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Favourite CAL/KAL...

Sophie's Universe Blanket CAL by Dedri Uys

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Current favourite yarns...

Adriafil Knitcol DK

Current favourite books...

Woolly Woofers book by Debbie Bliss

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!

They're Not Terry's Chocolate Orange Covers Free Tutorial
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So I have a confession to make. I’ve never made clothing. Not sewn, crocheted or knitted. Shocking really. It’s not something I’ve ever wanted to do. Because I am lazy primarily. It’s such a faff. All that sewing up. And adult clothing is so BIG. And then when I had the Sconchlet, I was just too BUSY. So no clothing for me.

Even when I fell in love with the Pineapple top (see left hand side bar!) I got one of my lovely ladies to make it for me:

Pineapple Top

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Autumn Daze Pack

28/10/2015 10:00

I haven't had a chance to sit and write a blog for a while, as we have been getting ready for the winter rush. All the new yarns have been coming in to the shop, as well as the patterns (eugh, patterns. I know you all love patterns, and need them, but eugh. They are one of my least favourite jobs - scanning, uploading them to the website, sorting them. It takes FOREVER. Which is the main reason there are a lot more patterns in the shop than there are on the website at the moment. We are slowly sifting through the backlog, but EUGH.)

Anyway, aside from us all going a bit loopy here trying to fit yarn into spaces we don't really have in the shop (no really, THERE IS NO MORE SPACE. Who wants to buy me a new shop?), my blanket is coming along nicely... it doesn't look any different to last time, so I don't have any new pictures of it, as it is the same stripey progression (and, if I am honest, it is at home, and if I don't do this blog post today, it will be another month). However, I'm having trouble deciding what to do with it. It was going to be one big stripey blanket, but then I thought it might look good if I made it a square, then edged two sides with stripes going the opposite way, and then two final sides of edging going the other way - so a bit like a log cabin pattern, but on a larger scale.

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Not enough hours...

09/08/2015 13:21

Life. It gets in the way sometimes, doesn't it?

You'd be forgiven for thinking I'd run away over the past month. I haven't posted much on Social Media in general, and I haven't blogged at all. But between drowning under work, being poorly, a teeny sneaky holiday, and a lack of staff due to holidays, I keep getting to the end of the day having not made a dent in my to do list.

Or rather I get to the morning on my drive in to the shop and my brain is bombarded with all of the things I was supposed to do the day before. And then I get in to the shop and promptly forget them all.

I'm beginning to feel a little bit like this headless Happypotamus...

 

Headless Happypotamus...

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One of the things I get asked to explain the most in the shop is the elusive magic circle. The title of this blog post is because it really is not that magic... once you get it, you realise how amazingly simple is. In fact, the hardest thing about it is holding the yarn straight at the very beginning - but a bit of a fiddly stitch never stopped any of us, did it?

So I thought I would do a quick tutorial for you... if you have any questions, or would like me to clarify anything further, let me know! And remember, this is your blog, so if there is something you want me to write about or show you how to do, leave me a comment!

 

 Please note - I've used UK terminology for this tutorial...

 

First, take your yarn and lay it over your hand.  This is the bit that tends to throw people!

Lay yarn on hand

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About Me

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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