We find ourselves just a month away from one of our favourite events – The Glentress 7 mountain bike race, part of the Tweedlove Bike Festival in the Scottish Borders. This is the 7th year of this fantastic event and it’s time to get on our bikes in preparation for 7hrs of pain and pleasure over the 11km course.
I’ve a score to settle following an early exit last year – after I found myself upside down and inside a mountain rescue ambulance, whilst attempting an ‘innovative’ manoeuvre subsequently crashing into a tree. Thanks Tweed Valley Bike Patrol 🙂
Alison & I will once again be participating in the pairs category as Team Wonky Woolies, complete with our custom race shirts and bobble hats. If you’d like to be seen at the event (on the podium perhaps?) in your own team colours like the folks from Team NIER (No Idea Endurance Racers), Glasgow Riderz, Clydesdale Colts & Singletrack Magazine, get in touch with us now!
The GT7 is held on Saturday 27th May and is part of a wide range of great events for all ages and abilities during the Tweedlove festival. Say hello if you see us on the day – we’ll be the ones in the coolest bobble hats around & the biggest smiles of relief when the 7hrs is up!
As we bid the summer a fond farewell, we’re looking to grab a cosy hat to help us through the winter. Come and visit our stand at the Autumn trade fair where we’ll help you find your own!
Its all about the bundles! We’ve created 3 sets of soft yarn hats in complimenting colours – The Bold, The Brave and The Bonnie – which will be the perfect addition to your winter window display. Each set of 10 handmade hats have been carefully selected from our top selling designs to ensure you have vibrant and exciting collections in your shop. We’ve made a super cute set of children’s hats, including our popular little tractor and boat designs, which make lovely stocking fillers. If you adore pure wool, we have a fabulous set of them too! Within this collection you will find 5 Shetland wool hats, 3 soft lambswool designs and 2 luxurious merino wool creations, ooh feel them hugging your head!
These bundles are only available at the show, where you’ll not only get a diverse collection to add to your Christmas range but we’ll also give you 10% off the total cost, it’s a double whammy of wonderfulness!
The trade show is open at the SECC in Glasgow on Sunday 18th & Monday 19th September from 0930-1700. Come and check out our lovely bunches of bobbles at stand P6, we hope to see you there! 😀
We are thrilled to announce that we’ll be taken part in the ‘Doors Open’ event located at the Lighthouse, Scotland’s centre for design and Architecture. The event will take place over two days from Saturday 17th 10.30am – 4pm and Sunday 15th 11.30am – 4pm.
Come along to see our selection of handmade bobble hats personally selection for you! Our designs are quirky, fun and perfect for a unique gift or a special treat. Most of our designs will be on display at exclusive show prices so don’t delay get in there quick to grab your new wonky hat!
We always look forward to meeting new Wonky Wearers! Hope to see you there 🙂
This past year the Wonky workshop has been in full swing with many hats being knitted by our fantastic team of skilled makers. One of our strengths as a knitwear business is that we work with lots of companies and individuals to create custom design hats. Last year we started working with Hope Technology, who are world leaders in the design and manufacture of bike components, to make the perfect bobble hat to fit their brand. Hope Tech have a distinctive logo and their brand colour is a brilliant bright green, which is much more green than any other green we had seen! In fact it is so bright this green that we had to ask our supplier Yeoman Yarns to create a unique colour batch of yarn especially for them.
In the past year we have made 1302 hats for the folks from Barnoldswick, which have been very popular with their customers, sponsored riders and other industry fans. This year we are looking forward to making more hand crafted hats for Hope, we’ve also been encouraged by the great response on the Hope Tech Women Instagram account showing the green hats popping among rich purple heather (love purple and green together!). We make each one of their hats individually by hand in our Glasgow workshop which you can buy exclusivley from HopeTech.com 😀
In September 2014 we were selected to be part of a group of makers to produce an exclusive collection for the National Trust of Scotland. At the beginning of the year our group of 9 makers were gathered together at the NTS headquarters in Edinburgh to discuss ideas and take inspiration from the trusts archives.
To create this unique range Team Wonky focused on the key concepts at the heart of the National Trust and found ourselves drawn to themes directly relating to us, which are nature, wildlife and built heritage. Once we had decided on the concepts our designs began to flow, inspired by memories of growing up in the countryside of Scotland with mountains, trees, historic buildings and animals galore! As our handmade knitted hats are a staple requirement within the realms of outdoor leisure, it seemed fitting to marry the ideas with our products.
Our range was designed with mix of tones found within nature from the hills to the sea as well as colours that are not directly related, giving them the Wonky factor. We worked with rich rust and forest green in the 3 sisters mountain design and blues and burgundy to make our pine knot design pop. We also included two children’s designs with a vibrant black and neon green bat hat and navy with mauve to display our castle and monument silhouette’s.
We are pleased to announce that the collection is now on sale, woohoo!
You can find our products for sale at the following locations:
- Robert Burns birthplace museum
- Crathes castle gift shop
- Culloden visitor centre
- Culzean castle gift shop
- Glencoe visitor centre
- Inverewe gardens visitor centre
- Pollock house gift shop
- Priorwood gardens shop
As well as on the NTS website http://www.nts.org.uk/Shop/302
It has been a pleasure working on this project and we hope you enjoy seeing our designs in real life! 🙂
Last week we completed a lovely set of custom design hat for Judith Glue who is based up in Kirkwall, Orkney. The hats include Judith’s design of Orkney runes which wrap around the main section of the hat alongside a feature of hidden text. The script of Orkney Isles wraps around the roll up head band on the hats which, when rolled down and worn in a slouchy style, is hidden. The hats are unisex and made in one size to fit all. We met up with Judith at Scotland’s Spring trade fair back in January and have been working on designs and colour options for a couple of weeks now. The hats are made from 100% acrylic yarn which is super soft, they can also be popped in the washing machine inside out to keep them looking vibrant and fresh. These hats are exclusive to Judith’s shop in Kirkwall but you can also find them for sale on her website http://ow.ly/OC6Dn 😀