Crochet Mitts Madness

Well, the time finally arrived for the first Craft Creme workshop.  I spent the whole day waiting for this workshop, mainly as I was really looking forward to a piece of cake from the Cafe.  (Karen does do exceedingly good cakes).  Of course I was looking forward to seeing a few faces I haven’t seen for ages too and getting stuck into a bit of crochet.

I must admit I didn’t know how exactly many people were going to turn up, so I just bagged up as much yarn as I could carry, with hopefully enough hooks and patterns.

I thought, foolishly, that I would get to savour my piece of cake and have a nice coffee before anyone turned up.  I should have known better really.  I knew Pat would turn up early, she always does.  (It’s nice to see her eagerness though and it’s been such a long while that I have missed it).  After that, they just kept coming…

We had  a full room!  It was a little bit hard trying to juggle the number of absolute beginners we had all in one go, but they did all go home crocheting. In a fashion.  You all worked sooooo hard, I was very impressed.  I think I need to spend more time teaching some folks,  mentioning no names (Ja***  ), but that’s fine, we can work on it.  I hope they will come and find me if they need a bit of extra help and there is always the knit and chat sessions, where you can get help and continue to learn.karens-mitt

I know some of you will have gone home and finished your first mitt straight away.

Here is the first one I have received a picture of this morning.   Suprise, surprise it’s Karen’s and it looks fab!

So, who’s gonna be the first to fnish a complete pair I wonder?  (Not counting mine, I’ve already done several).

I’m going to hopefully get around to posting some beginner crochet notes on the tutorials page over the next couple of days, to help those of you who have only just started, so, watch this space.

Despite the chaos, I think everybody had a good time, I certainly did.  Here’s a big thank you to Karen for hosting the event and to all those of you who came along and made it a success.  x

I’m looking forward to the next one, whatever we decide to do.  If anybody has anything specific that they would like to do get in touch and let us know…

Mitts Galore

It turns out that the fingerless mitts from our recent workshop at Cafe Creme’s Crafty Cafe session were quite popular, so, I have left a basket of completed mitts in the Cafe for you all to purchase if you wish.

I figure that not everybody will want to make their own and that ready made is sometimes preferable. Christmas is coming after all and who doesn’t want some lovely warm, soft mitts as a pressie?  They are all made with blends of alpaca, silk and merino wool and they come in a range of lovely shades.

So, get yourself down to the cafe, on the High Street in Penistone and try a pair on.  Or, if North Sheffield is just a bit too far for you, get in touch and I will happily send you a pair.

If you would still prefer to make your own, the pattern is available on Etsy for the aran weight version and I will write up the pattern for the chunky version as soon as I get a minute.

Easy Peasy Crochet Mitts Pattern

 

When you’ve had a go and think you might like to make gloves and mittens for all your family for Christmas here are a couple of other books which have loads of patterns in them for you to try, so you don’t get bored.

(click on the images to go look inside the books)



Crafty Creme Crochet Mitts

Crocheted fingerless mittens

Coffee, cake and crochet.  It’s always been one of my favourites combos.  I seem to spend a lot of time in my favourite cafe in Penistone doing just that.  Right now I am sat in the cafe window, with my coffee and cake and working on my laptop.  Luckily the staff are used to me doing this and are quite happy for me to sit here all day if I want.craft-creme

 

The cafe is quite a crafty cafe with all sorts of crafty events and displays. Karen, the owner, is looking to do more crafts in the future, so we had a little chat a while ago and she came up with ‘Crafty Creme’.  Evening workshops for different crafts, where folks can get together and craft! (and eat cake)

It’s a perfect combo for me, as I am asked on  a regular basis about when I am going to do some more knitting and crochet workshops in the local area.  So, we’re going to start the ball rolling with a crochet workshop.

(Did I mention that Karen does the BEST CAKES EVER! )

I needed a basic workshop, for beginners and advanced crocheters alike.  A simple project, but great for Christmas presents, so I had a think and decided, (as the weather is turning cold), that a pair of fingerless mitts in a luxury yarn might just hit the spot.stripy-crochet-mitts

 

And here they are:

 

They are Karen’s fingernails by the way. She just happened to be wearing exactly the right colour nail polish the day I needed to take a photo.

Mine never look that good!

 

The yarn I used was a lovely self-striping aran weight yarn in alpaca and merino.  Lovely and warm, lovely and soft and great stripes.  I love self-striping yarn personally – no ends to sew in!  It comes in fabulous colours too.

striped-yarn

Once I had created one pair of mitts, as per usual I had an overwhelming urge to create another pair, but in a different colour. I thought maybe some peoplesolid-colour-mitts would prefer them in a solid colour.  Not everybody likes super stripes after all.

They’re actually really quick and easy to make.  Definitely a one evening project for an experienced crocheter.

I might make some more.  I can feel a round of homemade Christmas presents coming on this year…

 

I have written the pattern up, as usual and it’s available from my Etsy page.  Easy Peasy Crochet Mitts Pattern

We’re all set now, for the workshop this week, so let’s hope it’s a success then we can do more.

In case you’re interested in the workshop and any future workshops coming up, you can find more information about prices,booking etc., on facebook.

Wool Monkey facebook

Cafe Creme facebook