Monthly Archives: October 2013

Losing my rhythm

I am losing my good rhythm I had going there for a while. I have so much to knit that I need that rhythm to stick around. Part of it is my eyes. They are not that great to begin with and knitting with size 2 and size 4 needles for days on end have not been the best for my eyes. On a good note I have finished 2 out of 4 pairs of baby leg warmers.

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I have started on the third pair but had to take a break to give my eyes a chance to rest. I am using this pattern for the leg warmers and other then my eyes I have had no problems with them. They knit up quick and are so stinking cute! I can’t wait to have then finished and see them on the baby they are for.

For now I am working on a diaper soaker for a friends little boy. I made a size medium and it just looked small so I frogged it and I am now trying the largest size. I found a super simple pattern on Ravelry for the soaker. It is basically a hat with leg holes haha. Hoping I have it finished tonight and get some of my motivation back.
I have a ton of orders and only about 6 weeks to complete them. 1 is needed by November 6 but it is just a newborn bear hat so I should be able to whip it up in no time.

Happy Knitting!

Such a quiter

The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. I have a problem with joining KAL and not knitting along! I joined a KAL to knit washcloths, and out of the 12 washcloths you were suppose to knit wanna know how many I knit? Do ya?
ONE!! I knit 1 of 12 wash cloths! I am such a KAL loser. Why do I even join these things? I know I have zero follow through. I know I like to follow my own beat and knit what I want. I also know I have a kazatrillion orders to fill and no time for lolli-gagging!
I have learned my lesson and vow to never join a KAL again. Umm…unless I change my mind 🙂

Good rhythm

I have a had a pretty good rhythm going lately. I haven’t had a project take more the two days in the past couple weeks, which is amazing!

I have finished a pair of socks, 2 hats and a baby leg warmer in the last week or so. I hope I can continue on this rhythm. Would be nice to knock out these orders with time to spare!

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New Stuff (bought, cleaned and made)

I spent the week knitting and organizing my yarn.  My yarn used to live in a big blue rubbermaid bin and it was such a pain to find what I needed when I needed it. I finally got fed up and decided to actually organize it into bins that are accessible and that Thing 2 can’t get to. Here it is:

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All my yarn in separate bins, nice and neat, where I can find it easily.

While I was at it I organized my shipping supplies and do-dads.

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I am in so much happier with how everything has a place and it isn’t all just stuffed here and there.

Now on to my new goodies that arrived this week.  First up my business cards:

Pretty snazzy,huh?
Pretty snazzy,huh?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then there was the samples of Eucalan wool wash that I have been giving as a free gift with all wool knit purchases.

I got the lavender, grapefruit, and Eucalyptus scents.
I got the lavender, grapefruit, and Eucalyptus scents.

After that I got stickers that read “Thank you for buying hand made” that I stick on the outside of my mailers.

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I spent the weekend finishing up a hat for Vicious assistant teacher. She ordered a Hello Kitty hat and for what ever reason this hat gave me a hard time. I made this hat for Vicious a while back but trying to recreate it and to size it down was not going that well. I had to frog the whole thing once and then frogged just the decrease portion on the second attempt. The ears just didn’t sit right and it was bumpy. Not sure if that makes sense but once I ripped out the decrease and added a few straight knit rows in between the decrease rows everything came together much better. The hat has had a bath and is drying right now. Hoping to add the bow and the face tomorrow.

Hope everyone had a great weekend. Did anyone get any WIPs whipped up? Anything fun happen?

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Busy as a bee.

I have orders galore coming in. I am having to turn people away. I hate telling people I don’t have time for them, but I refuse to get in over my head. I would feel terrible telling someone I can make something and then not have it to them in time.

Right now I have a Hello kitty hat on the needles. So far it is going ok but I may end up ripping it out and making it a bit smaller. It’s for a 5 year old and right now it just looks a tad in the large side. Only time will tell I suppose.

I am also in the process of making a wool diaper soaker for a friends little boy. For those who don’t know what this is, it’s a wool panty type thing that goes over a cloth diaper to hold in the pee. Sounds fun, huh? I have ripped this out twice already and I hope that the third time is the charm.

I am having such issues getting size correct lately. I really don’t know what my problem is. I need to get it together though since I have a slew of orders to full and do not have time to remake everything.

I will probably be quite the next several day in an attempt to finish at least one or two of my previous WIPs.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

I lost my sockginity

I lost my Sockginity this week.  I have messed around with socks in the past but they always ended up ruining the good thing we had going before we could go all the way. My first attempt at socks ended in massive heartache and it took me a while to get over. I tried my hand at a pair of Tardis socks (Those who don’t know what a TARDIS is, I am sorry, so so sorry) (Those of you who didn’t get the “sorry” reference please stop reading and go watch Doctor Who) Anyway, before we could finish what we started things went horribly wrong and I mourned the loss of that relationship. Thing 2 Pulled the needles out and unraveled the second sock, and there was no way to really pick up the stitches plus I had already frogged these socks about 3 times per sock. So sad.

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We had a good thing going for a while.

Well after a long break from from socks I finally decided to dip my toes back in the act of making socks. My next socklationship went great from the start. The first thing was they were toddler socks so much easier for me to deal with then Adult socks. (Size does matter)
Second there was just simple stripes so no crazy color work or dropping stitches and all the other craziness required in the Tardis socks. I finished both socks in no time. And it really doesn’t count unless everyone finishes, know what I mean 🙂
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Now they are on their way to Alaska to be with the one they were made for.

Goodbye!
Goodbye!

October 15th,we remember *not knit related*

October 15th is National pregnancy and infant loss remembrance day. This is a day that holds a special place in my heart.
I struggled with infertility for 3 years and in that time I lost 9 babies. Most were natural miscarriages between 4-8 weeks but the last one, the ninth one, was at 14 weeks and required surgery. This is the one that really affected me. I didn’t think I would ever come back out of the grief. With great support from amazing friends and a great desire to kick infertilities sorry a$$, I climbed out and got back in the game. I also decided not to hide my infertility. Instead I talked about it and talked about my losses and it was such a liberating experience.

Here is to all the ladies out there dealing with the grief and feeling alone. You are not alone. Hugs to everyone going through this tough time and I know your angels are watching over you.

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How I price

I have been asked by customers and by other bloggers how I price my hand knit items. I do everything by a set price plus cost of yarn. I do this for 2 reasons, 1) It makes it simple for me to remember what I quoted to which customer and 2) I really LOVE to knit and want people to enjoy the things I make and by having a set price it seems to bring in return customers a lot. I couldn’t imagine paying $20 for a hat, so why would I charge someone else that price. I will be knitting either way so if I can make a couple dollars while at it great, but I don’t want to make it a job or have people iffy about coming to me for things because they have sticker shock. With that said her is my list. I have this also in PDF form that I send out to people when they show interest in ordering:

Pricing Guide
All prices quoted are that price PLUS cost of yarn, unless otherwise stated. Yarn prices depend on what materials you want.
1. Hats (all sizes) $10
2. Gloves/Mitten Child $8
Adult $12
3. Socks(Price includes yarn) Child $12
Adult $15
4. Scarves Child $15
Adult $20
5. Dish cloths(price includes yarn) $3
6. Hand Towels(Price includes yarn) $6
All other Items are priced per order.

I find these to be fair prices and I don’t feel like I am losing any money doing it this way.

I actually feel like I am gaining since I don’t give back left over yarn(one of my rules) so I always have extras to use for personal use(BONUS) and I use the money I make to buy more yarn!!

So thats how I do it for those who had asked. Hope this helps you maybe get started.