Hello from Eldenwood Craft HQ. It’s been a little while since I posted anything here and so I thought it was time to fill you in on what’s been going on. This is not a post with a great big announcement; really it’s been heads down, marching on, trying to get through the winter and longing for spring. I was lulled into a false sense of security when I saw the daffodils and crocuses on the roadsides recently. If you are in the UK you will know what happened to the weather over the last couple of weeks! Despite the snowfall I really do feel we are within touching distance of a change in the season and that makes me a very happy person.
I recently finished test knitting a pair of socks for a lovely friend, Helen of YanTanTethera Yarns. Her Silver Street Socks were inspired by a street in the village where she lives. I had never test knit anything before so it was a real honour to be asked. The socks flew by and I thoroughly enjoyed knitting them. When I first saw the photo of the socks I thought they would be quite complicated to knit but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Once I had got through the first pattern repeat I was almost able to knit them without looking at the instructions. There is nothing tricky in the pattern, no cabling (which I assumed there would be hence the trepidation!) and the pattern is memorable. As you can probably tell, I couldn’t recommend the pattern more highly. Helen has also dyed up some beautiful tonal yarns to complement the sock pattern, available in her Etsy shop – my pair were knit using the Thimble colourway.
Have you been joining in with the Make Nine Makealong that I am running through my podcast? Lots of you have and it’s been wonderful looking through your finished objects. I will be drawing the first quarterly prize next month so keep your eyes peeled for that. Rather embarrassingly I have not really got moving with my nine (socks aside). I do however have plans this weekend to shop for some yarn for a V -Neck Boxy so should be casting that on very soon. I wonder if I’ll be adventurous and move away from my usual colour palette of greys and blues…
My Etsy shop has been sadly lacking in activity recently apart from a steady stream of sheep bags heading out to new owners. I am working very hard to get through the sheep bag waiting list – currently in the mid thirties. I worry constantly that I’m not getting through the list quickly enough and that if you are on the list you will get frustrated by the wait. The bags are quite time intensive and as I have mentioned in the past I fit them in between a full-time day job and busy family life. I hope you understand!
For information, when I am heading towards your number in the list I will email you to let you know that I’m ready to make your bags, check that you still want them and let you know when the listing will be up in the shop. Everyone I have emailed to date has replied so no-one need worry that they have been missed. Should I not hear back from you I will send follow-up emails so even if you miss the first email (and boy isn’t that easy with the number of emails we all seem to get these days) there is no need to worry.
I had a very small shop update this week and there will be something rather exciting happening next month which I will post about when I can.
Despite the lack of new bags, I have a the beginnings of very detailed plan for the rest of the year and there will be some fabulous new fabrics coming which I am very excited about – again, more will be revealed later. On that note I am trying to teach myself how to use Adobe Illustrator because I have this idea in my head that I’d love to design my own fabrics. Whether that will come to fruition, who knows, but it’s great fun learning a new skill.
Towards the end of the year I will also be vending at a craft market in Cardiff, tying in with a knitting retreat that I will be attending. I am ridiculously excited about spending a whole weekend with knitters – some of whom I know through Instagram so it will be exciting to get to meet up in person – but also about being able to sell my bags at the marketplace. I did a few craft fairs a couple of years ago, which if I’m honest were not hugely successful. However, I am looking forward to putting together a collection of project bags and other bits and pieces and having another go at being a seller in public!
Right, that is all for today. I just wanted to let you know what I’ve been up to and to set out a few plans so you have an idea of what will be coming later in the year.
I hope you are keeping well and looking forward to the promise of warmer days ahead (if you are in the northern hemisphere!). I will write again soon when I have some more news to share.