary is the brainchild of the very lovely Lisa from The Wee House of Crochet and Lynda-Rose of Lyndas Craftroom.  It runs from Friday evening at 5pm until Sunday afternoon with day passes, like mine, on a Saturday from 10am until 6pm.  All snacks, drinks and lunch are included along with unlimited yarn (!!!), and there is also workshops and guest designers. Too much awesomeness right?!?

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Anyway back to my day…I got to the sanctuary and I was shown the way into a side room (with crochet bunting adorning the door) and once inside I was initially rather taken a back to find a room  full of people all ready and eager to crochet. I don’t know why I was so surprised, that is after all what the day was about, but it was just a completely new crochet scenario I suppose as I usually crochet alone (boo hoo). 

I think there was about 25 of us in total and as the day was about to start I quickly made myself at home on a sofa that, like all the other chairs in the room, were made up with crochet blankets and comfy cushions. We were encouraged to bring slippers before hand which I thought was lovely and many people did.

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We went straight into our first workshop, which was to choose a wonderful TOFT Edwards Menagerie amigurumi kit, and then it was hooks a-go-go.  I didn’t really mind what animal I ended up with, though I thought it would be nice to make something I haven’t already made (Hippo and Parrot), and in the end I ended up with the extremely cute Simon the Sheep.

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So the rest of the morning was taken up with working on our respective amigurumi projects – or if that wasn’t something you were really interested in there was yarn and other pattern books available so you could work on something different.

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There were breaks for tea and coffee and snacks and  lemonade / pink lemonade to quench our thirst and a fabulous pick and mix cart full of sweets of which we could help ourselves too. Our hosts really had tried to think of everything to make us happy and then some! 

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We were all given a gift of an electronic row counter and the cutest gummy bear stitch marker to use on our projects. This unfortunately I promptly lost whilst I was there, it certainly didn’t make it home with me – it’s quite possibly down the sofa I was sitting on if anyone wants to check. 

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I so so enjoyed chatting with everyone around me – it’s so refreshing to speak to people who don’t glaze over when you are talking about crochet or yarn and enjoy talking about it as much as you. And then it was 1pm and lunchtime! The morning went sooooooo fast! 

We enjoyed a delicious lunch and then it was back to a new workshop with the lovely Coastal Crochet who I’d been looking forward to meet.  We went back into the room which had been transformed by a most wonderful display of pebbles and yarn as Eleanora brought a bit of the seaside with her – and she’d also created a playlist to accompany the afternoon with seaside themed songs.

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Our workshop was to crochet around pebbles which I have had ago at before and enjoyed and as I have a bit of a pebble obsession was really pleased to try again. Eleanora had created five exclusive patterns for the workshop, and much to my delight, we were working with Scheepjes Catona which is one of my favourite yarns to work with.

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I made two of the most delightful pebble cosies (is that I thing – can I claim that?) and they are now adorning my desk at home and work as paperweights.

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There was a little bit of time left after that for chatting and working on whatever project we wanted to and then before I knew it (and way before I was ready to leave even though my time was up) Mr. KCACO-UK was outside ready to take me home.

Goodbye’s were said to all and with a goodie bag from the lovely Lisa and Lynda-Rose in hand I had to bid The Crochet Sanctuary a fond farewell.  All in all a thoroughly wonderful day which I was lucky enough to share with the most wonderful group of people!

Just in case you were wondering what happened to Simon the Sheep – I finished him off when I got home and he turned out SUPER cute!

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So if you are looking for a weekend of yarn, crochet, relaxation and just pure wonderfulness I can heartily recommend a visit to The Crochet Sanctuary. All the new dates for 2018 have now been added to the website here.

AND now I’m going to share my ultra exciting news!! If you’ve ever fancied finding out a bit more about the person behind these blog posts well now you can. The September Crochet Sanctuary 2018 will feature a workshop by ME! That’s right, I’m stepping into my presenting (crocheted?) shoes to deliver an interactive workshop with a brand new crochet design made especially for the day.  And I for one cannot wait wait to go back to  The Crochet Sanctuary. 

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Keep Calm and Crochet On U.K’s 4th Blog Anniversary Celebration | Week 4


CELEBRATING MY 4TH BLOG ANNIVERSARY 

WITH 4 WEEKS OF GIVEAWAYS!

So we are approaching the end of the giveaway with only a couple of prizes left up for grabs, I’ll tell you about the next one momentarily but first I need to tell you who the winner is of the Medieval Colour rainbow yarn pack. And that is…as picked by the fun random wheel of fortune name picker….

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Congratulations to you! I’ve sent you an email for your address details so I can get your prize out to you – and now onto the next prize (woo hoo!)

Week 4 is sponsored by Wulla Yarns who have generously donated a set of their amazing neon jumbo hooks. You may remember that I reviewed the yarn and created the free Wulla Wreath pattern in collaboration with them last year.

