Yarn, yarn and a bit more Yarn….

I have a yarn website that you can get packs of yarn at great prices – less than retail! I’ve never had a poor quality yarn from Ice Yarns, some are a little thinner than the website states but the luxury yarns are gorgeous. The bulky alpaca is scrumptious, soft and squishy.

Alpaca Bulky in Black
Alpaca Bulky in Black

I made this Handkerchief Scarflette from it, you can get one in my etsy shop if you don’t want to make your own.

Alpaca Handkerchief Scarflette
Alpaca Handkerchief Scarflette

if you like self-striping yarns, there are hundreds on my site. One I plan on trying soon is this one – Primadonna, a 50% wool/50% acrylic yarn with a fabulous texture and great colour combos.

Primadonna Yarn
Primadonna Yarn

Cake yarns are also popular right now and there are several available, including some with 100% acrylic like this one, simply called Cakes There are 5 colours in each cake.

Cakes
Cakes

Take a peek and tell me which yarn you’d like to try!

Grey Buttoned Cable Cowl

I finally managed to get decent photos of this warm and cosy cabled cowl – the weather hasn’t been very co-operative lately. This a lovely grey cowl made from a worsted weight acrylic yarn. The buttons add a pop of colour and you can do up all 3 or not as the mood takes you. It’s listed now in my etsy shop here

Grey Cabled Cowl
Grey Cabled Cowl
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Closeup

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If you’d like this cowl in another colour, let me know!

Clothes moths

Do you ever wonder about moths?

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On WI visits, a question which always gets asked is “what’s the best way to stop clothes moths?”  As yarn is a prime target for moths and I need it in perfect condition to sell, this is what I’ve learnt over the years from pest control experts, other shopkeepers and the internet.

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In the UK there are three main culprits who chomp away at your natural fibres: common (aka webbing) clothes moths, case-making clothes moths and carpet beetles.  The adults themselves do not eat yarn but they lay eggs on it and when those eggs hatch, the larvae do the damage.  The warmer months – May to September – are prime moth season but due to central heating and mild winters, they can now party all year in your cupboards.  Their lifecycles are flexible, and can completed within a month…

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Camera Scarf Straps

Here’s a quick post about a few more camera scarf straps available in my Etsy Shop.

There’s a pretty blue patterned one – not quite sure what to call this pattern, it reminds me of Christmas tree baubles somehow….

Close-up of Blue & White Camera Scarf Strap
Close-up of Blue & White Camera Scarf Strap
Blue & White Camera Scarf Strap
Blue & White Camera Scarf Strap

This Turquoise one is a lovely bright and cheerful colour, perfect to brighten up anyone’s day.

Turquoise Scarf Strap
Turquoise Scarf Strap
Turquoise Adjustable Strap
Turquoise Adjustable Camera Strap

I had 2 of this shimmery scarf straps, and I sent one off for a Christmas Present in December so have one left for a lucky recipient!

Gold Shimmer Scarf Strap
Gold Shimmer Scarf Strap

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This is a new Scarf Strap, it will be listed this week in my etsy shop, very retro…

Brown Roses Scarf Strap
Brown Roses Scarf Strap
Close up of Brown Roses
Close up of Brown Roses

If you prefer a more funky Camera Scarf Strap, you can’t go wrong with this print, it’s so colourful! It’s listed in my etsy shop here.

Abstract Print Scarf Strap
Abstract Print Scarf Strap
Floral Print Strap
Floral Print Strap

This is another Camera Scarf Strap that will be listed this week – soft and pretty, perfect for spring!

Pink & Yellow Floral Camera  Strap
Pink & Yellow Floral Camera Strap
Close up of Pink & Yellow Adjustable Strap
Close up of Pink & Yellow Adjustable Strap

If you’d like a camera scarf strap made just for you, let me know through my etsy shop!

Shirley Woosey from Whimsey Woo Designs

Here’s Shirley again with her lovely book covers!

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I’d like to introduce you to the lovely Shirley Woosey from Whimsey Woo Designs on Etsy and Folksy. She is today’s guest blogger and makes the prettiest book covers and miniatures for dolls’ houses that can be found her 2 etsy shops.

I’ll let her tell you a little about herself and her shops:

Shirley Woosey Shirley Woosey

Tell us a bit about you
I am in my early sixties now, the Mother of two grown up children and I have one 3 year old grandson.

How did you decide on the name for your shop?
My surname is Woosey and I wanted to use the “Woo” part in my shop name. I tried various combinations of words but decided on Whimsy because I though it suited the fabrics I use and went well with Woo. So Whimsy Woo Designs was born.

