I thought it was rest time, but I was wrong. Ah, well. I love making hats, especially the ones that are my own patterns/designs, so I have nothing to complain about.
I finished and delivered a couple of custom hats this week, including the finished HoundsToque in black and teal. Love those colours. Plus a few more shown below. I’ve got an eggplant bucket hat waiting to be felted, and three black hats (skull toque, cadet cap, and flat brim) to be knit up, felted and blocked over the holidays. Fun, fun, fun! And more warm heads!
Speaking of warm heads, I ran into a client who had a custom flat brim lid made and she told me she was out the other day wearing it in the rain and was so happy to be dry and warm. What lovely feedback! I’m very happy to hear it.
Well, I made it. The holiday sales are over for me.
Yesterday’s Toronto Etsy Street Team Marketplace was a lovely time, and a few heads were warmer by the end of the day, including the lovely and amazing Peggy the biology geek who also makes fantastic ceramic science-based necklaces, among other beautiful and interesting things:
And I picked up one of her awesome necklaces for myself, which caught my eye online in her Etsy shop (Giroofasaurus Vexed) and always made me think, “Those remind me of blood cells. White blood cells.” And I kid you not, when I picked that one from her display she said, “I don’t advertise this, but I always see those as white blood cells.” And I think I was drawn to it because in the back of my mind I am always thinking that I don’t want to have to do any more treatment that knocks my white blood cell count off and makes me terribly susceptible to viruses. (Coming up on 3 years ago I was in chemotherapy. Coming up on 3 years! Hurrah!)
I have 5 custom hat requests, 2 of which I have now blocking, 2 of which have to wait until I pick up more black yarn, and 1 of which they said could wait until January. I’m not going to wait until January to make it, but I am going to take a couple of days off to enjoy the snow with my kids, clean up, and pack away the craft sale supplies. And rest.
Below is a photo of one of the custom hats. Please excuse the condition of the hat. I took the photo right after it finished felting so it is pre-blocking and shaving. Looking a little shaggy for sure. But I love the colour combination she chose!
…enjoy live music, take part in one of a series of FREE craft workshops and even expect a visit from Old Saint Nick himself! The Marketplace will include a bake sale of tasty goodies and a charity raffle. The show features 20+ TEST hand makers and includes; one of a kind jewelry, art, fashions, toys, hand-bound books, handmade body care items and one of a kind Christmas ornaments, cards and gift wrap.
Admission is free. Location: Church of Saint Stephens-in-the-Fields, 103 Bellevue at College St Date and time: Saturday, December 14, from 11:00 AM to 5:30 PM.
And I’ve been busy with needle felting on a couple of new hats, as well as the usual fun ornaments, catnip balls, sheepy dryer balls, etc.
First of all, what an absolutely lovely group of artisans and visitors! I love sales in my neighbourhood because the folks are just so lovely and I know some of them.
Next, the viking hat sold! It’s a gift for someone’s Icelandic relation. How cool is that?! One of my favourite area painters took a photo of the gift giver in the hat and posted it on Instagram:
In fact, a bunch of hats sold. And one of the vendors went around taking several fun photos, which you can see here, including one of two new lid bearers (see below). So, there will be more warm heads in the Beach and Leslieville areas.