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Merry Christmas everyone! Bon Naldal a tothom!

Oh dear Oh dear, I do miss blogland a lot! I miss you all!But really… I have work coming out of my ears, as the Spaniards say… I’m “on holidays” from the primary school where I have been working as a Special Needs Assistant, but I am still working for the charity organisation as a social carer. I’m happy though that I can breath a bit more. So what have I been doing?

It is Chrsitmas Eve now and we have lovely stormy weather out on this tiny island. You should see our hens trying to walk against this wind! Sometimes I think they’ll fly across the bay over to Galway city

Last night, after a few days of madness, just when I had the children in bed and I was snuggling on the sofa, looking forward to doing nothing but to watch a filim (as the Irish say it), the electricity went off. The only time I decide to watch TV. So no filim for me. Anyway, I’ll try to snuggle up later on, after making sure that Santa has left all the pressies

Besides doing my duties as WOHMACWASAHM (Working Outside Home Mum And Continue Working As a Stay At Home Mum) I kind of managed to frantically sew a good decent amount of stock for (wohoo!!!!) my stall at the local Christmas Market!!! It took me 4 years to finally get myself sorted and make it to the market. I had so much fun! I was sharing table with my crafty neighbour who makes the most beautiful hand bound journals. People were saying our stall had the best cutest display… I learnt a lot about displaying though, people seemed really attracted to the stall because there was a lot of colour, a lot of stuff on the table and they were allowed to touch. Athough I booked the place for only one day, somebody had cancelled their place so I was offered to go back on the next day. Then my stock was much better displayed, a friend had lent me a nice cast iron screen where I could hang the bibs, cardigans and dresses. You can see some shots (sorry for the quality of the photos, taken with my phone!)

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The different sized baskets worked really well and the linen cloth over the stripy fabric was nice too. It was funny though, that before I had made any sale, a lady approached to ask me how much was the bunting… Altough I made it (for my daughter’s birthday party) it wasn’t for sale… and when I was packing up at the end of the day, a lady came to ask me how much were the baskets!!!

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some of the knitwear I have under the label “Lamama Knits”

So here’s a few things I learnt (and if you have any tips to share the more the merrier!):

– Have different height levels to display on your table, use boxes or baskets stacked on top of the other.

– Go around your house to see if you have any little bits and bobs, nice wooden boxes, baskets, bowls, etc to display your stock in.

– Have something made that is easy and fast and can sell at a very affordable price. I had lots of hairbands that didn’t seem to sell online on my Etsy shop. People go to crafts markets prepared to buy at least something. If you have something less than €10, it will probably go quick. So I put all the hairbands in a basket (Hana’s doll’s clothes basket)  at €5 together with the dummy holders at €7. They sold fast!

–  I didn’t have any patchwork quilts for sale for 2 reasons. I didn’t have time to build a good stock and I thought they’d be too pricey for what people would be looking for. Instead, I had patchwork blankets, they sold and people now know that I also make quilts.

Overall, I think I did pretty well, I wanted to let people know I am here and I am local and I handed out lots of business cards (and what a good idea it was, I got a call yesterday from a customer who wanted to buy one of my bags that his girlfriend liked!).

I hope you are all doing well, stitching a lot and making beautiful things! Have a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thank you so much to those of you who have made contact in some way to say hello and ask about my whereabouts. It is really so nice to feel appreciated like this! And I’m sorry that I haven’t visit your blogs or participated as much as I’d have liked to… Life is a bit crazy at the moment! Crazy but fun…

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Una’s hand bound journals, cards and bookmarks

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Buf buf, com trobo a faltar llegir els vostres blogs i els vostres comentaris! Pero es que no paro no paro i no paro! Per fi estic “de vacances” de l’escola de primaria on he estat treballant pero segueixo com sempre a la organitzacio de treball social. Aixi que quan no estic treballant fora de casa, segueixo treballant dins de casa (com tothom, oi?).

Aquesta nit ens estem preparant per a que Santa Claus aterri a la teulada amb els rens. Ho he intentat, pero cada vegada que parlo del Cagatio la gent em mira com si estigues ben boja, i ja no us dic res del Caganer… aixi que segueixo la tradicio del Santa que baixa per la xemeneia… 

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hairbands in a basket, dummy holders, fabric covered notebooks and business cards…

No se per que els catalans som tan escatologics, em pregunta el meu company:  entre el Cagatio, el Caganer, el conte del Patufet, que ma mare li desitji molta merda abans de pujar a l’escenari i que ens caguem en tot quan ens emprenyem o enviem allo que no ens agrada a la merda… apa aqui, es curios que mai no m’havia adonat fins que ell m’ho va fer veure… Doncs si, debem tenir una fixacio amb les femtes. Que hi farem. Segur que a hores d’ara tota Catalunya esta fent cagar el Cagatio a cops de pal (aixo tambe els va sobtar als irlandesos, que despres de cuidar-lo i mamnt-lo tant durant dies, ben calentet sota la manta, acabem fotent-li pals per fer-lo cagar). 

