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Crafts have always been a big part of my life. They have been my obsession yet kept me sane. My latest obsession is crochet. Wool and the finished products have taken over the house. A blog seems like the next step in my woolie journey wherever that takes me. Feel free to pop in and see what I am up to.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Elastic to-do-list!!

I never know what title to put on my posts!! I feel it should be catchy and cleaver yet capture the contents of the post - not easy, but maybe it will come to me as I type.

This week was supposed to be tidy, sort and finish time.  All that got tidied so far was the items listed in the shop.  I wanted to be sure they were separated from the rest of the stock and didn't get sold accidentally.  Some are still in need of tags but otherwise they are ready to post.  I also sorted a few more early designs to list as special offers in the hope of enticing potential customers to look around.  In the absence of a suitable model the polystyrene head offered her services!  Her shoulders are a little narrow but she still gives a good idea of what they look like on.

One scarf managed to get finished, but I still have to sew in the ends.  I just had to get my hook into some of the new wool bought at the weekend!!  A chunky cowl was made in the Sublime woolly merino (lovely to work with) and some lovely soft alpaca (a few stray hairs but oh sooo soft).  The alpaca was so lovely that I made an endless scarf as well and then a smaller endless scarf in Noro silk garden chunky.

Today I used the wool from Bee Bee fancy yarns.  They had four yarns packaged together to make some unusual jumpers and jackets. In the packs the wools did not look very exciting but knitted together they were very different to anything else I've seen.  I wanted to try the yarn for making crochet cowls and this morning when I was thinking about it I felt the bulky four strand combination would be perfect for some unusual hooded scarves.  All day in work I was itching to get started.  I could see exactly what I wanted them to look like and I had planned them in my head before I got home.  By the end of day I had two made on my big 20mm hook and I have to say I'm quite pleased with the results.  Pictures tomorrow weather permitting.  The results already have me thinking ahead to what other wool combinations I could do this with and how I could use bits of the fancy wool I got in Scotland to make something really special out of them

Other jobs asked to do over the last two days were; - make a card in Irish (I need a specific stamp for this one and so far have not found it despite tearing the house apart!); make a bead necklace and matching earrings for a birthday gift; take a card-making class; and fix a necklace.

I can see this weeks to-do-list will have to stretch into next week!

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