Monday, 30 January 2012

Public Liability Insurance

I have been  having a nightmare trying to find reasonably priced PLI to allow me to sell at fairs and shows.  I've have been transferred and passed on and fobbed off!  Companies who wanted to sell me anything but PLI, companies who would only insure for set addresses (Can you limit your selling to just one event in one place, Miss Stott?), A company who couldn't help but recommended my house insurance (!!!) and one who had exactly what I wanted ... for £276 a year.

Then came the crafting community.  All it took was one sad voice and a question on Twitter and the amazing and supportive crafting world came to my rescue with a million-ish suggestions.  

Paying it forward, I have gathered all this information into a list below in the hope that it will be useful for others too.  Please feel free to copy/steal/link etc

I have no experience of any of these (yet) so I offer no comment but please feel free to recommend, or not, if you have used any of these policies.    £30 subscription includes £5mil PLI
National Market Traders' Federation  Membership includes PLI
Grove and Dean
Ian Wallace
GM Imber & sons
SAA (society for all artists)
Graham Sykes

Hope this is of help to others.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Granny a day catch up!

Here's my catch-up all the way to day #25  I'm still working with the same 3 yarns to make up my squares and I've decided on a repeat for my pattern.  The individual squares that have the same colour on the final round are joined with that colour but I can't decide how to join where two different colours meet.  Any suggestions gratefully received...

I think I'll make 3 or 4 more repeats of the pattern for a nice long scarf.

Here's the pic:

FYI:  you can even see my little crocheted rose in the top right-hand corner.  All ready for the front of a Valentine's Day card.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

19th January 2012

Here are grannies to add to my mini scarf project.  I'm up to six (2 more for days 18 and 19) and I think they're going to go together pairing up the outer colour into a kind of stripe like this:

What a brilliant day so far!  I started off annoyed because a student didn't show for their lesson and this is not the first time they have done this.  I hope they have a good excuse!  Buuuuuut then the lovely delivery man arrived with my new yarn storage system!!!  Admittedly, it is flat pack from Argos so nothing fancy but it was only £19.99 in their sale reduced from more than £100 so I am very very happy with my bargain (in fact, I bought 2).  I  have now constructed one of these lovely six drawer cabinets and have one more to build and then I'm having a major move around.  It is so exciting!!!!!!

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

17th Jan 2012

Arrrrrrghh!  Got behind on my Granny a Day squares again!  I think this might happen a lot over the next few weeks ... I have so much to do.   With that in mind, I'm keeping things simple for a while.  I'm doing a mini project inside my big Granny a Day project and I'm going to make a little classic granny square scarf in nautical colours.  That way I can do some smaller and simpler squares for a bit and, in the process, stay sane!

Here are the first four to catch myself up-to-date:

Grannies for days 14, 15, 16 and 17

Friday, 13 January 2012

Jan 13th 2012

Granny a Day squares 12 and 13

I've made a pair of twins (non-identical) for days 12 and 13.
They are made with no foundation chain but a 4ch starter and then 11 trebles into the 4th ch from hook to form the inner circle.  Round 2 is 2tr in each st with 1ch separated the clusters.  Round 3 is 3tr;2ch;3tr for each corner and 2tr in each ch space of the row below separated by 1ch between each cluster (including the corner clusters).  Round 4 is exactly the same as round 3.    Please ignore the fact I haven't been bothered to sew my ends in yet! ;-)

Thursday, 12 January 2012

January 12th

I haven't posted my grannies for te last few days because I've been in my sick bed!  I have kept up my crochet, though, and to prove it here are squares for days 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11.  I will complete today's square later.

Day 7

Small and simple.  Made in aran chunky yarn that is a deeper, more gorgeous colour that the picture suggests.  Very easy 4ch ring.  Into the ring for round 1:  four groups of 3tr separated by four sets of 3ch.  Round 2 is just 1tr in each tr below and 2tr into two stitches roughly in the corner.

Day 8

Now, I know this one is a little bit wibbly round the edges!!  It wasn't supposed to have a completely straight edge anyway (honest) but I put the rest of the wobble down to being at the worst of my illness (cough! cough!)  This was made with a bit 16ch ring as foundation and round one was a series of 4ch loops evenly distributed around this ring.  Round 3 was 2dc; 2ch in the side loops and 2dc; 3ch; 2dc; 2ch in each of the corner loops.  Round 4: corners of  5tr each made into the 3ch loop and sides of htr in each of first 2 dc; 2htr in 2ch space; 2ch and skip next 2 dc; 2htr in 2ch space; htr in each of last two dc.   Final round is 1dc in each st; 2dc in 2ch space and 2dc in each of 2 stitches nearest each corner.

Day 9

This one is from Jan Eaton's book "200 Crochet Blocks".  It is the Tricolour Square on page 51 for those of you who already own the book or might be thinking of buying a copy (it's brilliant by the way!)

Day 10

Another from Jan Eaton's book.  This time Waterlily on page 41.  Pretty isn't it?