Be, us dic que es el que he fet aquests dies. No se com, vaig poder fer d’una revolada un estock prou decent per poder tenir una parada al mercat de Nadal! i que be que m’ho vaig passar. Per sort, una persona va cancel.lar la seva parada, i en comptes d’estar-m’hi un dia, m’hi vaig estar dos! Vaig compartir taula amb la meva veina que enquaderna unes llibretes supermaques. La gent ens deia que la nostra parada era la mes maca del mercat… he he, tampoc deuria ser per tant, pero si que feiem goig…

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cardigans, dresses and bib-aprons

Si algun dia teniu pensar fer parada en una fira, aqui teniu el que he apres:

– Intenteu tenir els articles sobre la taula a diferents nivells d’alçada, apilant caixes o cistells, etc…, queda mes atractiu a la vista.

– Segur que per casa teniu coses maques com cistellets, capsetes, bols, plats…etc… on podeu posar les coses de maneres diferents.

– Tingueu articles que siguin facils i rapids de fer i que es puguin vendre a preus molt assequibles. La gent acostuma a voler comprar alguna cosa, el que sigui, i si es a menys de €10 ja ho teniu fet. Jo tenia una pila de cintes per al cabell que no es venien gaire be a Etsy, en canvi a la parada, posades dintre d’un cistell a €5 van volar quasi totes.

I be, si teniu alguna idea o consell mes que podeu afegir a aquesta llista, compartiu-la!!!

De mentres, espero que passeu un Bon Nadal i us desitjo un Feliç Any Nou 2014. Moltes gracies a tots (totes, vaja) les que heu contactat per una via o altra amb mi per saludar-me i preguntar com anem. De bolit! Perdoneu que no visiti els vostres blogs i no hi participi tant com m’agradaria. A poc a poc anire treien el cap!

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Knitting and crochet

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I have listed these lovely dresses in my Etsy shop… if they’re successful I think I’ll be making them in different sizes and accepting custom orders… I might do a tute for the crochet ones 🙂

Do you ever knit and crochet? I like it because you can take your work anywhere and sit comfortably with people around you. The sewing machine, although I LOVE her, isolates you in your room… plus you can’t take her with you wherever you go. If you do knit or crochet, what do you like making?

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He llistat aquests vestits a la botiga d’Etsy. Si tenen exit en fare mes i fare varies mides. Potser m’animo a ensenyar un tutorial per fer-ne un de ganxet. Vosaltres en feu de mitja o ganxet? Tot i que no en faig sovint, m’agrada perque t’ho pots endur a tot arreu, seure comodament amb algu al voltant. Pero amb la maquina de cosir, tot i que m’encanta cosir amb ella, et quedes aillada a l’habitacio i no te la pots endur enlloc…

Que es el que mes us agrada fer de punt o ganxet?

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LITTLE HAT FINISHED! UN GORRET ACABAT!

Ja he acabat el gorret de punt que vaig començar per al nen que porto (com veieu encara no tenim nom per a ell!). He anat improvisant mentres el feia i tot i que hi ha algun punt despistat, m’agrada molt com ha quedat. Feia tant de temps que no agafava les agulles de fer punt… em falta practica.

I have finally finished the little knitted hat that I started a while ago for my baby boy (as you can see we still haven’t decided on a name!). I was improvising while I was making it and although there are a few odd stitches, I’m quite happy with the result. It has been a while since I last took up the knitting needles… I need more practice.

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yarn and fabric – llana i tela

He començat a fer un gorro pel petit que ve de camí. L’estic fent amb 5 agulles i tot i que no segueixo cap patró m’estic inspirant en aquests que he vist aqui. M’encanta fer trenes, no sé si en català se’n diu així, en anglès se’n diu cables…

I’ve started to knit a hat for the little wee man that is on his way. I’m using 5 needles and although I’m not following any pattern in particular, I’m inspired by these ones. I love knitting cables!
Recordeu aquell Layer Cake Quilt Along que vaig començar l’any passat? doncs ja quasi estic acabant un dels dos quilts que tenia pendents. Ja va sent hora de treure’m coses de sobre per poder començar nous projectes per vendre!

