On the 3rd of July 2016 mishnóc ran it’s first “Best Craft With Retail Potential Award” competition at Athenry Agricultural Show. The aim of the prize is to highlight hobby and handcrafts that have the potential to become retail products in the Irish marketplace. We were delighted with the number of entrants on the day and we are delighted with our first winner. Take a bow Victoria McDermott from Vic’s Knits. Her first place prize of €150 was well earned with her Petrol Blue PixieHood.
The PixieHood from Vic’s Knits is a thick cowl scarf with adjoining hood. Handmade in Athenry with a wool mix that is machine washable at 30 degrees it caught our eye straight away. We found out later that all of Victorias hat designs are original and that she has a taste for the whimsical as the pointed hood design and floral features point to.
Victoria started knitting at the age of eight. It was a given that she would being that both her grandmothers were avid knitters and her mother is a seamstress. Having 2 small children Victoria decided that she might turn her hobby into a small business. It made sense as she could work around the kids with a certain sense of freedom to still be mom.
Her small business went to and fro to various craft markets and social media helped to widen the circle and keep some orders coming. A few years ago Victoria and her husband decided to bite the bullet and open a shop in Galway’s Eyre Square Centre. Galway Craft and Collectables was born where Victoria combines her own designs with other local hand produced crafts.
As part of her prize Victoria’s winning entry will go on display at mishnóc over the summer. Keep an eye out for that and in the mean time do check out the PixieHood along with her other designs here.
If you would like to enter this years competition on the 28th of May you can find out more here.