Setting up a group

When I chose to set up crochet & craft corner back in December 2018 I didn’t think it would take off like it would.

We have 5 admin which now have the perfect combination of working has a team, and since the 4th December 2018 we have just over 2,760 members in total, which is absolutely amazing in 5 months.

Not many of members know the full reasoning as to why the group was set up or who was the inspiration behind it all.

Back in December 2017 my grandmother sadly passed away after being ill for some time, before she passed away though I always liked to make my grandmother crochet items.

I always promised to make her a virus shawl for her shoulders as my nan was a very cold lady in later years, each time I would visit she would ask me ” how is my shawl coming on darling” my reply “it’s getting there nanna”.

To be honest it wasn’t I lied has I hadn’t mastered the virus shawl stitch yet, after many attempts I finally mastered it and surprised my nanna with it in her favourite shade of blue.

I made the size just perfect as well not to big or not to small she loved it, my nan’s face lit up. When ever some one came up to see her, she showed off her new shawl like it was her birthday.

My grandmother has always been my main inspiration for crocheting in the colours she would wear in clothing or her big personality to her scouse accent. To things she would have round the house including the continuous changing of cigarettes that would occur on a regular basis, you never knew which brand you were getting each week when you took her shopping.

The only one thing you could rely on was that she loved her Yorkshire tea bags to the point if you ever got any different ones she tell you off.

My grandmother always wanted to know what I was making next and told me what she thought of each colour yarn I was with, if they went together and if she did not like a particular colour it would have to be changed straight away to a colour she like and worked well.

I had been thinking of setting up a crochet group for a while to help those who like my self are beginners (I still class my self as a beginner after 22 years of crocheting) to pass on my knowledge of what I know about the craft. I never got round to doing as unfortunately my grandmother passed away in December 2017 in between Christmas and new year.

Has my grandmother never got to see in the New Year, my grieving process still continues to this day as I have lost my partner in crime as my nan was a little minx who always was up to mischief regardless of just turning 87 when she passed away.

Has the months went by I got thinking more about crocheting as I lost interest after my nan dying, I thought to my self I need to start back up.

Then one day back in November – December I got talking to a my oldest and longest friend that I hadn’t spoke to in 22 years it was like fate had brought us back together. This was through a group that we were both members off and she was a admin as well.

We got talking when suddenly I set up crochet & craft corner in memory of nan, when I asked my friend to become a Admin on my group she said yes, which in turn got us both kicked off and removed from 2 groups all because I set my own group up in memory of nan.

The name of group at the time did sound similar to one group but I changed the name like I was asked. Then the next thing I know I was accused of stealing a photo which you can get off a well known search engine which is not copyrighted by the way.

I was contacted by this groups admin and was verbally attacked and abused to the point it had me upset.

All I chose to do was set up a group in memory of late grandmother which I made the two groups aware of and got thrown back in face.

But 5 months I am pleased to say I have a wonderful admin and fantastic members now that we are finally up and running.

We will be officially 6 months old on the 4th December 2019 which just over 2,760 members in this short space of time.

Yes I may have started off on the wrong foot but it goes to show with the right determination and will anything is possible.

Especially if you have your grandmother has inspiration & guardian angel.

Regards

Alison

Patterns & Stitches

Hi everyone hope your well.

Tonight’s blog is going to be about patterns and why I think certain patterns are easier then others.

When I started out crocheting 22 years ago at the tender age of 10 there were no attic 24 patterns or black sheep wool patterns around.

There were on old patterns from magazines, books or patterns that had been passed down from generation to generation but things have moved on these days that you can go online to search for patterns for free or pay for patterns. Even yarn companies supply patterns paid and free.

You can also go on to YouTube to watch tutorials on how to crochet or knit and how to start basic patterns.

When my mum taught me how to crochet she only ever taught me how to do chain and how to do a basic granny square as back then she didn’t really have the time to teach much else has looking after two teenage daughters she had her hands full.

So when the likes of YouTube came out I started to watch videos of different stitches but would also get frustrated and throw the project to one side. Also when Facebook came out I signed up for a account and found some nice welcoming groups apart from one or two that offered good support on how to help finding some good easy basic patterns.

One day whilst talking to a lady on one of the groups I was on at the time she was doing this lovely blanket the stitches were different the blanket was unusual, so I decided after a few days I would ask her about the pattern when she told me about attic 24 from wool warehouse.

The designer Lucy has created some fantastic patterns since starting the attic 24 and the pattern in question that the lady was telling me about was the attic 24 cupcake cosy stripe blanket. This is the first ever pattern I ever learnt to read by myself and followed also by myself with out any help from anyone.

Since doing this pattern this is my go to pattern for any beginner crocheter who is wanting to learn a pattern as it is so easy and beautiful to make.

The attic 24 projects are wonderfully designed for anyone who crochets from a complete to a advanced level crocheter, there is a variety to choose from on the wool warehouse website which also post world wide as well as U.K based as well.

Regarding patterns I myself as an Admin on two groups like to try out patterns before actually recommending them to my members has to see what difficultly level they our and what level of crocheting they would suit has we have a wide range of crocheters on both groups.

The most important words that I say to all my members on both groups are as follow

“Never give on what your doing as the more you practice the more it will get better.”

I try to encourage each and every single member on both crochet and craft corner & love crochet and more as we have various members who feel like they struggle with learning new patterns, stitches etc so on a big group we have a mentorship programme where we have mentors helping mentees with learning new projects and stitches etc.

I always say try and make a list of what type of stitches you want to learn such as

  1. Bobble stitch
  2. Chain
  3. Magic circle
  4. Waffle stitch
  5. Corner to Corner
  6. Crocodile stitch
  7. Star stitch

The think of which one you want to try first go on you tube watch the video a few times and then try to follow the video to see if that helps.

This is help you master your stitches ready for your patterns as all patterns are not all the same and may require different stitches to start of and end with.

Madeline Jones

Madeline joined crochet and craft corner has a new beginner to crocheting and has done some amazing work on the group and has always asked for help when needed. Madeline has given permission for me to share some of her amazing work. Madeline has used You tube along with help from our group to be able to practice her crocheting and get where she is now. All of work is coming amazingly.