Cabled beanie

Did you guys know you can make cables with crochet? I certainly didn’t, until I came across this post from All About Ami. I’d found a nice chunky yarn which turned out a little too big for the pattern, but I still really like the result:

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It should be a bit more slouchy, but because of the thickness of the yarn, it stays up a bit. I hope that through wearing it, the beanie will stretch and slouch more than it does now. Nonetheless, I’m hoping it will soon be cold enough to wear ^_^

I have a little over one skein left over of the same yarn and now I’m indecisive on whether or not I should make some matching cabled wrist warmers… Or maybe I should return the leftover skein and use the money for a different project. What do you think?

Cheers, Lydia

Peacock CAL

A while back I joined a CAL on Facebook in order to make a peacock. I had seen the finished project before and really liked the design, so I decided I couldn’t skip this one.

The pattern was split up into three parts, each of them working on a different part of the bird.
A lot of different colours were needed, but luckily I had them all in my stash ^_^

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All the required colours

We started with the body:

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Inside the body there is a length of wire, so you're able to bend and shape the neck

Next came the feathers, which were pretty tedious, but oh so pretty in the end:

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So many tail feathers, the colours really make them pop!

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The wings were made up of five different parts and were hard to sew on to the body. But the result looks great

And for the last part we got to make the feet and put everything together. And here’s the result:

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My peacock kind of leans on its feathers and we were supposed to wind yarn around the wire for the feet, but in the end, I really like the result ^_^

The CAL was organised by a closed group on Facebook called Yvonne’s gratis haak patroontjes. If you join, you can find the pattern parts in the files section.

Cheers, Lydia

Tomofair 2014

Hello everyone!

Last week I had my very first experience with selling my handmade cuties to people I don’t actually know! I joined a crafts group called Tegendraads a while back and last week it was finally time for Tomofair ^_^ We had the cutest little stand and I had lots of fun getting to know the other girls (two of them I already knew, but the other two were new to me, besides what contact we’d had on the crew forum)

Pretty much every dealer in the room had a boatload of cute with them at a rather low price. So a lot of people came by to look, but business seemed a little slow. Despite that, I believe I’ve done pretty well and I can’t wait for the next Tegendraads stand ^_^

Not much more to say about it all, really, so here are some pictures:

The entire stand

The entire stand

There were some gaps because one of the members was a bit late. Sadly, I didn’t take any more pictures of the stand after she arrived >_<

I love the Jellyfish Tamara made

I love the Jellyfish Tamara made

We had a great mix of different stuff

We had a great mix of different stuff

Can you spot my work? ^_~

For now, it will be a while before we get to another convention. Probably somewhere at the beginning of next year we will be able to have a stand again. In the meantime, I can work on getting some stock (which turned out to be a bit harder than I’d imagined, it takes a whole lot of crochet to fill a stand ^_^”)

Have you ever sold your handmade items at a fair or convention? If so, share your experience in the comments ^_^

Cheers, Lydia