Real life just kind of takes over, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Well, if I could have more crochet hours in the day, obviously I wouldn't say no to that, but it's not going to happen so I just have to fit it in when I can.
As has happened previously, I had a brief dabble in the world of "trying-to-sell-some-crochet", but it was to no avail, and it's kind of fallen by the wayside. I'd love to make a little bit of money from it if I could, but the bottom line is that I really don't have a 'business brain' - the thought of taking money from someone for a thing that I've created fills me with so much self-doubt that it puts me off straight away. I shouldn't really admit that, just in case I have another go at selling in the future, but that's the honest truth.
So instead, I've come back around to thinking that I should just concentrate on crocheting things for pleasure, either for other people or myself, and just forget about the whole money-making idea. My Folksy shop, therefore, will probably be quiet for the foreseeable future, and I don't have any new patterns to add to Ravelry (although I do have an idea bubbling away).
I'm trying to be more active on Instagram, to the point where I'm wondering if, like many others have done, I might eventually stop blogging all together and just use IG. I'm not sure yet. It's a dilemma!
Anyway, I'm going to just try and do a really quick yarny/crochet catch-up now, covering the last few months.
Back in September, I had a wool-winding session of some of the 'posh' yarns that I've purchased, with a view to actually using them.
I made a hot water bottle cover
At the end of September, I had my third visit to Yarndale, where I found my mandala again, and I made a few purchases
|Top row, centre, pink middle, yellow round the outside|
Seeing this photo again has just filled me with unspeakable joy, because I'd completely forgotten about the two skeins on the right hand side!! Honestly, it's like when you find a £20 note that you didn't know you had, but ten times better! Oh wow, I need to go and find them and smoosh them!!
Back in October, I followed a couple of crocheted blankets for a while, and was very concerned that they might fall off and be left in the road, like rags
In November, I made another Highlighter blanket, but reversed the colours
It was my birthday in January, and I (shock! horror!) crossed to the dark side and requested some KNITTING NEEDLES!!
|Oh, I also got a hot water bottle and hand warmer...|
|... and some stitch markers|
Skip forwards to just over a week ago, and I finally finished a cardigan that I've been making for months, on and off. I still need to get some buttons for it, but that will probably take me forever, so I'll wear it 'edge-to-edge' for now.
This was actually made with the yarn on the left of the top picture - it's Pendle 4ply by Eden Cottage Yarns. I altered the sleeves to make them more fitted, so I've got a bit of the yarn left.
Once I'd finished the cardigan, I allowed myself to start something new. I've been itching to have a go at knitting socks, hence the birthday presents. I tried learning to knit a few years ago, but never got the hang of it, so I had to watch Youtube videos just to learn how to cast on. I had a go on my new circular knitting needles, and I thought it was quite neat for a first attempt.
It's all gone downhill from there. I was planning on following Winwick Mum's sockalong, and I noticed she advised not to cast on on the circulars, as they are too small, and to try straight needles instead. So I did, and it was an unsightly mess, and I was a bit surprised at just how rubbish I am. I thought a few years of crochet might've somehow helped, but if anything I think it's had the opposite effect, because I want to hold my yarn and needles like I do for crochet, which doesn't work. So knitting is kind of on hold for now. I haven't given up on it, but I really want to make some socks, so for now I'm trying out a crocheted sock pattern, in the hope of finding one that looks as good as a knitted one.
So I think that's me kind of up to date. I really don't have a vast output, do I? I'm going to try and blog more regularly about what I'm up to, although it might all appear on Instagram first, if I get more into the habit of using that.
In the meantime, happy hooking!