Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Ski Hat Time

I've been busy getting ready for a couple of holiday craft fairs at a local museum.  Very nice venue with great lighting.  The fair was Friday and Saturday of last week and went well.  Ski caps were most popular as it's getting really cold here in Northern California.  Here's one that got sold.

And here is another that I had just made, but didn't sell.  I really like the colors.

Friday, April 08, 2016

Big Flower Hat

It's been awhile since I've made one of these, and since the last of them got sold over the holidays, I decided to try making a new one.  I had forgotten how to work the flower into the hat, though, so it took a little experimenting before I finally got it right.  The purple and green combination had always been one of my favorites.  There are also some gold silk tussah accents and some white fuzzy popcorns.  The gold color of the silk is natural, as tussah silk is gathered wild and usually found on oak trees where the tannin in the leaves turns the silk gold.

More Doggy Hats

A couple of weeks ago I had three custom orders for basically the same hat.  Each customer had the same dog hair fiber - rusty beige colored chow hair - and they all wanted the same style hat!  So I managed to make them different by adding some design work in contrasting colors.  They were very soft and fuzzy, and all customers loved their hats.  Here's one of them:

Catching up

I've been pretty busy since the holidays with custom orders and replacing hats on the website.  I sold a lot of baby hats at the Farmers Market, one of which sold too fast for me to even get photos.  Anyhow here are some of the replacements.  I intended this first one to be in 'boy colors' since I've had some requests for that.  I once even had a custom order for a black baby hat!

This pink one is of course very girlie.  People do seem to like fuzzy popcorns and trim.  White fuzzy seems to be especially popular. 

I like this one because it's got several nice bright colors, and I do like to work with bright colors!


Monday, July 13, 2015

Knit Hat

This hat is made from a blend of many different colors of wool with a tiny bit of blue metallic sparkle that is too subtle to show up in the photos. The tiny sparkles only show up in bright light or sunlight. The crocheted circle and the band around the edge are made from more of the same colors blended with a lot of black.  The band can also be turned up.

Ski Caps

Most people don't spend a lot of time thinking about ski caps in July, but this is my time for stocking up and taking custom orders.

This first ski cap is a new lumpy knit style that I like quite a lot.  It's made mostly from wool, with some llama wool, mohair and poodle hair.  Here are a couple of  different views.  The bead is painted glass.

This next ski cap was a custom order and is made from malamute hair.  The first photo on the display head shows a little more of the hat, and the second one was taken by the customer.  I love this photo.  So cute!


Some New Hats

Time to get this blog caught up!  I've made quite a few new hats, but haven't had much time for posting them here.  Back in May I made these two plant fiber skull caps. This first one is mostly linen dyed dark gray with some turquoise and red cotton. 

This second one is mostly cotton with some thin accent stripes in linen.  Both fit a medium large size adult.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Fez Hat

I made a new custom fez style hat recently for a customer who really likes them.  This is his third one!  He's a redhead, so I thought that blue and gray might work well for him.  It turns out that he loves it!  I asked him to send a photo of himself wearing it, but no luck yet.  Anyhow here are two photos of the hat on a display head.  

The glass bead on the end of the tassel is hard to see, but it's glass and is a sort of dark gray and black.  The top part is two ply blue and gray Corriedale and Shetland wool.  The double ply makes it thicker so that it holds it's shape better.  The band is natural gray Shetland wool.