Sunday, August 17, 2014

The waiting game

Don't you just hate it when you a working on a large project and you run out of the yarn you need.

A work in progress photo from last week
I'm currently making a Dog Rose receiving blanket which was in Crochet Gifts magazine.  Its a lovey, very easy blanket to make.  I've enojoyed making the blocks but I have run out of the right coloured white yarn.  I did think I had enough to finish it off but shortly after attaching another motif to the blanket I realised the colour I was using was too creamy and not the crisp white I had already been using.

So now I'm waiting for my Bendigo Woollen Mills order to arrive.  I only ordered it earlier this week and its not late or anything, I'm just really keen to finish off this lovely blanket.

I'm not very good at waiting.


Sunday, July 27, 2014

This week

Well its been a lovely week in Percyland.  I've finished off a number of orders (including two blankets)


and I've had some lovely feedback.

The week was topped off with a lovely afternoon at our local park/beach today.

I hope you've had a lovely week.  



Monday, July 14, 2014

Make her stop taking my photo SALE


Tonight on my Facebook page I'm hosting a silly sale to celebrate the fact that over the school holidays I was able to finish off a number of UFO beanie
(UFO in crochet speak is UnFinished Objects). 

It was such a great feeling having completing these beanies as many were nearly done or had the increase rows completed.  Alas I went back to work today, so I won't be as prolific in my crocheting - boo! 

Here are the beanies that I finish.






Sunday, July 13, 2014

Safety First

This post was originally posted on my Facebook page in response to Kidspot's 'Beware of the baby headband!' article.

In my day job and in my handmade business I take choking hazards very seriously. A few years back I did a Kidsafe Australia course and it brought home the real danger children face with strangulation and choking. That is why I no longer add ear flaps to my baby size beanies and I firmly affix any embellishments to my beanies. 

Yes the ear flaps look really cute but they also pose a
strangulation risk, one I'm not prepared to take anymore.
Ear flaps keep the head warm and they are cute too.  

We all know babies put lots of things in their mouths so be extra vigilant about items that you put on your child's head (beanies, hairclips, headbands), things you place around their necks (amber necklaces, dress up necklaces), on their clothing (dummy clips with bling) and in their mouths (dummies, bottles).

For more information go to your states Kidsafe website or Product Safety Australia

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Holidays - Yeah!!

One of the best things about working for the Education Department is the fact that I get holidays.  This especially good because
  1. I don't have to stress about what I'm going to do with the kids while I'm at work;
  2. I get to spend time with the kids;
  3. I get to go to the movies and watch the latest kids movie - I love kids movies; 
  4. I get to get all those chores done that I've been putting off or haven't been able to get on top of for the last 9-10 weeks
  5. I get to go to Sydney to see my folks and catch up with my older sister Susan and her daughter

The view of the Harbour Bridge from the
Lyric Theatre, Sydney
Waiting with my Mum for
'Strictly Ballroom' the musical to start.












The kids playin g in my folks back yard.












Harriet in her cousin's Queen Elsa beanie.
Susan and Julia introduced us to a new park.
Susan and the kids drawing in the sand with sticks.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

A weight off my shoulders


The Handmade Cooperative
Some of you may know this, some may not - Since 2011 I have been the Editor of the Handmade Cooperative; a blog devoted to promoting Australian handmade products for children.  The Handmade Cooperative was started in 2009 by Dianne Fisher and the genesis of idea to create this blog came from the then madeit.com forum.  

For the past 3 years I've been leading this group and I have loved every moment and challenge.  I've seen the handmade industry grow and change, I've seen business come and go and I've seen other businesses bloom into profitable and creative enterprises.  I've also learnt a lot about blogging, html coding, branding, magazine advertising and much much more.

In March 2013 the company my husband was working for ceased operating.  This came as a shock to Brett and I.  In the May of 2013 I re-joined the workforce to support my family, this took me away from my role as stay-at-home Mum, Crochet Lady and One-day-a-week Shop Gal at Sew Good Knit Too (See this blog post for more). Since May 2013 I have been working 4 days a week, running the Handmade Cooperative and C Percy Designs.  Recently my contract was extended  and with that I realized that I needed to hand over the Handmade Cooperative to another person as I simply don't have time to keep in running efficiently and effectively. 

