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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...

Granny Squares book by Susan Pinner

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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Woven Memories...

15/11/2015 15:30

It's not often I am left speechless, but this week when I saw one of my customer's makes, I was!

One of the Sconchlet's nursery teachers, Miss Helen, (those with children will know how hard it is to drop the 'miss' here...) had come into the shop a little while ago with her daughter, Sarah. They were after some gorgeously soft yarn for a baby blanket and chose Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, which is always a favourite for baby items. These are the colours they decided on:

Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino

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Fitting it all in...

12/11/2015 20:17

Fitting it all in. How do people do it? You know, these super mums who run around with their crazy busy lives, and yet look GLAM. Eugh. I am not one of those. I fit a lot in, don't get me wrong. But glam? I get asked on a daily basis if I am hungover. And I don't think that is because of my well-known love of gin. Yummy-mummy I am not.

But I do love being busy. Things are even more busy than they used to be. With the Sconchlet at nursery now, my whole life feels like it is driving back and forth to drop her off and pick her up - and she only goes 2 days a week!

And then there are rehearsals. I'm in the local panto, and not just happy with being in it (principle girl), I volunteered to be the choreographer. Oh and be on the committee. Because I don't have a busy job to do, do I?

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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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Ok, so TERRIBLE title, but I have been sitting here thinking of how I could make a clever title with 'alpaca' in it, and that was as good as it got I am afraid.

This is a bit of a flashback post, as all the photos were actually taken a few months ago...but they were too good to not share. Before the summer hols, I went to a wedding up in the Lake District and the day after, we decided to go on a drive. Do you ever take those crazy drives? The ones where everytime you get to a junction one of you yells left or right? Or is that just us?

Anyway, as we were trundling down some frankly scary country lanes, I noticed on the good ole sat nav that there was a name pinpointed. The name of one of my independent suppliers. Well, I screeched a little, and smiled nicely, and Mr Sconch turned that way. And right enough, as we pulled up outside this farm house, I saw the name 'Town End Alpacas' on the gate. How wierd is that?

Town End Alpacas

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Knitting the Town Red...

18/08/2015 11:52

If you are local to the shop, you might have been lucky enough to see the frankly amazing knitted town that has been on display. I was lucky enough to chat to Elaine Pye, the lovely lady behind the knitted town, and find out a bit about it.

Elaine is the vice president of the Dolphin WI, and was inspired to start making a knitted version of Braintree after her sister had come up with the idea of celebrating 900 years of her own village in Hertfordhsire with a knitted replica of the main buildings. As the WI were celebrating its centenary, she felt it was good timing to steal the idea for Braintree!

Like so many project beginnings, Elaine said she found herself saying out loud that she 'would have a go'. It began with the church, which she felt was a good central point of the town, but soon moved on to making the Library (as a good modern contrast) and then the Town Hall and the Swan Pub. What started off as a small project soon grew and became a much bigger project than she had envisaged.

Church

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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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