Nov 30, 2011

Free Shawlette pattern

Now that test knitting has been completed I posted the pattern for this semicircular shawl as a free download. Click on the pattern image in the right column.

The pattern is also available on Ravelry.

Happy knitting!

Nov 28, 2011

What I learned from participating in a designer market

As I posted before I was invited to participate in the Handmade December Gifts market put on by Karin Roeling who owns Gesamt Galerie and sells her handmade products on Etsy.

My primary goal for the weekend was to connect with other designers and crafters. This was a great success! (it was nice to sell a few items, too :-).
Unfortunately I do not have everyone's contact details but check out the wonderful ceramic items made by Noot en zo.

I learned a lot from the others and from the experience itself.

Something important I learned is that I should not mix my handwoven shawls with handspun yarn. Having the yarn displayed next to the shawls made the stand appear like a yarn store aimed at crafters rather than the high-end clothing / accessory booth I like to aim for. Having my spinning wheel there didn't help in that department either :-)

And another thing was that I am so immersed in the world of hand spinning, knitting and weaving that I was very surprised that those activities (with the exception of knitting) mean very little to the majority of people. I think a lot of the visitors were wondering why a yarn store owner would present yarn at a designers market...
So, I very much need to improve how I present my different products!

Nov 24, 2011

Cutest handknit mittens ever

I went to visit a friend yesterday, and she showed me the cutest handknit mittens ever!

Her Finish mother, Riitta Aholainen, knitted them for her grandson.

Aren't they adorable? I want some, too!

Nov 18, 2011

Usch Engelmann at Gesamt Galerie

I will participate in the Handmade December Gifts / Designer Market put on by Gesamt Galerie in Rotterdam.

Saturday and Sunday, 26 and 27 November 2011, 12pm - 6pm.
Pijnackerplein 2a, Rotterdam

Looking for original gifts these Holidays?
Stop by at Gesamt Galerie from 26-27 November and let
the designers seduce you with their handmade products.
Each piece is original and small-scale produced.

Notenboom Ceramics / Porcelain & Stoneware jewelry and tableware
Studio Lilesadi / Screen printed pillows, accessories & illustrations
Astronaud / Leather bags & accessories
Usch Engelmann / Usch's handwoven, handspun, handknit
Nov'82 architecten / products made with laser-cutter
---stiksel--- / Home textiles, bags & accessories
La Lisette / Bags and accessories
GriezeligGoed / buttons for KIKA
Annebet Philips / I like it. What is it? lamp
Mind What You Wear / WASH YOUR PROBLEMS AWAY, ritual soaps

Come and stop by!

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