How long has your shop been open and why did…

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How much does a shopkeeper earn?

From the horse’s mouth….

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Do you believe the news stories about how if you want to keep your high street shops open, shop local?  Or how shopping in independents puts money back into the local economy? Perhaps the message without the maths to back it up makes it all sounds a bit wishy-washy.  So here goes, a real-life example with data from this independent wool shop.

The Sheep Shop is an award-winning LYS (local yarn store) which had its fifth birthday in November.  Last year we took £60,500.  The annual cost for rent, gas, electric, water, phone, broadband, insurance, alarm maintenance, heater maintenance, fire extinguisher checks, not one but two licenses to play music on the radio, waste disposal, web hosting costs, sundries like till rolls, printer ink, loo rolls and teabags, carrier bags, window cleans, anti-moth systems, occasional  repair costs or new shop fixtures, card proceBoxes of stock to unpackssing fees, card machine rental, business membership…

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Keepsake Cushions

I managed to get some photos for a keepsake cushion I made in November (I think) – it was for my buyer’s daughter. I got a polo shirt, which are a little more time-consuming to make than a plain buttoned shirt.

I leave the collar on and fill it in with a sleeve, and sew shut the bottom of the shirt. With this one, because of the design of the shirt, I changed the font used in the patch so I didn’t cover up any of the design, with my buyer’s agreement.

My buyer was very happy with the end result — and wasn’t expecting it to be so big! “I have just collected my cushion from the post office. I love it! Thank You so much. I imagined it to be smaller than it is.
My daughter will love it.
Thank You for such a prompt service.”

These photos show the keepsake cushion cover while being made. Each one I make ends up being made slightly differently depending on the shirt/t-shirt/polo shirt/jumper, the size I can make and what my buyer would like.

Picking the size for the cushion cover
Picking the size for the cushion cover
With Patch added & sides sewn
With Patch added & sides sewn
Cut to size
Cut to size
The neckline is ready to fill in
The neckline is ready to fill in
Finished - with cushion form and bottom edge sewn shut.
Finished – with cushion form and bottom edge sewn shut.
Close-up of the patch
Close-up of the patch

Faux Mohair Wraps

One of the items that sold well this Christmas was my Faux Mohair Wraps that come in 3 colours. I had one person buy one in Lilac with a rush fee added on, and someone else ordered 11 for her bridesmaids at her New Years’ Eve Wedding…

These are upcycled from Mohair Throws, and I blanket stitch the edges with embroidery thread. This isn’t fast….. lol and i have to do it standing up at my ironing board so I don’t kill my back, and even then I put boxes on top of it.

Luckily DMC do the perfect lilac and tan colour and Anchor do the grey, so the thread matches. I still have a few left in each colour, and have 1 that is a little narrower than the others at 12″ instead of 15″ – it will be in my etsy shop soon!

Grey Mohair Wrap
Grey Mohair Wrap

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Natural (Tan) Mohair Wrap
Natural (Tan) Mohair Wrap

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Lilac Mohair Wrap
Lilac Mohair Wrap

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Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy New Year!

As I’ve been so busy this October November and December filling orders, this blog has gone by the wayside.

How busy have I been?

I made and sent 210 items in those 3 months including about 7 keepsake cushion patches and 14 keepsake cushions, 12 faux mohair wraps, 12 Santa Letters & Reindeer Food, 17 camera buddies, 7 camera straps and 7 pairs of herringbone handwarmers. I had many more queries for keepsake cushions in December, but simply couldn’t fit more in before Christmas. For the first time ever, I shut my shops for 10 days to catch up. I have never done that before, but with son going to school in Cambridge and even more going on in Real Life, I needed to.

They are all back open now, and there’s a sale on in my Looking Glass Designs shop for 15% off everything!

Here’s a few keepsake cushions I made –

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Yarn, yarn and more yarn!

don’t forget to take a look at my yarn website!

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I really do have to talk more about my yarn webstore – great yarns at even better prices! Some of my patterns like the Waves Cowl, use yarn from my yarn website – this gorgeous Bamboo Classic – and some of it is on for as little as 77p each skein right now! The cream is currently out of stock, but the grey is gorgeous!

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Doubled up Cowl Doubled up Cowl

There are lots and lots of yarns – ladder, eyelash, mohair, alpaca, cotton… too many to list. There are basic yarns – acrylic, baby yarn, wool blends as well as luxurious yarns that would make the most gorgeous jumper/sweater, shawl or cardigan.

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Mohair Yarn Mohair Yarn

There are new yarns coming out every week – I want to try out this new cotton ribbon yarn, it looks like it will knit up very quickly! And even better, it’s 100%…

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