Sunday, 14 December 2014
I did a craft fair yesterday at Helston it was very busy the first 20 people through the door were given a goody bag. I sold the crochet hat I just recently made a little girl loved it and wanted to wear it. And another little girl showed her mum a mug with one of my mug cosies that she really liked. I made last week a cream and blue crochet mobile phone case which you can pick out in the photos I also made a pair of fingerless gloves as one of a few presents which I sent to my sister in law but forgot to photograph them. I had a second table as my sister had a cold and could not go so I put my cushions on her table and sold one a patchwork one. There was singing by a very talented lady with a strong voice and only 13 years old I later found out on Hellys Craft Fair Facebook page. I painted a few fruit boxes as displays instead of just eveything spread on the table. I think that they were okay, though I saw some people had wooden folding shelves which I was told you could buy on Ebay. So all in all it turned out to be a very sucessfull craft fair for everyone. Tea coffee and biscuits were provided free with a small donation. Next Friday myself and OH are going to Surrey to stay for the Christmas with my two daughters. I don't know if I will be getting much knitting or crocheting done, though I may do a little. When I got home from the Craft Fair a lovely surprise was waiting for me, a lovely selection of felt, with a pretty card that I had won on Janine's Wool on Sundays a One Year prize Give Away
Sunday, 7 December 2014
I liked this pattern Snowstorm from Hooked on Crochet for super warm hats. I chose the colours I already had with a chunky acrylic yarn. It was quick and easy to do and I'm learning new crochet stitches with each new item I make!
Sunday, 23 November 2014
I have made these three pairs of mittens. The two pairs without a rib edge, one pink and a tan colour I added a small cuff to and the pair of mittens made with the original sweater ribbed edge was okay as it was. I lined them with a pink, and a tiger pattern fleece and decorated them with colourful circles using embroidery pure wool with a chain stitch in a spiral. I think that they all turned out pretty good. I still have good amount of the sweater left over to make small items maybe purses with. I chose these fleece linings a pink and a tiger pattern. The tiger pattern looks lovely and I will make mittens with this next adding a fawn colour lining.
Sunday, 16 November 2014
This is the woollen I dyed from a shop dye an over all shade of colour. The other wool sleeves were dyed with turmeric I over dyed them I may try turmeric again for a yellow. I have bought these mini carders and will card my fleece when I've finished making small various knitted items for the craft fair. This is a little tea cosy I knitted with a pattern and wool from Knitting and Crochet magazine. I thought it would go well with all the mug cosies I've made, twelve so far.
Sunday, 9 November 2014
I have almost finished a second cream chunky jumper! I am really pleased with it and It took no time at all to make with sizes 8 and 12 knitting needles. This knitted cowl was easy to make and has four wooden buttons stitched on one side and the pattern came from my Knitting Magazine. These are four crochet coasters that I just made and will be brought with me to sell at the craft fair in December. I have quite a few small knitted and crocheted items to take to the fair now. The Guernsey Sweater Update. I have dyed the sleeves first, using a turmeric spice dye, the other sweater pieces will be dyed a shop bought bright pink. And I bought two mini carders online costing £6.50 each plus vat postage.I am really pleased with them as they are easy to handle and just right to card the small amount of fleece that I have.
Monday, 3 November 2014
I have completed a few mug cosies some have a bottom some without. I think the granny squares one is better with a button. I started this cowl I saw in my Knitting magazine with the chunky cream yarn I had left over from the cream jumper I knitted. My daughter Fiona loved the jumper by the way my other daughter Michelle wants one too! So I am making another one. One side of the cowl is longer than the other, that's the pattern I suppose! The seams have been cut through of the Guernsey sweater. I used the hand template and cut around the red woollen, stitched this and a felt lining. I think it looks okay as a first attempt, now to attach the lining. I find there are two methods to make mittens, either use your hand shape for a template or with the thumb under mitten pattern method. I will probably use the hand template as it is easy and is effective. A new shop has opened in an arcade in my nearby town selling lots of fleece of all colours and natural too. I chose a 100g of the coloured fleece so have more feece to make something with. And I thought I'd show this colourful tree as I have not seen anything like it, lots of rainbow colours. Rainbow Eucalyptus- The unique multi-hued bark is the most distinctive feature of the tree. Patches of outer bark are shed annually at different times, showing a bright green inner bark. This then darkens and matures to give blue, purple, orange and then maroon tones.
Monday, 27 October 2014
I have started making these mug cosies knitted and crocheted for a craft fair I am doing in December. I have used either two strands of double knit or a chunky. I found this pure new wool Guernsey jumper at a car boot sale on Sunday and bought it. I may felt it or use it as it is. I also have this red woollen that is mine and has shrunk a little, so ideal, the jumper will be dyed. I will have a try at making mittens and have made a template of my hand to use. I may also make a bag too. I bought this very handy Expert Guide to Knitting at an indoor market as well as 15 step by step tutorials and 16 inspiring patterns to try there are 20 stitch patterns too that I will use to make more mug cosies. I am glad I picked up this magazine as I am finding it very helpful!