I thought I would use a post to show some of the things I have made in the last 6 months.
I am pretty hopeless with stuff like this usually, but after going to The Olive Tree Markets I felt inspired to give something crafty a go. A link somewhere (can't for the life of me remember where now) lead me to Lucy at Attic24. She has a bright, cheery, colourful blog, with lots of idiot-proof tutorials. I bought a hook and a cheap ball of nasty acrylic yarn to practice on. I started off making snowflakes from her pattern to send home to my parents for Christmas, followed by stars (from Michelle at The Royal Sisters tutorial) that were spotted by a friend one day. She comissioned me to make as many as I could manage for her Christmas tree! These were, in turn, spotted by another friend who is very involved in the whole crafty artisan scene in Newcastle and, with a group of other crafty ladies, runs MakeSpace on the Hunter St Mall. She asked me to make even more stars to sell in the run up to Christmas!
In the meantime, I have started a GrannyStripe Blanket, completed a Granny Square Blanket, made numerous neck-warmers, scarves and hats as presents for friends back in the frozen UK, summery scarves for Miss M (that I regularly 'borrow'), bookmarks for lovely friends who share my love of reading, and am in the middle of a Summer Garden Granny Square Blanket, loosely based on Lucy's pattern, for Miss M. Once that is completed all the boys have put in orders for Ripple Blankets, Stripey Blankets etc to snuggle up in when it turns cold here.
If you had told me I would be writing this a year ago, I would have laughed, but I am really enjoying an hour or two of "hooky" every evening while the tv is on!