Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Hookery goes camping

This all sounds a bit like Herbie goes to Holywood!  Well, we were very nearly in Holywood, but not quite in the Los Angeles area of the old U.S. of A. but our very own Holywood, County Down.

Our favourite Brownie pack went camping at the weekend to Lorne and two Hookits were asked to accompany them.  Quel honneur!  Not primarily for entertainment and crafting purposes, but as responsible adult leaders.  Now where they got the idea that we are responsible from is anybody's guess!

The old house sits on a very large estate on the shores of Belfast Lough and was built in Scottish-baronial style in 1875 by Henry Campbell, a local business man.  The tweeting birds at 7.30am were just wonderful to listen to, with no other outside 21st century noises to disrupt the calm.  Bliss whilst sitting outside drinking a cup of coffee.
Day 1 - 7am
Day 2 - the evening sun

Lots of lovely little places

As you can see, a little hookery went too
And there was food of the outdoor kind, something which the Hookits may aim towards if our summer turns out to be amazingly hot and sunny.  Mags was very in charge of the BBQ when she wasn't marking exam papers in a shady corner.
The BBQ is nearly ready
Food all gone
And some crafting

This is a space ship - apparently!

But mainly we had a fantastic time with a really great group of young girls.  And what glorious weather we had.

Day 1
Day 2

Friday, 7 June 2013

Happy 1st Hookeryversary

Term has ended for the Library being open during the evenings, so now Patricia Boss can join us again.So, on a gorgeous Wednesday evening we celebrated the first year of Hookery outside the Bookery.  It wouldn't be a party without bunting...

or dressing up...

or a chocolate cake...
Such delicious morsels were on offer and in immense quantities, Heather Boss had warned us to come hungry and she wasn't wrong.

Homemade ice-cream...

and a chocolate fountain!

We also had a show of our 'Winter Work', but as ever this isn't completely representative as so many of us have given our creations away as gifts.

Some of the pieces warrant a closer look...

Heather's is the place to go for hot coffee.

Snuggle up at Mags' under Nanny McPhee

The teeny hat is for a golf club!

and a message from Helena who couldn't be with us...
'Thinking of you as I settle down to knit, with a magnificent view of the Swiss Alps.'

Thank you all for making the first year of Hookery at the Dock so much fun.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

What do you think of these?

Aren't these just fantastic?

A project for the Hookits?  And could it be completed for tomorrow night?  Although I have heard some rumours of crocheted 'decorations' - you'll have to pop back towards the end of the week to find out more.

Find out more about these on the Yarndale website.