Tuesday, October 19, 2010

New Wool Order :)

Oh my gosh look what came in the post for me today - also included was 'Grannys gone wild' and a pack of wool sewing needles.

I thought eventually I might make an afghan throw or blanket for us; some of them look quite complicated though!

Now that I have smaller sized wool needles I was able to sew in the loose ends on those purple-y wrist warmers I'd made for myself in the 4-ply. I love them!

I also made this pair for myself but it's an AWFUL photo as Peter is over in England and I had to snap it myself, and in poor light to boot!

They're made in the Noro Kuryan (spelling?) 100% wool and are FAB, the colours are much nicer in real life. I'm really happy with them too. So I now have three pairs of 'proper' wrist warmers :)

I must get back to making some to try and sell on Etsy.

I've just had a message from a lady in America about the black with white flecks but I'm not sure if I'm making her a pair to measure or selling the pair I'd listed in my shop - either option is grand with me so I'm waiting for her to get back to me about it

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Something Nice for Myself

I've been making a pair of wristwarmers for MYSELF!

They're in 4-ply, which is so fine; it really has taken some getting used to as it's like working with thread compared to Aran weight or even double knitting (I've been working with mostly Aran weight)

It's so slow to work with and I found that so frustrating at first, as I tend to crochet very quickly and am used to things just taking a couple of hours and then they're done and I move on to the next thing....but 4-ply takes FOREVER!

I know this sounds really philosophical but I've now realised that this isn't necessarily a bad thing, as it means that each piece takes longer, so in a weird kind of way it's saving me money (because normally the more I make, the more I want to make more...so I buy more and more wool!) -- fuzzy logic I guess, but that's how my brain works! It makes sense to me anyway.

Added to that, the colours in this yarn are just beautiful so it's a pleasure to work with now that I'm used to it! It looks so neat!

I've got one all finished (apart from tidying in the loose ends) and am about half way up the second one - I can't wait to be able to wear them :)

In fact, I like it so much that I've bought myself another ball of this purple, and also a midnight blue (and I think another...it's a bit of a blur when I start ordering wool *blush*) Oh I think I got one with shades of red in it too.

I should get my next order from Springwools early next week - hopefully on Monday, but I only ordered it on Friday afternoon so I think it mightn't be til Tuesday. I managed to spend more than ever this time but it'll have to last now until I make some more sales.

I've got eleven pairs of wrist warmers listed on Etsy now - all different, and my two ruffley bags, a beach bag and two peg bags...I've ''only'' had three sales so far this month (and two of them were crochet hooks) and I'm trying not to stress so much about it. I keep telling myself that the 'right' person for each piece will be the one who eventually buys it...but I want them to hurry up and find it now!!!

As you can see from the first photo, the weather was so great today that I was able to sit out on a deckchair and work in the garden :)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

More Wrist Warmers

I seem to spend all my time making these guys just lately, but that's ok and they do (sometimes!) seem to sell well on Etsy, and locally too...

These are the ones I've made since my last post...

All from lovely Springwools wool :)

I'm thinking this great big chunk of driftwood might make a better backdrop for the photos for wrist warmers etc - it's more 'bland' than the blue walls of our shed and house! I think it looks kind of cool...

I've started making a pair of wristers in 4-ply yarn this afternoon, but oh gosh it's so fine...it will take me forever! It's beautiful though, deep deep shades of purple (my favourite colour) and 75% wool - I may keep them for myself :)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Treasuries and Etsy Sales

I am so bowled over (and mega-impressed!) but I've had 15 sales from my Etsy shop!! I've only been listing stuff on there since July (I think) so I'm really happy with that.

It's wierd but some times things sell just after listing them - literally within hours or a couple of days, but other stuff has been there all Summer. But I guess eventually it will happen, I need to be more patient...not easy, I know!

A quick update -- the Autumnal Tivoli Ocean ones I mentioned before sold very quickly; then Michelle from Growveg bought the Irish rose scarf/wrap, then the chocolate brown mohair mix ones sold, then a pair of King Cole Riot berry colours sold to the lovely Jacquie, then I made a pair of the same ones for Pepper from Growveg (and she also bought the soft blue cowl), then I sold another pair of the Tivoli Ocean blue wristers (love them so much!) and then finally I sold a pair of the black and white Tivoli Colourblend wristers!

Gosh, that does sound like a lot, doesn't it?! Jana from the Island bought a pair of the black and purple Tivoli Colourblend wristers just today so I've deactivated that listing. I must make another pair to relist though but there's no rush!

Oh gosh...

How hopeless am I at keeping this updated? - don't answer...I already know.

My lovely wool order from September arrived, and just the other day I placed another oreder with them (lovely Springwools up in Dublin)

Isn't this like a lovely snuggly box of chocolates? Most of it is all going to go on stuff to sell on Etsy but I decided to treat myself to some post yarn so I bought two balls of Noro Kureyon for a pair of wrist warmers or something for MYSELF!! It's 100% wool and has the most gorgeous colours! It'd be great in a hat, but I don't really wear hats so I'll have to think of something else :)

I ordered some more of the Tivoli Colourblend, which crochets up very well - I already had the white and black, and the purple and black before so I bought a couple of balls of the green and black to try too...

I'd also ordered some more of the King Cole riot yarn in Autumnal colours, and got some of their metallic silver/grey too, to see how that goes...hopefully all this will sell!

I got my big boxful of lovely stuff this afternoon when I came home to work :) and have already started on a pair of wristers in the Freedom Spirit by Twilleys of Stamford - it's gorgeous: 100% wool but it doesn't have that scratchiness you sometimes get with wool. It's a lovely colour, like raspberries and other nice things; I'd buy this again (maybe try other colours next time as well)