Secret Garden comes to an end

Now the Secret is out…

“I am sure that you are all with me on saying a BIG Thank you to “The E Team”. Faye, Heather, Lesley and Moira have provided amazing support and I could not have done this without them. Thank you ladies.ūüćłūüćłūüćłūüćłfor all of you and your favourite waiters.” –¬†Helen

It goes without saying that ¬†I don’t think any of the team could have survived the CAL if it hadn’t been for the encouragement of dear ole Johnny and the support from the handsome Jason, who did try and join the group. Unfortunately we didn’t let him in because he hadn’t ¬†bought the pattern.

 

As someone who asked many questions, thank you all for your patience….even if you are answering the same question for the 4,375,987 time ūüôā. All of you (Helen included,) did a great job, many many thanks ūüôā – Moira

Minno
Nathalie
Johnelle
Karen

 

Enid
Alison
Tina

Stacy
Collette
Beth

Ester

Do you feel like you may not be experienced enough to make the Secret Garden? Here are some words of encouragement from those who have finished.

The most used bit of advice

I’d only been crocheting a year when I started this. Explanations are step by step. Read it really carefully stitch by stitch and you’ll be fine. You’ll learn loads and have such a sense of satisfaction when done. I found it more fiddly than difficult, easy stitches just in peculiar combinations. Honest. Good luck and have fun xx – Holly

Steph Anne

Not difficult, very time consuming but the result is amazing! Read the pattern carefully, count every single stitch and don’t be afraid to ask for help! 14 weeks, a couple of headaches, a letter to the tail fairy, offerings to the tail goddess and a few voodoo dolls and voila…. this little piece of art is done!!! Thank you Helen Free for this beauty, it’s been an incredible journey!! Cannot wait for Space Odyssey! Helen Free…. it’s Fall yet!- Rosanna

Rosanna

You ‘can’ achieve it. I’ve been crocheting for less than a year and completed it. It’s amazing. Follow all the advice above and ask for help if you need it. Best of luck and enjoy the learning journey x – Anne

Anne

I’m officially finished. My one bee I’ve made looked horrible, so I’ve cheated. Good luck to everyone on this beautiful journey and best wishes to all those done. This was a wonderful project. – D’Juana

D`Juana

Finished. Thank you, Helen for a delightful ride. Now I have some beading commissions to do before my next CAL. – Sandy

Sandy

Slowly, slowly my garden starts to blossom ¬†ūüė䬆– Mary

Mary

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Rainbow Valley is supporting Lupus UK

Secret Garden in Pictures

Helen is choosing a new cover photo each week for the Secret Garden Facebook Group

Ruth
Ruth

First up was Ruth’s. Helen particularly enjoyed how the butterfly blocks were laid out with the butterfly mobile.

Tracey
Tracey

Tracey’s photo is this weeks cover image, showing her mini gardens in her own sunny garden. This has certainly been warming us Brit’s up.

Participation Grows

Seven days into the Secret Garden CAL

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31 Days into the Secret Garden CAL

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Even pets are getting in on the action

Donna
Donna
Collette
Collette

Have your pets been helping you with your blocks? Please do share pics with us

Mary
Mary

What do we do with all our ends?

What to do with all these ends?
What to do with all these ends?

Here are just a few suggestions that have appeared on the group;

Helen from Swansea shared¬†a link to maRRose – Colourful Crochet & Crafts¬†for a yarn bowl that has been sculpted using all the ends that she had saved up from her crochet projects. I love this idea and I hope to do something like this with my ends. If you’ve done something similar why not share your photo’s with us.

Our Helen (Rainbow Valley) saves all her ends and gives them to a couple of her students. Why? Because they breed canaries and they use the ends for making nests. That’s such a sweet idea.

I have heard from one of my students in the past would leave her ends hanging from a bush in her garden for the sparrows to use when they are nesting. She would also supply them with the fur that her dogs & cats had shed.

Creative Changes

There are now more than 500 participants making the Secret Garden CAL and naturally not everyone is using the same yarn brands, so there are some beautiful colour and texture differences.

Sharon
Sharon
Trina
Trina
Esther
Esther

But the most creative change has been from Tracey who has chosen to do the crab stitch round of the big flower in one of the colours from the centre.

