The first thing I want to tell you about is our Craftopia Knitathon, in memory of my darling daughter Jenny. We will be having a day of knitting /crocheting together at Craftopia on the Saturday 23rd May, to raise money for The Brain Tumour Charity. All you need to do is download the sponsor form attached and ask your friends and family if they will sponsor you for every hour that you spend knitting or crocheting with us.

Sponsor Form

We’ll be making very simple strips which I will sew together to make a blanket (blankets) for our nearest homeless charity, the Lancaster and District Homeless Service.

It doesn’t matter if you aren’t an experienced knitter or crocheter…. We will be offering help with casting on and there will be more experienced crafters here to help.

We’re hoping for a sunny day so that we can sit outside in the warmth. You’ll be able to buy refreshments throughout the day or you can bring a packed lunch with you. We’ll have a 10-minute break every hour so that you can stretch your legs etc.

All you need to do is turn up with some yarn and your hooks or needles. We will be working with acrylic DK, just to have some uniformity in the blanket. If you don’t have any yarn I’ll be donating all the opened balls of suitable yarn that I have and if that runs out you can purchase some from the shop.

Even if you can only spare an hour, please feel free to join us. All help is welcome. I’ll keep you up to date with the latest news about this event as it comes closer.


Our other news is that we have some amazing workshops lined up for you this year. Some of them are already finalised and are available for you to book on here under Courses…some are still being sorted out and will be added to the website as soon as we have definite dates.

Coming up, we’re so delighted to have Adinda Zoutman of Adinda’s World coming over from the Netherlands to show us how to make her amazing colourful creations, on July 11th/12th.

If you’ve been longing to learn to knit or crochet, you can book in with the Crochet Sanctuary girls on 7th March or with Anna Nikipirowicz on 11th/12th April.
Lisa and Lynda from The Crochet Sanctuary are also teaching a Crochet a Spring Teacosy workshop on 8th March for any of you who have basic crochet skills and want to improve.

Cathy Emmott from Dear Emma Design’s will be teaching a free motion embroidery class where you’ll learn to make one of her signature lanterns.

All the details of these workshops are on the website and you can book your place too.
In the offing we also have a two day embroidery course with Lucy Levenson and Project Bag sewing classes with Emma from Moomaloom. Details to follow.

The last thing for now, is to just remind you that our Cake and Craft session is on Monday mornings at 11am till 1pm, weekly. Everyone is welcome. Just bring whatever you are working on, knitting, Crochet, embroidery, etc. It’s free of charge and we provide cake and hot drinks.
Hope to see you all soon,
Big hugs
Amanda xxxx and Julie xxxx