Start of Autumn. Busy Lives and Mood Crochet !

Wow where does time go, the online shop has now been live for a few weeks and is working well.

My current day job involves a lot of travelling which doesn’t leave me much time to crochet, but I still have a little project bag that goes with me everywhere just in case.

Pete has been busy back at Poppy’s HQ sending out orders and continuing to develop the website and adding some animated Yarny films for Facebook.

The little flock of sheep from Yarndale seem to have settled in and appear to be constantly up to mischief in the shop, but more of that in future blogs and films !

Birthday Celebrations

This week marks two years since we first embarked on our journey to set up “Poppy’s” our online business. It also coincides with Pete’s birthday and the conclusion of the fabulous Sue Pinner Carousel Crochet Along Blanket, so what better way to celebrate than . . . .CAKE !

Poppys Cake

Our talented cake maker made us a Poppy’s themed cake, complete with Carousel Blanket topping, seems a shame to eat such a lovely work of art.

Then again . . . .

Busy Lives and different crochet moods

Like so many of us, with busy lives, sometimes we struggle to find all of the time we need to crochet.

In the summer I spent sometime choosing my Autumn/Winter projects. 

If your anything like me it’s difficult to choose one.  So I selected a number of projects and then dependent on my crochet mood, and whether I am travelling or at home, I can always have a project with me.  A little time crocheting soothes away any stresses at the end of a busy day of meetings.

I thought I would use this blog to start to introduce you to my WIP’s then over the next few months we could see them complete.

Today’s blog is going to focus on the CAL’s I am doing (just the two), my next blog will cover my other four projects.

1: Sue Pinners  – Stylecraft Carousel CAL 


When the blog stars visited the local mill in Slaithwaite and had the unveiling of Batik yarn I knew I had to stock this in Poppy’s store.

Our order was placed the next day, although at first I wasn’t sure what colours would work together, but when Sue Pinner’s Carousel Blanket CAL came out in Batik I was in love.

It is the type of love that grows more and more each day, as you work through the pattern in the CAL, I have really enjoyed working on this project and will be kind of sad when it is finished. However I am sure I will treasure the blanket as a family heirloom for ever.

The Batik wool is amazing and what ever colours you put side by side they have the ability to blend and sing to each other. I don’t know about you, but having been new to crochet two years ago, doing a CAL has really helped me gain confidence in my work and learn new stitches and skills that will stay with me for life.


I was really lucky to be able to attend the course hosted by Stylecraft  at their Mill in Slaithwaite just down the road from Poppys’s HQ.

What a great day, we were introduced to Sue Pinner who explained how the design process had worked.  Sue is a lovely lady and really down to earth.  We also got the opportunity to learn some new techniques from the Secret Blanket, and picked up lots of tips to help improve our crocheting, whilst meeting like minded ladies who loved to crochet.


There’s still an opportunity to start the CAL, the pattern is available on the Stylecraft Website, and there’s a special Facebook group online which has offered great support to everyone and includes videos from Stylecraft by Babs, we still have DK and Batik packs available for sale in Poppy’s store. 

Watch this space!

We proud to announce we have provisionally agreed some special dates with Sue Pinner for courses here at Poppy’s in 2017, where Sue will be sharing her latest design ideas.  It will be a great opportunity to relax on the big comfy sofas in front of a roaring fire and enjoy a crochet workshop at Poppy’s Retreat.

suepinnerpoppys2: Sunshine and flowers blanket.               (CROCHET NOW CAL) Jane Crawfoot. 

Early this year in the summer we were treated to another course at Stylecraft and an opportunity to meet Jane Crawfoot, and learn all about the Frieda’s flowers CAL that was underway.

On this course we also got to meet Hugh Metcalf the Editor from Crochet Now, who was there crocheting away with the rest of us for the day.


We learned of the new magazine and a mystery CAL “Sunshine and Flowers”.

For this CAL you needed to subscribe to the magazine and each month you get the, next part of the pattern, the blanket follows the seasons of the year with flowers in the summer and pumpkins in the autumn it’s a dream.

I decided this would be my WIP number two, another opportunity for learning and immediately subscribed to the online magazine.


It’s a great read and the online version is great as I can keep it on my Ipad when I am travelling on the road, planes, trains and in hotel rooms, and I don’t lose my copy of the magazine.

The designs and patterns are all amazing and I have fallen in love with another blanket.  I am a little behind on this one but not to worry, the challenge is that the project is too big to carry on the road with me and needs focussed attention to learn new techniques and stitches, so I’m only on Part 3.

With Part 8 hitting the shelves this month, I have a little catching up to do, but once I have finished my Carousel blanket next week this will once again become my weekend project.

My next blog will introduce you to my WIP 3-6. With hopefully projects 1 and 3 coming to completion.

Goodbye for now happy knitting and crocheting . See you all soon.


Poppys – Holmfirth.