Sunday, 31 July 2011

Shopping List Sunday

I'm in a whimsical kind of day today, so here are just a few of the things that have tickled my fancy!

Big Knit for Innocent Smoothie and AgeUK

I spent some time yesterday making hats for the Innocent Smoothie "Big Knit". I make a bunch of hats every year, but I have decided that this year, since I have so much lovely space in the stall, I will have a big knit along for Innocent! So from 9.30am-3pm on Saturday 20th August there will be a drop-in session, where knitty folks can pop in and knit a hat! There is also the added incentive that the lovely market cafe are offering a free scone with every hot drink for the knitters to bring down to the stall! How fab!!
So, I've been making little pompoms, and have already had a fair bit of interest from my customers and my gorgeous Stitch and Bitch ladies - one of the ladies can't make it, so she's already very kindly brought up some double knit yarn, a bunch of pompom templates and two very sweet little hats! I'm hoping it will be a fun day! The pattern can be found here, it's really easy and fun to make, and of course, the main thing is that it helps AgeUK and what could be better than that?!
I've been invited to a local "Ladies Meeting" on Thursday evening - the ladies are already itching to get going with the hats, so I'm going up to knit with them, and take them some pompom templates!
I've been asked to make it clear that I am not a financial supporter or corporate partner in the Big Knit so there, it's clear, I'm just hosting a knit along!

Friday, 29 July 2011

My Creative Space

I'm really late with my space this week, but it's because we've been busy decorating our living room! The wall-paper at the top is getting painted over, but we did a whole huge wall in this lovely orange yesterday! It's in preparation for our fantastic shelves - I can't wait for them to arrive!
I was in my stall today (having a rest) making pompoms for innocent smoothie hats. I will be holding a big knit day in the stall at the end of August, so I'm starting to get ready!
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Wednesday, 27 July 2011

New Display in the Stall and Impressive Feats of Balancing...

I've been playing around with some new display ideas today, involving over-sized cut-outs of some of the designs I've made into jewellery. The idea was to put them on the wall, so that jewellery could be hung from them. I glued some cotton reels onto the back of the large deer and bird, so that the cut-outs would sit away from the wall. This involved a bit of inventiveness on the "don't have a vice in the stall" front...
Lots of fun balancing weight on top...so when they were good and stuck, I attached them to my stall wall!

Aren't they sweet?! I really love them, and have plans for some other fancy displays too!

Busy Making!

I've been busy making some of my new heart necklaces to sell, since the one that I've been wearing myself has been quite popular! They are available in red, yellow, purple, frosty pink and bright pink, as well as the nice purl pink (which I don't seem to have photographed for some reason...)
I have also made up a kilt pin which will be an example of the type of thing that customers can buy and add charms to themselves - I will have a box of different letters, hearts, stars and animals that they can choose from! I think it's pretty cute!
and I made lots of earrings today to send along to the Eisteddfod...
Busy busy!

Facebook Giveaway!

Today was the big day - I passed 100 followers on Facebook and as promised had a brooch giveaway!

(Just for the sake of explanation of rules and procedure... I was on 99 followers when I went to work, but at 104 when I checked mid-morning, so for the sake of fairness, I have included everyone, except my hubby, who was not allowed to enter since he was chosen to pick the name!)

We were a bit short on the ground for ideas on how to do the draw itself, so we went for the highly original "names in a kitsch vintage basket" approach! So here they are, 103 names on bits of paper...
And here is hubby's hand, choosing the bit of paper that looked most enticing...And the winner is *drumroll please*
Well done to Martha! And again, a huge thanks, not only to my facebook "likers", but to everyone who has supported me over the last year or two. I really appreciate it.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

New Hexagon Colours

I've been very busy making lots of jewellery today ready to send to the National Eisteddfod with Siop Cwlwm Croesoswallt, as well as a batch of my new heart necklaces and some heart stud earrings to match, but this evening I am carrying on with some African Flower Hexagons in the latest set of colours...
I've finished 33 hexagons in the other three colour-ways, and I'm on my second of this one. I don't think I'm going to be able to stop!!
I've just spoken to the journalist from the article that I've contributed to - she's really lovely and her blog is gorgeous and well worth a look.

Monday, 25 July 2011

Flea Market Finds

I'm a bit late with my flea market finds this week because we had a trip to the seaside, and of course that meant charity shopping too! Here's my haul...
Gorgeous retro fabric, three vintage bead necklaces, a 1980s My Little Pony, and two books - Neil Gaiman "American Gods" and Kate Mosse "The "Winter Ghosts". Lots of thrifty luck! I finished "Neverwhere" by Neil Gaiman last night, it's a fantastic book, so I'm looking forward to starting "American Gods". We had lots of fun at the seaside - as well as the shopping there was a whole bunch of tea drinking and relaxing and mooching on the seafront. It was lovely!
Flea Market Finds is hosted by the lovely Sophie Isobel, pop on over to take a look at the other finds!