Good News
On Friday I handed over the running of the cooperative to the talented Kate Waters from Kaetoo Canvas. Kate has been a member of the Coop for the last 12 months and she is an active member of the Madeit Group on Facebook.  She blogs regularly (www.kaetoo.blogspot.com.au) and most importantly she is fresh, keen and ready to take on the Cooperative.  I'm sure Kate will do a fantastic job and I must admit I am felt a huge weight come off my shoulders when Kate said 'Yes'.

Thank you Kate and my fellow coop members for the past 3+ years.  

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Latest Project - Citrus Stripe Blanket


This is what I've been working on this week.  Its a lovely receiving blanket called 'Citrus Stripe Blanket'.  It was designed by Felted Button (aka Susan Carlson) and its a free pattern on Craftsy.com.

Its a very easy pattern to read and crochet.  I've made my a few changes, as all crocheters do. I'm using up some 4 ply wool that has been hanging for ages and I know its against the rules but I'm using a 4.5 mm hook.  

The only criticism of the pattern is Row 6 where the V-stitch (dc, ch 1, dc) is created in the ch-5 loop (5 ch space).  I wasn't happy with the look of the V-stitch but didn't know how to fix it.

I could work in the 3rd ch of the ch-5 loop in the but I wasn't happy with that look either.

In the latest edition of
Interweave Crochet magazine (page 30) Vickie Howell's article about Extended Stitches got me thinking.  Yes I know Extended Stitches are a used for lacy looks but I thought an extended tr stitch (etr), an edc in US terminology, could be used to make the base of the V-stitch tighter around the ch-5 loop, there by making the V-stitch neater.  

So far my theory is going well, the base of the V-stitch appears neater but that could just be me wishing that to be so.  

I'll keep you posted on my progress with this new stitch.  

Christine

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Eryn's 'Love' beanie

Recently I made this tiny beanie for a friend's tiny baby girl.  

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Do facebook showcases work?

OOAK Lucy Beanie made for Missy Bug Boutique's "Touch of Frost" Showcase
I don't know about you but I never seem to sell products that are part of Facebook Showcases.  Others seem to go really well with them.  I've given 3 ago over the last 6 months and no sales. 

So why do I bother? Well to be honest its all about exposure.  Shoppers are drawn to these Showcases and its an opportunity to get my name and products in front of prospective buyers.  There were some big 'handmade' names in the Touch of Frost Showcase and it was an honour to have my beanie in the same album. 

In saying that my sales have not increased and going by my Facebook Insights there was not a significant increase in Likes or Reach during this time.  To be honest my Handkerchief sale produced more likes and reach but I did spend $5.00 on Facebook promotion which I'm sure helped.   Plus I had not internet access last week which meant that I wasn't able to promote my inclusion in this showcase to my Likers.

I haven't given up on them yet, I'm in another Showcase later this month - Sweet Calico's "Pretty in Pink, Cool in Mint' Showcase.  There are so many beautiful products in this Showcase surly my Butterfly Beanie will be get sold!  

A sample of the pretty products that will be in the Pretty in Pink, Cool in Mint Showcase

The 'Pretty in Pink, Cool in Mint' showcase will open at 8pm (SA time) 
on Wednesday 28th May and close at 8pm (SA time) on Wed 4th June.


I'm not totally sold on this whole Showcase idea but I'll stick with it for a while longer.

Sunday, May 04, 2014

My Week in photos

Yet another busy week at Percyland.  
Sunday:  Miss H is finally in her own bed.

Monday:  My birthday gift, oh how I love thee.

Tuesday:  Some lovely handkerchiefs I've been working on for my Mother's Day Market Day

Thursday:  First planting celebrations at my local community garden - Clifton Community Garden Sanctuary Point NSW.  

Friday:  Fox beanie made for a collaboration with Hero Nation as part 
of this year's Collaboration for a Cause  
Saturday:  Miss H testing out the fox Beanie

Sunday:  Selfie of Liam the cat and myself.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Crochet watch

I'm in love with the white crochet dress that is featured in this Pitbull's video clip.  If only I had the body to wear something like that!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Tambour beading

Source:  Crochet Knitt Unlimited blog
Whilst cruising Pinterest the other day I came across this amazing photo of Irish Crochet with seeds beads - isn't it stunning!

A few years ago I took an online Irish lace crochet class  and I feel in love with this delicate crochet style.  It also linked the techniques I had been taught by my Mother back to Ireland where my family originally came from.

