30 September 2014

Changes Are Afoot

Nope, it's not autumn, it's definitely still summer …  she says, crunching across a carpet of bronzed leaves in her flip flops and pulling her flimsy cardigan a little tighter.

Nope, definitely still summer … she says, picking her way through a salad whilst yearning for soup.

Nope, definitely summer … she says snuffling into a handkerchief in-between unattractive bouts of coughing.


Ohhhhhh.  I don't know if I'm ready to resign the long and warm halcyon days of the last few months to just memory.  It was such a glorious summer.

The transition into Autumn might be a lot easier to accept if the shops weren't already rolling out their festive wares.  I was in one last week, which I won't name out of principle, and came upon an entire aisle jammed with Christmas items.  I did an about turn pronto, I can tell you.  When I am Queen, anyone who even mentions Christmas before December will be sent to the Tower!


Last week wasn't terribly interesting.  Certainly not very picture worthy.  As previously hinted, I've had the most horrid cold.  We all have.  There was also a bit of garden tidying, simple meals, car MOTs, dog walking, DIY, housework.  Yawn.  Sometimes though there is comfort to be had in the mundane.

My knitting needles have lain idle but my crochet hook hasn't.

A little while ago, I eluded to the fact that I was writing some more crochet patterns.  My mind buzzes with ideas and it's always such a relief to start turning them into reality.  I have always been openly grateful for any free tutorials and patterns that I have used since learning to crochet.  I hope my own contributions have gone some way to give back anything I may have taken.


I have been having a jolly good think about which path to take next, if any at all.  I have never earned a single penny from my blog or crochet and, you know what, I think I'm ready to see if I can.  If only to justify the amount of time I spend my hook and laptop!  ;-)

A quick glance through my blog and I'm sure you'll get a good idea of my 'style'.  Simple, colourful and pretty.  I want to write patterns and tutorials that can be followed by any crocheter, whether they've been crocheting for weeks or years.  My patterns will be available for sale via my blog to begin with and then Ravelry and Etsy.

So why am I telling you this?  I think because you've always been part of my journey.  I'm very much a heart-on-the-sleeve kind of girl and it's not in my nature to suddenly launch into something a bit different without explanation.  Ok, I might just be a little bit jump-up-and-down excited too!  I don't seek approval, I just thoroughly enjoy and value your opinions.  My blog won't suddenly turn into a promotional tool either, that I can promise.  There's far too much else to chat about! ;-)

My first pattern, my Be Creative Mitts, is almost ready for publish.  I'm just put the finishing touches to the technical stuff.  A little sneak preview for you.


So please keep watching this space my lovely friends, I'm really, really hoping you'll like what you see.

Anyway, I desperately need a project for the rapidly-lengthening evenings (wail!).

xxx

30 comments:

  1. That's great Heather, good luck with it. I am in the process of going down the Etsy path - but I can't say any more for fear of being sent to the Tower! I'm sure your patterns will be very popular as you have such a lovely style. Have with it! Sam xx

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    1. Thank you Sam! You get an official pardon for hinting at the C-word, for being so lovely!!! Good luck to you too. xx

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  2. Oh wonderful news! I'm happy for you, and of course you can count on me for support! Your style is just my cup of tea...Chrissie xxx

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  3. I hope you're on the mend now dear Heather x
    Oooooh jolly exciting ..... I can't wait!
    love Jooles x x x

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  4. That's really exciting!! Looking forward to seeing your patterns.xx

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  5. Wow Heather this is really exciting! Well done you! I am so looking forward to your patterns being released and I love the little sneaky peek you have given us here.
    Marianne x

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  6. Go Heather .. the words " why can't you make any money out of your blog" often ring round our house, and good for you for going for it. I'm really looking forward to seeing all your lovely patterns.
    I hope your horrible cold is on its way out ... time to kick back and start loving those Autumn vibes !
    Big hugs,
    Kate xx

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    1. Thank you lovely Kate. xx PS. Socks aren't particularly snuggly but I'm such a sucker for a frill! They were from Accessorize. x

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  7. Hooray Heather, I am so excited!! I love your style and I can not wait to make those mitts!!! Sarah xo

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  8. Good luck! I hope that it goes really well for you, I love the little tiny flowers on your mitts, so incredibly cute. Hope that the cold goes soon! xx

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  9. Yay, good on you! I think it's a great idea. I hope you sell loads.

    I used to work in retail and my husband still does, so we are used to thinking and talking about Christmas in September. I'm fine with it. But I did roll my eyes at the mince pies in the supermarket yesterday, seriously, already? x

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    1. Thanks Gillian. Yikes! I won't mention that in front of D, he's more than a bit partial to the odd mince pie. xx

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  10. Forgot to say Heather - LOVE those snuggly socks sooo much, where, oh where did you find those ?
    Kate xx

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  11. Good for you. I've only just started reading your blog a few weeks ago but I think your work is beautiful and I'm sure you'll be a success.

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  12. Wonderful news Heather!...Best wishes on your new journey,,,.your work is always beautiful...and most importantly you are going to have so much fun x
    Susan x

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  13. Good luck with it, I'm right there with you clinging onto Summer, soon enough will come the time for Boots.
    Clare x

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  14. Oooohh dreamy mittens look forward to seeing these in all their glory! Hope you're soon on the mend too xx

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  15. That's a great idea Heather!! Loads of luck in this new adventure, I hope it goes very well for you!! Pati xx

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  16. Great idea, Heather! Your makes are so beautiful! Good luck with all your exciting new plans.
    Happy October!
    Helen xox

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  17. Hi Heather
    How exciting! You go girl. I'm all supportive on this one, I know how much time it takes to whip up a pattern. I am happy to pay for one. The topic about earning money on your blog is a delicate one. Some people just don't approve and that is it. Well, we can't please everyone. We can only do what we believe is right. I am wishing you all the best of luck and enjoy your journey. I took the leap a while ago, feel free to write me if you need any tips or advice. I'm sure I can share some of my "learn from my mistakes" journey. :)
    xxx
    Annette
    My Rose Valley

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  18. Ah, if only you could magically teach me to crochet! But good luck with all your plans ... exciting times x

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