Thursday, 21 July 2011

More Little Birds

Here's a little peep at my newest arrivals; two more little birds! They are really very sweet, I just love them!
The little birds all have a new home in the stall too - this lovely glass cake stand! I was given the stand by another stall holder, my former neighbour Bob, and it is just perfect for little birds. They live on my counter now, in a much more prominent place where they can be seen easily. I think they look rather spiffy on there. I have two more birds in the making, and lots more fabric cut out and ready to go, so I'm sure there will be lots more photos of them soon!

My Creative Space

I've been busy making lots of jewellery today! I had some commissions to do, including a boxer dog necklace, a black cow brooch, a black and white cow brooch and a purple scotty dog brooch, but I also tried out a couple of other designs that I had been thinking about for necklaces;
I decided I would make the red heart to try out myself.I like to wear my jewellery out and about so that I can see how people respond to it - it's a good way to know if I should make some for the stall! So, I have ordered some purple and pink transparent plastic so that I can make some more of these necklaces, I think they're funky!
This afternoon I am making packaging for the commissions, and then I have some more crocheting to do! It's a lovely day so I may even sit in the garden to crochet, I'm sure the chickens will keep me company!
For more Creative Spaces, pop on over here!

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Wrist Warmers

I've just cast off the first of my wrist warmers! Soon I will be able to skate with knitted fanciness over my ugly wrist protectors! It's made from 4ply cotton and feels lovely. It was really simple too; I cast on 60 stitches on dpns and just kept knitting until I got to a length that I liked, and then did a k2,p2 rib around the top to keep it in the right place. I need to try it on over my wrist guards now... might be a good time to get back on my skates, I need to get my confidence back after hurting my tail bone.
Right, onto my second warmer!

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

500th Blog Post!

Wow, I never would have imagined writing 500 blog posts, but here I am; Number 500. It's quite a landmark I think! Thanks to everyone who has stuck with me so far, I really appreciate it!
So I've had a bit of a relaxing day; I spent this morning catching up on letters to some of my lovely penpals, they're on their way to Canada, South Korea, Germany and the USA. This afternoon I have been making more flower hexagons - I worked out the third colour-way, and I have done eight of them, so I'm up to thirty hexagons in total now. I'm really not sure how many to do, I think I'm just going to keep making them until I have a huge bundle. I really like making them.
So tomorrow I'm back in the stall, I'll be making more little birds because they're all finding new homes! I have a beautiful new cake stand to put them on too, so it needs to be full of birdie loveliness. I am also working on some new designs, so I will be taking in my sketchbook. I have lots of plans and ideas, so I have to get them on paper before I forget!

Monday, 18 July 2011

Crochet Loveliness!

I have spent a bit of time today working on the second set of African Flower Hexagons - so far I have done eleven of the pink edged with grey, and eight of the purple edged with cream. I'm going to introduce another colour-way, but I haven't decided what it will be yet!
I think I may need to empty my huge tub of yarn and have a play with some different colours! As well as crocheting, I have had a business related shopping spree today - I have ordered chain, jump-rings, and kilt pins (something new I've been thinking about), and lots of new plastic to laser cut - including transparent pink and purple for a new design! I'm learning to take a bit of time off for actual creativity these days, and my to-do lists are still getting done - Woohoo!

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Shopping List Sunday

Some of the lovely yarny goodies I've been admiring this week...

Lots of New Projects on the Go!

I've been a busy bee over the last few weeks; I've had lots of commissions and custom orders, and there's been plenty going on in the stall, but in between everything else, I've been busy making a few things for myself! So here's what I've been upto...
This will be the first of a pair of wrist warmers that will go over the top of my roller skating wrist protectors. It's in cotton 4-ply so it's taking a bit of time, but I'm sure it will be worth it! I am planning to rib the top and do a crochet picot type of design on the hand end.

I have also been making African Flower Hexagons. I started with cushion covers in mind, but I think I'm already far too far down the line for that one, so another throw blanket may be on the cards... I will be edging them in white, but I'm planning to join as I go - something I've never done before! I am also introducing a new colour-way...
I think it's going to be pretty fancy!

and most recently, inspired by one of my Stitch and Bitch ladies, I started this Rag Rug! I showed the lady in question how to crochet circles a couple of weeks ago, she has picked it up really fast and is now making a circular rag rug, so in the process she found out how to make a bedsheet into one long crochet-able strip! Well, I was so impressed that I wanted to try it out, so I went charity shopping after work on the hunt for sheets and pillow cases and sheets! I started a rectangular rug last night, I love having a ball of fabric the size of a watermelon!
I am so bad at starting projects and not finishing them, but I am determined that all of these projects (plus my second sock, stripey blanket and flower blanket) will all be finished soon!

Thursday, 14 July 2011

My Creative Space

My creative space this week is not so much about actually making anything, but it was shopping for the next make!
I had lots of fun yarn shopping with my lovely friend Vicky and we chose fantastic bright colours to play with! I'm not sure what I will be making with mine yet, but I'm going to enjoy using it I'm sure!
For more Creative Spaces pop on over to Our Creative Spaces!

