Crochet on the Isle of Wight…

img_9314I’ve just returned from a family gathering to the Isle of Wight to celebrate my father in laws 80th birthday! Yes it was a weekend for family time and celebrations but there’s always time for a little crochet too… 😊

So in this blog post I’ll share the crochet related things I got up to and saw, as well as some coastal inspiration (of which there was plenty)!

I had never been to the Isle of Wight before which is a little surprising as it’s an island less than 60 miles from where we live right on the south coast of England and we can even see it from where we live on a very clear day.

My husband enjoyed family holidays there as a child which was one of the reasons we chose to celebrate his fathers 80th birthday there. They had a great time remembering childhood holidays…

It’s always nice to travel places by ferry and the short ferry crossing really adds to that holiday feeling. I brought my blanket for a photo opportunity…

But why did I bring my blanket? More about that later… πŸ™‚

Although it was a very grey day the arrival in Cowes was still very beautiful…

We were staying in Shanklin on the south east of the Island and after checking into our holiday accommodation we had a walk down to the seafront……and walked through the high street where I was happy to see my ‘Cat Card’ design on the front cover of Simply Crochet!

And then I saw these adorable needle felted guinea pigs and rabbits wrapped in crocheted blankets in the window of another shop…aren’t they sweet?! πŸ™‚When we woke on our first morning we were treated to a wonderful sunrise and as I looked out the window I saw these two crows perfectly perched…Such a special start to the day! And it proved to be a beautiful sunny day… perfect for a walk around picturesque Godshill…My crochet project at the time was crocheting flower samples for my ‘Crocheted Flowers’ workshops that I’m hosting locally soon… as always my crochet is with me in my bag and it was the perfect opportunity to photograph my daffodils with some daffodils!

The next day was a little grey again but those crows were there on the same branch. It’s obviously a favourite morning perch of theirs!

We visited Ventnor. A beach with such rich coloured tiny pebbles…

And we ended the day visiting the famous Alum Bay and Needles. Alum Bay is famous for its multi-coloured sand cliffs and the colours were particularly amazing in the late afternoon sunshine…

It’s so beautiful isn’t it… and we timed our stop at the Needles perfectly for a brilliant sunset!

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On our last day I was keen to visit a local yarn shop and ‘Strictly Knitting’ in Shanklin was close to where we were staying. It’s a shop I can highly recommend… …it stocks a huge variety of yarns. I wanted something local and I was happy to discover that they stocked some locally dyed yarns… I couldn’t resist this colourway called ‘Sunshine’ that seemed the perfect souvenir for our sunny stay on the Isle of Wight and reminded me of those sunrise birds too!

This photo was taken on Yaverland Beach. Another photo opportunity for my blanket…

So why did I bring my blanket along with me? Well when I introduced my new Crochet Along a couple of weeks ago, a lovely lady called Sally from the Isle of Wight left a comment on my blog about crocheting blankets by the sea and we got into a conversation… I discovered that the crochet groups Sally organises are using my Seaside Stash Busting Blanket pattern as a project to work on so there are many in the making on the Isle of Wight!

And this conversation resulted in me visiting the ‘Crochet Cafe’ in Sandown which is just amazing! Here’s a link to their Facebook Page

There are pop up cafes on different days of the week all around the Island… we saw another advertised in Godshill…

…isn’t it a wonderful concept! πŸ™‚

So I visited the group in Sandown on Tuesday together with my daughter, sister in law and niece and we were made to feel so very welcome!

Here I am with Sally and her daughter… I love that everyone is welcome, regardless of age… and dogs are welcome too!

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Von showed me some spinning in action which was great to see… have a look at this video clip.

