Friday, December 31, 2021
Tuesday, December 28, 2021
You couldn't say centimetreing along, could you? Things are quiet here at the moment - no puppet orders, no preparation for craft in the retirement home - so I thought I'd take the opportunity to make progress on my blanket. It can take up to an hour to complete one side of my giant square, depending on the stitch, so progress in terms of depth is slow.
Friday, December 24, 2021
Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Monday, December 20, 2021
Friday, December 17, 2021
In the run up to Christmas, the bath puppets are finding homes as fast as I can make them. The orange giraffe left the same day as the pink one. I made a monkey and a crocodile as gifts. Then came Ruth's gang - monkey, crocodile, rabbit and hippo. Now I'm working on Kim's gang - frog, hippo, crocodile and rabbit. I had to go and buy more towelling yesterday.
Ruth bought four towels too, so I was pleased about that. Aside from the Star Wars towels, I don't seem to have sold a towel for a while.
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Sunday, December 12, 2021
At the retirement home I visit every week, we've been making flower wreaths from egg boxes. They turned out really well, I thought you might like to see them. It's fascinating how we give everyone the same raw materials, but the end results are so different.
Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Monday, December 6, 2021
It's a while since I did any beaded crochet. I'm brushing up my skills by making key rings as gifts for the members of the craft group in the retirement home I visit once a week. (Last year I gave them each a tatted bookmark.)
I thought I'd take the opportunity to try my hand at creating my own designs:
The zigzag one came out as I visualised it, the blue one, not so much. I wouldn't have a hope of creating that design if I wanted to, so I'll happily settle for serendipity! I still need to make a few more before Friday.
Saturday, December 4, 2021
Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Monday, November 29, 2021
Thursday, November 25, 2021
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
I think this will be fine. I try to keep the price of the puppets down by minimising waste, so I didn't want to have to abandon him!
Monday, November 22, 2021
The lady who ordered the Kylo Ren towel came on Thursday afternoon and explained that she wanted the lines to be wavy, not straight, and didn't like the silver triangles on my original version. Right. I spent much of Saturday working on the second version. The wavy lines had to be sewn down by hand before I could sew them with the sewing machine. A power cut put an end to my endeavours, but I finished early on Sunday and sent off a picture. Whatsapp says it has been seen, but I've had no response, so I assume the lady is still not happy with it. Enough now. I've spent way too much time and energy on it already. It's a child's swimming towel, not the Mona Lisa.
Here's what someone else said about commissions: "[My wife] is not generally too happy about them because non makers form a picture in their mind of the finished product, which is often literally impossible to make, and in any case poorly communicated, but any deviation from that is in their eyes defective".
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Monday, November 15, 2021
Thursday, November 11, 2021
They make a good snack to munch on as is, but I've also been using them in my baking. I made Scroggin Biscuits this morning using half gooseberries and half more conventional dried fruit. They darken a lot if they're on the outside of the cookie, similar to raisins.
Monday, November 8, 2021
Thursday, November 4, 2021
The blanket I've already crocheted measures 150 cm by 150 cm. That's an area of 22 500 cm squared. I divided that by the number of balls I've used, 6. So each ball crocheted an area of 3 750 cm squared.
Then I worked out the area of the parts I still have to do if I extend the blanket by 30 cm.
A. 210 X 30 = 6 300
B. The same
C. 150 X 30 = 4 500
D. The same
Total 21 600.
Divide that by 3 750 = 5.76. Round that up and I must buy six more balls!
The blanket isn't as big as I'd like it. It doesn't cover the pillows and doesn't hang down the sides at all. I could buy one more ball in each colour, but then I'm going to have to do the scale dance again. I've decided to carry on in pattern but using only grey. How much grey? I worked out the area I've already crocheted and then the area of another 30 cm all around, put my maths hat on and calculated I need six more balls. I've ordered six more balls. So, I still have a long way to go!
Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Monday, November 1, 2021
On Saturday I went to a market with towelly things. I did mean to take a photo of the stand, but clean forgot. The market was quieter than last month's market, I don't know why, but I did better than last month. I sold two towels and have orders for two more. I sold a few puppets. I have orders for 10 puppets for individuals and a shop wants 10 on consignment. The shop is going to have a big Christmas launch next week, so they want them this week. I had better go and get on with it!
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Some Covid19 restrictions have been lifted, so we are able to run craft groups in retirement homes again, albeit outside under a gazebo, rather than indoors. Christmas is not very far away, so we thought we'd make a start on Christmassy things.
This week we're making gift bags. I looked on Pinterest for inspiration, and used this tutorial. I tried different weights of paper. The brown paper looks fine, but is really too flimsy to be useful. The red wrapping paper is a bit heavier and works better. I've made a couple and prepared the paper for the rest, cutting to size and drawing lines where the paper needs to be folded. Once the bags are made, group members can decorate them as they choose - pictures from Christmas cards, stamps. ribbons and lace.....
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
When I'd finished, I thought it lacked a little something, so I added patch pockets. I sewed tatting to the bottom of the skirt and the top of the pockets. This is my handbag tatting that has been lurking since I finished it. There's a link to the pattern in that blog post.
Thursday, October 21, 2021