It was a beautiful day at the nut farm yesterday. The festival was well-attended. I had paid my half of the stall fee, as I was sharing with my friend and her stuff. I was there for five hours and made……..$3!

Actually it was minus $7 as I only sold one little pumpkin, which didn’t even cover the stall fee.

I am a positive and optimistic person but I am not going to ignore signs like that. I decided not to do any more craft fairs this year. I am going to finish my sweater and then enjoy making something else…for myself!

Once I had made that decision, I felt so much lighter and more relaxed. I also took a suitcase of my handiwork to my study class today and offered to give away whatever anyone wanted, with an optional donation to the organisation. At least half the stuff was claimed happily with people prepared to pay fairly for it (I’m sure it helped that the money was going to a good cause).

That felt good!

And now I’m browsing Ravelry and my pattern folder to find something for my next project. I made great progress on the second sweater sleeve yesterday at the festival, so it won’t be long before I will be binding off and wearing the sweater.

I’m thinking Groovyghan by Tracy St John. I notice it’s $6 to buy now, but I had it in my Ravelry queue when it was free, and I printed it out too, thankfully (please don’t ask me for a copy of the pattern, I would be breaching copyright).

I think I have enough yarn in the box in my living room to make this, if I add some older Knitpicks Brava to the Willow Wash. I like that it’s made from components which makes it portable even though it’s a blanket.

I have one other thing I’d like to make, and that is an arm-knitted infinity scarf in the turquoise and pink Zoomba to go with my ski jacket. I will use Michaels coupons for that.

Hope you had an awesome weekend. Happy crafting!

Yup, an odd title, I know! I’ve made a few cute little pumpkins from a video tutorial/written pattern by Clare at bobwilson123. They come out way smaller than she seems to infer from the pattern but that’s okay, they will look cute on my sale table at the nut farm tomorrow. Three have already been ‘adopted’ ahead of time by facebook friends; the rest will be for sale.

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I also had a bit of fun with the Loops and Threads Zoomba yarn left over from crocheting those super bulky hats. I arm knitted an infinity scarf- only five stitches cast on and it was done in no time. It is long enough to wrap three times around my neck. I can’t recommend any one particular video tutorial because I can’t remember the ones I’ve seen, but search You Tube and you’ll find lots.

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Please excuse the Hello Kitty pyjamas ;^P
And the crazy hair. It usually looks that messy. I’ve never really had it under control for very long!

Editing once more to add headwrap #5 – the final one as far as I’m concerned.

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Willow Wash again, in lavender, Aruba blue, turquoise, clear water.

And another already started in shades of green…to follow.

It’s a beautiful day here with a forecast of mid-20s for this afternoon. I put some banana bread in the oven, did a bit of yoga, then came outside to the deck for some crochet time,

I made a tentative effort at starting the fourth Autumn leaves headwrap last night, but as we had rented a couple of movies I had to put it down. Crocheting, especially in the front or back loop, is something I really need to look at in good light.

Let me just say that we quite enjoyed Frozen. Transcendence was okay, improved somewhat by Johnny Depp in the leading role, though he certainly didn’t look as gorgeous as he does in Chocolat!

Anyway, back to crochet! Here’s a couple of photos taken outside just now. I’d have thought the lighting would be better here than indoors but I had to import them into the Photo Editor app to brighten them up somewhat.

The head wraps are placed in order of making – the autumnal colours, the spring ones, the pinks, and a two-thirds complete greeny blue/lavender one.

I think I will just keep making these until next Saturday’s fall festival, which is when I next will set up my table and sell my wares. And possibly throw in some little crocheted pumpkins. If nothing else, they will add some cuteness to my display.

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I was about to sign off, but before I do I’ll add one more photo!

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Not hard to guess what I was doing yesterday, eh. Paintball party for ds2’s 19th birthday. First time we’ve all done it and it was a lot of fun, though we all acquired a few bruises. A mask over the top of glasses is a little uncomfortable and you can see they are wonky in this photo!

That’s all for now folks, have a great week.

These colours are more spring-like. Sapphire, buttercup, petals, sage in the 100% acrylic Willow Wash worsted.

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And I already have an FO to show for it.

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My yarn order finally arrived yesterday without fanfare. UPS left it in the carport and so it was up to me to check whether a parcel had arrived when the morning went by without a ring on the doorbell. Having checked the order status the day before, I had a hunch that the box would be here on the 16th, and it was.

I have been trying to come up with something new to make for the fall craft fairs and made one of these today…

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This is Willow Wash worsted (it now also comes in bulky weight) in the colours evergreen, gold mine, catalina blue and cranberry.

The pattern is Autumn Headwrap, a free one that I found via Ravelry. Here’s the site link – Green Elephant crochet and things.

I learned how to do foundation double crochet for this pattern so I’m rather pleased with myself.

Happy crocheting!

Good takings at the market today. It helped that I had a special deal on: free barefoot sandals with every purchase. Weather was perfect – it was only 9 Celsius according to my car’s outside thermometer at 7am, but a short sleeved cardigan was enough to keep me warm, and the sun gradually warmed everything up until we had a 1pm temperature of about 23.

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Last night I started a new pair of crocheted fingerless mitts. These were finished this morning, and I made a second pair, similar to the first, to add to the stock.

My plan was to find a circle in a square type of granny, then fold it and sew it for a mitt. I used a motif I found on Ravelry – it’s called Starburst Motif. But I had some issues with the instructions. The main thing was that it says to change colour by slip stitching to end the previous round in the new colour, and also there was an odd start to one of the rounds, so I ended up tweaking it a bit so that it worked out how I liked it.

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The second pair I made up as I went along, having the experience from making the first pair.

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In all cases, the motifs didn’t lie flat. However that turned out to be a good thing, because when I folded them to sew them up (leaving a thumbhole) the centre of the motif snugged in to the wrist very neatly and it’s almost as if I intended it!

One last thing…the prayer shawl is done and is being washed.

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It will be delivered to its intended recipient very soon. It took 23 days, with help from a few others in our spiritual group, and interspersed with my other projects.

Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend. Happy knitting/crocheting/whatever!

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