Another Crochet Project – Lap Throw

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A Lap Throw I Crocheted

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I still had some bits of yarn left over from when I crocheted a blanket for myself some time ago, and then crocheted a blanket for Mam last month, which you can see – Here!  I wanted to use up all the little bits, so I decided to make Mam a lap throw ready for when the weather gets colder again

CRAFTING
What I Did

I crocheted smaller “granny squares” than I had done previously.  As some of the yarn pieces were getting a bit too short for a complete granfy square I did crochet some squares with different colours for different rows.  I then used some yarn to crochet join them together.  I finished off by crocheting a border all the way around, makeing the border wider top and bottom.

What I Used

Leftover yarn and the same brown yarn I’d bought to finish off Mam’s blanket last month.

Finished Items

This lap throw is much smaller than the blanket I made as it is just to throw over Mam’s legs.  She already has a shawl I crocheted her some time ago that gets wrapped around her shoulders if she feels cold.

Here’s Mam with the lap thrown over her legs – pretending to have a snooze.

She couldn’t pretend for long and then started laughing.

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Crochet – Blanket

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A Blanket I Crocheted

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With the weather not being as cold as it has been my mother was finding her continental quilt a bit warm when she goes back to bed after lunch for her afternoon nap.  I therefore decided to use up some yearn I had and crochet her a blanket.

CRAFTING
What I Did

This blanket is similar to one I made for myself some time ago.  The difference is that this time I did one less row around for each “granny square”, and used a different colour for border, etc.

What I Used

For this project I used a lot of leftover yarn that I had from makeing a similar blanket for myself some time ago.  And I bought some extra yarn in a brown colour to use for the joining up of the squares and around the outside as a border.

Finished Items

As you can see, I had a lot of different colours of yarn leftover from my previous project to make this blanket.  The maroon coloured yarn was the one I’d used for joining and outside border on my own blanket I made previously.

This is what the whole blanket looks like when spread out.

I think Mam was quite happy with it when she tried it out.

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Yr Octopuws Amrylyw – Crochet

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A Crochet Project

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With my little great nephew having his 1st birthday this month, I wanted to craft him something. Something unique.  So I decided to crochet him a multicoloured octopus – The Multicoloured Octopurple.  I also made up a little poem about the octopus and did a recording of me reading it.

CRAFTING
What I Did

This was made using up a variety of part rolls of different coloured yans I had left over from other projects.

I didn’t have a pattern to work from. Just made it up, increasing and decreasing as I felt like, as I went along.

I crocheted the 8 arms separetely, and when I got to the place I wanted to attach them I stuffed the octopus and then crocheted the arms in one by one, picking up a stich from the octopus body and from the arm, and working as if they were one stitch to make sure the arms were a part of the make and not something sewn on that could be pulled apart.  I then continued shaping inwards under the belly.  The eyes were also crocheted and attached well. The mouth was stitched on.

Mam was giving a towel as a gift, so we got a plastic plant pot in the shape of a cauldron, put the towel in the bottom and put the octopus on top. Then messaged his mother a link to the poem being read, as well as putting a paper copy in the cauldron under the towel.

It is in Welsh, and definately not of the best quality, but you can see it here if you want to.

Finished Items

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More Crocheting

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Crochet – Fingerless Gloves and a Muff

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I’m trying to catch up with posting to my blog some time after I’ve made some of the crafted items, so my descriptions of what I did and what I used are a bit lacking this time, and probably will be for the next few posts as well.

My hands have been very cold at night when watching TV or using my tablet, so I used thick wool and crocheted myself a pair of fingerless gloves to ware when using my tablet and a muff, with a material outside layer, for using when I’m just watching TV.

They are nothing special, but do the job.

CRAFTING
What I Used

I used leftover yarn from when I did a blanket for myself a while ago for the gloves, and a colour changeing, very thick yarn for the muffs.  The material I used were two bits left from when I shortened some culotts for myself a while ago.

Finished Items

Fingerless Gloves

And me wareing one

Inside tube of muff – I decreased at either end to make it a snugger fit around the wrists.

