Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Doggy Hair Custom Orders


Over the holidays, I had several orders for hats made of dog hair.  Four of them were to be made from some black poodle hair that the customer sent me.  The first was a lumpy knit hat similar to one on my website but with the poodle hair instead of wool. It also included some wool and art yarn with novelty fibers added in.  No sooner than I had finished this hat than another customer emailed me wanting a black lumpy knit hat with dog hair and mohair.  The second hat included some dark brown chow hair and lots of mohair in the art yarn.  The two hats came out looking somewhat similar but definitely not the same.

Meanwhile I had three more poodle hair hats to make.  Two of them were for children and were made from a blend of the poodle hair with some wool.  They were matching but in different sizes.  The original design for this hat was on my website, but in an adult size. It included some bits of colored wool added into the yarn for the row that frames the face and the ties.  There was a tassel with a wooden bead on top.  A different color bead for each child.

The last but not least poodle hair hat was all poodle and in a long round cap style.  This was for an older adult.  The little white hairs show up in this yarn and add some nice texture and interest.  I would have liked to keep this one for myself.  I have enough hats though!

New Hats

I've made quite a few new hats since I last had time to update this blog.  The holidays kept me pretty busy, though I didn't participate in any fairs.  Instead my daughter and I took our hats out to the local Farmers Market.  I sold out of ski caps, so have made a couple of replacements for my website.  This one with the multi-color top and long tassel was one of my favorites and the first to get sold.


Another was a nice combination of rusty reds and browns, but it got sold before I could get photos.  So I made a new one in similar colors.  The top of this one is multi-color around the top also, but in a more subtle combination of earthy shades.  The section that looks olive green is actually more brownish.  This hat is now up on the website.

I hadn't made any ski caps in bright colors lately, so I tried using some colors that ordinarily would probably not be considered likely to go well together.  This is a sort of game I like to play sometimes - take a pile of yarns that are all different colors and make them work together somehow.  I've also used a variety of textures here, including some bright blue dyed samoyed hair.   The ties are braided rather than crocheted.  Something I've been wanting to try out.  See close up photo below.