sprites r us

I came across this pattern for a cute little sprite cap the other day at Otava. My first attempt worked well, and I think I’ll send it up to Jo’burg for my stepsister’s 5-day old baby, Logan.

sprite blue

Then Rob handed over Season 4 of Shameless, so I was forced to carry on crocheting (instead of sewing up the kiddies’ hats).  This is for a grown-up sprite,

sprite pink

…and THEN…..I was shocked to learn that Alex had never seen Thelma and Louise, so we watched that together last night.  Brad must only have been about 20 when that movie was made so I’m not surprised that I’ve ended up with this variation:

sprite green

Which is just fine, because I’m sure the day will come when I’ll get the urge to dress up as a teletubby.

a quick hello

So, it’s not that I don’t love you all and have things I’m dying to share, it’s just that blogging time has become a bit of a luxury for me at this time of year – I’m either making stuff for a market, or am at a market, or am doing the admin for future markets. I have 12 market days between now and Ch&%#*@mas, plus an order for sunhats for 150 preschoolers (deadline is 3 days away).

I also now have an industrial sewing machine in my life, which I bought second-hand: you can just see it on the left in the pic below of my sewing room.

sewing room

I know, right? You’re thinking, How on earth does she manage to keep her work space so tidy and clean? What can I say – I’m naturally well-organised, it’s a gift.

I hope to be able to show you the finished sunhats next week – I’m really proud of them. Each one is fully lined and has a different combination of fabrics in various patchwork styles, plus an adjustable band round the top and a toggle so it stays on.

sunhat purple turq

xxx

a little bit horny

I’ve been asked to make a whole batch of rhino beanies, in turquoise with white horns. I would have thought grey would be better but it IS a gorgeous shade of turquoise, and I guess will complement the pink elephants and the red herrings. The cotton is all Vinni’s, of course.

rhino 1

I wanted to take these pics late last night and Carol was already asleep, so I had to wake her. That’s why she’s a bit blurry-eyed.

rhino 2 rhino and baby

I had help.  After two very rushed and pathetic attempts at a horn, I decided to look-see if someone else had already invented this wheel.  Vielen dank, Diana.  You saved my sanity.

And for every beanie I make, I wish that fifty rhino poachers could be caught and strung up. I won’t post pics of the horrific images that you’ll find on Save the Rhino, but there are some vile people out there whose cruelty is beyond understanding.

In the meantime, I have a market tomorrow to prepare for, so I’ll be off. Hope you all have a marvellous weekend. x

 

 

Grommit

I’d been on the lookout for another head for a long time, and eventually found Grommit in a funny little shop under the train station in town. Rob christened her, and the name just stuck.

carol and grommet

We’re still working on getting her the right hairdo, but in the meantime she’s still happy to be in front of the camera.

carol and grommet 2

You know what they say – two heads are better than one.

PS. Excellent and free pattern for crochet peak cap found at ValliesKids

Back soon x

other end of the spectrum

At the opposite end of the spectrum, you sometimes get such amazingly wonderful customers at markets that you almost want to give your stuff away to them for free. Saturday brought me one of these people:

tara 1

Tara has dreads so the bigger newsboy look is perfect. She found me through her friend Danny**, who owns six of my hats, and they both came to the Edgemead market to check out the new stock. She sent me some photos of herself later that afternoon, wearing one of her two new hats.

Tara 11 tara 22

I know, right?!  Anyone who looks this good in a Jam Tarts hat should be the one getting paid (and she’s beautiful on the inside, too).

** and this is Danny, whose face could also launch a thousand ships:

danny crimson newsboy

 

keeping a straight face

from yesterday’s market in Edgemead…

Woman [who'd just bought a hat from me to her friend after I'd taken her photo]: My face looks fine in it but look at my boobs, they’re down to my waist.
Friend: They are a bit. Better ask this woman if she’ll crochet you a bra as well.

Woman [to husband after spraying her arm with fake Chanel No 5]: This is quite nice, what do you think?
Husband: I think you should shower.

Woman [to me]: None of your hats stand up enough in the front. I need height.
Me: …you mean, like a top hat?
Woman: No, just up more. These are too flat. If I bought one I’d have to do a lot of work to it.
Me: Yes, you’d probably have to starch it.
Woman: How much are they?
Me: R100 each.
Woman: Well, they’re all wrong for me. When are you having a sale?

Woman [to me]: I’d like to get one of these fish hats for my niece’s birthday. Could you make one in autumny colours with some blues in?
Me: Sure.
Woman: But I don’t like the fins. Could you leave off the fins?
Me: Okay.
Woman: And I don’t like the tail, it’s too long and pointy.
Me: Tails are like that, really. 
Woman: Yes but she won’t like it. And the eyes, they look funny. 
Me: Okay, a fish hat with no fins, no tail, and no eyes. No problem.

Prerequisite for dealing with the public: ability to keep a straight face. At all times.