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One lucky reader will receive a 15cm, a 20cm and a 25cm of these fabulous loud and proud hooks  – you are lucky to be getting this one as I want to keep them aalllll!

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Here’s how you can enter:

To enter, leave a comment at the end of this post telling me what you’d like to make with these awesome jumbo hooks.

To gain a sneaky extra entry, head on over to my KCACOUK Facebook page, leave a comment under the post about this contest and ‘like’ the page (if you haven’t already). And to gain another extra entry, why not pop over to @KCACOUK on Instagram, become a follower, and leave a comment under the post about this competition.

The contest is open from RIGHT NOW until midday (UK-time) on Wednesday 28th February 2018. The winner will be selected using a random name picker and I will need to be supplied with a full postal address for the prize. If efforts to contact the winner remain unsuccessful after a week, an alternative winner will be randomly selected.

Please note that this giveaway is open worldwide.  

I would like to thank Wulla Yarns again for their generosity in sponsoring my 4 year Blog Anniversary. 

Don’t forget to pop back on Sunday for details of the final prize giveaway prize – this time from me.

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Pattern Release & Sale | Bright Bonny Bunny Ami-Egg


If you follow me over on Instagram then you may have seen a sneak peep of my next pattern release…peekaboo!

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Snowy and rather grey winter weather has had me longing for Spring flowers…

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and then of course I needed someone to wear the pretty flower garland! So I came up with a fun bunny egg shaped amigurumi. Bunnies seem to be one of my favourite ami’s to make, I think this is about my six rabbit design – but who doesn’t love a bunny at Easter!

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So without further ado I’d like you to meet Belinda the Bright Bonny Bunny Ami-Egg. Inspired by vibrant Easter eggs this fun shaped bunny, with her pretty flower garland, will be the belle of any Easter egg hunt.

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So why not hop to it and make your Easter celebrations unforgettable with this lovely bright decorative toy.

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Pattern Links 🎉

Belinda the Bright Bonny Bunny Ami-Egg is now available and on sale on Ravelry (with coupon code: FUNBUN) until 23 February 2018 after that time the pattern will revert to full price. The pattern is also available on Lovecrochet.com.

Remember to share your bunny project’s to be in with a chance to win a free pattern if you are featured in my monthly newsletter.

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Keep Calm and Crochet On U.K’s 4th Blog Anniversary Celebration | Week 3


CELEBRATING MY 4TH BLOG ANNIVERSARY 

WITH 4 WEEKS OF GIVEAWAYS!

It’s time another giveaway prize for our new week but first I have a winner of week 2’s prize to announce don’t I for the Hook and a Book gift box! And I’m also late in picking the prize winner for the Happily Hook magazine subscription too – sorry about that, we’ve had illness in the house again and I completely missed picking it! So I’m going to announce both winners right now!

And the winner of the Happily Hooked magazine subscription, as picked by the fun random wheel of fortune name picker, is Alison and the winner of the Hook and a Book is Shanaya!!

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Congratulations to both of you I’ve sent you both an email so we can talk about getting your relevant prizes to you. And now onto the next prize (woo hoo!)

Week 3 is sponsored by Medieval Colours who have generously donated a rainbow set of their yarns for one lucky reader.  

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You may remember that I reviewed the yarn and created the free crochet Renaissance bag pattern in collaboration with them last year.

This fantastically unique prize contains a set of naturally dyed yarns in favourite colours of Medieval times:

  •  yellow from weld (Reseda luteola)
  •  red from madder (Rubia tinctoria)
  •  blue from woad (Isatis tinctoria)

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Here’s how you can enter:

To enter, leave a comment at the end of this post telling me what you’d like to make with these pretty rainbow yarns.

To gain a sneaky extra entry, head on over to my KCACOUK Facebook page, leave a comment under the post about this contest and ‘like’ the page (if you haven’t already). And to gain another extra entry, why not pop over to @KCACOUK on Instagram, become a follower, and leave a comment under the post about this competition.

The contest is open from RIGHT NOW until midday (UK-time) on Wednesday 21st February 2018. The winner will be selected using a random name picker and I will need to be supplied with a full email address for the prize. If efforts to contact the winner remain unsuccessful after a week, an alternative winner will be randomly selected.

Please note that this giveaway is open to residents of the United Kingdom only.  

I would like to thank  Medieval Colours again for their generosity in sponsoring my 4 year Blog Anniversary. 

Don’t forget to pop back on Sunday for details of another prize giveaway – still two prizes after this one up for grabs!

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Pattern Release & Sale | Gnorman the Gnome


You may remember that at the end of last year I entered the Amigurumi.net fantasy character competition and whilst I didn’t win (though thank you to everyone that voted) I really enjoyed the design process of creating three little fantasy amigurumi characters. 

