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In January I declared this a Year of Learning, and photography was right up there as one of the main things I wanted to improve. So you can probably imagine how delighted I was to get a place on one of the Blogtacular photowalks, which were held in London last week. My walk, hosted by Kristabel and Natasha, was one of many highlights from the weekend (more on the others to follow). Not only did I take enough photos to keep my Instagram feed going for weeks, but it was a whole lot of fun and pushed me outside of my comfort zone. The good news is that a photowalk is something anyone can do - and you don't have to wait until Blogtacular 2017! If it's something you fancy trying, I've compiled a few tips so you can do-it-yourself!

What is a photowalk? 

First I will confirm that a photowalk is exactly what it sounds like - quite simply, a group of people go on a walk and take photographs. Following a pre-designated route, it's a fun way to practice your photography and to socialise.  Take it from me, it's much less daunting to take a photo of someone's front door, or their windows, when it's clear you're part of an organised walk, than feeling like a random solo-stalker!

The 'Photowalk West' gang - photo courtesy of Mollie Makes ©️Will Ireland


1. Location, location, location 

You can plan a photowalk anywhere - in the countryside, along the coast, in a city - however a great location with lots of beautiful things to photograph will make for a fun and interesting experience, and will mean that everyone can get some really good shots, whatever their skills or equipment. We went around Notting Hill, Westbourne Grove and Portobello Road in West London where there are lots of great things to photograph including pastel-painted houses, street art and market stalls. 

Our walk included Hillgate Place, London W8

If you're planning a walk, an online search should provide you with plenty of suggested routes for London and other major cities, or you can make your own. Be sure to visit the location in advance if you're inviting other people - think about the light (and shade) and anything that might be going on at the time of the planned event. Do you want lots of people or quiet streets? What mood do you hope to capture? Will the streets be in shade? etc. We were expecting lots of rain and cloud (which had been forecast) and so the bright sunlight made it much more tricky to photograph the first few roads than it should have been. 

2. Don't be shy

Those who know me will laugh because I hate being in front of the camera, but being on a photowalk involves being in photos. You can't really expect other people to pose for you if you're not willing to be in any of their photos. On our photowalk I had no choice as the whole thing was being photographed by Mollie Makes - I had to get used to it pretty quickly. There are many photos that made me shudder (I look so much older and more rotund than I feel!) but lots of them - captured without my knowledge - show how much fun I was having, and that makes a nice change as I usually hide behind the camera. 

Looking like an escapee from an asylum - photo courtesy of Mollie Makes ©️Will Ireland

The worst photos by far are those where I look self-conscious and uncomfortable and so my tip is to try to relax. If possible wear something bright or in-keeping with a theme too - heavy rain had been forecast, which meant lots of my fellow-walkers were carrying colourful raincoats and umbrellas - this gave plenty of lovely colour-coordinated shots like this, and I regretted my usual 'all-black uniform'...

The gorgeous Yellow-Raincoaters

It's much easier to pose as part of a group than to stand alone, feeling awkward - don't ask me how I know!

3. Try something different

I'm getting better at taking photos of the things I like - namely flowers, knitwear and flat-lays. But don't often have willing models, so it was lovely to be able to practice photographing other people. Some of my favourite shots are of the other bloggers that I didn't know before the walk. "Strangers" are easier to photograph as you don't have pre-conceived notions of how they would like to look. 

Check out The Happy Flat - as well as being a wonderful model, she is a fabulous blogger!

This little bit of practice has made me want to take lots more photos of people! My advice is to use a photowalk to step out of your comfort zone and try something new.

4. You don't have to follow the crowd, even though you're part of one

Even though we were in the same location, the photos taken on our walk were quite different. The 'official' shot below illustrates why - I was planning a photo of Karen (whose hair and bag co-ordinated with the wall) while others were taking pictures of the art, or the opposite side of the street. 

Photo courtesy of Mollie Makes ©️Will Ireland

We all used a designated hashtag which meant we could immediately see what others were posting on Instagram. Not only did that help the less experienced (like me) to check out what the more experienced photographers could 'see' but it also kept everything together in one place to view later. You can find our hashtag here, if you'd like to take a look. 


