Sneaky heeled socks and cuddlesome cowl

It’s cold. It’s cold enough for me to be cursing the fact that that I haven’t been knitting and hooking warm winter woollies in the warmer months so that I could be safely cocooned in finished projects by now. The thing is, for most of the year I’m too hot or on the verge of over-heating, so when winter does roll around I’m a bit shocked to feel the cold at all.

I do have multiple crochet blankets to wrap myself in at home (which I do on a daily basis) but now winter is really here I want more. I want hand-knitted socks, cardigans, hats, jumpers, leg warmers, scarves… basically everything I spend most of the year convinced I won’t really need!

Actually, the exception is socks. I started on my travelling socks in October, and they went everywhere with me as my on-the-go WIP until I finally finished them around New Year.

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Bucket full of eggs, the Frankenflower, vintage fabric and February’s finished socks.

It’s been another week of organising and sorting through my crafty bits and pieces, labouring under the illusion that if there’s some kind of system I must still be in control. (There isn’t. I’m not.) Still, I should count myself lucky that I’ve managed to accumulate some fantastic resources, along with a very supportive husband who trusts me to make something from all this stuff! He really does deserve a medal of some sort. Yesterday he drove me an hour up the coast to go beach combing for driftwood. We stamped around for an hour getting our faces sandblasted in gale force winds, and he helped me carry loads of it back to his nice clean car! It’s all drying out by the radiators, so I’ll post pics when it’s not so sad and soggy!

With Easter and another craft fair coming up, I’ve started making crochet eggs. Trawling round town, trying to get polystyrene eggs for a decent price is a story too boring to tell. Short version: Hobbycraft overcharges by A LOT! (and yet I still bought some there -WHY?) I did start out with a pattern from an old issue of Simply Crochet but my eggs were too big, so I very quickly went off in my own direction, which was a lot more fun!

I love this bucket.

I love this bucket.

I found the little purple bucket in that picture for 85p in a charity shop, and I hooked up its little jumper last night. I absolutely love it, but it will go on the stall so I only get to keep it if it doesn’t sell. 😦

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Blankets, socks, and me vs my stash

Spring still seems to be a long way off, what with flooding, gale force winds, hail, and talk of snow later in the week. Nevertheless the urge to spring clean our flat has hit early, which is odd because some years it’s never hit at all! First order of business was organising my ever expanding yarn stash. I tend towards hoarding lots of small amounts of interesting looking yarn (as opposed to amounts sufficient to make larger items like jumpers or cardigans), which make it difficult to keep the collection tidy; so to solve this problem I’ve started storing similar yarns together in zip-lock bags. It’s not a perfect system, but at least it stops everything unwinding and getting tangled into one giant rat’s nest!

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Craft fair, bunting, cute and smelly (in a good way!) little owls, WIP and socks.

Suddenly it’s Wednesday and I still haven’t updated my blog! I can’t blame it all on recovering from the Briar Patch craft fair on Saturday, although I was exhausted after spending the day chatting away with both customers and fellow stallholders. A steady stream of compliments more than made up for the slow sales, and it was a fantastic opportunity to network with other creative people locally. There’s not a lot of crochet at this particular craft fair, and what there is is mostly hats and scarves, so my stuff really stood out. I was lucky to be given an extra table to fill at no additional cost due to a last minute reshuffle by the organiser!

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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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