Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Zambezi the zebra

 


This cute zebra made a whole household smile late last year when it arrived in Melbourne during their LONG lockdown!

Named Zambezi by his new forever friend, he is much loved and joins a zoo of other animals who give much joy to a little girl 😊

Hope that you are doing well? Is your family in good health?

Wednesday, 6 January 2021

6 years of Betsy's Boutique!


Betsy's Boutique celebrated 6 years of business on the 2nd of January!

It has been an interesting time for me learning SO much.

The items produced over the years have changed quite a lot and I am expecting that this will continue to occur.

That's because I knit for the customers. If they want something, I do my best to knit it!
I ask LOTS of questions, and double check everything, so as to be sure to produce something which is just what the customer had in mind. 

My absolute favourite part of this business is...
being able to give such joy to so many!






 

Wednesday, 23 December 2020

A beautiful bunny!

 It is quite plain that bunnies are my most popular large toy. 

It's been a while since I counted up how many I have made, 

but it must be getting to be quite a number now!

Bunnies can be made in so many colours, and with clothes, or not as the customer desires.

I enjoy them, for that reason, because each one is different, and has their own personality!


All in the pink!


Tilly enjoyed a few chats with a smaller friend 😊 

She does find it interesting to see who will come off my needles!

Covid has made some people very lonely, which is sad. We need to be sure to phone those who could be lonely, it will definitely make their day! 

Especially at this time of year...

Keep safe, take time to rest and just breathe during your Christmas/New Year break...



Wednesday, 9 December 2020

Love gift for me!

 As mentioned in a previous post, my precious sister passed away in mid-April this year.

So it has been a pretty rough year.

Grief is hard work.

Really hard work.

Then her birthday was 16th October.

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On that day, I received a love gift.


Her name is Tilly, and October 16th is now a happy day, because it is HER birthday!

Tilly is my friend, sits beside me at my desk as I work.
No matter whether it is knitting, school work, writing letters, or managing posts for Betsy's Boutique.
She keeps me going with a smile and I often chatter to her! ☺

I hope you have a friend that you can talk to ☺

Especially that you have a friend who doesn't argue back 😉


Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Dad's blanket


I had not done a blanket for Dad.

I show him pretty much everything I make, because he has always loved to see what his girls could do - yep, there was 4 of us =) 

But I managed to surprise him with an early Father's Day gift this year, of that ^^^ blanket!

He loved it so much, he ordered another in the same design, but with different colours. Keep an eye out for a future post featuring that blanket!

I had never done a pattern like this one before, and I really like it a LOT! Definitely one that could be repeated many times in many colours!

Now, how can I do better next Father's Day????

 

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Big bunny!

 I was asked to make a bunny the size of an adult!

I didn't look to see if there was such a pattern, because I can't imagine there is!!! 

But I did my best...

and produced a bunny 51cm from top of head to bottom of toes. 

(Yep, that's 20" if you are outside of Australia)

Thankfully patterns can be changed to meet customer's needs! ☺


I've mostly knitted girl bunnies.

I wonder why?

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How are you doing? I hope that you are taking the time to unwind from the busyness of life on a regular basis. It is very important for all of us. A change of view. A change of pace. A change of routine.

Knitting is my therapy. I always have orders, but I also have items that I want to knit as gifts. So, more often than not, I have more than one item on the go at once. This is good for me. Means I don't get stuck in a rut. 

We all need rest. Be sure to rest!


Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Starry, starry night!!!

 How are you doing? Do you have a hobby? 

Some people do the most amazing handicrafts, seems the sky is the limit there! It is always amazing to see something that someone has done, and you really had never thought of such a thing, isn't it?

Talking about the sky.

I got an order for a star blanket! 

That was definitely a new idea to me. I didn't even know you could do one!!! 


This could be done in SO many different colour combinations...

Oooooh, that is one of my favourite subjects! 