A crocheted strap to go with it

The inside tube inside the material outer, with strap sewn in

The pocket for my phone looks very wonky in this photo – think the whole thing was pulled at an angle because it isn’t that far off in reality.

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Guess What I’ve Been Crocheting

A Little Bit Of Crochet – Guess What!

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So this is what I made – what do you think it is?

Perhaps I should say that it wasn’t just crocheting one, but two!

What I Did

There isn’t an exact pattern I can show you as they are “made to measure” for my mother.  I simply crocheted stripes of different coloured blue yarn until they were long enough, sewed in the ends where I’d joined, and sewed the panel ends together to make a tube, leaving a small gap part way along.

What I Used
  • Crochet Hook
  • Leftover Yarn (from a project I did quite a while ago – as in I showed it to you in early 2018 a while ago – crocheting a shawl for my mother that you can see – Here!  I did show the leftover yarn and said at the time “I’ve got this much left, so another project for the future.”  Didn’t think it would be quite as far in the future – and I’ve still got some of the yarn left)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn Needle – to sew in ends
Finished Items

And here they are being modeled by my mother – a pair of long arm fingerless gloves.

I have made myself a plainer pair, as well as a muff. I need to show you them as soon as I get them photographed and a blog post written up.

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Baaa! Crochet

Shaun The Sheep Crochet

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One of the gifts I crafted for Christmas was a Shaun The Sheep stuffed toy for my young great nephew.

Having been born last year, after the start of the pandemic, I’ve yet to hold the little one, or even be in the same room as him.  His mother is a great photographer so Mam and I regularly see photos and little film clips of him.  The only time I’ve seen him “in the flesh” was through Mam’s bedroom window when they called round just before Christmas, and he was sleeping soundly in his car seat that time.  I do hope they get the pandemic under control soon, and that we have the vaccine (and that it works).  As my nephew has kept sheep for years I thought it fitting that his son had his very own sheep – and even if he had several, a child can not have too many sheep.

CRAFTING
What I Did

I followed the pattern provided in the kit.  Although I’ve done a lot of crochet, it has been mostly lots of different types of blankets but I’d never followed a pattern to make a crochet toy item before.

With my conditions I do find it difficult to keep an even tension or even to crochet a lot in one session.  So I took over a week to make this and I did have to crochet a fifth leg as one of them was very obviously a different tension and size to the other three.  It didn’t look too bad when I finished.

What I Used

Shaun The Sheep – crochet kit that included hook, yarn, stuffing and pattern.

Finished Item

My great nephew’s mother was kind enough to send me a photo of the little one inspecting his gift after it was opened.  He seemed quite intrigued.

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I have a few more items made before Christmas that I can show you now, so hopefully they will make their way online for you to see in the near future.

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Baby Crochet And Loom Knitting

Crochetting and Loom Knitting Baby Projects

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Towards the end of last year we were told that my eldest surviving nephew’s girlfriend was expecting their first baby.  So Mam and I decided that we had better get makeing a few things for the baby. Mam obviously isn’t up to makeing much but she reconed she could attempt some baby mittens.  So that left me with a few options.  Mam hasn’t been well enough to make the mittens, but I went ahead and made a few items.

Not knowing what the sex of the baby was going to be I decided on using a varigated yarn with white, yellow and green in it, as that would be suitable for either sex of baby.

The baby has arrived now, and the makes have been sent off to the little family.  It was a baby boy.

I also bought several balls so lots of different things could be made.

Items Used
Crochet Blanket

For the crochet blanket I used 3 balls of the yarn.  I started by makeing a chain of 95 stitches, then a further 3, turned and started crocheting into the 4 stitch.  I kept to a simple pattern of just treble stitches, crocheting into a loop of each chain for the first row and then crocheting into the gap between each stitch on each subsequent row.  The finished blanket came out at 2’7″ by 3′.

This is what the pattern looks like close up.

This is the finished blanket folded up

This is the finished blanket spread out a bit, though part is still folded under.

Mother And Baby Hats

I decided it would be rather sweet to make matching mother and baby hats so I made two different sizes using circular knitting looms.

Just a basic wrap the yarn round each peg of the loom, wrap again, and hook over the bottom stitch.

