5/12/2009

Scarflettes In Bloom



I hope my last post didn't offend anyone. I normally don't get so personal but I have been more emotional lately than usual and if you can't share with your blog buddies who can you share with. It seems whenever I am feeling vulnerable I always turn to scarflettes. There is something soothing about them to me. I have been popping them out like crazy the past few weeks as you can see in the batch above.

I really hope that they are as popular at Strange Folks as they were last year. They were my hot item there last year and I sold a slew of them. The one big comment that stopped people from buying was that they didn't want something itchy that close to their neck. Most of my really nice ones last year were wool or wool blends. Some people just don't like wool next to skin I have found. I have made them with synthetic blends but I really prefer working with natural fibers. I am so glad that I found the Chilean cotton yarns that I used in the 3 scarflettes in the front row of the top shot. They are kettle dyed and so incredibly soft. I don't normally like working with cotton but these are unlike any other cotton I've ever seen. And they come in a bulkier weight than you normally find with cotton or linen. Most of these non-wool natural fibers just come in sport weight or worsted which really are not ideal for scarflettes. I have been using all kinds of different stitches to keep it interesting too. I've been cabling, lace, and the pink and green is a fun chevron pattern I just discovered. This cotton actually shows the stitch definition really well too.

I have been letting my shop dwindle away again. I am letting most of my winter items expire unless they have some hearts already. I haven't been inspired to take pictures of anything lately either. I have quite a few Spring scarves and whatnot that I really should get listed. Hopefully I will be able to motivate myself this weekend to get some pictures taken.

10 comments:

alexkeller said...

don't worry about being offensive sometimes - we need some diversity in our blogging, right? everything can't come up roses!
and it's a tough call with the kiddies. mine's only 3 and we're leaning to private schools. but we're only an hour from Mexico, so another culture is commonplace-Spanish is spoken everywhere. and I'm Ukrainian, so there's built in diversity in the house with prominent art, food, & books.
but you have to work at it no matter what school they go to, I think.

Rose Works Jewelry said...

Your scarflettes are really cute - I hope they sell well :) And I'm glad my post could encourage you!

BrigaBauble said...

Well, I've been a bit behind lately on my blog reading so, when I read your first line, I had to go back and read yesterday's post. I don't think anything you wrote could be seen as offensive unless someone was looking to make it so. And, as a devoted (and crazy) aunt myself, I can't imagine what I would do if my sister and her family moved away. Well, I'd probably follow them since, aside from my parents, they're the only reason I live where I do.

Your scarflettes are beautiful and the cotton yarn you found sounds perfect!

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Laurie said...

Hey, it's YOUR blog, you get to be offensive if you want -- not that I thought you were at all!

Audrey said...

Nothing personal is every offensive! We all need an outlet every now and then.
Love your scarflettes! Amazing colors.

Nancy said...

Wow, those patterns really are lovely:) It's very frustrating to find a nice wool alternative. I just can't stand using non-natural fibers...it's kind of hard to stomach creating handmade using factory produced fiber. Ah well. Glad you found some great cotton! We should start a turtleneck campaign for all of those people who complain of the wool itch!

Cherry Tart Design said...

What a great selection of scarflettes! My mom is allergic to wool so I can see how a lot of people are put off by it. I think the new cotton you found just may be the key to a successful sale!

Nancy said...

Your scarflettes are really beautiful, colorful and vibrant -- hope you sell bunches!

One Creative Queen said...

I love these!! Seeing all the beautiful creations you come up with, you have me dangerously close to picking up a new creative venture. Which I need like I need another childebeast! Everything you make is so...gorgeous. It's almost like you can feel them thru the computer screen!

I "tagged" you. If you have time (and haven't done it - I can't remember if you have or not, DER!), wander over. http://bit.ly/13Psft And keep on keepin' on...I'm jealous!! And I don't think you were offensive at all. Sheesh - look at the pity party I had earlier this week! xx

Michelle said...

oh honey. i'm pretty sure i have the market cornered on offensive :) and i'm not stopping anytime soon! if people don't like it, they shouldn't read it. your scarflettes are darling!!

 

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