Posts tagged workshop
Capturing Childhood

“Instructions for living a life. 

Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.” 


This quote from Mary Oliver has been up on my About Me page for some time... I have always felt it captures the essence of why I blog and take photographs with an almost obsessive urgency. It is how I try and live my life: embrace the important things (and ignore the unimportant ones), see the beauty and wonder in the every day and then capture it through the lens of my camera, bringing it all together like a patchwork quilt here in this space for my family. 

And so, when Kat Molesworth from Housewife Confidential approached me with her idea (about 5 hours after agreeing my deal and *gulp* deadlines with the publisher), it was too good an opportunity to pass up, despite the rather crazy timing. Behind closed virtual doors, through tweets and emails, Skype and phone calls, magic has been happening...


Magic that I am delighted to share with you today

Capturing Childhood was born from a mutual love for photography, film and recording family moments. We decided to create the business to share our passion for taking great pictures every day, offering a series of photography eCourses to inspire you to take another look at your children through the lens of your camera. 


Our first six week course is called Collect the Moments. Here is a bit of a taster of what is to come...


(I have been humming the theme tune for days!!)


Registration for Collect the Moments opens tomorrow, Saturday April 28th at 2pm BST for the Summer class beginning 28th May.

Thank you so much for sharing the magic with us!!

The Neighbourhood Eccentric (or the Best Crochet Hooks)

I think it would be fair to say that my neighbours think that I am crazy.  At least once a week one or the other of them catches me engaging in what can only be described as eccentric behaviour.  Taking my meals outside to take pictures of them.  Standing on ladders and stools, camera in hand.  Or the time one of my neighbours knocked on the door and it took me ages to get to him. "Sorry," I said, slightly out of breath. "I was just standing on the kitchen counter taking a photo of the mess when Georgia moved the stool and I couldn't get down".  


We've lived here a year.  I'd like to think that they are used to this whole scenario. And so, when my neighbour walked past the window yesterday as I was taking pictures of crochet hooks, I am going to pretend he thought "What an awesome and interesting neighbour I have" instead of "What is that psycho woman doing pointing a camera and a SHARP hook in the direction of my house".



Pictured left to right Prym 4.5mm, Bates Silvalume 5.5mm, Bamboo 5.5mm

Yes, I said SHARP crochet hook.(Can you see where I am going with this?  Or is this one tangent too far?)

The vast majority of crochet hooks avilable in the UK have dull and rounded hooks and tops, like the prym one pictured.  Some people prefer that and that is fine, but I simply can not crochet with them.  The rounded hook and top means (for me at least) that the hook is harder to insert into the stitches, yarn is more likely to split, and because the hook is more shallow, I find myself dropping stitches a lot more frequently. 


The silvalume hooks are hard to get ahold of here and I admit to buying some every time I visit the US.  (In searching today, I have found 2 suppliers who are willing to ship to the UK.)  


When I was looking for hooks for my crochet workshop, I was adamant I was not going to hand out a dull hook. Fortunately, I found these these bamboo hooks on ebay. Julie was very helpful and threw in a few different kinds to try.  They are really lovely quality and sharp.  They are also more affordable than importing the Bates hooks and available in a wide range of sizes.  They do squeak a bit at first, but with a bit of use the oil in the wool greases them up nicely.  I am not certain they would sail through acrylic like the Bates hooks do, but still very nice.

What was I saying about being awesome and interesting? 



The Goings On

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Today I am:

- packing up kits for the workshop tomorrow (kits available in the etsy shop from next week)

- making up crochet samples

- tidying up the house

- ignoring the books that landed on my doorstep that I just want to sit down with and read over a cuppa

- looking for my desk.


Hope your weekend is lovely!