Archives for the month of: June, 2013

I’ve had a productive crafting weekend so far.   I drafted 2 patterns, published one pattern and prepared one for publishing tomorrow.   What are they I hear you ask?

The one I published is a bow brooch.  Sometimes I set myself a challenge and this was one – a bow made in a continuous piece.   It is not at all difficult to make if you are used to working in the round and it is a great stash buster.  Here’s a photograph.

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It has been published on Ravelry and Craftsy.  And the first 20 people who purchase it on Ravelry will get it free if they use coupon code BOW – be quick, it is already selling!  Here’s a link:  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bow-beautiful

The 2 patterns I drafted are now in testing.  I have some lovely friends on Ravelry who test my patterns, and I count myself lucky to have them.   The patterns are for a scarf and a cowl and are the first 2 in a series of patterns that I am working on.  You may have spotted parts of them in the photo in my last blog!

The pattern I have prepared for publishing is the fourth in my series of hexagons.  I started The Hexagon Project 2013 in April and I am publishing 1 pattern each month for 7 months.   You can read all about it here:  http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/agrarian-artisan-designs/2521297/1-25

Here is a sneak preview of no 4.

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Happy knitting and crocheting

xx

Today I have been reading up about blogs, and taken some sound advice.  

The first is from a blogger that my friend Jenny recommended today –

http://didyoumakethat.wordpress.com/ – she says – and I quote from her (I do hope you don’t mind!) – “ I’d encourage anyone to blog. It is a fantastic way of making friends, both online and in real life. My world has become richer, brighter and much more fun because people like you read, comment – and maybe have your own blogs or are thinking of setting one up. Do it! I promise, you’ll never look back…”

Such wonderful words of advice – they have spurred me on, thank you.  Please read her blog, I loved reading it!

The second is about comments.  You have no idea how scary it can be imagining what comments may emerge.   Some people may hate what I write and may criticise me for my photography or my words.  But some wise bloggers have said that certain comments are like seagulls – they dive in, shit on you, and then dive out – so just ignore those!    I haven’t had any seagulls visit yet, but when they do I will remember that advice and maybe I won’t be so scared.

Apart from advice I’ve read, I thought you may like to see a bit about what I am up to.   I did consider taking everything out of my work baskets (yes, I have more than one, in fact I dare not confess just how many I have!) place it in the middle of the floor and photograph it.  But I know if I tried this I would miss a basket….or 2…or 3………!  So instead I just pulled out things that are most active and took a photograph.   This includes things I am making for myself and some designs I am working on, but it is a small sample of what is on my hooks and needles, and in my head.   I do wish I had a few more pairs of hands to help my ideas materialise.   If you want to ask about things in this photograph, just leave a comment.

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Happy knitting and crocheting

xx

I have been asked many times if I blog and, until now, the answer has been ‘no’.  Today I took a huge leap into the world of blogging.  I recognise that those who appreciate my designs want to read a little more than discussions on Ravelry, they want a deeper insight into the whys and wherefores of what I do.

So today it begins.   And it begins with a promise – that I will write this blog at least twice a month.  I aim to keep that promise, but please bear with me, it may take a while for me to get into the swing of the blog!

Happy knitting and crocheting

xx

 

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