Tracey
Tracey

Related Links

Secret Garden CAL – Block 1

Secret Garden CAL РBlock 1 Round-up 

Secret Garden CAL – Block 2

Secret Garden CAL – Feedback Time

Secret Garden supporting Lupus UK

Rainbow Valley is supporting Lupus UK
Rainbow Valley is supporting Lupus UK

Secret Garden supporting Lupus UK

Helen’s Secret Garden Prize Draw

Rainbow Valley Crochet Secret Garden CAL
Rainbow Valley Crochet
Secret Garden CAL

This blanket is a unique design by Helen Free using Stylecraft Special DK for a Crochet Along.  There are six blocks, each made in the four different colour ways giving a total of 24 blocks.  The finished size is about 140cm x 95cm.

There is no minimum donation.  For every £5 you donate, you will receive one entry into the prize draw.  Please make sure you leave your full name and email address to enter.

The draw will be held on April 28th when the Crochet Along is over.  The winner will be published on  Facebook and notified by email.

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Secret Garden CAL – Feedback Time

Delightful Dragonflies & Wondrous Words

Julie-Anne
Julie-Anne
Barbara
Barbara
Heather
Heather
Faye
Faye
Helen
Helen
Judi
Judi
Lesley
Lesley
Barbara
Barbara
Melissa
Melissa

Continue reading “Secret Garden CAL – Feedback Time”

Secret Garden CAL – Block 2

Helen
Helen

This week Helen released the second block pattern, it’s a dragonfly, my second favourite animal. My first being the butterfly and I’ve¬†made loads of those already. I haven’t been able to take part much this week as I have been working on a commission, so I am sharing lots of feedback from the Facebook group instead.

Nikki
Nikki
Melissa
Melissa
Liz
Liz
Moira
Moira
Julie-Anne
Julie-Anne
Collette
Collette
Donna
Donna
Sharon
Sharon
Johnelle
Johnelle

Related Links

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Secret Garden CAL – Block 1 roundup

Helen Free
Helen Free
Nanny
Nanny

Block 1 – Highlights

The mini butterflies block was released a fortnight ago and progress has been great. With now more than 450 participants across Facebook, Ravelry, Instagram and email.

Helen and the team have been excited and enthralled by the photographs and feedback.

The community that is evolving on¬†Facebook is a lovely space to share progress, and everyone has been supportive of each other. With participants from 11 different time zones there is pretty much always someone online to talk to. The group have been very supportive with the more experienced crocheter’s offering help, hints, tips and support to those who are just starting out in the crochet community.

Block 2 was released at the beginning of the week and many have already begun creating it. But before I share any of the progress on the new block I wanted to give you a look back over some of the other mini butterflies along with feedback from members of the Facebook group.

Johnelle
Johnelle
Barbara
Barbara

Just when Barbara was all but ready to give up, everyone all pulled together and helped her along, and what a great job she made on her first butterfly block.

Well done for sticking at it.

Holly
Holly

And Barbara isn’t the only one to have found the new skills and techniques a little challenging. Holly also made good progress and finished her block.

There have been a large number of new crocheter’s to join us on the journey, but I am so pleased that they have persevered. I am also very proud of all those who got together and helped out by pointing people in the right direction towards the support photographs and videos.

D'Juana
D’Juana
Stella
Stella
Enid
Enid
Stella
Stella
Enid
Enid
Lynette
Lynette
Melissa
Melissa
Vicky
Vicky
Jill
Jill
Minno
Minno
Suzanne
Suzanne
Kathy
Kathy
Holly
Holly
Brody
Brody
Enid
Enid
Vera
Vera
Stacy
Stacy

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Secret Garden CAL – Block 1

Secret Garden FAQ’s

F.A.Q.’s ~ Please read carefully

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Patterns:

The pattern is delivered digitally.

It will be emailed to you when each section is released starting on January 16th 2017.

You can choose to have it added to your Ravelry library by sending a message to Enfys on Ravelry containing your PayPal transaction ID.

As this is a digital product, there are no restrictions on who may buy it.

The Pattern is available in UK & US terms and is also available in German/Deutsch and Swedish/Svenska

Pattern Timetable
November 25th, 2016 – Pattern Notes available
January 16th, 2017 – Block 1
January 30th, 2017 – Block 2
February 13th, 2017 – Block 3
February 27th, 2017 – Block 4
March 13th, 2017 – Block 5
March 27th, 2017 – Block 6
April 10th, 2017 – Joining and border
April 24th, 2017 – Its a secret!

