Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday FOs - 11.04.2014

Well, it has been another busy week here in Rose Manor and I have managed to finish a few items this week. Here they are.

Toddler's Jacket - Zoom by Ellen Gormley
This is the fifth one of these that I have managed to complete. I have only ever sold one but they seem to create quite a bit of interest. It does mean that I need one more to bring my stock up to the five that I like to have as a minimum.

Three Hanging Towels
I'm getting through my supply of towels and have enough stock now to have ten hanging up with some in reserve. I still have plenty more to make up though.

Blue Baby's Bootees
There have been complaints lately that I don't have enough boys stuff so I thought it was time to find some blue yarn and fix that. This is my favourite bootee pattern as it doesn't involve sewing seams.

Trauma Teddy # 31
This is number 15 for this year. I just gotta remember to take them to church with me on Sunday.

That's it for this week. As usual, check out the links in the sidebar to see what everyone else has been making.

Richard.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wednesday WIPs - 09.04.2014

It's that time of the week again, time for me to show everyone how busy I have been this week. Here is what my WIPs looked like at about 4pm today.

Woollen Baby Blanket - Motifs from Ellen Gormley's book
Started on the second row of octagons.

Tunisian Lace Wrap
A few more rows have been added to this.

Cheval Set - large doily
I'm almost finished the first of the three doilies in this set.

Knooked Scarf
I'm past the first set of special stitch rows. I'm not sure if they look any better in rows than they do in rounds but I think they add a little bit to the piece.

Murray of Athol Tartan Rug
I ripped back all that I had done in the last couple of weeks and redid it using a 3.5mm hook. I think it matches Sue's gauge a lot better than the 4mm hook did.

Frida the Fish #2
I've started another fish. This time using dusty pink, mauve and orange.

I did start another project this evening, a blue matinee jacket, but haven't got any photos yet. I'm hoping to have it finished before next Wednesday so the first you should see of it is as an FO.

Be sure to check back on Friday to see what I have managed to finish this week. In the mean time, check out the links in the sidebar to see what everyone else has been making.

Richard.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Saturday Shenanigans - 05.04.2014

I just checked back and see that it has been at least three weeks since I last did one of these updates, and quite a bit has happened in that three weeks, although I won't go into all the gory details, unless someone asks for them.

The main one was the prostate biopsy that I went in for a couple of weeks ago. It was most uncomfortable, quite painful and made just that much more awkward because the theatre nurse was a lady from church. The reaction I get from various people when I tell them this varies depending on the gender of the person I tell. The guys are sympathetic towards me and the women want to offer the lady in question therapy. It would be amusing if it weren't so uncomfortable, and if any woman wants to tell me about how bad her mammogram was I will have no qualms in giving her all the gory details of what I went through. On a more positive note, the test came back negative, however, they miss one in ten so I have to go for further tests to make sure I'm not one that they missed.

I have managed to keep up with all my assessments for college in spite of my little meltdown a few weeks ago, although I still need to do one before midnight tomorrow, and I'm still waiting for some sort of feedback to tell me if I'm doing OK or if I'm barking up the wrong tree. Looks like I might have to spend a couple of hours tomorrow to try and get this one done anyway.

There have been a couple of markets in the last couple of weeks and, while I haven't sold a lot of stuff, it has shown up some deficiencies. Namely in the area of boys baby clothes, so it looks like I'm going to have to extend my to-do list again (and I thought I was going so well). I might have to take time out from the towels to see what I can do about this deficiency.

Today's market was at My Beauty, a 200km round trip, and, while I only sold two pair of bootees, there was a positive vibe with quite a few people complimenting me on my work. I even heard from one of the other stall holders that he had overheard a couple of ladies talking about the quality and diversity of the stock I had and their surprise that it was a guy that had made most of it. Unfortunately, compliments don't pay the bills or replenish my supplies. Ah well, maybe the next couple of markets will be better.

I have two more markets this month. The next is at Myrtleford and the second at Beechworth on Easter Saturday. Myrtleford hasn't been particularly good lately but Beechworth has been quite profitable in the past so I'm hoping it can be even better this year.

That's it for me for the last few weeks. I hope you all had a good one.

Richard.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday FOs - 04.04.2014

I might be falling a little behind on my school work but I'm pumping out the finished objects. Here are this weeks contributions.

This week's Trauma Teddy
This is number 14 for this year.

Clara the Friendly Robot
I now have two of these on my stall. Hopefully, if I do enough duplicates, this will satisfy those people with two children to buy stuffed toys for.

Four Pink Hanging Towels
I would have liked to have made more this week but this will have to do. These will add a bit more colour to my towel collection as is was looking predominantly blue.

That's it for this week. Check out the links in the sidebar to see what everyone else has been making.

Richard.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wednesday WIPs - 02.04.2014

I have been very busy this week, trying to get assessments done for college, visits to the doctors and crocheting like crazy. I think I managed to work on all my major projects this week and even managed to finish one.

Here are my WIPs for this week.

Woollen Baby Blanket
Another 4 motifs have been add to this one. I think I'm almost at the width that I want but I will need to measure it up just to make sure.

Tunisian Lace Wrap
Not a lot has happened on this one this week but I'm sure I remember getting it out. I should of taken it with me when I went to see the specialist but I was running late and didn't expect to have much of a wait when I got there. I had to wait about 40 minutes! Just think how much I could have got done in that time.

Murray of Athol Tartan Rug
It looks like I'm going to have to rip out what I have done on this as my tension isn't the same as Sue's. I thought she would have used at least a 4mm hook but it looks like I need to go down to 3.5mm. I guess the yarn will go further that way.

Toddler's Jacket - Zoom by Ellen Gormley
I think I made pretty good progress on this one. About 8 rows to go and I should be ready to sew up the seams and finish this one off.

Cheval Set - Large Doily
I found another mistake in this and had to rip back a row so I only got one new row done this week. There's only a couple more rows to do and then I start working on the smaller doilies in the set.

Knooked Scarf
I got about 20 rows done on this while at the markets on Saturday afternoon. This is my first time at knooking in rows and I'm finding that the curl seems to be the wrong way. It's curling the same way my tunisian crochet does instead of the way my knitting does. I guess that is because knooked knit and purl stitches are done in much the same way as tunisian knit and purl stitches. In any case, it is unusual to see stocking stitch curling down on itself instead of in from the sides.

That's it for me for now. Be sure to check back on Friday to see what I have managed to finish, and check out the link in the sidebar to see what everyone else has been  making.

Richard.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Monday Mayhem - Themalicious



There aren't many themes I can join in on but March Madness is one I can relate to. While I may not have worked on a different project each day of the month, I did work on quite a lot of projects.

Here are all the items that I finished in March.













And here are the items that I'm still working on.








There have been a couple of hanging towels done in the last couple of days and some of these WIPs have been worked on including one that is now finished, but I haven't taken any photos of them yet so you will have to wait until later in the week to see them.

Is this madness or would some of you think that this is normal?

Richard.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday FOs - 28.03.2014

Another week has gone and I have a special treat for you today. Not only my finished items but one fresh off Sue's needles.

And here they are.

Shopping Bag # 3

Shopping Bag # 4
I think that will be enough shopping bags for a little while. We will just have to see how the they do at the markets.

Trauma Teddy #29
This is my 13th Trauma Teddy for this year.

That's what I have finished this week, not for Sue's finished object.

Baby Boottees
I didn't even know she was knitting these as the only things I have seen her working on lately are a baby's jacket and a magic square blanket.

As usual, check out the links in the sidebar to see what everyone else has been making.

Richard.