Today, as knitting makes a rapid resurgence and as crochet develops in its popularity, more and more of us are trying our hand at making socks.
Next up in our Friends of Woolfull interview series is Kirsty, the office manager (and our favourite person), from Creative World of Crafts.
For all you fans of our amazing range of cake yarns, these are the guys you have to thank! :)
We've been open for very nearly a year now (it's our birthday next week, and you should come) and we thought it was about time you got to know some of the people behind the scenes.
Woolfull deals with all things wool related. There's a bit of a clue in the name! We stock it, sell it, buy it, work with it, play with it and just generally love it.
So what has possessed us to start stocking DMC threads and cross stitch kits and accessories? Well, apart from the fact it's like working with mini wool, it's fun and I personally am a big fan. It's also one of the few things we've been repeatedly asked about since we opened last year.
It's the end of January (I know, where did it go?) and we thought we'd give you a little update on our challenge.
We've really enjoyed doing this and we've managed to make squares every day so far (although we've gone down to the wire a time or two!).
This week sees the third week of our Square-A-Day Challenge, and we're really happy to see more and more of you are joining us on social media.
It's been a real mix this week, with some days being strangely themed (Sunday was definitely very blue-tinged for example).
It's the end of the second week of our Square-A-Day Challenge for 2018. We're having a great time, and the squares are actually leading to us being even more inspired by our ideas, and each other, than normal.
It's the end of the first week of our Square-A-Day Challenge for 2018. We're loving it so far, and think it really helps us all in different ways. More on that later.
So, onto our squares and patterns.
Day 1 - Half and half C2C square in Rico Alpaca Blend Chunky
Day 2 - Back post square using Rico Baby So Soft - pattern here: http://postila.ru/post/42938425
Day 3 - Illusion blanket using Caron Simply Soft - pattern here: https://poppyandbliss.com/2015/02/17/new-pattern-illusion/
Day 4 - African Flower Square using Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, pattern available here: http://made-in-k-town.blogspot.nl/2013/02/african-flower-square-tutorial.html
Day 5 - This square is based on the small squares from Part 1 of the Stylecraft Ross CAL, using Stylecraft Special DK. The pattern is available here: http://www.stylecraft-yarns.co.uk/pdf/1%20Ross%20CAL%20Part%201_US_v2.pdf
I added an extra row of round 4, but otherwise followed the pattern.
Day 6 - Star Wars square in Single Crochet using Stylecraft Special DK - This week was the AT-AT, you can find the pattern here: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/a-galaxy-far-far-away
Day 7 - Day 7 is a new design I'm working on. I'll show you the progress as we go, and will then share the pattern at the end. I'm using Stylecraft Special DK.
Debbie is doing the same square each day until she has the required amount. She's using DY Choice Fruity DK. The pattern is one she designed, but we'll share it with you as soon as it's ready. :)
Day 1 - Arielle's Square Blanket, using Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino. Pattern can be found here: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/arielles-square-blanket
Day 2 - Daisy Garden Blanket with Stylecraft Special DK. Find the pattern here: http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/daisy-garden-blanket
Day 3 - Rosie's own design using Stylecraft Special DK, we'll share the pattern once available.
Day 4 - Rosie's own design using Yarn & Colors Charming, we'll share the pattern once available.
Day 5 - Precious Square Baby Blanket with DY Choice Baby Cloud Aran. Get the pattern here: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/precious-square-baby-blanket
Day 6 - Rosie's own design using Debbie Bliss Botany Lace, we'll share the pattern once available.
Day 7 - Granny Heart Square from Stylecraft Special DK. The pattern is available here: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/granny-heart-square-3
We are really enjoying this challenge, and think it will help us all to be better crocheters.
Mand - I am quite methodical, I usually only have one project at a time and try hard to finish things as soon as possible. Forcing myself to have several projects at once during the challenge is so far making me far more patient, and means I am taking time to enjoy the process as well as the results. It's also meaning I try more complicated stitches, as only doing one of that type of square per week means I'm more willing to experiment.
Rosie - Rosie sometimes struggles to keep momentum on projects, and doing one of each type of square per week means that she gets the freedom to try new techniques and stitches, and won't get bored of projects because she is rotating them around.
Debbie - Debbie only started crocheting last summer, shortly after we opened Woolfull. Doing the challenge means she can try new things, and figure out the things she actually likes to crochet. She's not keen on following patterns, so is also working on designing her own.
How are you all getting on? What do you think of the patterns and yarns we've chosen? What are your plans?
We're really enjoying the pictures you're sharing with us on Facebook and Instagram, please keep them coming.
If you haven't already, check out our Crochet-A-Long group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1592863394058532/ or join the challenge on Instagram using #woolfullchallenge2018
Happy Crocheting! :)
As it seems a lot of you want to join in with the Square-A-Day Challenge, we thought it would be useful if we gave a little update about how it will work.
Here's the deal, you make one square every day for the whole year. This could be 365 of the same square, or 365 different squares, or a combination of these. You can turn your squares into blankets, sweaters, cardigans, or anything else you can think of. You can choose new yarn specially for the pattern, or take advantage of some stash-buster patterns to work through yarn you already have (and make room to buy more guilt-free!)
Mostly blogs will be posted by Mand, what with her being the technical one. Rest assured, the other two will have contributed their opinions along the way!
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