Getting creative

As the ramifications of last week’s referendum become apparent and a large number of our elected representatives exhibit the leadership, statesmanship and charisma of a stale welshcake, it’s hard not to feel completely at sea. I really don’t like uncertainty and so the current situation is not a happy one for me.

So, I’ve decided to take control of of things that I can have an influence on… I’m working on patterns to sell and doing a spot of needle felting with a view to future sales. The state of the pound means that the rest of the world should be clamouring for our exports, so what better time to get some more items in my etsy shop?

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Trialling my own work

For a long time I have been planning to write up some of my patterns to sell. Yesterday I finally got round to finding some software to create knitting charts, and so I now have a draft chart for my dancing skeleton (a design I originally created for my masterpiece blanket). Hopefully I’ll have this fully tested and turned into a hat pattern very soon. Ages ago I found some fabulous beads for this project so I am planning, in the near future, to have kits for sale including everything necessary to make one in time for Halloween. I’m currently working up a panel from the chart to check it. In addition yesterday, I packed up the pattern/yarn for another kit that I plan to sell and sent that off for testing, so hopefully that should be finalised soon too.

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A variety of ‘vaarks

As I have mentioned before, recently I’ve been having fun making little critters called Mousevaarks from old socks. They were designed by my friend Danielle Lowy (you can buy her booklet, How to Make Monsters & Monkeys, which contains the pattern for them here) and I was inspired to make a crochet/knitted version with a snail shell (snailvaark). The basic shape is so versatile that I decided it would be fun to have a go at creating a tiny mousevaark by needle-felting. So, yesterday, I spent a bit of time honing my skills and creating a little chap whom I have named Lazlo (because his nose tip is a piece of lapis lazuli). Needle felting always starts off looking so unpromising, but it doesn’t take long to create the form you want (as long as it isn’t too big – Lazlo is only 4cm tall).

So, that was me being creative. I just hope I can maintain momentum!

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  1. I like your new branch-out into needle felting. It is quick, isn’t it? And produces such cute results. Perfect for varks of all varieties.

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    • Yes, I’m quite pleased with it. I’ve only used needle-felting as a way to embellish wet-felted items before, but I could quite get into creating cute critters!

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      • As an antidote to fear, creativity can’t be beaten. It does sound as though the global markets are stabilising, so hopefully people have realised that it’s a case of hurry up and stay the same for a while…

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  2. Sometimes action is the best reaction.

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  3. A very inspirational reaction to the situation we find ourselves in. I have spent time trying to dredge up memories of the changes we had make when we came into the EEC as it was before it morphed into the EU. So far there is decimilation of currency, metrification and the change from our blue British passports to the red ones. It took years. My other memory is that the cost of meat shot up and butchers were suddenly full of dead rabbits. Then there were inexplicable shortages, toilet rolls and sugar, and surpluses, butter mountains and olive oil lakes.
    I shall now take a leaf from your book and go create!

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  4. Ann

     /  June 30, 2016

    Aww, isn’t he cute? (Not had time to read your blog yet). Hoggies are getting active here, one is currently hiding under a hat, and I know there is one in Steve’s shoe…. 🙂

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  5. Ann

     /  June 30, 2016

    Yes, they are being rather mischievous this week. Wouldn’t surprise me if we don’t find them at the Inkpot this weekend for Steve’s PDC. Is Lazlo up for adoption? I’m sure he would keep the little hoggies company and stop them roaming – though it may be that he takes up with Sir Percival, who spends his time travelling around with us.

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  6. I am just like you, in that when I feel overwhelmed by external pressure, the best thing I can do is work on something pretty that is in my power to control. Your plan and actions seem so sensible, in a world that has little sense right now!

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  7. Ann

     /  July 1, 2016

    Thanks Jan, though this little Lazlo looks perfect. 🙂

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  8. They are so darn cute!

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  9. Well hello there, Lazlo! He looks great – I love the fuzzy effect you get from needle felting, and it’s a great craft for stressful times 😀

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