Thursday, September 14, 2017

Trying to Get Back on Track

Through the summer I've really taken my eye off my Etsy shop and it's been pretty quiet - my own fault really for not keeping up to date with changes in the website and for not keeping listing new items. I've been lucky that I've sold more locally and off-Etsy (through facebook e.g.) so it hasn't been TOO grim a situation.

However, now that things are getting more quiet at work I'm able to turn my focus back on Selkie Crochet again.

One of the recent changes to Etsy is that you are now allowed to post up to ten photos in each listing (it had previously been four - or five?) - so I thought I'd try and take some more diverse photos of my wrist warmers...

 I don't know if people will really bother clicking through all ten photos in a listing but it is giving me a better chance to show the detail and colours in my work.

I really want to go through the rest of my listings and take new/extra photos of them also but I started with the wrist warmer section.

Out and About in Boats - part three

At the start of the month I was lucky enough to go out in a small fishing boat - one of my skippers on the ferry is a lobsterman and owns 'The Albatross' (the blue boat in the photos)

I should say from the start: I'm a vegetarian and so, obviously, don't eat fish but I find the variety of sea life that comes up in the pots utterly fascinating...I've always been an amateur naturalist and living right on the sea I guess it's inevitable that my focus has been in that direction.

 It was a relatively calm day and probably the last chance that I'd get to go out in JP's boat before the end of the season.

The rock formations around Valentia Island are just breath-taking -- photos don't really do them justice...

 A small selection of the sea-life that comes up in and on the pots when they are hauled out of the sea and onto the boat. While John Patrick is dealing with taking the lobsters and crabs out of the pots and putting fresh bait in them again, I am busy with my camera and looking out for tiny creatures that have dropped on to the deck!

Of course they all returned safe and sound to the sea. :)

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Out and About in Boats - part two

 I've been working on the Valentia car ferry since 2006 (I'm sure I've mentioned my 'day job' on here before now). It's a pretty unique job and suits me as I am outdoors and can watch the wildlife in the quiet times. I try to bring my camera with me on good days ... the bad weather days are best forgotten about!

The pictures really speak for themselves...

This Summer/Autumn the harbour has had several swarms of these jellyfish - mauve stingers - but just lately we saw the worst one's hard to capture the scale of it in photographs.

One day last week my skipper, JP, was going to get some shrimp to sell to a friend of his so I went along for the ride -- we went out in his brother's little boat and he hauled a few of the shrimp pots. 

It was my first time seeing the ferry from this angle! 

 This is what we had gone out for...shrimp! (this one went back into the water)

Hauling shrimp pots

The local gulls were on the look out for anything they could eat.

Out and About in Boats..part one.

 For part of the summer there have been daily boat trips to Beginish Island - an uninhabited island next to Valentia. I had only been there once before, going beachcombing with JP from the ferry in a small punt, but this was an easy and comfortable way to get to the island so I twisted Peter's arm and we went over one afternoon in August.

 Look at how clean the beaches are! There was some rubbish washed up but not much, and the majority of it had been piled up in a corner of the beach, out of reach of the tide - I'm guessing it will be taken away so that it won't pose a threat to the sheep that live on the island.

I wish we had had time to climb up to the old look-out tower but we only had about an hour and a half on the island.

I could have happily spent a whole day exploring the island...

We walked through bracken and brambles to get back to the boat - it would have been easier to have gone back the way we'd came but I thought this would be an 'adventure' was a bit rough going but you live and learn! 

Saturday, August 26, 2017

 As you can see from the photo, I have finished the order for the lady who contacted me on facebook - I'm really happy with how it all turned out. I got it posted this morning but there won't actually be a collection now til Monday afternoon: it should still get to her early next week though.

 It was my first time using this cotton for a shower puff but it turned out fine; I'd posted a couple of photos on my facebook page and now have an order for another one :) I still have a LOT of this organic cotton left (I ordered extra when I had the scrubby order from Airmid earlier this summer) but I know it will eventually be used up one way or another.

Once I finish the shower puff I must get on with the order that Jaye wanted - she doesn't want it until October but it's five pairs of shower mitts (I've made four so far) and three pairs of matching wrist warmers...

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

More Wool..

I had received a message from a past customer on my Selkie facebook page the other day - she would like some more wrist warmers! Of course I didn't have the right yarn in my 'stock' so I had to go online shopping.

She wanted a pair like this- but when I went to find the yarn online I realised that it's been discontinued. Luckily Springwools still have it in stock so I bought enough for a couple of pairs as it's always been a good seller for me.

I also bought the same yarn in the pink/purple colourway. I wish I could have bought more of it now that I've received my order, but I know that I really have SO much yarn in my boxes and cupboards and I need to work my way through some of that before I can really justify doing a restock.

The lady also wants a pair of wrist warmers made from King Cole's ''Splash'' so I bought two balls of that too - it'll be enough for another pair of wrist warmers at least.

As usual I ended up buying a couple of things that I hadn't even been looking for -- the ''Cabaret'' dk from Stylecraft and ''Sprite'' dk from King Cole. I hadn't heard of either of them so I thought I'd give them a go. I really love the colour and softness of the cabaret one - Stylecraft wouldn't be a brand that I'd use that often but this one seems good quality. Both yarns are wool-free so that can be a bonus - there are lots of people who can't wear wool (or don't want to).

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

New Gifts and Some Wool

These great big baskets were also from Bob and Cathys' house - we think that Bob must have brought them back from Saudi when he was working out there (back in the 1980s I guess). Cathy had given them to Mum along with some cookery books, but Mum couldn't really find a use for them so we have them now!

As you can see, the cats love them! It didn't take them long to realise that they were comfy spots to curl up in: even little Ivy has cottoned on to them as a sleeping/play area. I think it would make Bob laugh to see that cats enjoying them so much.

One day last month while I was working on the ferry one of my passengers gave me this amazing frame! It's solid wood and weighs a ton. Eventually it will go up on the wall in the conservatory (we're STILL waiting for the electrician to put up the proper lights in there) but in the meantime it's just propped up against the wall. At the moment it's full of little pine cones, dried flowers and seed heads but Anna was saying how the back unscrews so that you can change what's inside I'm thinking about putting in some of my beach combing finds.

Anna also gave me two big bags full of wool! She was having a big clear out and was taking everything to the charity shop but thought that I could find a use for the wool and frame :) I have the best customers!

I still need to have a proper sort through it all; some of it is very 'baby'ish so I will probably pass that on to my friend Mary and her Mum (who make clothes for premature babies for a charity) but I'm sure I can put most of it to good use :)