September Update

Sunday, 14 September 2014  |  Steph - Which Craft

Wow, what a summer!

We've had great weather here in UK, nearly 7 weeks of non-stop sunshine, and even September is looking fabulous. We're still able to eat meals outside (we love al-fresco), and although the trees are already beginning to show their shades of autumnal russet, it's a beautiful slow end to summer.

Which Craft has been going from strength to strength, with a lot of interest in how we're planning to expand and what stock ranges we'll bring in next.

We think we've got the basic range sorted now, and our hardest decisions now are whether to spend time focussed on expanding range, growing our presence on social media, or  direct marketing.

It's been thoroughly enjoyable the last few months getting the basics sorted, launching the website and getting to know new people - and I must admit the business side is as satisfying to me as the actual crafting.

My own crafting has had to take a bit of a back seat the last few months, but I have finally learnt the basics of crochet, and Tunisian crochet too. This started from a yarn-bombing challenge I took part in at Victoria Park, Stretford in mid-August - where a large group of (mostly) ladies had spent months knitting & crocheting bunting, patchwork, pom-poms and just about anything else that could be used to cover trees and shrubs with woolly protection. The men all played really important roles too, providing staple-guns, step-ladders, and cooking a wonderful evening bbq for the community that had all turned up for the event. My allocated job was dressing some of the gate posts with crocheted striped lengths and fastening them securely into place. It was one of the most satisfying days out with like-minded people, laughing and being creative outdoors. Can't wait for the next one!

I am trying to master reading crochet patterns now, and have a real desire to try a blanket - probably to add to the many projects I already have underway - but I can't help it, I just simply love mastering new crafts.

Another new try is making doll's clothes for Ruby's Barbie doll - a blue taffeta ball gown is the first try, following a pattern, but hand-stitching it all (just for the satisfaction of knowing I can - I'm about half way through now, so I'll post photos when it' finished. In  our launch-day blog I mentioned early memories of my own mum making shoe-boxes full of clothes for our dolls, and it's something I've always wanted to tackle myself. Check my Pinterest board to see my favourite styles.

Thinking about Christmas now, and I have certainly seen more activity on the Christmas boards on Pinterest the last few weeks - check my own Pinterest Christmas board for my favourite projects and themes.

I'm a great fan of pinterest and get most of my best ideas from there, if you haven't tried it yet, I can highly recommend it smiley

Thanks all for following, and please keep in touch.

Steph & Andrew



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