Friday, 26 November 2010

Folksy Friday Hippos

Well it's Friday again and another week has flown by. I've had a birthday and I'm another year older, moving closer to that half century mark (which I tried to ignore!!!). I was poorly yesterday and had to take a day off work, most unlike me, but I'm glad I did as I feel much better today.

I've had another commission this week for Lets Get Crafting Crochet issue 28 - two commissions in one mag, not bad eh. It's an amigurumi project - can't say what, but the clue's in my folksy friday.

I'm also working on a Waldo hat and scarf for the Nosuchdisco Dave. Hopefully I'll get everything finished in time.

Here are my favourites for this week - just click the link to go to the folksy shop and don't forget to click the back button to come back to my blog. Have a fab weekend.

Laura's Love - Pink Hippo Desk Buddy DitsyBird Designs - Hippo Acrylic on Canvas
Kryshees - Green Hippo/Blue Stripes Patchwork Blanket Pooched - Hippos
ialbert - The Hippos puzzlesinwood - chunky hippo puzzle

Friday, 19 November 2010

Rockin Robin Folksy Friday

I can't believe it's Friday again, where do the weeks go? I'm starting to think about Christmas now, as it's only about 6 weeks away. So my Folksy Friday theme this week is Christmas Robins - bright and cheery. I haven't seen one in the garden yet, so I thought I'd feature them today. I've missed out a little this year, as I have no christmassy things in my shop. But I will next year. I'll definately be more organised.

As usual, you can click on the image to go to the shop, then don't forget to hit the back button to come back to my blog. Have a lovely weekend, Lynne.

The felt menagerie - Robinson McTweet Teeny Robin with Santa Hat Quernus Crafts - wee christmas robin
Swirly Arts - 10 fat robins gift tags Funky Pendants - Cheers Robin Pendant Necklace
Devonly Crafts - Rockin Robin Felt Christmas Decoration Kaela Mills - Three Felt Robin Decorations

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Lets Get Crafting Toddler Knits - I'm in Print

The postman brought me a nice surprise this morning. My copy of Lets Get Crafting Toddler Knits. I submitted my designs some time ago, so it was a lovely surprise to see them in print.

Even better - both of my designs are on the front cover of the magazine, and my poncho is on the plastic envelope. I think this is my favourite LGC edition so far. The colours of yarn are so pretty and there are some fab patterns inside, from some of my favourite folksy designers. Also featured is Carol Bateup of folksy shop Orangebirdstudio, Amanda Berry from fluffandfuzz and Penny Connor from OliverBoliver

Friday, 12 November 2010

Competition Winner and Folksy Friday

I recently ran a competition on my blog to carry out a bit of market research for an upcoming craft fair, just to help me make things that people will actually buy. I had a great response - many thanks to everyone for taking the time to enter. I really appreciate it. It will help me to knit the right sorts of thing for my craft fairs and my shops. The results are at the bottom of the post, in case you want to use them yourself.

I wrote all 15 names down on slips of paper and popped them into a bag. My little boy picked the winner. And the winner is ............

SusieJ from folksy. Your prize is on the needles Susie, hope you like it. As it's friday, I've decided to feature Susie's shop "Over theRainbow" as my Folksy Friday treasury. Here are my favourite items:

Rainbow baby sun hat Lavender knitted heart bag charm
crochet gloves in pink merino= phone/i-pod sock with strap
Beaded cuff bracelet - chilli red= Red Knitted Dog coat

Survey results:
I asked 5 questions, and here are the results:

1. How much would you spend at a craft fair on one knitted item?
Most popular answer = b) & c) £5-10 and £10-15

2. What knitted item are you most likely to buy?
Most popular answer = h) gloves/mittens

3. Whom would you buy a knitted item for?
Most popular answer = b) adult female

4. Which colour schemes are you most likely to choose?
Most popular answer = b) muted tones

5. Which style of knitting do you prefer?
Most popular answer = a) chunky

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Giveaway Survey - Craft Fairs

Two blog posts in two days - can't be bad eh?

I'm knitting like a nutter at the moment, trying to get some stock ready for a craft fair at the end of November. I'm been thinking about what might sell best, what sorts of things people buy, what price range etc. So here's where you can help. If you take time to answer the following questions, you could win yourself a nice little surprise - something handmade by me.

Here are the questions - please click the comment box to leave your responses - simply type your answers as follows e.g. 1b, 2c, 3b, 4b, 5b

I'll collate the responses and let you know the most popular choices, just in case you're doing a craft fair too. I'll put all of the names into a hat and pick out a winner. Closing date is 31st. October. Thanks for your time xx

1. How much would you spend at a craft fair on one knitted item?
a) less than £5
b) £5-£10
c) £10-£15
d) £20+

2. What knitted item are you most likely to buy?
a) hat
b) long scarf
c) neck cosy
d) tea cosy
e) toy
f) baby items ((eg hat/bootees)
g) brooch
h) gloves/mittens
i) other (please state what)

3. Who would you buy a knitted item for?
a) adult male
b) adult female
c) boy
d) girl
e) baby (boy/girl)

4) What colour schemes are you most likely to choose?
a) brights
b) muted tones
c) black
d) white

5) what style of knitted do you prefer?
a) chunky
b) cables
c) stripes
d) lace
e) plain

Friday, 22 October 2010

Going Gothic Folksy Friday (and a bit about Waldo the Worm too)

Well another week has passed so quickly. I've been knitting more neck cosies and scarflettes for a craft fair in November, and I've finished a test Waldo the Worm hat for Dave, the Author of Waldo the Worm childrens book. I'm pleased with the result and my little boy loves it, even though it's a bit big for him - it's an adult size.

