Alongside this recently I've been tied up with an enormous project: The St Albans Literary Festival. This resulted in a massive festival with over 40 events and more than 1300 tickets sold for the adult events alone. It absorbed all my time and energy and I'm still recovering, given that it was a completely voluntary venture I'm hoping for my honours nomination soon (only joking).
However, one of the things I have tried to do is to reprise my love of crafting. The early years of this blog were full of craft posts, mainly about sewing little dresses or skirts for my daughter and how to do it yourself. I'd love to move back towards writing a few more posts like those. I really enjoy the satisfaction of having created something from scratch which is useful to the household. Making clothes also ties in really well with my love of historic costume as it allows me to add little historical touches to my clothes or explore how things might have been made in the past. In fact one of my all time favourite and useful history of clothing books is this one: The Tudor Tailor: Reconstructing Sixteenth-Century Dress
|snowflakes in production|
Anyway, I set myself a challenge a few years ago to learn how to crochet. After failing at home (who knew you looped the wool around the needle in the opposite way to knitting?!) I finally scraped together the cash to learn and took myself off to one of the lovely Helen's courses. It took a lot of determination, but eventually I got there and I'm now slowly tackling various fun projects such as these snowflakes which are incredibly satisfying to make.
|Working out how many snowflakes to make!|
I also made up my own little pattern to make Fifi these little fingerless gloves, I'm rather proud of these as I think I can class them as my first fully independent successful bit of crochet.
|Fifi's gloves- getting rather well loved...|
I then used this bookGeek Chic Crochet: 35 retro-inspired projects that are off the hook
to make the husband a tie. He is rather pleased with it and since it only took one ball of Rowan wool I think its quite good quality for a low price!
One of the project I've been working on whilst I've been sitting in the car is this really simple scarf for the boy. He chose the colours himself and decided he wanted some crochet snowflakes attached to it for decorative purposes. It gave me a great deal of joy to give him something he really wanted that I had made for him and was such an easy project that I could knit it up really quickly in the dark whilst stuck in traffic!
|A well loved scarf for a 7 year old|
Next up I've been meaning to make some of the patterns from this book: Love at First Stitch: Demystifying Dressmaking I thought I'd start easy and use up some of my stash of Amy Butler fabric to make a Clemence skirt. I'm thrilled with the result, especially as its the first time i've ever put pockets into something i've made.
Now I'm on a little roll and I'm going through my fabric stash and furiously knitting things as I really want to have a go at making a crochet blanket. If only I had lots and lots of time!