Thursday, 28 October 2010

Thursday October 28th 2010

It's nearly Halloween!!!  Time has flown by this year. 

Hoopla Yarn and a couple of my 5 minute Flowers

I'm still having fun playing around with the Hoopla yarn.  It's sort of like crocheting with quite a few threads at once.  I really love the shapes it makes because it's more solid than more fibrous yans.  I've been making bags and mats and flowers.  I highly recommend it.  It's only £4.95 for 500gms!  500gms is enough to make a reasonable size mat, a small handbag or loads of flowers!  I'm going to look into getting some wholesale to sell on my site, I think.  It's going to be popular with crafters, I'm sure.

Peek-a-boo Dark Blue Beanie

Lavendar beanie/cloche thingy

Today is not a good day, however!  I am job hunting and I hate it.  Everything I want to do is too badly paid to pay the bills and anything I am qualified for and pays enough just seems like slavery.  I'm feeling a little bit desperate - so if anyone knows of anybody looking for a middle-aged English teacher who would prefer to have a short break from teaching.  Hard working, creative, grammatically correct!  Gis' a job!

Girly Camouflage!

Soft but masculine beanie

On the brighter side the brief and the yarn arrived from, so I'm putting together my instructions and photos for the granny square blanket.  They're in a hurry so I'm using that as an excuse to have a break from job hunting.  I'm coming to the conclusion that I'm not really a photographer.  I can never get the lighting right for important pics that need to impress.  I'm ok with snapshots but and my Etsy shop are both riddled with ordinary photography.  Need some lessons.  I'll put that on the todo list ... ... ...

MY FAV!  Sparkly, stripy, bobbly!!!

From the back

Whipped up a few winter warmers recently, too.  Took preliminary pics of them too.  Loads of lovely hats.  Here's a selection for your criticism.  Hats have always been far and away my best seller.

Time for a cuppa!

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Tuesday October 26th 2010

Wowowowowo!   How busy at the moment?  My most recent project is with some new yarn.  Yesterday, I met a wonderful couple and their beautiful daughter, Maya.  Charlotte and Erkan are starting a family business importing an up-cycled yarn made from cloth selvedges.  It's brilliant!!  And after a nice cream-topped hot chocolate and a very interesting chat, I flew home with my sticky paws full of bobbins ready to have a play!!!

I am so pleased with it.  It crochets really easily and work grows quickly.  The yarn has a really firm, structural texture and is going to be fantastic for things like bags, pots, mats and things. (It's also really cheap - Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!)  All that and up-cycled too, so I feel like I'm doing my bit...

I'll get some pictures up asap - just whipped up a bag in no time today - but in the mean time, I highly recommend you pop to their site and have a look for yourself. 

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Sunday October 17 2010

I found some hilariously funny vintage crochet patterns this week.  I've put some onto the website so that you can share, or maybe even buy them!  I've got more to go on tonight ... if I get the time.  Here is an image of my favourite (to be fair, most of the others could be lovely if they weren't photographed in a tasteless 70s scene!) 

Look Stylish in this Yellow Trouser and Tunic Set!

I can hardly resist making one.  I think I need to do so as a joke present for a mate.  I'll parcel it up for Christmas and act all serious about how long it took to make and how I made it just for her.  Don't know if I'll get away with insisting she wear it out.  Hmmmm?  Could be a good Christmas.

The other thing I found this week in amongst all the pictures was some crochet furniture.  I love this modern take on crochet and I thought it was completely innovative and orignal and yet I also find some in the 1970s back catalogue!!  Is there nothing new?



Admittedly the contemporary version is a bit more stylish but that might be just a matter of changing tastes.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Wednesday October 13th 2010

Headache ... :-(

Everything is pink and sparkly tonight.  Lovely bit of thread found in the bottom of my stash.  I have no idea what it is or where it came from, only that it glitters and gleams and is glorious girly pink.  Usually I'm not into girly colours but this has taken my fancy *Shuffles in her seat in an embarrassed attempt to look more grown up and womanly*  Ahem!  Moving on.

