Sunday, 23 November 2014

Eye Pods, Eye Pads and more.

The eye pads have been very well received by the crochet community so I have made more:

Slightly darker green which  Eye like better than the original frog green. This is definitely a project for those of us with a giant stash. Eye am particularly pleased with this eye - using orange perle embroidery thread adds to the evil feel but I have used variegated 3ply thread in both red and orange, yellow, black and blue cotton 4ply, brown, green and white dk as well as some white sparkly yarn. As I have said before it is almost always the yarn that inspires me so it is obviously essential that I keep vast amounts!

We started this collection with the eye pod key rings:

We the produced the eye pads which are just A5 note books with an unusual front cover. Now acting on advice from Matthew we are proud to present the eye pad mini???

These are A6, I think, so half the size of the original. The red blob was an attempt to crochet a mini but it failed so I have left it out of the second one.

I think we have exhausted the eye pun so here are some sweet little owl pins or brooches to get the horror of the eye pads out of your mind.

I love the way hand made things all have their own character

As soon as I can I will publish how to make some of these eyes and if you want to get started straight away, our guided free form pattern explains how to cover a note book.
Back soon but don't have nightmares

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Not all Crochet is Cute

The chocolate orange cosies were/are very popular and as Vicky said we sold out. So being business women extraordinaire we decided to make more for the next show. Needless to say this involved buying more chocolate oranges. I don't suppose I need to say what happened next but three have already gone two eaten and one as a present!
Anyway I think I am suffering from pink overload and have gone to the opposite extreme with the eye pad.

The inside and the title.

 Evil eye or a chamelian?

Crocodile may be?

Startled human eye?
 These were supposed to be tree frog eyes but something went wrong
An owl or a bush baby perhaps,

I am going to make more not cute crochet but for now back to puddings and decorations.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Selling Crochet Today - in pictures only ... too tired to write

Almost everything - including the cheeky 50p sale box on the right

Chocolate orange cosies - adapted from our apple cosies.  Sold out!


Bells and baubles

Christmas tree table centres and some of mum's notebook covers

Chocolate covers - puddings, owls, bells, robins and penguins.  Excellent sellers.

Various haning ornaments

Wreathes and dream catchers.  We were lucky to have a notice board behind us and a bit of spare material to hide the posters.

A different angle and me having a cup of tea before the rush

Our best customer with two eyeball keyrings.  Mostly, he bought pink things for his girlfriend! 

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Still filling gaps in stock but I keep getting distracted - I am sure all crocheters have the same problem- the ooh I must try to make one of those or the I have just had another idea for a book cover etc.

 These are replenishing stock -sparkly granny square purses - I might be tempted to keep one for me.

 An experiment inspired by a walk in the woods - does it look like a pine cone even if the colour is wrong.
More tiny purses they definitely enhance a gift of money
More i-pods for the financially challenged.

Two tiny covered note books
 These were supposed to show the evolution of the penguin chocolate cosies, working from the front backwards. The trouble is that although final version looks friendly he does look a little bit vacant, while the first version looks evil but intelligent. I am going with the friendly but thick version I don't think you need an evil genius staring at you at the end of a dinner party.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

This is another book cover, it is amazingly pink. I am not really sure what inspired this. Could have been a nightmare, alcohol or may be a very high temperature. I do seem to have a remarkable amount of pink stuff in my stash - lets hope this one sells!

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Sparkly Singing Stall

We had a reasonably successful fair this weekend - at least we made enough money to keep us in yarn for another week or so. The venue was lovely and highly recommended if you feel like a night or two of luxury. (Queen Anne's Manor Hilton Hotel). It is the first time I have sold crochet to lots of ladies in white dressing gowns - they had been having spa treatments at the hotel! Anyway here are some high lights:

New snowmen for this year
Simple but very popular for decorating presents and trees.
Most of the stall.
Baubles in a basket
Gorgeous snowflakes.

 An amazing number of people bought these.All the money will go to the British Legion
Left: the free form scarf and below some flower brooches.

The free form books look lovely together.

         And this week's crochet:                                                                                                                                                                                  
Remember these ambassador?

They can look like this

Or you can convert the chocolates into a choir of singing Robins.

With a soloist.

Or they can become baubles or are they bells?

Lovely and sparkly.

Only other new thing is the poinsettia. Again sparkly with that slight randomness that you get with the real thing.

The Ferrero Rocher covers were inspired by Vicky. She suggested robins and I have put her ideas into practice. She is the one with the ideas but she has to make a living so she doesn't get the time to do as many of the fun bits - still it must be our turn to win the lottery soon.