Sunday, 25 April 2010

"focus on...PONCHOS"

The minimills ponchos have been a very surprising success story! so I thought it was as good a place as any to start these mini features.

They have proved to be a perfect accessory for the sunny spring weather at the moment, and can be worn with just about anything.

Our minis have been wearing theirs' when there's been a bit of a chill in the air in the mornings, as a very 'girlie' alternative to a cardi or jacket.
They have been knitted on my handflat machines in yarns which have been rescued from various sources, in a variety of knits and weights, depending on the season; so for Autumn, they were made in a thicker yarns on the chunky gauge;
Whilst in Spring, the new lines have been knitted in lighter weight yarns, some in lace effect knits, and I decided to use double buttons.
It's been really lovely to be able to use unusual and different combinations of colours, so that each poncho can be as different from the next wherever possible, to maintain the 'uniqueness' which is integral to my ethos. Sometimes, when the yarn used for the actual poncho is rescued, there is a limited supply, therefore I may only be able to get one poncho made out of what I have, which in turn makes that item unique, as does the use of vintage buttons. It gives each piece a real sense of individuality.

And then mills&bloom nicked the idea and made a grown-up version!
They sold out last Autumn, and there are only a couple left from this Spring's collection, so if you're interested, contact me for more details, it's no problem.
Meanwhile, minimills and bloom hope you enjoy the sunshine. Please check back for a new feature in a couple of weeks..X

Friday, 23 April 2010

new articles coming soon...!

I've decided to update the blog on a regular basis with small articles which concentrate on each product area. These "focus on...." postings will go into a bit more detail about a particular product I make; how they are made, the fabrics/yarns used, etc, and it's concept. I hope you enjoy reading about them!
So keep checking in to see what's coming up!