In the first few weeks of 2016 I’ve made a few steps towards setting up a Selby crochet and chat group local to me, in a small town in neighbouring North Yorkshire. In the last few months, I’ve really enjoyed going to the knit and natter group over at Skipton with Yvonne, Lucy (Attic24), Tracy, Eleanor, Julie and the gang at Coopers in Skipton but its quite a hike from where I live.
I only get over there 3 or 4 times a year and usually in the spring and summer when the weather is good. So I thought it would be great to meet some people who live around here who are into yarny thrills, not just crocheters but knitters and stitchers too. I’ve called it a Crochet and Chat because that is my main interest at the moment, but everyone is welcome to come along and bring whatever project they like.
The Selby Crochet and Chat was the week before last and I was a bit nervous! I wondered if anyone would turn up or if I would crochet the morning away in splendid isolation in the lovely upstairs lounge at The Little Coffee House in Selby. But no. We had a total of seven people last week and four this week (some people can’t come because of work some weeks) so I’m really pleased with how its going so far.
I advertised the group meeting on Facebook and Instagram, which reaches people worldwide. I was really touched and amazed to have loads of comments from people from far flung places – Amy in Aus and others – who said they would have loved to have come if they were nearer! I wish it was possible too…
But I promised to take some pictures and with the nervous flutterings in week 1, I forgot. In week 2, I made a mental note and took a couple of pics inside the coffee house and some of the local environs that is Selby. This is exciting stuff, so I hope you are ready :).
We are very, very lucky that the lounge at The Little Coffee House is so plush! And posh! Fresh flowers, sofas, comfortable decor, cushions, and freshly baked scones and teacakes with hot coffee, a selection of teas and CAKE!!!!
This week we had me, Janice, Claire and Jocelyn (who hails from San Diego, USA but has lived locally for 14 years) and we had a whale of a time talking about crochet, quilting and knitting socks. We enjoyed freshly baked scones by Jane and lots of tea, coffee and our every need in snacks.
When I meet other crafters I always think about how little I actually know about anything! Janice and Jocelyn and very into quilting and stitching and Claire is very good at pitching in and doing new skills, more or less instantly. I enjoy my blog, my crochet and my other craft projects but I am no expert so its good to be in the company of people who are just as excited about the possibilities of everything crafty.
Selby crochet and chat
I’ve had a few comments on social media asking where Selby is. Good question! Its a little market town in North Yorkshire – I live in East Yorkshire but quite close to the point where the four bits of Yorkshire – East, South, North and West meet. So its about 10 miles from me, but in a different county.
To us Yorkshire folk, its just Selby: This is the High Street , taken from just in front of the Abbey.
And this is the Abbey, in all its February glory:
Selby Abbey is the central feature of Selby and it is a lovely building dating back 1000 years. Selby is rich in history, having the Abbey, ancient buildings around the Abbey and the Cholera Burial Ground, which wasn’t that long ago…
The streets around the Abbey in Selby are lovely with very lovely cottages and mews:
But the town’s more recent history, the industrial part, can ovewhelm:
A few people have contacted me about having a get-together in Howden, another Yorkshire town, so I will be updating my blog and Instagram and FB about that very soon xxx Selby Crochet and Chat is OK as a title but Howden Hookers – that has a real ring to it!
PS. Remember that this Friday, 5th February 2016, is National Wear Red Day in aid of heart disease awareness. If you buy my asymmetric heart pattern (just £1 on Craftsy), half of the cost will be donated to the British Heart Foundation xxx