Tag Archive | Knitting and Crochet

The Fenton Knitting Group

So far at the Fenton Knitting Group there has been some heavy-duty cable knitting, a lot of hand sewing and a bit of crochet, and a great deal of nattering!  The cakes we have enjoyed to date have included Victoria sponge, apple cake and raspberry and white chocolate brownie.  If this sounds like a great way to spend a Tuesday evening, why not join us?  Everyone welcome.  You might even get to meet the knitted imp!

The imp relaxes

Completed ‘honeymoon’ makes

The ‘honeymoon’ bed runner was hand placed and quilted from vintage upholstery fabric swatches, Laura Ashley scraps from the stash and a little modern gingham, embellished, as usual, using a collection of vintage mismatched buttons.

The completed bed runner

The completed bed runner

Also on the bed are a couple of cushions, crocheted from scraps of colour coordinating yarn.  Just a couple of giant granny squares, crocheted together to form the frill.

Crochet cushions

Crochet cushions

Then it was time for handmadebysoo to try a little ‘up-cycling’, adding a modern Laura Ashley hydrangea fabric cover to a vintage Lloyd Loom style linen box.  There was no need to do anything to the original paint finish.  Even the braiding was saved and re-used.

The linen box

The linen box

And finally, it was time for a little fun!

Knitted kittens

Knitted kittens

Referring to an old favourite pattern for knitted cats (http://betsy.imagin-itis.net/fibrcraft/kitten.html) handmadebysoo knitted these three woolly kittens as a finishing touch to amuse the honeymoon couple.

Lincoln or Aylesford?

There is a rumour, with some foundation in truth, it has to be said, that handmadebysoo will shortly be relocating to Lincoln.  Travelling back from Lincoln to Aylesford this afternoon by train handmadebysoo was crocheting granny squares, natch (!) which led to a lovely conversation with a complete stranger, but fellow knitter, so therefore already a friend, about the best way to use up the stash before the husband becomes too aware of it.  It seems that knitting (and crochet) do indeed help break through the great North/South divide.  Mr handmadebysoo is already concerned that the Aylesford stash is going to need its very own pantechnicon to make its way up to Lincoln in a couple of weeks’ time. How many granny squares could humanly be created between now and then to avoid this prophecy coming true?  The answer is, not that many considering there is the rest of the house to pack up, too, not just the knitting wool!

Never mind, normal business continues amid the chaos of our impending move up north and the Aylesford Knitting Group will be meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, as usual.  Here’s a lovely photo of DeeDee taken by our Japanese visitor.  It was a rare moment of posing on DeeDee’s part as she usually runs towards anyone showing her the slightest attention (some would call this tarty behaviour, but we could not possibly pass on such a derogatory remark about such an elderly and revered ‘lady’!) which kind of spoils any photo opportunities.


I feel like knitting tonight!

Having spent most of the summer crocheting granny squares for my autumnal shades blanket (now complete, hurrah!) I can’t wait to get back to knitting tonight with the Aylesford Knitting Group. 

Usual time, usual place.  New members welcome at any time.  Please call 01622 792710 for details or email enquiries@handmadebysoo.co.uk.

Here’s the blanket:

Autumn crochet blanket

My summer holiday ‘knitting’ project

I needed a project that was easy to carry around as we travelled this summer.  We started off in Lincolnshire with my Dad, then headed north to Corbridge to stay with friends.  As we travelled across to the Lake District I was still working away at my project, but I was careful not to miss any of the amazing scenery along the way.

And what was I ‘knitting’?  Well, I’m afraid I wasn’t knitting anything at all! I was crocheting yet another granny square blanket.  This time in autumnal shades.  When we arrived home I had a bag full of 81 squares all ready to be crocheted together.  I’ve made a small start …


The age old conundrum, knitting or crochet?  Well, as a relative crochet newbie I’d have to say that crochet is certainly so much more portable!


Our lakeland holiday

This summer we decided to stray just a little further from our beloved Suffolk for our summer staycation. We travelled all the way up to Keswick in the Lake District to stay with our friends Rod and Denise at their guest house, Portland House. www.portlandhouse.net
What a great decision! We had the most amazing time. We are not really outdoorsy types and certainly not experienced walkers, but we enjoyed the spectacular views and gorgeous weather by boat, car and, yes, occasionally, on foot, too!
TLT took loads of lovely photos, but here’s just one of mine!  I took it the first evening we arrived.  We raced down to the lake to get a glimpse of the water before night fell.


We can’t recommend www.portlandhouse.net highly enough.  Denise and Rod spoilt us rotten!  Thank you, both!  See you again soon.

And what about my holiday knitting project? More of that another time!

Come to our Knitting Picnic!

As we can’t wait the whole summer through before our next meeting on 10 September, the Aylesford Knitting Group is holding a Knitting Picnic on Wednesday 28 August from 3pm. Everyone is welcome, members and non-members. New to knitting? Why not come along and see what the AKG is all about?
We shall be meeting at The Friars in Aylesford ME20 7BX
http://www.thefriars.org.uk/ at 3pm by the tea rooms before spreading our (hand knitted or crocheted!) blankets in the grounds and enjoying some good food, a natter and a bit of outdoor knitting.
Find the pattern for this lovely crocheted blanket, here:
Contact us by email at enquiries@handmadebysoo.co.uk
crochet blanket
And here’s one I made earlier!

Knit in public this Saturday


Come along and knit your square for the Knit in Public event this Saturday, 8 June 2013, in Jubilee Square, Maidstone.  Follow the link for further details or contact Sue Pritchard on 01622 209210 or at suepritchard@tesco.net.

Jubilee Square

See you there!

Let’s get knitting – again!

After a week off for Half Term, the Aylesford Knitting Group resumes again this Tuesday, 26th February and Hurrah! the Aylesford level crossing will be open!  So, no problems getting here.  Looking forward to it already!  Soo x

CrochetOops!  I seem to have got hooked on crochet!  Normal knitting service will be resumed on Tuesday!

Free Learn to Knit course in Snodland

handmadebysoo will be running a free taster session for those who wish to learn to knit for the very first time.  It’s on Thursday 22nd March from 3.30 to 5.30pm at Holmesdale Technology College in Snodland.  ME6 5HS.  Everyone welcome.  All materials included.  Please call 01634 240416 during office hours to reserve a place.