Wednesday, 23 November 2011

I'm Still around

Sorry folks. Just not been in the mood for blogging of late. Just feeling generally out of sorts. You know the feeling. Nothing specifically wrong with me. I just call it my winter blues. It happens around this time of year. Usually it's not this bad but this year for some reason I have had a real case of lack of motivation.

I am still crocheting but just not taking many photos. A lot of the small stuff that I made got sold at the last craft fair so I am trying to motivate myself to make more.

I bought a 'new to me' chunky Brother 230 knitting machine with a ribber but apart from a few practise pieces I haven't actually made anything as yet. I am still in the learning curve.

Here are some of the things for Christmas presents and the next craft fair.

Headbands from patterns that I bought on Etsy. It's a great place to find patterns and as they get sent to your e mail they are usually much cheaper than any other place.

This is a cowl/hood. I made it from a US pattern and my wool wasn't as thick so it has come out a bit smaller (tighter) than it should have. Now I know what to do I will just add more stitches next time. I made the fingerless mitts from a rectangle of crochet in the same stitch. Sewed them up leaving holes for the thumbs and adding a small flower for decoration.

Some more jazzy fingerless mitts made in the same method but this time I crocheted around the thumb hole to make small thumb cozies. No pattern for these just a bit of improvisation.

I have had lots of patterns from Etsy and eBay and also my usual magazines including the Interweave Crochet accessories 2011 which has some good ideas for winter warmers.

Some photos from the last craft fair that I did at the Longfield Suite in November. The next one is on Dec 18th so although I still have heaps of things left from the last fair I need to make more of the small things that did sell such as headbands and fingerless mitts as well as some other bits and pieces perhaps with a more Christmassy theme.

Sadly no-one bought my bride dolls or my bridesmaid doll even though I was asking a ridiculously low price (in my eyes) for them as they took ages to make. Maybe they will sell at the Christmas fair. I should really update my Etsy store or try Folksy which is the UK version of Etsy. I just haven't had the motivation lately. I really should do it before Christmas if I want any sales.

I bought this pattern on Etsy. It is called the San Francisco bag should you wish to buy a pettern. I was really easy to make. The hardest part was doiing the linings as I am not much good at sewing. They will make nice small gifts for little girls this Christmas and have used up a lot of oddments.

I continue to keep buying more wool so will be in the poor house soon. My credit card bill is now bordering on the ridiculous. I need to sell more than I buy and I haven't got to that part yet. I know that I need to speculate to accumulate but so far all I am doing is parting with my money (or rather money that I don't have)

This is just the tip of the iceberg of my latest purchases. Plus I now have enough machine yarn on cones to open my own shop! My house is rapidly disappearing under a mountain of yarn. I will be being filmed for Hoarders as my family will be contacting the show if I don't tidy up soon. I just have no interest in housework whatsoever. I do the bare minimum of washing dishes and clothes and push the hoover about but I am just so untidy that I dread any visitors. It has now gone past the lived in look and gone to woolly untidiness. I never used to be like this. Maybe it's just part of my general depression issues. Maybe I just need a kick up the rear! I could do with a buddy to direct me along the path of tidiness and chat to me whilst I do it.

I went to a friend's wedding on Saturday and had a lovely time. It did me good to get out of the house for a while. Tonight I am going out for tea with my niece and my 'honorary niece' who has been around in the family so long that she is part of it in everything but blood. It's an early Birthday treat for me. It does feel so nice not to have to think about what to cook for myself.

My spine and knees continue to be a pain. I go to see a specialist on Dec 16th. Not for another replacement yet just to have an operation to see what is going on inside the left knee. I have now reached an all time weight high which isn't helping my mobility. I know that this will be the main topic of conversation when I get to the hospital. I weighed around 160 lbs before all of the problems with my spine and knees started but now because of immobility I am probably almost double that. I am a dieting failure. I eat when I am depressed and I am depressed about my lack of mobility so I eat. Join the circle as it goes around. 

Last, but not least, is my little furry neighbour Poppy who regularly comes through the hedge to amuse me. This day she got hold of a ball of wool and was chasing it all around the house. She has never shown any interest in my wool before. I couldn't do anything for laughing as she wound it in and out and around furniture legs. She is usually such a quiet serious dog as she is not as young as she once was but that day she was definitely having a puppy moment.

I will try to update my blog more regularly. If you have any spare motivation can you send me some please!


Anonymous said...

Sooooo glad to see you back with us. Missed you terribly. Your things are so lovely as usual. I could not pass your things up at a craft fair even if I do knit and crochet. I will leave you with what I heard my mother say this morning, "things are going to get better they just about have to." :)

Anonymous said...

Glad you're back! As you already know, I have missed your blogging but nice I can keep up a bit with you on Facebook and emails. If I had some motivation I'd share it with you but alas, I am suffering from the same problem. Chin up, girlfriend, it will get better.

Barbara said...

Visiting your blog is always a treat for me and I'm so glad you're back!

I wish I could motivate you if only by telling you that your lovely blog and crocheted items have been my inspiration for a few years now.


Mad about Craft said...

So glad you are still around!

I've also had the winter blues recently too! - horrible!

Take care!

Becks said...

Lovely to see you back in blogland again. And the fairs are picking up too, the last one was much better than the first it seems?

Anonymous said...

I was really glad to see you back blogging - I was getting worried about you. Your beautiful work inspires me so often and your blogs are something that I look forward to reading whenever I'm on the computer (which is every day!!!) I have never commented like this on anyone else's blog before but felt that I needed to and to encourage you to keep producing your beautiful craft work. I will pray for you. God bless.

Linda said...

How nice to 'see' you again. I would have bought something of yours at the craft fair.
You never can tell, maybe the next one will be a sellout for you. (Daughter makes jewellery and it's an up and down business).

p.s. I have zilch motivation for housework too....where did it go? Lol

mumukshu said...

Hi from India.Love your blog.I have just started making a variety of crochet items an your blog are so inspiring.Can you tell me who on Etsy i need to contact for the lovely hairband patterns.I enjoy making crochet items and gifting to family and friends.
tnx god bless

enthusiastic crochetoholic said...

I biught mine as a set of 4 from Etsy but I think that she sells them individually too. She is CrochetBaby Boutique on Etsy

Anonymous said...

I came across your blog by accident while surfing the net. I second what you said about having zero motivation for housework and I think you are one rockin' hot cool grandma (I'm just a wee kid in my late 20s). You give me inspiration!!!! :)

mumukshu said...

thanks for the link.I will try and see if i recreate the hairbands if not i will buy the pattern.
Warm regards