I took a few pictures at my LYS (well, FYS really) yesterday but I forgot to photograph the shawl. So I'll show you the knitted hats I've been experimenting with.
Last year I knitted this hat for my FYS-owner, as a New Years gift. I showed it to her and took it back as I wanted to embroider it. I finally did that not so long ago and I gave her the hat. Many people were so enthousiastic that I decided to try to make a few and sell them. I want to make them all different by decorating them in different ways.
First, the hat I made for my FYS-lady :
(more pictures at Flickr or at Ravelry!)
I love how this hat turned out, both the felting and the embroidery.
So I tried a green hat. It turned out quite ok though I don't remember how much yarn I used for the white hat and I think I need to use 2 strands in the future (the green hat is a bit finer and felted a bit smaller).
The hat is less sturdy then the white one but it looks the same when you wear it. I did some dry felting on the hat to decorate it but it's not as nice as I had hoped. It'll do though.
The third hat turned out way to small (which adds to the idea that I should double the yarn while knitting the hats). It's a baby-sized hat. I had also dyed the yarn myself and somehow the brown turned into a nice purple in the washing machine! :D Not to bad as a result.
I do think it felted nicely apart from the brim which would look nicer in my opinion if it didn't curl so much. I added some crocheted flowers which I think it nice for a little child!
Both the hats are for sale at my FYS. I have a few new ones in mind. Actually, I need to perfect them more. If it works out I might try a few more for next year, as over here Winter is already half way behind us. I do need to use the yarn double stranded and I think I did that with the white hat. I'll need to keep more notes on these. I also want to experiment a bit with different hats, but that won't be easy as I don't want to steal designs from someone (this design was vaguely based on one in a book).
I also want to experiment a bit more with the decorating of the hat. I love the embroidery of course. But I'm a bit stuck for designs. I need to try more of the dry felting, which I think I can improve in as well. I like the crocheted flowers, but I might try to felt some flowers in the future. We'll see.
I am hoping to at least support my fiber addiction in the future with what I'm making. Somehow I realized I want to be able to at least safe a little money, so maybe if I can make enough money from being creative to buy more yarn and fiber, I'll have some extra to safe!
As an opposite, I bought myself a new phone! The iPhone is still way to expensive so I bought a (cheaper) Nokia model with less possibilities but still a nice phone. I need to make myself a case for it so that I can remove the protection and maybe can takes some decent pictures with it!