5. It's more fun with friends

It was sheer coincidence that my friend Kate happened to be on the same walk as me (as the names had been drawn by lottery) but it made it much easier to arrive and settle in knowing someone. She's a great photographer so that also meant that for the first few streets, I took my lead from Kate - watching what she was shooting (although she has a 'proper' camera and I only use my phone) and feeling more confident by starting off with some photos of her.

Selfie with Kate aka 'A Playful Day'

If you're not confident to attend or organise a walk by yourself, grab a friend and take comfort from one another. It's a lot more fun and you can also go to the pub together afterwards!

I still have so much to digest from my weekend at Blogtacular and will be back with more over the next week or so  when I've had chance to get my thoughts in order. In the meantime I'll just say that it was AMAZING, and inspiring, and that I got to meet Lisa Congdon and attended a great photo workshop with Sara Tasker! Come back soon to read the rest. 

Photowalking (in Notting Hill)

In January I declared this a Year of Learning, and photography was right up there as one of the main things I wanted to improve. So you can probably imagine how delighted I was to get a place on one of the Blogtacular photowalks, which were held in London last week. My walk, hosted by Kristabel and Natasha, was one of many highlights from the weekend (more on the others to follow). Not only did I take enough photos to keep my Instagram feed going for weeks, but it was a whole lot of fun and pushed me outside of my comfort zone. The good news is that a photowalk is something anyone can do - and you don't have to wait until Blogtacular 2017! If it's something you fancy trying, I've compiled a few tips so you can do-it-yourself!

What is a photowalk? 

First I will confirm that a photowalk is exactly what it sounds like - quite simply, a group of people go on a walk and take photographs. Following a pre-designated route, it's a fun way to practice your photography and to socialise.  Take it from me, it's much less daunting to take a photo of someone's front door, or their windows, when it's clear you're part of an organised walk, than feeling like a random solo-stalker!

The 'Photowalk West' gang - photo courtesy of Mollie Makes ©️Will Ireland


1. Location, location, location 

You can plan a photowalk anywhere - in the countryside, along the coast, in a city - however a great location with lots of beautiful things to photograph will make for a fun and interesting experience, and will mean that everyone can get some really good shots, whatever their skills or equipment. We went around Notting Hill, Westbourne Grove and Portobello Road in West London where there are lots of great things to photograph including pastel-painted houses, street art and market stalls. 

Our walk included Hillgate Place, London W8

If you're planning a walk, an online search should provide you with plenty of suggested routes for London and other major cities, or you can make your own. Be sure to visit the location in advance if you're inviting other people - think about the light (and shade) and anything that might be going on at the time of the planned event. Do you want lots of people or quiet streets? What mood do you hope to capture? Will the streets be in shade? etc. We were expecting lots of rain and cloud (which had been forecast) and so the bright sunlight made it much more tricky to photograph the first few roads than it should have been. 

2. Don't be shy

Those who know me will laugh because I hate being in front of the camera, but being on a photowalk involves being in photos. You can't really expect other people to pose for you if you're not willing to be in any of their photos. On our photowalk I had no choice as the whole thing was being photographed by Mollie Makes - I had to get used to it pretty quickly. There are many photos that made me shudder (I look so much older and more rotund than I feel!) but lots of them - captured without my knowledge - show how much fun I was having, and that makes a nice change as I usually hide behind the camera. 

Looking like an escapee from an asylum - photo courtesy of Mollie Makes ©️Will Ireland

The worst photos by far are those where I look self-conscious and uncomfortable and so my tip is to try to relax. If possible wear something bright or in-keeping with a theme too - heavy rain had been forecast, which meant lots of my fellow-walkers were carrying colourful raincoats and umbrellas - this gave plenty of lovely colour-coordinated shots like this, and I regretted my usual 'all-black uniform'...

The gorgeous Yellow-Raincoaters

It's much easier to pose as part of a group than to stand alone, feeling awkward - don't ask me how I know!

3. Try something different

I'm getting better at taking photos of the things I like - namely flowers, knitwear and flat-lays. But don't often have willing models, so it was lovely to be able to practice photographing other people. Some of my favourite shots are of the other bloggers that I didn't know before the walk. "Strangers" are easier to photograph as you don't have pre-conceived notions of how they would like to look. 

