Double Swirl Beanie

“Pump out a hat, you’ll feel better after.” – Chantal of Knitatude

Whenever I’m in a knitting funk, I recall these wise words. She’s not wrong either. If you have a number of wips happening but don’t have the drive to work on any of them, make a hat. Or a headband. Just piece that is going to give you pretty instant gratification so you feel like you’ve accomplished something.

And that is where the idea for the Double Swirl Beanie came from. I always have multiple wips but I was feeling bleh about knitting and felt a need to stash bust and just work something up. I grabbed my skein of Briar Rose from Handmade Home Fibers and a random tonal pink that matched and looked through one of my stitch books.
Upon finding a texture pattern that would look good with solid or variegated yarn I got to work.

Also in my collection was the most perfect deep magenta pom from Rose and Purl.
It was named the Double Swirl because of the double stranding and the texture creates a swirl design. I also did a double brim because they are just so much more cozy.

You can find the pattern here.

Happy Knitting!


Consigning Your Handmade Items

I received my first opportunity to consign my knitting last fall. I was fortunate enough to have made the connection previously and didn’t have to do any cold calling but that doesn’t always happen.
I ended up designing a colour block adult and child hat specifically for the Fort Calgary gift shop. There was a contract, it was a 60/40 deal (meaning I get 60% of the sale) and they would send a cheque at the end of the month. Now, in order for that to work out for me I had to price accordingly. Which I had already  done but double checked before giving my prices. It’s not in anyone’s best interest for you to short-change yourself.
Sure the retailer is getting a smoking deal but you’re having to make more stock for less profit and you may even burn yourself out in the long run.

So if you’ve been on the fence regarding consignment or wholesaling, I say go for it! But make sure you’re paying yourself enough so that a 50 or 60 percent payday is still making you a profit.

If you’re going to do some cold calling, check the website of the store for their preferred method of contact. Some will have an application, others will want you to email, it all varies. But unless they specify it’s how they want to be contacted, DO NOT dm them on instagram! Simply because a quick check on their website will likely tell you how to apply/contact them and by dming them you’re basically saying you don’t know how to the proper research.

The season for my products is over but I will definitely be working with them again this fall.



Pattern Review: Moonstone Mittens

Full disclosure time, I have made these mittens 4 times and none of those were for me. The first pair was for a friend for Christmas, the next 2 pairs were for each of my grandmas for Christmas and the last pair was for my mom for her birthday. So to say I love this pattern is kind of an understatement. The pair pictured used 2 skeins of Brooklyn Tweed but I have also used Madeline Tosh and Plank & Stella.

IMG_20171220_144402_01This was the first pattern where I used dpns for their true purpose and not for cabling and I have to say, not as scary as I thought. The pattern knits up very quick and as a sidenote, I have little hands so I did one less of the 8 row repeat and they were perfect. So I do suggest trying them on during the hand part just to check length.

The detailing shows up best on solid or tonal yarns but I did use a more verigated than tonal and they still looked lovely.

This was my second time making mittens but first time making them in the round, the first time the pattern had me work them flat and then seam them…it was weird. But if you haven’t made mittens before I would say that as long as you know how to knit in the round and can follow a pattern you should be fine. Just remember as with anything you haven’t made before, trust the pattern.

You can get the pattern from Woolfield Studio’s Etsy shop here