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!
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.
I’ve been trying to source some good quality sterling silver ear wires at an affordable price for quite some time – some of the cheaper options can be incredibly flimsy. That’s when it occurred to me – why don’t I just make my own?
Through a little bit of online browsing I’ve managed to source eco-silver wire. This wire is made from recycled sterling silver and has all of the same properties as sterling silver. The wire is pliable but much weightier than the ear wires I’ve used in the past. I just love the more organic nature of these handmade ear wires and I think they’ll become a part of my future jewellery designs.
It’s also been a while since I used my pegboard so I’ve used my new silver wire to create these swirling earring designs.
In the meantime I’m also knitting up another slouchy hat using my own pattern. Once I get it the way I like it I’ll start to make a series of them in different fun colours. What a great way to brighten up the apparent horrible winter that’s coming our way!