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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!
Have you been as busy as I have? I’m sure you have, if not more so! My last post was in November, and here it is, one week before Christmas. At least the last post was a freebie crochet pattern, so that’s good. I had a visit with my mother after Thanksgiving and we had a grand time; I finished the Coffee Shop Wrap, which took way too long to make! Nothing wrong with the pattern, I just couldn’t get into it. I do love it, though. Wearing it as I’m writing this post. Thinking of making some more – have lots of fans! In the interim, I’m making a slouchy using the leftover yarn. It’s cotton, and I’m thinking it won’t hold its shape, hence, the slouchy! I’ll post when done, and if you want, I’ll get the basic numbers and graph to you. Yea, there’s coffee cups on it.
Since I most likely will not be posting before Christmas, I would like to wish everyone a good time this holiday season, no matter what your preference is. I do not know all of the holidays being celebrated around the world at this time, but I believe they’re mostly in the northern hemisphere. Everyone needs a break from winter!!
See you all in the funny pages.
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.
One of the hats I made to sell this crafts fair season. Easy to knit up and comes in toddler, child and adult sizes. The colors I used reminded me of the leaden skies and snow that we get in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.
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.
~ 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?
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!
See you in the funny pages!
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.
And it is expensive. Wow. Takes me back to the last time I did this. I was active duty stationed in England. And so young!
I am also going to take advantage of this down time to update my readers (hi mom!) of what’s going on.
I have been in a strange mood. I should be whipping out bunnies for the upcoming Easter season, but I just don’t have the heart. Same for St. Patrick’s day. 😕 I understand life goes on, and I also understand that sometimes, you need to sit back and watch it go by, even though it rankles the hell out of me.
But I don’t understand what I did to highlight these paragraphs!
I must say all is not lost. I am making headway on my Hawaiian shirt that I attempted last year.
I’m not using the same cotton yarn I tried last time, but a more user friendly acrylic. I’m very excited about it and will post the pattern as soon as it’s finished – assuming it makes the cut.
So, dear readers, I hope you’re enjoying your Tuesday, or as in my case, reliving an experience – and making the most of it!!
This is the perfect dog lovers toque! There is stranding, so you have to put up with that (sigh) but the frolicking dogs playing on the new spring grass with the puffy clouds floating overhead make it a worthwhile endeavor! Because of the height of the chart and the gauge of yarn I used, this particular pattern will only work for pre-teen through adult sizing. If you want a smaller hat and want to keep the integrity of the chart, I would recommend using dk or even fingering weight yarn, and the appropriately sized needles and keeping everything else the same. Click here for the pattern.