After knitting several rows, to make around 1.5″ (2″ for adult hat) I took the starting edge and put a loop of each stitch over the pegs and hooked the bottom stitch over to give a thicker edge to the hat.

I then wound round some more yarn and kept going as before, until I had a hat of the desired length.  It was then a case of just kutting off the yarn leaving a length of around 12″ tail, taking a yarn needle and threading on the yarn, and picking up each stitch still on the pegs with the needle before taking it off the peg, drawing in the yarn to gather the knitting together for the top of the hat.

This is what the finished hats look like.

The baby one.

The adult one.

And both together to show the difference in size.

Booties

I looked around the internet for knitting and crocheting patterns for booties and in the end decided on the easiest one I could find.  It was a knitting one, but I decided to do it on a knitting loom as I’m not so good at holding and manipulating knitting needles for any length of time.

The pattern I decided on was to make a T shaped piece and then fold over the sides and sew.  I was experimenting a bit as one pattern I saw had it as two rectangular pieces that were first sewn together into a T and then folded over, but I decided to go with knitting the T to start off with.

As I had different thickness yarn as well as the fact that working on a loom was totally different to using a specific sized knitting needle I first did a piece at an average of the number of stitches of several patterns I’d seen online.

Totally the wrong size – more a doll’s size – perhaps that’s what the patterns I’d been looking at were for, or perhaps it was just a case of finer yarn and the small pegs of the sock knitting loom.

So then it was time to increase the number of stitches and rows.  This produced a bootie that is closer to the size I think of as baby feet size.

Now I realise that you can’t really tell that there is a difference in size.  So here are the two sizes side by side.

So I went ahead and knitted a second one, working in the opposite direction for the cross over piece to make a pair.

As the first one had more or less all been made from yarn within the green band of the verigated colours, I did cut off a bit of yarn before starting the second one so that it would match the first.

And here are the finished pair – they are the same size, though I think I may have pulled the ribbon more on one than the other giving the illusion of slightly different sizes.

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More February Crafting

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More February Crafting – Musings and Fans

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It’s been a while since I wrote any of what I call my “Musings”, but I decided that I’d start writing a bit every now and then again, starting with today’s post.

A crafting WiP and a couple of fans follow.

Musings

I’ve said before about crafting being my way of achieving something, despite my health/disability problems, and being able to say when a piece of crafting is complete “I did that”. It is a sense of satisfaction and a big boost, especially to give somebody else something I’ve done.

It may be a simple card that should have taken half an hour, but in reality took two hours, or it may be a longer project that takes months.  It is still a way to achieve something, when a lot of things I did, without thinking about any consequences in the past, I am now either unable to do, or only able to do with a lot of forward planning, and resting before and afterwords, sometimes for days.

One woman started explaining what it was like living with a long term debilitating condition to her friend as only having a set number of spoons in a day and every little thing you did used up your  spoons, so everything was a planning excercise.  But reather than try and explain it myself, I’ll direct you to her own words – The Spoon Theory written by Christine Miserandino.

I read it a while ago, and thought it was good, I re-read it lately and still think it is good.

So I’ve used a few of my spoons to make the following items lately.

Colouring A Fan

I bought some simple fans, wanting to decorate them to hang on a wall as a room decoration.  The first one I decorated I simply freehand drew some flowers on it with Flex Markers.

For this project I used –

  • A blank fan
  • Flex Markers – Purple Velvet, Sunset, Amranth, Red, Cloud Blue, Watermelon, Heather, Chartreuse, Aniseed, Sapphire, Blush.

This is what the fan looked like before I did my colouring.

And this is what it looked like after I did my little bit of colouring.  This was an evening’s work, taking a bundle of markers and the fan with me when I went to watch TV in bed, and just colouring a bit in the ad breaks.

Nothing spectacular I know, I’m just not good at freehand, arty, sort of stuff, as you can see from this closer look.

As this fan is just coloured it can be folded back up and opened to use as a fan when needed.

A Decorated Fan

For another fan from the pack I decided to go a bit more ornate and decorate it up a bit.  This means that the fan can only be hung on a wall as a decoration, it won’t close back up and isn’t practical to use as a fan.

