Sunday, 27 May 2012

An Extreme Wind Up

Hello everyone!

What gorgeous sunny weather we are having at the moment.  Doesn't it make you feel so much better?

I have been a bit quiet on the blogging front recently as I have been very busy trying to get ready for a 3 day food and craft fair over the Jubilee weekend.  I am going to be using the fair mainly to promote the workshops I will be running soon.  So in order to get people's attention, I am encouraging people to come along and have a go at extreme crochet.  Therefore I haven't really been making much, but I have been winding balls of yarn by the bucket load!!

I have been trying to design some Extreme Crochet kits to sell at the fair, this is what has been taking up my time and unfortunately I have come to the decision that time wise it is just not viable.  I was going to include a pattern, a 25mm wooden crochet hook (hand made by my OH) and 20 balls of yarn in the kit.  Well winding and labeling all the balls took ages to get them looking professional, on top of that you have the time spent making the hook, and the cost of the packaging!  So all in all what seemed like a good idea at the time turned out to be too time consuming, but it took me at least a week if not more to work this out!!


After much discussion we are still going to offer the handmade crochet hooks, the yarn and the pattern, but I will be selling them separately.  Instead of 20 small balls of yarn I have been busy winding huge balls with 20 strands at a time, this reduces the labeling from 20 down to 1 and the winding is so much quicker.  Rather than measuring the length of the yarn on each ball I have weighed each one at 500g.

I added my cup of coffee just to give you an idea of scale!

So as you can see, my link to Handmade Monday this week isn't strictly correct as I haven't actually managed to make anything over these past couple of weeks!!!  But I hope you will forgive me this time :)

To finish off my post I thought you may like to see a photo of Chester that I took a while back (both him and Taffy have been a bit neglected recently :( )

I think you'll agree - he looks such a cool cat!

See you all again soon, have a good week and enjoy the sunshine! 



  1. Wow they are some balls of wool! We all spend longer on some things than we should but thats how we learn! As long as we do get there in the end! Good luck next weekend :)

  2. I agree, we all need to try things to learn from them. Chester is looking super cool!

  3. Important to try new things and never too old to learn. Good luck with the wind-up. Xchester certainly is one. Ool cat. Hope you have a good week

  4. Chester looks like he's having a relaxing time on the swing! You have been super busy what with rolling, winding, whittling (the hooks) labelling and generally running around. I do hope that you get lots and lots of interest in your workshop, cos you deserve it.

  5. Wow, they are mahoosive! They look really pretty too.
    I'll bet Chester hasn't moved from that seat this week - what a dude!

  6. Hi Alison and Chester you've been very busy - I ;ove your knitting labels - very professional! Hope it goes really well. x

  7. Love the photo of Chester, certainly a cool cat. What a shame it wasn't cost effective to create a kit as i always love to see crafters offering kits rather than buying from the high street stores all the time.

  8. Not a bad idea to sell the kit items separately- you can always advise people what they would need to have a 'complete kit' anyway- and you'll also get people buying who just want certain elements of the kit.

  9. wow, it looks like you've been super busy! i love your labels, and i'm sure their will be a great take up for your classes! :)

  10. You have definitely been busy! I think you'll sell a lot despite not bing in a kit - I love the colours of the yarn :) x

  11. Good luck with your 3 day event, the kits sound a great idea but you don't know how things will work out until you try, it's a shame there is too much work involved.

    Love your labels.

    Jan x


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