Search This Blog

Monday, 20 June 2016

2016 knitting and crochet workshop with Carol Meldrum

Due to a cancellation we have one or two spaces available in a single or twin room on this wonderful workshop with tutor Carol Meldrum. Open to all skill levels.

Saturday 17th October - Saturday 24th October 2016
For further details visit Knitting holidays in France

Join Carol for a week of workshops exploring various knitting and crochet techniques.

During the week we will also have a bit of time for sightseeing, shopping and knit'n'natter. Prices include full board.

Knitting and crochet retreats

We have just come to the end of another week of knitting and crochet at La Verderie. The week started with cancelled flights and rain showers but Sue and Mary managed to get on alternative flights the following morning and arrived just before the other three guests.

The weather has not been brilliant for June, but we managed a few outings in the dry and a few afternoons in the garden, the rest of the time was spent concentrating on projects.

We seem to have achieved masses in a week, shopping in St Jean d'Angely and Saintes, Cognac tasting and an outing to the knitting and stitching show in Niort, not quite Ally Pally but worth the drive.

Everyone came along with a variety of projects. Sue was working on a lovely rib sweater from one of the Pompom magazines which should have been in brioche stitch, but we all came to the conclusion that Fisherman's rib would be far easier, she also managed to produce a bunny from one of the wonderful Little cotton rabbits patterns

and a bit of crochet

Mary was working on two amazing shawls

Pat knitted the tiniest cardigan for one of triplets due in August

plus a few small accessories to sell on her craft stall

Diane and Heather were both knitting the same shawl pattern in sparkly and sequinned yarns

and Heather very nearly finished a fab knitted basket in chunky wool mixed with a cotton lurex blend.

In between all the knitting, crochet and gossip we have managed to eat vast amounts, drink a few glasses of wine and celebrate BeBop's 13th birthday, 

Monday, 13 June 2016

Knitting and crochet in France

The annual re-union of the Chateau group here at La Verderie and Bercloux has just finished, another fantastic week and weren't we lucky with the weather!
We started the week with a bonus - the annual fabric and yarn market at Beauvais sur Matha, where we all bought, buttons, fabric, yarn, trimmings and shawl pins.

Lots of knitting and crochet, loads of laughs, a bit of swimming, a few outings, masses to eat and a few glasses of wine - the perfect combination. Projects included Debbie Abrahams Mystery Blanket, Jane Crowfoot's Frida and Lily Pond, socks, various shawls, chunky aran and fairisle sweaters, hats and patchwork throws.

We went shopping in St Jean d'Angely, Cognac and Saintes

and Cognac tasting at Egreteau our local producer

Culli was busy on the lathe turning up more yarn bowls and serviette rings

The swop shop was opened at the beginning of the week and gave inspiration for some of the projects

A lovely relaxing week which was completed with Wendy's story telling.