For this project I used –

  • A blank fan
  • Hobby House Colour Collection – Periwinkle – Ribbons and Flat backed pearls.
  • Glue Gel
  • Leaves – from my crafting stash – no idea where from
  • Flowers – I die cut and embossed these quite some time ago from white cardstock – no idea what dies and embossing folders but the word Trio jumps to mind and I don’t know why.  Coloured with Flexmarker – Purple Velvet, and gem stuck in midde.

I started by takeing a bit of ribbon and tieing the ends together in a knot before stapleing it above and below the knot to the centre front of the fan.  I then used the bow maker to make a double bow from the same type of ribbon and glueing that in place.

A different ribbon was used to tie another bow, with long trailing ends, which was stuck to the bottom of the fan.

I used the same Flexmarker as I used to colour the flowers to put a line of purple on the top and bottom of the fan paper.  The flowers were already embossed in my box of flowers I’d cut out previously, and that is why they have come out with random line patterns on them.  I did shape the flowers a bit after adding colour, and stuck a gem in the middle at the same time as sticking the flowers and leaves to the fan front.  I finished off by randomly sticking faux half pearls on.

Again, the colouring in is not especially good, but you have to go close to see it properly – like this close –

Work In Progress

I showed you how I was getting on with crocheting a blanket a couple of times.  You can see how far I’d got back then in the post – Here!  I have progressed a bit since then, though not quite as fast as I was hopeing.

So, this is how much I have now done – as you can see, it is now bigger than the top of the box seat I displayed it on previously.

So I’ve re-photographed it out flat.

A long way to go before it is blanket sized, but it is slowly progressing.

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Blog/Facebook/YouTube Giveaway Draw

Remember that I am giving away one of my creations to a person who’s name is drawn from the hat at the start of next month.  You have until 23:00 GMT 28th February 2019 to get your name into the hat.  Go to the announcement at the bottom of the blog post – Here! – to get the details of how to be in with a chance of getting the tree.

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Blanket Work In Progress and Video

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Blanket Work In Progress and YouTube Video

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).

Thank You (YouTube Question)

In a previous blog post – Here – I said that my youngest nephews were trying to persuade me to make videos for YouTube. I said I was doing some research, and asked for everybody’s input to some questions I had about what viewers like or don’t like in YouTube videos.

A big THANK YOU to all of you who responded to my questions either here on my blog or in the Facebook groups I posted to.

I have decided to go ahead and try to make the occasional video, in both Welsh and English (separate, not bilingual).

See video links and information further down this post.

WiP

I also showed you some Works In Progress (WiPs) and said I was going to try and keep photographing and blogging as I was going along to keep me motivated.

Today I’m going to show you how I’m getting on with the blanket I showed you in that same previous post.

I’ve made several blankets in the past. Some from multi coloured, self striping yarn, crocheted in rows. Some a patchwork of patches of different colours. Some as a giant granny square with rows in different colours.

For this one I’m using a yarn that has several shades of colour in it.

The yarn is Lisa Print.

I’m using a 3mm crochet hook.  I’m doing a standard “granny square” stitch. Three trebles, one chain, into each gap, on the straight, then three trebles, two chains, three trebbles, one chain, into the corner gap, before going back to the straight pattern.

This is how much I’d done the time of the previous post.

My hands have been feeling achy after short sessions of crocheting so I haven’t made a huge amount, but it has grown to this size by now.

Definately bigger than in the first photo. Though perhaps takeing the photo on a red patterned background wasn’t the best idea. But I’ll have to find something larger to put behind if for the next photo as it will have grown too big for the cushion that’s under it in these photos.

So now I’ve come to the end of the first ball of yarn and am ready to attach the 2nd.

YouTube Video

One afternoon after the nephews came here after school, I decided to sit down, get one of them to point a camera at me, and record my first official video for my new YouTube channel “Crefftau MAES MIERI Crafts“.

I asked him to video me from my best side, but it seems I don’t have a best side LOL.  In fact, my face is even more puffy than usual due to swollen glands.  But the first, introduction, fideo is done, “warts and all” as they say. I’m not sure I’m cut out for doing a “piece to camera”.  I keep on loosing track of what I want to say. But hopefully that will improve with practice as I try and make more videos.

