Current definition of old dog…

… new tricks!

I did my first ever crochet chain on the weekend – high fives, champagne, streamers! I have wanted to learn for years, and for some reason on the weekend I had the gumption to give it a go. I think this was fuelled by the fact that what I was making simply required a single chain. Not a perfect chain, but I think pretty good for a beginner. Yay me!

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Lazy post for the festive break

Well, lazy on my part that is; but not for you. While my fingers may not be a tapping words of wit, my eyes have been a reading so I am sharing a few links for your reading pleasure.

  1. First up a good read on why we need sleep and how it helps us to better solve problems (something all parents of small children can attest to!), check this out here.
  2. A great post on how we are torturing new mothers, here.
  3. A great post on why it is important to spend time in nature, here.
  4. A yes the world has gone mad, or too PC post, here.

Finally I am delighted to say that I have been putting my relaxing time to use, and have finally finished this shrug for my now not so little girl. As someone who has yet to knit a tension square before knitting a garment I am pleased to say that while I started this a year ago in the 2 – 3 year old size, it does fit my now 3 & 1/2 year old. Though I will be putting it on her every chance I get this summer!

Hope you are having an enjoyable festive season regardless of how you do or don’t celebrate this time of year.

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Made in North Melbourne – Going Pro!

Gosh, starting to be a bit missing in action here.  I could fib and say it was because I really am going pro with my Made in North Melbourne gig, but alas fibbing and I are barely even acquaintances!  And I have no desire to change that.  I have just been sucked into the work vortex, but am clambering out again.

Speaking of fibbing there is however some truth in my post title, and I am very proud of myself. Having made the second sale from my Etsy store (crowd goes wild, round of applause, champagne corks popping,… ok slight exaggeration!) I decided to lash out and get some branding.  And I am thrilled.  Check out my fancy pants new business cards, with a nod to my grandmother on the back, and even cooler my little stickers for when wrapping up items before posting.  I now of course need a third order to try these out.

Now I still have a long, long, did I say long way to go with my actual products – some may say I am not necessarily putting my attention quite in the right place.  But I am having fun! And have a gazillion ideas (sticking with the fibbing theme that might be slightly overstating the number!), but my products can only get better.

So, do you like my branding?  What about a bracelet made from a bread bag – the ultimate in up-cycling!

Still crazy, but making progress!

I went out to run a single errand Friday morning, a simple go and collect mission for a BBQ cover that we had already paid for but had not been in stock.  As I was walking into the shop I eyed up the Spotlight store at the other end of the car park to where I was.  And then I thought bugger it, it is a new store, I am going to go in and have a quick look once I am done.  True to my word I did not linger as I had the little girl in tow, and I am not a believer of dragging her around stores.  However I did not leave empty handed.  I came out with these, aren’t they gorgeous?wool

Now as I have previously said I have a bit of a random wool purchasing addiction, albeit not breaking the bank (the purchase above cost me $4) coupled with a too many projects on the go and none looking like being finished habit!  However I am slightly on the improve.  And it is about making some of my supposed free time for this.  As I said in my first post of the year I do have to get my priorities balanced. And I am pleased to say that as January draws to a close I have been pretty good. It has helped that I did not go back to work until mid January, and that we also have a long weekend in this part of the world this month.  But hey you have to start somewhere!

So what have I have finished?  Well I am pleased to say that I have completed all the pieces of a cardigan for my little girl.  I was so utterly taken with the ripple effect, I kind of want to knit many items with ripples!.  Procrastination does mean that what was on target to be finished in time for her first birthday as the cardigan is sized for 12 – 18 months is still not finished.  I am reluctant, well unpractised if the truth be known, at sewing up knitted items.  I fear that I ruin my knitting.  The fact that my daughter is already 19 months old does leave me in some quandary re the cardigan, perhaps an item for my imagined Etsy store.  However I have also made another scarf for a friend for her birthday earlier this month.

So if I never get an Etsy store off the ground and up and running (my second get rich slow scheme after this blog!) will that be a failure, a goal not achieved. No, quite the opposite.  As the saying goes, life is a journey not a destination.  And at least I have bought two things back into my life, I am crafting with some regularity. But more importantly I am back imaginating, having wild imagining and creating thoughts, and it feels wonderful – I am alive.

So what makes you feel alive at the moment?  I would love to hear.  And happy Australia Day to all those celebrating today.

Crazy woman now resides here

And I’m so excited!

Why am I crazy?  Well look what this mad woman went and bought.

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Why on earth have I added to my already wool purchase frenzy of the other day? Well I have managed to turn a purchase from the first batch into a finished product in a record minimum amount of time.  My delusions of an Esty shop have run wild!

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Now this particular scarf is intended as a Christmas present for my M-o-o-L (Mother-out-of-law, instead of in-law).  And I think my Esty mad dream may get pushed aside for an even better outcome.  I do love having a project on the go and while I genuinely purchased this and the first batch of wool with the intention of seeing if I could sell some items on Etsy, it has suddenly dawned on me that there a whole lot of people in my life for whom I could make a gift for.  Now I know the knitting here is not technical, quite the opposite.  But it is the thought behind it. And eventually I will run out of people to create gifts for, so really I am just delaying the launch of my Etsy vision (I have the name already to go).

And there is also an absolutely unintended consequence.  These will actually be exceptionally cost effective presents.  Naturally I am not including my time in estimating the true cost of the present.  The fun is in the creation for me.

There is an end of season wool sale

Not having had or made the time for a post lately the last thing you think I would be doing is buying wool, because clearly time on my hands is not in glorious abundance. However the flyer that came in the post-box advertising a 50% end of season sale on wool at Lincraft that started today caught my eye on the weekend. And for once in a truly rare blue moon (as in I cannot remember the last time this occurred) I had no meetings whatsoever in the diary – I sadly live by outlook when I am at work!  And evenly more sadly rarely stop for lunch, routinely eating at my desk.

And so with an excited spring in my step off I went into town on the tram at lunchtime. And look what I came back with.  wool lincraft melbourne

Now I had an intention in mind – scarves for the little girl, and perhaps one for myself.  She loves to wrap things around her neck, including the fluffy tie off my dressing gown which remarkably looks like a child sized scarf.  And you know here is my get rich slow scheme…an Etsy shop selling children’s scarves, reckon it has potential.  But  it suddenly dawned on me after the purchase that I could perhaps make a scarf for the mother-out-of-law or sister-out-of-law for Christmas.  So my plan is the red for me, the pink, white & green bobbly for the M-O-O-L if it works, and the pinky-white for the little princess, and perhaps a first Etsy line…  Not bad for a big outlay of just $13.94.