Friday, December 31, 2010

New Listings!

Yes, I know it's been a while but I finally got the camera out between baking two loaves of banana bread (yum!) and took a few pictures for my new listings:


Pink Lemonade Dishcloths (set of 2)

Red Velvet Dishcloths (set of 2)

That's all for now; I'll have more to list soon.  Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Hi, just checking in; --> where did this week go??

Unfortunately, nothing too exciting to report.  I finished the last holiday project in time before holidays were over.  Now I'm nearly done with my last project of 2010.  I have three sets of dishcloths waiting to be photographed so they can be listed and many more to be made.   What are you working on?

Monday, December 27, 2010

How was Your Christmas?

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday with their family and great sales in your shop (if you have one).  I'm still technically on vacation, relaxing with family but I'll be back, hopefully in full swing, by Wednesday.  All but two Christmas presents were completed on time and the pictures from those I gifted are rolling in.  So I'll be posting those pictures in an upcoming post sometime this week. 

And now with presents done (one belated on the needles now to go to a family member while we're together for the holidays) and an order half-completed to be send off before the New Year, I have lots of plans for new inventory & new items.  My favorite (and hopefully best hit): a knitted bracelet.  Look for it in the shop sometime this January. 

Happy Monday :)

Monday, December 20, 2010

Nothing new to post about the shop since last week.  But the homemade Christmas presents list are starting to get crossed off and I can see the light at the end of the (quickly ending) tunnel :)  Four presents in different stages of progress & two more to start.  Bonus: I already have Four presents wrapped & all my Christmas shopping (minus ONE present) is DONE! :-D yay!

This is the first year I've been this ahead of the game, so I'm allowing myself a little pride in the fact, hehe.  How is your holiday shopping going?

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Second Sale

Thank you to my repeat buyer who has given me my first AND second sale!  I have dropped your package in the mail today & it is on it's way to you. :)

In other news: I'm keeping very busy with present-making & working out of the home so I have not had lots of opportunities to blog or list items in the shop :(

HOWEVER---> I finally had a morning to devote to Etsy which included running to the Post and listing this:

And now I am off to list a few more blankets.  Here they are:



Have a wonderful Thursday!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

So sorry it's been a WEEK!  Last week was filled with outside work (ugh) and continued into the weekend before I could relax and find the motivation to pick up again.  But I can promise I am still hard at work on those Christmas presents.  Three are even wrapped already!  I will be sure to post pictures soon as I am in the middle of my next bigger project.  How is everyone else doing this Christmas season?  Wigging out yet?

Monday, December 6, 2010

*Gasp!*

Look what came in the mail today!!  



I have to say, Kim is amazingly awesome and such a sweet friend.  I can't believe she would take it upon herself to not only send me my favorite cell cover but ALSO make me a custom piece made to my phone's non-specific (neither of us are measurement-savy, hehe) measured phone-->and it fits perfectly!  Figure that one out, :)  Thanks Kim!  You are such an amazing person!  Yay for surprises in the mail :)
One Christmas present down, 8 more to go. ...

(Current Project)

And lots of wrapping :)  I'm excited that I am not scrambling the week before Christmas this year.  It was becoming a tradition for me (stressed-out Holiday week).  I'll take pictures of all the finished presents & list them after Christmas since I can only picture them cryptically here before Christmas.

How is your holiday shopping/gifting coming along?

Friday, December 3, 2010

Self-Portraits?

I used the timer on Dan's camera for the first time last week to take some scarf pictures.  As I got really cold  & also started taking pictures of the hats, I realized I could sit closer to the camera (and not have to run back and forth for each picture) and take quicker pictures (which was fun).  Here's one of my favorites that won't make it in the listing (because it is missing the essential part--the hat!):


What fun things have you discovered lately?

Thursday, December 2, 2010

First Package

As of this morning, these dishcloths are on their way to their new home :)



And while I'm posting pictures, I also updated a previous post with long-promised photos.  Check it out & let me know what you think.  Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

I had my first (4!) sales yesterday! :)  I signed up for the Etsy App that sends you a text message when an item in your shop sells.  But when I got the first message last night at the grocery store, I definitely was not expecting it.  I was still in shock (I had reached another personal milestone) when the next THREE text messages beeped and opened on my phone screen.   ...!!!  I couldn't stop smiling from ear to ear for the rest of the night.  :)
Thank you to my First Sale!  You made my night.  And now I'm curious about you since you just joined Etsy last night... Do I know you?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Guess What I Started Today?



It's a Christmas present!  Now I only have 8 more items to go... How many weeks do I have left? ;)

Monday, November 29, 2010

Knitted Cuff Anyone?

