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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!

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

How to Knit. Really. Part 2

Ok, so we’ve left our heroine having knitted and sent off the flubberbuff. How did she (I) get that far along?

Well, I started off with ordering the yarn the customer picked out and getting it in the post. Then…. well, the yarn wasn’t quite right for the pattern, too thin. You can double up yarns and knit or crochet with 2 strands held together.

But the yarn for the flubberbuff was then too thick and came out too stiff. So…. off to the local shops to find a thinner yet yarn to match up. Then off back home to knit up a swatch. For those of you that don’t knit, a swatch is a square/rectangle you knit in the pattern needed to see if you knit to the same size as in the pattern. You need to match the “gauge”, usually marked out as a 4″ square – XX rows by YY stitches = 4″. This needs to be bigger than 4″ – some knitters knit a 8″ square. If you don’t, you could end up with an item that is too big or too small. Sometimes it doesn’t matter too much – for a simple scarf perhaps, but usually it does, even a small bit out on a large item can mean it’s inches too big or too small…

These can take several hours to make if the pattern is complicated.

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Then depending on the yarn, you wash it as you’d wash the item, then pin it to a towel, wait until it’s dry and then measure 4″ across and 4″ high to see if you’ve got the gauge you need. This can take a day or so to dry. If it’s right, you thank the knitting gods. If it’s wrong, you decide whether you need to try again with larger needles or smaller ones. Too many stitches in your 4″ square = next size up, fewer stitches = next size down. If using acrylic or mostly acrylic yarns, you can skip the washing step and just pin it out to measure.

Sometimes you just can’t get the gauge, so you have to regauge (rework) the pattern to fit your swatch’s gauge. This is when you need a clear head, a coffee, pen and paper, a calculator and a swear words box. Or you can google (like I did) and use this page: Sweater conversion Page I’ve used the top 2 sections, and ignored the bottom part as I don’t usually knit sweaters.

So once you’re happy you are going to knit in the right size, however you’ve got there, you start on the item! To get to this stage took me several days. I had knit up 3 swatches in the right pattern, washed, pinned and let dry. It took me 2 1/2 days to complete the flubberbuff, staying up late, to get it off to the customer as quickly as possible. Then I packaged it up, praying it would fit, as I never got proper measurements, and sent it off.

I moved on to other orders. 9 days after sending it, I got an email from my customer….

They say: Hi there! How’s the flubberbuff coming on? If it’s not done yet, can you send it to another address?

I say: It was sent off 9 days ago, you should be getting it soon. Please let me know when it arrives. Give it another 10 days and if it hasn’t arrived, I’ll make another or send you a refund, whichever you’d prefer, and claim off Royal Mail.

They say: Oh, OK, you didn’t tell me it was sent already!

I say: I sent you a dispatch notification, did you get it?

They say: I saw an email from you, didn’t bother to open it! What do you mean by Royal Mail?

I say: I’m in the UK and post out with Royal Mail.

They say: OH! I didn’t know you weren’t at the South Pole! I’ve never had anything come from the UK before!

I say: Please let me know when you get your flubberbuff.

3 days later:

They say: It’s arrived! It looks like it will fit! Thanks so much! My son will love it!

I say: Great, thanks very much for your order.

Another 5 days later:

They say: I gave it to him, it’s lovely, but the flubberbuff too big! What can we do?

I say: I’m sorry it doesn’t fit. I’m happy to make another flubberbuff and send it to you once I’ve received the bigger one back, if you are happy to pay postage to return the one you have and for me to send you the new one.

They say: Thanks so much for being understanding. How long will it take for the new one to arrive?

I say: I can’t send it until I get the bigger one back and receive payment for the postage. Here is the link for the postage (inserts link here)

4 days later:

I say: Here’s the link for the postage: (inserts link here). Thanks very much.

They say: I’ll pay for the postage when the new hat is ready.

I think, ‘Hmmmm…… ‘

And then wait for the flubberbuff to arrive back. A month later it does….. smelling of Febreeze/aftershave/perfume/dirty socks….

What do I do then? Well, let the customer know the item has been returned but smells…

How to Knit. Really. Part 1.

This is what happens when I knit to sell. Really. (Random photo next)

Waves Infinity Scarf
Waves Infinity Scarf

Handmade takes time. Handmade takes love. Handmade takes…..patience. Below is the flow of a possible conversation about a custom order. It takes place over several days.

First message to me: I love your shop, it’s so lovely! Can you make me a flubberbuff? Can you make it for next week?

I say: Yes, I can make you a flubberbuff. I will try to make it as quickly as possible but it most likely won’t get to you by next week. Where do you live? Any colour you would like? What size do you need?

They say: Any colour! I’m at the South Pole! I would like it made from this yarn in this listing (inserts link). It needs to be a size 10.

I say: That yarn won’t work for a flubberbuff/it will be really expensive to make with that yarn/take too long in that size/need handwashing and take days to air-dry. What do you like about that yarn? It could take several weeks to get to you by post. Do you know the measurements of the person that’s getting the flubberbuff?

They say: I love the colour – it’s blue! Can you find a soft yarn? I don’t want my flubberbuff itchy!

I say: I don’t knit with scratchy yarns. I can make it with this one, (insert photos here), is there a colour you like in these photos?

No response for 2 days.

They say: The 4th photo. Will size 12 fit my little 35 year old? He’s big for his age.

I say: The blue/purple one? The flubberbuff will be 35000 Bubbles + 1500 Bubble postage. I will let you know when it’s posted, probably at the end of next week. Can you send me measurements to make sure it will fit?

No response for 2 days.

They say: HOW MUCH?! Can you do it for 20000 Bubbles? I really need it for next week. No, not the blue/purple one, the 5th photo, the red one. I can send measurements, he wears a size 58 shoe, so should wear a size 14 flubberbuff.

I say: I can’t make it for less. A flubberbuff is complicated and takes several days to make. I will order the yarn once you’ve paid and will start it as soon as I can, but I won’t get it done before the end of next week or early into the following week.

They say: OK. Let me know when it’s made and I’ll send payment.

I say: Here is the link to the listing (insert link). Custom items aren’t made or supplies ordered until I have received payment. I will order the yarn as soon as you’ve paid.

They say:Oh, OK, didn’t know some sellers do that. I haven’t had to pay in advance before.

They say: I’ve ordered and paid.

I say: Thanks, I will need those measurements to make sure this size fits.

They say: Will send them!

Then I don’t from them for 9 days. So I make the size 14 flubberbuff in the meantime, (figuring it’s better to be too big than too small in a flubberbuff) pray it fits and send it off. Or I get approximate measurements, make the size 14 flubberbuff, pray it fits and send it off.

Now, actually making a size 14 Flubberbuff is a whole other post!