This Saturday I had a crafting day and spent my time making some of the free gifts from Mollie Makes. It was fun and easy, just what I needed. It is always good to be able to say you have finished three projects in one day!
I made the Jane Foster dog, the fish keyring, which I started when I got the magazine and never finished, and finally a cross stitch rose with ribbon and lace. I also found time to start knitting a jumper!
I have made myself another skirt. I used the same pattern as for my corduroy one, but this time I made it from some navy blue cotton with a tiny star pattern.
I am hoping to get lots of wear out of this skirt as I love it!
I have been thinking about the winter and the warm clothes I might need, unhelpfully this has led me to the conclusion that I no longer like any of my clothes!
I have been working on a solution starting by making myself a corduroy skirt. I used a lovely piece of navy blue corduroy fabric that I picked up in a charity shop a few years ago. I am very pleased with my new skirt and look forward to wearing it lots this winter.
I have been crafting lately, but I have been doing more on larger projects rather than completing anything that I can share with you. At the moment I am really enjoying knitting a simple moss stitch scarf.
I am using Drops Fabel which is a 4 ply yarn so it is taking a while to knit. I really like the effect of the self patterning yarn in moss stitch. I am making this scarf as a present and think I will make myself one for the winter to match my new winter coat, when I have found one I like!
This week I went to a very interesting workshop at Berylune run by Fiona Murray. Fiona is a very talented photographer and she was showing us how to style our craft products for photographs to use online for things like Etsy.
I was trying some shots of little mice I have been making. I was very pleased with the results.
The next day I tried some pictures with a little crochet fish I made recently.
I am really pleased I had a chance to get to spend time learning from Fiona. I am going to be spending more time on my pictures so they do my items justice.
I made a gnome! He is Gneville from issue 8 of Simply Crochet.
I was pleased to find that I was able to follow the pattern and get the techniques right. Attending the octopus amigurumi workshop at Berylune really helped as I wouldn’t have considered trying something like this before. I was so pleased with my gnome that I made him a friend, Gnorman.
Theses gnomes are made from Drops Paris cotton which I really enjoyed using. I have quite a bit of the cotton left so I will find another amigurumi project to try.
I made another crochet octopus last week, this time I used an aran weight acrylic yarn. I also made the whole thing bigger with an extra row of increasing and more rows in the head. The tentacles are much longer and wider, and very springy!
This octopus was a present for our nephew and he seemed to really like it.