Friday, June 19, 2015

My Banner Is Here!

I have been struggling with finding a design that fits my business for some time.  Crochet hooks and motifs are not very abundant in the marketing world (hmmmm, maybe a new niche?).  
I found one design through Staples for my business cards, but they did not have the design available in banner form.  Fortunately, Vistaprint did!!  I am very excited that I'm able to present a consistent 'look' on all of my signs, as well as my banner and business cards now.  Can't wait for market this week to hang this up!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

It's Baseball Season!

A happy customer in her new hat!
Many colors and sizes available.
Last year, I began offering cotton baseball caps for kids at my market booth.  They are my own design.  I wanted to offer a hat that was more appealing for boys as well as girls.  They were well received, so this year I am adding more inventory and offering more sizes.  Custom color choices are available as well.
Baseball cap with rose flower clip.

I am using worsted weight,  USA grown 100% cotton for these hats. The weight provides just enough structure for the brim, while providing a soft, cool feel.  They look very cute on kids!  They can be glammed up with flower clips for the girly-girls, too.

Right now I am not offering these hats in adult sizes.  I am working out how to stiffen the brim on larger sizes.  The brim has to be longer and flatter to give the proper eye shade on larger heads.  So far doubling the yarn hasn't given me the results I seek, and I haven't found an ecofriendly brim stabilizer that retains its structure after a trip in the washing machine.  I'd appreciate any ideas from fellow hat makers out there!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Pretty Custom Little Girls' Hats

This winter, I spent a considerable amount of time completing custom hat orders!  They were so fun to do, and I am very pleased with the results.  I used Debbie Bliss organic, free trade Ecobaby cotton yarn.  So soft and a perfect weight for spring.

These hats were made by eyeballing photos posted on Facebook, as the original pattern was written in Russian. (I found the only English translation I could find to be incomprehensible to me.)  They are beautiful, yet time consuming, so I likely won't make them for general sale - just custom orders.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Versatile Designs for Variable Weather

The weather has been so topsy-turvy here, I never know what I'm going to need from morning to evening to stay comfortable!  Two days ago our high was 84 degrees F and humid. This morning it was in the high 30's, and by late afternoon it reached 60 degrees F with a cool breeze.

Soooo.... I've been working on some designs that can function as either scarves or shoulder wraps. I like the pairing of a geometric mesh stitch paired with a shell or puff stitch pattern.  I am striving for a more modern look with just a touch of softness.

I'm using Debbie Bliss Ecobaby fair trade sport weight organic cotton yarn.  Very soft and just right for adding a little warmth around the neck, or a cool cover over the shoulders in the sun.