Blanket talk!

Blanket talk!

A few months ago I asked my friend if I could do a photo shoot with her children for my blankets, she very kindly agreed.  I’m so very grateful to her!!  Her son is around 2/3 years old and was very happy to oblige, he was intrigued by the colours in the blankets and keen to see which one was coming next.  I couldn’t have asked for a better model he was so fab!  He chatted along to me as he sat in our local park looking extremely cosy under the blankets.

When it came to photograph his little sister it was another matter!  She was not having any of it, it was clearly a ‘not today thankyou!’ situation – oh well, can’t have it all I guess.   As you can see I got some amazing photos.

I do love crocheting baby blankets!  They are one of my favourite things to do, the whole process is delightful from start to finish.

Usually, I start from the yarn, picking out what colours go together and deciding what yummy yarn to use – sometimes a difficult job because there are so many gorgeous yarns available to choose from!  Occasionally I’ll start with the design as some yarns seem to go better with some designs than others.  I like to use a cotton or baby merino to make a traditional continuous granny square blanket for example.

Each blanket takes me anything from 12 to 24 hours to make depending on the design and size, so the initial design process is pretty important, I don’t want to be unhappy with the result at the end of all that work!  The type of yarn I pick is important too, I like to use natural fibres wherever possible, not only do they produce something very special at the end, they’re also amazing to work with. 

A cotton or merino blanket feels luxurious to touch, very soft and supple, perfect to have next to a babies skin; the pure wool and wool/alpaca blankets have a lovely sumptuousness to them and a weight that you just don’t get with acrylic fibre yarns. 

Acrylic yarns do have their place though, they make the best lightweight blankets which are great for that extra layer or for slightly warmer weather when you only need a light covering.

You can find my blankets in my Etsy shop and also at Quillies a bricks and mortar shop in Rhayader, mid Wales.

I also offer a custom service, I can make a blanket in colours of your choice and design – contact me to discuss the details of your heirloom in the making!

Vicki x

I Sent My First Newsletter Out Yesterday!

I Sent My First Newsletter Out Yesterday!

Yesterday I sent out my very, very first ever newsletter – it may sound silly but I’m so pleased!  I am planning on sending out one monthly, they are my way of keeping in touch with my lovely customers, letting you know what offers I have on, new products to watch out for and what I can offer as an independent handcrafter!

This month I spoke about buying a gift for someone and hoping they don’t already have it!  Has this ever happened to you?  It has to me!
Buying handmade makes the chances of that happening drop drastically, the very nature of handmade items are that they are unique and not widely available – that makes the gift extra special!

If you’d like to receive this newsletter it’s not too late to do so, this link here will take you my sign up form Link To Sign Up Form as a thank you for signing up you also get a 20% discount code to use in my Etsy Shop.

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Other news this month – I’m going to be at Wonderwool Wales on the weekend of 23rd and 24th April, for this weekend I’ll be shutting my Etsy shop and taking everything there (and lots of things that aren’t) to tempt folk!  I’m going to be part of the ‘Powys Creative’ stand, I’m in very talented company too, gorgeous handblown glass items from Fox Glass, felted scarves and hats from Dolyfelin Designs and beautiful willow woven baskets from Mary Zammit.  I’m so looking forward to it – and also have so much to do!!  Best get on with it.

Bye for now

Vicki x