When I went to the original blog post on Crochet Kit Unlimited I also found this amazing video about Tambour beading which uses a Tambour Embroidery hook.  I have used my own crochet hooks to do some detailing on beanies (simple chain stitch) but I never thought to use a hook in this way to add beads.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Whats on your hook?

This is what I'm making in my spare moments.  

Its another receiving blanket in Baby Pink, Lipstick Pink and Frost.  The pattern is by Moolgy and its called Loopy Love Blanket.  You can download a copy for your self here - http://www.mooglyblog.com/loopy-love-blanket/.  

The pattern is easy to read and its very easy to stitch.   Doesn't it look divine.  I'll keep you posted on its progress over the next couple of weeks. 



Sunday, April 06, 2014

Circles in Octagons



Its finally finished!

A few weeks ago I posted a progress shot of this blanket (Receiving Blanket - work in progress).  In this post I proudly spoke about how I was going to join the motifs together with the middle diamond, well lets just say that after I completed the blanket (see image below) I wasn't happy with the finished product.  


I wasn't happy about the lack of joins between the Octagons, it made the fabric floppy and the large holes are not ideal for little ones and their little hands and fingers.  If I had of been thinking about this I would of joined the work together using the last round of octagons and not the diamonds.  

So in the end I undid the entire blanket, which meant every diamond and triangle had to be remade, and I hand sewed the blanket together.  It took me 3 nights to sew the blanket together (about 15 hours) and it was well worth it as the finished product is beautiful, even if I do say so myself.
"I remember now why I don't make these blankets often, 3 nights of hand sewing" 
You can find this pattern and many others on my "Crochet Blankets" Board on Pinterest.  I add to this board all the time so please follow me to see what I find. 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Collaboration with Vintage Bubbles

Recently I teamed up with Katie from Vintage Bubbles to create a new design which would be used in Vintages Bubbles' Autumn/Winter 2014 Range.  

The following photos were taken by the talented Jade Kiddle.  I just adore these photos because they truly show off the pixie bonnet I designed and you can see the unique stitch pattern I used.  By using an advanced stitch pattern I have been able to set my pixie bonnet apart from the others in the market place.  


Arya Pixie Bonnet in  Misty Turquoise - Click here to purchase

Arya Pixie Bonnet in  Misty Turquoise Click here to purchase

Arya Pixie Bonnet in Grappa Click here to purchase

Wanderland: explore nature collection
{Image} 
Jade Kiddle-Photography 
{Bonnet/Scarf} C Percy Designs
{Dress/Skirt} Vintagebubbles

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Playing with canva.com



I made these cute graphic using canva.com.  

Canva makes graphic design amazingly simple for everyone including me!   I've been doing their great Tutorials and I've learnt a heap about the program and designing in general. 

You can find out more by viewing this YouTube video.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Receiving Blanket - work in progress


I've been working on a new receiving blanket. I found the pattern on Pinterest and I've made some changes to the way it is constructed.


 The pattern called for all the pieces to be individually made and then sewn together.  I'm not a very patient person so I decided to join the motifs together as I go, similar to how they do it with crochet tablecloths.  


I'll share the finished blanket with you later this month.


Sunday, March 09, 2014

Lost Art - the handkerchief


I'm very proud of this handkerchief I edged over the summer break.  Its baby blue with a baby blue crochet edge that was inspired by Edie Eckman's"Around the Corner Crochet Borders" book.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Additions to my wool stash.



Additions to my wool stash - I just adore 100% Australian made merino wool, its so soft and yummy!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Summer time crochet - My Crochet Doll

I bought Isabelle Kessdjian's "My Crochet Doll" book for myself last Christmas (2013) and over the Australian summer holidays I made my own doll.  I've admired Isabelle for a long time and I read her blog daily.  This book was published initially in French and was released in English late 2013

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Isn't she cute!!


To find out more about My Crochet Doll see this cute YouTube video.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

What books are in your collection


Here are just a few of my crochet books.  

I've been collecting these books over the last 5 years in order to improve my skill set.  Some of them I have purchased, some have been gifts from my lovely husband and others, like my edition of Weldons Encyclopedia of Needlework and my copy of D.M.C Library 'Crochet Work VIth Series' were given to me by people who know how much I would appreciate them. 

My favourite books currently are: 

Tiny Crochet Tiny Motif patternsfrom the Heart Warming Life Series