Saturday – crafting at TOFT alpaca farm. 

So this afternoon in went to TOFT with a friend.  http://www.thetoftalpacashop.co.uk/

We had booked onto a crochet workshop to learn how to make a shih tzu dog!  Here is what the finished product should look like.


I had never been to this type of event before and had no real idea what would happen.  Firstly, it is at one end of the shop, so it is very ‘on show’ to the visiting public, and the shop and tea room were very busy.  There are about 8 of us, but 2 seemed to be doing their own projects.  Maybe staff?  Who knows.  Emma was our instructor and she was very patient.  We were given a nice kit in one of their project bags with the pattern, 3 colours of wool and a crochet hook.


Then we were instructed to start crocheting up to where we had 18 stitches (about 4 rounds I think).  Then we were shown how to do a loop stitch.  Well shown and then shown again and then again….. until we got it!  These loops will be cut at then end to make the shaggy coat.  So we continued following the pattern and ‘looping’, punctuated by a lovely cup of tea and a piece of cake.  So after our two hours I have made about 2/3 of the dogs body!

 
Not obviously a dog yet!  If I show you the inside you can see the shaping a bit better. (The orange wool is a marker for the start of each round).


And here is perhaps a more helpful picture?  Imagine the loops cut?

Emma also gave us detailed instructions on how to assemble the various parts to make the finished dog, and showed us a lot of other animals.

So an interesting and very new experience!

Home again now for a relaxing evening trying to ignore the fireworks which I really dislike!

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Author: judithandhercat

A retired maths teacher who loves cats, gardens, family, technology, cooking, reading and maths!

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