Monday, December 28, 2009

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So my holidays were lovely, which is always a great thing. I got to see friends and family alike, had some very emotional moments and reconciled some differences. All in all, it was wonderful.

I am going to be doing my very first art show in January. I am nervous as all hell - I am the only crafter amongst a group of very talented fine artists. Hopefully, my stuff will sell =)

I have been brain storming on what to make. I took the majority of my knitted items off my etsy shop since they're photographed poorly. I figure that will give me a head start. I also made a lovely electric blue cowl this weekend. I am working on a black and pink and grey one for myself. I tried knitting in the round again, and I still absolutely hate it!!! I think it's the one thing that I can not stand doing at all what so ever. ugh!

I will post photos soon.


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

happy holidays to you...

So I am very happy and excited. I have now made 4 etsy sales in the month that I have been open. I need to work on my pictures. I made two new items last night and photographed them, but I can't for the life of me find my cord so that I can upload the new photos to etsy. =/ I am sure it will pop up somewhere!

I don't think I am going to sell many knitted items. There are so many on etsy already and they're much more expensive than mine. I used to only buy really nice expensive yarns until I realized that Michael's has a lot of nice, nice yarn for very cheap. Nothing compares to manos del uraguay, it's my favorite yarn, BUT it's $16.00 a skein - so just on materials, I'd need to charge $26.00 plus labor and shipping costs. Also, it's not machine washable.

I think I am going to move my shop more in the direction of my wall hangings and vintage craft supplies. I will continue to have knitted items on there from time to time, but it's not going to be my main focus I don't think. The knitted items just aren't selling. I can't see spending 6 hours making items that I am not selling. My boyfriend brought up a great point as well; I don't want to make all these hats and bags and then not sell them and be stuck with 100 hats and bags around the house.

Michael's is having a HUGE sale today from 1pm - 11pm. 15% off the entire order!! I am so excited, I am going to get yarn, ribbon, felt, and embroidery hoops for as far as the eye can see!

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas present gone wrong! of the Christmas presents I was knitting was supposed to be a scarf for my Aunt whose taste I have a pretty good handle on. She lives in Ithica, NY - near Cornell. For those of you who know the area, you'll know just by that statement what she's into. Natural, earthy, neutral colors and styles. Well, I started making her a navy blue scarf, and realized about halfway through that I was going to run out of yarn. I was knitting at my boyfriend's house and had a case of the lazies. Without my faithful stash to dip into and pull out a second color to make it a multi colored scarf, I decided to make a cowl! It came out adorably and is now on sale in my etsy shop:

super happy with this, but i am not sure if it's my aunt would be into it. soooo, instead i am going to make her *another* scarf.

i have been having a problem balancing out holiday present crafts with etsy store crafts. I have just kind of been going on the fly, making ideas I have in my head...and when it's done, if I can look at it and say, "hey you're perfect for so-and-so!" it's a gift.

if not, then it goes in the shop. I am working on finishing up two recycyled sweater purses with adorable little owls on them. SO CUTE! can't wait until they're done.

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Monday, December 14, 2009

chilly weekends are the best for knitting

so i finished the hat i was making for my uncle and i made a cowl, although i am not 100% happy with it. i will post pictures at some point today. i have some great ideas for 'other than knitting' projects i want to work on this week. i still have 2 christmas presents to finish and one that's going to have to be an after christmas present b/c i just found the pattern friday. i wish i had the motivation to knit in the summer, this year i will work on it. there have to be some fun warm weather patterns i can do, or maybe i can work on making aaalllll the bags i have patterns for.


Friday, December 11, 2009

knitty bloggy blog

so here i am, a 21st century digital knitter, or something.

i have a
where i sell my knits and my wall hangings

i plan to have much, much more up there.

i am VERY new to this whole process, but i am hoping for the very best