Finally, here it is, the post you've all been waiting for! O.k. Maybe not all of you, but it is definitely something I am excited about. Now, after internet/computer issues (love my new MAC) and recovering from a car accident (everyone is o.k.) and adjusting to the kids being home for the summer (happily outside playing), I finally have the chance to attend to my blog.
Once again, through my involvement in The Artisan Group, I have been given the opportunity to include one of my products in a swag bag to a Hollywood celebrity. This time it is Ryan Gosling (star of The Notebook, Drive, The Ides of March, Blue Valentine, Crazy Stupid Love and more). No, I don't know if anything will come from it. But, I do hope Mr. Gosling will like his gift. I had really enjoyed making it. It's a new design, but a simple one. He seems like a pretty down to earth guy, and I think the gift I came up with was just about perfect. I hope he thinks so too.
It was not really an easy choice on what to send him. At first, I debated on whether or not I should even apply to send him a gift? If you've visited my shop, you'll see that most of my offerings include purses, blankets, and luxury women's accessories. I decided to glance through my sister shop, Seasons Of Wool. Over there, you'll find custom hats and mittens. Well, I thought, a hat would be good, but wool? Too hot. He is from Canada, and visits there and New York often, but I wanted something that could be worn beyond the depths of winter. My felted wool hats are REALLY warm. Some people are also sensitive to wool. Alpaca is another story all together. So, I decided to create a lightweight felted alpaca beanie. I'd already experimented with lace weight baby alpaca to create my fingerless alpaca cuffs, so I knew how it would perform. I love the result! It's a little stretchy. Very soft. And it's plenty warm, but not overly so.
The hat is knit from two strands of baby lace alpaca. One is gray and one is a denim blue. You end up with a mottled appearance. And the hat is fully reversible - one side is a bit smoother than the other.
I don't know. I hope so. I know he's a busy man, but I hope someday soon (or at least when the cool winds of fall start to blow) to see him wearing it. If you happen to see it out there, let me know!
The lightweight felted alpaca beanie is currently found at Seasons Of Wool. It is made to order and is available in a wide range of colors.
Lucy Chapman is the fiber artist, owner, and designer at Rosy Toes Designs. Her work has been featured in Urban Farm Magazine, InStyle UK Magazine and British Vogue. It has been on display in NYC, gifted to celebrities at GBK's MTV Movie Gift Lounge in 2014 and press in 2015, seen at the GBK Gift Lounge for the 2012 Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy Awards, visited the Gift Lounge for the 46th Annual CMA Awards, gone on an Arctic Expedition, and has journeyed around the world. Proud member of The Artisan Group, TAFA and Ohio Designer Craftsman.
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