Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A Long Time Ago...

It was the beginning of the New Year (yes, sorry it took this long, haha) I had my first custom order to drop off to its new home.  And I took pictures before I handed them off just for the purpose of this post that never got written until now.  Better late than never, right?

So here they are:

One brim hat

& 4 Cuffs 
(2 for each person) to keep their wrists & hands warm :)  I like wearing mine a lot too.  It's a nice little change from the metal bangle everyone else wears.  Not to mention it's less noisy & not as cold in the winter.  Check them out in my shop, too!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Productive! = Success!

Yes, I'm still around.  Life has been getting pretty busy around here.  I picked up a fourth (!?) job for the spring only because it is in the area of my degree and I figure it is time I start using that University degree ;)  So bear with me, the posts may not be coming as often as they had before the new year but I'll definitely be trying to keep up with a schedule once my life's schedule settles into itself.

On to the fun part:  Today was an Etsy Day!  That means I have nothing scheduled outside of my apt (all those other jobs or errands) and I only work on Etsy To-Do things like....

Making more packaging.  I've been dwindling so low, I used up my last good-sized package to ship off a cowl to Chicago (one of my more recent custom orders) and realized that was the last one!  Yikes!  Luckily, I haven't been too busy that I needed to get orders out lickety-split but that is changing soon.  I have another order to ship out Thursday and quite a few others locally that are interested so my little fingers will be working quite a bit for the next couple weeks.

The Cowl sent off to Chicago.
Other things done today:
*worked on Thursday's custom order (half done)
*sew 24 package envelopes in 3 hours (while watching The Last Song, a good background movie)
*photographed two new Etsy dishcloths
*re-listed two Etsy dishcloths, listing other 2 new ones next
*blog post (*check*!)

Now off to bed because I have a full day of work outside the apt :-\  One of these days Etsy'll pay the bills.... right? ;)

Monday, January 17, 2011

CBC

I may have to move my January challenge to February because my book came up due, tomorrow, at the library and I can't renew it -- someone else is interested in it and has a hold on it.  So if I don't have time to copy the pattern before I return it, I'll have to re-request it for February's craft challenge.  :(

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Away

How has everyone's week been going?  Sorry I've been missing in action.  Just as I was starting to get back on the wagon, haha.  I'm currently working 24-7 for a family friend so I won't be blogging until some time next week if not the week after.  Sorry to be leaving anyone who reads this in the dark for that long of a time but rest assured I'll have lots to blog about when I get back!  I've already finished both cowls (and have pictures!) plus a bonus one and have a good handful more custom orders to blog about.
Happy Weekend!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

2 Cowls

I started both cowls today.  4 hours on one and 15 minutes on the other (I needed to change things up; my fingers were cramping).

I thought it might be fun to take a picture after each hour's progress.  So here is the first cowl's hourly progression:
after hour one

after hour two

hour three, I think?  (I started loosing track)

Here's where I ended today:

after hour four

And the other cowl 

I only worked 15 minutes on this one, but the yarn is thicker and the needles are bigger so it goes faster.

I haven't started the Craft Challenge yet.  I figured orders take priority ;)  But I'm planning to work on it after next week.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

It's Slow but...

it's a start!  I now have 2 official (custom) orders with a 3rd working out her design (she is supplying the materials).  So now I will be busy busy working on those two orders this and next week.  Both are grey cowls; one as a neck-warmer size & the other big enough to also double as a hood.  I'll post pictures as I get started.  Have you seen the new items?  I promise I'll be listing more soon.  I've finished another two sets (or more?  I've lost track...) of dish cloths and after I have 10 new sets listed, (and those orders of course,) I'll be adding other new items like cowls, mittens, and more hats. 
What colors are you looking for in a knitted (or crochet) item?  I can always use new ideas :) 

Happy Hump Day!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Craft Book Challenge - January's Project


My first goal for January: Liel's Craft Book Challenge.   Instead of using one of my own books for this first project, I'm going to use a book I borrowed from the library.  After browsing through it immediately after getting it home, I bookmarked about a dozen fun little patterns I want to try but haven't found the time.  So this challenge will be perfect for that before I have to return the book.  Then maybe I'll try one of my old vintage pattern books from my great-grandmother on crochet slippers...

This month's pattern will be:

A Knitted Chair Cushion

I think I'll try it in yellows, pinks and/or greens so it's ready for springtime.  :)
I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year celebration!