Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Jingled II

Wow, the second annual Jingle Bash on Saturday at Sons of Hermann Hall was amazing! I was so excited to see so many people and so much great stuff. Several vendors said it was their single busiest day ever! I had a great time meeting so many wonderful customers and talking about crochet and yarn - always fun for me! I'm so proud of the Etsy Dallas team and all of the talented vendors for making this such an outstanding event.

Now, it's time to get busy and start filling the custom orders from the show and to see how many hats I can make in two weeks. The North Haven Garden Holiday Arts and Crafts show is December 5-6. I'll be there Sunday, December 6, with a replenished stock of hats, scarves, and if I finish them in time, I'll be introducing gloves (the fingerless kind).

Monday, November 9, 2009

Twirling and Swirling

Last year I designed the cream and blue scarf and debuted (and sold) it at the Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash in November. This year, I am excited to have the scarf in blue and green to offer at the 2009 Jingle Bash on November 21 at Sons of Hermann Hall. Both are made from 100% wool then felted through a hot washing and drying process. The spiral is created line by line by going back and forth with a variety of sized stitches. It feels like a very tedious process when you are doing it, but I love the final effect. Check out the item listing to see more pictures. The blue and green version is made from a slightly finer yarn with more color variation from the dying process that give it more depth and variety. The felting process makes it seem more uniform, but color variations are still perceptible.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Chunky Cowl

I know I'm supposed to be working on smaller items for the upcoming Etsy Dallas Jinglebash on Nov. 21, but I'm in the middle of a design spree right now. It seems like every other day I'm completing some new project from start to finish that is completely unique - like this cowl. I've had that chunky brown wool-acrylic for almost a year, and I've never had a single idea of what to do with it, until now! All the sudden I had an idea and I had to make it right then. I've never even seen an item exactly like this before. The collar actually stands up and folds over itself with buttons on the side facing out on the side closest to your neck - or you wear it laying down over your shoulders by turning it inside out.

The brooch is removable. I thought the piece needed a little more color. Again, it's probably too warm to be worn much around here, but I imagine it would be very useful up north in addition to your heavy coat and hat.