Wednesday, 25 November 2015

And Breathe!

The craft Fair is over and now I feel like a mole who has just popped his head above ground for the first time in ages! The Fair was good on several levels, it was the first one I had done for about 7 years with my own things for sale so sorting out what to take, how to set out the table etc was really constructive. I sold a few things so came home feeling really encouraged and I think that my stuff looked nice when it was all set out, even if I do say so myself! I am now trying to visit as many Fairs as I can in the run up to Christmas so I can see which ones I might fit with for next year.
Practicing the table layout at home.

I was really worried about the whole thing right up until half way through the Fair but I am glad that my lovely friend had faith in me when I didn't and persuaded me to do it. Those of you who are seasoned sellers will probably wonder what all the fuss is about but this is proving to be quite a journey for me as I find my feet in a world in which I am no longer a home educating Mum. Creating a new role for myself that can fit with prior claims on my time has not been easy but I feel like I am getting there.

Here comes a shocking confession - there is nothing new on my needles! I haven't done anything to the shawl for a couple of weeks for obvious reasons but I am about to launch into some Christmas knitting. My son would like a pair of bedsocks for which I had to buy needles today so have not yet cast on and it is too dark to take a picture of the yarn and pattern so I will do that for the Yarn Along next week. My daughter would like a slouchy hat like this one in black with red spirals.

I am aware that I swore never to knit that again but hey, it's for Christmas! I am currently spinning the black alpaca for it so I have nothing to show on that one either yet.

As a treat following the Fair I have allowed myself to start reading a book. It is by Katy Regan and is called The Story of You. I haven't got into it properly yet as I have had to do lots of things that I had neglected over the last couple of weeks but I think maybe this weekend I will have some quality reading time if I am lucky.

Why not share what you have been knitting and reading with the other bloggers over at Ginny's Yarn Along or if you have other craft news join in with the Craft Along at Frontier Dreams.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Gratitude Sunday.

This week I have been grateful for my shoes. Every time I look down they make me smile which, in my opinion, justifies their somewhat flighty nature.

I am also grateful for my friend who gets constructively bossy and is a dab hand with a camera - you know who you are!

Joining in with WoollyMossRoots and friends for Gratitude Sunday.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Rising panic.

So I have now got three weeks to go before my first craft fayre for several years and I am trying not to panic. I keep making but wonder if I will ever have enough made to really fill a table. I am finding that in the evenings I need to work on something that is not associated with Misty Cottage Crafts so that I can relax enough to sleep properly.

To this end I have cast on something new which is this 'Mihr, Angel of Friendship' shawl from a book by Gerard Allt called Knitting to Share. I love this book, not only for the lovely patterns but for the concept behind it, the idea of expressing your love or care for another person through knitting. I know we all do this every time we knit something for someone else but to have a book that is specifically setting out to help you do exactly that is beautiful.

Some of you may recognise the yarn from this old blog post I spun it from a yak and silk blend dyed by Mandacrafts and I love it. I had spent ages trying to knit a shawl (which I will come back to when I am a more seasoned lace knitter) which started on the long rows and seemed like a really good idea as progress would speed up rather than slow down as I worked through the shawl. However, being a rookie lace knitter I just couldn't seem to keep on top of the pattern so I gave up. My new pattern starts at the pointy end of the triangle (which I am sure has a technical name but it escapes me at present) so I get a chance to focus for short bursts while I get used to the pattern. Also it means that after a certain critical size, there is no element of white knuckle knitting as I can just choose to end the shawl with about half a dozen rows notice.

My reading this week, for a change, includes an actual book, made of paper and everything! It is called The Handmade Market Place by Kari Chapin. I read this some time ago when I was dreaming of a time when I would be able to have an online shop and actually focus on something other than others and now that time has come I thought it would be a good idea to revisit and implement some of Kari's suggestions. I am, of course, also listening to Diana Gabaldon's The Fiery Cross at every opportunity aswell.

Joining in with those lovely people over at Ginny's Yarn Along and Frontier Dreams' Craft Along.