When Erin Flynn, the designer who created my logo, business cards, and post cards, asked me to be a part of her new project, Indie Gift Box, I had to say yes! First, I knew it would be good for me to participate in something, get my name out there. Second, I definitely wanted to help start this off strong. And finally, it just looked like fun. So I said yes.
But what is Indie Gift Box? According to the website: We are a company dedicated to promoting independent artists and small businesses! We curate great items every month and organize them into themed boxes that you can purchase. Our goal is to help you discover new artists and companies, and to help those artists and companies grow their businesses!
I decided to send in several of my snuggly cuffs and wristlers. At first I thought about yarn, but the price point was a little high. Plus it would require the recipient to have some further skill to do something with it. The cuffs are small and wearable immediately, so I sent off five to Erin. She will place them in the boxes and some mystery person out there will get them! It could be you! If you are interested in purchasing a box, head over to the website and on July 1, you can place your order. Also, read the blog to learn more about each artist who has contributed. You may find someone there who is exactly what you’ve been looking for.
A few years ago I realized three things. 1) I have a lot of tiny balls of handspun yarn. 2) I have lots of neat old buttons. 3) I need to sell something cheaper than a pair of mitts. And that is when I started to crochet ‘snuggly cuffs’.
They were super easy to do and used very small amounts of yarn. Well, recently someone pointed out to me just how easy they are to make, and while I found that comment irritating, I realized he was right. Sure you need to do something that is easy for you, but you don’t want it to look easy. So instead of just griping about it, I decided to take a different approach. I got out my stitch dictionary and reconsidered some of those interesting patterns I’d always wanted to try.
Before I knew it I had a fun little assortment — cables, lace, seed stitch. Last year’s new tiny item was the wristler, so maybe this year I’ll have ‘sassy cuffs’! I’ve found that it’s similar to doing a neckwarmer except that it is so much smaller and quicker. Plus it’s giving me a chance to test out some stitch patterns that I’ve wanted to use in mitts, but couldn’t be bothered to swatch. Win win win!
First, I would like to thank all of the wonderful participants who submitted names to the contest. I really enjoyed reading your submissions and your great senses of humor. It was difficult to decide on a winner since your names were much better than anything I could have come up with, e.g. “roving holder bracelet thingie”.
The winning entry is “Wristler” submitted by Teah. The name itself is short and fun, but I also really liked the thought behind it – from wrestler/wrestling with one’s roving. Don’t wrestle with your roving, use the Wristler! Thanks, Teah for giving my new product a sassy name.
In order to show my appreciation for the other four ladies who gave me great submissions, I will be sending all of you a Wristler too! And don’t worry if you are not a spinner, these are just fun little bracelets – no fiber necessary. I’ll be contacting all of you soon. Thank you again!