Sunday 30 July 2017

Caron Cake Cardigan

I succumbed and bought some Caron Cakes yarn when they came into stock in Hobbycraft in Carlisle.

I bought the shades Rainbow Sherbet, Mixed Berry and Lilac Frosting.

I think it is always difficult to know what to do with a colour change yarn until you can actually see how the colours change.  I could see that this one was going to be quite 'blocky' so I thought I might do little colourful cardigan jackets for my Granddaughters.

I knew roughly what design I wanted so have a browse through Ravelry for a pattern.   I found this one..

You can find it here..

I decided to use the Rainbow Sherbet one first and got to work.
I got all the pieces done, some colours lasted the full piece, while others changed within.  The photo looks awful in this one, the 'orange' is really mustard, and the 'mustard' colour is more of a pea-green.

I decided to join all the seams with a visual join, making it part of the design and adding a touch more colour. Just the buttons to add now, trying to decide between pink pawprint buttons or daisies  :)

I am going to make another, but this time I think I will re-write the pattern so I make the back and front in one piece, therefore spreading the colour a little more evenly.

Thursday 27 July 2017

Progression of The Shed

The Shed has been open now for just over 6 months and it already feels like we have been here for ever!

Looking through some photos from when we first opened, when everything looked clean, pristine ..... and a bit empty.

Now it is slowly getting filled with samples and lots of colour.   The shelves have had to be covered with a light curtain as the craft stuff, although sorted nicely, looked really scruffy and untidy.

Once the kitchen area went in for the Glass-work, we had to move the worktables to a different position, but people seem to quite like them this way.

The sewing machines are all set up on the back wall for optimum light and power sockets  :)

And Claudette, as quiet as she is, watches over all the going-ons.

So as you can see, quite a lot of colour has been injected into The Shed, it's bright, fun, full of inspiration and waiting for new crafters to come and join in on some of the classes.

You can find the latest classes here....

Wednesday 19 July 2017

I am neglecting my blog...

An apology - I am sorry for neglecting you blog, but you know what?  Life is just a bit nuts right now.

I plan classes and workshops, leaving myself just enough time to grab a brew, walk the dog and have a pee in-between.  (usually in that order).

I keep meaning to schedule in "blog time" so I can jot down a few lines, just to let you know how things are going here in The Shed.  I do put most things on Facebook, but I know some of you don't use the dreaded Facebook and prefer to follow here.

Well, to keep you up to speed, we are now in our 6th month of crafting at The Shed, new faces are turning up all the time, which is fab, and I am constantly trying to come up with new fresh ideas to keep the old faces coming back.  I can somehow never find enough hours in the day to do all the things I want to do!   I wish I could duplicate myself sometimes  (although not all the times as I think I would also find myself to be a pain in the butt!)

Have you visited yet?  If not, this is where we are.  The Atlas Works on Nelson Street, Denton Holme, Carlisle.  The big red door immediately though this archway.

Unfortunately I can't invite you to 'just pop in' as most of the time I am teaching... but if you do fancy popping by, drop me an email on, tell me a day and I will tell you my free hours.   (FREE hours??   hahaha, but I am sure I can take a break and grab a brew with you)

There are loads of classes and course on offer now, with more being added all the time.  If there is anything you would like to do that is not on offer, why not just ask?  Perhaps we can find a guest tutor to deliver a course that you might enjoy.

This is where you can find all our courses....

Also, we are arranging coach trips.  It has been pointed out that it might be cheaper to get the train - and it very well might, but as it happens the price is worked out per seat and hiring a coach is not the cheapest thing to do.  On the plus side you get to spend the day with like-minded people and might make a few friends along the way.
Our first trio was to Woolfest and everyone on the mini-bus we went in really got on and chatted all the way, hence why we have arranged a couple more.
We shall be heading to Preston in August to shop at Abakhans and Hobbycraft, then to Yarndale in Skipton in September. Click on the link below for more details of those.

If you don't fancy travelling but do fancy making new friends and having a nice night out, then do try out Craft Social Evening.   These have been great fun and well liked - places are quite limited so need booked quite quickly.   You can bring a bottle of your fav tipple if you like, but we do have tea/coffee and squash on hand if you don't drink.
For the money  (£20.00) you get an evening of crafting - the crafts are kept secret until the night but they are good fun - good chatter, and delicious food too.  Where else could you get a good evening out for that?

Find out more below.

Anyway... must dash, got a class due in any minute.  Hope to be back in the not so distant future to give you more updates.

Happy Crafting....