Thursday, 14 April 2011

Taking care of business

I'm just about to head up to my craft haven and sew some more cushion covers for my etsy shop. I've been a little lax on replenishing stock recently, but over the weekend I spent some time cutting fabric so I'll be able to set up a production line to sew a bunch of covers to list.

My sister has been encouraging me to branch out and add more lines to my shop - things like draught excluders, coffee press cosies, iphone covers and the like. (Lightbulb moment - maybe these are items that she would like me to sew for her?!) I've stuck with cushion covers because they are easy to make and they sell pretty well, but in all honesty they don't really scratch the creative itch. One of the difficulties I face is finding time to experiment, produce prototypes and hone designs. I know I have it in me, but I have a demanding full time job which regularly fills more hours than I would like.

Enough grumbling. Last night I had hoped to meet up with a Wigan knitter, but unfortunately she was unable to make it and so a free evening opened up in front of me. While I caught up with Masterchef on the TV, I sewed this....

OK, so it's another cushion cover. But it is a new design made from in linen and silk dupion in luscious orange and pink. What do you think of the prototype? Is it an idea worth pursuing?

Monday, 11 April 2011

Square dancing

My father was a great fan of square dancing. I remember (with no small amount of horror and shame) that he owned one of those cowboy string tie things. Incidentally, I've just googled "cowboy string tie" to find out their proper name and it turns out that you can call them cowboy ties, string ties, bootlace ties, or indeed cowboy string ties. I'm giggling about this as I write.

Crochet - a - rainbow (or part of one, at any rate)

So, what has all this square dancing talk got to do with this blog? Well, I've been doing square dancing of a different kind - crocheting granny squares for Sarah London's Crochet-a-Rainbow charity project. It turns out that they are just a little addictive. I've made 27 so far, and counting.

 20 squares

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Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Stripe up the band

My apologies for the terrible pun in the title of this blog post! The gorgeous Noro yarn that I showed you in my last post is now a scarf - just in time to be wrapped up and sent to my sister for her birthday. I followed this pattern by Brooklyn Tweed using two skeins each of Noro Silk Garden 47 and 272. I love how this turned out, and see other versions of this scarf in my future. Mr Q was eyeing this one covetously, too.

All this knitting (along with all the tidying up of my crafting space) has fired up my yarny enthusiasm. A while ago I discovered Sarah London's brightly coloured blog and her Crochet-a-Rainbow appeal for victims of the Queensland floods. As Mr Q is a Queenslander, I was very touched by her appeal (which she has now expanded to Christchurch and Japan earthquake survivors). Sarah is asking for granny squares which she will sew into blankets. Having dusted down my crocheting skills just a couple of weeks ago, I have taken up the challenge. Three squares so far, and more on the way as I use up odd balls of wool from the bottom of my knitting bag, along with a couple of discounted, discontinued colours found at the Black Sheep Craft Barn near Warrington on Saturday. I'm sure these granny squares don't count as the start of another project, do they?