Please note that i did not make this cute, little dragon. This lovely is the work of the Fabulous Miss Vicki and is on sale in our new shop: One Gift Shop Plaza.
It is not enough to be friends in a knitting group: Bernice, April, Ellen, Melissa, Vicki and I decided – upon Miss April’s suggestion that we open up a shop. Now, the idea has changed a little from what Miss April originally suggested but there are several things that remain: the only thing that will be custom made are the blankets. We thought about making everything custom but then I awoke from the experience that is my Etsy shop to vote against that idea with the others who didn’t want to see it either.
The blankets – which right now are made just by Bernie but she will soon get an assist from me because blankets are things I can be working on up here in front of the laptop here in the office – are big enough to accommodate the requests. The toys are made from scrap yarn. They are small but you can’t go in and purchase a scrap amount of yarn so the price of the toys – which are labor based – would then have to become supply and labor based. Better for the business, the environment and mainly, my mental health, that we don’t have that stress added to a new adventure.
For my own thing, Knitsville has been jumping. There are five open orders with six items that need to be made and for some reason, we’ve become popular with teams on Etsy. I have been invited to join three teams. One team, with over 1000 members, I have joined and now I am a team leader. There are two others I need to look over. This is one thing I am learning, in order for my shop to be a success, there will be a lot of non-knitting work that has to be done. I will have to network with other folks. I don’t know how well the advertising thing is working, I have some visits from the site but there’s no real way that I know yet to tell whether it’s turned into any sales. The thing about joining teams is that they do a lot of favoriting of items and that gets seen by whomever feeds into their shops.
I have more than 700 admirers and more than 200 followers so a lot of people see what I would favor or heart in someone’s shop and I am no where near the top of people with a lot of admirers so the potential for people to see my stuff is great, However, I don’t pay attention to my own feed so I don’t know how many other people would either.
This business thing is work…but it’s better than corporate stuff any day.
I was looking through a magazine looking for new projects and I came across a Knitting Simple from 2012 and I just want to dive into a bunch of projects but I can’t. I am in increased knitting mode so there’s a hat from the orders on the needles and then there’s another version of the zigzag scarf.
Did I show you the zigzag scarf? This one is in gray mist. The gray mist I purchased for the other scarf but since the color lot is different can’t be used for that scarf. The one on the hook now is, oddly, orchid. The other color that couldn’t be used. Also, on the needles is a hat that is using some yarn I purchased about a year ago. It will be a big snowball looking cable hat. It’s going to have a huge pom-pom on top made by the big ass pom-pom maker. The poms on the zigzag are from the large maker so imagine how the big ass one is gonna come out.
Out of those three, the scarf is the one closest to completion and I have the goal of finishing a project a day and that’s been working out well. I wouldn’t be surprised if two projects were done today. In any case, once one or more of them are done, I am going to cast on a hat from the magazine that will find it’s way into the shop because it’s just so cool. I will, of course, alter the pattern, I’ve already read through it and decided what’s going to be changed. What hasn’t been decided is the fiber. I have to start with a full skein because I don’t know how much yarn it will take – especially when one of the things being changed is the yarn weight. It’s originally designed for a thin 2 yarn -y’all know I ain’t got time for no 2 yarn – that’s wanna be sock yarn and while I have some, a hat is way too much commitment for me and it. Besides, I don’t really know if I have sock yarn left, Miss Mandy could have walked out with it. How would I know?
No, this may be time I break out that skein of peach colored yarn. I think it would actually look good in that yarn and it would do me the favor of getting rid of some of it that can later be used in the remnant shawl that I still work on.
In any case, it’s time for me to get a move on – these things don’t knit or crochet themselves and that’s a good thing because it would hardly be fun for me if they did. And this is all about the soul being satisfied with a little fun thrown in for the mind and body.
It is the weekend so be safe, have fun and get into creation.