SnuggleBubs

Baby handknits with style, pride and care

Sydney, Australia · 258 Sales

SnuggleBubs

Baby handknits with style, pride and care

Sydney, Australia 258 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars
(87)
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Christine

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Announcement   Looking for ideas for a custom knit? Please check out my "Sold" listings from the link below my banner.

FREE SHIPPING for Australian buyers on baby cardigans. Knitting for babies is a passion for me. If you need a baby gift, or something unique that's been knit with care and attention to detail, please take a look at my handknits.

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Last updated on May 31, 2016

Looking for ideas for a custom knit? Please check out my "Sold" listings from the link below my banner.

FREE SHIPPING for Australian buyers on baby cardigans. Knitting for babies is a passion for me. If you need a baby gift, or something unique that's been knit with care and attention to detail, please take a look at my handknits.

Christine

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Christine

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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(87)
Angie Stahl

Angie Stahl on Sep 20, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Beautifully soft, prompt delivery & very happy with purchase. So hard to find knitted goodies these days for non-knitting people :)

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About

One stitch at a time!

MY BACKGROUND

I learnt to knit at about 8 years of age, taught by my mother and grandmother. I still use some of their knitting tools. I remember when I was still too young to knit, standing on a chair and clashing a pair of knitting needles together as fast as I could and believing I was knitting, because that’s what I perceived my mother as doing and I wanted to be able to knit too.

I knitted garments for myself in my teens, and baby clothes for my own children for their first couple of years. Then I put away my needles and didn’t think about taking them up again until my daughter in law became pregnant with my eldest grandchild, a beautiful girl who is now 11. I haven’t stopped knitting since then; it’s become a passion. I knit mainly baby clothes but also knit children's and ladies’ hats, scarves and cowls.

Once I realised my grandchildren have more knits than they can comfortably use I gradually started selling my knitted baby garments. First I sold by word of mouth and at one or two annual craft fairs, which I still do, and then I ventured online.

WHAT INSPIRES ME

My initial inspiration behind knitting baby clothes would have to be the fact that I simply love babies and children. They fascinate me. I love their innocence and honesty and I love to go into their world and see things through their eyes. I love to just observe them and listen to them, and play make believe with them. I once was a teacher, and have done voluntary work with babies. So my love of children and knitting has come together and resulted in a constant stream of baby knits.

It’s rarely a conscious decision that I will knit a specific pattern next, like ticking off a list. It’s more a feeling of inspiration because along with the patterns and colour ideas circulating in my mind are thoughts of interesting colour combinations. I love playing with colours and prefer styles that are more modern and eye catching.

Ideas might come from something a stranger is wearing, or a home decor item, or a display in a shop window, or something beautiful in nature - I jot it down or take a photo and store it away in my "Ideas" file. I also keep my eye on what baby wear trends are in some of the more popular baby stores.

So it’s more of a creative process than a logical one. Something simply inspires me and my mind almost subconsciously mulls over colours and which pattern might work with which yarn for the effect I’m after. Then I’m itching to be finished with my current project and casting on something new.

MY PROCESS

Whereas when I knitted for my own babies I knitted for practical reasons along with the pleasure of making them something pretty, nowadays my knitting is more my art. It’s a very creative process for me, along with being soothing and relaxing.

Hand knitting isn't an instant process that produces a finished product in an hour or two. Each garment contains many thousands of stitches and each stitch is formed individually. It has to be done one stitch at a time and it can take a week of knitting (a few hours each day) to finish a small baby cardigan.

Sometimes that frustrates me because I can be impatient to see my finished product and yet life's obligations get in the way and I can't be constantly knitting. Luckily I enjoy the actual knitting process, finding it relaxing, so that gradually my visualised garment takes shape.

All my handmade sweaters are made with attention to detail and careful finishing - I regard knitting as both my craft and my art. I'm quite a perfectionist in everything! I think you'll find that my knits are a bit different from others. I spend a lot of time selecting the perfect yarn and colour/s for a project, adapting patterns as I don't necessarily follow a pattern to the letter, and finding the perfect buttons. Buttons! I can spend hours trekking around shops searching! Buttons are so important - they can make or break the beauty of a baby cardigan. Overall, immaculate finishing is vital.

