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Favourite CAL/KAL...

Sophie's Universe Blanket CAL by Dedri Uys

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Current favourite yarns...

Caron Simply Soft

Current favourite books...

Animal Hats book by Vanessa Mooncie

A new WIP...

05/11/2017 12:00

I've got WIPs coming out of my ears at the moment. I know this, because another yarn shop on Facebook (whose name completely escapes me at the moment), posted asking how many WIPs we have on the go. Oooh thought I, I'll answer this.

So off I go, counting them up in my head, feeling a rising sense of shame as the number gets higher and higher.  The more I thought about it, the more half forgotten projects started surfacing in my mind. Abandoned creations that haven't seen the light of day in years. Like the really pretty striped wristwarmers that I loved until I realised I'd made them too small. Rather than fix them, I abandoned them like a cruel crochet mistress...

 

Abandoned Wristwamers...

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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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Summertime weekends. My favourite time of the year. Especially when it means getting away.

We are very lucky to have lovely neighbours who are happy to dog sit meaning we can pop out for day trips to the beach (for those that aren't local, we are only about 45 minutes from the beautiful Mersea Island). Last year was full of happy memories of pottering around on the beach, and we have already started our trips for this year...

Beach...

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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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