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Decisions, Decisions

Decisions, Decisions….

I’ve been offering this Grey Lace Stole almost since I opened my shop on Etsy and it’s been a decent seller for me. The yarn is now discontinued and I have to decide whether to source another yarn for the pattern or find a different yarn and pattern combo to offer. I have enough yarn left for 1 more stole.

Grey Lace Stole

I base what I offer for sale on several things; what yarn I can get and what I want to make to sell in my shop are two. I have tended to go for thicker/chunkier yarns as they knit up faster, and how long something takes to make is a factor in whether or not I’ll make it to sell.

Some knit/crochet items I find don’t sell well, and I sell a few then stop listing it, other items sell very well only at certain times of the year. (My Herringbone Handwarmers come to mind here!)

Herringbone Handwarmers

I prefer to use natural fibres and blends and not just 100% acrylic – they tend to be nicer to knit with, and can last longer without pilling. As I now have a knitting machine, I’m hoping to offer items using finer luxury yarns and bigger items such as larger lace stoles and wraps. I have to master the machine first!

I don’t tend to jump on trends like the ‘pussy hats’ or the polo neck rectangular ponchos with cables and large buttons for toddlers, I am careful about ending up with (more) yarns and materials that I won’t use if they don’t sell.

I did think this Girl’s Spring Poncho/Capelette would sell, but while the pattern does, the actual item doesn’t.

Girl’s Spring Capelette

And back to the original question – to find a new yarn for this pattern? Hmmmm…. I’ll have to let you know.

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
Closeup
Closeup

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

Yarn, yarn and more yarn!

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!

Waves Cowl
Waves Cowl
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.

Cotton Blend yarn
Cotton Blend yarn
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% recycled too!

Pink Cotton Ribbon Yarn
Pink Cotton Ribbon Yarn

Soft Grey Cowl

Here’s my latest cowl.

All buttoned up ©Looking Glass Designs
All buttoned up ©Looking Glass Designs

It’s small, soft and cosy with some lovely black & grey buttons. I knit it in a new pattern with a 100% wool Italian yarn called Regina by Adriafil. It’s a lovely, fine and soft wool yarn in a very pretty grey (I seem to gravitate towards greys for some reason!)

Just over the shoulders
Just over the shoulders ©Looking Glass Designs

I really like this cowl – perfect to fit under a coat collar, not bulky but I’m sure it’s very warm. You could also pop it on top of a loose collared jumper or sweater, or even a T-shirt. It would even scrunch up into a pocket and still look great when pulled back out again.

What would you pair it with?

2 Buttons
2 Buttons ©Looking Glass Designs

New Scarf – Lace Chevron & Stripes

I just finished this lace scarf – my first. I bought the yarn from one of my local yarn shops because I wanted to practice with some laceweight yarns before attempting to knit with some gorgeous silk blend hand-dyed yarn I bought on a whim from Solstice Yarns on Etsy.

I mostly knit this scarf in the car while waiting for my son’s school to let out, so this scarf took me months, which, if you know me, is unusual….

I love how it’s turned out, I managed to continue the stripes from the first skein when I started the 2nd, which is something else I haven’t done before. It will be listed in my etsy shop in a couple of days, so if you would like it, you may very well have to be fast!

Lace Scarf
Lace Scarf
Close-up
Close-up
Chevrons and stripes
Chevrons and stripes
Wide Scarf
Wide Scarf
More stripes
More stripes

Anatomical Knits – Uteruses

I’ve had time to recover and go onto another wholesale order since I finished the 150 uteruses and placentas. I don’t think I will ever take on an order like that again. It was a large number of items on a very tight timetable (which was most of the problem) with a customer who didn’t actually know what I was making them and thought they were getting a slightly different design because the person I was dealing with hadn’t read the listing. Lesson of the day: “When buying lots of something, READ the description. When selling something and the customer wants a large order, check that they have read the description”.