UK Yarn Packs

These yarn packs are for UK residents only. The price includes the yarn, pattern and postage.

They are shipped out weekly in batches and you should receive an email from the courier with tracking details.

The pattern is not sent with the yarn pack, it is delivered digitally as explained above.

To purchase click here

EU Yarn Packs

These yarn packs are for EU residents only. The price includes the yarn, pattern and postage.

These are shipped out as soon as I am able, usually by airmail. Delivery can take up to 2 weeks.

The pattern is not sent with the yarn pack, it is delivered digitally as explained above.

To purchase click here

Yarn Packs to the rest of the world.

My insurance does not cover me to send physical goods outside of the EU. This is why it is very important that you contact me and wait for an answer before purchasing a yarn pack if you live outside of the EU.

Important!  Please read carefully before placing an order Terms & Conditions are here

This page will be continually updated when new questions arise.

Tunisian Tuesday CAL

#TunisianTuesdayCAL Week 19 РBlock 8

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The loops are a lot easier to work on this one than the block from week 4. When working the bobbles, insert your hook as you would for the TKS.

Your block will not look like the one in the pattern. There is an extra row of loops in the picture than are in the instructions.

#TunisianTuesdayCAL Week 19a РBlock 24

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All TSS but you do need to change colours. You can carry the unused yarn along the back but I find it looks much neater if you just use a separate small ball and sew the ends in afterwards.

If, like me, you used extra rows in your plain TSS block, add some in as you go along so that the design sits in the middle.

Please post your blocks in the Rainbow Valley Crochet Facebook group when you have made it and let us know if you are happy for us to share your photos. If you would like to join in with the #TunisianTuesdayCAL there is more information at http://www.enfys.me.uk/english/tutorial/tunisian-cal.htm

Don’t forget to read the rest of the post as there are hints/tips, photographs, group feedback and information about the NEW Rainbow Valley Crochet design that is being released in January 2017.

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Tunisian Tuesday CAL

#TunisianTuesdayCAL Week 17a РBlock 9

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Although this block is one of the easier ones to make and there are no errors, I did find that it came out really tight. I ended up using a size larger hook.

If you do not have a larger Tunisian hook, don’t worry. As the blocks are so small, you can use a regular hook. Just take care that the stitches do not fall off the other end.

#TunisianTuesdayCAL Week 18 РBlock 10

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A nice easy one this time, just TSS and chain. Faye’s notes also say “very easy, finished in 40 minutes”

#TunisianTuesdayCAL Week 18a РBlock 7

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Helen has to confess, she did not like this block. She could not get into a rhythm and it took her ages to make. It did not help that you have to flip back and fore between pages. Read the instructions carefully.

Faye, however totally forgot to keep notes on this block other than she only did 15 rows.

Please post your blocks in the Rainbow Valley Crochet Facebook group when you have made it and let us know if you are happy for us to share your photos. If you would like to join in with the #TunisianTuesdayCAL there is more information at http://www.enfys.me.uk/english/tutorial/tunisian-cal.htm

Don’t forget to read the rest of the post as there are hints/tips, photographs, group feedback and information about the NEW Rainbow Valley Crochet design that is being released in January 2017.

Continue reading “Tunisian Tuesday CAL”

Crochet, Crotat, Aran and Rainbows

Rainbow Valley comes to Rochester, Kent

Rainbow Valley Crochet
Rainbow Valley Crochet

The last weekend of June see’s us welcoming back Helen Free of Rainbow Valley Crochet. Helen designs unique crochet patterns under the name of Enfys, which I believe is Welsh for rainbow (I’m sure Helen will correct me later if I got it wrong).

Helen was taught to crochet by her Dad but she didn’t really take it very seriously until she reached her 20’s, round about the same time she bought her home and needed something to occupy her evenings. Helen says that she has always been good at “making things up as she goes along” and soon found that she was getting requests for her patterns and was encouraged to start writing them down and selling them online. Helen has never looked back and continues to design a wide array of crochet patterns, some¬†of which have been featured¬†in Inside Crochet magazine.

read on…