I am pleased to announce that my knitting and crochet themed graphic designs are now available on Amazon! I’m stoked! I don’t know how hard their initial vetting process is, but, hey – I’m trying not to overthink that. I want to believe this is an achievement. LOL!
There are only two designs available right now, and I can upload only 10 designs a day. They do review the individual items carefully, because the first design I uploaded, I used the the phrase “guaranteed to bring a smile” in the description, and it was immediately denied. I fixed it up, and re-sent it, where it took about 12 hours for them to review and pass it.
If you feel you don’t have enough t-shirts that proclaim your crafting obsession, check out my store. The picture above is a link. If you’re not personally interested, but think someone else would be, please pass this info along!
“Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it.” René Descarte
If you read my blog with regularity, you know that I am caught in the machinations of trying to open a local yarn business. My biggest hurdle? Lack of confidence – and for once, it’s not a lack in myself. I did an exercise in Google maps a few weeks ago to help me get a grasp on where my customers would be, literally, in relation to the brick and mortar location. I was not impressed. I used zip code information and got the population from there. All in all, it was a dismal showing. Maybe that’s why there isn’t one in town already. I don’t know. With approximately 70% of the store fronts in town empty, it can be hard to justify opening a niche shop and making it work.
So…I’m juggling a little. Make that a lot. My internet savvy cousin, Nancy, told me to build an online presence first, then open the lys after you can make ends meet that way. Such pragmatism and great genes in one package! I feel like Veruca Salt from Roald Dahl’s creation “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and the subsequent movie “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” when she’s singing I want it now! https://youtu.be/2zcVnNwAHys
Up here in the mountains, the night temps are just on this side of less than comfortable and, even though there hasn’t been any color changes yet, the leaves are starting to litter the driveway a little. Yes, we do have a few warm days ahead of us, but all these signs herald the coming of autumn and a much busier crafting time, not to say anything about it being my favorite time of year. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve lived the better part of my life in places where the summers are incredibly hot, whether being a redhead, I have a genetic propensity to enjoy the colder climate, or that I just like bundling up in cold weather fashions. And possibly, quite probably, it’s that Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, even Valentine’s Day, are not so far away on the calendar.
To mark our annual celestial trek through space and time around el sol when it crosses the plane of the earth’s equator, or autumn (could have saved some bandwidth there), I compiled a list of some really neat free pumpkin patterns. When they started popping up in my Google feed, I knew it was official. If these aren’t to your taste, fear not, as they are quite a few options out there. Whether you intend to make one or not, feel free to peruse these artists creations – they’re so cute! Enjoy!
I don’t know why I think thought this was so funny and why I still think it’s funny, but hey – it is what it is. And I can’t wait to get that shirt! I sell my designs on CafePress and Zazzle. Since knitting and crocheting are “niche” crafts, I don’t sell that many. Or maybe they’re not as good as I think! Anyway, I am so proud of this one that I had to actually write about it. I laughed at each ridiculous stroke of the mascara and wildly applied eye shadow. I come from a family of gurners and this just seemed to fit so well with my personality. Anyway, right now CafePress is having a sell on this particular t-shirt and you can put whatever you want on it, but I’d really appreciate a thumb’s up!
Red Heart has finally produced a yarn that is specifically for pooling. Uniformity of color is assured, “engineered so that color repeats are evenly dyed for happier pooling” – as the ad says. I was looking for this about two weeks ago when I went to Joann Crafts, but they weren’t carrying it yet. I have to call them. And yet….am I being silly when I say I don’t want it to become easy? That means there will be no craft or hard-won hours to brag about? That’s why I need to try this out. As soon as it hit the shelves on my LYS, I’m getting some, and I will report the results.
We’re halfway through March and the February blahs have followed me with dogged determination. I have been working, very slowly, on a simple red scarf. It should have been a week at the most We are looking at a month right now – daaanng! For those of you who are following the link, be aware that I only cast on 29 stitches and didn’t do a center piece. Didn’t want to count all those rows. I feel like I’ve been too busy; even writing this entry seems to be a great excuse to not knit or crochet! Does anyone else have this waxing and waning pattern towards your yarn? I know that when I’m finished with the scarf, I’ll be fired up to do something else. I’ll be trying a new technique, working intarsia in the round. I’ll definitely document it, even if I don’t finish it. I’ll be doing “fan art”. Christ, I’m 54, almost 55, and I’ll be making”fan art”. What’s this world coming to?
Upside, my social media biz has grown; woo-hoo! So far, I’m still doing trade instead of receiving money, because it seems everyone I take on has a product or service I need! Tax-wise, it’s easier, and it’s definitely more friendly for new, local businesses that don’t have a budget or time to take care of their social media. I feel it’s more…organic? primeval? In any case, it’s the way I roll.
