A Request For Some Feedback!

When you want to be reviewed by your peers, whaddaya do? You post it on the internet!?!

Another cheater post entry – sometimes I just don’t feel like doing any more writing!

Also, here are the shops I want feedback on! They’re in the video, but this way may be easier. https://www.etsy.com/shop/NittinNinja and https://inktale.com/nittinninja

To Etsy or not to Etsy?

I’m going full tilt trying to get a Christmas inventory set up for either;

a. Etsy
b. Local Crafts Fairs
c. Consignment shop

To break it down, they all have their pros and cons. Let’s start with Etsy.

~ Worldwide competition where items are offered for less than I can purchase the yarn, 1.8 million sellers as of 9/5/17, and monthly fees.  This would seem to be a dismal market for a small crafts maker such as myself and I’ve read in more than one article that finding a niche market is what  a successful entrepreneur does.  I don’t do that.  I make what moves me at that time.  The are two things that offsets all this negativity is that it’s relatively cheap to sell and one does have a larger market.

Now onto Local Crafts Fairs

~ Nasty weather, low turn-outs, long hours of exposure to said nasty weather, seller’s permits and insurance are all part of selling directly to your customer.  Having said that, the big draw is that you are offering a product and the buyer is looking, handling and appraising the product right there.  No waiting for shipping, no information given at the electronic checkout, it’s just look, like, buy.  There’s a lot to be said about this approach in our instant gratification society.

Consignment shops

~ High cost of sales, the disposition of the shop owner and their willingness to display/market your product.  These would all seem to be a major deterrent, but if you are in with a shop owner who has high foot traffic, this can mean $$$ for your Christmas budget, UNLESS you get paid after Christmas.  With me, that would not be a problem, as I don’t have small children in the house.

So there you have it.  And now that I’ve written it, down, it seems I will not Etsy again; at least, not at this time.  It looks like the crafts fairs and consignment this year!  Thanks for hearing me out, you guys!  What do you all do?

Cuddly Colfax Bear Hooded Cowl

1546176_737553206329839_7123790170351236806_nHey everybody!  As I sit here in my home, sipping a lovely butterscotch latte, I’m feeling quite magnanimous.  Also, I figured since it’s been over a month since I posted any freebie patterns, that it’s about time.  I am especially endeared to this pattern as I was inspired by local surroundings.  I feel fortunate to live in the great state of California, and really lucky that I am a native.  I also understand that many of you who live elsewhere have a dim view of my beloved home based on the reports of others, or you had a bad experience yourself (just to remind you, those happen everywhere).  I currently reside in the scenic Sierra Nevada Mountain range, where bears, mountain lions, deer, raccoon, foxes, coyotes, etc., roam free.  I know they’re in our neighborhood because they leave little “gifts” in the most conspicuous places, but I don’t really mind because I love being here.  Besides, I’m already picking up after my dogs and cats, what’s a little wildlife scat going to hurt?

Anyway, after all that, here’s a link to the pattern and for those of you who don’t crochet or just don’t want to be bothered I have included a link to my online shop, as usual.  I also keep all my patterns and some others I find online on my Crafting Links tab, where it’s broken down into Knit and Crochet patterns.  If you just click the tab with choosing from the drop down menu, there is a form where you can upload your own pattern.  Enjoy!

Pattern

Etsy

Blue Jean Baby Fingerless Texting Mitts

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The awkward angle was due to the fact that I couldn’t get anyone to take a picture for me – ! >:-(

One of the many projects I worked on during my blog hiatus this month was a simple yet colorful pair of texting mitts I made for my mother while she was visiting.  Every time she comes up,  she freezes, and yet, she always forgets to bring any of the previous hats and scarves I’ve made her.  Hm.  Sounds like she just wants me to make her something new when she’s here.  Anyway, I needed to knit something simple and quick so she could use them while she was cold – stat!  While perusing the yarn at the newly opened local Michael’s Crafts store, she espied some pretty yarn, and of course, being the dutiful daughter that I am, I bought a few skeins and then decided what I should do with it!  I tried to do it on the down-low, which was fairly easy as my mother is at the age where she does a lot of napping.

As usual, the links are down below for the pattern and for the purchase.  Enjoy!

Pattern

Etsy

Aftcra

 

Boobies, baby! Or should I say Booby Baby Beanie…?

I have seen these little beanies around and think they are so cute, so when I had a special request to make one, I thought, sure.  I came up with my own pattern – will post in my links as soon as I can.   In the meantime, I thought I would put up some pictures and a link to my store for those who don’t crochet or don’t want to!  The colors used here were Fisherman and Light Pink.  Of course, everyone is different and the listing itself offers color choices.

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Update 12 /14/2015

Finally got the pattern done!!  Here is the link.

Pattern

Freebie Hooded Fox Cowl Pattern Just in Time for Christmas

For lack of anything interesting floating around in my head, I figured I’d better announce that this cute little pattern is available right here in my Crafting Links tab!  This design, and variations thereof, are wildly popular online.  I saw it and thought, yup.  I’m designing one myself.  So here it is.  This pattern can be made to fit infant to adult with a few easy modifications that are mentioned in the intro of the pattern.  And as usual, I am selling this in my Etsy shop and aftcra.  Below are the links.

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Pattern

Etsy

aftcra

Last Halloween Freebie Pattern!

I really do love my Halloween crafting, but the cooler weather heralds that most busy time for all of us who have crochet hooks or knitting needles:  Christmas.  I haven’t really started on anything yet and my hopes for having enough inventory for that big crafts fair in December dwindles with each passing day.  Boo-hoo!  Anyway, I had some fun making up this pattern.  I totally love how the horns came out…not too keen on the eyes.  I used Red Heart’s reflective yarn for those, and yes, they do glow when lights shine on them!  Of course, you can use whatever moves you.  If you want it but are already in the middle of the Christmas frenzy, I have it on my Etsy shop.  The links are:

Pattern

Shop

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