Looks like I might have to go back to teaching part time.  I'm really depressed about it but we need the money desperately and finding a part-time teaching job seems like it's going to be impossible  before we run out of money completely. Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.  Teaching full time is exhausting and I'll hardly be able to crochet at all so here's to a timely lottery win.  Keep your fingers crossed everyone.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Saturday October 9th 2010

Feeling quite positive today.  Had a nice long lie-in courtesy of my lovely Stu who fed the kids and played quiet games.  Bit strange because I woke up stiff and tired!  And I'd been having nightmares about escaped lions, bouncing bison and Keanu Reeves (don't ask). 

However, after that bizarre start to the day managed to apply for several jobs - one of which involves crochet which makes me very very very very happy indeed.  Keeping my fingers crossed.  My baby's jacket is sewn together and I've addes 3 gorgeous flowers in blue and started a matching bobble hat.  I've also made a big pile of Christmas decorations and added my blog/Etsy/site to various lists in the hope of encouraging more visitors.  Can I recommend the widget maker at craftcult (cast eyes right to see my widget in operation).  It is completely free and you can add it to almost any site you own or your friends/family/network own.  Cool eh?

So... feeling good and watching QI.  Do I feel up to cleaning out my Email inbox?  Might as well give it a go.

Friday, 8 October 2010

Friday 8th October 2010

Wanted to go to the knitting and stitching show a in London today and I can't even tell you why I'm not there - regretting it now.  Sign me up for the knittinng and craft show in March.  Why isn't there any mention of crochet?  I love knitted items but I  REALLY love crochet.  It is easier to pick up than knitting, your work grows faster and it is equally versitile and able to produce fashionable and beautiful things.  I'm going to make it my mission to raise it's profile.  WORLD DOMINATION FOR CROCHET!!!!

Made a cute baby jacket in creamy yarn last night but I hate sewing the seams so it's still sitting in pieces beside me as I blog.  Altogether: "Pull yourself together woman, it's only a bit of sewing!"  Alright, alright, I'll do it this afternoon.  Don't nag.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Tuesday October 5th 2010

I am sooooooooooooooo tired.  I've had a really busy few days and lots of early mornings.  But ....  Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!   finished the prototype doiley ready for posting.  It's the third attempt before I was happy with the outcome but I'm very pleased now.  I'm not too happy about shipping it, though.  It is big (2 feet in diameter) and I want to send it flat.  I've been out scouting card today but couldn't find any big enough and stiff enough (oooerr!).  I've had to attach it to a a piece of card, roll it and put inside a tube.  Not entirely satisfactory but it will do.  Not looking forward to sending 20 of them when the project's finished.

Also borrowed a decent digital camera and took some pictures - so I've put a lot more stuff onto the website and onto Etsy.  I've got a load more to do tomorrow inbetween planning my lessons and teaching.  Phew!  Life is very full.   

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Saturday October 2nd 2010

READY, STEADY GO!!! Busy, busy, busy weekend.  Both my mun and Stu's mum have birthdays and so we have lots of visiting and celebrating to do.  Everything else on hold until Sunday evening.

My doiley is back to the round it was before the major unpicking so I'm starting to feel a bit better about that.  Had several hours of 'oh b*gger!  I give up' but back on track with a bit of ruffling up - I'm going to attempt tightening with a tight round of doubles (watch this space to see if THAT works).

Last night, as a relief from the tiny doiley hook, I started the first of the winter hats.  Lovely mauves and lilacs.  I can't decide whether to leave it plain or put something pretty on it.  I'm going to have a surf later and see what people like at the moment.

Ok - gotta wrap prezzies and get the kids in the car.   Let the partying commence ...

Friday, 1 October 2010

Thursday September 30th 2010

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGHHHH!!!  Feeling 'just a little' pissed off with myself.  Made a huge gaff in my doily and had to unpick half of it - so that's going to be another day before I finish.  I have been crocheting madly and fingers ache. Bloody booooooooo to being stupid.  It is now well passed midnight for the ... well every night this week.  Sleepy byes for me.