Back in November 2013 my dear friend Norah taught me how to make the first two rows of a crocheted granny square. I'd tried for years to teach myself using YouTube and books but with no success whatsoever. Norah made it look so easy and all of a sudden it clicked! That was the one and only lesson I ever had. I came home that day and taught Angela what I'd learnt and we’ve barely put our hooks down since! You can find Angela's blog HERE.
In June 2015 we began meeting our friends Jo, Kathy, Kate, Ingrid and Norah every fortnight and although we don't see Norah or Ingrid much these days, the rest of us still meet fortnightly every other Wednesday at my home (Even though its a 26 mile round trip for them as I now live 13 miles away from where we started!)
seriously.hooked.up began as an instagram page which I used to share my crochet makes and also to capture and share our fortnightly get togethers with those interested in our little group. We decided on the name seriously.hooked.up because primarily I'm a crocheter and also because "hooking up" with our craft loving friends is what we were doing! Slowly but surely we gained a small following on instagram and also received many queries from local crafters asking if they could join our group! As you can see from the pictures above, my living room was already at capacity! So after our second anniversary as a group we decided to give in to pressure and launch our first "public" yarn craft social group!
It took a little while for our Kirkham social session to get off the ground, but before long our group was pretty well established and we were looking at launching a second group in Lytham! After a few hiccups and a change to our strap line from "stitch & bitch" to "crochet & knitting socials" our Lytham group took off more or less straight away at the end of 2017! A few weeks later we launched in Poulton and at the end of 2018 we launched our final social in Warton!
Since that first crochet lesson 6 years ago we have become acquainted with so many wonderful people, charities and businesses. We've had some amazing opportunities which have allowed us to facilitate day trips for people to events and places like Yarndale, Black Sheep Wools and our fabulous end of year gathering at Lorenzo’s restaurant. Suggestions from those who attend our social sessions have led to some amazing experiences, for me personally this includes being introduced to (and later becoming obsessed with) Alpacas which in turn led me to meeting my friends Josie, Rom and all the lovely volunteers at Longridge Alpacas. In 2019 we teamed up with Tazeem and Nick from the Tranquil Otter and ran our first weekend residential events. And still we're connecting with new and established friends who inspire and amaze us with their kindness and talent. It is NEVER lost on us how lucky we are to have the support of so many wonderfully talented, generous and simply amazing friends. Special thanks to Julie and Rachel from Park View 4U, their kindness, knowledge and generosity have helped us massively this last couple of years!
These events are made available to those who attend our Community Crochet, Knitting & Yarn Craft Socials first! So the best way to get involved is to come along! Our socials are open to anyone who has a love of crochet, knitting (or any other yarn craft) and also those wishing to learn! All abilities welcome. To see the dates of our upcoming socials click HERE to be redirected to our socials page.
It's important to understand that our social sessions are not LESSONS. We are very happy to teach crochet at all levels from basic to advanced and BASIC knitting, but we do this INFORMALLY and currently at no extra cost. So if you wish to learn it is best to let us know in advance, but do bear in mind that we will be running our social session at the same time, so bring something else with you to work on in case we can't free up our time. That said, there are many very experienced knitters and crocheters at all of our sessions who would be willing to assist with any other knitting or crochet queries if we're otherwise occupied.
Entry to our sessions costs £3.50. This fee is to help cover the cost of the venue hire and includes, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, bottled water and biscuits (at Christmas it also included mince pies and prosecco!) Members receive a loyalty card which is stamped at each visit. Your eighth visit is free. Those who are likely to attend more than one group may benefit from purchasing a monthly pass which at £14.00 will allow you entry to all groups during that calendar month.
Our Community Crochet, Knitting & Yarn Craft Socials are now well established in Kirkham, Lytham, Poulton And Warton. New members are made welcome by a friendly group of people of all ages with varied backgrounds and from many walks of life. During 2020 we are planning a number of events in addition to our social sessions. We can't wait to work with Claire from Life on Plot 7 and host her fantastic needle felting workshops again! We're looking forward to working with Graham and Lindsey from Coastal Colours who will be delivering yarn dyeing, sock knitting and drop spindle workshops throughout the year and we're working with Lyn and Rachel from Come And Do Yoga at Northern Soul on macrame workshops! Following the success of our first and second residential weekend events we are planning our third short break at the Tranquil Otter in August 2020!
*If you don't attend our groups (for example if you're out of area) but would like to visit us or would like us to visit your group, please click here to get in touch.
**If you are interested in running a workshop with us, please click here to get in touch and we'll happily discuss working together!
Thanks for reading!