Sunday, June 22, 2014

Decidedly Unselfish - For a Change!

Other than a few pairs of socks and a couple of dresses, I really am a selfish creator.  I've spoken about this before, but I really struggle when making clothes for others.  What if they don't like it?  Want it bigger/smaller etc., etc., so instead, I remain selfish.  Well, mostly.  You see, for the last year or so I have been supporting a couple of galgo rescue groups in Spain, (Galgos del Sol and Baas Galgo)

For those who have never heard of these charities, or in fact, the galgos themselves, this is what GDS have to say on the home page of their website:

We rescue and rehabilitate abandoned and injured galgos for placement in forever homes in the UK, Europe, and US. Bred solely for hunting, thousands of galgos are abandoned or killed annually at the end of each short season. 

Galgos are not typically considered as pet worthy in Spain and their lives end in less than humane ways either in perreras (kill stations) or abandoned to a life of persecution on the streets. 

To cut a long story short, I have made a few bits and pieces that will be sold/auctioned off for these two wonderful charities.  Wanna see what I have made??

This hood, modelled by my greyhound Rocky, was a quick and fun knit.  Not fun for Rocky though, he really did not want to model for me at all . . . . sorry old boy x

I put a few dinosaur spikes/plates down the back (think stegosaurus), but even that did not bring him and comfort!

And I use some lovely fabric from Spoonflower to make this wallet:

I've not used Spoonflower before - it took about 3 weeks from ordering to delivery here in Canada, but I would certainly buy from them again.

I bought four fat quarters - all greyhound prints - in their Kona Cotton.  It is expensive, but was just exactly what I wanted.

Finally,  I made a pair of socks for my brother.  These are known amongst knitters as 'monstersocks' as they are made up from leftover yarns from other sock projects.  Over to you Paul!

So there we have it.  A few more projects that have recently been completed.  I have not completed any dressmaking recently - not sure why, but I have just not had the urge.  I have, however, enjoyed all these other projects, so having got these out of my system, maybe some clothes are next on the radar.

How about you - do you move around from one craft to another, or are you more monogamous?