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 😀
In the last 2 weeks we’ve spent a bit of time back in the motherland of the Scottish Borders to have a look around TweedLove bike festival in Peebles. This festival offers 2 weeks of riding bikes and good times for every age and ability to enjoy. One of the events is called the Glentress 7 (or GT7) which is an endurance test for individuals & teams of 2 or 3 members. The aim of the game is to get up and down the hills and around the course as many times as possible within 7 hours, with each lap being recorded. We were there in support of our beau & buddy’s team ‘No Trance’ who were taking place for the first time. As a mark of support we designed and made each of the team, Graham, Bob & Mikey, a custom design hat with their Giant Trance bikes and team name in colours coordinating to their true love (their bikes). Having enjoyed the trails at the 7 stanes Glentress forest many a time, we were intrigued to see how the event would be put together. Upon arrival we were ushered to the car park field by a lovely smiley lady and given directions to where the event was taking place. Within the event space there was a nice wee village set up with some food and merchandise stalls and a great crowd of people with cowbells galore! The start of the race was extremely exciting watching all of the riders getting ready to go off in a mad dash together. As the day progressed there was much whooping and cheering to encourage all of the riders around the course in the incredible non typical weather! The sun was shining, the bikes were gleaming and our team No Trance kept their bobble hats on!
The following week we were back in Peebles to visit the village on the green for the Enduro World Series. This is such a massive event for TweedLove to host and again we were not let down by the layout and organisation from the committee. The village was well set out with a really good amount of global and local businesses showcasing their products and services. We had a chance to catch up with one of our customers, Singletrack Magazine, who came up from West Yorkshire as a main sponsor. We also dropped off a couple of new colours of their custom design hats, so you may see them on offer later in the year.
All in all both days that we were at Tweed Love were very enjoyable and a great day out for all of the family. Next year we’ll definitely be back to see more of the varied events which take place during the daytime and evenings throughout the weeks. Also, I think you may very well see a Team Wonky effort on the GT7, best get practicing! 😀