Crochet owl keyrings, pincushion rings and lovely hearts

My next craft fair is less than a week away now, and I’ve stayed more or less to my target of making something to sell every day.

Owls are still very popular, and an easy shape to crochet, so I improvised these cute little amigurumi keyrings. I could happily making dozens of these in all different colours, but I’ve just made a few to start with to see if they sell first.

Crochet owl keyrings. Small, cute, and hard to photograph because they won't sit up and behave!

Crochet owl keyrings. Small, cute, and hard to photograph because they won’t sit up and behave!

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Finished felted foxes and NEW YARN!

The laundry has been piling up over the last fortnight in the the BAM household. Our old washing machine gave up the ghost halfway through a load consisting mostly of my mister’s underwear (I think it lost the will to live), but today it’s replacement arrived! It’s installation didn’t exactly go smoothly. My grumpy upstairs neighbour laid into the delivery men for parking in his space; then the delivery guys couldn’t get at the pipes because they were behind the dishwasher which was wedged in under the counter so tightly they couldn’t get it out without tearing the lino; then they ran out time because the driver had to take his break so I had to get them to leave the new machine in the middle of the living room; then… Well, I think you get the idea!

We did get it sorted out eventually; although there is a small tear in the lino. 😦 I love the new machine, so I still count it as a win. The old machine was pretty decrepit, and I can’t really blame it all on my mister’s pants. I did do quite a lot of felting in it when it was already on its last legs, including an idea I had to crochet felted foxes. The basic shapes came out really well, but they sat in my living room for ages, waiting to be finished… until yesterday!

The first one came out looking sort of angry looking, and there was a small hole where the filling was poking through, so I think I’ll keep him.

Cute, but angry cute!

But the other three are just adorable! I’ll be taking them to the craft fair on the 1st.

Such cute little tubby foxes!

Such cute little tubby foxes!

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A crochet tea cosy, plenty of potholders and the six heeled sock of doom

I had another productive week last week. I’ve been trying to work on a item a day for sale at the craft fair I have booked on the 1st. I already have plenty of stock but I want to be able to be enthusiastic about what is on my stall, and that’s going to be easier if I have new things to show off.

First I made another tea cosy.

orange tea cosy

Then I went a bit pot holder crazy…

multi-colour pot holders

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Crochet tea cosies, turtles, and relearning to knit European style

The short, grey days are getting to me a bit at the moment, so although I’ve had quite a productive week, I don’t have much to say. 😦

My stripy blanket (tutorial by notyouraveragecrochet found here) is making steady progress. I’m on row 26. I would have been a lot further along but I had trouble ending up with the right number of stitches after doing the two rows that made up the star stitch stripe (the lime green stripe between the purple and the red). I got there in the end though, and got a lot of practice with a new stitch!

Stripy crochet blanket work in progress. 26 rows and counting!

Stripy crochet blanket work in progress. 26 rows and counting!

I have another stall booked at the Briar Patch Craft Fair in Eastbourne on the 1st February, so I’ve been trying to make something every day to sell. I made a couple more cupcake keyrings and a turtle too. Continue reading

Beautifully bright coloured cotton makes for happy crochet (and a less crotchety crocheter!)

I love wool, but unfortunately wool doesn’t love me. When it comes to sensitivity I could give the Princess and the Pea a good run for her money. Everything seems to make me itch, which is bad enough when it affects what fibres I can wear next to my skin, but when itchy hands force me to put down my crochet hook I’m doubly grumpy! Thankfully there are some amazing varieties of yarn out there that don’t make me want to take a cheese grater to my hands, and my favourites are all cotton.

I aim to make all 30 projects from Emma Varnam's Crocheted Keyrings and Charms book, and these three were all worked in Drops Muskat yarn

I aim to make all 30 projects from Emma Varnam’s Crocheted Keyrings and Charms book, and these three were all worked in Drops Muskat yarn which is 100% mercerised cotton.

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So that was Christmas!

Phew! I made it! A few things had to be scaled back to something more manageable given the timeframe, but I did manage to make all the presents for my family and friends this year. I did cheat a little as some people got things I’d made for my stall at the craft fair, but hey! That still counts!

I did several versions of this hat and this scarf in various yarns in such a short space of time I think I could make them in my sleep now. There was a minor problem with the sizing of a couple of the hats. One was supposed to be for my brother but was too small. It was, however, a perfect fit for my 10 year nephew… but his hat was too small so I’ll probably sell that one on my next craft fair stall in February. Oh well, I guess it all comes full circle in the end. My brother has requested a scarf to replace his hat, and I’m working on that now.

Some of this year's crocheted goodies

Some of this year’s crocheted goodies

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