Tuesday, 30 November 2010

New crafting designs + More snow + new hairdo ...........................

My Halloween Eeenceeweency Spidey waistcoat - I bought an amber silver spider to pin on it (from the Amber Shop in Felixstowe) - looks great!
My design - not too full around - falls neatly in the front so you dont feel swamped! Nice shawl collar and the bottom hangs down to about mid thigh

Spiders Web Circular Waistcoat
The pattern will soon be available for sale on my ETSY website

ALso finshed off my circular monchrome wasitcoat in all shades of caramel and cream - perfect for this seasons Camel coat/skirt/trousers. Neat front and shawl collar - neat shoulderline and circle lower in the back than most other designs and it fits well around the waist

The front of Caramels Waistcoat

The back of caramels waistcoat
Has rows of various textures and stiches to add interest
This pattern will be for sale on my ETSY website

A chambray blue Shawlette - my version of the Klamath Shawl 
Made when returned from USA with dah fluuuuuuuuuuu .............. love the subtle wave pattern and hangs neatly on the shoulders and ties in front or back or side - depending how you want to wear it
A pressy for a friends Christmas Box ......................

Klamath Blues Shawl

So thats the crafting update ............. items and the patterns (so you can do your own thing) will be for sale .......... apart from that more snow is falling and the village looked like a winter wonderland again this evening - see what it looks like tomorrow ...........
Flu still hanging in there - yet more antibiotics from Doc's today ............. O me miserum!

Also toddled across to my favourite jewellery shop - The Amber Shop in Felixstowe - and bought a few goodies - an Xmas pressy - Fergus (the owner) is a really good salesman in that he tells you if it suits you or NOT! That is worth a great deal in my book. Shame he is retiring - great loss to the town in being a truly unique local shop.

Meanwhile new hairdo from 'The Salon' in Felixstowe - we trying for a longer hairstyle - see how it goes can always go back to short in the Summer
She is great does what's right for the person's face/hair/personality rather than what the hairdresser wants . Noted that other customers have brilliant cuts that suit THEM . That is a rare thing in hairdressers when mosta re just keen to do their own thing! So new hairdresser a great find!

Drove there and home in the snow ...very ughy

Well back to quilting - making new cushions for Xmas presents ............... will post pics of them tomorrow
Finished the 3 bears cushion - now backed and ready to wrap up in Festive paper

Monday, 29 November 2010

Winter white wonderland ...................

Woke today to snowy whiteness ............................
The green white with snow - as are the fields

Holly - now denuded of all the berries by the birds - so no berrylicious holly for decorating the house
Rowan - still dead but looking better for tis snow covering - be better in our woodburner keeping us warm!

Even the bird food has a snowcap - now even more important to ensure the feeders are kept full as poor birds will not eb prepared for this early winter snow fall - weaken them for winter

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Design new pattern 'Tiny' Wristwarmers - despite the FLU

Oh Me Miserum!!
Fly out all the way to NJ to see my old friend Sonja to end up spending it in my room with a bad case of the flu - am so disappointed frustrated and fed up ................seems such a shame not spending planned time with her (but dont want to end up making her ill in my being enerous with my flu germs)
So no nice meals ................ or outings
Bed rest and watch sky from room
Did manage to hobble out to local LYS - The Wooly Mammoth in Red Bank
Had shelves n shelves of scrummy yarn - came out with a big bag of wool (of course) and met some lovely people while there and wondering if, despite this beastly flu if I can make a return visit before I fly back to UK .................

Meanwhile between coughing n feeling sorry for myself - I crocheted the Tiny Scarf by Okmin Park (a charted japanese design found at - ehtory.blog.me ) for my friend and was so pleased with it - so simple and sweet that I have adapted the design to make a matching pair of wristwarmers.
All are in fine Shetland wool - so as it is an oiled wool it is now washed and blocking in my room.

Free Pattern
These have been designed to match the Tiny Scarf


My matching TINY Wristwarmers

The TINY Scarf and Wristwarmers

You can make them any length you want - key is to make the starting chain the length you want + 5 chains
I made mine medium length of 36 chain - 31 dc with a chain 5 turning chain (as in the Tiny Scarf Pattern)
Starting chain:So I chained 36 (I often do more so always enough - just be sure to do an odd number dc)
Row 1: Make a dc in 6th chain from hook and dc across - an odd number
Chain 5 and turn
Row 2: Dc in top of dc below, chain 1 and dc in 2nd stitch (ie miss a dc below) and continue across (dc chn 1) till last dc and then chain 5 and turn
 Repeat the dc and dc chn1 rows till you have made 32 rows - make sure last row is a dc chain 1 row
Add or subtract rows depending on width of your wrist - just make sure its 2 rows wider or narrower to maintain the pattern

Then slip stitch across making the tube
Wash and block

So they are really simple to make - the basic Tiny scarf chart rows made into a rectangle and slip stitched closed
Took me a morning to make the wristwarmers and an evening to make the scarf - so the whole set would take a weekend ................. so a quick easy and delightful set to give as a gift

Sunday, 7 November 2010

ETSY Shop set up ..........................SingularOne

Well at long last set up my ETSY Shop  called , of course - SingularOne
Would have put my first item for sale - except it all hung up on me - so shall try again tomorrow .....so watch this space and ETSY!

I shall list my unique designs in crochet and pdf patterns for sale, such as my crocheted
  • Felted bags and flower brooches
  • Tailored circular waistcoats
  • Blankets/afghans
  • Scarves, cowls, neckpieces
  • PDF patterns of my designs so if you wish you can make items yourself
Unique sewn items such as my
  • Small latop/kindle/epad bags with matching accessory pouches (seeing as no-one makes them) ideal for travelling and keeping things tidy and together - so you do not loose all the bits when on the go
  • Hand bag tidies
  • Bed-Hounds - bed tidies for adults and children (ideal when they are ill in bed and to stop them getting bored) keeps crayons, books, paper at hand
  • Memory or My Boy-Friend My-Dad/Grandad cushions - upcycle his old shirt into a cushion that you can cuddle when he is gone - and make 'him' useful to store the remote in or whatever and secret pocket (for a hidden treat). Makes perfect gift - these will be special order
  • School or University cushions - made from short/ jacket/tie or whatever into a momento of your school or varsity days - the shirt cushion can be used for all your pals to sign
Items will be unique and made in qualioty materials - luxury yarns and fabrics
They will be 'one-offs' and so unique - so if you see something you like but wish it in another colour  I will be willing to make it in a similar way but in a different colour or yarn so making it unique 

So watch this space folks!
I will let you know when first item is 'UP FOR SALE'
Please have a look - tell your friends and look forward to hearing from you!