Do you remember that Layer Cake Quilt Along I joined last year? Well I’m finishing one of the two quilts I started. It’s time I finish them so I can start new projects for selling!




i vosaltres? teniu moltes coses per acabar???
what about you? have you got many things to finish???

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knock knock… toc toc…

que hi algu???
Despres de tant de temps em pregunto si encara deu haver algu que visita aquest blog! Han passat moltes setmanes des de l’ultim post i es que hi ha hagut bastant de moviment per aqui. La tornada a la universitat, la maquina de cosir que va decidir fer vaga i de sobte van venir uns marejos i una son tipus narcoleptica que no em deixava fer res. I aqui esta la rao:

Hello? Anybody there? I wonder if there are still any readers left after all this time of absence…! There has been a few weeks well passed since my last post and it is because many things happened here. Going back to college, my sewing machine going on strike and me starting to feel a bit sick and nauseous and with a deep deep feeling of wanting to sleep everywhere anytime. Yes, this is the reason why…:

Un nen que ve de cami! Fa 4 dies que vam saber que es un nen. No m’esperava pas que m’ensenyessin una ecografia en 3D a les 16 setmanes i va ser una bona sorpresa. Sembla mes un alien que no pas un nen encara! Per sort ja em trobo molt millor, ni vomits ni nausees ni cansanci (pero sense ganes d’estudiar…). Intentare reemprendre la feina que em va quedar per fer amb la maquina de cosir i espero poder actualitzar aquest blog una mica mes sovint.
A baby boy on its way! We found out it’s a boy 4 days ago. I didn’t even expected them to show it to me on 3D at 16 weeks and it was a nice surprise. It looks more like an alien than a human now… Fortunately I’m feeling much much better, no vomits, no nausea, no tiredness… I just don’t feel like studying and writing essays…! I will try finish some of the projects I had to leave and bit by bit I hope to be bale to update this blog more regularly.
De moment vull fardar de mare. Tinc una mare que fa els jerseys mes macos del planeta i sense seguir cap patro! Em sembla que jo vaig comenc,ar a fer dos sense patro i els dos me’ls va haver d’acabar ella… 
Aquest el va fer en un parell de dies estant aqui de visita per a aquesta nova adicio. 
Encara no he pogut trobar botons (va cordat pel darrere) i potser intentare fer una ullada durant la propera visita a Barcelona.

I am going to show off a bit today… My mum knits the cutest jumpers in the planet and she doesn’t follow any pattern. I think I tried to start 2 jumpers once without a pattern and she had to finish both of them for me… This one is for the new addition. I still haven’t found any buttons for it so I might keep an eye open for them during my next visit to Barcelona.

Ens estem preparant per Nadal ara, sera molt tranquil aquest any… el passarem aqui a Irlanda i nomes serem nosaltres tres quatre… Quins plans teniu per Nadal?
We are getting ready for Christmas now, it’s going to be quiet this year… we’re staying in Ireland and it’s going to be only the three four of us… What are your plans for Christmas?

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Hana’s Socks – Els Mitjons de la Hana

El tutorial el tindre preparat d’aqui uns dies i el publicare en aquest post.
The tutorial will be available shortly in this post.

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UN GORRO D’ALLO MES FACIL / AN EASY PEASY HAT

Fa temps que vaig fer aquest gorro, abans de Nadal, per un encarrec. Tambe em van demanar que ensenyes un tutorial per fer un gorro amb nomes dues agulles, i sense haver d’afegir ni menguar punts.  Vaig pensar que aquest seria el gorro mes facil que es pot fer amb dues agulles.
I made this hat a while ago, before Christmas. Someone asked me for a tutorial on how to make a hat with only 2 needles and without increasing or decreasing stitches. So here it is, the easiest hat ever!


Mesureu la circumferencia del cap. Feu un quadre de tensio per veure els punts que necessiteu i amb un punt del dret i un del reves, feu un rectangle. (La longitud depen de si voleu doblec o no, jo anava provant amb el meu cap a mesura que anava fent)
Measure the head circumference and knit a tension square to know how many stitches you need. Knit rows of : *p 1, k1* to create a single rib pattern. Knit a rectangle. The length will depend on whether you want a fold or not (I kept trying it on myself to see what length I wanted)

 Quan tingueu la llargada que voleu, cosiu els costats.
When you have your desired length, sew the side seams.

 Cosiu la part posterior amb un punt correder.
Sew the top with a running stitch.


 Tibeu la llana per que s’arrugui i feu unes quantes puntades perque quedi tancat.
Pull the yarn and sew a few stitches to keep it closed.


Acabat
Finished


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