And I finally met lovely Joy from @joyswoollybits who I’ve followed over on Instagram for sometime. It’s always great to finally meet people in person…It’s just so heart warming to see crochet in action in this way and this ‘Crochet Cafe’ is really bringing people together! The sense of community through crochet is something so special. And the fact that many were making my blanket was wonderful to see! This was definitely a highlight of our stay for me… 😊

Out in Sandown I saw this window display of knitted toys and look, there’s a little schnauzer!! Our Salty didn’t come with us on this trip and although she would have loved it, she actually had an amazing time staying with my parents…

Time was running out and there were still places we wanted to see so onwards to Whitecliff Beach where we did some seaglass hunting…

We enjoyed driving up to the viewpoint on the Brading Down Road for brilliant Island views…

And finally Steephill Cove…

Oh what a wonderful place the Isle of Wight is… we were of course visiting in low season and most of the tourist attractions were actually closed. But there’s so much of the islands own natural beauty to discover and enjoy that we didn’t mind that at all. It’s also a place where I saw so much creativity and community spirit… and lots of evidence of yarn lovers!

I felt inspired, refreshed and motivated after our visit and would absolutely love to return!

Happy Crocheting Everyone… 😊❀️

36 comments

  1. Oh this is lovely. Your writing and the pictures work so well together that I now have a desperate desire to visit the Isle of Wight. It looks inviting and the people seem it to. I guess I know where to spend my spring holidays now πŸ™‚
    Thank you or that recommendation.
    Cheers
    Tamara

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  2. How wonderful for you to see so many lovely Coast Blankets being made in one place! It is such a good learning set of patterns for any beginner to practice on. Beautiful photographs for an out-of-season trip. Loved the mini schnauzer and the sea glass. Gail Ball (Eastbourne)

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  3. What a fantastic post. Stunning photos and fabulous crochet. Who could ask for more? I love the thought of the pop up crochet cafes too. For over 30 years my husband has been promising to take me to the Isle of Wight. His family are from Southampton so the IOW was a favourite holiday haunt of theirs. Now I am truly resolved to get there the next time we are down……Just won’t mention the crochet cafes or wool shop till we finally land on the island!

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  4. Thank you for the beautiful photos and interesting blog. We live in the same area as you I think and my husband comes from Hayling Island so we are familiar with the 60 mile journey. We have a lot of special places in this country, who needs to go abroad! 😊

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  5. Just loved your blog and would love to be there myself. How great so many lovely ladies enjoy crochet like ourselves, all over the world which really makes me feel good. One of my groups meets tomorrow, in Hawkes Bay NZ. Thank you for the enjoyable travelogue. Carolyn.

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  6. Loved looking at the photos, brought back many childhood memories , we went for seven years on the trot! , until the last when it rained all week and we got stuck on the island as there was a travel strikeπŸ˜‚. It was the only going ‘abroad’ my father ever did.
    I loved it so much took my family back ,many years later, and the hotel was still there, the local shop was too. Love that part of the island , Sandown ,shanklin, Gledhill etc. Makes me want to return now

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  7. What a fantastic trip – the blanket was the perfect accessory for the photos – so it earned it’s place on the trip, not just for show and tell when visiting the crochet group. Next time the light is right when you see the Isle of Wight you can wave to new found friends and I dare say plan another trip to all those wonderful sites – including the yarn shop!

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  8. What a great post about our beautiful island and you certainly found some of its hidden treasures. It was lovely to meet you and we will meet up again soon. Happy coastal crocheting – Joy xx

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  9. Lovely to read your blog and see your pictures, Eleanor, I think you have much in common with Lucy Attic24 as both provide an eloquent gentle look at our surroundings with a love of crochet. I’m just finishing my Sweet Pea blanket and then want to start your Coastal stash buster. I’m also having to fit in baby knitting as I’m going to be a grandmother in August- yippee! Xx

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  10. Thank you for your lovely blog Eleonora. We had a fabulous holiday on the IoW a couple of years ago, staying in Godshill and visiting most of the places you mention, including the wonderfully quirky Steephil Cove. Reading your blog has brought back happy memories 😊 Next time we go I will look up the Crochet cafes and Stictly Knitting in Shanklin! x

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    1. Thank you so much Jo… it’s so lovely that my blog post brought back happy memories for you! It’s certainly a fabulous place to visit isn’t it… Steephill Cove was amazing! And yes that yarn shop is definitely worth a visit next time…. πŸ˜ŠπŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™

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