Saturday, 22 September 2012

Grand finale!

What a brilliant night we had on Wednesday.  A night of show and tell, holiday hookery photo competition and, of course, food.

In our photo competition we had 6 entries and an amazing 3 tied for first place which just goes to show the calibre of the entries and the photographic skills of our members.  Not wanting to exclude the three non-winners by congratulating the winners I will not name anyone.  Suffice to say that as it was all just a bit of a laugh and something to think about on holiday, each entrant was awarded a small token prize because, after all, it isn't about the winning but about the taking part.  The photos are below but you can see larger versions elsewhere in this blog.  Oh, and this photo is pre-voting just so that you don't know who the 3 top secret winners are.
We all brought along (and artistically displayed) our completed items for our show and tell.   Some members were absent so their items aren't on display.  Lindsay gets the top award as she travelled back from Glasgow just for hookery and came straight from the boat.  There are many more items already 'on the hook' already.  Some Brownie Guides, passing through the halls after their meeting, were quite amazed by the display of work.
To give you an idea of our output over the summer months we have made ...... Deep breath ...... 2 cafetiere cosies, 3 rosy posy tea pot cosies, 2 blankets/throws, 3 afghans, 3 beanie hats, 6 scarves, a bobble hat, 1 pair of slippers, 2 patchwork bags, flowers (geraniums, Russian poppies and roses),  a hand grenade (better not to ask!), hair decorations to go with school uniforms, pretty crochet trims for tealight holders, a ripple blanket, mittens, 2 cat-design blankets, 1 baby blanket, a pram cosy, a wonkey donkey, a teddy, mug warmers, jam pot covers and a full set of clothes (dungarees, jumper and hat) to fit a baby-sized doll which is to be auctioned for charity plus10 St Mungo hats.  Most of these items have come from our favourite textbook and pictures appear elsewhere in our blog.

As usual we were good to ourselves and had yummy edibles.  This week, as it was our final night of summer hookery, we brought along some extra goodies. Lynne brought her home made, mouth-watering, Victoria sponge just ooooozing with jam and real cream.  Niqi had made some scones (still warm) and brought some of her delicious homemade strawberry jam to go along with them. Tea break in the staffroom will definitely NOT be like this on a Wednesday night unless someone speaks to the boss? 

We have now reached the heady heights of 15 like-minded women meeting up every week for crochet, a chat and a cup of coffee - wow! Alas the group will be splintered for the next few weeks due to work commitments.   Hookery in the Bookery will recommence as term starts again on Monday and the 'founding 3' - Patricia, Mags and Heather - will be back in the library.  Back we go to where we three started nearly a whole year ago - thanks Mags for both you and your ripple blanket.  How is it progressing, by the way?  All others of the summer's newly enthusiastic members will continue to Hook @ The Dock and will remember us (temporarily) absent friends.   So, you may see some confusing posts from two locations on the same day but, fear not, we haven't fallen out and there is no disharmony in the ranks.  After Christmas we hope to hook on alternate Wednesdays at The Dock and Chez Moi as before.

Until the next time .....

Monday, 17 September 2012

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Autumn term begins for Hookery

After the brief (but welcome) warmth of last week Autumn has arrived and the new term begins. For the time being we are still following alternate Wednesdays at Heather's and The Dock, but we need to come up with a revised plan if founding members are going to be able to attend this side of Christmas. Bring your diaries next week.

This week was quite quiet, but a lot of work taking place.

Knit one

Purl one

Fancy one

New project - cat blanket is complete

Another new project

Progress on another Patchwork Bag

Ripple above and more beautiful samples below

Mum's Christmas present - thanks to Lynne for winding a ball from my skein

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Hookery at 'Dock Acres'

Even though I couldn't join you all at the Dock this week, I enjoyed a crochet this evening on the deck of our Lodge at Pine Lake Resort, Dock Acres, Carnforth.

Fame, but alas no fortune, for the hookery ladies


We are famous!  I emailed the lovely lady at St Mungo's, Alice, to tell her about our despatched hats and sent her the link to our blog just so that she could have a laugh at all of us knitting with orange!  Alice has added us to their facebook account:

St Mungo's Facebook page  Please support their page.

I sincerely hope that the fortune goes to St Mungo's and all their friends.

Many thanks Alice