open for trade

I’m very, very happy to let you know that my shop is now open! It’s been a very long time coming  but I got there in the end- who knew there was so much more to opening a online shop than just making the things you’re planning to sell?! But it’s been a lovely journey, this learning curve, and the fact that it has spanned Australia and Scotland has a nice bit of poetry to it.

So. In case you haven’t seen what I’ve been making recently, my colourwork cowls are a project I’ve been working on over the last couple of years… they are where I bring together two great loves, plants and yarn, in botanically-inspired patterned colourwork and, for that reason, I’ve been really committed to making them, despite life being pretty busy. But, once I get past the idea of them and why they feel important for me for that reason, they are actually a really useful thing- a double-layer, patterned neckwarmer that is small but very good at keeping the cold and wind out and the warm air in!

Parterre Cowl in Bleached White/ Sage Blue

Parterre Cowl in Bleached White/ Sage Blue

Deco Fern Cowls

Deco Fern Cowls

Deco Fern in Silver/ Jasper

Deco Fern in Silver/ Jasper

The double layer tucks the little colourwork floats of yarn to the inside so they can’t catch on jewellery and doubles the protection from wind and cold. And it makes the colourwork looks lovely, rolling over the edge to the inside of the cowl…

Berry Cowl in Flannel Grey/ Fig

Berry Cowl in Flannel Grey/ Fig

I looked all over for the right yarn to make them with. It needed to be a 3ply, 100% natural wool that would go through my vintage, hand-operated knitting machine and that had enough body to give the cowls structure- a floppy cowl can be a lovely thing but I wanted these to sit up a little when needed. Not so much that you feel like you’re wearing a neck brace but enough to shield the neck. And the colour palette had to be right. I really wanted complex, subtle, heathered shades. And it had to be soft enough to wear on the face. Sadly, I didn’t find any Australian yarns that could do all this for me (someone has to remedy the situation!) and ended up choosing a Danish lambswool yarn, grown and spun in Scotland, that comes is a beautiful range of over 100 colours and has the right balance of strength and softness. For this, my first run, I chose 7 natural base colours and another 12 for patterning and am excited to try some of the other shades… too much choice!

Parterre Cowl in Donkey/ Marlin

Parterre Cowl in Donkey/ Marlin

The cowls that I now have in my shop are my first run, made in part for the Edinburgh Yarn Festival last weekend and also to put in the shop. Many of my favourite colourways have already sold but I’m busy setting up to make more so do watch for other colours and patterns that I’ll be adding over the coming weeks.

I’ll also be adding more of the Harris tweed tool pouches that I’ve been making- the original idea for them was as knitting tool pouches but, strong and sturdy with a little padding, they function beautifully to carry any treasures in. They’re made from worn-out jackets or from vintage lengths or fabric collected in both Australia and Scotland and were snapped up by excited knitters at EYF- it’s been lovely to see people using them for both their tools and their small woolcraft projects!

Tool pouches made from worn-out Harris tweed jackets

Tool pouches made from worn-out Harris tweed jackets

So there you go! I hope you enjoy having a poke around the shop. A huge thanks to all who have supported and encouraged me in this undertaking- it was and is greatly appreciated! And, if you are interested in finding out about shop updates (at this stage, I’m aiming for every fortnight), you can subscribe to the blog or follow me on Instagram or Twitter- I’ll announce updates in all!

8 thoughts on “open for trade

  1. kangabrat

    These are just stunning, and the colours of the cowls are exquisite! I just wish it were cold enough here to justify wearing one. Lovely, lovely work.

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    1. julesmoon Post author

      Hello and thanks so much! It’s quite a nervewracking thing to finally be at this stage and to put myself out there so it’s lovely to have such immediate and positive feedback! So thank you!

      Interestingly, I developed these for living in Melbourne and they certainly worked well for at least half the year there- I guess that’s the beauty of the insulating capacity of wool! But you are further north, I guess!

      Looking forward to a closer look at your site- your work looks so beautiful!

      Xx

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      1. kangabrat

        Winter here in Sydney seems to be getting shorter and shorter… I’ve tried suggesting a move to Canberra or Hobart (or even Edinburgh) but the family doesn’t seem to see my knitting as a huge priority. Sigh.

        Thanks for your comment on my work! I’m glad you like it.
        xx

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  2. Lydia

    Gorgeous cowls, they look great stacked up together and I love the way you have used the Harris Tweed…. wishing you great success in your new business it looks as though you have made a flying start. So, from Fremantle to There…

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    1. julesmoon Post author

      Thanks so much for your well-wishes, Lydia! It’s so lovely to have the support at the beginning of a small but important undertaking ; )

      Happy autumn, Jules

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  3. Denisechev

    The cowls look lovely, and you must have been working hard to get so organised. I hope the on line business goes well.
    I have sent you also a message via Ravelry.
    Denise

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