A Lattice of Friendship, are you in?

Have you thought about a lattice of friends? I have recently been finishing a crochet lattice pattern (more about this later) and it has got me thinking about my lattice of friends. I think a lattice sounds much nicer than a network of friends, and it is more visual and creative for me to think of my friends all connected with strands to me and each other.

Here is my dear school friend Jill at Toby’s GardenFest last weekend. We have been friends since grammar school when we had to sit alphabetically so we ended up side by side and we have been firm friends ever since. Jill is firmly part of my friendship lattice. Since then, many have joined my lattice, including creatives like Steph Thornton of Perran yarns and Tamsin Pascoe, aka Crochet Maid, and Jan and Russ Stanland of Frangipani Guernsey 5Ply.

I was at the Powderham GardenFest and several customers returned to the stand having bought yarn last year. Each commented on how Gorgeous! the yarns are, and they wanted more! (They are in the extended lattice!) I have also had several customers ring and place orders too. Lots of people commented on the hexagon crochet blanket, remember me making this last summer with Nurturing Fibres EcoCotton?

Met up with another friend at the GardenFest too, have a look at Twool…. an ethical company run by Kim Stead, her range of products are really lovely, and she will be at Chelsea Flower show this year if you are going.

 

This first week of “retirement” (from the NHS) has been so busy! I attended 2 workshops this week and added to my business contacts and the lattice. It was lovely to enjoy the sewing workshop yesterday at Coast and Country Crafts and Quilts, many thanks Carolyn for the tuition, and for confessing you read my blog, you are in the lattice!!

And here is THE lattice that started off all the thinking….

Crochet lattice for the new pattern…

What do you think? Its a close up of the detail of my latest pattern, and my first crochet design. This is a simple T shape top which can be worn over a vest in the summer, or over a blouse or long sleeve T for a layering look in cooler weather. I have crocheted it in Purely Gorgeous 4 Ply Silky, a blend of Merino and Mulberry Silk, which makes it warm but light and soooo soft! It could be crocheted in a bamboo-cotton like Nurturing Fibres EcoFusion for hot summer holidays. The pattern will be available from tomorrow (07/05/17)  on our website, and through LoveKnitting if you prefer a download pattern. It will have 3 size options too, and is a perfect make for the summer.

Lastly, for those wondering about Stan, my van, he’s fabulous! He had all our stock for the GardenFest with room to spare. He is having Gorgeous Yarns signage put on next week, and new seat covers, car mats etc. I have asked Crochet Maid to make some pink heart bunting for inside the van to complete his makeover! (I’ll post pictures on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram soon.)

That’s all our news, welcome to the lattice!

Bye for now,

 

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