This was originally suppose to be my next scarf project so I could attempt a "braided" look using cables... until I got bored with the scarf idea... Next thing I know, it's laying across my wrist & my brain screams: "what a cool bangle/bracelete/cuff?"



AND its really warm!  I normally have ice-cold fingertips ALL winter--but not this time!  Soon after finishing it and trying it on, I could feel the heat return to my fingertips :)  A new twist on the wrist warmer?!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Amber Waves = in the Shop

Just listed!  Check it out, this has to be my favorite scarf thus far...

My favorite picture of this scarf.

(Usually I don't like the way I look in pictures but I was hard-pressed for a model that day.)

*Edit: Other new listing for today: Silky Blue Scarf....

Silky soft = no itchy necks

Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday Sale

Check out  Charis Designs on etsy --> she is offering 10% off with a coupon code!  Go here to find out the code word and then be prepared to smile.  Her items are beautiful eye candy for the everyday!

Here are a few pictures I copied of items in her shop...

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Amber Waves part 2

Happy Turkey Day!

Here is the final product of my new favorite scarf:  Amber Waves

 
Look for it to debut in the shop soon!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

And the Winner IS.........

Kim from Charis Designs!!!

Congratulations, Kim!!  Thank you so much for all your posting & commenting!  You've been a wonderful friend and follower.  I can't wait to hear how much you love your new scarf, hopefully see a few pictures of you with it?  (a gal can dream...)  Thank you to everyone else who entered and I can't wait for the next giveaway--hopefully in a few more months to welcome the New Year.

But! in order to have another giveaway, I need EVERYONE'S help:  Help this blog reach 50 followers by Dec. 30th and I will announce the next giveaway Dec. 31st.  I hope you can help me reach this goal!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Pattern Testing

Yesterday I decided to try a new technique I saw on KnitandCrochetToday (on PBS Create) to change colors in a pattern.  Well, I don't have my own pattern so I decided to try making a simple design on my own:  A red stocking on a white background.  Easy, right?  Eh...


This is 10 rows in & 45 minutes after starting... only half done.  I'll definitely be using this to block a better pattern from it later.  If I ever get up the courage to try it again, haha.
...................................

The finished stocking cloth!:



It resembles a crunched "J" rather than a stocking.  The technique is cool, but I don't think I'll be listing lots of this design for a while.  At least not this year.  Maybe I can perfect the pattern for next year. 


**Don't forget about the giveway I'm hosting until Tonight, 12:00am EST! **
All you have to do is post a comment on the post, Giveaway, as your entry.  You can increase your chances to win by posting about my giveaway on your blog or on Facebook and leaving your link in another comment.  Good luck!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Luxurious Purple Cables

Remember that little hint of purple?  I finally finished it over the weekend:



This will be going to its new home sometime this week.  If you are interested in a scarf similar to this one, please post a comment stating your interest and your contact info.

**Don't forget about the giveway I'm hosting until Tuesday night (12:00am EST)! **
All you have to do is post a comment on the previous post, giveaway, as your entry.  You can increase your chances to win by posting about my giveaway on your blog or on Facebook and leaving your link in another comment.  Good luck!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Giveaway

So... I've been thinking about the sale that I had mentioned I wanted to have this week.  However, since I don't have many items listed in the shop and only a handful more to list tonight/tomorrow, I was thinking maybe a giveaway would be a better option for this week and then have a sale closer to Christmas.

The item up for grabs:  The red scarf I wrote about here.



*To enter, write a comment to this post about your favorite item I have listed in my shop, or an item that I have written about in this blog, or something you would like to see me make and why (colors? pattern? etc).

*For a second entry, post about my giveaway in your blog (feel free to use any and all pictures related to this scarf or my blog in your post).  Then come back and tell me that you linked to my blog/giveaway with the link to your post in your second comment.  You can link to this giveaway via any blog or Facebook. 

The giveaway starts NOW! and closes at midnight (12:00am) EST Tuesday, Nov. 23.

The winner will be chosen at random by drawing one name out of a hat.  Please be sure to include a way to contact you (email or blog) in your comment.  I will contact the winner early Wednesday morning and announce them in a post after they have accepted.

Good luck & I can't wait to hear all your feedback!

Friday, November 19, 2010

This week is going by fast.  I have a few new projects started, one more finished and 2 that I'm lagging on (namely, the purple scarf and the coordinating purple hat to go along with it).  But with a family weekend coming up (lots of socializing = good time to knit mindlessly) and more family time coming up with the holiday, I think I can crank them out in time to give them to their new home before December comes :)

The new project:

It's going to be a throw pillow!  covered in buttons!  I hope to have this in the shop by December.


