It’s so easy to give throw-away gifts at Christmas. You know what I mean, the type you get because you don’t know what else to get or because they were on 3 for 2 at Boots. So why not be a bit inventive & find something a little more eco-friendly and a little bit different? (Because how many No 7 make-up cases can a girl really receive?!)
Top Row: Bee Hotel. Book Brooch.
Middle Row: Dog Jumper.
Bottom Row: Lavender Bunny. Beano Paper Chain.
All these gifts are available from Folksy, as are many other sustainable and nature friendly products. Buying them would also support British makers too. Very ethical all round! I think they’re all really inventive ideas and love the Bee Hotel. We have a similar one in the garden and currently have about 12 Mason bees hibernating in it! How cool is that?!
For a while now I’ve wanted to write my own knitting pattern. I’m very aware that there are huge issues when it comes to selling something I’ve knitted from someone else’s pattern. If you are allowed to do this, then you usually have to ask for permission, quite rightly. But I know that this doesn’t always happen. So I wanted to knit something of mine & write my own pattern.
I decided on an iPhone cover and some are currently available in my Folksy shop. It’s a basic cable pattern, to say the least! But if you would like to use it to knit your own iPhone cover then please feel free! If you have any suggestions about how I can improve my pattern writing, then please leave a comment below – any help gratefully received!
Download Cable iPhone cover
UPDATE: My OH’s mum, Jane, sent me an email last night, saying that she’d just completed her own iPhone cover, using this pattern. She said, “It was very easy to follow. I used slightly smaller needles and thinner wool so had to knit an extra 8 rows.” Below is her iPhone cover. I’m so pleased that someone has tried the pattern & that it works! Having never written one before, it’s always difficult to tell. But at least I know it all makes sense! Thanks Jane x
This week Folksy Finds have a competition based on Textile Love. You simply have to pick 18 images from Folksy that show textiles that you love. In other words, spend some time looking at the pretty handmade things on Folksy and collect the images together!
I picked mine & pinned them onto my Textile Love Pinterest board. There are so many lovely handmade things out there. Below is a snapshot of what I picked. What would you pick?
Since Christmas I’ve listed a few new different pieces of silver jewellery on my Folksy page. It’s quite tricky to know what to do about items on my page. If they don’t sell, how long do I keep them on? Is what I like going to sell? Why aren’t things selling?! I’ve tried not to get frustrated or down hearted about it and instead, try different things, lower my prices & fill my shop a bit more.
For this end, I’ve added a few new things this weekend. I’ve recently made a square necklace, a tear drop pendent and a pair of earrings. I like them & would wear them…I just hope other people will too.