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To do

Thought I’d make a list of my works in progress in the hope it inspires me to finish them!

  • Funky crochet blanket using the Babette pattern from Ravelry. I’m using Fyberspates Scrumptious 4ply yarn in 12 colours so it’s going to be stunning. Completed the 50 two round squares this morning, just all the others to go and then the small matter of sewing it all up. My Ravelry project page is here.BAkecoTCcAAuIbS.jpg-thumb
  • Color Affection scarf. I’m doing this as part of my knitting groups January KAL (knit along). I’m really getting there with this, nearly finished all the striping, just got the final colour band to do. The trouble is with nearly 400 stitches, it takes rather a long time to do each row!
  • Double bed quilt. I have the top finished, I just need to baste it in order to start quilting. The trouble is, it’s 85″ square so it’s hard to find anywhere big enough to do so! I think I need to commandeer the bed for the purpose but it’s going to be a big job. As for moving it all under my sewing machine… We’ll just have to see how it goes.
  • Baste, quilt and bind a lap size quilt which has a beautiful feature butterfly print with gold highlights.
  • Lap quilt for my brothers girlfriend. This is a commission that I’m actually getting paid for so has pretty high priority. I have all the fabric ready to go, just need to finalise the design and get started.
  • The last 3 months blocks for the quilting bee I’m part of. I’m shockingly behind so really need to get a move on.

With all that to get done, I suppose I’d better get started!

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A crazy idea

Ever have one of those ideas that no matter how crazy you feel you have to act on otherwise you’ll regret it? Well, a friend and I may just have had one. We want to open a craft cafe.

We’re both incredibly keen crafters. She’s a very talented knitter and i never stop sewing. We want to create a venue that becomes the place to go for all your creative dreams.

There would be a cafe selling good quality coffee and delicious home made cakes. It would have comfy seating to indulge in your latest project with friends. A bookshelf with reads providing all the inspiration you’d ever need.

We’d have a workshop room and a packed timetable enabling you to learn a new skill or maybe branch out in an old one. Visiting tutors would teach their specialties. When there were no classes, the space would be available for local clubs. A knitting group or maybe a book club.

We’d have seeing machines available to hire so you could complete small jobs without having to buy one. You could bring in projects for advice and work on them in a friendly and sociable environment.

There would be supplies to buy but not those you could get in Hobbycraft or John Lewis. We’d focus on independents and small businesses, things that you can’t get elsewhere on the high street.

So, totally crazy or plain perfect? Would you use a place like that if it opened in your backyard? There’s still a lot of work to do not least deciding how we’re going to finance it. Then there’s finding a property, decorating and stocking it and actually getting people through the door. At the moment it may seem a bit of a hopeful dream but maybe one day if we can sort out the practicalities. Who knows?

P.s. If anyone knows anything about starting a business in a physical premises, advice would be much appreciated.

P.p.s If you know a lottery winner who wants to fund us, send them my way 😉

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FQ Retreat Linky Party

This time next week, if all goes according to plan, I shall be in London attending the Fat Quarterly Retreat. I can hardly wait! Being disorganised, I only actually booked a couple of weeks ago which is probably a good thing, as I think I would have exploded if I’d tried to contain the excitement for months!

Fat Quarterly
So, who am I? I’m Ana and I’m 26. I look like this:
That was me on Thursday night, cuddling a knitted dinosaur at the stitching club I go to. And yes, I do usually look slightly unhinged 😉 You’ll also recognise me for my habit of babbling too much and too loudly in an attempt to cover the fact I’m actually rather shy.
I live in the West Midlands with my boyfriend and our menagerie; 3 degus, 2 dwarf russian hamsters, 2 cats and a 1 year old lunatic of a border collie called Monty. I have a degree in geology, hence the love of dinosaurs although I’ve never used it for anything important. Until this year, I’d been unable to work for several years due to being more than a little bit mad. I am now on the slow and sometimes painful road to recovery and as part of this am trying to set up my own crafting business.
That’s my flower and is how I can be recognised throughout the internet. I’ve just set up selling on Etsy and can be found at www.etsy.com/shop/AnaCrafts.
I am a complete crafting addict; I quilt, make jewellery, make cards, cross stitch and I’ve just learnt to crochet. I am almost entirely self taught with the help of books and online tutorials. This means my technique can be a little strange but I usually get there in the end.
Now all I need to do if finish my swap items, sort out fabric for the classes and pack. I can’t wait to meet you all!
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Eek!

I have always been very jealous of all the amazing sewing retreats and meet ups that seem to be going on in America all the time. I would love to be able to attend one, unfortunately the cost of a flight makes for a rather expensive weekends sewing. I was browsing t’interweb the other day, no doubt when I was meant to be working, when I came across mention of a retreat being hosted by the lovely people of Fat Quarterly being held in London. Squeeeeeeee!

I know I’m rather late to the party here, been as the retreat is at the beginning of June and people have been booked on and preparing for months. I spent a while weighing up whether I had the confidence (and the money) to attend but a post on the Flickr group inspired me and I bought my ticket last night 🙂 Now I can’t wait! I need to find myself a hotel and steal back my more portable sewing machine from my mum but I will be there nerves and all.

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Some photos

The last weekend, I spent a couple of days at the Hobbycrafts show at the NEC. Purely for research purposes you understand 😉 Although a small amount of shopping may have somehow found its way into my possession. It must have fallen off a display or something!

I took a few pictures of things that impressed or disturbed me.

A cross stitched QR code which pleased my inner geek greatly. It even works!

You too can purchase naked plastic babies in a variety of sizes. I dread to think what you’d use them for :S

Finally, stuck for what to wear to that fancy dress party?

Now your whole family can be owls. I mean how could you resist, just look at the glasses.

Yesterday I was in the city to learn about tax on another course from HMRC. I know that if I want to do this business properly which I do, tax is very important. It still doesn’t make in remotely interesting though. I thought after two and a half hours of that I deserved a treat so…

New shoes are made of awesome. They are Liberty print fabric and from Clarks.

As for what I’ve been working on? The quilt of basting doom is currently on hold while I recover sufficient patience to continue with it. Instead, I’ve completed my first ever dressmaking project. I used a kit from Clothkits as I don’t have the confidence to try a paper pattern just yet. I’m delighted with the result. It’s the first time I’ve ever put a zip into anything and while it’s not entirely perfect, it is at least completely my own.