Welcome to my second update. I hope you have had a happy, productive week? I have been busy finishing the little bags I started last week but Sunday did not start well. I left my crochet in a bag in our living room over night, and this is what I found the following morning….
and this is the likely culprit! We have three dogs, a mum and two pups. The pups are just over a year old and still love to chew things! The puppy in this pic is called Poppy and she is the worst for chewing things. So far she has demolished various bags and shoes, including some expensive boots and the only pair of pricey sunglasses I have ever bought! Our fault for leaving things in her reach I suppose.
Luckily for me my Mum loves to untangle yarn so I gave the tangled mess to her and now have a nice tidy ball again. I finished the bags and basic bag pattern and put a blog post out about that. bag pattern post.
I also made a few discs and hearts in the process – the discs were the bottom of the bags but I like the look of them on their own. I might work them into a project of some kind but haven’t quite figured out what yet. The hearts started out as motifs for the bags, from a basic pattern I found online. I wasn’t very happy with the pattern so I adapted that to make a few medium and larger ones. The larger ones are a bit more stable, I am very pleased with the pattern I created.
I am going to experiment with a heavier weight of yarn next. I think these would make lovely table decorations for a wedding, baby shower or birthday. I will write up the heart pattern so I can share it with you in a future post.
I made some in brighter colours too in Drops Paris yarn that I am worked sample squares in for a blanket. I might try to work these hearts into the blanket design!
The other project I have been working on since I spoke to you last, is some bunting for a family birthday. I put up a separate post on this as I managed to complete the work. The bunting looks lovely and will be able to be reused unlike the tacky plastic stuff I normally buy. I have been considering a design for crochet balloons but I am not sure I have that sorted yet 🙂 My post on the bunting includes the basic flag pattern and explains how I joined them into a garland. You can read that post here Bunting Pattern post
Last week I promised an update on my blog goals. I put quite a bit of thought into this but I haven’t managed to create the bullet journal pages yet. I am trying to keep it simple as I do find that keeping a bullet journal takes a lot of time. The time I spend is lovely relaxing mindful time but I am not sure I have enough time available to devote so much of it to keeping a track of progress. I will try to get these trackers done for next week’s update. I do worry that I would make more progress if I didn’t spend so long tracking it 🙂
Status today – I have 544 Pinterest followers so I put on 22 this week. Nothing exciting has happened with AdSense so I am still on 16p 🙂 I am getting a few page views, around 80 per week on average but no clicks. I need to do some research on how to improve that if I want to achieve my goal of being able to spend more time on my crafting and blogging. Maybe the adverts are not relevant enough.
I haven’t read up on mailing lists yet but mean to do that this weekend so watch this space on that one. I haven’t listed anything new on Etsy either – I plan to write up the more complicated bag instructions along with some edged bunting and options for decoration then I will list both patterns. I could list the bunting for sale but I want to use it at home – I will have to make some more!!
Finally, I was soooo thrilled to get a response to my first weekly update so this week I am planning to do a bit more research on my fellow crochet bloggers and leave a few comments on their posts, to see if I can make new connections and support people who are working on similar projects. That’s all for now – more next week!