The Craft Journal: August 12th

If you squint, it looks just like a rhino

Hello Crafters!

Welcome to a new week at Craft HQ. There’s a lot to look forward to this week, with not one but two planning events to go to and all of our usual features, we will be very busy. Much like last week there will be lots to talk about. So we best make a start.

You could win these earrings!

Monday 12th August

As usual each Monday starts with a write up of The Craft Journal, and last week was no exception. If you missed last week’s installment off the craft journal and want to read it, click here

Following that I publicized the Scotch Lodge Summer Craft Fair, which was a great success. Next I filmed and edited a jewellery making video. The video this week was a seed bead earring project. You could actually be in with a chance of winning the earrings we made in the video if you enter our giveaway. Click here to find out more. If you would like to take a look at some more seed bead earrings we have made take a look in our folksy store here.

Tuesday 13th August

I spent Tuesday morning writing some copy for display boards at the meet the Settler’s event in September. Having done lots of heraldry research the previous week I had lots of useful information to use. I also had a little time to make a diagram to show the various heraldic ordinaries. These are the various bands of colour applied to the shield on a coat of arms.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words

After writing all my copy I published the jewellery making video that I had filmed the day before. If you would like to see that video, click here.

Next I prepared the art journaling post for the week. The post this week was about looking at pictures we enjoy, whether they are photos, drawings, magazine pictures or anything else. If you would like to catch up with last week’s art journaling post, click here.

Finally I decided it would be a great idea to paint a rhino. It did not go well.

My take on Vintage Shabby Chic

Wednesday 14th August

After publishing the art journaling post and working on some of the final (for now) Sunset Arches shawl, I worked on my mixed media swap for Gritty Gets Trading. This is the first time I have been involved in the swap and I was really excited. Each month a theme is revealed on the Gritty Gets Trading Facebook page and if you would like to take part in the swap you register your interest. Then you are partnered up with another member of the Facebook Group, give each other your address and make a project based on the theme. Then you post each other the projects and photos of the projects on the Facebook page. I love the idea, I have wanted to trade ATCs (artist trading cards) for a long time but I could never find a swap, so when I heard about the Gritty Gets Trading group I knew I had to join!

The group is run by Lynette Jasper of Pretty Gets Gritty, so the only rule you need to follow on trading your projects is that it must use at least one Pretty Gets Gritty product. As the products are so lovely, it’s an easy rule to stick to!

If you love mixed media and want to get involved with Gritty Gets Trading, you can find the Facebook group here.

Did you celebrate Granny Square Day

Thursday 15th August (Granny Square Day)

I did not know Granny Square Day was even a thing. However I had been making granny squares out of my scraps so I still had pictures to share. So far I have 10 granny squares made from all different yarns, varying in fibre and weight. I started with super chunky and used a 6mm hook and then when using the lower weight yarns I used two or three strands together to bulk up the squares. Eventually the squares will all be put together into a blanket.

As well as my granny squares I finally finished making the Sunset Arches shawl and sewed in half of my ends before completely losing any motivation and left the rest of the ends for another day.

Granny Square Day was also the day we reached over 100 subscribers on YouTube. We are currently sitting at 104 subscribers, so to everyone who tunes in to watch my ramblings – THANK YOU! If you have not subscribed to the channel yet and want to see what all the fuss is about you can do so by clicking the red button to the left of our screen or buy viewing our channel on YouTube.

Friday 16th August

After a bumper week I was feeling pretty exhausted. I really wanted to go to woolly workers but I had to finalise my prep for the craft fair on Sunday. So after labelling, bagging and sorting a lot of jewellery, stands and various other things I had had enough. I decided I wanted to make something using my newly bought stash of bargain yarn from a few weeks ago (partly because it is lovely and partly in an effort to reduce the ever growing stash).

Another shawl begins, yes, another.

I didn’t really know what I wanted to make but I searched Ravelry for patterns by suggested yarn type. I was planning on a crochet project as I find them faster than knitting. However I settled on the Harris Tweed Prayer Shawl by Louis Chicquette. It is a knitting project with King Cole Chunky (I am using Chunky Tweed in Balmoral which is a lovely red colour with flecks of various other colours throughout).  As I don’t have any long 8 mm knitting needles I am making mine on a circular needle.

The pattern is really simple. If you can alternate knit and purl within a row and you can knit stocking stitch you can make this project. The effect that the pattern gives is really beautiful and looks far more complicated than it actually is. The shawl itself has a lovely movement, hopefully the recipient will like it just as much as I do!

Whilst getting lost in a world of knitting and crochet patterns I had the idea of making a jumper for Mr Crafts. This idea has now developed somewhat into four jumpers. Why do I do this to myself? Why?

The shawl grows longer

Saturday 17th August

The final day of planning before the craft fair! Last minute labelling completed (with the help of Mr Crafts, thank you) and three metres of black poly cotton purchased to cover up the manky wall paper pasting table and I was nearly ready. All I had to do was get all the bits in the same place ready to go in the car the next morning.

I had time to work on some more of the Harris Tweed Shawl and (despite my best efforts to reduce the yarn stash) ordered the required yarn for the four newly planned jumpers. Soon I will not be able to move in my house for all the yarn.

Sunday 18th August

The big day had finally arrived! The day of the craft fair! Mother arrived half an hour earlier than anticipated so cups of tea were gulped down as fast as the temperature would allow, the cars were packed and we were on the road to Scotch Lodge farm. We got our stalls set up and were ready to start selling at 10 AM!

So many shiny things!

There were loads of people at the fair and mum and I were both really pleased with what we sold. It was also lovely to see lots of the woolly workers in attendance too, especially as I had missed going to the farm on Friday.

The weather was kind to us for the most part and everyone seemed to have a great time.

Having been up so early and then been so busy in the stall I fell asleep at home in the afternoon in the middle of my knitting! I woke up in time for dinner and managed a few more rows on the tweed shawl.  

That brings us through to Monday. If the blog suddenly goes quiet send a search party. It is possible that there has been a yarn slide and I am crushed under a pile of double knitting


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