Monday, June 26, 2006

N.E.E.T. Magazine

Today I'm going to rave about N.E.E.T. Magazine

This is an utterly fabulous online magazine that brings to the attention of its readers the best of the best from the smaller creative sellers out there. It's like Etsy all polished up pretty and put in a magazine. My words can't do this magazine justice - check it out yourself!

Quote from 'About' page: "N.E.E.T. Magazine is the brainchild of Stephanie J, who is based in the UK. Everything in the magazine is handpicked, designed and organised by her, the editor.N.E.E.T. began in December 2005 as a quarterly, online publication, laid out in a magazine format - as a showcase for grassroots creativity."

It takes a while to download so I wouldn't download from a dial-up connection but I promise that it is worth the wait. Don't lose interest and move on because you'll regret it!

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Stitch Markers

SoCherry stitch markers - currently sold but more are in production. Convo me if you'd like a set - available in small (upto 3.75mm needles), medum (upto 5mm needles) and large (upto 8mm needles) US$10.85 / £5.95

Set of 4 green leaf stitch markers with gold chain - upto 8mm needles - buy here US$10.50 / £5.60

Set of 5 dice stitch markers -don't gamble with your stitches! Upto 3.75mm needles. Buy here US$10.50 / £5.60

Set of 6 owl stitch markers for upto 5mm needles - a total hoot! Buy here US$15.00 / £8.00

I thought I'd show some of the handmade stitch markers I have designed. As an avid [utterly addicted!] knitter I have made these ensuring there are no 'snaggy' bits to catch on pretty yarn.

Each set also has a marker that is slightly different from the rest to highlight the start of the row, whilst the others can be used as a guide to pattern repeats.

I started designing the sock size stitch markers initially as I can never find any small enough for these projects.

I then moved onto outsize markers - as there seems to be a gap in the market for outsize markers as well.

Currently being researched are stitch markers for lace knitting - watch this space!

And for an update on how my crochet is doing see my blog

I plan to make 'featured sellers' a weekly highlight to my blog - watch this space for SoCherry's upcoming favourite sellers!

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Fav seller

Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka - currently sold but may be available via Alchemy from

Army turtle - currently available via Amy's Babies Etsy shop - $15.00

Amy's Babies is one of my fav sellers - I just love these little crochet Amigurumi animals - she takes custom orders too - so if you have an animal or character you love I would contact her - she's so friendly and I'm sure will give it a go!

Amigurumi is a Japanese art - "Amu" means to knit & "Nuigurumi" means doll - although it's crochet-only. These little crochet dolls are usually animals only. I can't wait to learn - I think this could be an inspiring hobby!

I'm still thinking of what I would like - although I simply LOVE the Johnny Deep "Willy Wonka" character above so I may request an Alchemy from her for this one.

She has inspired me to take up crochet - which I haven't yet started [as there aren't enough crafty days in the week!] but am poised with Happy Hooker to begin learning.

Photos used with permission.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

About me!

This is me! In Barcelona a couple of weeks ago.

About me:
I live in Glasgow in Scotland with my partner 'the boy' and my cat (who is never allowed in my room o'crafting!)
I turned 29 on the 06/06/06 *gulp*
I graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1999 with a degree in Graphic Design.
I am a library assistant for a university library by day.
I am addicted to crafting & have an entire room dedicated to my addiction.
I sell my crafty wares on Etsy and at craft stalls in Glasgow.
My next stall will be on the 15th July at Hillhead Library Byres Road Glasgow.

SoCherry mp3 covers

Choccy-brown iPod cover with pink felt bounding rabbit. Buy here for US$12.35 / £6.95

Choccy brown retro iPod Nano cover with orange apple. Buy here US$8.75 / £4.95

Nautical but nice iPod Nano cosy with red anchor. Buy here US$8.75 / £4.95

Smiley sunshine iPod mini cover. Buy here US$10.95 / £5.95

These are a few of the covers I have designed and made for iPods. There are currently lots more in my Etsy store, and even more 'in production'

I can make them to fit most mp3 players, phones etc - just email me so if you see one you like but you have a different iPod/mp3, phone, or anything else you fancy just let me know!

I did a lot of research into the best design and found that the 'sock' was much better for ease of use whilst on the move.

100% cotton was the best yarn to knit with as it doesn't stretch or lose it's shape. This means that your cover will stay snug-fitting all the time. Another reason I decided to go with 100% cotton is that this will not scratch your precious [and expensive!] gadgets. [Animal fibres and felt have reportedly left small scratches on iPods]