Day 11

  This is made with Artesano Superwash Merino and is my experiment to see what would happen to the traditional granny if I replaced trebles with doubles.  I've made started with a 4ch ring.  The clusters are all 2dc separated by 1ch along the sides.  The corners are always 2dc; 2ch; 2dc.  I've added an extra round of brown to give a thicker border.  I quite like the result.

Right, I'm off for a Lemsip and some catching up on work...

Friday, 6 January 2012

Jan 6th 2012

Granny a Day  DAY 6 -   Soooooo busy today I've gone for the quick and traditional.  I might be doing a few of these in the weeks to come.    Having said that, there is actually nothing like a traditional granny.  I think it's my favourite so far.

In other news, putting together a diary of 2012 fairs and events for selling and for fun/spending.  Any suggestions?

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Jan 5th 2012

Granny a Day number 5!!  This is from 200 Crochet Blocks by Jan Eaton so I won't give her pattern away.  If you're interested, it is number 94 in the book - called Gothic Square (although mine has come out quite massive because I've chosen thicker yarn and a 4.5mm hook).

Same yarns as yesterday and one deliberate mistake!!  Can you spot the stitch I've missed?  Shouldn't have asked that, should I?  I bet there are loads!!!

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Jan 4th

Here's my grannies.  One for yesterday and one for today.

First is a traditional square (3 rounds) with 12 satelllite mini squares around the edge.  The mini square are just the first round of the larger square x12.  I used the same yarns as days 1 and 2.

I've changed colourse for the second (I get bored easily!).  There are 4 colours this time.  3 acrylic dk and one, slightly thicker, old, old wool in dark green I found at the back of my shelves. 

The square starts with a large loop made with 6ch foundation.  The stitches are simply half-trebles rather than trebles so that I could fit in more rounds and are positioned between the stitches below rather than into them to give the spikey effect.

Round 1 is (2htr then 2ch) x 4

After that I have put one stitch between each pair of stitches along the straights and varied the corners to compensate for the different  gauges of the yarn and keep the square flat.  They are either 2htr, 2ch, 2htr or 1htr, 2ch, 1htr.  The final round just has 3htr in each corner.

Sorry the pic is a bit blurred ... low light, shakey hand, poor camera ...

Monday, 2 January 2012

January 2nd

Just a quickie to post my Granny a Day square.  I call this one Battenburg for obvious reasons!  It is made of two of the same yarns from yesterday (the quality of my camera doesn't pick them out).  There is a cerise acrylic and a varigated wool/acrylic blend in cerise, brown and green.  The big square is made up of 4 small squares.  Each of which is a 2 round solid granny square.

Foundation:  4ch ring
Round 1:  (3 treble + 2ch) x4
Round 2: 1 treble in each treble below and 2tr + 2ch +2tr in each corner

I could have joined them as I went but I like the look of the whip stitch and they're only little so I went with that.  I'm not a big sewer but I don't mind a little bit now and then !!!...!!!

Sunday, 1 January 2012


My First Thought This Year:

I remember being at school and thinking about being 30.  It would be in the year 2000 and it felt like it was too far in the future to ever happen!  I was 12 then.  It is now 12 years since I was 30!!  Not relevant to my crochet or crafting ... but a thought that keeps buzzing around my head. It makes me feel that I have to make a lot of this year.  I will be 42 (as every sci-fi geek knows, the number that is the answer to life, the Universe and everything), my DF Stu will be 40 and my Grandfather will be 90.  Both my parents are retiring from work and both my children will be in full-time education before the year ends.  It is going to be a year of excitement and change.  I can't wait...

Ok - Crochet!  I keep saying it, but I do intend to blog more regularly.  Partly to help this but, mostly, for the challenge I have signed up for the 'Granny a Day' CAL (link to the right ->).  If I do nothing else, I'm going to post a picture of each granny square as it comes off the hook.   I have decided to go random.  As many different squares as possible using up as much odd stash yarn as possible.  I can't decide whether to connect as I go or wait until the end until I can play around with the placement of each.  Hmmmmm ...

Here is today's (apologies for the picture, my camera is ... well, I'd like a new one!):

It is a 4 round granny with a ch4 foundation ring.  I have used 3 yarns:  2 acrylic and one (I think) is a wool/acrylic blend.  It is a bit wobbly around the edges because the yarns are of different gauges and the first two rounds are round rather than square - I will block it ... probably.

Round 1 is made up of 12 double trebles separated from each other by 1ch.
Round 2 is 1 bobble (made of 5 trebles) in each space and 1ch between each bobble
Round 3 is 1 cluster (3 trebles for each) in each space separated by 1ch except in every 3rd space where there are 2 clusters separated by 2ch to form the corners
Round 4 uses round 2 yarn again and is simply 1 double in each stitch and 2doubles-1ch-2doubles in each corner.

Wahay, 2012 is underway.  The crochet fun has started.   If I've won the lottery this could be the perfect beginning!