Christmas In June

What a weird week it's been! It went from a Notonthehighstreet event, to house shopping, to referendum dismay and all whilst surrounded by Santa Hat Tree Toppers in my bazaar June version of Santa's Grotto. 

I'm still feeling a little shell shocked (and extremely tired) about everything that's happened in the last week but the 3 big boxes containing 250 Santa Hats was collected 1 hour ago and I was completely thrilled to have risen to the challenge and enjoyed it so much, partly due to the knitting but mainly from the incredible support you've all shown me, and I am eternally grateful. If you've no idea what i'm talking about, let me briefly explain...

Notonthehighstreet.com hold a press event every year called "Christmas in July" where they invite bloggers and journalists to a venue decked out with festive products, made by a huge range of their partners. I'm lucky enough to have my new Santa Sack there (you'll see it soon!) and to my huge amazement they also asked me to make 250 of my new Santa Hat Tree Toppers (and wine bottle cosies) for their press Goodie Bags! 

Lauren Aston Designs santa hat tree topper

The deadline was tight so when I found out on Thursday (whilst house shopping) it turned into a military operation and it was all systems go, it's pretty much been a blur since then but boy, was it exciting! The thought of so many people being given my little knitted hats is amazing, especially as they were designed almost as a joke!

On December 23rd 2015 the last of my orders left the bulding and I breathed a sign of relief followed by a squeal of 'I DID IT!' Being alone in the house I then sat down with a cup of tea to relax and enjoy the peace but of course, it felt odd to sit doing nothing after the mania. I picked up my needles and knit a big Santa Hat for fun, once i'd done that I knit a little one for the tree for even more fun, Alex (my other half) decided to pop it onto of a bottle to improve our unimaginative Christmas Gift of 'here's some wine'. On Christmas Day it was received so well I decided to make it a product for the following year and in March, submitted it for NOTHS to see.  

Anyway, that's probably more than enough chatting - here's some pictures of how I made 250 santa hats in 6 days (and 7 nights!) and what that looked like...

It all begins...

It all begins...

My desk the second morning...it's under there somewhere

My desk the second morning...it's under there somewhere

Here's how the pile grew over the week....

Saturday Morning

Saturday Morning

Sunday Night 

Sunday Night 

Tuesday night - all finished! 

Tuesday night - all finished! 

So many finished hats! YAY! 

So many finished hats! YAY! 

I just had to add the tags.... which takes a surprisingly long amount of time. This was my 3am picture last night. Twine had been added, next step was to tie them all on.

I just had to add the tags.... which takes a surprisingly long amount of time. This was my 3am picture last night. Twine had been added, next step was to tie them all on.

Finally, today at lunch time I managed to finish labelling and packing them. (I did get some sleep in between)

Finally, today at lunch time I managed to finish labelling and packing them. (I did get some sleep in between)

My babies <3 

My babies <3 

Need I say more?!

Need I say more?!

GO TO BED! ;) 

GO TO BED! ;) 

So thats that! Now back to orders - If you're waiting for an order thank you so much for your patience. I'm cracking on with plenty of footstools tonight and throws tomorrow. 

Thank you all so much for your amazing support on social media - It honestly kept me going in the early hours and i'm so grateful. I'm also totally thrilled that the Santa Hat's have proved so popular already, they will be on my website September/October time ready for Christmas and will be £18 (with free postage.) People sized hats will also be available at the same time but I need to confirm the price soon...I'll do it tomorrow ;) 

Thanks for joining me on this fun adventure. Have a lovely rest of your week <3

Take Care,

L x