Check out The Happy Flat - as well as being a wonderful model, she is a fabulous blogger!

This little bit of practice has made me want to take lots more photos of people! My advice is to use a photowalk to step out of your comfort zone and try something new.

4. You don't have to follow the crowd, even though you're part of one

Even though we were in the same location, the photos taken on our walk were quite different. The 'official' shot below illustrates why - I was planning a photo of Karen (whose hair and bag co-ordinated with the wall) while others were taking pictures of the art, or the opposite side of the street. 

Photo courtesy of Mollie Makes ©️Will Ireland

We all used a designated hashtag which meant we could immediately see what others were posting on Instagram. Not only did that help the less experienced (like me) to check out what the more experienced photographers could 'see' but it also kept everything together in one place to view later. You can find our hashtag here, if you'd like to take a look. 


5. It's more fun with friends

It was sheer coincidence that my friend Kate happened to be on the same walk as me (as the names had been drawn by lottery) but it made it much easier to arrive and settle in knowing someone. She's a great photographer so that also meant that for the first few streets, I took my lead from Kate - watching what she was shooting (although she has a 'proper' camera and I only use my phone) and feeling more confident by starting off with some photos of her.

Selfie with Kate aka 'A Playful Day'

If you're not confident to attend or organise a walk by yourself, grab a friend and take comfort from one another. It's a lot more fun and you can also go to the pub together afterwards!

I still have so much to digest from my weekend at Blogtacular and will be back with more over the next week or so  when I've had chance to get my thoughts in order. In the meantime I'll just say that it was AMAZING, and inspiring, and that I got to meet Lisa Congdon and attended a great photo workshop with Sara Tasker! Come back soon to read the rest. 
Since April I've been sharing the details of the crochet-along in memory of Wink/ Marinke Slump, revealing a new motif and designer each week. Today it's time for my contribution, but first I must admit to being wrong about last week's motif. With knitter's-eyes I thought it might be quite challenging but when I attempted it on a (packed) train, realised that it was not. Unfortunately, without my gauge square to hand on the train, I made it too loose and need to re-do the square but the stitch pattern is not difficult at all! So if you're yet to try Dedri's pattern, it has a tremendous satisfaction : ease ratio and if (like me) you're not a very experienced crocheter, you'll probably feel very pleased when you try it - just check your gauge! With that cleared up, let's move on.

THE MOTIF: 

When invited to contribute to my friend's final CAL, a few things went through my mind, including: 'I'd be honoured to be a part of this', 'I'm not much of a crocheter - it'll need to be something simple' and 'I wish it could be knitted'. Not just because I'm more comfortable with knitting, but because the last time I saw her I gave Wink a knitting needle bracelet - we laughed that she'd become 'a knitter' after finishing a few projects, including her first one using double pointed needles. However this is a crochet-along, not a knit-along and I set about deciding on a suitable crochet stitch - one with an interesting texture, which might be a new one for some people to try, and in line with Wink's beach theme. 

Using photos from our holiday in Cornwall as inspiration, I loved the play of light in this shot. 


The light, filtering through the water in not-quite-perfect parallel lines reminded me of a knitted rib.... or the crochet stitch that looks like a knitted rib. So this week's motif uses the 'camel stitch' and was intended to reflect the way that light ripples in a rock pool, but it may remind you of something entirely different.  It has a side-to-side construction and the stitches are worked in a way which forces the top ‘V’ of each half-treble to the right side (RS) of the motif. It is this which creates the 'faux-knit' effect when it is turned to the side.  Here's the official photo: 

If you haven't tried this stitch before, or if you've tried it in-the-round and not back and forth, the only tricky bit is working out which is the 'front-front' and 'back-back' loop of each stitch - once you've done that it's plain sailing.
1. WS: the front-front loop, 2. RS: the back-back loop (blue arrows indicate the stitch you'd normally work into

The thorough videos which accompany the pattern explain everything really clearly (Esther also talks about keeping stitch count correct, if that's something you struggle with on the last stitch of the row). The square is turned after it's finished, so that the rows run from the top to the bottom, but they are crocheted back-and-forth in the normal way.

THE DESIGNER: 

I usually write a bit about the designer, but it's me. If you're visiting for the first time because of the CAL, welcome! If you would like to know more about me and my blog, this recent post is a good place to start. 

