Friday, June 19, 2009

Red, White and Blue

Since we're nearing the 4th of July, I've been working on appropriate hats. (The funny shape is due to the ceramic bird underneath the hats.)

My personal challenge has been to make each hat different from the others.
I'm liking the addition of stripes.
Sizes range from toddler to youth to adult.

The unusual settings are thanks to my neighbor Carol. She has an amazing assortment of things in her garden.

Monday, June 15, 2009


A customer at the Farmer's Market challenged me to make a hat with a smiley face. I found the smiley pattern and then made a minor adjustment to my usual hat pattern.

These small purses were my new additions last Saturday. One small girl lit up when her mom handed her the middle one with the purple flap. I started the day with four and sold four so it looks like I need to make more. It's a great way to use up yarn left from my cotton hats.

A week ago I started Caroline on a purse using the blue loom. She had 3 inches completed when the market ended. She continued knitting on the purse at home until it was 6-1/2 inches long. On Saturday she learned how to remove it from the loom and sew up the bottom. Then she learned how to do an i-cord and made her handle. I chained a loop for the closure and sewed on the beads she chose and her purse was done!

Here are Nan and me and Caroline showing off our work on World Wide Knit in Public Day. Nan is making golf club covers, I'm working on a small purse, and Caroline is wearing one of my hats and holding her purse.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Market Friends

A couple of weeks ago, we saw
Hannah (10) and Caroline (5) handing out samples of fresh-roasted nuts for their parents. Nan talked them into wearing my hats and sending people to our booth. They were so helpful and friendly we invited them to come over for a looming lesson when they got a break. We all had a great time looming and chatting.

After thinking about how the hats bulged around their ponytails, I made a modification to leave an opening. Hannah was busy last week but Caroline graciously agreed to model another hat for me.

Caroline had gotten a green loom so she could make something for herself. Here, Nan cast on a project for her.

Caroline worked very diligently on her project. She wanted something she could finish during the Market so we settled on a headband. She knit 8 rows and I took it off the loom for her.

We let the headband roll and attached a flower I made. She was justifiably proud of her accomplishment and happy to model it for the camera.

My hats are selling well. Seven-year-old Elizabeth bought one a couple of weeks ago and came back to get more colors. She chose a green hat but kept eyeing the red, white and blue self-striping hat I was working on. She finally asked how long before it was finished. On hearing it would only be a few minutes, she sat with us and bought it also.
Nan has a couple of returning customers (elementary and middle-school ages) who have each bought 2 hats and are anxious to buy more. The older boy asked her for a rainbow hat with fun fur and dreadlocks. She came up with some great hats for him (pictured on her blog). They didn't make it last week but the hats are ready. Last week she taught the lady in the booth next to us how to loom-knit. They both worked on a hat during the Market, then Nan did some more at home. Next week she'll show the woman how to take the hat off the loom.