Thursday seems to becoming my day for blogging :) I've been pretty busy the last week - it started last weekend when I took the notion to make a little pair of baby socks with some lovely cream chunky wool I had purchased for another use. My mantra at the moment is "make use of what I have" in terms of yarn anyway! Once I looked at my yarn stash I started coming up with all sorts of ideas and notions of things I wanted to knit - the plan is to stock my Etsy shop with lots of yummy knitty and tweedy creations, yay!
I have to say I LOVE using my double pointed needles - be it bamboo ones or steel ones.
This yarn was lovely to use - I finally found out that it's a Drops yarn (wool and alpaca mix) so very soft for little squidgy feet :) I think they turned out quite cute:
I made the decision this week to rename my Etsy shop to the same as my website/business name: Handmade on the Croft. I'd named it Yarns on the Croft initially but I've decided to keep everything under the same name now - keep it simple!
I'm pleased with how my own website is developing and having my own domain name is really good :) It's also simple to contact me from there on my Contact page :) I'm trying to tidy things up so it's easy to find me and my 'makes' online!
Back to the fun stuff - I also decided last weekend to make another fair isle sheep sleeve with a little change to the reverse. I made this one in grey which I thought worked well . . .
I made a little change and instead of having the reverse exactly the same I embroidered two little bobbly tails (on two bobbly sheep bums!) instead . . .
Sorry, not so clear in my photo but you get the gist! I thought it added a bit of fun anyway :)
I do like how the sleeves are very slim but quite densely knitted because of the double width of fair isle technique . . .
I've still to get back to my new sewing machine - perhaps later today! I think the last thing I made was this tweed/vintage style sleeve (I'm a little suspicious that this is what, er, damaged my old machine). Perhaps I'll be using a lighter weight lace embellishment the next time - I did love this one though . . .
It's listed here :)
As you can see I've been very focussed on making stock at the moment - perhaps a craft fair should be on the cards later in the year. It's something I will have to look into definitely :)
For myself I'm still drooling over this yummy yarn which I'd forgotten I'd ordered before Christmas and it arrived well into January . . .
It's a lovely dark/gold bronze colour - Ji-ji the cat would loveto get her paws on it :) It'll be on the back burner for a while though until I get my Etsy shop stocked up :) I have a few more ideas of stock I would like to add eg. tweedie buttons, perhaps more kiddie socks, and of course I'm sure I'll be making some more fair isle phone sleeves - I've another design in the wings!
Are you an Esty fan or not? I do love browsing through it myself but it's difficult to be impartial when you are also selling from it at the same time! Any suggestions/opinions re either of my online shops would be gratefully received - I can take it, hehe!
Better go - I still haven't checked out that sewing machine - oops :) A busy week at the office job next week so I may have to take a week out of my blog - back soon though!
Apologies for a very 'shop' driven post - I guess it's where I'm at, at the moment though :)