Plain Uterus and Placenta
Plain Uterus and Placenta

I was knitting/crocheting for up to 14 hours a day. I also had help from some local and not so local knitters and crocheters – without them I’d never have completed the order! I suspect my hands would have given out… My hubby also pitched in and used the Prym Knitting Mill I bought to make lots and lots of I-cord for me. I had him make very long cords, standing at the top of the landing with the cord going over the bannister and looping it with clothes pegs, then steeking (cutting) it and weaving in the ends for me. I have to say we never had any problems with the knitting mill even though the reviews were mixed on Amazon. I suspect it’s mostly to do with the yarn as to how successful you are with it. The yarn I used for the order was James C. Brett Top Value DK, a basic yarn that worked perfectly in it. I’ll keep making the uteruses and placentas – they are available in my Etsy Shop Anatomical Knits. You’ll also find crochet breasts and other body parts….

Uteruses… and more Uteruses!

I’ve been AWOL on here for a while, and I’ve missed my blog! I have been knitting and crocheting for a wholesale order of 150 uteruses and placentas that will be sent off to Africa and Asia.

The timetable was very tight so I stopped making anything else, and disabled all my made-to-order listings. I managed to make 64 sets so far and some lovely ladies locally and not so locally have stepped in to help me out so I spent this weekend delivering yarn.

Knitted Uterus
Knitted Uterus

The buyer decided yesterday that they want a larger placenta so my pattern had to be amended and sent out to my helpers and the timeframe lengthened. It’s back to the yarn store for more yarn!

I will really enjoy knitting something else once these are done, but not until I have spent some time sewing! (I have some curtains to alter for my windows).

What have you been up to lately??

Grey Bamboo Stole/Scarf

This is the same pattern as the chenille lace scarf that was in my Etsy shop and did sell, but had a *teeny* tiny mishap. So I made the buyer a new one in a different yarn – a bamboo/acrylic blend in the same colour.

Grey Lace Stole
Grey Lace Stole

I love this scarf even more than the chenille one, so added it to my Etsy shop this morning. I wish you all could have a feel – the scarf is soft and cosy, with a lovely grey almost tweed effect colour. You can get the same yarn here in my Yarn Shop – Bamboo Classic Yarn if you’d like to make your own scarf in the same lovely yarn.

The scarf blocked beautifully and will be on its way to a new home today. I really hope she loves it as much as I do!

Bamboo Scarf
Bamboo Scarf
Close-up of pattern
Close-up of pattern

Dinosaur Hoods…

I was asked last Christmas to make some sort of Dino hood for a toddler so I made this one –

Dino Hood 1
Dino Hood 1
Roar!
Roar!

My son modelled the hood for me so I could list it on Etsy – Dino Hood

This September, I was asked if I could make a version with stuffed spikes

New Dino Hood
New Dino Hood
New Dino Hood
New Dino Hood

I think it turned out even better than the original! It’s listed here – Stuffed Spikes I have since made a 2nd one with stuffed spikes using a different balaclava pattern as it was for a baby, not a toddler.

They are both made from a 25% wool, 75% acrylic yarn held double (2 strands together) to get a soft but dense fabric that holds the spikes up well and come in a great dino green – there are lots of colours in this yarn, I wonder if anyone wants a blue & red dino hood?

Girl’s Capelette Pattern!

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Capelette Front
Capelette Front ©Looking Glass Deisgns

This Capelette Pattern is easy and quick to make. It uses doubled yarn and garter stitch to make a warm and pretty capelette in 3 sizes:
Small: 38.5” at the long edge
Medium: 40.5” at the long edge
Large: 42.5” at the long edge

I’ve used Ice Yarns Bamboo Wool Yarn (held double) in a quick garter stitch with short rows to make a thick and soft capelette with a collar that you finish off in your choice of fancy yarns – the sample has a pretty light blue eyelash yarn that pops out against the black. The capelette is knit sideways – the short row ends are underneath the collar at the top to create the shape of the capelette.

If you’d like to use the yarn I have, you can buy it here from my yarn website.

Back of Capelette
Back of Capelette ©Looking Glass Designs

You can find the pattern for sale on Ravelry: Child’s Capelette Pattern

*This pattern is Copyright to Looking Glass Designs (2014). You have permission to sell the finished item from this pattern but rewriting, reselling, distributing, or copying the pattern itself is prohibited. Please include a link back to my etsy shop or blog in all sales/listings of the item. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.