THE PATTERN: 

- The pattern is available as a PDF download here, in both English and Dutch.
- Esther from 'It's all in a nutshell' has produced some helpful videos which you can follow - find them here (for left- and right-handed and in both languages). 
- There are Facebook groups in both English and Dutch if you'd like to join in there - I'll be popping into the groups as much as possible during the week and hope to see some of your finished squares. 
- Instagram tags are #lastdanceonthebeach and #Scheepjescal2016.
-Official Scheepjes yarn stockists in the UK are Wool Warehouse* and Deramores*. Find my comparison of Merino Soft and Colour Crafter here

*Affiliate

Last Dance on the Beach Crochet-along - Week 10

Since April I've been sharing the details of the crochet-along in memory of Wink/ Marinke Slump, revealing a new motif and designer each week. Today it's time for my contribution, but first I must admit to being wrong about last week's motif. With knitter's-eyes I thought it might be quite challenging but when I attempted it on a (packed) train, realised that it was not. Unfortunately, without my gauge square to hand on the train, I made it too loose and need to re-do the square but the stitch pattern is not difficult at all! So if you're yet to try Dedri's pattern, it has a tremendous satisfaction : ease ratio and if (like me) you're not a very experienced crocheter, you'll probably feel very pleased when you try it - just check your gauge! With that cleared up, let's move on.

THE MOTIF: 

When invited to contribute to my friend's final CAL, a few things went through my mind, including: 'I'd be honoured to be a part of this', 'I'm not much of a crocheter - it'll need to be something simple' and 'I wish it could be knitted'. Not just because I'm more comfortable with knitting, but because the last time I saw her I gave Wink a knitting needle bracelet - we laughed that she'd become 'a knitter' after finishing a few projects, including her first one using double pointed needles. However this is a crochet-along, not a knit-along and I set about deciding on a suitable crochet stitch - one with an interesting texture, which might be a new one for some people to try, and in line with Wink's beach theme. 

Using photos from our holiday in Cornwall as inspiration, I loved the play of light in this shot. 


The light, filtering through the water in not-quite-perfect parallel lines reminded me of a knitted rib.... or the crochet stitch that looks like a knitted rib. So this week's motif uses the 'camel stitch' and was intended to reflect the way that light ripples in a rock pool, but it may remind you of something entirely different.  It has a side-to-side construction and the stitches are worked in a way which forces the top ‘V’ of each half-treble to the right side (RS) of the motif. It is this which creates the 'faux-knit' effect when it is turned to the side.  Here's the official photo: 

If you haven't tried this stitch before, or if you've tried it in-the-round and not back and forth, the only tricky bit is working out which is the 'front-front' and 'back-back' loop of each stitch - once you've done that it's plain sailing.
1. WS: the front-front loop, 2. RS: the back-back loop (blue arrows indicate the stitch you'd normally work into

The thorough videos which accompany the pattern explain everything really clearly (Esther also talks about keeping stitch count correct, if that's something you struggle with on the last stitch of the row). The square is turned after it's finished, so that the rows run from the top to the bottom, but they are crocheted back-and-forth in the normal way.

THE DESIGNER: 

I usually write a bit about the designer, but it's me. If you're visiting for the first time because of the CAL, welcome! If you would like to know more about me and my blog, this recent post is a good place to start. 

THE PATTERN: 

- The pattern is available as a PDF download here, in both English and Dutch.
- Esther from 'It's all in a nutshell' has produced some helpful videos which you can follow - find them here (for left- and right-handed and in both languages). 
- There are Facebook groups in both English and Dutch if you'd like to join in there - I'll be popping into the groups as much as possible during the week and hope to see some of your finished squares. 
- Instagram tags are #lastdanceonthebeach and #Scheepjescal2016.
-Official Scheepjes yarn stockists in the UK are Wool Warehouse* and Deramores*. Find my comparison of Merino Soft and Colour Crafter here

*Affiliate
By the time you see this post, I'll be away for Blogtacular * with lots of fabulous bloggers and creatives. I am incredibly excited as they include several friends I don't see very often, one or two I have yet to meet 'in real life' and some of the people I'm hugely inspired by (like Lisa Congdon!). 

