I’ve got 3 items up on Etsy! The latest one was a quick knit! Since last week I knit myself a new wallet, I decided to make another one for my store. Instead of making it big enough for a checkbook, I decided to shrink it a bit so it’s a little bigger than credit card size. I knit with a strand of the KnitPicks essential sock yarn and a strand of my leftover Smooshy Flamingo sock yarn. They blend together beautifully! I also think I’ve found a great little item that I can start adding to my Etsy inventory on a regular basis.
Surprise gift! December 20, 2008
My aunt is so sweet for thinking of me!!! Today the UPS man surprised me with a gift delivery! At first I thought that it was probably another present for Jax, but upon opening it, I was pleasantly surprised to see the book “One Skein Wonders, 101 designs”! I was so excited that I had to thumb through it during dinner and mentally mark which ones I want to c/o immediately! This will be a great book to use to get through all of my leftover skeins. I hope someone I know will be having babies soon so I can knit the adorable booties in there. 🙂 Tonight I’ll be sure to show off my book to my knitting group!
Baby it’s freeeeeeezing December 18, 2008
And I really need to knit myself a big fluffy warm sweater. The other day I started on a sweater for Jax, but I b/o to see if my gauge was on (according to what was on my needles it was fine; but we all know that looks can be deceiving). It wasn’t and in fact, to make the sweater work, I’d need to double the number of sts c/o. My other issue is that once knit up, the sweater has ended up looking very camo. Hm.
It’s been below zero for the past week and we had a super blizzard over the weekend. All of this cold is making me rethink my stance on fluffy sweaters. Our house is consistently 68 degrees. Which is a huge bump from the -26 highs of ourside. But I still find myself shivering and curling up under a blanket on the couch and being an immovable lump for most of the day. Now that I’ve got it into my head that I want a sweater, I’ve been looking at the big bulky yarn and making note of what catches my eye. So far not much, but I haven’t looked all that hard quuiiiite yet. 🙂
Status of my needles December 15, 2008
I have two items in my Etsy inventory and up for sale! Today I b/o on my lingerie, which, to my sadness, is entirely too huge. I’m wondering if my ribbon idea will just pinch it too much or not, so it’s not a complete let down. Right after b/o the lingerie, I c/o for an impromptu sweater for my 2 year old. My plan is to make it a cardigan on which I can add a zipper when I’m done. I’m using the corn yarn from Boucle and size 6 circular needles. So far it seems that c/o 75 was the perfect amount to get all the way around my big toddler.
If you haven’t noticed yet, I did put a link directly to my Etsy shop on the right. So please check it out when you have a chance!
Possible Etsy shop opening December 8, 2008
I was doing some more research on Etsy on whether or not I think it could be a good venue for me. The only question I had for Etsy (which I ended up e-mailing) was how the maintenance of inventory worked. I mean, could I put up items once they were finished, or did I have to have a continual stream of items being listed. So, in theory, could I knit a project for my shop once every two weeks and then put them up at the end of the month or if I ran out, could I take a month off to rebuild the supply? The answer is almost something that could or make my decision. Last night while I was trying to fall asleep I thought of something else I could add to the store which takes hardly any time at all. A month ago I was trying to decide what to do with the rest of my lace yarn. Everything I was imagining was turning out to be a royal pain in the ass. Then I found an (relatively) easy lace pattern and made a 3″ wide cuff that’s pulled together with a ribbon. It took maybe a morning to put together and all I need to do is block it so it doesn’t curl up on both sides. Just a thought though.
My socks are coming together. One is finished and the other is 2″ away from the heel. I definitely think I need to start practicing the toe up construction. It’s hard for me to gauge how much yarn I need to save for the heel to toe, so my socks have been on the shorter side and now I know I’m going to have a lot of this yarn leftover. Whereas if I do toe-up, I feel it will be easier to keep an eye on my yarn and note when I’ve gone through about half of it. Plus once I get to a certain point, I could just b/o instead of thinking ‘Crap, I still have 10 more rows to do and yarn left enough for 1’.
I am getting super antsy to knit up another purse. You’d think that would light a fire under me to hurry and get these socks done. But all it’s making me feel like doing is cursing the socks for taking up my time. 🙂 Okay, not really, but I do wish the socks would knit up quicker. Every time I think I’m making good progress, I measure my socks and sigh deeply.
And on a sidenote, it’s days like today where I wish we had a fireplace. Then I could sit on the couch and knit while watching the snow fly by here and there and have a fire next to me to keep me warm. Snow is my absolute favorite part about winter. Watching it fall, seeing how pretty it makes the trees and of course playing in it.
Moving with the speed of a turtle December 6, 2008
I can and can’t believe that it’s taking me this long to knit a pair of silly socks! Yesterday afternoon I finished up sock #1 and cast on for the second sock. It isn’t like I’m doing a crazy pattern or anything, they’re very quite simple. But for some reason, I’m just slow going. What I think it is, is 1) I was sick and didn’t feel like doing much and 2) I’ve been spreading my creative interest around.
Do you ever feel that knitting can kind of take over all of your other interests? After a quick trip to the local scrapbook store, I went to work on a ‘brag book’ for myself and made some small note cards. I can’t believe how useful those notecards became! What happened is that I cut up a few pieces of cardstock paper and my son and I used all of my different stamps on them. I couldn’t figure out what to do with them once I had done it, so they sat on my table for a few days. When I was putting together my Secret Santa gift, my husband actually came up with a great idea! I used a few of them as recipe cards and put them in a cookie tin with peanut butter cookies. The day after that, I couldn’t find my piano paper, so I used them as homework cards for my students, and then just recently, as a notecard for my MIL. So making more of them is definitely in the future!
I’ve been bouncing back and forth on what to do with my knitting. As I’ve said before, I’m very interested in opening an Etsy shop. What I’m worried about (and have read as a legit concern amongst other SAHM knitters) is getting burned out on being a for profit knitter. I have been asked by my uncle to knit him a hat from qiviut (I’ve found the perfect stuff & a pattern to base my design on) and I’ve sent out a few tentative emails out about being up for any commissions family may have. But I really have no idea how that will pan out. So, as it stands, I’m still in the dark as what I want to do.
There are so many things on my knitting to do list! I want to get to them all right away, but I know I need to take my time on one project and then go to the next. Shame on me for *still* having a baby blanket on the needles from earlier this summer. And double shame on me for having my nightie still on my needles from a few weeks ago. I was really gung-ho when I started it and felt excited about doing something so different (which, when you think about it, it’s really a glorified tank top); and now I’m all out of exertion. Maybe I’m bored because I’m doing it all in st st? Who knows. And I’m still very super tempted to just bind off where I’m at and finish it off with lots of fluffy material.
I am very excited that later today I’m going to meet up with my knitting group over some coffee and relax and knit! It’s been a few weeks since we last got together and I can’t wait to show them what new yarn I’ve gotten and see what new things they’re working on.
Ever since one of the small businesses went out of business (I couldn’t think of a better way to put that, sorry for the awkwardness!), I keep thinking that it would make an ideal place to put a yarn shop! So, anyone living in the Jamestown area should look into that!