Blanket Work In Progress and Video

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Blanket Work In Progress and YouTube Video

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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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Crefftau MAES MIERI Crafts Facebook Page – here.
Please “Like“, “Follow“, and even “Share” if you think any of your friends might be interested.

Crefftau Maes Mieri Crafts YouTube Chanel – here.
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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
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Another Scarf

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Another Scarf

When I made the crochet blankets for the bunk beds in the spare room (you can read about makeing the blankets – here) I had bought an extra ball of the yarn just in case I’d miscalculated and needed a bit more for the project.

The yarn I used was Caron Cakes yarn in a colour called Funfetti.

As I didn’t need the spare ball of yarn for the 2 single bed sized blankets I put it to one side over the summer.  But as soon as it started getting darker and colder at night, and I couldn’t go out into the garden to sit and watch my fish late into the evening, I picked my crochet hook back up and started crocheting a scarf with the yarn.

I usually make scarves by chaining a small number of stitches, about 20 depending on yarn weight and crochet hook being used, and then crochet treble stitches into each chain and then carying on with dozens of rows of treble stitches until the scarf is long enough.

But this time I decided to work in the other direction – by chaining around 190 stitches, and making these the length of my row, so only 20 or so of the very long rows were needed to make the scarf.  I decided to work lengthways, rather than widthways, like this because I liked the effect of the colour changes how they appeared in the blankets, and I thought that doing short rows would make for more of colour blocks along the scarf rather than each colour carying on along the length of the scarf in narrow bands.

I’m not saying that I’d make all scarves using this type of yarn this way, but I do like how it’s turned out.

This is a section of the scarf along it’s width.

And this is a picture of the whole scarf haning over a table edge.

It weighs a fraction less than the 200g ball as there wash’t quite enough left for a whole row at the end, but I think it is wide enough as it is.

What do you think?  Please do leave a comment and let me know.

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A Couple Of Scarves

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A Couple Of Very Bright Scarves

In my post of the 12th – here – amongst my assortment of projects on the go, I showed you a bit of a “bright with fluffy bits” scarf I was working on.

I have now finished the scarf.  In fact I have finished two.  Both using the same yarn and about the same length, but one being wider than the other.

I used Bernat Zapp yarn, 3 balls of each of Out of the Blue, Banana-rama, Grass is Greener and What’s the Teal?

So, that’s 12 balls of yarn between both scarves.

I crocheted them using the treble stitch, moving the “pompoms” to one side when I came to them.

This is a closeup of what the stitches look like.

This is what the scarves looked like after finishing crocheting and tidying up the ends.

The narrowest.  Around 6.5″ wide.

The widest. Around 8.5″ wide.

Both side by side. Both are around 6.5 feet long.

Narrowest on top of widest.

I’ve now started crocheting another scarf while watching TV with my feet up of an evening.  Different yarn from these two. It shouldn’t take me too long to finish I don’t think. I’ll put together another blog post to show you when that one is finished.

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