May: In Pictures

May 2013I really can’t believe I’m posting my photo collage for May already! Mostly, this month has been about shifting young plants out of the green house, planting them out and then hoping for rain to get them well settled in, followed by much sunshine…

I’ve taught quite a few “Learn to Crochet” classes this month and I’ve loved seeing photos from my students charting their progress.

In yarn news, Rowan released their new Fine Art Sock yarn, I treated myself to some and now I’m looking for the “perfect” pattern to use it for. There have been a few published patterns this month too, the cutest baby hat in Craftseller (closely followed the next issue by a beautiful baby blanket) and some rather useful tool tidies which are now hanging in my utility room holding all kinds of nick knacks. It seems everyone we know is producing offspring and my “20 minute booties” have been flying off the hook! I will write up the pattern shortly.

Of course, there was Sheldon. I’ve never really been a fan of amigurumi, but since I discovered it is the perfect  outlet for my whimsical side I can’t seem to stop making little dolls. You’ll see more of them soon.

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  1. A lovely collection of photos – I love the one of the old bikes! Not long until Woolfest ……


  2. Great photos – so fab you are having fun with your hooky classes!
    Ali xx


  3. This may seem like a random question but here in my little town in England, I was thinking about running a crochet class – but I don’t know what to charge for it. I don’t want to charge much but I will have to hire a room and supply hooks and yarn. What do you do for yours?


  4. Tracey

     /  June 3, 2013

    what you charge for classes depends on many factors, the costs involved (purchase of hooks, yarn etc) providing handouts, room hire, insurance etc). You must work out how much to charge based on your own calculations and local situation. Any small business advsior will offer advice. Good luck


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