The weirdest glove you'll ever see

Sunday, October 23, 2016
Firstly, I have to start with an apology. Our computer is currently broken. It's been at the shop for over 10 days, apparently our favorite technicians can not work out what we have done to it. 

Which means I am writing this post on my phone. I have limited editing options. Sorry. 

Like most knitters, I often get requests for knitted objects. Usually the answer is, "No.  but I will teach you to knit it you would like." This is only partly because I am a jerk but also because I like to knit with out expectations. I will happily knit gifts for people but that's always on my own terms. I feel that, admittedly rather selfishly, if I am using my knitting time to knit for somebody I should be able to choose what I knit and for whom. 

Sometimes however somebody will ask for something so odd that I am instantly intrigued and agree on the spot. 

A Clanger! Seriously, how could I resist?

Recently, I got another request I couldn't pass up. The catcher on my softball team asked for a glove to underneath her catchers mitt as she needs a little bit more padding. What made this request so appealing was that she only wanted it to cover half her hand and only two fingers. 

The other difficulty was that I knew it had to be cotton and the lack of elasticity would make the cuff too loose. I found myself thinking about the glove a lot. My friend was convinced that I would figure it out, I wasn't. 

Then, during our holiday, while sitting in the passenger seat of the campervan, it all came to me.  The cuff needed a Velcro close and the shape could be achieved using a technique called 'wrap and turn'

Ta da!


The bagginess means she can add further padding if she needs it. 



Lesson learnt

Monday, October 17, 2016

I could call this post 'How not to have a jewellery stall at a local market'. Except let's face it, the details get a bit boring. I love making jewellery, but I haven't developed the knack of turning it into a small business. I have a fair idea of what I'm doing wrong, but I keep doing the same thing over and over again. I think partly because I just have so many materials that are just sitting around not being used.

My little local market is as easy as it is going to get. Close to home, tables provided, an indoor venue, very cheap to attend. And yet I make the same mistake of taking the boys with me both times, thinking it'll be easier the second time around.

So lesson learnt! I am not ready to be selling anything at markets, and I won't be until I have independent children. And a clear strategy for the products I'm making and selling. Currently I make what I fancy making, with virtually every item made only once. And time. It took a lot longer to do nowhere near as much as I'd hoped, which resulted in a very stressful September. The next local market is between xmas and new year's. Definitely not spending December stressed out about this. There is a knack to preparing for markets which I need to learn as well.

In the meantime, here a few of the new bits I made for the last market.

My local op shop is delusional

Friday, October 14, 2016
I visited my local op shop today looking for a white dress to destroy for a dress up party.

Well,  I ended up visiting three before I found what I was looking for but,  it was in my local goodwill store that I came a true treasure. 

Well I'm assuming they think it's some sort of treasure. 


That's a shocking photo sorry

Hey! Is that a stain? 

How much for this beauty?

 $20??!! Are you kidding me?

Ooh maybe it's vintage Chanel!

Honestly I don't get it

Why is this stained dress worth $20?

Tasmania - Hobart

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Awesome Street art in Hobart

Adventure begins

I always seem to be photographing flowers

Pride of Maderia

It's a bit windy up Mount Wellington 

Much better viewing from here 

After 2 days in Hobart we picked up the Campervan and headed west.

More to come....
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