3/07/2010

Hats Off


I was going to post this on Saturday and call it Haturday but the weekend really got away from me. That is actually a good thing. It was the first full weekend I've had since the fall/surgery with tickets to the Rep Saturday and some shopping on Sunday with Ani. The top picture is one my friend/former colleague sent me of the twins in their hats I made them. She says they get compliments every time they wear them but I'm sure they get compliments on anything she puts on their adorable heads.

The next shot is of Ani goofing around with the hats I made while laid up on the couch. It's kind of a sad number but a few of them are more intricate than others. The organic wool one in gray has cables throughout and actually took me well over a week to make. Unfortunately it has no give and will only fit a small adult head or child. When I took this shot of Ani she said, "Wait, I think I blinked."

I'm getting much faster and more knowledgeable about which stitch patterns are best for which hat. I've started using ripple stitches as it gives a cool effect especially with variegated or space dyed yarns. And since hats are not reversible like scarves I can use some cool stitches I like that are only interesting on one side.

I know that hat season is basically over but it's all about building up the inventory. It's time for me to really start thinking about next year's craft show season and what I want to focus on. I'm going to have the hats and the high and low end scarf price points. I will whip out a bunch of $15 scarves for 2 months right before my first show but between now and then I'm going to focus on hats and more upscale scarves to match the hats. I'm also thinking about how to sell them in sets. I'm really starting to come out of my creative slump which is definitely a good thing.

9 comments:

Duni said...

Those baby hats are so cute!
Winter seems to have come back here!
It's been snowing for two days now.
A hat-and-scarf set is a fabulous idea! I also love that pink hat in the front of the 2. picture :)

Ann said...

Look at those two little babies they are adorable and your hats look so cute on them. Love the picture of Ani, she's not a bit of ham is she?...lol My daughter was always like that in front of a camera.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

The babies are precious and with those hats they just are adorable.

selahestelle said...

oh, I love that you're making hats! I greatly admire anyone who makes them with needles as opposed to the loom hats that are the only ones I have had the patience to master. Would love to see the neat stitches up close, I imagine they're just lovely. The pic of Ani with all the hats is really cute. I have two handmade hats for my daughter and we always get compliments too. It's actually the hats that get the compliments, because people don't usually comment on what she's wearing as much as her and her personality; but those hats do get attention. It will be great to have inventory piling up and hat/scarf sets are sure to be a gift-giving hit! Yay Haturday!

Becki said...

Yay for creativity :) And your hats look awesome - I'll need to pick one up in the fall, I'm thinking...

Sinclair said...

Those are great! I love making hats even more than making scarves, now that I have gotten the hang of it. I am about to embark on some summery cotton berets, I think. That way, hat season can extend into spring and even cool summer evenings. Maybe?

Micki said...

Lovely hats!!!
Thank you for visiting my blog :)

Micki x

Tina said...

If I wanted to search your Etsy for baby items what would be the best way to do it? I tried baby, children, and infant, but nothing worked. Do I just need to do it by item? Your stuff is so beautiful!

Got It From My Mama said...

2 beautiful babies wearing 2 beautiful hats lovely.

 

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