Saturday, January 31, 2015
In other news, I haven't been feeling so great recently so I haven't done any crochet for a few days - this isn't like me at all and I'm happy to write that I am now feeling much better and am wielding my hook and yarn again :)
Things have been pretty quiet in my Etsy shop lately, but it's my own fault as I haven't really been making and listing new items - I really find that you have to keep making/listing for things to sell (it's obvious really!).
Friday, January 23, 2015
It's taken a LONG time and a lot of very gentle perseverance but he now is that the stage where he will tolerate being stroked. He still is very very wary but you can tell he enjoys being made a fuss of - I think he will be a really sweet boy in time.
His eyes seem to be permanently inflamed/running and I'd love to be able to treat them with cream/gel from the vets but if I tried that right now I know he's scratch my arms off and run for the hills...so it's still slowly, slowly with him.
My goal right now is to be able to pick him up - with the aim of being able to get him to the vet and get him checked over and neutered; so far it hasn't been a success - I have picked him up three times and each time he goes into full-blown panic. I am hopeful that in time we will get there - at first he was the same when I tried to pet him: he'd think I was going to grab him and hurt him and would run away like a shot, but now he loves it.
I really hope we can make a difference to his life - so far all I've been able to do is treat him for fleas/worms/ticks etc (which must have made a big improvement to his comfort/quality of life)
Sunday, January 18, 2015
It has just SO many different colours; so far I'm making it from all the left-overs from various wrist warmers, hats etc. It's mostly in aran weight yarn, I have had to double up some thin double knitting for a couple of the rounds but it's generally just one colour per round.
...and these are the scrubbies that I've made for a bulk order - a total of eleven sets (there are two sets of the white ones and the dark red in the bottom row) - my Etsy customer will be buying them from me at the start of the next month hopefully: in the meantime I've got to get Peter to sort out the correct postage rate for the order and get them listed as a custom order.
We've had some really stormy weather recently but today's a much better day so I'm going to go and get myself organised so that I can go to the beach for an hour or two :) Photos to follow if I find anything of interest...
Monday, January 12, 2015
It's something I've wanted to make for ages, pretty much once I realised that I could crochet, I was thinking that I'd like to make a proper bedspread/blanket but I never got around to it til now.
It's another few rounds bigger since I took the photo but as it gets bigger and bigger it's going to take longer and longer for it to grow in size. I'm determined to finish it though - ideally I'd love it to be big enough to use as a bedspread or so that Oscar and I can snuggle up on the sofa together. Since he came back from the vets he's been really cuddly and has taken a liking to curling up in any of my wooly jumpers that he can find.
I'm still making inroads on the yarns that I bought in Germany - these scrubbies are made in 100% cotton - I love the funky colours! As always, I'm wishing that I had thought to buy some more of it while we were there, but there's always online shopping ;)
In Etsy news, I've got someone who is interested in ordering 11 sets of my scrubbies so that they can be sold at a friend's shop! I'm so excited about this :) We're still sorting out the colours, it's a pain that I don't have a tonne of all my different yarns in stock, usually it's just one or maybe two balls of stuff (and yet I still have seven big boxes full!) I'm hoping that my making this scrap-blanket will help use up a lot of the bits and pieces that I have held on to and then it should clear some room up in my boxes too ;)
Friday, January 2, 2015
I thought I'd continue my looking back over the beginnings of 'selkiecrochet' in this blog update; it got too tiring last night to keep trawling backwards through all the photos on the computer so I thought it was better to spread it over a couple of posts instead.
One of the things I still love is how portable crochet is - this was in August 2010, when I was working on a pure cotton scarf.
Thursday, January 1, 2015
I thought I'd start the New Year off with a look back over my shoulder - I started this blog with the intention of being able to look back and see how far I've gone, what mistakes I've made, what I could do better etc, etc, etc so what better than a glance back at my first attempts at crochet and photographic evidence of my wonky shaped journey.
I picked up my new hook on the 28th December 2009 and made my first proper chain...a couple of days later I was trying to make sample squares of different stitches...
I moved on to trying more complicated things in January....
Then I thought I'd try my hand at motif, which all seemed to come out a bit wonky!
I decided to step away from the motifs and go back to practicing the stitches and patterns in the rest of the book.
By March I had made my first handbag - I still love this bag, it's pure wool from the Kerry Woolen Mills, just outside Killarney.