Tuesday, 22 September 2015

September Habdash Reveal: The Scandi Forest Box

We are well and truly in the midst of Autumn crafting and supplies here at Pocket and Pin!
This month's Habdash box builds on the start of our Autumn colour palette from last months Woodland Box and adds a teeny hint of Christmas to start getting you in the mood.

I had dramas galore with getting this month's box ready. Firstly, after an influx of subscribers (don't get me wrong, that bit was no disaster! :-D) I didn't have enough of the fabric I had already chosen and bought for September's box. When I went to order more it was out of stock in the UK and Art gallery in the US were also out of stock! The turnaround for more of the same fabulous Stag print fabric was far too long so I decided on a coordinating fabric from the same 'Hello Bear' range.
Mini disaster averted and an added extra of a 'lucky dip' for our subscribers with the fabric in each box. A LOT of chocolate was consumed that day!

I plan the boxes 3 month's in advance so it's hard to make massive changes so close to dispatch. A complete design change is out of the question so I have to work around the other elements for that theme and try and come up with something that fits.

My next drama was kiddo sickness and then inevitably me too...another week lost in packing time!
BUT...we got there and another fabulous box was dispatched on time and I got to put my feet up on Monday night and celebrated with an 8.30pm bedtime!! Rock on!

Right on to this months lovely Scandi Forest Box...

As I mentioned previously, the fabric choice was a mixture of two equally lovely prints from the Art Gallery 'Hello Bear' range. I'm told by my supplier that they completely under-estimated the popularity of this super cute range of prints and they are frantically re-printing it!
I am also totally in love with this collection, so much so that this is the second month running I've featured prints from it.
This month I choose the bold Stag print and the more subtle Fir Tree print. Both these fabrics are 100% premium cotton, quilters weight. You get one fat quarter, which is approximately 45cm x 55 cm. They both tone in beautifully with the green and natural colour palette I chose. I will be uploading any leftover fabric to my website very soon, so keep an eye out!

The felt in this months box is my absolute favourite colour palette. I LOVE green. The colours I used were Marl Fawn, Sable, Emerald, Fawn, Cream, Light Stone, White and Moss. All of these can be bought individually on our website. Just click on the colour to take you to it.

This months trims add a good variety of texture. There is one metre of either Jute Braid or Ric Rac, another lucky dip! One metre of Beige Mini Pom Pom Braid and another rather lovely splash of Emerald Green with some Narrow Cotton Lace.

I've gone for Bells this month to add that little hint of festive charm, alongside some lovely Dark Wooden Heart Buttons. The bells are in stock on our website now and the Scandi Heart Buttons will be available very soon!

As ever, I have also included a little bobbin with some DMC thread to finish it off.

EVERYTHING in our boxes is re-usable and recyclable...I even use the empty boxes to store up my own craft supplies, they are the perfect size for stacking on shelves!

If you are a subscriber, don't forget to share your makes! I love to see everyone's creations and I shall be compiling a little blog post of my favourites soon, so come on....send me your pics!!

Next month, subscribers will receive our highly anticipated Christmas Box! This will be a full on celebration of the festive season and will arrive at the end of October giving you plenty of time to get those festive projects underway. You can sign up here
There will only be a limited number of new subscriptions this month as we draw nearer to our busy Christmas season so hurry if you don't want to miss out!

With the festive gifting season almost upon us don't forget you can buy one off Habdash boxes either via the Pocket and Pin website or Not on the High Street.
We also welcome gift subscriptions and can provide gift certificates for either three, six or twelve month Habdash Subscripions.

Happy crafting!

Sarah X

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Kicking Off Autumn Crafting - Knitted Teddy Hats

I love this time of year, I find it the most inspiring by far. Even more so since I've had children as their excitement for Autumn and of course, Christmas activities, really is infectious!

We've kicked off our Autumn crafts this week with Teddy Hats! 
My youngest came across one of the little hats from the Innocent Smoothie Bottles and decided to use it for his favorite teddy. Que all out war when my eldest clocked it and wanted one for his!....and then his whole teddy collection!

