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Lockdown Lions, Virtual Workshops and Endless Projects

Cliché blog opening incoming…’It has been a while since my last post…’

I always promise myself that I will write more and give my blog more love and attention, however looking back, my last post was in September last year, so clearly that promise was not kept. Onwards and upwards…

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to take part in an online virtual workshop that Kerry Lord from Toft and John Lewis Haberdashery were hosting together. Even after a year of Lockdown and video calls becoming a normality, I must admit I went into the virtual workshop not really knowing what to expect. After sitting in silence and completely still having joined the Zoom, I was very relieved to hear the host tell us all that all the microphones were muted and all the cameras were switched off. I don’t know why I thought it would make sense that everyone would be able to see and hear everyone else, that would be utter chaos! I’ve never been very good with technology, I think I’ll stick to crochet! Which fortunately is what came next…

I consider myself to be quite the avid crocheter but I always enjoying watching other people crochet and hearing their tips, tricks and advice. I like to think that you’re never quite finished learning anything. It is a fluid process and really, it continues on forever. The workshop itself was absolutely fantastic and completely free. You did however have to purchase the Rufus the lion and cub kit prior to the workshop if you wanted to take part and crochet along.

It was an event that I had been looking forward to for a while, which during this difficult time was a treat. I even got to learn a few new techniques along the way. And, only two weeks later…my Rufus the Lion and cub are complete. I think they’re adorable! I am especially fond of the little cub’s mane.

The product of the Toft virtual workshop – Rufus the lion and lion cub.

I was very fortunate over the festive period to be gifted a lot of crochet kits, especially Aldi ones, including all the Harry Potter characters which I am really excited to make. I now have so many crochet kits to be getting stuck into that I don’t even know where to start! And, as I am sure you’ve all experienced this at one time or another, when you’ve got lots of projects ready to go at your fingertips, that’s exactly the moment you find yourself inspired by a pattern you’ve seen in a magazine or sign up for a crochet along that requires different yarn or materials from the ever growing stash you already have. I am afraid Harry, Ron and Hermione might have to wait!

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