And just as an extra fun little thing - I'm having a giveaway on my facebook page! When I reach 100 "likers" I will pick a name (in a random and scientific way) and one of the 100 will win one of my brooches - the winner will have the choice of brooches from my facebook store (the design and colour of their choice!) and I will bundle it up and send it off! Easy - all you have to do is click "like"!!

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Makings Over The Last Few Years!

Inspired by Vanessa from Do You Mind If I Knit, and the fact that I am almost at my 500th blog post, I thought I would have a bit of a mooch down memory lane at some of the things I've made over the last couple of years...
I am always so grateful that I am able to do what I do. I love to make things and it makes me so happy that I get to do it all day, everyday. There's lots more of my makings over on my Flickr page, and I hope there's lots more to come!

Crochet Day!

I had a very busy weekend in the stall - it was Oswestry Food Festival, so the market was open on Saturday and Sunday! I met lots of new people who were really enthusiastic, so hopefully some of them will come back for another visit! I sold my first Yo-Yo making kit too, so I hope the little lady that bought it will come and show me how she got on!
After work on Sunday we hopped in the auto-mobile and went on an adventure to London! We had a lovely dinner in our favourite restaurant and had a very nice stroll down to Trafalgar Square. Then yesterday I had a trip to Camden Market, and went to see the "Treasures of Heaven" exhibition in the British Museum. I also had a mooch around the National Gallery and the Portrait Gallery! How lovely!
Today I am back to work, I have been replying to emails and working on more crochet motifs, which I am describing as work, but it's not really! I am just trying out new designs so that I can expand my understanding, here are my efforts so far, some from today others from last week.
I am working out of two books now - Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs and Crochet Stitch Motifs: 250 to crochet. They're both great books, and I am remembering more easily now that one is English and the other is American and that I need to switch abbreviations! It's good to practise I think, I like to stretch myself with new stuff, and it would seem that suddenly I can understand crochet charts! How very odd!

Friday, 8 July 2011

Crochet Lessons!

I had two superstar crochet pupils today! Look how well they did...
I really hope that they enjoyed the lesson, and that they keep making squares! I saw a lady yesterday who had been for a lesson - I hadn't seen her since and I didn't know if she'd carried on, but she very excitedly showed me a purse that she had crocheted! I was so thrilled - she had gone from granny squares to straight rows and flowers! It's great to pass on the skills.

Friday Folksy Favorites

Some of the lovely things I've spotted on Folksy this week!

Thursday, 7 July 2011

My Creative Space

I have been busy crocheting today. I have been using the lovely crochet cotton that I picked up yesterday to make little flowers which will decorate the shoe straps of three bridesmaids!
I made 18 flowers in total, each with a little loop on the back so that they can be slipped onto the straps.
Here they are all bagged up and ready to be delivered. This is the first part of the commission, the next part is really scary; I will be making the topper for the cake!!! This evening I am going to be making plans for a special charity event that I am organising for my stall, and I have arranged to have a chat with the market manager tomorrow so that I can start working out the details. It's going to be really exciting, but I need to do lots of publicity so that it works!
For more creative spaces, pop on over to Our Creative Spaces

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

New Photos of my Lovely Stall!

Had a bit of a re-shuffle on my counter-top last week. I am starting to run out of room for everything. And I need more display stuff too. Really must go shopping...
These are some of my new Button Earrings! They have been quite popular, and of course, I needed some to wear myself - I picked out green and white. They're fab. I love buttons.
My birds have found a little space on my shelves. They seem pretty cosy.

I thought I would try something new for displaying my brooches. I had found that customers weren't seeing all of the designs, and I don't like to disturb them as they peruse, so this seemed like a good solution. It seems to have worked. It's a learning curve, this whole having a shop thing.

One of the highlights of my day today was shopping for crochet cotton. I picked up the pink and green today, so tomorrow I will start making flowers for a special commission.
This evening I am working on some wrist warmers that will be worn over my wrist protectors when I go roller skating. I'm not being vain - I understand that I have to wear them, but they're just so ugly!! So they will be covered with knitted loveliness. I wondered about covers for my elbow and knee pads too, but I thought that might be excessive!!

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Medicinal Crochet!

I spent yesterday on the sofa, still trying to recover from this horrible summer cold. But as always, I couldn't just sit and rest, so I started looking through the lovely Crochet Stitch Motifs book by Erika Knight, and I just couldn't stop myself from having a go at a few!
I have toyed with the idea of working through the entire book, but I've pretty much just been flicking through and trying different ones. I might just make a bunch of different motifs and join them all up at some point. I'm feeling a bit better today, but of course, the weather has gone from fabulous sunshine to torrential downpour (I might be exaggerating a bit here) so I am having another crochet day. I have settled on the sofa with a cup of tea and a documentary about Ancient Egypt, so now I am going to pick another pattern to try!