Saturday, May 13, 2017

Yet more wool...

 This is the replacement wool which PurpleLindaCrafts sent me - I love this shade, it reminds me so much of love birds and parrots (though the shade is called 'reggae')  - I haven't started to use it yet -- but these will all be made into crocodile stitch wrist warmers for Jaye.

I hadn't added any listings to my Etsy shop in a while but I had been busy crocheting away - so all of these are available online...I just had a text from Lucy to say that her shop will be opening at the end of this month so I need to sort out some stock for that too...

 The hat below is made from one of the yarns I bought in New York! It has a slight glittery thread running through the grey/black sections (it's hard to make out from the photographs) and is a 'thick and thin' yarn. I can't make my mind up about adding a flower to this or not...

I've made some more wrist warmers/cuffs for my Etsy shop too...

Saturday, May 6, 2017

New Wool!

 This is my latest order from PurpleLindaCrafts over in Scotland - I've ordered from her several times before without any issue at all however when this package arrived I thought that it didn't quite look right: she had sent me the wrong shade of King Cole's riot dk. It wouldn't normally be that much of an issue for me except that all these are for Jaye's latest order so I needed the correct shade. I rushed off an email to the company and they sent me the correct shade straight away AND said to keep the incorrect ones without charge!!  For me this is incredible customer service and now I have even more wool!!

 But wait...there's more...a friend of mine from Valentia gifted me all the yarn below which she'd found when she was having to clean out the house of her late uncle (who was one of my all-time favourite passengers on the ferry)

I'm so touched by Bernie's kindness and for thinking of me - I'm going to make myself a scarf and a matching headband or maybe a hat with the purple...

 It was really poignant to see that Charlie's late wife, Mary, had started on a jumper for someone and hadn't finished it (it's made me think about how many half-finished projects I have..)

 I think making the scarf set will probably be a winter project for myself as I'm busy trying to build up my stock levels for sale -- hopefully Lucy will be selling my hats and wrist warmers in her shop in the village again this year.

I'm rapidly running out of space for all this'll be easier once I've given Barbara all her hats and headbands as they are taking up a lot of space in my cupboard, but for the moment my wools from New York and these new ones are having just to stay in bags.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Only one blog update last month - that isn't very good..I shall have to try harder this month. I do like to keep note of things in here for myself - I never expect that anyone else really actually follows this (do they?) but it's still a handy way for me to jot things down and record things that did/didn't work etc.

So since I last wrote in here I've finished all the hats and headbands for Barbara's artists. She won't be here til the middle of next month but I always prefer to work without having to rush or to have to make them all in a short period of time. I made a headband for myself too as I like the design so much :)

Work on the ferry is going really well - we were very busy over Easter. The weather was just perfect (almost like summer!) so that brought more people round sightseeing.

The good weather couldn't last so we went from summer back to spring rather abruptly, with the result that I now have a horrible head cold!!

I'm lucky enough to have three days off this week though (as I had to work ten days off in a row to cover for Roger, who got sick) so this was pretty much my first day off ...

..lovely chocolates from the Skelligs Chocolate factory and then we went over to Valentia to Britta and Steffans' garden centre. Most of the flowers will be outdoors once it's that little bit warmers but I want to grow tomatoes and peppers in the conservatory so I've bought some of each. My friend Kate gave me some pepper and tomato seedlings too so hopefully they will all be successful.