Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Presents, Cosies and Crochet.

Had a lovely Christmas and saw almost all of my close family at some time during the festivities, this of course was the best present but I did have some amazing crochet related gifts.

 Lovely cotton from Graham, as you can see it is already started!
 Vicky and Stu bought me a piercing crochet hook - I tried various materials before settling on felt. I discovered that the little felt heart is perfect for cleaning the screen of my tablet, hence the photograph. I had started making things for valentines day, which is why it is heart shaped but I am not sure people would be exactly delighted to receive a screen cleaner as an expression of undying love?

You might remember these: our famous Ferrero Roche cosies?

I must have made more than 150 including robins, penguins, owls and baubles. Now people have been asking if we can do some for valentines day, mothers day and other celebrations so here are my prototypes.

 My attempt at an artistic picture of almost the whole collection.
 Two with little flowers with sparkly beaded centres and their own little container.

 May be suitable for valentines day? Don't worry I still ate the sugared almonds.
 Mothers day perhaps? The lighter one with the ring on top is made of lovely sparkly yarn, the pink one with the red pom-pom is a bit like a breast - I support women's right to feed their babies anywhere -is there a day for this?
These can be made in any team colours.

Two odd ones. A teddy bear and I think what is called a protea. To be truthful these were not planned they just evolved.

Here I started to make a heart shaped container for the chocolates, but I wasn't happy with it. I am not quite sure how the owl got there but he seems to fit, even if it isn't a beautiful pea-green. Now I am going to set about making him a cat companion.
Happy New Year everyone.
Lynn and Vicky

Friday, 26 December 2014

A lovely surprise

What a surprise and a brilliant Christmas present! Kathryn Vercillo has very kindly given our blog one of her awards this year. http://www.crochetconcupiscence.com/2014/12/best-niche-2014-string-theory-crochet-with-freeform-crochet/

Thank you very much for the recognition and for giving me the opportunity to explain how the free form fascination has happened.: I taught Vicky how to crochet but since she took it up professionally I have learned more from her than she ever learned from me. It is lovely for a parent to learn from a child. A few years ago she started sending me images of other people's beautiful free form and I was hooked ( sorry I keep doing this). 
As a sort of celebration I thought I would show you my favourite free form. There are lots of reasons I like it: I like the colours , I like its three dimensional texture, I like the fact that it is made from patches and some parts are directly crocheted on to the fabric but most of all I like it because Vicky and I made it together. At one particular show I would put it down and she would pick it up and vice versa.

Barnacles or sea anemomes
 Roses flowers and hexagons.
 The edging here was crocheted directly to the piece.
 No free form is complete without spirals and bullions
These are patches in waiting.
Isn't this an interesting effect? Looks three dimensional but is actually flat.

When you win an award it is traditional to say thank you to lots of people so we should thank all the people who have supported us: My dad and his partner( average age 94) who buy us yarn and suggest ideas for new projects. Graham for helping us set up and take down a stall and spinning some lovely yarn, Matthew for his honest and (usually) encouraging opinions. Stuart for looking after Ben and Danny when we are at fairs and shows, and Dot for learning to crochet so she could help. Above all thank you to the people who buy the things we make. And of course Ben and Danny who are our inspiration.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Ready for Christmas?

I am cutting down on the crochet for the next few days, I really must polish my much neglected house and buy some Christmas presents.

But you didn't think I could stop crochet altogether did you?

 Book cover based on Olaf is my favourite. It took me two goes to get the happy feeling.

 Another book cover that started off being a garden and finished by being a clearing in the woods with a carrot???

This is the smallest owl I have ever crocheted.

I love these buttons and really wish I had bought some more!

 Quick and easy decorations made by crocheting tinsel yarn around curtain rings and then sewing on some snowflake buttons. The nice thing is that there is a ready made loop to tie the ribbon in.

And then there are the hand made gifts and the commissions still to do before Christmas. I have a few but Vicky is hardly sleeping in order to complete everything she has been asked to do.

This is a  gift for a new baby I am a bit worried that it might be too bright, but I love the effect

We have had some really successful fairs this year and sold practically everything we made and as usual have vowed to start to make next years stock as soon as possible in the new year but I bet Vicky will be madly making  penguins and robins and I will be mass producing Christmas puddings in their various forms as fast as possible and at the last minute. The trouble is there is so much more crochet that I want to try and the re- stocking is last on the list.

Monday, 8 December 2014

crochet kits and

Vicky and I sell patterns and kits as well as things we have made. Both of us like to show what something made from one of our patterns looks like but there is a problem - as fast as we make them people come and buy them so here is what I have been doing this week.

Yet another Persephone made using CE tested yarn stuffing etc so if people want to buy the pig rather than the kit it's ok. The kit contains enough yarn to make two pigs as well as two sets of safety eyes, the pattern and the hooks.
Tail on this one is perhaps a bit long.

All her feet are different colours but I think she looks as if she is having a good old roll in mud as pigs do.

Then there is the kit to make mice (enough to make 5 different mice). These seem to be particularly attractive to teenage girls (the mice not the kits) - if they learned to crochet they could make their own (the girls not the mice). Still I expect we will sell more mice than kits at the next fair.

We sell a kit to make a festive key ring in the form of a green wreath like the silver one shown but I am still trying to make not cute crochet so the other key ring is a gruesome eyeball.

 I have friends who are primary teachers who use finger puppets to tell stories. Vicky has made a three little pigs set - I wonder if she has a picture of them? (I do - see below) This is my attempt at the Nativity story. I am reasonably happy with what I have done so far -except for the shepherd who looks a bit like a cross between Sitting Bull and Rambo (and baby Jesus who looks like a big toe - Vicky  )

Finally I thought if we have eye -pads, eye pods ets we really should have a case for your eye phone!

Back to the stock making for the next fair - who would have thought that a Christmas pudding could: cover a ferrero rocher, cover a chocolate orange, be a bauble and even a hat?

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Successful Selling and Thank You

This will need to be quick. We have had two successful fairs in three days and have sold almost everything. So I am frantically making a few things for our final show - or at least I will be when I have done the commissions. But I am not complaining and want to say thank you and Happy Christmas to all the people who bought and ordered our makes. And to the people who organised the fairs.

This is the only covered note book left and it jingles!
These are/were very popular with boys of around 11 or 12. Only 2 left.
I have orders for more than 50 of these, to be used as favours after dinner parties. Although one lady said she was going to use them instead of Christmas crackers.
Me with my vital cup of coffee. This fair was in a sixth form centre in a school. That's why I have shelves with books behind me.
We borrowed Danny's tree for decorating so thanks Danny
tiny decorations -all gone!

A very kind person who not only bought the Christmas pudding hat but who consented to have his picture taken too. Thank you!

All gone but we are making more.
Back to work.