And speaking of rolls, around December 27th, after stuffing myself silly during the holidays, I reached my top weight. No, I’m not going to mention it; suffice to say, I was not happy. I didn’t want to do a New Year’s Resolution, because there is the new tradition, I’ve noticed, for the resolutions to fail. Have you seen that? Most people resolve to lose weight, but by February, they’ve given up. And that means more weight gained over the course of the year, and another resolution to fail. I didn’t want to do that. So I began thinking of food differently the day I decided I was going to lose weight. Nothing happened for the first month or so of me just eating less. It wasn’t until I started counting my calories, which I really didn’t want to do, that I noticed a change. I still have a ways to go, but I figure – eh. What else are you going to do? Any of you have New Year’s resolutions you’re still keeping? gave up? Let me know!
I really like this cowl because it is so easy and still manages to be fashionable! The yarn used is textured, and I crocheted into the back loop for even more texture. And it whips up so quickly there’s plenty of time for you to make several for Christmas. I used the Fiesta colorway because it is so colorful it will flatter most any skin.
It is with a heavy heart that I must say….I FINISHED THE DAMN SOCKS! Yay!!! I was working on those so long that I felt I was in a bad relationship. Say bye-bye to the shark socks – woohoo!
With that out of the way, I could focus entirely on my scarf. I was so excited to finally work on a pooled crochet project. If you saw my last entry, you know how keen I was to be doing this. It was going to be the prettiest scarf, ever, with tassels and everything. When I finished with the first skein, I was figuring out how to join the two yarns so that the color sequence remained the same, and discovered that in order to make the match, I would have to pull not from the center but the outside. I unwound the factory skein with my yarn winder so the correct end would be used. Ok, so I can be funny that way; I just didn’t want to be pulling from the outside as it always causes trouble later on!
As I successfully joined the yarns, I had to blink my eyes several times because, oh crap, the colors weren’t the same hue. In my haste to begin with this beloved project, I failed to check dye lot numbers. Goody. I had already unwound the new skein, so there was no returning or replacing it. Double goody. What do you do when this happens? You check how it fits around your neck and make a buttoned cowl, or neck wrap, which was no easy feat considering the pattern I was trying to keep; but, I persevered and got ‘er done! Ta-da!
I will be making a scarf next, and I will be checking the dye lots! I will also be using a different technique to see how that goes. I’ll let you all know. In the meantime, behave!
It’s that time of year again. The summer sun bears down on us earthlings with a vengeance, parching the ground, drying small ponds and sending us scuttling indoors where we shelter from the heat with our air conditioners, swamp coolers or just plain fans. The public pools smell of sunscreen and are packed with children jumping and splashing and not paying attention to where they’re doing it. A cracked skull may be in your future if this is your venue for cooling down.
If you’re lucky enough, you live close to the ocean; close to a large mass of water that regulates the temperature and cleans the air and is fun to frolic in with plenty of room. No cracked skulls there. You are fortunate. You are blessed. You are also probably wealthy, or are living in the house your great-great grandparents purchased back in the day, and it’s staying in the family. Either way, it must be sweet.
Except I would never get in the water. I’d be hanging out at the public pools – if such a thing exists next to the beach – and taking my chances with the splashing, jumping kids. And the reason for that? Sharks. I was okay with going in the water until I turned 12. “Jaws” the book and movie changed my mind. Since then, I have learned of other, valid reasons why one shouldn’t go in the ocean, but the most dramatic and compelling justification for avoiding the open seas remains the movie. And what better way to celebrate the fact the I’m freaked out than knit a pair of cool socks during Shark Week!
The Knit-A-Long starts on the 23rd of this month, so you just may be able to get your yarn in time if you want to join the fun. This will be my first KAL and I’m excited. If you rolled your eyes at that last statement, you are not a knitter!
I purchased this yarn several years ago with the intent of making it my “next” project, as soon as I was done with whatever I was working on at the time. Oops. I’d actually started this particular post around then. Its been languishing in the Drafts section, silently accusing me every time I wrote about something else. Why haven’t you whipped up this easy project? I’d skim over the Drafts option and choose New. Sometimes, that’s the way it goes.
So, what did I think after the two year wait? The yarn is nice and scrubby, textured enough to make finding stitches a little difficult. I can definitely see its value as a household cleaning item. But this is a double-edged proposition. For the yarn to be effective enough, it has to be coarse enough, and that can make it rough on your skin as you’re working it. I had to stop twice before chafing started! I will also add that I already have dry, rough, older skin, so this may not be an issue for all of you who try it.
As for the particular pattern I used, Fancy Flower Scrubber, that sucker is big. I won’t be making a second blue one because I can’t see using them for their intended purposed. It’s way larger than my hand so it wouldn’t be ergonomic for me. I may whip up a simple square in hdc just to use it up…but later. Need to give my skin a break.