I feel awful. I have really neglected my blog. It’s not that I haven’t been thinking about it or checking it or ignoring the blogs that I follow. I’ve been busy. Both working at the day jobs (who’d be a freelancer?! Love it!) but also I’ve been busy crafting, making things for the Oxford Bake Off. I’m really nervous that I won’t have enough stock. I’m not worried about not selling stuff, because if I don’t then it’ll all go on my Folksy shop or the stock will be ready for birthdays & Christmas for the next year!
I have been busy knitting. Last week I was looking after my mum who fell & broke her wrist (she’s on the mend!) so I took my wool stash with me. Every free opportunity was spent knitting. I made some cards a few weeks ago so this week will be spent soldering silver jewellery & making a few vintage suffolk puff brooches.
I am so nervous but super excited at the same time. And this explains my absence! I have missed blogging so am taking a little time this morning to get some posts written and scheduled. And I will be blogging about how the sale goes at the weekend! Wish me luck!
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?
My mum asked for a knitted tea cosy for her small tea pot for Christmas. No problem, I thought, Ravelry will have plenty of patterns. It did. Far too many for me to trawl through and none that would’ve been easy to make small enough.(Maths isn’t my strong suit). So, hello Google.
It suggested The New Homemaker, which had a super simple tea cosy pattern. The genius of this pattern is that you put in what size tea cosy you need and it’ll resize the pattern to fit.
I added on a few extra stitches because I was worried that it wouldn’t fit, as it looked quite small. In total, I cast on 27 stitches & used a thinner wool than recommended. The recipe is great and simple to use. I can highly recommend it. I had to learn a new technique – yarn over & the effect of it is fab.
I have to say a massive thanks to my sister for measuring the teapot and smuggling it up to us for Christmas so I could check that it fit before giving it to my mum. I added some contrasting ribbon & wrapped it for Christmas. It didn’t take long to knit at all & I think that it looks great! I’m pretty sure Mum likes it too! x
I have a lot of wool. I have a lot of patterns. But I’m stuck in a rut. I need to make things to sell on my Folksy page but a lot of the patterns I have I can’t use for commercial purposes. I’ve got some patterns that I want to make for myself but I don’t have the correct needles. Am in a right craft quandary.
The problem is that I have a wool buying addiction. I don’t buy more than one ball at a time so I don’t think I have enough for half the projects I want to complete. I also need to get some double pointed needles. I’d hoped that the magic loop technique and the circular needles I have would be enough to knit a pair of socks. But it’s not. So I’m going to have to hunt around for some extra cash to buy some DPN’s. I really want to knit a pair of socks. At least then I can use up some of my wool stash…and then replace it!