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Christmas Bazaar

Hello,

Just a quickie today to say a huge thank you to all those who supported The Woolly Prawn at our stall in the Abbotts Bromley Girls’ School Christmas Bazaar last Saturday and to those who bought books, kits or pebbles. I hope you enjoy them.

I had lots of help from my granddaughter who was definitely giving the crocheted pebbles the hard sell and was generously distributing our cards for The Woolly Prawn and Crocheted Pebbles. A big thank you also to Helen, who invited me to share her stall – we had a lovely day. Do take a look at her fabulous goodies – they make wonderful presents.

The stall

Plans are afoot to extend the Woolly Prawn’s range of goodies for next year’s event – watch this space.

Now it really is time to concentrate on my Christmas projects! No photos at this stage for obvious reasons. Time is certainly of the essence …. why does December seem to fly?

Off I fly!

Jenny x

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Prawn to pebble and back again

Hello,

I can hardly believe that my blog has now had over 1,000 visits during its first year; a huge thank you to all of you who have looked at it and been so supportive.

All this prawn business seems to have come full circle now – first of all my daughter and I jointly wrote and published The Woolly Prawn in December 2012 after many hours spent designing, making and testing knitted prawns and the other bits and bobs ……

the book

the book

Then followed the introduction of the Woolly Prawn Kit in the summer of 2013 …..

the woolly prawn kit

the woolly prawn kit

…….  and in October last year when the crochet bug had really taken hold I developed the passion for crocheted pebbles which led to my blog. Now it’s back again to Woolly Prawn kits and keyrings ……

prawn keyrings

prawn keyrings

mini prawn keyrings

The return to prawn-making began in earnest when I was invited to share a stall at the Abbotts Bromley Girls’ School Christmas Bazaar. Helen and I will be selling our goodies together on Saturday, December 29th – do have a look at the wonderful handmade dolls and rabbits on her facebook page (Helen Lucia E) and if you live in the Abbotts Bromley area come along on Saturday morning.

So, over the last few weeks I have been preparing kits for the Christmas season with their mini-prawn keyrings –

Contents

Contents

ready to go!

ready to go!

you can check out the book and the kit on Etsy.com/shop/TheWoollyPrawn.

There will be crocheted pebbles on sale as well, of course, and I have been trying out some colours to brighten up my display.

Made for grandchildren and other small hands.

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So, next week I really can concentrate on my Christmas projects – three weeks to complete ….. that’s scary! I hope you are all well ahead with your seasonal crafting. It is supposed to be relaxing and therapeutic after all!

Bye for now,

Jenny x

 

 

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Pebble puzzles

Hello again.

Well, there’s good news and not so good news. I’ll start with the bad news, shall I, and get it out of the way?

Well, would you believe that I’m running out of pebbles. Yes …. that huge bag of North Sea Cobbles is almost at an end and what’s more all the best of them – round and symmetrical – have gone, leaving behind  some rather quirky shapes which are proving quite a challenge to cover.

very odd shapes

very odd shapes

More on that subject later!

Now to the good news …. I’ve found a product which transforms the rather grey stones into a far more acceptable pebble to crochet around. A most helpful young man at our local Post Office came up with the idea of painting the stones with Mod Podge – yes, that really is what it’s called – to enhance the colours of the rocks. You know how much more attractive pebbles look when wet – well, it doesn’t quite reproduce that look but it definitely helps.

the marvellous Mod Podge

the marvellous Mod Podge

 

glossed and ready to go

glossed and ready to go

 

So, with some unusual shapes lined up I have been searching the internet for some appropriate shaped motifs to use. I’ve seen images of beautiful designs …. leaves, ferns, swirls and other fantastical shapes … But there are never any patterns for them. The problem, you see,  is framing the central motif in such a way that it enhances the shape of the pebble. The perfectly round patterns which I started on last autumn work well but now I want to create something different for each stone. It’s become a bit  obsessive and I have taken to scouring all my crochet magazines for different motifs and doily centres which I can adapt to the shapes of my stones.

My attempts at covering a rather beautiful oval shaped stone have not achieved quite what I wanted: having spotted and worked a leaf outline design from the beautiful new book Natura’s Crochet Flowers I was disappointed to find the finished result too fussy so that the central motif is lost. This is one pebble which is about to be uncovered!

attempted leaf!

attempted leaf!

 

Some have turned out better, though, and I shall certainly be trying the windmill, spider’s web, spiral cross, snowflake and granny rectangle again.

windmill design by Anita Mundt

windmill design by Anita Mundt

 

spider's web by Lucy Croft in Simply Crochet

spider’s web by Lucy Croft in Simply Crochet

 

granny rectangle from Simply Crochet

granny rectangle from Simply Crochet

 

snowflake from Jan Eaton's 200 Crochet Blocks

snowflake from Jan Eaton’s 200 Crochet Blocks

 

I can’t quite believe I have now made twenty-one different covers and even the designs which I have made more than once look different each time.

For anybody who really does want to see the designs I’ve used so far –  all my covered pebbles can be seen on Pinterest here.

So, that’s all for now. I’m off on a large pebble hunt.

Jenny x

 

 

 

 

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Happy New Year

Slightly belatedly I know, but best wishes for 2014 to everybody. Let’s hope it’s going to be an excellent crafting year for all of us. I can’t wait to get started on some different projects now that all the gifts have been given.

All my Christmas projects seem to have been well received …. Here as promised are some photos of the finished items.

Enjoying a rest!

Enjoying a rest!

Spike the dragon

Spike the dragon

Murray the reindeer and Spike the dragon

Murray the reindeer and Spike the dragon

His and hers

His and hers

Bold colourways

Bold colourways

On the whole I was pleased – one or two items could have been finished off more professionally and I have certainly made a resolution to start earlier next year. We say that every year, don’t we? Will it happen in 2014? Very doubtful I think.

Talking of resolutions – the one decision I did make in the autumn was to store my stash in a more user-friendly way. Some more appropriate storage was needed to deal with the craft-related clutter which has spread to almost every room now!

Well, we have been to Ikea and the flat packs have been purchased. Since it was our first experience of buying at IKEA I’m afraid we pleaded ignorance and a very kind assistant came to our aid finding us all the elements we needed.  All that remains now is to assemble the units!! Fortunately my son-in-law has agreed to help …. does he really know what he is letting himself in for?

So now it’s back to my North Sea cobbles and their crocheted covers; now that I have some decent stones I can’t wait to try out the motifs I was experimenting with before Xmas. I also want to try out a scarf pattern which I bought in the USA a couple of years ago … came across it during the initial stages of my grand sorting out project. It involves directional knitting which I have never done before so I’m not sure how it will turn out. We shall see.

Well, that’s all for now,

Jenny x

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Happy Christmas Everybody

Well, here we are – one day to go.  Stormy it may be but Christmas Eve has brought a great sense of achievement  …. job well done even, though I say it myself, and I have enjoyed every minute of it. There may still be the odd arm, leg, eye, ear, tail, spike or even horn to attach but the Christmas goodies have taken shape and are mostly packed and labelled. Pics to follow after distribution!

We’re off to Staffs for the “big day” and looking forward to it a lot.

I’d like to wish everybody Happy Christmas and all the very best for 2014. Let’s hope you all have a great crafting New Year and that it turns out to be everything you would like it to be. Thank you all for supporting my blog during the last couple of months and for your patience with my somewhat random musings!

I’m already excited at the thought of getting back to my knitting and crochet, my pebbles and snowflakes; as time has beaten me this year maybe I should start on a snowy garland straight away! Who knows where the journey will take me in 2014.

Enjoy your Christmas,

All the best,

Jenny x