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Change or not to change …???

It seems I didn’t have much of a choice really.  Things have had to change at chez annec and what seemed unwelcome has now become welcome.  I’ve had to give up a post as Secretary for my union branch due to health problems but didn’t realise that it was becoming such a heavy burden.  Now I feel lighter, and seem to be chuckling at silly things much more.

I’ve also realised that this blog is very haphazard, extremely dull (need more pics and colour!) and overall needs discipline!  As I am really not sure of what I’m doing with it, techie wise, I need to sit down for a day, try to ignore the pleadings of yarn, crochet hooks, knitting needles, and associated moggies, and work on making it better.  It needs, I think:

Colour

Pictures

Mailing list

More fun entries

More information

and that’s just for starters.  It needs some serious time spent on it.  Let’s see what I can do over the next few months.

See you soon,

annec

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Done!

This month, between 8th and 25th February, the Ravellenic Games have taken place to coincide with the Winter Olympics.  What are they? I hear you ask.  It is a team ‘game’ run through Ravelry for people who like to knit, crochet, weave, spin, frog, and also who have a sense of self-destruction as we set ourselves challenges.  You know the sort – the ones that you reach just over halfway and wonder why you ever thought this was a good idea.  It IS a good idea.

I’m part of the Knitting and Crochet Guild team this year, and set myself three challenges:  an afghan, a scarf with a difference, and frogging.  The afghan is done and I’ll see if I can get the picture up – the lighting was poor so the green doesn’t show up too well, but it’s there.  The scarf is modular, I call it the trinity scarf, and one section is about finished, whilst the second module is about halfway done.  I should get that finished tomorrow or Thursday and then I can settle to some frogging – thankfully there isn’t too much of that.  As long as it’s all done by Sunday morning it will be fine.

As I’ve been sitting with my crochet hook I’ve been thinking about which direction I want the company to go and a few decisions have been made.  I’m basically going to make what I want to make and sell those items.  If they sell, great.  If they don’t then I’ll need to tweak things a little.  I’m too old to want to slave away at making a living.  It will never be a multi-million penny organisation, let alone pounds, but it will be as ethical as I can make it.  Prices will be reasonable, covering the costs of materials with a small profit.  Good materials, good skills and lots of love in the making should create some nice pieces:  hats, scarves, baby clothing.

But I can’t make everything myself.  Some items will be bought in, all handmade, from people willing to make and sell their goods to me.  So if anyone reading this feels they would like to make and sell their items, please do drop me a message … I’d love to hear from you.

Back to the scarf and the frog.  See you soon.

∝nnec

Still alive …

It’s been a while … five months and three days, to be precise.  So I suppose I’d better get the niceties out of the way:  How are you? … What would you like for Christmas? … Merry Christmas … did you have a nice Christmas? … Happy New Year … Happy birthday for three family members … have you got snow? … isn’t it cold! … do wrap up warm if you’re going out … would you like a piece of cake?

During those five months and three days I’ve been quite poorly at times, one of the cats has been even more poorly, and I’ve discovered a really lovely selection of wines.  The house now has ‘floors’ as the hoard reduces, the yarns are getting sorted, paper is stacked in bags awaiting attention, the holiday has been booked (Cornwall this year) and, most importantly of all, I’ve found out who my best friends are – that is the one thing that gives you a warm fuzzy feeling inside.

Also during those five months and three days I’ve worked out why my weaving wasn’t working properly, I’ve crocheted wine cosies, scarves and coasters.  Right now the Ravellenic Games are on – my three projects I aim to get done are a small chevron afghan, a rather nice ‘Trinity’ Scarf (three in one), and the reduction of a redundant pile of crocheted squares back to balls of yarn to re-use.  As it ends on 25th February I suppose I’d better get on with it.  One good thing, as I’m living a rather regimented life to ensure the cat gets his injections on time I no longer go out very early and come back very late.  It means I can spend my time with crochet hooks and yarn instead, watching some rather good television and listening to some very good radio.

As for the company, I’m still planning.  There is no way I can make enough items to fill the shop by myself, so I may have to buy in.  But I also have plans to use some of my makes to incorporate into gift packs.  Now the Christmas and birthday season is over for another nine months I might just have time to get organised … ready for Christmas 2018! I shall also be selling on Facebook.

This blog is rather dull as there are no pictures.  I will do my best to post some in the near future … I’m sure you want to see the view from my house (which is more than I do, as the garden is a bit of a jungle right now) and my small collection of teapots.  Thankfully you can’t hear me chuckling as I write all this nonsense.

See you soon.  So please do leave me a message.

annec

 

All change …

When you think things are going well, you’ve got what you want … well,life has a habit of changing all that. And things have changed here. The sky is dark, we’re having torrential showers, and it’s enough to make anyone depressed. But I refuse to be downhearted!

The company plans are coming together nicely, albeit slightly different from what I first imagined, but still nicely. Ideas are flooding in and putting a few of them together has proved to be well worth the hesitation in going forward at a gallop. Tomorrow I’m off on a training course for my new machine so hopefully I shall soon have stock in the shop. And then, even more hopefully, someone will actually like it and buy it.

So from you, my stalwart readers, I would like to know … what items would you like to see:

Afghans
Cushion covers
Embroidered towels
Ponchos
Baby blankets
Bags

If you have other ideas, or you’d like a bespoke item, please do send me an email on
annecprojects@gmail.com

Or just send me a message and tell me what you think of the blog – if it’s tedious, say so; if you like it, say so even louder.

I really look forward to hearing from you.

annec

It’s happening …

… the company is now a fact, something I’ve wanted my whole life has finally become a reality. And now the hard work really starts.

Stock is very limited at the moment, with additions being en route and being made. Probably a silly way round to do it, but not entirely as I can still take orders ready to make.

Then there’s the admin, always a joy to do. Company books must be in good order so they can be inspected at any given time – it’s so easy to lose track but I’m not planning on that eventuality.

More to come …

Some things are …

… just too much.

This week has been busy: the company is up and toddling (running may take a bit longer), the first item for sale is being made, the big computer may be resuscitated after severing itself from the monitor, a new embroidery machine has been purchased, beautiful silky machine embroidery threads have arrived … all is set. Except … I forgot to buy the fabric! First employee assessment: inefficiency is not a good idea! Do better.

It’s going to be a lot of work, but how can you call it hard work when it’s so much fun? Things could go quiet for a little while while wrinkles are ironed out.

See you soon.

annec

Welcome to …

… the Company: Creativity Cannon Ltd.

Today I had confirmation that it is now a fully registered company dealing in fashion items, accessories, and things knitting and crochet.

This site is still under construction, but if you wish to ask about having an item made please do complete the contact form and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Or you can reach me at: annecprojects@gmail.com

I really look forward to hearing from you.

annec