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Etsy Works in Progress

What a busy week, I’ve had a day off this week and spent the whole day preparing my Etsy plans and policies.   I still feel like I’ve got a lot to do but have enjoyed all of the preparations.

Now I’m enjoying myself completing some works in progress ready for the grand opening which I am planning for July!

Here is just a little sneaky peek…  Unfortunately my camera is playing up so I can only use my smartphone camera, which is clearly not up to the job…  The first pairing is the most lovely acrylic – I’m really not a fan of acrylic (except as a mix occasionally with wool) but this yarn is so amazing.  The picture definitely does not do it justice.

The colour scheme is King Cole Magestic and it is rather aptly named.  This scarf is made in pebble stitch which gives a soft, nobbly texture and the colour scheme is what I would term Electric Teal (eel!?) with tinges of blue and turquoise and shots of bright fuchsia and a muted, but bright lime green.  It reminds me of a stormy sea with a bold sunset.

The next project is a range of girls’ headbands in Rowan’s wonderful Wool Cotton 4ply.  This is the loveliest yarn to crochet with and gives a sturdy but soft finished project.  I will be making these in sizes from newborn to adult.  Every time I have made these at craft fairs I have sold out, particularly for the under 5s!  My colour choices for these are Old Rose, White and Lilac.

 

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These fingerless gloves were made in Debbie Bliss Cotton DK – it holds its shape very well and the buttons are some of my most favourite ones – art deco style, found in a street market in Dieppe in Normandy.  They look rather fabulous and tone in beautifully into the gloves.  I have enough of this yarn left in a bright lemon yellow, I think that would make another fetching pair!  This pattern is not one of my own – it is a free pattern on Ravelry from Adriana Veleda.

 

 

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Finally I have been working on a granny square bag in Explorer Coast DK – this gorgeous yarn – 55% soft merino yarn mixed with a sturdy but soft 45% cotton.  Although not a fan of granny squares, this one I find particularly attractive.

 

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So, not long to go until my Etsy shop opens – and more finished projects to be shared soon…

I have really enjoyed having several projects (all very different) on the go at one time – I would love to hear any feedback on how many WIPs other crafters have at one time!

Happy crafting!

 

Lou x

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Park (erm, Seafront)!

What a fabulous week it’s been – a fabulous trip to Marbella in Andalusia, Spain, with Mum for a week, relaxing and chilling out.  we spent most of our time wining, dining and watching the world go by in cafes and restaurants!

 

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The walls of the old town in Marbella are covered in beautiful pots and climbers – geraniums, bougainvillea in vibrant pinks, reds and purples.  The Moorish influences and winding alleys with restaurants, shops and apartments are absolutely fascinating.  We spent most of our time here rather than the seafront.

 

 

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Everywhere there was music and dance – a dance festival was running all week and most of the events were free and on the street.

As a self-confessed geek I could not, however, believe my luck on our first full day.  We were sitting in a cafe having a croissant and fresh orange juice, and an orchestra sounded up on the bandstand opposite.  Within two notes I squealed in poor Mum’s ear – “it’s Star Wars!”

Those in the UK will remember the TV Show “Name That Tune” will appreciate it when I say – I name that tune in two!  The first two notes of the piece when Luke Skywalker is looking out at two of the moons of Tatooine is apparently called Binary Sunset (starts at about 00:30 on this version) and is a beautiful piece of music.  I had to get the bill pronto and dash across the street to catch them complete a medley of all of the Star Wars music.  My belief (slightly controversial, I know!) is that John Williams is the finest composer of all time.

 

 

 

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What a wonderful orchestra they were – for the next two hours they played a wide range of music from Mozart and Beethoven to baroque and another of my favourites – Danse Macabre by St Saens (used as the theme tune for the brilliant TV show Jonathan Creek).  The most remarkable thing was that they were the Malaga Provincial Youth Orchestra, and none of them was over 18.

I wholeheartedly recommend Marbella for a holiday, especially out of season, they are so proud of their town and it is kept so clean and there is a high police presence, so you feel pretty safe (main issues seem to be pickpocketing).

I’ll update later in the week with the crafty happenings in Marbella and further gossip!

Happy crafting!

 

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