craft, crochet, knitting, yarn

What a week! Thank heaven for Devon…

 

I am so looking forward to next weekend after what has been a rather stressful week…

Sir Patrick the kitten has been ill and undergoing various tests – thankfully it all seems to have resolved and he is now his usual – completely mental –¬†self.

I have have some big changes afoot at work Рthese will involve periods of anxiety and increased workload for my team.  Luckily, I have a positive outlook, so with the support of others, I am sure we will overcome!

There is one piece of news, though,¬†which has perked me up no end… ¬†I have a small Craft Fair to attend in Chagford, a beautiful village in Devon on the edge of Dartmoor National Park.

 

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My crafting buddy Anna and I last¬†attended this Craft Fair back in April – hark back to¬†this post, where we met the tiny ponies, lambs and where I bought these lovely felting bits from Jean at¬†Kaeravel Krafts¬†(and had a free drop spinning lesson into the bargain)…

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Last time we enjoyed our trip so much that we gladly accepted the invitation to come back for their Christmas Fair. ¬†I have been busy making some festive items¬†(along with a baby blanket I have been crocheting for a friend – more of that later…) – here is a sneak peek of some of the goodies I will be taking with me!

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Christmas stockings Рmini sized but big enough for some festive treats.  Just need to be sewn up and a sweet Christmas star crocheted on to the front.

 

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Christmas puddings –¬†they are festive treats for place settings¬†– hiding¬†a chocolate underneath.¬†I always sell out of these, so am attempting¬†a factory production line of them (total staff: me – with ‘help’ from Sir Patrick). ¬†I will only have time to make about two dozen of them for next weekend.

Finally two new ideas – this appears to be white but it’s actually a lovely soft cream colour – thought I might try to make a festive wreath… ¬†Not sure how it’s going to look but experimentation is half the fun!

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Lastly a¬†bit of a strange idea¬†I had, based on an idea from Craftseller Magazine (sadly no more…) of making gift tags in the shape of Christmas presents. ¬†The original idea was of birds with lovely embroidery, but it was too labour-intensive – this is a bit quicker, but I still find myself spending ages sorting through my stash to find all of the sparkly bits I am after! ¬†The back has a pouch for a piece of card to be slipped in with the name of the recipient… ¬†These are a bit of a work in progress but I like the concept.

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More news when I return from Devon!

 

 

 

 

 

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Marbella Crafting Fun!

Well, I’m pretty much unpacked and back to normal (ish) after my trip to Marbella with Mum. ¬†The dull British weather has certainly brought me back down to earth with a bump!

I managed to find the haberdashery/wool shop again in Marbella, but was a bit disappointed with their lack of range. ¬†I did manage to find one yarn that I really liked – Retinella by Oso Blanco. ¬†It’s a mix of Merino and Acrylic with a bit of Polyester to add a bit of sparkly shimmer. ¬†It feels like an Aran / Worsted weight but knits up as Bulky. ¬†I’m making a stretchy V Stitch crocheted scarf with this.

I also bought some more of the Marbella Cotton which made up lovely coasters which I left at the Marbella apartment last time and was glad to see that they are still there being used!

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On our last couple of days we wandered around trying to find a shop that we had seen earlier in trip.  The Old Town in Marbella is full of windy cobbled streets which all look the same, but I have a pretty good sense of direction (usually!)  We found the shop but on our way discovered another Wool Shop which had a fabulous range of Lanas Stop yarn.  This is really good quality stuff РI bought some in Bath and it cost me a fortune, but made up this lovely simple ribbed Alpaca mix scarf for my Dad when I first learnt how to knit.

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So I went a teensy bit mad, bought some gorgeous Extra Merino double knit in burnt orange, to make a scarf for Mum, and¬†Algod√≥n Soft which is 3-4 ply and I’m not sure what to do with it but I’m sure it’ll make something very pretty.

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More news to follow about my Etsy plans and also naughty cat behaviours!

Happy crafting!

Lou x

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Wonderful weekend ahead!

Afternoon all!

My plans for the Devon Fair were sadly scuppered by the weather – there was a massive storm and unfortunately people were not brave enough to venture out.¬† Huge thanks to my friend Anna’s Mum for trying on our behalf…

There are two seismic events happening this week – I’m surprised the lay lines found across Wiltshire have not caused a massive conduction of energy through me as yet (I’m very sleepy, so I’m pretty sure they haven’t)…

Firstly I have the first ‘big’ Craft / Christmas Fair this weekend – in the beautiful town of Marlborough – it is quite a drive from home but I hope it will be worth it!¬† I haven’t booked with this particular company before, so I’m not sure what to expect (hopefully brilliance!)

Secondly my Mum is coming to visit (da da daaaaah!) – partly to help me at the Craft Fair but also to help with some DIY / Spring cleaning (can we call it Spring cleaning in Autumn?) – and she has made some lovely new products for me to sell, so I will post an update as soon as I can with some piccies!

I’ve been working hard on my best-selling (and favourite) Christmas puds – they are just the right size to pop over a Ferrero Rocher (other chocolate brands are available) – and every year I sell out of them.

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Following the dreaded lurgy I have been suffering with recently, I have not had enough time to make a huge supply of these, but hopefully I can make some more ready for Saturday.  I then have two other sales to come so have plenty more things to make up and finish, I do wish I could work full-time and spend more time crafting!!

Right, I’m off to frantically tidy up prior to¬†my visit from Mum!

Happy crafting

 

Lou x

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Planning Ahead – Christmas is a’coming!

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It seems strange to be thinking of Christmas already, but with a holiday coming up and working full-time – I need to get going with my ideas for Craft Fairs this Christmas!

As well as soft, scrumptious warming gifts of scarves, gloves, and these lovely hot water bottle covers made from Merino Wool, I have some new ideas for this year…

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This year I would love to make more decorations Рso have been thinking of what I can do.  As a child I loved nothing more than opening my stocking on Christmas Day, so here are some cute mini stockings.  Big enough for a few little treats!

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Christmas Stockings ahoy!

My next idea was Christmas stars – done in varying yarn weights and colours. ¬†I do love the standard Christmas colours, but sometimes it’s nice to go outside of your comfort zone. ¬†

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As Moby says – we are all made of stars!

More decorative ideas to come Рprobably Christmas Trees, Robins and perhaps some felt Gift Tags.  And of course my Christmas Puddings which are so sweet (all puns intended!)

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Christmas Pud Choccie Toppers – for your table or tree!

Happy crafting!

 

Lou x

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