SmooshKnits

Handmade garments in natural fibres, custom embroidery

Oxford, England

Announcement    Welcome to Smoosh Knits!
I sell fingerless mitts, ladies' and children's scarves, berets, and lace bracelets, all of which are hand-knitted, crocheted or tatted by me from the softest and smooshiest natural fibre yarns.
Either buy from stock, or order a bespoke item with your own specifications.

Announcement

Last updated on 07 Jan, 2019

Welcome to Smoosh Knits!
I sell fingerless mitts, ladies' and children's scarves, berets, and lace bracelets, all of which are hand-knitted, crocheted or tatted by me from the softest and smooshiest natural fibre yarns.
Either buy from stock, or order a bespoke item with your own specifications.

Items

 

All Items

Marshmallow Shawl

£40.00

Lavender Beret

£13.50

Charles333

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Charles333

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About SmooshKnits

Sales 31
On Etsy since 2015

This shop is a labour of love, as I love this type of labour.

My name is Charlotte, and I have been knitting, crocheting, embroidering and sewing for over 25 years. After knitting a pair of fingerless mittens many years ago, to keep my hands warm when typing in a stupidly cold office, I found them so invaluable, I started knitting them in different yarns and colours, invented new designs, and found them useful in so many different situations.

I made them for friends as gifts, and people would often comment that they couldn't believe they were home-made. When I became a full-time mother some years ago, I started knitting and crocheting blankets, baby clothes, jumpers and toys for my son, and I loved it so much, I wanted to spend much more time on it. (I also wanted to knit things for girls!)

One of the things I love about knitting and crocheting is the feel and texture of yarn in my hands, thus I choose my yarns based on the softness and 'smooshability'. I prefer not to knit with scratchy wools or synthetics, I stick to natural fibres as much as I can. The breathable property of natural fibres mean that they regulate heat better and don't make you sweat like synthetics can.

My only exception is bamboo, which makes a beautifully soft yarn, but it has to go through a chemical process to make it into yarn. I first came across it when looking at reusable nappies - the bamboo was much softer than the cotton.

Each of my designs have been honed and improved over a long period. It took me many months, for example, to perfect the design of Draggle, and find a way to make the fingerless mitts fit properly with enough stretch. I am always designing new cable-based patterns, which you can see from my mitts.

Embroidery is great love of mine; it is my way of painting with stitches. When I was a student, I embroidered a musical stave going up the leg of my jeans with the Star Wars (Luke's theme) music on it. It was a talking point, especially as embroidery was a foreign concept to most people. You can make a piece of clothing entirely unique by adding pictures or writing; you can embroider a name, in whatever font you like (which is great for children's school bags and clothes); you can draw a picture on fabric, and colour it in with stitches. I have embroidered names for friends on an ad hoc basis, and, due to bad planning, made all my son's clothing labels by hand.

I am a stay-at-home mother to my seven-year-old boy, and a semi-professional singer and pianist. I have been involved in many musicals, as Musical Director, Producer, composer, costume-maker, double bass player in the pit, and performer on the stage. When I'm not singing or playing, I get great pleasure out of making things out of recycling materials; toys for my son, or things that would cost a stupid amount to buy. My hands are always busy making and my brain is usually busy designing.

Shop members

  • Charlotte

    Owner

    I have been knitting, crocheting, embroidering and sewing for over 25 years. I love the feel of the yarns, the colours, the fact you can make things in any size or pattern, and that you can completely personalise something to make it unique.

Shop policies

Last updated on 14 December, 2018
Welcome to Smoosh Knits.

I hand-knit and crochet accessories and baby clothes in a wealth of different patterns and styles. I am very fussy about the yarns I use, so you will find only the softest and smooshiest natural fibres in my garments. I believe fibres that are worn next to the skin should be breathable and as soft as possible.

I also do tatting, a kind of lacemaking, to make bracelets, using a glossy Egyptian cotton. This is a new skill, of mine, and I hope to explore new patterns and designs over the coming months.

I am happy to make any of my garments in different colours, yarns or sizes, according to your own specifications.

I also take commissions for custom hand embroidery, i.e. names on school bags or clothes, pictures, designs, logos.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Apple Pay Gift card
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Dispatch items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalised orders
Returns and exchange details
I will refund any purchase*, providing you contact me and return the item within 14 days. There should be no evidence of wear and tear, beyond that of trying on the garment, if it is an item of clothing.
* I am unable to refund any bespoke or commissioned item.
Payment
I accept payment through Paypal, which can be used either with a Paypal account, or just with a credit or debit card.
Delivery
All products that are in stock will be processed in two working days (e.g. you order on Monday, I will post on Tues/Wed, to arrive by first class post by the end of the week).

My standard postage rate is Royal Mail first class or parcel post. I am happy to discuss different options, if you would prefer second class, or tracked or express delivery, and will alter the price accordingly.
Additional policies and FAQs
Price for bespoke knit garments:
- Current product in same yarn / different colour = no change to price.
- Current product in different yarn / thread = entirely dependent on material cost - could be more or less expensive.
- Any garment in a new size = this will depend on the difference in size and I will cost accordingly (i.e. amount of yarn, time taken).

Prices for completely new commissions will depend on the cost and amount of yarn / materials, and the length of time it will take me to make it. I will only be able to give a price for the commission after taking some time to cost it.

Lead time:
All products that are in stock will be processed in one working day, posted the next working day.
Bespoke products have different lead times, so it impossible to give a standard or minimum. I have to source the materials, make, block (i.e. fix the shape and size using a slow, air-drying method - knits only), then post. I will estimate and agree a lead time with you for each commission upfront.
Privacy
I, Charlotte Elkins, am the data controller of your personal information, as it relates to my shop.
When you place an order from me, I will receive your name, delivery address and email address from Etsy. I will only use these details to process and deliver your order, or deal with any queries you have related to that order.
The only circumstances in which I will share your data are in processing your order or complying with the law. I will never use or pass on your information to third parties for marketing purposes or any other purpose, other than the circumstances listed below, or add you to any mailing list without your explicit consent. The circumstances in which I may share your data are:
- With Etsy to comply with my obligations.
- With delivery companies to fulfil your order.
- To comply with legal or tax obligations.
I will only retain your details for as long as necessary in order to process the transaction and I will securely store any data collected during that period. I retain personal data related to orders or customer queries for six years. After this time, I will delete your data from my records.
You have the right to know what personal data I hold about you, and to ask for that data to be changed or deleted. You also have the right to complain to the ICO if you believe there is a problem with the way I handle your data.
In addition to my own privacy policy, if you pay for your order with Paypal, your data will be protected by PayPal's privacy policy.