Down to the business of the day - folksy friday. This week my theme is gothic. Hope you like these picks. Just click on the image to take you to the shop, then don't forget to click the back button to come back to my blog. Have a lovely weekend.

Bella D'Luna FaeryatrixHarriets Imaginations Natasha MorganLovechild Boudoir Uniquely Different

Monday, 11 October 2010

What next?

I feel a little less frazzled this week as I finally posted off my extra knits for issue 27 of Let's Get Crafting Mag (knitting issue). I designed and knitted one knit, and then they asked me for another 'quick' knit. Once the mag has been published I'll post the pattern so that you can make your own. I was really pleased with my finished items, the yarns were nice colours and made them look really pretty.

What next? - well, I signed up for a halloween swap, which I had completely forgotten about, so I need to whip something nice up, fairly quickly..... I also need to try a different Waldo the Worm finger puppet for the author Dave. I think I promised to do this some time ago - oops.

I would also like to do a local craft fair in November, so really need to make some stock. I'm thinking neck cosies - chunky knits are all the rage this winter, perhaps some of my skinny flower neck scarves - perfect for an evening out, knitted cakes - always popular and some amigurumi toys - perhaps some bunnies.

So I have my work cut out for the next month or so. I'll let you know how I get on.

Friday, 1 October 2010

Favourites Folksy Friday

I've had a hectic week this week, as I had a deadline for Let's Get Crafting Magazine, for a knitted item. I made a great start, but things went a bit pear shaped and I had to scrap my first design as it didn't really fit the project specifications of being 'simple'. So, it was back to the drawing board, with little time left and not enough hours in the day. Panic!! It turned out well in the end though, far nicer than I expected. I can't wait to see it in issue 27.

For my folksy friday this week I've taken a look in the shops that I've favourited, and chosen my favourite items.

To be honest, there are so many shops I love on folksy that it may take me a few weeks to get through them....

Just click on the image to take you to their folksy shop, and don't forget to click the back button to return to my blog...

Fluff and Fuzz - Tooley Owlknitting pattern for beginners Orange Bird Studio - Hand Knitted Fingerless Gloves
Aileen Clarke Crafts - Textile Leaf Shaped Necklace Lollyanna - Berry Green Earrings
Dinky Daisy - Mini Strawberry Cupcake Pencil Case Molly Moo Designs - little birds thank you card

Friday, 17 September 2010

Foxy Friday Friday

I've been busy knitting and crocheting this work, and have just listed my latest design - a pretty crochet flower neck scarf - inspired by the chokers of the 1970s. It's listed in my folksy shop here
I'm now moving on to think about another toy crochet pattern, but there are so many out there already. I really need to think about producing something different and cute. Foxes are on my mind, so here's my foxy folksy friday.

Blackoutwell - Pulling Strings - AlanSara Carr - Month the Fox Lambswool PlushPapercake: Print and Make - Stationery Set Fox in the ForestFinest Imaginary - Wooden Fox NecklaceFox Bunting - Fox and Cupcakes PrintMinifelts - Fox Purse

Monday, 13 September 2010

Big Knits are in this Season - Chunky Neck Warmers

I haven't blogged for ages, which is bad, I know. The kids were off school, we had a short break to Wales and our family holiday to Menorca. So the school holidays flew by.

Now that the kids are back at school, I can get back to my crafting, in between my paid work, housework and the gym. I've made lists and I'm working my way through them.

I'm making a real effort to write up my patterns and also to design and sell stuff in my sister shop Lynne's Knitted Notions (on etsy and folksy).

So far I've listed a number of cosy neck warmers, great for autumn and winter - especially as chunky knits are in this season. They're reasonably priced too, as I managed to buy the yarn at a snip.....

Here's a little peak at a couple of the neck warmers. You can buy them here in my folksy shop in stirling or here in my etsy shop in dollars.
If you want to knit your own click here for my free pattern .....

Friday, 13 August 2010

Going GaGa folksy friday

My 15 yr old daughter is dancing at the Concert in the Park in Macclesfield, Cheshire tomorrow. She's a backing dancer for GaGa (lady gaga tribute singer), so she's really excited, especially as ticket sales expect to be around 5,000. Her outfits are suitably 'GaGa', as are the dances. Can't wait to see her perform.

My folksy friday this week is GaGa inspired.

Maribela Sews - Lady Gaga disco ball mirror bra Strange Jam Clothing - Black stiletto boot print on ladies white t shirt
Zara Taylor - Lady GaGa Classic Telephone Silver Pendant The Beespoke - Click Click Paparazzi necklace
Florio Designs - black and hot pink bow fascinator - sale Whoisfinn - GAGA