It’s been a funny few months. After sharing the news of our impending house move back in September, you may have wondered at not hearing anything else. Well we had a few setbacks and haven’t gone anywhere! Limbo is never a fun place to be, so I shall spare the details for now and focus on something much more interesting instead.
With the studio pretty much packed up, I haven’t done much painting or journaling, but I do always have a crochet project on the go. So when I was asked to put some of my work in the Harbour Cottage Gallery at the beginning of December, I focused on textiles – crocheted shawls and wraps and hand dyed silk scarves. I didn’t know what to expect, so I was pleasantly surprised to find I’d sold five pieces over the two weeks. With labour easily adding up to 20 hours plus per item and seriously luxurious fibres (many hand spun by myself), these are not pocket money prices, so I really am thrilled to bits with the response.
These are the pieces that sold.
One of the items was this ‘bridal’ shawl made from an absolutely heavenly yarn made from baby alpaca, cashmere and silk. It has crystal beading along the border which adds glamour to the luxury!
I knew my Mum would adore the silky softness of the yarn and I was planning on making her one for Christmas, so I was secretly quite pleased this one didn’t go, it saved me some time to finish the other wrap I was making her. This is a multicoloured wrap crocheted in an incredibly soft cotton (Evie Prints by Sublime Yarns) which my mum picked out herself. I added some bobbles every third row and a bobble fringe and given that we’re surrounded by boxes and bubble wrap, this one became known as the bobble wrap!
As predicted, Mum was absolutely delighted with both her wrap and her shawl and couldn’t wait to show them off to her friends. I also crocheted a woolly hat for my step-Dad using a chunky wool mix yarn and a textured stitch that has come out looking like little diamonds. I have more of this yarn in a heathery colourway, so I may make another.
I must say thank you to Sue P and Beth for the loan of their mannequins which helped display my work so well and huge thanks to Kie at the Harbour Cottage Gallery for setting everything up so beautifully.
When not working on a specific project, I have a couple of default ongoing projects – the Mandala Madness blanket is one, but that has become a bit too complex to do easily while watching TV, so I’m using up some stash making hexagons.
I’m not entirely sure what I will do with them all yet, but at the moment I’m thinking it would make a lovely cheery blanket for our new house. Yes, I’m still holding onto the dream that we will get there, or that there is something better waiting for us. One way or another 2018 is going to be a new adventure.
I still have a couple of shawls and some silk scarves in stock which you can find at www.glendawaterworth.com in the Textiles section of my online shop. Or if you just want to see what I’ve been creating with yarn and fibre, you can find me on Ravelry as glendaww.
Wishing you all much blessings for the New Year ahead – roll on 2018!