This week I have been focusing on trying to find things to make for the show in August. I have definitely decided to do it and have been excitedly looking up everything I can, to get tips on what needs to be done for a good stand. The debates around the need for a gazebo are ongoing in the Egan household.
I argue that this is Ireland and the chances of a completely dry day here even in August is next to impossible. But Stephen is right about the fact that I might only ever do one show, or the others will be indoors. Maybe I need to make some money before I spend some on even more crochet hobby related stuff ! I decided to start selling crochet items in the first place because I had so much crochet stuff around the house and I had to find a way to make a dent in the mountains of yarn I had somehow managed to accumulate.
But now I realise that this hobby is not just about a hook and some yarn! It’s about collecting all the yarn, and multiples of hooks, and scissors, pins, baskets, ribbon, darning needles, threads, wooden dowels, pliers, canvas, staple guns, felt, hot glue guns, a sewing machine, stitch markers, fibrefill, poly pellets, safety eyes, googly eyes, etc, etc. and more patterns than you could ever make. Of course I would need a gazebo at some stage! How silly of me to even consider I didn’t!
So this weeks makes include these adorable Beginner Friendly Owls from KhookCreations
I didn’t use felt for the eyes, I just made a magic circle with 6 single crochets and then a second round of increases. I then used black yarn to make the pupils instead of safety eyes. It’s my first time sewing eyes and although they are a bit of a mess, I like it. They feel safer this way. I added a key chain to both and they have definitely made my list of items to make for the show.
I also made these frogs from Little Love Everyday. I decided to just do the face and not the legs because I find sewing bits in amigurumi so tricky. How cute is my first attempt though?! He ended up hiding in the potholder I also made this week for a crochet cactus that is in the works. A Little Love Everyday has so many fabulous patterns. I would highly recommend you try them out.
As the week went on I became tired of working with thin yarn and hook sizes of 2.5mm so I decided to try out a bird pattern. I have just spend ages trying to find the pattern again but no luck. I will definitely add a link when I come across it again. I used some of the Red Heart Retro Stripe yarn I bought from Joann’s last year and a 4.5mm hook. I didn’t like it when I used it before. I find it very scratchy but I must admit the colours are fun and I loved how my bird/alien turned out. I decided not to make it into a bird when I was nearly finished it. It just made me smile, looking like a turnip/alien ball thing. So I made another 😂
I tired other things like whales, jellyfish and succulents but gave up because they were too complex or needed a lot of time to get right and at the moment I’m on the lookout for things that only take an hour or two. I will return to some of those patterns though when I’m not under time pressure.
We are heading to Spain soon and my crochet time will be severely limited until 10 days before the show. At the moment my stock is very low but we will see what happens over the next few weeks. A miracle might happen!!