There’s not a lot of me crafting in this one. It’s more of an overview of me and my crafts. I thought it would be a good way to start and see how good or bad it comes out. (In my next video I’m demonstrating a simple card.)

Both versions are now Live!

The link to the English version is – Here!

And the link to the Welsh version is – Here!

I hope you have time to pop over for a look and let me know what you think. I would appreciate it if you also hit the Like and Subscribe links.

If you are looking for the info about the items on show in the video, here are the links to some of my previous posts about some of them.

  • Crutch cover – here.
  • Big project of 2018 – here.
  • Hand coloured dog card – here.
  • Calendar – here.
  • Christmas cards – here.
  • Screen printing –  here.
  • Peackock canvas – here.
  • Tree – circular wall hanging – here.
  • Tree – in display box – here.
  • Dreamcatchers – here.

These are just links to some of the blog posts about items on show in my YouTube video CMMC001 Introduction

If you want information about anything I’ve not linked to, please leave a comment below or leave me a message on FB or YouTube. And I’ll try and get back to you with the info you want.

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Giveaway

In case you haven’t seen it already – I’ve managed to buy two of the same thing, so I’m giving one away.  Read about it at the bottom of my blog post – here.  Just leave a comment on that post that you would like to be entered into the draw for the giveaway.

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You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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Some WiPs and YouTube or Not YouTube

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Some WiPs and “To YouTube or Not To YouTube, That is the Question”

WARNING: Thus is a word heavy blog post, but I am starting with some crafting photos and I would appreciate your helpful input for the questions that follow.

Crafting WIPs

I haven’t got any completed work to show you today, only Works In Progress (WiPs).

This is the start of a new crochet blanket. It’s going to be all in one verigated yarn this time, and is for my bed. As you can see, it’s at a very early stage at the moment.

It’s crocheted in a standard “granny square” pattern, but this time I’m using the smallerst recomended size hook to make stitches smaller and closer together, rather than the largest size hook recomended which I used when I crocheted with this same type of yarn in the past.

I’m using this yarn.

I’ll put in more details when I do a complete blog post about this work.

This is a crochet project that is much further ahead. It’s going to be a shawl for me made from two rectangles of crocheted pieces.

One rectangle is nearly complete and the other nearly a quarter made.  This is a closer look at the stitch. a much more open stitch.

These are some stencils and silhouette stamps I bought recently. I’m going to have a bit of a play with these and some inks before long.  More playing to stick in a scrapbook of ideas rather than makeing an image specificaly for a card front I think.

An overflowing bag of boxes, clipboards, and other things to paint and embellish.  These are things for me to dip into when the mood takes me rather than a batch to make something specific from all at the same time.

Questions

My youngest nephews have been makeing videos of themselves farming, or riding, or playing computer games, anything they like doing basically, and putting them up to YouTube, for quite a while.

I’ve also worked on a couple of projects with them that we’ve made videos of and uploaded to my own YouTube space. (I’ll put links below if you haven’t seen them).

They think I should have a YouTube Channel where I upload videos of what I like – so basically a crafting channel.

So while I’ve been spending even more time in bed than usual, due to another infection in my damaged leg, I’ve been reading up and watching YouTube videos and trying to decide whether to go for it and make more use of YouTube for publishing videos than I have done in the past, or whether it isn’t worth the bother.

I’ve also asked crafters in two of the Facebook groups I belong to about suggestions of what they like or don’t like in a video. So in this blog post I’m asking everybidy the same.

