I always worry that people will be shocked at the real cost involved in producing a finished item. I know anyone who crafts will understand this. So when I decided a week or so back that I wanted to sell made to order Off The Rails Infinity Scarves, I spent some time trying to source a nice acrylic yarn to make the scarf more affordable as the original had been made from luxury 100% Merino and its accompanying (worthwhile) price tag.
However, I really couldn’t find anything which I was happy with so I have decided to make and sell the scarves in the original Merino yarn I designed it in.
It is hard, but also important, to place a value on my time and experience and not be so timid about the cost of creating. I’ve been guilty of undercharging for finished items ever since I started making them, but have come to realise is that not only does it undermine my own skill and creativity but also everyone else who pours their passions into their handmade goods. I follow Holly Tucker (the exceptionally inspirational founder of Not on the High Street) on Insta and she is making a big push to support independents and makers this Christmas. Well I’m with her. It’s time we all started to raise the bar and understand our own worth, not apologise for it. There’s a whole other blog post in me on this topic but I will save it for a later date!
So, moral high ground decision made, I went back to Wool Couture who supply the beautiful Merino, and managed to narrow it down to 5 colours (as much as I would like to have ordered them all!) and set about ordering my stock.
Oh and when it arrived… lets just say I had all the heart eyes!! It was an added bonus that I also got my floor put in on the same day… there was much general jubilation!
Anyway… you can take a look at the colours that the scarf can be ordered in. I’ve had some pre-orders (they are on their way for those of you already on the list!) but for anyone interested, you can now order your Infinity Scarf through my etsy shop.
From top to bottom in the left column there is, Natural Cream, Baby Pink, Grey, Mustard and Natural Grey (the lighter one with a marl look). Aren’t they beautiful? I couldn’t resist a bit of a play! That mustard is so rich it’s almost gold!
I have also come up with a hat pattern to match the scarf which you can purchase as an add free printable PDF on Ravelry or Etsy. The Infinity Scarf Pattern does remain free on the blog! The hat uses the same stitch pattern and it simply had to involve pom-poms!!
I’m not making the hats to sell yet but if anyone does want to order one then just drop me a line! I may list them if there is the demand. The pattern is one (adult) size but they are quite straightforward to up and down size!
A friend, who also loves photography, and I spent Saturday out and about round Cambridge messing around with some unusual locations to try and get it at it’s best. I had the added ulterior motive of trying to get some shots of my finished Infinity Scarves in a better light. It was a freezing but bright sunny day and the town was preparing to switch on the Christmas lights so we retreated to the high ground!
As I walked home in the twilight I had this overwhelming sense that this was the last I will see of the Autumn golds for this year. I wandered along with my head in the clouds watching last leaves cling stubbornly to the avenue of oak trees across Jesus Green, one of the many beautiful open spaces in my City.
After a the hustle and bustle of town, taking time to notice the small things as I wander through the parks is such a tonic and a way for me to recharge.
I thought I would share a few of my raw captures.
If anyone has never visited Cambridge, put it on your list! I feel such gratitude to be able to live in such a beautiful city!
Before I sign off, I just wanted to give some advance warning that I will be offering 10% off everything in my Etsy Shop this Friday which the makers are reclaiming from the Black Friday mainstream as Indi-Friday. I’m staying out of that battle but just use code FESTIVE at the checkout to get your discount. It’s a small token of my large gratitude to those who read and support me!