Saturday, August 09, 2008


Sorry I've been a bit quiet of late, nothing really wrong (but let's just say I'm scanning job ads very eagerly!)

I've also been quite busy. Sunday before last saw my first-ever solo stall. The event was truly charming: cream tea in the Needham Institute (part of Cambridge Uni's Oriental Studies Department), organised by a small committee that raises money to sponsor children overseas through primary school. This is the same committee that organises the village's art show each year. I'd asked if I could be included in that but, apparently, the overall feeling is that crochet isn't art so I was offered the chance to do this instead, with the comittee taking 20% commission on sales.

Needless to say the footfall was far lower than it would have been at the art exhibition and I'm not sure that people attending had been told that there would be craft on sale. Add to that an overwhelmingly hot day (would you want to pick up, let alone buy, a mohair scarf on a hot day?) and, well,

unsurpisingly, I didn't sell a great deal but I did have fun setting the stall up and finally got round to investing in some Moo mini cards to hand out. Time to track down some craft fairs I think.

Since then I've been hard at work on yet another crop of corsages and now I'm working on a project for the "Ravelympics". (Note for the uninitiated: the "Ravelympics" is simply a challenge to Ravelry members to do something new/different/challenging during the duration of the Olympics.) A large bevy of KToggers gathered in the garden of the Cambridge Blue early yesterday evening to start our projects off. I'm freeforming an alien lifeform, here's my progress so far...

Last, but by no means least, if you get a chance to go and see Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, seize it. I managed to get some preview tickets, so Liz and I went to see it on Tuesday evening. A gentle, jazz-age fairy tale: fabulous soundtrack, gorgeous costumes and just enough reality mixed in with the champagne bubbles.


Anne said...

Hello! (Waves)

I just bought the book of Miss Pettigrew (well I had to really didn't I?!)

Your stall looks beautiful - all those pots together are amazing (I mean, they're amazing individually as well, but they look even better all together).

Jo said...

Would that be an alien for I-Knit day perchance? If only I had the time! I'm sooo way behind on my C & G sweater project!

Emma said...

Hello Rosie !
You're a fabulous knitter... your stall looks amazing !
I hope to see you soon.

Liz said...

I can't believe they didn't think crochet was art. Your stall looks great though! I really wanted to come over on Friday but couldn't make it. Am going to try for the next Ely meet up!

Gina said...

Your stall looks great Rosie. As a veteran of craft stalls all I can say is sometimes they work and sometimes the odds seem stacked against you... but persevere!
...and of course crochet is art!!!

Daisy said...

I'm trying to get to see that film! It sounds great!

E-J said...

Oh Rosie, your stall is so packed with colourful goodies - poop on them if they don't recognise art when they see it! To be honest, people don't really seem willing to spend money on 2D art either, unless it's a crappy print of a Jack Vettriano. At least

I'm loving the alien (ooh, a Bowie moment!) Had commented over on Ravelry about how intriguing it sounded, before realising you'd posted a pic here!

Re your comment about veg peelings as a fuzzy felt substitute ... Um, what substituted for the board? Again, you've intrigued me.

Oh, and I wanted to tell you that for my birthday (in the optimistic anticipation that family members will feel moved to shower me with money) I have ordered 2 books from which I can't wait to pore over with you at a future KTog: "Feutres: regarder le ciel et créer" and "Le brodeur bleu"!

This comment is indecently long. Sorry!

E-J said...

Just to outstay my welcome a tad more, I have to say that I have NO idea how the stray "At least" got into my previous post. What was I going to say, I wonder??