I have crochet halloween bags and they sell pretty well, but I thought I’d try a new style this year.
I came up with 3 designs so far – a pumpkin face, a ghost and a bats/moon combo.
These ones are the prototypes, so they have been listed with a little discount…here. If you order today, you can also get another discount with code “SEPT35” until Midnight tonight!
Each bag is a 100% cotton tote measuring 20cm x 26cm. These are sturdy little goody trick or treat bags with cute Hallowe’en appliques, perfect for any little trick or treater! Which one is your favourite??
Here are 5 more wool fluff colours I have in stock. They are absolutely gorgeous! When I was taking photos and had all of them out of the bags, I was really tempted to snuggle up in them!
This is about 1/3 of the total colours available; not sure if I’ll carry them all or not, it will depend on demand. Which colour is your favourite? They are all available in my Etsy Shop in the Photography Props section.
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!)
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.
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”.
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….
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.
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!
I’m starting to get a few reviews/feedback/comments on the items I made over Christmas – a lot were for gifts, so I just hoped they were perfect for the recipient.
“Such a lovely idea – my boys are getting one each for Christmas and will love these so much! Beautiful quality and wonderful customer service. Thanks, Denise. 🙂 ”
“Denise went above and beyond to create this dino hood for my eldest son – fantastic Etsy seller and creator!”
“Love it! Denise modified the design slightly to suit our time schedules but she kept me involved & in the loop throughout the entire process. And the end result is just beautiful! Tried on shortly as it’s still a tad too warm for it now, but it’s a perfect fit & it looks like it’s stretch will be sufficient for it to still fit in a couple of months’ time for when we need it. Brilliant!”
“Love it! I had this custom made with bigger purple spikes and was not disappointed. I am actually looking forward to the colder weather now :D”
Teal Herringbone Handwarmers:
“Delivered really quickly! bought as a gift and I’m sure the recipient will love them”
“These gloves are absolutely gorgeous, of lovely quality, and were delivered quickly, coming beautifully packaged. I’m delighted with them – and I know my brother will be too! Thank you so much. ~”
“Really cute item, very nice.”
“Well made and as pictured, delivered very fast too :-)”
“Fantastic item, really well made and fast shipping. Great eBayer. Thank you!”
“Thank You, Arrived in perfect condition and is brilliant thanks :)”
“fantastic, excellent standard & arrived so quickly”
I love it!
“Amazing quality and turned up quick Thank u”
“Thank you. Wonderful belt for little craftsmen. Merry Christmas.”
“My order was made ready & shipped extremely quickly and the belt is exactly as described. Many thanks for the great experience!”
Today is the last day to send post to the USA and Canada by Royal Mail. I usually have most of my Christmas orders finished and done by now except for UK orders as of course they can be sent to about the 21st or so and still just squeak in there to arrive for Christmas.
I have been busier than last year; even discounting the wholesale order I had. I really do appreciate all my customers who have liked the look of my items enough to order – each one gives me such a boost! I do find it slightly odd that few people ever use the discount codes I offer regularly through the year as well as the one I give to repeat buyers.
I plan on more body parts in the New Year and more designing. I find I do enjoy making up my own patterns and also that I can design knits that people want to make. I also plan on getting through some of my fabric stash with some home decor items like boxes and placemats as well as coasters and neck pillow & eye mask sets.
I also plan on reworking one of the more popular patterns – the Dino Hood. I would like a more elegant pattern without seams on the top, so will be playing with it so it doesn’t have the seams. I will also be adjusting the stuffed spikes so they aren’t so heavy – the one I made came back to me for adjusting as it kept slipping back off the little one’s head.
My next post will be a Christmas Recipe for Roasted Nuts!
My wholesale order for 80 crochet boobs is done. I used over 1KG of yarn in 8 colours for 43 crochet breasts, 675g of cotton yarn for 20 breasts plus 19 in assorted colours like rainbow and purple for novelty breasts. (I had other orders for crochet breasts too, one was bought for a Halloween costume!)
I had 67 other items ordered while I was crocheting the breasts, so in the last 3 months I have made and sold over 147 items.
I plan on taking a break from the crochet hooks for a little while – I have several items I haven’t photographed yet, and some more to finish off. There is a scarf in sock yarn that was abandoned in the middle of August, and I have some faux mohair fabric to play with, possibly adding some metallic hand-embroidery to it….
Below are part of the 1st 40 boobs I made and sent:
I was asked last Christmas to make some sort of Dino hood for a toddler so I made this one –
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
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?