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Tools for a Creative Business

Fay Dashper-Hughes

Tools for a Creative Business

I now have 3.5 years of running my own business under my belt.  I now make good use of a few key tools.  These are things that I wish I had known about from the start. For each tool, I have given a quick bit of background so that you know why I am suggesting it. For reference, I work in a creative industry.  I run an online crafting shop and also vend at yarn shows, I am a crochet and knitwear designer and I have a monthly crochet podcast.  Realistically, these are three different jobs and that means I...

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Criss-cross crochet pattern

Fay Dashper-Hughes

Criss-cross crochet pattern

Originally designed for 'Olann and' magazine, Criss-cross is a deceptively easy crocheted shawl pattern. I have shown it in different yarn types so that you can see how it works up as a DK, 4 ply/light fingering variegated and sportweight undyed version (see photos). As with all my patterns, there is a full video tutorial on how to crochet your Criss-cross Shawl. The UK terminology version can be downloaded here. The US terminology version can be downloaded here.  Criss-cross Shawl in Shorelines & Strata by TJ Frog    Criss-cross Shawl in Gym Nut 4 ply sock by Green Elephant Yarns  ...

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Spicy Tomato Soup Recipe

Fay Dashper-Hughes

Spicy Tomato Soup Recipe

Every now and then, I like to develop a recipe and more often than not, it's for soup.  We eat a lot of soup in our house, so I am always looking to develop new recipes that can be made from mainly store cupboard ingredients.   This soup is quite spicy, lending heavily on Thai flavours.  If you want a less spicy version, stick to the same ingredients below, but simply use one rather than two pots of Thai Red Curry Paste.   Ingredients: 1-2 tbsp olive oil 2 medium onions finely chopped 3 celery stalks finely chopped 2 x...

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How to 'read' a skein of variegated yarn for crochet

Fay Dashper-Hughes

How to 'read' a skein of variegated yarn for crochet

 

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KNIT IT - HOOK IT - CRAFT IT UK & Ireland festivals 2019

Fay Dashper-Hughes JOhn Arbon Mill Open Weekend KNIT IT - HOOK IT - CRAFT IT at yarn shows 2019 Knit It Hook It Craft It Northern Yarn Perth Festival of Yarn RiverKnits Open Day Southern Wool Show Spring INto Wool The Wool Experience UK yarn festivals UK yarn shows Wonderwool Wales Woollinn Dublin yarn festival locations yarn festivals Yarnfolk

KNIT IT - HOOK IT - CRAFT IT UK & Ireland festivals 2019

Hello you lovely lot! It struck me the other day that even though we are a quarter of the way through 2019, I still have ten yarn shows/pop ups to vend at!  Not content with vending in one country, I will be attending shows in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland.  I am also currently trying to persuade myself that vending at Barcelona Knits is not achievable...   I have pulled together a handy map so that you visually see the locations of each of the shows and pop ups I will be selling at.   All ten events are a...

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