Monthly Archives: May 2018

Week 1, Project 1, £0!

Well I’ve had such a lovely week starting my 52 projects in 52 weeks challenge, and been overwhelmed at the support I’ve received.  Thank you all!
As you may remember, I decided that my first project would be to make 2 little mice that I can use to decorate my fruit and cheese wedding cake when I get married in a few weeks time.  I scoured the internet hunting for a suitable free pattern and came across this little beauty from Janette at The Green Dragonfly  There are some truly fabulous free patterns available on-line (check out Ravelry if you’re not already a member), but one of the key criteria for my mice was the height, as I wanted them to be big enough to be visible, but not so big that they would swamp the display.  Janette’s pattern fitted the bill perfectly as the finished mice are about 8cm tall.

Hand-spinning Annie’s gorgeous dyed fleece all the way from Skye

I was definitely drawn to the ‘Dragonfly’ name when it came up on my pattern search, as the yarn I had in mind to use comes from the fabulous Dragonfly Studio on the island of Skye where we spent a wonderful holiday last year, and where we’ll be returning to on our honeymoon shortly.  Well, I say ‘yarn’, but it was actually hand-dyed prepared fleece that I’d bought from Annie who runs Dragonfly Studio, so it needed to be spun before I could use it.  Annie’s family have a small croft with some rare breed sheep and they prepare and dye the fleece to sell as well as making gorgeous knitted items themselves (and yes, the place really is as idyllic as it sounds!)  After an initial few attempts at hand spinning my fleece last year,  the tubs have sat on my shelf just waiting for the right project!  I can’t believe a whole year has passed since our visit to Skye, but thankfully I’ve got a spinning workshop booked with Annie when we go back as, whilst I managed to spin the fleece into a workable yarn that I could crochet with, it turned out to be more of an ‘art’ yarn than a nice, even 4 ply!  There were some definite ‘knobbly’ bits, and some extremely thin bits that almost snapped, but I’m telling myself they just add to the rustic charm of the whole thing and give the mice a bit of character!!

All that’s needed is a head!

The pattern itself was beautifully written with lots of photos and step by step instructions along the way so it was a really enjoyable project to crochet.  I particularly loved the part where Janette recommends using a stitch marker to keep tabs on how many rounds you’ve crocheted, but then writes, “I know some of you are going to go ahead and not use a marker (surely not!), so if you lose your place or end up a stitch or two out, you can always eyeball it”.  How many of us can relate to that!

The hardest part was definitely giving the little mice a face, and I think I may redo the mouths, but I’m really pleased with the finished result 🙂

Mr and Mrs Mouse

Crochet mice and After Eight cheesecake

 

The mice worked up quite quickly, but I’ve realised that if I’m going to get through 52 projects in 52 weeks, then I’m going to have to make use of every opportunity I can to craft.

 

 

 

Crochet mice and veggie flatbread

 

This was a lovely portable project, so I was able to take my crochet bag with me most places, which really helped.  I know this isn’t going to be an option for other projects, but I’ll just have to make the most of it whenever I can.  Any excuse for coffee and cake eh?!

 

 

The only thing left to do, is to find suitable names for the two little critters.  Any ideas folks? 🙂

52 Projects, 52 Weeks, £52!

Well, my little business has been going for just over two years now and lots has happened during that time!  HoneyBridge House has evolved from just making handmade books to offering workshops in book binding, then workshops in lots of other crafts too such as jewellery making and proggy mats.  Workshops are great fun, and I’ve met some truly lovely people, but it’s been difficult juggling lots of different crafts so I’ve recently decided to just focus on knitting and crochet.  This is allowing me to really hone my skills which I’m thoroughly enjoying, and I have to say it makes for a much tidier craft room too (although you’ll see from the photo that there’s still a long way to go!)

                       Things can only get better!

There are lots of wonderful things about    running your own business and working for yourself, and I really enjoy helping other people learn.  However I sometimes struggle with the lack of routine that I used to get from ‘regular’ work.  Workshops tend to be most popular at certain times of the year, and there are definite lulls early in the year and during the summer.  One of the other issues is that often I spend most of my time making items for workshops and not for myself (the danger of turning your hobby into your business I suppose).

Like many crafters out there, I have built up a rather impressive stash of fabric, buttons, wool, beads, paper etc etc, all of which I’m loathe to get rid of as you just never know when you might need them do you?!  So, I’ve decided to set myself a challenge … to make 52 projects, over 52 weeks and only spending no more than £52.  The idea is that I will finally be forced to raid my craft stash as I will try to make use of what I’ve already got rather than buying anything new, I’ll finally get to make lots of lovely things for myself, and I’ll have a bit of routine into the bargain by posting my progress every week.  What could possibly go wrong?!

And so to my first project …

Mr HoneyB and I are getting married on 25th June and I’m trying to incorporate a few handmade bits and pieces into the wedding.  I’ve made the cake myself from a recipe given to me by a wonderful friend.  It’s a lovely fruit cake (or at least I hope it’s going to be lovely!) and we’re having it plain with lots of gorgeous local cheeses as you can’t beat a nice bit of fruit cake and cheese can you?  Anyway, I was all set to buy some felted mice to display with it when I decided that 2 little crocheted mice would make the perfect first project.

I’ll post my progress on Monday and let you know how it goes … 🙂