Three of my favourite things - knitting, blogging and tulips! 
After we've met, I hope some of the attendees might want to check out my blog. If that's you, WELCOME - I'm happy you found your way here (please leave a comment to let me know you popped in). But this post is not just for Blogtacular attendees, it's for anyone who is visiting for the first time or has been following for a short while. Here are a few things you might like to know about me and this blog.

Background 

I'm Sarah Knight, blogger, 'multi-craftual' maker, designer and mum of two. Crafts from the Cwtch ('cwtch' rhymes with ‘butch’) blog began in 2011, at the same time as my knitting adventure. After swapping a very busy career to be at home with young children I needed something to keep my brain active. Learning to knit and write a blog changed everything - it started to attract regular readers while I gained new skills, a creative outlet and access to a community of like-minded crafters. Blogging saved my sanity and opened up a whole new world, which sounds like an exaggeration but really isn't. Thanks to CftC I've made some amazing friendships and have all sorts of opportunities that wouldn't have seemed possible a decade ago. Although my primary craft is knitting, I also crochet (a lot!), sew, spin, doodle and dabble... in all sorts of things. CftC reflects this.

If you wondered what I'm doing in my profile pic, Dedri Uys caught me lurking amongst the yarn on our Scheepjes tour! 

Blogging

New posts are published on average three times a week. This includes patterns (many are free), reviews, tips and tutorials, plus observations on all of the above - all presented with the aim of encouraging people (of any ability) to try new techniques and to experiment with knitting and other crafts. I love to include interviews and guest posts from high profile contributors within the community, as well as 'up-and-coming' makers I have my eye on. Seasonal ‘make-alongs’ (knitting and crochet) are always popular, and typically attract global participation via social media. I'm currently involved in the Last Dance on the Beach crochet-along, after designing one of the motifs in memory of my good friend 'Wink' / Marinke.

Designs 

If I could change one thing, I'd swap my Law degree for one in Art & Design - it was probably inevitable that I'd start designing, and that I'd have a preference for simple versatile shapes. As a child, I wrapped myself in my mother's fabrics, fashioning everything from headwear to "shoes". My blog designs began with basic doll clothes, and I now devise free patterns (and knitting recipes) for my readers, commissioned pieces for various brands, and have patterns for sale as an independent designer on Ravelry and LoveKnitting. More knitting and crochet designs are in the works, but this is my most popular (and simple) design to date: 

'Sky Full of Stars' convertible shrug pattern - exclusive to Love Knitting
Like the fabric creations from my childhood, my designs are uncomplicated and versatile - they can typically be worn in various different ways. The patterns are accessible to beginner/intermediate knitters, often including photo tutorials. I believe that knitting doesn't need to be complicated to be beautiful.


"As Seen In…"

Interviews and patterns have appeared in numerous magazines including Knit Now, Let's Knit and Simply Knitting. I have written for / been featured on several high profile blogs, popular podcasts and craft-related websites including Look at What I Made, Love Knitting blog, Deramores blog, Curious Handmade, A Playful Day and the ‘Blogger Inspiration’ pages of scheepjes.com. I and more famously, my knitting, also made a brief appearance on series 2 of the Great British Sewing Bee, when my mother was a contestant.

Whippoorwill designed by Carina Spence, handmade by me,  worn by my mum on GBSB

Collaborations

I love collaborating with other bloggers, makers and carefully selected brands, with the aim of providing interesting, informative and inspiring content. If you have an idea for a joint-project or commission, please do get in touch so we can discuss it. If you don't have anything we can work on, but you like what you find here, please sign up by email (in the sidebar) or Bloglovin' to stay up to date with future posts.

*Provided my battery survives, you can follow the weekend's shenanigans on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. I'll be back with the low-down on Blogtacular just as soon as I've recovered.

Hello from Blogtacular!

By the time you see this post, I'll be away for Blogtacular * with lots of fabulous bloggers and creatives. I am incredibly excited as they include several friends I don't see very often, one or two I have yet to meet 'in real life' and some of the people I'm hugely inspired by (like Lisa Congdon!). 