The finished project (finally... I've had the design in my head for years, finished the scarf over a year ago and just never got around to lacing it):



The Corset Scarf.  Find it in the shop soon!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Amber Waves



My newest project from this weekend ^.  It hit me Friday night and then I spent all day Saturday (while housesitting) to rip out and perfect the new cable pattern that I used in this scarf.  I just casted it off tonight. :-D  And I love it! (a finished picture coming soon) How 'bout you?

Friday, November 12, 2010

Some Fun Colors

These are some of my favorite colors.  I think using these colors in dishcloth form really warms up the kitchen and adds a little sunshine. :)
Can you tell I like super-macro shots?  I think they are beautifully artistic, but also fun because it's like feeling the texture of an item with your eyes. 

Here is a little peak at some other items I can't wait to list (maybe at the end of next week?): 


I will be offline for most of the weekend but look for more updates on Monday!  (and don't let that deter you from leaving comments, hehe)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

What do You Think?

No new photos today, unfortunately.  I was hoping to list a few more items in the shop today but was called into work last minute and I still have a full day ahead of me.  So hopefully tonight or tomorrow morning (which is scheduled to be another Etsy morning).  Be sure to check back soon!

Question - should I do a sale (like a 3-day 20% off anything in the shop thus far), or should I do a giveaway (and if so, what should I give away?)  I look forward to your input! :)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Purple

This week's project...


Along with listing more items, photographing the next in line (*check*!) and getting those ready to list for next week.  Exciting times!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Jumping In



Posted my first four  *five* items in the shop today!  Go check 'em out.  Then stop back here and leave me comments about your impressions, suggestions, etc.  I can't wait to hear all your feedback!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

It's Red

And I love this red color.  What do you think of it as a scarf?


Some detail of the cabling...


That's what I'm working on this week.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

A Sneak Peek

at Tessie's *hat* . . .


A friend of mine who saw that I was starting a shop on etsy requested a few items even though my shop isn't open (yet).  The items should be in the mail later this week but I thought I'd post a little preview of one of them for her now.

Can anyone guess what it is?

Last Week

Here are the pictures to the mitten-hat-&-scarf set for the little boy from Brazil.  Please ignore the different lighting between pictures.  I was working at different times but I promise they are matching blues as I used the same skein for all pieces.


... the mittens ...


... and the hat, well, I didn't get a picture of that one, yet.  Maybe I can get a picture of him wearing all three things at once another time.

"My" Photographer


Erianna. She takes wonderful pictures (see below). Remember that scarf photo shoot I mentioned? She took them. :) Here's a sample:


And then I took her camera to shoot hats for the shop. Here's one:

Thursday, October 28, 2010

It's All Going so Fast

And then not so much. Let's see:

*I walked to the post office yesterday and got shipping pricing ($3-$5) for the dish clothes & the baby blanket
*Picked up some coffee on the way, hehe

*Sorted through all the pictures taken into their own folders & then down to 5 each. Now I just need to post them... (and write descriptions)

(Today)
*Made 3 banners - 2 for the shop, 1 for the blog but didn't realize I couldn't get rid of the title by Blogger so no new banner for now.

*Developed a "text" logo with Knitted Home's name :) I love it...

*Getting my paperwork/organizing in order (pictures, forms for me to use, etc)

*Figuring out pricing, costs, etc. (not as fun as it sounds, that's for sure)

Other News:
Finished knitting a little scarf for a boy I've been babysitting who just moved here from Brazil (and needs a few things for winter). I'll try to post a picture of it soon. I finished the matching hat (crocheted) last week and the mittens 2 weeks ago (using his hands as a pattern while I watched him).

I wish the details that I'm waiting on would hurry up.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

First Mobile Post

This is my first *mobile* blog entry from my phone. Let's see if it works....
In other news, look what I made today! It's a bag!


Edit: Success!  Now I have an idea what it will look like when I post from my phone (not the best formatting, but nothing online editing can't fix, hehe).

Anyway, it may look like just a bag, but!....



It's the bag/package that the dishcloths will be shipped in!  I'm thinking about decorating it a little more so it's not just a brown bag but this is what I got done today (x3).

And the stitching...

Not the best job (I rolled the wheel by hand because I didn't feel like running the plug across the living room, hehe), but pretty good for using recycled and on-hand materials, huh? :)

It even fits a baby blanket!

(& a sneak peak of the baby blues blanket ---> ready to ship!)