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Favourite CAL/KAL...

Sophie's Universe Blanket CAL by Dedri Uys

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Current favourite yarns...

Cygnet Seriously Chunky Mixes

Current favourite books...

Granny Squares book by Susan Pinner

The Temperature is Rising...

06/01/2017 15:47

Temperature blankets - have you done one? We are all in a frenzy here with temperature blankets (well, if nothing else, when you sit and look at your 'warm' colours, you can dream of warmer climes...)

If you aren't familiar with a temperature blanket, the basic principle is to track the temperature of each day by crocheting or knitting a row of a blanket in a colour that represents that temperature. The end result being a beautiful blanket with a gradiated colour scheme (with no doubt some random shades in there - especially if you live in the UK haha!)

Charlie (from Crochet and Fairylights) has been working her magic again with colour packs, and we have come up with two colourways for your temperature blanket. One in a vintage themed muted colourway, with the shades drifting from a cold Silver through to a warm Plum; and one in a brighter mirrored colourway, which moves from pastel through to bold shades in a mirrored around the White. She didn't want a traditional rainbow pack, nor did she really want the traditional blue being cold and red being hot, so after a lot of playing round (including quite a few votes from the Craft'n'Cake ladies in the shop!), the two packs were created...

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Most of you who are local will know of Darren who works in the unit behind us. Well, you may not know that his lovely mummy also works there. Even more less known is her amazing miniature knitting skills!

Jackie is an antiques dealer by trade, and collects the most adorable little dolls. When she said she would bring them in to show me, I was excited (because what girly girl doesn't get excited about dolls?) but I may have squealed just a little bit when I saw them. Because LOOK AT THE OUTFITS!

Dollies in a row...

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It's Called Quirky...

26/06/2016 20:39

It's 5am on a Saturday. Mr Sconch is snoring. I'm actually awake because I'm in pain, but now can't get back to sleep because of the noise emanating from that side of the bed. I can't complain too much I suppose, as he brought me a cup of tea at 4am when he realised I was awake.

Anyway, I digress.

It's 5am and I am now thinking about work. And patterns that are half formed in my head. And about end of term teacher gifts. And about the choir concert I have at lunchtime. And about the referendum and the impact that will have on Sconch. And about games and activities for the Sconchlet which would mean she doesn't feel like I'm constantly working instead of playing with her. And about yarny orders I need to place. And about the 10k run in two weeks.

But despite my head being in a total dither making me feel a little like I'm going to implode, mostly I'm thinking about the giant mistake I've just made in the Couthie shawl I'm making and whether I should frog it or not.

 

Couthie Shawl

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Not So Knit in Public...

21/06/2016 15:06

I've not been around as much on social media the last two weeks or so as things have been a little crazy. I've been on Instagram a bit, but less so on FB (I feel bad about spamming your FB feeds with photos of my dinner, constant photos of what I'm making etc...not sure why. Maybe that's why you actually all follow me though...)

The weekend before last was jam packed. Sunday saw Mr Sconch and I involved with a drama festival with our local drama group followed by our choir's debut performance at the towns birthday celebrations for the Queen.

The morning went surprisingly well (those that come into the shop might be aware of just how little lines I knew by Saturday, but some rather intense line reading solved that) and our little play won 4 awards! Including Best Actress for yours truly, which was quite a shock.

 

Winner!

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So, 30th April 2016 was a day to remember. For so many reasons, not all of them brilliant...

...firstly, the brilliant. YARN SHOP DAY. Oh my gosh what an amazing day. I didn't think anything could top last years crazy day, but this was amazing. So many people, and oh the weather! We were sunning ourselves out in the car park (yes, we are that glamourous), and we even sunned ourselves WHILST IT SNOWED. Crazy weather.

Here were the first arrivals firmly camped out...clearly something was hilarious if the look on Jenny's face is anything to go by...

Camping...

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They're not Terry's...

21/12/2015 10:25

Chocolate Orange Covers

Chocolate Orange covers - they are everywhere at this time of year. But do you think I could find a pattern I was happy with?! Every time I started one, I decided I didn't quite like how it sat, or where it finished, or how it was done up at the bottom (sewing in elastic? If you read my last post, you'll see why that is a no-no). I just wanted to crochet and be done with it.

After all, I was making 8 of them - nursery teacher presents. And I'd (as usual) left it really late, and the last day of term was looming. So it needed to be right, but it also needed to be quick, and I'd run out of time to keep searching for the perfect pattern!

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Mrs Sconch & the Sconchlet!

I am a mummy and wife and obsessed with making things, learning new skills and teaching others. I run Sconch, an online yarn shop, as well as having a bricks and mortar shop in Braintree, North Essex. This blog is my place to rant and get free therapy as well as share my favourite things.

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Current favourite yarns...

Caron Simply Soft

Adriafil Knitcol DK

Cygnet Seriously Chunky Mixes

Current favourite books...

Woolly Woofers book by Debbie Bliss

Granny Squares book by Susan Pinner

Animal Hats book by Vanessa Mooncie

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