Friday, December 1, 2023



I made a zebra hooded towel for tomorrow's market, to add to the two towels that have been gracing the table for a few months. Ring the changes a little. I changed the shape of zebra's eyes. Last time I made a zebra, I looked up cartoon zebra images, and they mostly had round or oval eyes. I used oval. But it didn't really seem right to me. So this time I did a more realistic eye, and even remembered to sew it on with black thread so it would show up against the white toweling. I'm sure no one cares, but there you go. 

Thursday, November 30, 2023



I think I should call the top one Diane! The keyrings I did in blues proved popular, so I thought I'd make a bracelet version. The beaded part of the keyring is 5 beads in circumference, the bracelet 8. How to make up the difference? I could make a bracelet of 6 circumference, but it's a bit skinny. I could add another colour. White? Gold? Brown? Eventually I hit on the idea of using one colour twice. Aha. These two bracelets add to my stock for Saturday's market. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2023



This one reminds me of licorice all sorts! The designer is Christa Kohlbauer. I used the same colours as in the pattern. I thought it was an 8 circumference, but when I came to start crocheting, realised it is 9. It's a little stiff, I should have used a thinner thread. Still, I'm happy with it. 

Saturday, November 25, 2023



I've been sewing bags again - the jeweler is expecting a surge in sales before Christmas. As before, I sewed the bags in two batches. I decided to see how much time each stage of the procedure took for 15 bags. It looks like this - 1 hour to cut and hem; 30 minutes to sew and neaten the seams; 30  minutes to cut threads, turn the bags and press them; just over an hour to thread the ribbons in. So if I have a spare half hour, I know it's enough to sew seams, but not enough to thread all the ribbons! 

Thursday, November 23, 2023



I sold two necklaces last week, ta-da. Now my stocks are really low, so I thought I'd make some more. The ones I sold were flowery ones, so I've made another flower one, albeit different to those. The designer is Miaya (Mariam). The circumference is 8 beads, my favourite for necklaces like this. 

Monday, November 20, 2023

Making Waves


Fingerless gloves are popular on my market stall, so I thought I'd knit some more, even though it's summer here. I used the pattern Nalu by Sparrowhawk, which I've used before. They fit me, but are quite small, so I thought I'd make another pair as well, in the bigger size:

Thursday, November 16, 2023

More Bags


I'm working on another order for 30 jewelry bags. I made 15 yesterday. I decided when I was sewing masks that it's better to have a small batch completed than a large batch half done! So I'm working on the same principle now. I've made a start on the second 15, but I'm not sure I'll finish today because I need to do some preparation for tomorrow's craft group meeting.