Knitted items change SO much when you just change the yarn colour. I have never got over how amazing that is, hehehe.

I found another star blanket pattern when I found the one above. Perhaps one day I will have the opportunity to try it too. 

In the meantime, it sits with my all other patterns ideas 👀


Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Warmth for the elderly

As you would expect, I knit gifts to give away myself. 

Actually, I get frustrated if I can't!!! 

Gifts are most fun when it is made by one's self.

Don't you think?


This has kept my Grandpa warm this winter, which is wonderful!

The yarn was SO warm, and since he lives in a cold part of Australia, and being elderly has not the best circulation, you can imagine how much the warmth is appreciated.



Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Over the rainbow...

 Many people are unfamiliar with handcrafts. They may remember some old aunt, or grandparent who did such things, but have never learnt for themselves, or were never presented with such an opportunity.

My mother taught me to knit when I was a young girl, and I knitted up the obligatory scarf, but didn't really do more. Until I was in my late 30's, when I rediscovered knitting and started with yet another scarf!!! 😆

I have had customers ask me for an item which is crocheted. And I don't crochet. Much. Yet. 

However, many crocheted items can also be knitted, so it just means I need to search for a pattern if I don't already have one. 

I have HEAPS of patterns.

When you are as addicted to knitting as I am, you start to avidly collect them. 

Just in case!

Here is the result of one such request. It turned out just amazing!!!



The colours just went SO well together. 

I'm pleased to report that both my customer and I were VERY pleased with the result! 

Phew!


Wednesday, 16 September 2020

No restriction on love

 People order gifts for all sorts of reasons.

Some are boring, some are fun, some are routine, others are a surprise.

I LOVE surprises, so if you have an idea that you would like to surprise someone with, please, feel free to contact me!


Toys don't need to be reserved for babies and children either.

The pair above were ordered by a lovely lady in her 60's for her younger sister. They were unable to visit each other, due to Covid travel restrictions, so were a reminder to her younger sister of them being together. 

Thinking of a gift that represents someone, or something, as a reminder that someone cares is a great idea! We need to make sure we look out for each other, right?

The bear and bunny are very proper, wearing matching undergarments. Such things are important to some, so I do my best to please the customer! 😉



Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Philosophising over monkeys...


Sometimes I make a toy, and feel disappointed. I feel it really doesn't look good. I expect that all toys MUST be cute! But yet, sometimes, it just doesn't happen. It is REALLY disappointing.

But the thing for me to remember, is that it isn't about me. 

First, it must please the customer.

Then it must please the recipient's mother 
(most toys are ordered for children)

Then it must appeal to the child, or baby.

But wait, what does a child base their assessment on? Does a newborn, or very small child look at something the same way an adult does? I expect not. 

So therefore can draw a sigh of relief and keep those needles knitting...!
 

Friday, 21 August 2020

A new scarf pattern and so much more!

 I apologise for not being the most regular in posting updates of my work. But over the next few months, I will share my most recent work. The purpose of this blog is somewhat of a portfolio, so it can be seen what I have done... to give ideas of what potential customers could order.

Over time it has become evident that almost all my customers would rather order something personalised, to fit their own requirements, rather than something pre-made. I have thought of selling my work on pop-up market stalls, but so far, have had enough orders come my way, that I have kept pushing that idea to a back burner.

I would love to have people interact with me on this blog, but really, it rarely happens, so I see it as just a portfolio. But if you feel like commenting - please DO!!! I would love to hear your thoughts on my work!

I also love orders ☺

Recently someone was praising my work, and I said "the things that seem to grab the most attention, are items that customers have dreamed up. I am just the means to the end of their dream." 

That sounds like of pathetic in some ways, but yet, if you can't knit, or don't have the time, knowing someone like me can be real handy, right? 😄

Without further ado, let's see the first item I produced after a 10 week hiatus...



I had not made this scarf before, but LOVED how it came out! It was just so pretty! I like it when my customers have good taste - hehehe!