Friday, August 10, 2012

♥ Granny Square Afghan Progress

I'm getting there with my blanket. Haha, I feel like such an old granny saying that, but oh well! I don't know why knitting & crochet are thought of as "old people" crafts anyway, my Granny learnt to knit when she was my age or younger, although from my Mum's generation onwards I suppose it wasn't as important to learn because of the influx of machine made things! It's not like it's any cheaper to DIY it usually either. I think I've spent around £50 or £60 just buying wool for this project, & most it wasn't even particularly nice or expensive wool, just acrylic blends. Even that's not counting the man hours, & I'm not yet half way through! :( 

It's the same for handmade clothes, Natalie did a really good post on this here. A lot of people say they would love me to sell my handmade clothes, but I don't think most people realise that the time & money put into handmade things is often more than you would usually pay for things, a lot more! I usually only bother creating things like this if they are specifically things I can't really find anywhere else. I save by not having to pay myself labour, & just reward myself with the finished item. But making things to sell is so much trickier!

Anyway, I shall stop going on now, hope you are all having a good Friday :)

♥ Georgina

31 comments:

  1. Oh that is beautiful! Can't wait to see the finished product. And you are right on about the price of handmade {unless you keep everything really, really simple lol}

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  2. It is looking absolutely gorgeous, but I don't know where you get the patience from ;) bet you'll get such a sense of accomplishment when it's all done and looking perfect! Go you!

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    1. Haha, this is my first time ever attempting such a large crochet project! I normally get bored with anything that takes longer than a day, but I am trying to push through :) Thank you :D xx

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  3. oh i liked to see this. i started a blanket a couple of years ago. i'm about 3/4 of the way through it. i ended up stopping at this point as my dad had a heart attack and i couldn't put my mind on it. i have yet to pick it back up again from a year and a half ago. but i have just recently been thinking about it again and your post is so lovely i think you have given me the incentive to get on with it again. oops that was a bit of a ramble wasn't it! just one more thing - how are you stitching the squares together - are you crocheting them also or sewing?

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    1. Aww, sorry to hear that! Hope he is doing better now :) I hope you do end up finfishing, I am sure it will look lovely! I am always envious when I see your decor & pretty things in your posts, so inspiring! I am crocheting the squares together, with this method http://carinascraftblog.wardi.dk/2009/06/granny-square-joining-tutorial.html. :) x

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    2. ah thanks so much! i must admit i only discovered you through traffic from your blog :-) but i'm as equally enamoured with your posts too! i will be sure to check out the link, thanks. and yes, my dad is more better now than he was before!

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  4. beautifull & made with love. I can imagine what it would look like once it's finished.
    <3
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  5. You're doing so well! I love crating, I'm about to start an Emily Peacock cross stitch that is approximated at 300 man hours. So it will most likely take me 600! Ha!

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    xxxxx

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  6. That is one gorgeous afghan. You have a real knack for color and I love the daisy-flower centers. When it's done, you'll have a one-of-a-kind blanket that will last you a lifetime.

    I like that you're joining as you go. I never do that, although I do work the tails in after each square or else it's a total nightmare doing it to stacks and stacks of squares.

    I agree that you can't put a price on handmade things...because they're priceless. I only make stuff for those who truly deserve it. Fortunately (for me), I don't love that many people. ;)

    Oh, sorry so wordy!

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    1. Thank you! I am dreading weaving the ends in, I am leaving it till last, it's always the worst part of crochet! x

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  7. I completely know what you mean regarding the true price of things. I crochet cute, unique stuffed animals, and people have often told me to sell them. Then when I ask how much they would pay for them, they usually throw out a number between $8 and $15. That isn't even worth my time. I would LOVE to make extra money selling things I love to make, but even cheap yarn is expensive and I use softer, more expensive yarns. Not counting doll eyes, thread, needles, crochet hooks, stuffing, etc. I'd either break even or lose money cost-wise, and I spend hours per animal so there's all that lost time. I'd have to charge at least twice what people would pay, if not more, to make any profit. I really wish people were more willing to pay more money for something handcrafted and unique, but people are spoiled by the cheap costs of mass-produced stuff.

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  8. I love your blanket. And I totally get what you mean, diy is not necessarily cheaper than buying something in a shop. I love knitting and crafting, but its an expensive habit if you want to make anything big or with high quality materials.

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  9. Well done, enojy!

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  10. Can't wait to ssee the finished product

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  11. Oh, what a cute blanket! ;)

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  12. What a pretty blanket! And usually the thing about handmade products is the fact that they are unique even though the pattern and colour of the fabric would be same. There's a certain kind of a charm in them that you don't get in factory products! So don't let the fact that your blanket is coming slowly let you down and remember that the making of it is special and a fun thing to do!

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  13. This looks really fantastic! I don't know why it would be considered a "old lady" hobby. My mom told me that there was actually a big boom of crocheting and emroidery in the 70's and 80's... she was pretty young then!

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  14. That is looking so beautiful! I must learn to make one!

    Becky
    xx

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  15. Hiya, from what I've seen I love your bedding! What stores (online or shops) would you recommend for finding pretty sheets and duvet covers? Ta xx :)

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  16. Wow this looks so pretty. I love the colors!

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  17. I don't think they're old people craft. I'd love a crocheted afghan myself. I actually started collecting scrap fabric in hope of making my own patchwork quilt though! Can't wait to see your finished product!!!

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  18. Amazing! I would never have the patience to finish such a large project! ^^

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  19. The checked bralet you made was amazing so I definitely wish I could make myself a similar one. To be honest, I probably could but I just get too impatient with my sewing machine! I get what you're saying though about making things. Everything I do is by hand and I haven't really attempted much because I find it such a sloooww process!

    Love the look of this blanket! Cannot wait to see the finished piece.

    Hailes<3

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  20. wow it's so lovely and delicate!

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  21. This is looking so cute, I love the pastel colours! I know what you mean about selling handmade clothes, I made a simple black tank top with frayed tartan panels, a silver zipper and eyelet tape for myself and when I went to add it to my store, I was shocked to work out I'd have to sell it at £25 to make anything on it! The silver zipper alone cost me £2.50 because it's getting increasingly hard to find the metal part silver nowadays!

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  22. I've also found that if you make things for yourself, you accept the little imperfections, but I'm not sure everyone would!

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  24. I love the colours - so pretty :) xxx

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  25. awww this is so adorable! I am loving the colours.

    You are right with people not understanding the price, i use to make children custom clothing & hairbows. I the USA custom made clothing is huge!! Childrens Outfits sell between $100-$300 because of costs and labor and ladies can be more! if you do decide to sell, its etsy and the american ebay is where the money is.
    I have noticed people in england want item as cheap as possible and want to pay pennies (i dont blame them who doesnt lol) where as alot of american women will pay more for handmade and good quality :)

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