Christmas 2016 brought with it a Messy Bun Hat invasion. I've tried my hand at it as well.
A friend wanted one similar to one she saw in a photo. The original poster had no idea where it was from so I did a little digging. The hat I saw originated from Stacey Thorngren. Stacey has never written a pattern before but the hat got such a following that she made one, posted it and was charging $5 for the pattern. I generally will NOT purchase a $5 pattern for anything. I made an exception for my friend. Though it seemed simple enough to re-create, I wanted to use the original from the original creator.
Stacey uses a different yarn than I have but I found the colors from the Red Heart Unforgettable series are gorgeous and work very well so I used that. I made four hats from this yarn before I realized that 1) It's really a thin yarn to make a warm hat from 2) I live in a small town so the only place to get yarn locally is Walmart. Within a visit or two they were out of the color I use and didn't expect more in for a while. I had a couple of orders come in after that so I switched to Lion Brand Landscapes. By far, the most popular colors so far are Desert Sunrise and Mountain Spring.
|I (badly) blotted out my bright green hair tie.|
I've seen some of the chunky versions of the hat go for as much as $40 on Etsy but I'm not that kind of gal. I like to make my items accessible to everyone and keep it low enough in cost that folks come back. I sell mine for $15 each. I currently have two in the Desert Sunrise/Mountain Spring combo and one that is a solid teal-like color called Peacock by I Love This Yarn brand. I'm working on another. I really liked the Metropolis (black/grey) colors but they're all so pretty.
I'm hoping that 2017 will be bigger and better! For the summer time, I'll be doing loads more barefoot sandals. Those were fun. :D
If you have ideas for things I should try, let me know in the comments.
I hope your 2017 is truly blessed!