Work mode

I know I haven’t been blogging much. I apologize. I’ve been working instead, and that only allows time for microblogging. Like these tweets and instagram posts below.

So if you want to stay in touch during this One of a Kind Show production crush, try my twitter feed, or check out my instagram, or “Like” my facebook page. Because apparently I only have time for microblogging…

#ooakdiaries #ooaks14

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Cadet caps and Baker Boy caps

Just a quick entry to show some stock to a customer who sadly lost her December Lynn’s Lid purchase 😦

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Lynn's Lids Baker Boy caps
Lynn’s Lids Baker Boy caps in black, rust (with flower in rust and black trim), and olive.
5 Lynn's Lids Cadet caps
Lynn’s Lids Cadet caps in black, milk chocolate brown, light green, and 2 in olive (front).

The light green (right) in this shot isn’t showing very well, but it’s the same colour as this tea cosy.

Lynn's Lids bike tea cosy

Needle felting class (love birds)

Thursday evening we had a full class at The Purple Purl to make wee love birds. As ever, it was a blast. Here are a few quick photos.
My penguin in progress:

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One participant decided she wanted a panda instead. Here’s her work-in-progress and then all of the finished products:

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Lastly, I gave my class creation to my youngest on Valentine’s Day and he made a sweet ride for him:

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If you haven’t learned, we’ve got another class in April! It is quick to learn and fun to do. And the class participants seemed to have a good time:

One last sale before OOAK…

The Annex Flea Sunday February 9, 10am-4pm at 720 Bathurst St. just South of Bloor (Centre for Social Innovation)I couldn’t resist. Just One. Last. Sale. It’s just that it’s winter, and it’s cold, and I’ve never been to the Annex Flea before, and… and… (I have a problem, I know.)

Anyway, I’m in. Because, as they say on the Annex Flea blog: in addition to hats, “Tea cosies and tablet computer cosies will also keep you, your tea, and your technology warm in these days of polar vortexes.” (or vortices.)

I thought I might make a few more of the cute little love birds (heart clutching penguins) in case anyone wants to get their cute on:

As for the One of a Kind Show, I am in full maker mode. In fact, I have run out of my Ontario undyed yarn for the dryer balls. My order will hopefully come today.

And in exciting OOAK news, the artisan profiles are up, making it very real! I like how there are several different ways to find folks including Category (hats, for me), Company Name, Last Name, Club One (that’s the vendors who give a discount for Club One members. It won’t be updated for a while, I think), Neighbourhood (yay, Etsy!), and New to the Show.

Lynn's Lids needle felted love birds

If you want to learn to make this little penguin yourself, call The Purple Purl at 416-463-1162 and see if there’s still any room in Thursday evening’s class.

As for the One of a Kind Show, I am in full maker mode. In fact, I have run out of my Ontario undyed yarn for the dryer balls. My order will hopefully come today.

And in exciting OOAK news, the artisan profiles are up, making it very real! I like how there are several different ways to find folks including Category (hats, for me), Company Name, Last Name, Club One (that’s the vendors who give a discount for Club One members. It won’t be updated for a while, I think), Neighbourhood (yay, Etsy!), and New to the Show.

My heating registers alternate looking like this (sheepy dryer balls drying):

Lynn's Lids sheepy dryer balls drying
And this (a tea cosy drying and waiting for adornment):

Lynn's Lids tea cosy drying

A word on our household. We are all, the whole family, at home. The 2 kids are homeschooled, and my husband moved into his home office from his company’s downtown office a few years ago. Which is great. But I share an office with my husband, and the kids work on my computer, or read on the couch in the office, or on the wee table just outside the office, but when my husband has a phone or video meeting, we need to vacate. I finally found a quick and easy way of moving whatever I’m working on, which makes me happy. This basket used to sit on my desk full of various tools I frequently use. I had a big desk tidy earlier this week and it’s all much more organized now, so I can use this for quick packing. Shown below, a penguin in progress this morning, with wool roving and felting foam. Anyway, enough chit chat. Time to get back to work!

handy basket for quick packing up of current project

On the road to the One of a Kind Show…

The surefire sign that I’m in production mode for the One of a Kind Spring Show & Sale (#OOAKS14) is that all of my heating vents look like this:

Lynn's Lids dryer balls, drying on heat vent
Plain (dark grey) dryer balls, drying.

Also, my desk is covered in hats. It’s embarrassingly messy so I refuse to take a photo, but just imagine 15 felted hats all stacked in a pile. It’s time to take stock of them and put them away for now.

I always have a hat or a tea cosy (or both) on the knitting needles. Yesterday I finished an olive baker boy (this style) and cast on a black original cloche (like the one shown at the bottom of this post).

washed and carded wool
Washed and carded wool, a stage between shearing and spinning into yarn.

If you’re wondering what the dryer balls are made of, generally the core is made from recycled wool sweaters (I actually have some cashmere ones that had holes in them and it’s kind of painful to cut them up and use them as cores…) or hats that didn’t work out, which is wrapped in undyed wool roving, and then wrapped in undyed yarn. The roving and yarn comes from an eastern Ontario farm. What’s roving? you ask… That’s wool that’s been washed and carded (brushed) but before it’s been spun into yarn. Shown at right in natural white, brown and dark grey:

A bit of fun: on Friday night I was riding the subway and saw 3 ads in a row for Etsy including this one!
Etsy ads on TTC subway!
And lastly, here’s a little known Lynn’s Lids fact: This past week I sold my very first Etsy hat! (I have sold hats to folks I know online but never via Etsy) Granted, I only had a few hats listed last year, but I am encouraged to list more now. I have several to list, I just have to get out and photograph them. However, now that I am in OOAK making mode, it may not happen. Something to work on for next fall!

Below is the hat that sold, and to add to the firsts: it was to my very first Etsy customer, from over a year ago! This one is my original pattern, as most of them are, but this was my first pattern. I think I’d just seen King Kong and I was in a 1920s mood. I love this one for winter since it goes down nice and low over the ears and the little lip at the front is enough to keep the snow out of your eyes. It keeps you warm in style.
My first Etsy hat sale!