Rather than re-writing I’ll just copy the post here –

QUESTION: I’m asking this question in several crafting groups wanting some input regarding YouTube Channels and Videos. My two youngest nephews are YouTube mad and publish videos of games they play, farming, etc. Basically anything they like doing, and they are keen that I make videos of crafting and things I like. I’ve got a couple of videos already up, so I know how to film, edit, upload, etc. What I would like to know is what type of videos you like to watch? Do you like to see the person speaking or creating in the screen all the time? Do you like the camera to pan down or zoom in when filming any crafting or the showing of any consumable or equipment used? Do you prefer any demonstrations filmed from the eye level of the person crafting, or do you like a demo filmed from directly above so you have a better chance of seeing everything? If you already make videos for YouTube, how do you manage to film from your own viewpoint or from above – if you do so? Do you like to see a longer video with every step of makeing a creation filmed and shown, or clips during the process but jumping over repitition, or speeded up over repeatition? Anything you find particularly annoying that you wish wouldn’t be in videos? It’s background music for me! What about links to where the products used can be found – stoping the creative process to carefully give the details in the video, overlaying the details, giving links in the descriptions below, or in an associated blog post? I’m not expecting to be uploading a lot of videos, but there’s no point in doing it at all if viewers find the video so bad or irritating that they don’t finish watching one video and certainly won’t come back. Any input greatfully received.

I know that regular uploading to YouTube is a good thing, but there’s no way that I can guarantee a scheduled rate of filming and publishing as my health fluctuates so much.  So I’ll be aiming for a bit of quality over quantity if I go ahead I think.

More Questions
  • Background – do you prefer watching a video with a plain white background, another colour, or a busy, as it is, room background? Personally, I prefer a background as plain as possible, but I’ve watched one video that was recomended to me where the chap was stageing the background with stuff on shelves, etc.
  • Closeups – When showing actual crafting, do you prefer realy closeups, say fingertips and flower shapes if shapeing petals, or backed up a bit so that whole hands are visible, or even further so that whole workspace is visible?  I’ve found that very close is a bit much myself and prefer zoomed in to hands shots, but I need to find out what prospective viewers would like.
  • Background Sounds – do you like the whole video to have background music?  Or background music for parts, or not at all? Do videos with daily living background noises such as dog barking, wind and rain on window, somebody else cooking, cleaning, crafting, annoy you and put you off a video, or don’t you mind?  I personally find it very irritating when the person vloging has a dog running round the same room, comming in and out of shot, and yapping. Fine if the vlog post is about the dog but not otherwise. Or when a kitchen timer goes off mid video, sometimes with the person stopping talking to the camera, calling out to somebody else to turn something off before re-starting saying what they were saying. To me kitchen timers are for cooking demo videos, and interuptions should be edited out. What’s your feeling about background sound?
  • Video Intro – do you prefer the same short intro or still at the start of every video from one person’s channel, to build up a channel identity, or do you prefer demo videos to jump straight into it? I’m finding myself that I quite like a consistent start to videos from the same chanel as I then know I’ve clicked the right video (especially when a person vlogs from different location and does different arty stuff at the start of their videos.)
  • Linking From Blog – when linking to videos from blogs, do you prefer a text link that will take you to YouTube, perhaps with a still from the video, or do you prefer the video to be embedded in your blog post? I did both for the two videos I’ve already uploaded and don’t mind either way myself, provided the link text makes it clear that I’m being directed off the blog to YouTube. But do you think more people will start watching if embedded?
  • Vlogger Moving Around – what’s you feeling about a vlogger moving around when doing a piece to camera, either with a steady mounted camera pointed at them or moving around with camera held in front of them and moving with them?  I’ve found myself, that as I get older and my sight and hearing gets worse, that I prefer a person to sit still in front of the camera, so that I can concentrate on what is being said, and I find pushing hair back from face or fidgeting with necklace very irritating, but people who are expressive with their hands while talking are mostly OK.

I’m sure I’ll have even more questions that I’ll be asking for input about while I’m in this research and planning phase.  But I’ve noticed that this post has got huge and I’ve not even shown you any crafting yet, so I’ll stop for now.

Links To Videos Already Up

The building of a 3D printer ; Video – here, corresponding blog post – here.

Scene from Sunday School Christmas glove puppet production (Welsh) : Video – here, corresponding blog post – here.

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So, as you have seen, I have several crafting projects either already started, or planed with materials collected, as well as several more cards to make for the family, in addition to researching with a view to putting up some crafting videos on my YouTube channel, so keep an eye out for them, along with some other crafting projects I’m working on over the next few months.

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You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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