Friday, 27 May 2011

Grassy Folksy Friday

Well another week has passed by and I've been busy again, although not as busy as the week before. This week I've:

1. Written a 1,000 word essay for a popular monthly crochet mag. I'm leaving it for a few days then I'll read it through again to make sure I'm happy with it. I'm sourcing some photos at the moment, and I'm really grateful to those generous crafters out there who are allowing me to use their beautiful photos in my article.
2. Been looking for a decent paid part-time job, just to provide some support to our family budget, as we will need every penny when our daughter goes off to vocational dance school in September. There's not much out there at the moment, but I'll keep looking.
3. Prepared and submitted a design idea to a crochet mag. Waiting for a response, so fingers crossed.
4. Sold a Waldo the Worm hat - first thing I've sold for a while - mainly because I don't have much for sale in my shop, so now I'm on a mission to change that and stock up with some gorgeous goodies.
5. Kept up my gym routine - I've only been twice this week, but it's better than nothing and I do a long work out each time I go (about 1.5 hours).

I'm looking forward to the kids being off next week as we can have a little lie in before deciding what to do/where to go etc. Or we can stay at home and play in the garden. Which leads me on to my folksy theme for this week - grass. Our grass is growing nicely, especially with the recent rain combined with the treatment my husband applied. The rain has kept the boys from playing football, which helps too.

Just click on the image to go to the sellers shop for more fab folksy goodies. Have a lovely bank holiday weekend whatever you're doing.

chocolatefrog Sophie's Stuff
Gail Griggs Photography Phlights of Phancy
Lynwoodcrafts Claire's Creations

Friday, 20 May 2011

Crochet folksy friday

This week I've been quite busy and not just with crafting. Here's a quick summary of my weekly highlights:

1. Organised another Learn to Crochet Workshop for Saturday 11th. June, in Congleton - see my facebook page for more details (or email me at
2. Went to The Hammond School open evening - wow, they don't half produce some amazing talent. My daughter has been lucky enough to be offered a place for their professional dance course from September. She's sooooo excited, especially after the open evening.
3. Visited a friend and was blown away by the scale of her house rennovation project. It's all moving along well, and I can't wait to visit again soon to see how things are getting along. She has more guts than me.
4. Had a hair cut and colour - I needed it. At 47, my grey hairs are multiplying thick and fast, so I need to keep them at bay.
5. Secured a commission with a popular crochet mag for a written article - I'm so excited. I'm really enjoying the research and writing, so I hope they love it enough to want more.....

So that leads me to Friday. My folksy friday choices for this week are linked to vintage crochet - there are some amazingly skilled crocheters out there who painstakingly produce the most beautiful patterns and textures. Here are just a few of my favourites. Click the image to go to their folksy shop.

Sandra June Originals Gran's AtticPrince Designs PollyKraftsHand Made by Fausta girlybunches

Monday, 16 May 2011


Inspiration is a strange beast. The main question is - where do you find it? My search for inspiration, to design a new knit or crochet pattern, usually follows the same routine of searching through vintage patterns and pattern books, trawling the internet to see what's currently popular, staring with anticipation at my yarn stash, looking though fashion magazines, watching TV - let's face it, inspiration is everywhere.

Sometimes I simply come up against a brick wall and can't find the elusive inspiration anywhere. Other times, magazine commissions are quite specific about what projects they would like, so I already have a great starting point.

I keep looking for the inspiration to design 'signature' patterns - something that will be instantly recognisable as mine - but so far have failed miserably, as all my patterns are different. I need a cute range of toys, baby bootees or more cakes, but I can't seem to focus long enough these days to produce a 'range' of signature patterns. Must try harder!!

This week my knitted donuts were featured on Folksy front page - what an honour - it really cheered me up. They were amidst lots of other delicious looking donuts. They've been featured a few times, and they're also one of my most popular sellers - maybe that's telling me something. My donuts are on the top row, in the middle. I have one left to buy, from my folksy shop here.

Well I'm off to find inspiration for my next design - maybe I'll find it hidden in a packet of biscuits or a box of cakes!!!!

Friday, 13 May 2011

Back with Folksy Friday

Well, I know I've been really bad at blogging lately, about 5-6 weeks to be exact. My main excuse was that I had 12 knitting projects to design and submit by 9th. May. Two for one magazine (Let's Get Crafting) and 10 for Knit Today. Luckily, I had already started and finished one of the LGC designs when Knit Today asked me to design 10 knits for a Christmas Decoration booklet which will be free with their Christmas Edition of Knit Today. Imagine that - a little booklet full of my designs. I would love to write a full book of knitting or crochet patterns, so this is a little step towards that dream.

When I accepted the commission, I totally forgot that the kids would be off school - oops. Luckily the weather was gorgeous so we hung about in the garden a lot and I was able to fit quite a bit of knitting and designing into my days, whilst dodging footballs and being 'shot' at quite a lot during games of 'army'. Somehow we seem to end up with the whole neighbourhood in our garden, so it was rather noisy at times. It was strange too, knitting christmas stuff in the hot sunshine.

Despite the distractions, I made the deadlines and both magazine editors were really pleased with my designs. So was I, to be honest, and I can't wait to see them all in print.

So here I am, back with my first Folksy Fridy in a long time. This week it's my favourite colour, Green. Here are some of my favourite green goodies from some fab folksy sellers. Just click the image to go to the sellers shop.

The Knitted DuckKryshees
Nostalgia Knits Designs by Jojo
Jewellery Drops buy Lauramoody cow designs