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

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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Making progress on another crocheted Christmas

Every year I have the same conversation about Christmas presents with my husband. We agree we’re not going to spend loads of money on presents but end up doing it anyway. Even when I decide to make most of the gifts for our family and friends, and I get everything done in time, there is always the worry that I won’t finish. The horror of someone being presentless leads to “just in case” bought presents, that sneaks into “just a knick knack each” and then the whole thing, for want of a better word, snowballs until I have all the pressure of making presents as well as the cost of buying them!

In recent years my whole family has relied heavily on Amazon wishlists to plan Christmas, but it feels as if it’s all got out of hand as the piles of books and discs stack up. Usually I don’t even remember who got me what from my wishlist, and my poor mum can’t remember what came from which list when the parcels start arriving. It’s almost an annual tradition for there to be at least one mystery gift that has to be claimed on the day, and sometimes this is complicated by being an item on more than one person’s list!

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Achievement unlocked: sell work at local craft fair

I’ve been neglecting this blog even more than usual lately, but that’s because I’ve been busy getting ready for my first stall at a craft fair. I had lots of half finished bits and pieces that I had to work my way through in order to have a decent amount of stock, and somehow I managed to pull it all together in time for the big day yesterday.

I was very proud of my little stall at The Briar Patch Craft Fair in Eastbourne, and although the event wasn’t exactly swamped, there was a steady stream of people having a good look around, and I did make a few sales!

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Flower cushion, finished bunting and my first international order!

It was my eldest niece’s birthday this week and she was thrilled with the cushion I made her using Attic 24‘s Blooming Flower pattern based on a vintage pot holder design. I’d already made a pot holder using this technique for my mum (you can see it here),

Here’s my cushion.

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This Blooming Flower cushion was a big hit on my niece’s birthday. In fact it was so popular that the birthday girl had to wrestle it out of the arms of various party guests! Looks like I’ll be making more of these for Christmas presents then…

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Total crochet-fest for Mum’s birthday

I’ve been making things to give to my mum for her birthday for months now, but even with a huge head-start I found myself running around like a headless chicken this morning. I have no trouble planning and making a gift weeks before it’s needed, but pressing and wrapping things I’ve made always happens at the last possible moment!

I found a fantastic little chest of drawers in a local secondhand shop that is perfect for storing Mum’s sewing bits and pieces. It was filthy and missing most of its handles so it took a while to spruce it up enough to make it present-worthy. It’s now at least three shades lighter! I couldn’t find any handles small enough to fit, so I made my own by attaching pennies to small bolts with Milliput (a two part epoxy putty that I’ve been dying to play with for ages!) It turned out rather well, and Mum loved it.

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I made something to go in each drawer, although I did cheat a little and put sweets and hankies in the sixth drawer. The two mats I using the retro-style mandala pattern from Simply Crochet Issue 9 only needed a light press and careful folding to make them fit.

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Slowly stocking my online shops (Etsy and Folksy)

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I made these cute little felt pots weeks ago, but I’ve only just gotten around to adding them to my Etsy and Folksy shops.

I improvised rather than using any kind of pattern, crocheting the pots from felting wool I got on sale from Deramores . Some of it was Rico Design Creative Filz and some was Adriafil Crea. They felted up reasonably well in my front loading washing machine, and I hid the less well felted areas underneath the motifs I added for decoration.The hearts were the first real success I’ve had with needle felting, and I’m definitely going to be trying it again. As long as you keep your fingers away from the business end of the needle, the stabbing motion is very therapeutic!

More colours!

More colours!

I’ve posted more versions of my jug cover on both Folksy and Etsy now, and a few views are trickling in. No sales yet, but it’s early days and I still have more products to add.

I really like the blue jug cover, and I think I’ll make an extra one to keep!

I have made purple ones too, but I need to take new photos.