I decided to check my stats to see where I was this year compared to last – and I am doing better on all fronts this year. It made me ask myself why, then, was I making this new move with the new shop and the answer came back:
I can’t talk myself out of it.
It might be a complete and total bust but I cannot seem to keep myself from doing it. There are currently seven items in the shop and there will be a few more added before the shop officially opens tomorrow – and when I say tomorrow, I mean 12:01 because it’s all I can do to not open now. I think if I am awake at midnight, I will have it go live right then.
So, what are the first items? There’s a baby blanket; a couple of hats, some pom-pom garland, some face scrubbies and towels. I have other items ready but need to be photographed and the weather has not been cooperating the last couple of days. I can get the smaller stuff done but to move Oona out requires less chance of rain than we’e been having – though I think I night be able to bring out just the top of her body instead of hauling all of her. But I don’t want to bring any of her out in the rain so the rest of the hats, cowls and things will just have to wait. That’s not bad considering I don’t want everything to expire on the same day anyway.
What I’ve been surprised at is the pricing. I have a formula that I’ve worked out – I don’t use the one suggested by Etsy. If I did, a scarf would cost $90. I’ve seen some shops that do have acrylic, garter stitch (knit every stitch) scarves for that much. More power to them. They’ve even sold a few. But the formula has different prices for hats and that’s a departure from designbcb where I pretty much priced the hats all the same. Scarves and mittens, too, come to think of it. This formula, based upon materials, has a range and I’m pretty pleased that there will be different price points.
As I was working on all the things I needed to start the new shop work on the color wheel afghan was going on. I thought I wouldn’t post a progress photo because I didn’t think there was that much progress to report but then again:
this was the first photo with just the three color changes. There some cute potential but you couldn’t really tell where it was going. If you didn’t know, it could be easy to see the afghan just repeating these colors and being something like a sunset or sunrise afghan. Nothing wrong with that. But there was more to come: It didn’t stay with the sunset; it continued with the spectrum. The addition of the green really pulled the colors out – though the camera has done nothing to help it. I am going to have to review the camera book – I think the problem is me.
I didn’t think there was much more but I took a look at the second photo and then the afghan and the difference was not insignificant. I tried playing with the exposure setting while taking these photos and couldn’t get there. Really gonna have to download that manual. The afghan is so much more stunning than these pics show. Can’t wait until it’s finished and I get it outside.
I have about 9 open orders (I was feeling a little frustrated because I wanted more orders and then I remembered I am opening a new shop- duh. designbcb will remain open and become the place to purchase patterns and supplies and if anyone wants to customer order from there they will be able to. As I am completing orders, I am doing the photographs if it’s an item I want in the nee shop so the cable hat is going over and the rasta slouch will be there as that’s the next item to be made.
Today’s shout out brings me back to one of my favorites: the tote bag. You all know I am cuckoo for tote bags – Melissa stopped me from getting one the last time at knit group. But I can dream about them and this one from Sheeta Design makes my heart race just a little bit faster. She hasn’t been in business all that long – almost two years – but she does have some kicky designs and it looks like she caters to the bridal party. Might be worth doing again if I can get a couple of these bags. Check out the other bags she has in her shop. She is in Hong Kong so it might take a while to get here. I can think about the tote while working on my projects.
Pretty exciting times. I have to start the next hat and finish the afghan because the next upstair project will use up some of those random buttons I purchased at an estate sale a few years back. About 300 buttons for $15 and I haven’t used very many. I mean to change that.