Friday, 29 January 2016

The Amazon Female... me!

To explain - I have just started selling on  I'm not sure whether it will be productive financially, but it may at least clear some of my books.  I'm just hoping there'll be a profit along the line somewhere, though I doubt if it'll make my fortune!

When I left England nearly 9 years ago,  I tried to sell some things on eBay, but I ended up in a 'negative equity' position, as they say, in that the fees I incurred came to more than the sales revenue I ultimately received. But some people make a living from selling on the Internet, so I am hopeful.  Not that I think it'll be a living, but at least something.  I hope.

Today I listed 3 books (it's books I really need to get rid of) so that I could see how the thing works.  Now I just have to sit back and wait and see if anyone buys them!

In case you are interested, here's a picture of one of the listings...

listing for baby crochet

...the other two are books about knitting socks. I'm hoping that, as it's winter here in the northern hemisphere, lots of people will start knitting socks and want to buy a helpful book!

Other than that, with winter and Valentine's Day in mind, I have been beavering away knitting fingerless gloves, or mitts as they seem to be called lately. This is in order to use up my other major house filler - YARN!


Another of those 'new' words (I am thinking of compiling a dictionary).  Having a 'stash' seems to be a new thing.  I guess we now have more leisure time and more disposable income and if, like me, you are attracted by yarn/fibre/wool, there is something irresistible about buying more of it, even when you have more than enough really...

I find it hard to resist those luxury fibres like cashmere, angora, soft merino, to name but a few. And find myself buying a few balls when I see the pretty colours, or feel the fabulous textures...  At least, I did.  I've nearly kicked the habit now and I'm trying to downsize the yarn mountain I have.  As I rarely buy more than a few balls, it is hard to get rid of sell anything to anyone, as many people (so I hear) actually use yarn to make garments such as sweaters and jackets and so need quite large quantities. I usually only have enough to make a hat, or scarf, or gloves, so I could only sell to someone who wants to make some ACCESSORIES.

SO I am trying to downsize the mountain by making items and putting them on a website (I have an ETSY shop) although I have also persuaded a friend with a local gift shop to take some of them.  But rural French ladies are not often seen with  fingerless mittens (however luxurious or sparkly they may be) and so sales are not exactly going through the roof. You've already seen some of the mitts in a previous post, and there are more in my ETSY shop.

etsy shop pic

But the yarn mountain has not really reduced, although I'm spending all my spare time knitting.  If you have any suggestions as to what I could do with my yarn (nothing rude please) I would love to hear them! But for now I must get back to the mitty gritty...

Friday, 22 January 2016

Cycling - 'UP' and 'RE'

Anybody know the difference?  Is there a way that 'upcycling' differs from 'recycling'?

Is this yarn I undid from a sweater 'recycling'...

Blue cotton jumper

cotton cake

or 'upcycling'.

And this lampshade that I am revamping from this...

Lampshade, before this...


Is that 'upcycling' or 'recycling'?

Or is 'upcycling' just a new way of saying 'recycling'?

Anyone know?

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Three Little Kittens...

If you were expecting to read about cutesy, furry, adorable little baby kittens, then let me apologise immediately.  This post is about mittens!  The cutesy baby kittens may have had mittens like these, and they were lucky little kittens if they did, because these mittens are softer, lighter and warmer than their own fur coats!

Pink and Sparkly

They are made from baby alpaca (no alpacas were harmed in collecting this fibre) and kid silk mohair. What is Kid Silk Mohair, I hear you ask? Well, I have put a lot of time into researching this and it seems that it is mohair that comes from a kid (baby goat) and spun together with silk. Rowan describes this blend as Super Kid Mohair so I guess they get it from Super baby goats...

If you really want the complete lowdown, have a look here.

Enough now of this baby cuteness - let me show you some more cutesy mittens...

White and sparkly

The sparkle doesn't really show up here, but the mittens are just a bit sparkly, like the sun on frosted snow...  The fibres used here are kid silk mohair (again) and a fine acrylic with a lurex thread spun into it.

The pattern is my own design, which you can find  for FREE, here, on Ravelry.

If you would like some mittens for your own cutesy kitten, send me an email and I'll make some specially for you!

Monday, 11 January 2016

Hail to Winter

...and rain

...and winds

...and c o l d

But it IS the 11th January, so I suppose it's to be expected!

I took a picture of the car in my drive...

hail you could see the hail!

But we've had good weather up to now, unlike England, where this rain is coming from.  And soon it'll be Spring :-)

It's already Spring on my teacosy...

Big pot daffodil cosy

...and the daffodils are out.  I'm rather pleased with this one.  I made the daffodils ages ago - years, probably, and never found a use for them until now. To test the pattern I want to make one with Forget-Me-Nots on as I love those tiny blue flowers!

If you've been following my other blog, you'll know that I've been rather busy, but designing is therapeutic and I can listen to my music, a book, or watch TV (if there are no subtitles) while I'm crocheting or knitting.

What do you do in these Winter evenings?

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Pere Noel of the Commune

When I got home from my renovations at Chez Penny today, my neighbour popped across with this bag...

Christmas Present bag  from the Commumne

Because I couldn't go to the commune Christmas meal, they sent me some goodies...

Inside the Christmas Present bag  from the Commumne

So sweet of them!  And actually, I love the bag too!

More Renovations

Still busy renovating Chez Penny - I think it will be about Springtime when it is finished...

Bathrooom wall

Pop over to my other blog and have a look...

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Shop Work

I'm currently renovating the shop I have at Le Dorat, so why not go on over to my other blog - Chez Penny and follow my progress!