Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Quick Monday Update No. 2

Yes, I know it's Tuesday and I missed last week (but I was keen to get my blog on my Etsy Re-discoveries out) but I'm keen to try to keep this going so here is an update on where I'm at this week.

Work in progress

I've uploaded 10 corsages to my Etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/Aliscrafty - more to come this week including the remaining sheep button ones.  The recipient was very happy with the black alpaca corsage she chose.

The bunting made with Planet Penny cotton yarn is finished so here's a picture.  I'm probably going to list this on Etsy too along with the animal bunting I designed last year.  I've really enjoyed making both.  Have a look at Penny's website http://planetpenny.co.uk/


The cardigan has made progress too but it's taken more yarn than anticipated to alter the length so I may have to source another ball or two.


During last week I've achieved my first item 'knitting in the round' - one fingerless mitten.  It's made from some lovely hand-dyed yarn I bought from Kirsty at Wharfedale Woolworks http://www.etsy.com/shop/WharfedaleWoolworks and the pattern was a free download from Ravelry http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ghislaine-gloves.  Once I got the hang of using the double-pointed needles (I used 3mm) it grew quite quickly.  When I've made the second one I'm going to canvas opinion as to whether these would be a popular product at my autumn fairs and get lots of friends to try them on so I know if the sizing works.  Then I'll come up with some designs of my own.  (I'm keeping this pair for me!)


Events

The quilting event at Farnham Maltings on 13th January was a little disappointing - I suspect that some shops' investment in stock has decreased over the last 12 months so the variety of 'bargains' was less this year.  Nevertheless I did find one or two nice pieces to use for a practice run on some advent calendars.  The best choice was from Creative Quilting based in East Molesley in Surrey http://www.creativequilting.co.uk so I'm really happy to have just discovered they are exhibiting again this coming weekend in the Norfolk Pavilion at the South of England Showground in Ardingly in West Sussex which is not too far away from me.  Another of my favourite shops will be there too: Crafts and Quilts of Southport - one I can't easily get to but have bought from online http://www.craftsandquilts.net.  The event runs from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th January and is open from 10 till 4.30 (4 on Sunday).  Having exhibited there myself I know it is a nice open space where you'll be able to see completed quilts and buy supplies.  There's a cafe area for drinks and snacks.

Well, that's it for this week.  All being well (as my grandma used to say) I'll be back early next week with another update.

Bye for now.
Alison x

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