Today is a special day for me as I was published in LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine.
They spotted my Coin Purse Kits on Instagram just before Christmas and asked if I wanted to be featured in their Kits and Caboodle section in January.
I was so flattered to see that such a big magazine wanted to talk about Little London Crochet so I jumped on the opportunity.
I’m mentioned alongside 3 other talented ladies from Ami2U, All for the Love of Abbie and MCA Direct.
Little London Crochet is an adventure I started in Septembre and I feel like I have accomplished so much already. I cannot wait to continue to pursue this passion of mine.
Tomorrow my mum is coming to see me in London, I picked up a copy of the magazine for her too. #mummysgirl.
Over Christmas I received a lovely order from a friend who is expecting. She wanted a dog crib for her baby boy. She had the plastic hangers but no doggy to hang on it so she contacted me to make some for her.
So….. I made her 4 cute sausage dogs which I named after Italian luxury designers as her husband is Italian and she likes designer clothes. For those who want to try, I got the FREE pattern from Stip En Haak. They have loads of beautiful amigurumi patterns.
On that note, I would like to introduce you to Giorgio, Gabbana, Giani and Guccio:
I even added a little bone to keep the doggies happy:
It was a lot of fun to make and I can’t wait for her baby boy to look at them when falling asleep!
I am a bit gutted as I wasn’t able to post anything in over 2 weeks. Between my full time job and the markets it’s been a lot more difficult to spend time on social media.
So far I have done 3 out of the 4 markets I’m doing this year for Christmas and I am very happy with the way it’s going.
That was the first market I made ever so I was a bit nervous. Unfortunately that one was a bit of a fail. It was outside, cold and rainy so footfall was low. Sales were bad and I made a loss. It was a bit discouraging as it was my first and I thought to myself I really hope the next ones will be better otherwise I will have to offer crocheted presents to all my family with the remaining stock hehe! Whilst I met some nice people I don’t think I will be doing this one again next year. I’ve learnt that indoor markets are the best as you don’t depend on the weather!
2. Fortismere School
This Christmas market was organised by a School in Muswell Hill. It went very well, a lot better than I thought actually! There are over 1,500 students in the school so footfall was huge. I also met some lovely people including a lady that makes her own jewellery El Zacura. You should check her out!
Probably my favourite one so far as I did it with my mum and all our family and friends came to say hi. Including my grand parents who are not in great shape (it was snowing a lot too that day so triple points for them!).
We’ve learnt a lot during all markets, including about packaging. We noticed that we sold more when items were not packaged and people could touch them. If only we had known this before as it is time consuming to package everything haha but you live and learn!
I have one more on Saturday and after that I think I will crochet something for myself! As a little treat!
Have a good evening and I will post again soon after my workshop on Thursday! Very excited about it!
I am so excited to announce that I am collaborating with Essex Country Crochet on a Workshop that will take place in January 2018.
In the workshop you will learn how to make a crochet Coin Purse 👛 from scratch. All the material will be provided, including the most sought after element: the clasps.
Alison is a crochet teacher and highly experienced. It’s a true honour to organise a workshop with her.
A few people have already signed up including my dear insta friend Cozy Comfy Living whom I will meet for the first time at the workshop. We have been chatting for a few months and I recently bought her scrubbies on Etsy (take a look at her shop!) What a great eco friendly idea! Brittany is such a smart gifted lady.
I feel truly blessed, over the past few months I have built a lovely insta community and am building some great friendships. Because that’s what life is about.
If you want to join our gig on 27th January 2018, visit our Facebook event page and contact Alison directly. Come on ladies, life is too short to crochet alone!
Below are examples of what you will be able to make that day:
Good evening and apologies for the radio silence lately. I’ve been so busy at work and when I’m not working, I’m crochetting. I still find it hard to manage my time efficiently between work, Crochet and social media. Any advice about this would be welcome!
I wanted to share the latest crochet coin purses I have made. They are getting more and more original, I like to challenge myself!
1. Bear 🐻
2. Unicorn 🦄
That one was hard to make and I’m not sure if it’s a cow 🐄 or a unicorn 🦄 but it looks cool regardless so I am happy!
3. Striped crochet coin purse
This one is getting a lot of positive feedback for some reason so I will make more of them for the Christmas markets!
4. Striped with a flower 🌹
Have a lovely Sunday night, I’m off watching Blue Planet 2!
So far I’ve been very active on Instagram as it’s the best way to showcase your pictures, however I had forgotten about the good old Facebook!
So following my dear mum’s advice I joined a number of very cool groups and thought I’d share these with you, in case you want to join me:
- Crochet Beginners Group, with about 75,000 members. Lovely group to share your creations and as it’s full of beginners, people help each other out a lot there. This is my favourite one so far.
- WE LOVE CROCHET ❤, with about 7,200 members. This one is less focused on beginners, people there seem to REALLY know what they are doing and it’s all about technique and improvements.
- You Crochet Me Crazy, with about 1,600 members. Similar to WE LOVE CROCHET ❤
- Knitting/Crocheting/WOOL FOR SALE/Sell, with about 9,000 members. Unlike the other 3 groups, this one is focused on yarn sales, clearance etc. Very good group if you’re after discounted yarn but aren’t too fussed about the type of yarn/colours.
- Crochet dans toute sa splendeur, about 4,000 members. I chose that group as it is in French and the admin is from Belgium. Whilst I blog in English I want to stay up to date with what happens on the other side of the pond in my home country!
In addition, I have made some progress on the Christmas market, my website and my Etsy shop. Take a look, I think some of these items will be perfect for your Christmas presents!