If you've not heard of the Innocent Big Knit Campaign, then it's worth checking it out. For the last couple of years devoted knitters up and down the country have been knitting miniature novelty hats to sit upon Innocent Smoothie bottles to raise money for Age UK. So far they have raised a over 1.7 million!
Once I've finished knitting for our Teddy army, I shall certainly be knitting up a few to send in.
You can find some fab patterns on their website that suit everyone from beginners to more experienced knitters. It's a fab cause and such fun, so get involved!

This is also a great little project for teaching kiddos to knit, it doesn't take long so holds their attention much better and they love dressing up their toys afterwards!

I adapted the basic pattern slightly for some of our larger teddies by increasing the amount of stiches to start and increasing the amount of rows.

Here is the pattern for a 20cm circumference teddy hat.

1. Using double knitting yarn and some 4mm needles, cast on 32 stitches.

2. K2 rows. Then, starting with a knit row, work in stocking stitch
(Knit 1 row, Purl 1 row, repeat) for 20 more rows.
3. For the next row, K2 together across all the stitches (16 stitches).
And for the row after that, P2 together to the end (8 stitches).
4. When you’ve finished, cut the yarn leaving about 25 cm.
Thread the cut end of the yarn through a sewing needle,
then run it through the loops and remove the knitting needle.
5. Tighten the yarn. turn the hat inside out  and sew it together at the side.
Once finished, turn it right-side out so that the seam you’ve
just sewn runs up the inside.

6. Sew on a Pom Pom! 

You can find out all about making Pom Poms with our fantastic Pom Pom Makers here.

Happy Knitting!

Sarah x

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Help Habdash Grow Campaign!

I've always been a little dubious about crowdfunding for Pocket and Pin, mostly due to my own self confidence i think! I'm a colossal worrier and shy to boot, which is not the ideal combination of characteristics for running a business... Thank goodness i've got wonderful family and friends to give me a kick up the backside every now and again!

However, i've seen how successful it's been for other small businesses and decided to give it a go! 
I've built Pocket & Pin up very slowly over the course of the last two and a half years, it really has been a labour of love. 
Cashflow is an ever increasing worry with a small business and investment is not easy to come by. This makes expansion and growth very slow and quite frustrating if i'm honest. Many a sleepless night has been had over the past two years!

Crowdfunding is great as it gives me the chance to offer any backers a little reward, if they so choose, for their help. Happy days! :-D 
I'd never ask for something for nothing, and so, anyone that opts to pledge to my campaign can choose a reward based on the amount they pledge. All contain varying amounts of Habdash goodness!

So what do i plan to do with the money i raise i hear you ask!?...Well, several things actually and i really hope i manage to raise enough to tick them off my business bucket list.

Firstly I'd like to expand the range of boxes i currently offer on a one-off basis. 
Currently i have a handful of one-off boxes available via my website and Not on the Highstreet plus the fab subscription club for those super committed crafters who just can't get enough of Habdash.
I'd like to grow the range by having more occasion themed boxes such as, wedding, Mother's Day and special child friendly boxes too. 
I'd also like to make larger deluxe boxes which would make a spectacular extra special gift for all you experienced crafters out there.

Secondly, i'd like to be able to afford a stand at Kirstie Allsopp's Handmade Fair next September. I was asked to participate this year but unfortunately the cost of the stand plus transport and set up costs would take me well over £1500. Completely out of my league at this time but i'd love to make it there next year!

Any funds raised over my target of £2450 would be used for marketing materials and website upgrades that i've been wanting to do for a while but get left at the bottom of the to-do list as everything else just seems more important.

We really appreciate every customer's support on our journey so far, you are all amazing for supporting and putting your trust in a small business like mine. 
Small business rocks!

We'd love it if you could share this post, spread the word or even pledge to our little campaign. Every little helps and means the world to us. You can view our Crowdfunder Campaign here, or click the link on the right hand side of this blog!

Don't forget, subscription to our Habdash club are always open and this month all new subscribers get a fab free gift as a special thank you. 
Here's a sneak peek of this month's box which is being dispatched on Monday 21st September.

Happy crafting!
Sarah x