Monday, 9 November 2009

New listing - plum crumble beret

So, as per my poll, my latest creation is a purple beret:

I do like working with Rowan Pure Wool, and this was such a gorgeous colour. It put me in mind of a bowl of luscious autumnal fruits, hence the name. I think the pink ribbon sets it off nicely.

This time I've made it in a small size, rather than the usual 'one size fits all'. My normal berets would fit the majority of people, but having a smallish head myself I do appreciate that sometimes it's nicer to have something that fits a little more snugly. I would of course be delighted to knit another in a medium size - if that interests you then just drop me a line here or via Folksy. But do allow me a couple of week's knitting time!

In other news, please check out my poll on the right. The morning frosts are definitely here, so it's time to dig out the layers!

Friday, 6 November 2009

Folksy Fridays: Rainy Days

It's chucking it down outside and I was struggling to think of a theme over the steady plonking of the rain. So this week's Folksy Friday is all about rainy days.

Generally it's a good idea to try to stay dry:

If hats aren't forthcoming, share a brolly with a friend:

I don't think these would last well in inclement weather, but might be good for rainy day observations:

Grumble too much about the weather and you might be asked to button it:

But don't forget, every cloud has a silver lining:

So don't always blame the weather. Go hug a raincloud!

Monday, 2 November 2009

Crafty update #1

So the basis of the tied poll I ran, I opted to make a start on a purple beret. So far it's looking great - the wool is a gorgeous ripe plum colour. Just right for Autumn!

I'm trying to out a different idea for the shaping of this one. I've been making berets with a bit of extra slouch to them (compared with a classic style) to reflect the current trends. Previously I've been doing this by creating an asymmetric pattern with more 'weight' at the back. This time I'm going for a symmetric one but longer in the 'body' of the hat. Fingers crossed! I'm also making this one in a smaller size, due to some requests to that end. My usual berets really do fit most people due to the rib, but I think people who know they have small or medium heads maybe feel more confident buying something that is 'their' size.

In other news, I was delighted to find myself featured on haptree's post about Folksy shops awaiting their first sale! I can totally understand why people are nervous of untested sellers, but everyone had to have a first sale at some point!

Go on - be brave!