This week has been far more productive than the last few as I’ve only worked two days, so I’ve had more time for crochet. I tried a new strategy this week too, as I have had to be careful not to damage my arm/neck/shoulder. I like to crochet/craft generally for pleasure and I find it tricky to do that before the housework and other jobs are done, preferring to get the hard work out of the way and then have a crochet marathon. However, this week, I’ve done one job, then a bit of crochet, and then gone back to do another job. This has worked really well as I’ve not overdone it on my arm but got loads done.
I was really curious to see how the rainbow yarn would work up in the slippers. So far I’ve only done the foot part of one slipper as the stitches involved (working around the post) are really hard on my wrist so I only work on them for a very short time. The colours worked fairly well in a pattern until I got to the decreases for the toes and it went out of synch. I quite like the effect, though I can’t look at it for too long as it is almost hypnotic! In the photo I have squashed the slipper so you can see the colour patterns more clearly. I’m looking forward to making the scales with this yarn!
As well as that, I’ve been working on items for the craft fair that is in 17 days! I found a chart for stars, and turned it into a written pattern. It only takes 10 minutes to make a star, so I can whip up a few more quite easily. I’m currently investigating ways to add hanging loops prettily; I have seen buttons used very nicely so I might give that a go. I’ve also made more snowmen and a santa. I’m not sure the santas will sell as well as snowmen so I don’t think I’ll make too many. I have also experimented with different snowman accessories, as the top hats and elf hats are cute but they take as long to make as a full snowman head. The bobble hat is my favourite, though I’m going to have to turn to craft pompoms for the tops as I really can’t find an effective way to make a pompom that can’t be pulled apart. I’ve tried all sorts; the Repeat Crafter Me glue ones; surgical knots; cotton yarn and I am done with them! I love a hand made pompom but I’m not prepared to compromise on quality and make items that won’t last 5 minutes. The snowman with ear muffs is ‘ok’ but I might tweak the pattern slightly. (I wrote that myself and I think they might need to be a little larger.) The good news is that my craft fair stash is growing nicely!
What are you working on this week? Do you have any advice for selling at a craft fair? Please let me know what you’re up to!