Saturday, 21 July 2012

More creations!

 I sold quite a lot of corsages and brooches over the last couple of weeks, so I set to making a few more things to put on my Folksy shop.  Most of the brooches sold seem to have been gifts for teachers.  I like that!  (Being a teacher myself...)

So, a few more corsages.  They look more like rosettes now I've added the fabric and ribbons to them.  Maybe I'll call them rosettes.  Fairly flat, which is a good thing.  It's much cheaper to post things that will go through the 'large letter' hole at the post office.  Talking about cheaper, I got all these lovely bits of ribbon off price tags on clothes!  Clothes I bought, I add hastily - I don't go round stealing price labels and their ribbons.  But these little scraps of ribbon are far too pretty to throw away.

And the Folky Bird I'd started making.  I've got this red Rowan Handknit Cotton, plus some cream and beige Rowan Pima Cotton that just look gorgeous together, so I think some little Folky-style decorations will be just right for that.

A Folky Heart, using the same yarns, and a line of buttons to neaten up the row of increase/decrease stitches.

The other side has a contrast row, whereas the first side just has a stitched outline.  

And a colourful Hippoo!  The weather's been so depressing that I got all that lovely colourful yarn out that I had left from the Technicolour Dreambag and started making a matching Hippoo.

I did finish off another Hippoo last night, but I don't have any pics of that one yet.  She's in candy shades of Sublime Baby Cotton Kapok - very pretty, and feels super-soft.  I'm planning to make another one for a friend who's having a baby.  She doesn't know what kind yet, so I'm going to use some lilac Cotton Kapok and do a white heart on either side

There are a few part-finished projects on my stash box right now.  A couple more rosettes in different colours and another Folky Bird.  I did three more rows on a bag I've been making last night too.  Listening to the Proms concert, crocheting and reading Dracula, all at the same time!  I've never read Dracula all the way through before.  It's really good!  Not sure I can say the same about the Boulez piece at the Proms concert.  I tried, but it still sounded like a lot of people playing a lot of different unrelated notes.  Give me the Beethoven and I'll go to do the washing-up during the Boulez, I think.  (They're doing all nine Beethoven symphonies in a run of five concerts, but they've paired them all with Boulez pieces.  Odd choice, but maybe I'm missing something.)

There will be pics of Candystripe Hippoo soon, along with Folky Bird 2 and the new rosettes, and the items I've pictured here will soon be up on Folksy.  There are three more days of term left, but as far as I'm concerned, I'm on holiday now!  All my actual teaching has finished, and all I've got to do is a bit of paperwork and a couple of meetings.  The thing I'm looking forward to most this holiday?  Some nice weather to do some crochet outdoors, and being able to have a nap every afternoon.  I'm easily pleased.  :-)



  1. Hello Ali, I am very happy to have stumbled across your blog via Patchwork Chickens. I smiled when I read you are a teacher for I too was/am one. I think your crochet wares are adorable and I really like the way your display them on musical scores and against books. Is that music yours, I wonder?

    Greetings from your most recent follower.


    1. Hi! Lovely to hear from you! I'm so pleased that you like my crochetings. :-)

      Yes, I'm a teacher, a peripatetic music teacher. And yes, the music is mine - one of shelves and shelves of the stuff! I thought it would make a good background to the rosettes - it's old and looks a little bit vintage.

      I followed you back. I hope that's okay.

      Ali x

  2. Beautiful gifts Ali...I do love your crochet...Corsages are a wonderful way of using yarn oddments, aren't they?...Love the Happy Hippo in such cheery colours!
    Hope you are having a lovely week,
    Susan x

    1. Thank you! I'm really liking doing corsages in colour-changing yarn too. A different result every time! I'm building up a small herd of hippoos, in all colours - quite psychedelic!

      Thanks for your comment!
      ALi x