Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Christmas Presents!

Here are some of the things that kept me busy in the run up to Christmas...
 Amy necklace with star earrings

 Darrenosaurus Rex for my buddy "Dinosaur Darren"
 Three pairs of socks for my dad, mum and hubby
And a bunny for my sister. There are a few other bits, but I can't share them just yet!
I had a lovely relaxing Christmas, full of time with my lovely friends and family, and plenty of time for knitting - I have finished a pair of socks for myself, and I have done half a sock for a second pair. My stall is closed until next Wednesday (Jan 4th), and I'm taking the opportunity to have a rest. It's been a long time coming!

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Some Info...


I am happy to report that all of my Christmas present shopping/making is done, and everything is wrapped and safely stashed under the tree, so all that's left to do now is enjoy the Festive Season. I will be keeping my online shops open over the festive period, but I will not be posting orders until 4th January, because it has been 15 months since I had a decent break so I am treating myself to a long Christmas holiday, starting on Christmas Eve afternoon. I will also be re-opening the stall on the 4th, and have some very exciting new designs coming in January! 
I will be back with pics of some finished stuff soon, including some of the presents that I've made, but I suspect this will be my last post before the Big Day, so I'm going to take this opportunity to wish all of my lovely followers a very Happy Christmas! Stay safe and be merry!xx

Busy Days...


It's been a busy week so far - my stall has been open every day and will be until Christmas Eve, so I've been   trying to have a relaxing time between customers so that I can start to get into the Festive Spirit myself! So I've been drinking lots of tea, and chatting away to customers and stallholders, and knitting things that I actually get to keep myself!


So I've been working on a second sock so that I have a pair to wear myself on Christmas day, as well as a second calorimetry, this time in the lovely pink that my pal Amy picked out for me when she was in Italy.

And I treated myself to something special today too - some gorgeous silver Fox studs from my lovely stall neighbours. The stall is run by a fabulous lady called Elaine, and her husband Philip makes the jewellery. They are a lovely couple, I've been very lucky to have such nice neighbours! 

 I am wearing my lovely new earrings now, they are really quite cute!
So that's been my busy week so far!

Friday, 16 December 2011

Knitting...

For the first time in ages my "to-do" list was short and easy to finish, so I decided to spend the day making something for myself. I've been admiring this pattern for ages, but I've never had the confidence, but since the short row knitting thing is deeply ingrained in my brain now from sock knitting I thought it would be do-able... so here it is, my very first calorimetry!!
It took most of the day, but I think it was worth it! And after giving it a test run in the cold, I can say that it is not only cute but jolly practical - It kept my ears warm, and didn't stress me out with my hair like a beanie type hat does. It may well have convinced me to keep my hair long too, and I have decided that it may well be the perfect project for using some gorgeous yarn that my buddy Amy bought for me in Italy. Obviously I will be making more of these things... My apologies for the photo quality (stupid dark British evenings).

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Makings...

I spent a quiet evening last night finishing socks for Christmas. I haven't been able to show most of my recent makings because I don't want anyone spotting anything they shouldn't, but these socks are for my parents and they won't peep...
These fancy stripey ones are for my dad, I finished them last night. I really hope he likes them! I am really looking forward to Christmas morning to find out what everyone thinks of their gifts!

At work this week I have a new design, some very snazzy goldfish. They are very cool!
I will be putting them on Etsy later this evening, but they are already on sale in my stall.
The Christmas crazy time of orders and personalised gifts is beginning to calm down a wee bit now, what with the passing of international postal dates and so on, so hopefully the six day week beginning on Monday will be a time for festive joviality with customers and other stall holders. I am still taking orders, and will be until Tuesday, but I think my sales now will mostly be existing stock. It's been a crazy couple of weeks, and I am starting to feel a little bit rough around the edges but I can't complain, I love to be busy, and I am remembering to make time to spend with my friends and family, which I think does me the world of good.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Shopping List Sunday

As I have mentioned, I have been busy making lots of goodies for my stall and Christmas presents for my gorgeous friends, so to get me in the mood for post-Christmas making, here is a bunch of yummy yarny goodness!

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Another little bird...

I really do love making these little birds. This is the latest one - nice and bright! I love yellow.
He's on sale in my stall now, but I seem to be selling lots of them at the moment. I have another ten cut out ready for making over the next week.

My Creative Space

My creative space this week is a little bit difficult to share, because it consists of Christmas presents for my friends and family, plus orders which are presents for people who might read my blog...It's been a crazy couple of weeks.
So I have been buried under a pile of work, none of which I can share. But I can share this - my one little project for me, which I have been working away at every time I get a spare moment. I really love this chevron pattern, it's so pretty!
I finished my "to-do" list this morning so this afternoon I am going to be working on Christmas presents for my lovely friends. I'm going to take photographs of everything when I've finished so I can share it all after Christmas!
For some inspiring spaces pop on over to Our Creative Spaces!

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Flea Market Finds

My flea market find this week is this sweet little chap...I had one of those moments where I just knew that he had to come home with me!
Today we have been decorating our Christmas tree, it is looking jolly festive in our living room, so I am planning to spend this evening reading "Atonement" by fairy light and drinking tea.
For more flea market finds pop on over to see Sophie Isobel

Saturday, 3 December 2011

New Flowers

Last night was the first milestone in the countdown to Christmas - the lovely little town that I live in has an annual event called "Christmas Live", where the town is filled with little stalls and fairground rides and entertainment. Unfortunately I missed out on the outside festive frivolity because my stall stayed open late, but I had a lovely time chatting to the cheery revellers and I am told that it was a fabulous evening. Today was the Christmas Parade through the town, and again, my stall was open, so I didn't get out to see the fancy floats, but the festive cheer is contagious and I am feeling immersed in the Christmas spirit. So to keep myself busy today I made some new crocheted flower brooches because they are always a big seller in the winter months.
Lots of people buy them to brighten up dark coloured winter coats so I have made them bright and cheerful because we are in full winter-mode right now. This evening I am relaxing after spending twelve hours in the stall yesterday - we have watched "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (part 2)", and now we're onto "The Fifth Element", and while I am working on my crochet chevron blanket, my hubby is sorting through a huge box of original 80's "Star Wars" figures and vehicles that we picked up from our favourite charity shop tonight. I fancy making myself an Ewok brooch but I'm not sure if I can liberate him unnoticed from the pile of figures...