♥FAQs♥



I get asked a lot of questions, often the same ones. It really is a fine line trying to make sure that I spend enough time in 'real' life with my family and not too much in the 'virtual' world. This often means that I cannot get around to answering all the emails. If I miss a few one day, then I cannot ever seem to catch up. So.......I thought that maybe, answering some in a post might just help a little.

What camera do you use?
I alternate between a Canon 40D and my iphone 4S. I love the Canon for its crisp shots, but I adore my phone for instant pics with a vintage quality. I use a mixture of both on my blog.

Crochet Advice?

I started to learn 4 years ago now. However, I STILL consider myself to be new at it. I still forget things, I don't read patterns properly (usually though because I am always in such a rush to get it done and don't read things carefully enough). Many will agree, it's all about practice. You attempt it, and attempt and get fed up, but one day, it all just clicks. It's really quite amazing. My advice when starting out, practice the stitches and basic rows with a big hook. I learnt all the stitches on a big hook and it helped me to see where I needed to put the hook in a chain. It was invaluable to me really to do it this way.

Do you do tutorials?

No. Quite simply because I am so rubbish at them! There are so many great crochet tutorials on sites and blogs that give brilliant written and pictoral instructions, it seems rather pointless really, for me to attempt something which would be so poor and confusing! If I make anything from a pattern, If I can I will put in a link. Maybe one day if I get enough time to feel like I can do some justice I will, but for now, i'll leave that to better bloggers!

What Yarn do You Use?

I get asked this a lot. Now, I am not as good as most crafty blogs out there, who give every single detail such as hook/needle size, yarn amount, yarn brand and specific colours used. This is primarily because....well....I'm a fly by the seat of my pants kind of girl when it comes to making things. I'm rather impulsive. I get an idea in my head, and wham bam, I have to scratch that itch as soon as possible. I rush to see what I have in my stash and go from there. My 'stash' is usually a whole mix of yarns stuffed in a big tub. More often than not I use yarns that i've already started, so they have no labels. I have no idea of brand or colour other than it is DK. I mix and match brands to get the colours that I want in a project. For big projects like blankets, I use cheaper branded yarns. Mainly acrylic mixes so that they can machine wash. I find it is always best to visit a yarn store when choosing yarns for the first time...if you can. Especially with acrylic or acrylic mix yarns. I have found that some colour ways in the same style feel completely different from the dyeing process. I mostly make my blankets big for my Bears. They are young....they use and abuse them, so I cannot justify making big, costly blankets. I use more expensive and better quality yarn for smaller projects. If I do have yarn details, I will provide them in the post, otherwise, i'm afraid, it's all just guess work!

Can I have some patterns?

There have been a lot of discussions on blogs with regards to this area and copyright. I do not send out copies of patterns for things I have made from books, pamphlets etc. I can always point you in the direction of the book the pattern came from, but that's as far as I can go. If I make something from a free online pattern or tutorial, again I will point you in its direction with a link if I can.

Can we see more of your home?

My blog started out as a little space for me to record my crafty makes. Nothing more, nothing less. It has grown to be more than that in four years, but it is still my little space to come to when all around me is closing in. I live in a house with 4 males, so my space on this blog is VERY girly. It's where I can be me. When I am surrounded by lego, cars, computers etc, it's where I come to to get a feminine 'hit'! So, quite selfishly, that's one reason why I just show the bits that make me happiest. The main reason though, that I don't share my home space more, is that I do share it with 4 other people and don't feel it is fair to share THEIR private sanctuary with the world. Maybe one day, but for now, nothing more than is already up here.

Can we see more pictures of you?

Whilst I appreciate it is always lovely to see the face behind a blog, I am really rather camera shy! I prefer to be behind the camera, rather than in front of it. Sometimes there maybe the odd glance or two, but that's about it!

Do you do commissions with your makes?

No. I flirted with the idea of setting up an Etsy shop with my makes, but to be completely honest, it's just not worth it. What I make is rather big and time consuming, and the cost of materials and effort into making them......well......it just wouldn't be worth it. If I was to open up an Etsy shop, I would take it in a different direction altogether.

Can I advertise on your blog?

As yet, prominent advertising (in posts and on my sidebar) is something I shy away from, both from major companies and other bloggers. In blog posts, I may highlight a brand or shop, if it is to aid talking about a particular something I love or have purchased. I have, on occasion blogged about other bloggers giveaways, but this is something I will be calming down. I began to be inundated with requests for giveaway promotions to the point where my inbox was quite clogged! If I was to please everybody, then there would be no time for my own personal input onto my blog! Whilst I appreciate that 'blog mention' is a great way of expanding your audience, I don't want to disappoint people and commit to something I might not be able to deliver. When all is said and done, I am a mum of three, with a head like a sieve. I forget things......and lose things and flit in and out from cyber world to real world.


I can't find you on Ravelry?

I have had a Ravelry button on my side bar and I am indeed on there! I been on there for a while, but to be honest, I am only just starting to sort myself out on it. I am always a bit late with updating it with all my makes but if you are on there too then just look me up! My name is stripey-mooka

Well, I think I have answered the main questions most asked! I hope it has helped a little!



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