Saturday, November 6, 2010
The Silver Hook would like to offer Nelson dolls, the Hal-Con mascot for the next month. There will only be a limited number produced of this design. Next year, Nelson will be different. Each costs $30. To have your doll in time for Christmas, orders must be placed by Sunday, December 5th, and all will be ready for pick up at the Dartmouth Farmers’ Market on Saturday, December 11th, from 8am to 12:30pm. Alternate pick up arrangements are also available. Not from HRM? I will ship your Nelson within Canada for $9 and international for $7 (prices are determined by CanadaPost, and take about 1-2 weeks to arrive). Payments can be made at the time of pick up (cash), or through PayPal (interac, credit card). Questions, and orders should be sent to me, Susan, at TheSilverHook@gmail.com
Your Nelson can have any accent colour you can imagine. The standard is green, but red, rainbow, blue, purple, yellow, orange are available.
Nelson is 9 inches tall and 7.5” wide, and each one is handmade. They do not contain small pieces, and are child-friendly. Materials include stain-resistant, acrylic yarn and polyester fiberfill stuffing. ALL are MACHINE WASH and DRY.
Special thanks to Hal-Con (especially Jennifer Lambe, Riker Jen, Amanda Schreiber, the original Nelson Designer)!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Looking for me? Here is a list of the shows I am currently attending. I will be updating this post as new shows are added, so check back often!
- October 16: 17th Annual Elmsdale District School Craft Market & Fall Fair
- Elmsdale District School, 75 MacMillan Dr, Elmsdale
- Lord Nelson Hotel, Halifax, NS
Thursday, September 16, 2010
For those who know me personally- I’m a bit of a geek. In junior high (back in 1990’s), I photoshopped a ST:TNG image with the heads of my friends. I’ve watched every episode of the new Battlestar Galactica and am currently waiting for the next season of Caprica. I even watched part of Star Trek: Insurrection on the weekend (oh Rick Berman, couldn’t you have brought back a Q plot for the last TNG movie? –it has nothing to do with my childhood crush on Q!). I thought Star Trek Enterprise was cancelled before its time. And I do love SGU (it is what Voyager could have been) and Doctor Who (and the flying blue telephone booth). Besides, isn’t it patriotic to support many of these shows since many are filmed right here in Canada and have many Canadian actors.
Understandably, I’ve been talking non-stop about Hal-Con since I was contacted by them to create a crocheted version of their mascot back in March. Once I understood that it was going to be used for fundraising, I decided to donate the creation. Since then I have be super excited by this science fiction convention coming to Halifax, this Hallowe’en weekend.
I am going to be creating more of the mascot robots for some of the VIP guests (Walter Koening, Jeremy Bulloch, Denise Crosby, Aaron Douglas, Kevin Murphy, Bill Corbett), and I will be a vendor as well (unfortunately I will not be a vendor at the Dartmouth Handcrafters Guild Christmas Craft Show at the Dartmouth Sportsplex since they fall on the same dates.
Greys (the stereotypical alien). Did you know that greys are the featured alien in 90% of reported UFO abductions in Canada? The Grey pattern is currently available in my Etsy shop (TheSilverHook.etsy.com), and the doll will be available soon.
Facebook and checking out the convention at the end of October.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
For many people, New Year’s is a time for reflection, but crafters tend to have another season – craft show season. It begins early in Fall, and lasts up to Christmas. During this time crafters need to be careful not to overbook, but so far, I am planning on 5 multi-day shows from Hallowe’en weekend until Christmas, and during all the weeks in between, I’ll at my usual haunt, The Dartmouth Farmers’ Market. Three of the shows are on back-to-back weekends – eek! I’ll be making a post about the shows later. But now that I am married (August 13) and back from my honeymoon across Canada, I am getting organized and reflecting.
I began crocheting for money about 3 years ago. I was stressed at work, and it was my therapy. The Silver Hook has come a long way. At first I was dependent on patterns, from sites like Crochet Pattern Central, but after being unable to find a pattern for a mermaid, I ventured into designing. As my friend will attest, the first few prototypes were awful!
It has been three years since my first pattern – and I have surprised myself at how quickly I can now design a new toy (except snails – they are the bane of my designing ability). And patterns are being tweaked all the time. I am surprised at how my business is doing. My sales are still not as steady or as high as I would like, but I have improved with each year.
After my first Craft Show Season (CSS), I learned so much about displays and which items to sell.
In February, the off season, I was contacted by a local store, Carrefour Atlantic Emporium, for wholesale orders. They have been fantastic and loyal clients ever since.
During my second CSS, I participated in more and larger craft shows- 3 to be exact. Unfortunately, this year was the great H1N1 scare and many people avoided crowds. I managed to have profits at each show, but I’ll wait until this year to get a feel of how well I can do. After this CSS, I improved my display (it’s a continuously changing beast). I began a Facebook Business Page, was commissioned for a Science Fiction Convention (contacted through Etsy), and began selling based on consignment at two stores: The Dancing Beaver, and Coco Beans. This past year, I also began selling patterns through Etsy, and learned to use MS Publisher.
It is definitely difficult to sell anything handmade (“my grandmother could make that for me for free”), but the signs are encouraging. I wonder what this year will bring!
Friday, June 18, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Bailey is made in 7 pieces: head and body, 2 legs, 2 arms, and 2 ears. Use size 4, medium weight yarn (about 1oz each for body and contrast colour for inner ears and bottom of feet, and 3.5mm crochet hook for all parts. Like most amigurumi, this piece is worked in a continuous spiral. Do not join rounds. Using a stitch marker can help keep track of rounds. While this project is possible by the novice crocheter, check out the stitches used to determine the level of difficulty.
CH (chain stitch), HDC (half double crochet stitch), puff stitch (instructions given), sc (single crochet stitch), sc2tog (single crochet 2 together, instructions given), sl st (slip stitch)
worsted weight yarn, yarn needle, 3.50mm hook, stuffing
Approximate measurements: 7 inches tall
Freya is approximately 7.5 inches tall. Look at the stitch directory below to determine skill level required (intermediate). The pattern is clearly explained in North American terms.
Freya is made in 10 pieces: head and body, 2 top wings, 2 bottom wings, 2 legs, 2 arms, hair. Use size 4, medium weight yarn (about 1oz each for skin, wings, and dress colors) and 3.5mm crochet hook for all parts except for the hair which uses a 4.00mm hook.
Chain stitch, double crochet, puff stitch (instructions given), single crochet, single crochet 2 together (instructions given), slip stitch.
small amounts, about 1 oz of worsted weight yarn for each of the colours (skin, dress, and wings), 3.50mm crochet hook,4.00 mm hook, darning needle stitch marker, stuffing.