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Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Halfway Stage

I hope everybody had a great holiday full of fun and laughter.

As the schools are on holiday I have had more time to knit so I have got along nicely with the Wedding Shawl.  I also played around at making Gift Certificates. I found a pretty Poinsettia background on my computer, which was perfect for what I wanted. I gave one to Julia saying that I will knit her any shawl in any colour and she thought it was a fantastic idea. I had better get on with those I am already doing.
Halfway Stage

Tuesday, 13 December 2011


Top - cashmere. Bottom - Cashmere/silk
The start.


I started Kayte's wedding shawl yesterday. She decided on the pure cashmere yarn from Loophole and little pearl like seed beads. I can't believe how soft the yarn is to use and I am pleased the way it is turning out so delicate. Just perfect. The weather is wet and windy at the moment so hopefully I will get quite a bit done before Christmas starts.

Last week I started a scarf from some left over yarn I used for a jacket. It is one of those things you can knit and talk, perfect to do while watching the TV at Christmas. It has a leaf pattern around the edge which I found in a pattern book.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Craft Fair 1 & 2 done

Mostly my own shawls & scarves
Brighstone Craft Fair my table
What an interesting 2 days I have had, but a steep learning curve. Thursday was at the school and I shared the stall with Rachael (a friend) who sells Gluten/sugar/dairy free produce. I had couple of people who took my information and seemed interested in taking it further, but also I spoke to a teacher who possible would like to start an after school club for knitting. Rachael did well and sold about half of her stuff.

Yesterday was all day. Everybody there was helpful and friendly. Of the people who took information a few seemed really interested, and a parent said she was going to suggest to the head of the Primary school about a knitting after school club, so maybe something will come of that.

I have got a small ball of rabbit/merino wool to try out. One of the ladies was spinning. If I like it there is a possibility of buying locally spun yarn to make scarves etc which would be great. Also I was put into contact with a shop in Newport which sells locally made things. They rent out shelves for £10 a month so it will be something to look into.

I played around at displaying things, after these photos were taken, and I opened a shawl and a few scarves and I noticed that people stopped and looked more. Also another stall was using a clothes-horse which was vertical rather than at an angle so I will look out for one of those. I did not take my tailors dummy which I think I should have. 
Basically a successful two days. 

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Christmas Craft Fairs number 1 & 2. :-)

Tomorrow I am off to my first craft fair, to try and sell something. :-) It is a school Christmas fair to be exact. Kayte's children's school fair and she asked if I would like to share a stall with a friend who sells gluton/suger free cakes. So I have been busy sorting out flyers with information, which shawls, and scarves to take etc. It is going to be fun to do.

Then yesterday I had a phone call from the organiser of Brighstone Tree Festival. When I enquired about going earlier in the year there was no tables available but it seems somebody has dropped out so I am off to show off my shawls there on Friday. I am very nervous about this one as this is a real fair, but at least I will have had a practise the day before.