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AND I’m really pleased to say that Gnorman the Gnome, the first of these characters, is out of testing and ready to be released into the world! 

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Gnorman is a sweet little fellow with a gentle disposition who lives in a simple hillside dwelling deep in the woods. His favourite pastime is tending to his beloved mushroom garden where he cultivates scarlet capped toadstools loved by his fairy folk friends 🍄. 
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I couldn’t believe it when I was in town the other week and I came across some little tiny tools that were just perfect for Gnorman! And yes it’s completely normal to buy your amigurumi their own accessories…he needed a couple of spades and a rake…

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There are a few characters on my bucket list of things I’d like to design and a gnome was one of them and I loved how Gnorman turned out!

And what about the other characters? Well I’m planning to work on getting Wheelan O’Wool the Leprechaun out to testers next – so watch this space!

Pattern Links 🎉

Gnorman the Gnome is now available and on sale on Ravelry (with coupon code: GNOME) until 16 February 2018 after that time the pattern will revert to full price. The pattern is also available on Lovecrochet.com.

Remember to share your Gnorman project’s to be in with a chance to win a free pattern if you are featured in my monthly newsletter.

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Keep Calm and Crochet On U.K’s 4th Blog Anniversary Celebration | Week 2


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CELEBRATING MY 4TH BLOG ANNIVERSARY 

WITH 4 WEEKS OF GIVEAWAYS!

Soooooooo it’s a new week which means it’s time for another giveaway prize? It’s all very exciting isn’t it! But first I have a winner of week 1’s (part 1) prize to announce…mini drum roll please…and the winner is, as picked by the fun random wheel of fortune name picker…

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Congratulations Zeens and Roger!! I’ll be contacting you shortly for your address so I can post you out your prize.  Sorry for folks that didn’t win this time but don’t forget that the week 1 (part 2) prize is still up for grabs on this post here.

Now back to this week! Week 2 is sponsored by the crochet subscription box, Hook and a Book, who are offering one lucky winner one of their 2017 boxes (currently on sale in their Etsy shop). One winner may choose from either;

  1. Doggy themed cup cosys (this is the box I reviewed here)
  2. Apple coasters OR
  3. Feather necklace

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Here’s how you can enter:

To enter, leave a comment at the end of this post telling me which box you’d like to win.

To gain a sneaky extra entry, head on over to my KCACOUK Facebook page, leave a comment under the post about this contest and ‘like’ the page (if you haven’t already). And to gain another extra entry, why not pop over to @KCACOUK on Instagram, become a follower, and leave a comment under the post about this competition.

The contest is open from RIGHT NOW until midday (UK-time) on Wednesday 14 February 2018. The winner will be selected using a random number generator and I will need to be supplied with a full email address for the prize. If efforts to contact the winner remain unsuccessful after a week, an alternative winner will be randomly selected.

This giveaway is open WORLDWIDE.  

I would like to thank Hook and a Book again for their generosity in sponsoring my 4 year Blog Anniversary. 

Don’t forget to pop back on next Wednesday for another prize giveaway!

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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Keep Calm and Crochet On U.K’s 4th Blog Anniversary Celebration | Part 2


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CELEBRATING MY 4TH BLOG ANNIVERSARY 

WITH 4 WEEKS OF GIVEAWAYS!

Soooooooo who is ready for another giveaway prize? And don’t forget that prize 1 is still up for grabs on this post here.

Week 1 (Part 2) is sponsored by Happily Hooked Magazine who have generously donated a YEARS digital subscription to the magazine for one lucky reader.

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If you haven’t heard of Happily Hooked Magazine it’s a monthly online US e-magazine for crocheters filled with patterns, articles, interviews and more PATTERNS!

I’ve had the pleasure of working with them on recent patterns like my Parchment Meadow pillowBack to School Bear and Little Red Robot.  I know you’ll love this magazine if you’ve not tried it before.

Here’s how you can enter:

To enter, leave a comment at the end of this post telling me why you’d like to win the prize – simples!

To gain a sneaky extra entry, head on over to my KCACOUK Facebook page, leave a comment under the post about this contest and ‘like’ the page (if you haven’t already). And to gain another extra entry, why not pop over to @KCACOUK on Instagram, become a follower, and leave a comment under the post about this competition.

The contest is open from RIGHT NOW until midday (UK-time) on Saturday 10th February 2018. The winner will be selected using a random number generator and I will need to be supplied with a full email address for the prize. If efforts to contact the winner remain unsuccessful after a week, an alternative winner will be randomly selected.

This giveaway is open WORLDWIDE.  

I would like to thank Happily Hooked Magazine again for their generosity in sponsoring my 4 year Blog Anniversary. 

Don’t forget to pop back on Wednesday for another prize giveaway!

Until next time; keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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