Three of my favourite things - knitting, blogging and tulips! 
After we've met, I hope some of the attendees might want to check out my blog. If that's you, WELCOME - I'm happy you found your way here (please leave a comment to let me know you popped in). But this post is not just for Blogtacular attendees, it's for anyone who is visiting for the first time or has been following for a short while. Here are a few things you might like to know about me and this blog.

Background 

I'm Sarah Knight, blogger, 'multi-craftual' maker, designer and mum of two. Crafts from the Cwtch ('cwtch' rhymes with ‘butch’) blog began in 2011, at the same time as my knitting adventure. After swapping a very busy career to be at home with young children I needed something to keep my brain active. Learning to knit and write a blog changed everything - it started to attract regular readers while I gained new skills, a creative outlet and access to a community of like-minded crafters. Blogging saved my sanity and opened up a whole new world, which sounds like an exaggeration but really isn't. Thanks to CftC I've made some amazing friendships and have all sorts of opportunities that wouldn't have seemed possible a decade ago. Although my primary craft is knitting, I also crochet (a lot!), sew, spin, doodle and dabble... in all sorts of things. CftC reflects this.

If you wondered what I'm doing in my profile pic, Dedri Uys caught me lurking amongst the yarn on our Scheepjes tour! 

Blogging

New posts are published on average three times a week. This includes patterns (many are free), reviews, tips and tutorials, plus observations on all of the above - all presented with the aim of encouraging people (of any ability) to try new techniques and to experiment with knitting and other crafts. I love to include interviews and guest posts from high profile contributors within the community, as well as 'up-and-coming' makers I have my eye on. Seasonal ‘make-alongs’ (knitting and crochet) are always popular, and typically attract global participation via social media. I'm currently involved in the Last Dance on the Beach crochet-along, after designing one of the motifs in memory of my good friend 'Wink' / Marinke.

Designs 

If I could change one thing, I'd swap my Law degree for one in Art & Design - it was probably inevitable that I'd start designing, and that I'd have a preference for simple versatile shapes. As a child, I wrapped myself in my mother's fabrics, fashioning everything from headwear to "shoes". My blog designs began with basic doll clothes, and I now devise free patterns (and knitting recipes) for my readers, commissioned pieces for various brands, and have patterns for sale as an independent designer on Ravelry and LoveKnitting. More knitting and crochet designs are in the works, but this is my most popular (and simple) design to date: 

'Sky Full of Stars' convertible shrug pattern - exclusive to Love Knitting
Like the fabric creations from my childhood, my designs are uncomplicated and versatile - they can typically be worn in various different ways. The patterns are accessible to beginner/intermediate knitters, often including photo tutorials. I believe that knitting doesn't need to be complicated to be beautiful.


"As Seen In…"

Interviews and patterns have appeared in numerous magazines including Knit Now, Let's Knit and Simply Knitting. I have written for / been featured on several high profile blogs, popular podcasts and craft-related websites including Look at What I Made, Love Knitting blog, Deramores blog, Curious Handmade, A Playful Day and the ‘Blogger Inspiration’ pages of scheepjes.com. I and more famously, my knitting, also made a brief appearance on series 2 of the Great British Sewing Bee, when my mother was a contestant.

Whippoorwill designed by Carina Spence, handmade by me,  worn by my mum on GBSB

Collaborations

I love collaborating with other bloggers, makers and carefully selected brands, with the aim of providing interesting, informative and inspiring content. If you have an idea for a joint-project or commission, please do get in touch so we can discuss it. If you don't have anything we can work on, but you like what you find here, please sign up by email (in the sidebar) or Bloglovin' to stay up to date with future posts.

*Provided my battery survives, you can follow the weekend's shenanigans on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. I'll be back with the low-down on Blogtacular just as soon as I've recovered.
Last weeks 'waffles' were so quick to make (and very addictive) I actually managed to finish all four of them within a few days and posted them on Instagram. I'd never tried the stitch before, and really enjoyed the simplicity. Have you noticed that whenever there's an 'easy' square, it's followed by something more challenging? If so, this week's motif will not come as a huge surprise. 

THE MOTIF: 

Today's pattern instalment includes lace elements as well as left- and right-leaning cables. It's one of the most intricate designs in this CAL, and I expected nothing less from this week's designer. 

