The story starts a few years back, not that long after we'd moved to England, when a friend & I pootled along to a workshop at lovely Harry & Floss in Alcester to make pretty fabric flowers - and that's where I first met Diane. (You can read all about that here if you'd like.)
A few months later, and once again Diane was sharing her crafty skills with me, this time teaching me to crochet.
Having been a knitter since I was six years old, I'd only ever dabbled in a little attempt at crochet but never quite mastered the art. So very patiently and with lots of encouragement, Diane set about remedying that and very soon I was completely hooked. Over the weeks, we spent many an hour at my diningroom table, nattering over tea & biscuits & hooking, and creating lots of samples & grannies . . . some square, and many others not-so-square ; - )
Fast forward a few years to 2016, when lovely Diane asked if I'd like to teach some crochet workshops for her at Harry & Floss - I never hesitated and jumped right in with a resounding yes.
I was afterall, taught by the best : - )
And so it was that earlier this month, I spent a fun & fabulous day with some lovely ladies, passing on my crochet knowledge and teaching them this delightful skill.
It's such a privilege to have the opportunity to pay it forward, don't you think ?
|all set up and ready to go . . .
|it was hard not to be distracted by all the yummy fabrics around us too . . .
|see what all you can do with some simple crochet stitches ?
|the cushion on the right was my first ever granny square project, and I still LOVE it . . .
|there's a whole lot of concentration going on here . . .
Diane kept us topped up with teas & coffees , and of course, the essential yummy cake too. Cake and crochet just seem to be the perfect combination methinks.
It was such an enjoyable day, and the lovely ladies all did really well. I'm already looking forward to the next one . . .
Oh, and if you're ever in Alcester - do pop in at Harry & Floss, it's a treasure trove of yummy yarns and fabulous fabrics. Or follow along with their crafty adventures on Instagram or Facebook if you like.
'til next time,
ps. Linking up with Small Things Yarn Along today - another source of lovely yarrny goodness.