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.