THE DESIGNER: 

This square was designed by the incredibly talented and equally humble Dedri Uys - most famous for Sophie's Universe (currently over 4,000 projects on Ravelry!). I've mentioned Dedri numerous times on this blog - not only is she an inspiration to me (she has three children, a career as a radiotherapist at one of London's busiest hospitals and still manages so much creative output) but I am delighted to call her a personal friend who is kind and very funny. (Did you see that I recently taught her to knit socks with yarn she had dyed herself?)

Winding yarn on the 'naughty step' during our recent trip
Dedri blogs at Look at What I Made, where she also publishes her amazing free patterns and she has an online store at Wool Warehouse* - if you click through you'll find the kits to make many of her designs. UPDATE: Read Dedri's post about today's square here

THE PATTERN: 

- Download the PDF in English or Dutch here.
- Not sure you can do it alone? No worries -  Esther aka 'It's all in a nutshell' has produced some helpful videos which you can follow - find them here (in both languages and left- and right-handed). 
- If you want to post your pictures and questions for other CAL members, join in with the Facebook community in either the English or Dutch language. 
- The Instagram tags are #lastdanceonthebeach and #Scheepjescal2016 - use these when you post, so we can find your posts. 
- If you're coming late to this party, official Scheepjes yarn stockists in the UK are Wool Warehouse* and Deramores*. If you're not sure which of the recommended yarns you might prefer, find my comparison of Merino Soft and Colour Crafter here

UPDATE: Merino Soft is on offer at Deramores* at the time of writing.

I'll be seeing Dedri at the weekend (at BLOGTACULAR!), so I'm hoping I can complete at least one of the squares before then, so I can show her how much my crochet abilities have come on due to this CAL. I'm sure yours must have too! Be sure to come back next Wednesday for the next pattern instalment and the reveal of the next contributing designer and in the meantime, happy crocheting! 

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Last Dance on the Beach Crochet-along - Week 9

Last weeks 'waffles' were so quick to make (and very addictive) I actually managed to finish all four of them within a few days and posted them on Instagram. I'd never tried the stitch before, and really enjoyed the simplicity. Have you noticed that whenever there's an 'easy' square, it's followed by something more challenging? If so, this week's motif will not come as a huge surprise. 

THE MOTIF: 

Today's pattern instalment includes lace elements as well as left- and right-leaning cables. It's one of the most intricate designs in this CAL, and I expected nothing less from this week's designer. 

THE DESIGNER: 

This square was designed by the incredibly talented and equally humble Dedri Uys - most famous for Sophie's Universe (currently over 4,000 projects on Ravelry!). I've mentioned Dedri numerous times on this blog - not only is she an inspiration to me (she has three children, a career as a radiotherapist at one of London's busiest hospitals and still manages so much creative output) but I am delighted to call her a personal friend who is kind and very funny. (Did you see that I recently taught her to knit socks with yarn she had dyed herself?)

Winding yarn on the 'naughty step' during our recent trip
Dedri blogs at Look at What I Made, where she also publishes her amazing free patterns and she has an online store at Wool Warehouse* - if you click through you'll find the kits to make many of her designs. UPDATE: Read Dedri's post about today's square here

THE PATTERN: 

- Download the PDF in English or Dutch here.
- Not sure you can do it alone? No worries -  Esther aka 'It's all in a nutshell' has produced some helpful videos which you can follow - find them here (in both languages and left- and right-handed). 
- If you want to post your pictures and questions for other CAL members, join in with the Facebook community in either the English or Dutch language. 
- The Instagram tags are #lastdanceonthebeach and #Scheepjescal2016 - use these when you post, so we can find your posts. 
- If you're coming late to this party, official Scheepjes yarn stockists in the UK are Wool Warehouse* and Deramores*. If you're not sure which of the recommended yarns you might prefer, find my comparison of Merino Soft and Colour Crafter here

UPDATE: Merino Soft is on offer at Deramores* at the time of writing.

I'll be seeing Dedri at the weekend (at BLOGTACULAR!), so I'm hoping I can complete at least one of the squares before then, so I can show her how much my crochet abilities have come on due to this CAL. I'm sure yours must have too! Be sure to come back next Wednesday for the next pattern instalment and the reveal of the next contributing designer and in the meantime, happy crocheting! 

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