I was so pleased to join with our local councillor Marg Griffiths and Sheila from Cafe 50 to take the blankets in for use in the Sensory Room. The ladies from Cafe 50 and our drop-ins have done a brilliant job with the blankets and continue to do so. The Trust also has a dementia unit in Pontypridd so there is plenty of scope for more blankets. I know there are already plans for an Autumn blanket and a golf one too.
If you would like to help with the blankets, give us a call or drop in to the shop or to Cafe 50 for more information.
For the last few months we've been helping to co-ordinate the creation of blankets for a Sensory Garden project at Ysbyty George Thomas. Knitters from Cafe 50 in Pontyclun together with our own shop groups have been making pieces for the blankets ranging from bluebirds to snowflakes. As today is World Alzheimer's Day we have decorated our shop window with some of the completed blankets before we deliver them to Treorchy next week. The ladies have done an amazing job creating the most imaginative themed blankets so If you are in the area do come and have a look. So far we have a vegetable garden, two beaches, a snow scene, a flower garden and a lawn (which is waiting for me to sew the flowers on!). Future themes include a garden pond (we already have a toad) and an Autumn garden.
The blankets will go to Ysbyty George Thomas to be used in their new Sensory Room. Careworkers there use personalised pictures, texture and sounds as cues to help evoke memories.
If you would like to help with the project call into Cafe 50 on a Thursday morning or into Ammonite Yarns any day during opening hours.
It's that time of year again so Gaelle has come up with some Christmas Crochet workshops for you to try.
Workshop One Christmas Bow
Saturday 19 November 10 till 12.30
Aimed at beginners, this workshop makes a pretty bow for the Christmas tree.
£25.00 including materials & refreshments
Workshop Two Christmas Snowman or Stocking
A little bit more advanced than the bow but still achievable for relative beginners.
£25.00 including materials & refreshments
Book via our deposits link on the website or drop into the shop.
It's amazing how difficult it can be to photograph the most luscious yarn and prettiest shawl pin and for the resulting photo to look anything like how we envisage it!. Yesterday afternoon saw Ruth and myself contorting ourselves to try and get a good backdrop for our pictures without including odd feet or hands as well! Believe me, the photo below doesn't do justice to the beauty of the yarn and shawl pin but thankfully doesn't include bits of me or Ruth either so I deem it a success!
The reason for our attempts at photography was that we are branching out a bit in the shop and producing our very own gift boxes. In preparation we have had Tote/project bags printed at The Studio in Pontyclun and they are fabulous. The bags are made from fabric produced from recycled plastic bottles but feel like cotton ... this technology lark is very clever!
The bags are on sale in the shop at £3.95 and will feature in our gift boxes, the first of which we have photographed and is on the website already. We have asked our tame independent silversmith, Lynda Jones (my sister) to make and have hallmarked ten silver shawl pins which together with some beautiful silk-cashmere from Lotus Yarns provide the basis of our Luxury Gift Boxes. The box includes yarn, shawl pin, pattern, Hiya Hiya interchangeable needle tips, cables and grips, stitch markers and a tote bag and is available to order on the website for delivery in November. We will also be offering a box without the pin as well as other themed boxes so keep checking the website for details.
Ruth and I had a short course in social media on Saturday so we are now exploring how to use Twitter. My eldest son, Lawrence came in for an hour to set Twitter and Instagram up for us and explained how we can use it to keep you all up to date about what is going on in the shop. It really shouldn't have been beyond us to set it up without help but social media tends to get put to the bottom of our list of things to do. Now we need to learn how to use it effectively and make it interesting ... that could be another short course. Anyway, the long and short of it is that we are now on Twitter so if you are already a Tweeter then you can follow us and if you are not you could take the bull by the horns or the bird by the wings and sign up! Will now find out whether this blog links automatically to Twitter!
Did you know that wool shops are for crocheters as well as knitters! Lots of people assume that we won't have anything for crocheters but that is not the case and Gaelle our crochet teacher is helping us to look after all of you who brandish a hook rather than a needle. This Saturday (10 September) sees the first of our Saturday Surgeries where Gaelle will be in the shop from 10 till 12 as our resident expert. If you have any projects that you need help with, drop in and Gaelle will help. The price is £2.00 which will also cover tea, coffee and biscuits.
How can I write this blog without mentioning 'you know what'. With the Summer holidays over and the kids back at school we can now look forward to the next couple of months. With this in mind, did you know that there are only sixteen weeks to go until Christmas (there, I said it!) so we have created a Gifts Page on the website which will soon be brimming with exciting ideas for any occasion. If you don't find something you like, keep looking as we will be adding more items all the time and we have an exciting new gift idea coming very soon. Just click on our Gift Ideas page to get ahead now.
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