My yarn choice goes with yarns that are soft and nice quality, ranging from machine washable to more luxury handwash only yarns; I don't shop for yarns in "$2 stores" or chain stores and won't skimp on quality. Much of my yarn has been bought from the UK as I tend to prefer some of their brands.

I hope you will enjoy looking through this store, as much as I enjoy making the items for sale in it. Any feedback or requests are entirely welcome.

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Last updated on April 11, 2016
Thank you for checking out my shop, which displays expertly handknitted baby garments, all made by me... with love, pride and care. I have many years experience in knitting and take satisfaction in knowing that whatever I make, I make well. Attention to detail is something that's important to me.

My knits tend to be more modern and colourful as this is what gives me joy and what I know appeals to the young mums I have contact with. I think you'll find my knits are a bit different from others, as I like to make my own interpretation of a pattern by using distinctive colours or detailing.

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Payment
► Australian buyers - payment is requested by Direct Deposit, please. In checkout, select "Other" as your payment method. My bank details will be found in the Etsy invoice sent to you.

Money orders are accepted from Australian buyers only.

Cash on pickup is fine, in the rare instance a buyer might be local to me and find pickup convenient.

► For international buyers, please use Paypal only.
Shipping
► Australian buyers: Free shipping of baby sweaters, jackets, cardigans.

► International buyers: I realise that the shipping price given for hats and booties is high, but it is ONLY the cost of the stamp. Unfortunately Australia Post has no lower parcel rate than the one listed, no matter how small or light in weight the item is. Frustrating, and crazy, I know!

However, if you buy an accessory such as a hat or baby booties along with a sweater, the accessory item travels for free. That's because there is quite a generous weight limit within the shipping cost.

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Please ensure that your shipping address on Etsy is current. When I ship to you the address supplied by Etsy is the one I use; buyers are responsible for any shipping costs of returned and resent packages that are as a result of an incorrect checkout address.

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Any Custom fees and Taxes are the buyer's responsibility. Please be aware of the custom rules for imported goods to your own country.

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Every International parcel I send has a completed customs form attached which declares the value of the contents in Australian dollars.

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If you are buying multiple items the shipping cost should display when you add the items to your cart. If there is some unexpected error I always happily refund any shipping over-payment.

I will always ship within 2 business days of receiving payment. I actually aim for same day shipping.
Where possible I might use clean recycled mailing satchels, which will therefore save the buyer money. All my shipping costs are calculated based on the exact cost of shipping, ie stamp and any necessary packaging that I have to buy.

If a different shipping method - eg Express, Insured - is required, please send a message first for a shipping quote.
Refunds and Exchanges
In the unlikely event that an item is unsuitable, please contact me first within a week of receipt. In that circumstance I might accept a return of the garment in original, clean and unused condition for a refund of purchase price upon receipt. No refunds will be offered on shipping, and return shipping costs are to be covered by the buyer.

I'm sorry but this policy doesn't cover change of mind so please choose carefully and feel free to ask any questions you like before buying.
Additional policies and FAQs
I do my utmost to ensure my photos depict the colours as accurately as possible. However, please be aware that computer monitors can show colours differently, and if you would like me to email separate photos or give you links to online shop pictures of the yarn colours used, please send me a message. I do want you to be happy with your purchase.
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I will only use your shipping and billing address, and contact information
- To communicate with you about your order
- To fulfill your order
- For legal reasons (like paying taxes)
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FAQ's

► Do you do custom orders?
I am open to requests for custom orders if a different colour or size is required. Pricing would not vary from what appears on Etsy, provided of course that the yarn to be used is an equivalent price for me, and the amount of yarn required isn't significantly more. I do mainly knit for the size range up to 1 year, though will knit to about 2 or 3 year sizes for some girls' short sleeved styles.

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► How long does a custom order take?
The time required to complete a custom order is usually round 1 week, depending on other commitments.

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► Do you combine postage?
I happily combine postage for the cheapest option. If by chance you are inadvertently over-charged for postage, I will always refund the difference.

For Australian buyers, 2 or even 3 items can probably be sent for the $8 postage charge. Double check with me before purchasing if you want to be sure.

For International buyers, shipping for a second item will cost an extra AUD$7 over the single item's shipping as displayed on my shipping page. Sometimes a third item can be included at no more cost, depending on weight. Please feel free to message me to double check on shipping cost.