Saturday, 31 July 2010

Vegan crafting

I have been quiet on my shop of late due to a massive attempt to build up good quality stock. I've also started on my felt and wool stash to try very hard to become a vegan crafter! I finished these mittens which hopefully will be amongst the last of the wool items in autumn in my shop. There are a few more balls of wool to use up in my plastic bin which I am busily double moss stitching into mittens as we speak : ) My new vegan diet has gone well 80% of the time. I am learning to read labels closely and not just go by what I think is vegan. I was still eating a museli bar a couple of weeks ago that has honey in it so I think the solution is to surround myself with as many vegan recipes as I can...

I have managed to start transferring completely to cotton though. This bag is 100% cotton and was very nice to crochet with. I recycled a few beads from an old top to decorate the strap with. I'm a fan of beads but like them to be subtle. I have challenged myself to line and finish the bag without buying any new products from the sewing shop - I have some purple cotton to line it with and I could recycle a popper I have found on an old tote bag for the fastening.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Prince's Trust

Just thought I would drop in and let you all know how things are going offline. As some of you know I lost my job in April last year and have been crafting to keep busy (amongst other things - see my new blog on my writing career here). During my travels on the internet I've encountered many crafters who sell offline and who say they use their online shop merely to extend or back up sales. I would like to make a go of selling seriously away from the internet too.

This is where the Prince's Trust comes in. As I'm under 30 and still considered a member of the 'yoof' I can access a 4 day business course in September which will feature subjects such as marketing and IT.

It doesn't matter what you think about the Royal Family - the Prince's Trust is an amazing charity. You can donate here.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Free Crochet Pattern

How cute is this crocheted Pit Bull? The free pattern is available on ravelry (account required) by Liz Lindo who blogs here.

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Double Moss Stitch Mittens in July

I've fallen down a rabbit hole full of green/blue yarn. First I crocheted this fingerless mitten in a gorgeous blue shade. I then sent off for a second ball of yarn so I could start the other one only I forgot completely about dye lots.

Instead of sending the beautiful ball of yarn back I undid the crocheted mitten and have made two from the one ball - they actually look neater and I'll show you them when they have been sewn up.

So then I started knitting a mitten with my new green ball - this time in double moss stitch which is beautiful.

Double moss stitch is:

Cast on a multiple of 2 stitches plus 1...then:

Row 1: K1, P1 repeat to end
Row 2: P1, K1 repeat to end
Row 3: P1, K1 repeat to end
Row 4: K1, P1 repeat to end

Keep repeating this pattern of 4 rows and you will end up with double moss (seed) stitch...

Happy knitting : )
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