Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Free form Cover, Pen Pots and Birthdays

I am in one of those indecisive weeks. Make Christmas decorations? Help Vicky make alpacas? More free form? You know how it is too many things I want to do so I don't do any or at least not many.

All these pictures appear to have a blurred bit - must check the camera lens. These are crocheted around an earthen ware pot because I made some around empty baked bean cans so that we had something to put our crochet hooks in and people kept wanting to but them. We felt that we couldn't sell the cans but we can sell these.

Vicky and I discussed the things we sell last week and she suggested we try some more of the free form type things which were so popular at Fibre East so here is my first attempt:

It is inspired by a walk around the garden -these are all autumn things, although I need to add some toad stools maybe?
It is a cover for a small photo album (I wonder if anyone uses them any more?) but it comes off and can be put on any other book of the right size.
Matt took a look and suggested that it should have a seaside theme for holiday photos so that is my next project. Perhaps I should offer custom made ones, I am sure a Granny would love one with pictures of her family in it - this is not a hint Vicky.

I have often had a feeling that crochet is not a hobby but an obsession. The feeling was absolutely confirmed this week. It was my birthday, Matthew actually went into a shop and bought me wool, Vicky bought a book of mini amigurumi patterns and a magnifier so that I can see what I am doing and Grahams present was a ticket for the Knit and Stitch Show at Ally Pally and a subscription to Inside Crochet.The only person who did not give me a crochet related gift was my Dad who sent me a cheque. I think I will spend the money at the Knit and Stitch show tomorrow!

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  1. I love your Autumn cover for the book, would be a lovely computer tablet cover too perhaps, the little acorn is too sweet and fabulous idea of glass beads for the berries-clever and effective.
    Happy birthday too, wonderful presents that I would have been happy with, hope the wool chosen for you was ok, can be tricky without guidance ha ha. Subscriptions are the best, a monthly treat that lasts all year-big fan of that.
    Hope you are wined and dined, have fun.

    1. What a good idea I will add tablet cover to my list of things to try. Thank you for your birthday wishes and yes I loved the presents.

  2. Happy Belated birthday! What fab pressies - I often have wool for gifts too!
    Love LOVE LoVe your autumnal freeform cover, all the amazing details spotted in nature, a real seasonal feast for the senses!.....the possibilities of what to cover are many!! I have some beach related items ready hooked... to put together....
    Rainbow stripes - right up my street!
    Hope you have had a wonderfully woolly day at Ally Pally, browsing, squidging, choosing and being inspired!
    ....also just had to say that I thought it was only me that has 'too many things I want to do so I don't do any' days! So pleased to hear there are more of us!
    Ali x

  3. Thank you and you are right they were lovely presents - started the beach related cover but it has turned into a sea one so no deck chairs or sand castles (Yet) Ally Pally was good but crowded and hot and the journey was a nightmare but I still managed to buy lots of stuff.
    Me too- glad to know there are others who have those days.