2/05/2009

Custom Headbands


So I finished my second cold weather custom order headband. I'm seriously thinking I have been missing a market here. Obviously there is a need for people to keep their ears warm and I should be getting some eye catching and ear warming headbands out there. It's a little late for this year I'm afraid, but it is definitely something I will be working on for next year.

I love how this one came out. It is a soft and fuzzy soy/wool blend yarn. It is variegated with stripes of pinks, purples, and tan. What I love is how the yarn stripes matched up perfectly. Any knitter who has ever worked with variegated stripes knows what a lucky break that is. I wish I could say I planned it but that would be a lie. Sometimes the yarn gods just smile on our efforts. I generally don't care about stripes matching up but I know knitters that drive themselves crazy trying to get colors to match up in different garments. Self striping sock yarn can be a source of great consternation for some knitters if they end up with fraternal rather than identical socks.

I've had people ask why I don't make hats. The honest answer is that I don't enjoy the process of making them. I really prefer flat knitting and hats are generally made in the round. I really am more of a process knitter and I sell my items mostly just to support my yarn buying habit. So for me if I don't like making something it isn't worth my time. I have some design ideas I've been thinking about for making hats without working in the round. I know that it is done so I'll be playing with that some for next year's craft show season. I also like the idea of a line of earwarmers like I've been doing for the ladies who have requested them. This one will be headed for Melissa of Feel Chic Boutique. She blogs and sells items to support those living with chronic illnesses. I hope she enjoys her new earwarmer headband and gets some good use of it still this season.

12 comments:

Lindsey said...

I'm so glad to hear I'm not the only one who avoids knitting in the round. I despise dpn's. I knit to relax, trying to juggle 4 or 5 needles is not relaxing!

On The Verge said...

I love this! I would buy something like that for sure. I hate wearing hats but, like warm ears.

Stormee said...

I love the colors. Nice work.

Nancy said...

Very lovely! I work with variegated yarn nearly always, and you're right- what a lucky break for you! I can't tell you how many times I've had to pull a bunch of yarn off of the skein and waste it just to control the color scheme. Sometimes luck is just on your side!

Sandy said...

We still have plenty of cold weather, it might not be too late.

Good luck
Sandy

Kala Pohl Studio said...

Love the headband idea. My ears are always freezing and I hate hat hair, so this sounds like the ideal solution:)

Swapna said...

Wow That is beautiful!!

Jo Hoffacker said...

Great headband! I know from experience it would fit in my light tent for pictures. :)

OLLIE MCKAY'S ~ A Chic Boutique said...

Glad to see others LOVE your custom headbands for winter! I'm loving the one you did for me and have compliments every time I wear it??!!!

~ Charlene S Noto said...

"fraternal rather than identical socks" LOL Loved that line. Dropped in through an entrecard and decided to stay and browse. Nice blog!

Duni said...

Yours looks so woolly, warm and cuddly I'd want to wear it right now!!! I also love the colour you chose!

Dorothy said...

What a lovely blog..this is my first visit..

Dorothy from grammology
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