Phew, my fingers don’t know what hit them! I’ve spent the last couple of months knitting beanie hats for the Oxford Blues ice hockey team, and I finally finished a couple of days ago. This was my first large knitting order and I’m so pleased with the results.
Some members of the team sporting their new hats…
I’m now in the process of re-adding some made to order listings to my Etsy shop, so the digital shelves are looking a bit healthier again!
I do still have a few personal projects to catch up with, but I’m planning on spending a day or two behind my little anvil soon – so watch this space!
I can’t believe it’s 2016 already!
I’ve been MIA for a while and thought I would give you all a little update. You may have noticed that my shop inventory has shrunk. This is due to having had a very successful Christmas, plus I’m currently working on a large order of knitted ice hockey hats which probably won’t be finished until the end of February. I’ve therefore deactivated all of my made to order listings – so everything currently listed in my Etsy and Folksy shops is ready to post right away.
It’s great having such a large order to fulfil but I’m starting to feel a little guilty about turning down other custom requests (I’ve been receiving A LOT of these recently!)
Hope everyone is enjoying 2016 so far – I’ll be back with another update when I’m ready to take on new custom orders!
I’ve been experimenting with something new over the last few months and I’m happy to say I think I’ve cracked it!
If you’re in the UK, you will have had a pretty disappointing summer so far. We had a few days of heat and sunshine but that now feels like a distant memory – did it actually happen?? Anyway, it looks as if we will have to inject our own fun and brightness into our days and that’s what my new range of knitted cotton jewellery is all about.
The range is made with funky vibrant colours of cotton yarn and silver plated findings to create knitted earrings and bangles. It’s colourful and light to wear and easy on the purse strings – allowing you to mix and match different colours. The chunky knitted bangles are particularly suited to this – I think three bangles in contrasting colours creates the perfect laid back summer look!
For the duration of the summer, you can get 10% off my new knitted jewellery (and indeed anything in my Etsy shop) with coupon code SUMMER2015. Simply use the code at checkout before 31 August 2015.
Here’s hoping for a brighter summer!
I’m thinking it might be time to switch to metal knitting needles. Especially seeing as this is the second pair of plastic ones I’ve managed to snap in the last six months!
I actually find metal needles nicer to knit with, but they are usually slightly more expensive – I can’t help but sort my eBay searches by price so I always opt for the cheapest pair I come to. I’ll no doubt save money in the long run if I just buy the more expensive metal pairs, especially if I keep sitting on them (on in this case drop the entire collection of Ally McBeal DVDs on them…)
Luckily I have another half finished scarf to be going on with until my new metal needles arrive!
I’m appalled at my lack of blogging lately, and will endeavour to bring you more regular updates of the world of Emma Dickie Design this year!
I am still going through a gradual redesign of my shop – streamlining my products and clearing out some of my older designs in order to make way for new goodies. (You can have a peek at my clearance items right here…)
At the end of last year I created my first ever Fair Isle hat and this will be listed in my shop shortly. It wasn’t nearly as difficult as I thought it would be and so thrilling to see the pattern begin to come to life as I knitted each round. If you’ve been intimidated by Fair Isle knitting in the past I urge you to give it a try and see for yourself just how easy it is!
I’m also still experimenting with metalwork – I got a new drill and hammer for Christmas so expect to see some new metalwork jewellery soon (although I have kept the first pair of earrings for myself)!
As Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, I’ve been making a lot of Cross Stitch Heart Earrings, and was delighted when a pair of them was featured in the latest issue of Sew Magazine!
So, that’s the latest news from me… but I’m hoping to be back again soon with another update!
I’ve finished posting my new series of funky slouchy hats to my Etsy shop! It’s maybe not the best time of year to be doing this seeing as the sun is finally coming out, but I’m sure my international customers from colder climes will still appreciate their cosy warmth!
I’m also very pleased with how my photos are turning out in my new livingroom. Because we have windows at both ends I can get loads of natural light streaming in and creating a well balanced, natural looking photo. I’m going to start retaking photos for the rest of my products, as I think some of them might be overly bright in comparison!
So I hope you enjoy my new hats – I’ve created a design to suit the bold, as well as the more reserved hat wearer, from toxic green and pink to creamy white cables.
There will be more to follow in time, so don’t forget to check back often, or follow me on Twitter/like my Facebook page to be kept up to date with new additions.
That’s right! From now until the end of May all of my Ribbon & Ruffle Scarves will be marked down by a whopping 25%!
These Ribbon & Ruffle Scarves come in a range of vibrant colours and the ruffles create a lovely texture. In addition to full length scarves, I also have a number of shorter Scarflettes which come with their own coordinating handmade scarf pin.
All of my Ribbon & Ruffle Scarves have been automatically reduced by 25% until midnight on 31st May (GMT), so there’s no need to worry about entering coupon codes – the hard work has already been done for you.