Connected Through Yarn

More Yarn at StitchknitI have always loved acquiring yarn in ways other than the typical.  Yesterday was no different!  I had inquired about some yarn for sale on Craigslist a long time ago, and had totally forgotten about it.  I got an email asking if I was still interested…………Well, what knitter isn’t interested in more yarn?  I’ve never met one!

Short story: The  yarn is now in my studio!  Favorite spool?  The white one on the top of the lavender.  It is a wool, silk blend that has a twist that looks shiny in certain light.  Love the feel of this one.  Then, there is that luscious lavender and some workhorse basic colors too.  Most are wool blends which will keep me in winter scarf/hat yarns for a couple seasons!

The rest of the story?  The woman selling the yarn asked if I was interested in fabric?  Well……..that led to a very cool connection. Her mother has been sewing professionally for decades & lives here in the same county. She & I have now been “introduced” on line, and I see great things down the road!  I have wanted to find someone to refer clients to, when my schedule was over-full (as it is now).  This woman has been wanting to transition from larger commercial orders to smaller/quicker jobs for individuals.  We’re both happy. The daughter who sold the yarn is happy.  Win, win, win.  Love it when things just come together!

 

First Order for Christmas 2013!

That’s right!  2013

 

I was contacted through my Craigslist Ad (thanks CL) to see if I’d like to look at a project for next Christmas & this is the vintage piece I was given this afternoon.

I was thrilled the client brought me the “notes” from the original knitter, in addition to this stocking to copy.   The family has been using these for 2 generations now, and there are going to be some new babies, thus……………the order for more socks!

First on the list is to come up with the supplies.  The “notes” specify angora for the Santa, and 3 ply yarn for the stocking & Size 2 needles.  There are some general directions for the actual sock and some specifics for the Santa face.

Before I get started on the supply list, I think I’m going to dampen this one, and see if it smells like wool.  It has a yummy soft feel to the piece and was made in the early 70’s.  I want the new socks to mirror this original, to the best of my ability.

I am SO glad this is for next Christmas! I will be in the Christmas spirit all summer here at Stitchknit.
Anyone else get this giddy thinking about copying an older piece?

 

My Dog Likes to Knit!

This is Miko.  Our little dog who has been with us for 5 years now………..one great Craigslist find for sure!

   I have knit for decades, and hadn’t given much thought to Miko having picked up any behaviors related to knitting…..but, this week, I’ve realized Miko has added another sentence he recognizes.

Miko, Want to go knit?

At this point, no matter where we are, he  heads to my ‘knitting chair’, where my great Ott light is and waits for me to sit down.  (and no, this isn’t where clients items are worked on, not to worry)   Sometimes he will head to my chair, and turn around, as if to ask  “haven’t you got any knitting to do?”

Funny little guy!

 

 

There is progress on the knitting front.  I have Hat #2 almost finished, down to the double point needles and half way through the decreases.  Should be finished this evening, if I step away from the computer!

The baby blanket is at the point I will be starting the motif as soon as the hats are shipped.  And, then there are the ever present Christmas Stockings!  I must gather up my sections and sew one together, so I can get some momentum on this project!  I hate it when a simple project just looms in front of me!

Must go, the hat is beckoning!

Still Just Words

Yes, I’m still without my computer…………..thus, no pictures!  I have a pile of finished items, with pictures all lined up.  I was waiting patiently, now I’m getting a touch cranky!

Cranky aside, here’s the status of my very productive week (without the time stealing computer).

The white, more-than-soft baby blanket is off the needles and I’m 2 rows into the crocheted border.  The satin ribbon has also arrived, so this luscious item is probably going to be done by tomorrow.  Then, I’ll have a new problem.  How to take a picture of a white item, and still have a white background?  Would love to hear suggestions!

I finished 2 crocheted scarves yesterday.  One fuchsia and one black.   The fuchsia is a woven event, I can’t really call it yarn.  It seems like something that would have been used for a macrame project in the  60’s.  It is very soft and really turned out well.  The black is a chenille yarn, which is not very high up on my favorite yarn list………..but, I’m liking it too.  I crocheted in lengthwise, and doubled the stitches on the 3rd row, letting it curl around.  Very fun and yummy soft to touch.  Both of these are out of my typical zone, if that makes any sense. 

The 2 crocheted baby slipper pattern booklets arrived this week, and I quickly searched for an appropriate yarn for the Ballet Slippers.  These are in a dusty shade of lavender/periwinkle and they are one of the cuter things I’ve ever made.  I used a satin cording for the ties, using white, as I know I would never find a cording to match.  I like the contrast better than the pattern, as you can’t tell there is a way to keep them on the kiddo if the cording matches.  I’m pretty sure practical isn’t going to be a word used to describe these, but would they ever make a cute prop for a photo of a little one in one of those over sized tutus!

My 4 sample felt projects made it through the washer and have dried.  3 hits and 1 miss.  Well, to be totally honest, 1 hit, 2 kinda-sorta, and one total miss.  The miss is pretty much my favorite item however.  Too early to tell if the total miss turns out to be something I can revamp or not.  I was going for a tray of sorts, to put on a dresser top to hold keys, change, cell phone, etc.  I used a scrap of Lambs Pride, which is one of my all time favorites…………   However, instead of a tray, I have a seriously sturdy frisbee.  Not what I was going for!  Since I don’t have a frisbee catching dog, I fiddled with the edges of the tray/frisbee and now have a wavy edged, yet un named item.  I’m going to attempt to cut the fabric (and what beautiful fabric it is!) to see if I can fiddle and twist it around to become a felted flower.  In my head, it seems like it works! 

Pictures taken of the other 3 felted items………….One little tiny bowl, that is more than cute.  The other 2 bowls are OK, but I’ve learned not to use so much of the novelty yarns, as they overpower the felting.  At least my combinations did.  This is one of the times, where no one would know there was a problem, as the bowls are fine, just not what I was aiming for! 

Crossing my fingers the computer makes it back home this week.  I’ve got a huge batch of pictures needing editing and a pile of items to list on the Etsy shop.  I know I’ll be tempted to put them all on at once, but think it will more than likely be a couple a day until they all make their debut.  I’m going to be at the 75 items mark I think!  Well on my way to my goal of 100 items listed.   ( I would much prefer to have the total number going down however………… Selling items is WAY more fun)

I do have a potential custom order that is in the works.  Must get to the store tomorrow & pick up some fabric………….ick……..retail. 

I also have an inquiry from my ongoing Craigslist ad, regarding the bulk elastic I have on the Etsy shop.  Sending off samples tomorrow……..hoping this results in a sale.  The buyer makes tutus & thinks this might work for her. 

Many local sewing clients;  my TO DO list in the studio is almost full.  Today is not going to result in much sewing/creating time, as I’ve got company coming for brunch.    On that note………….I should get myself to the kitchen!

New Yarn, New Items, New Swag Total

It’s been a fun day!  I found email responses today to some inquiries I made yesterday on Craigslist.  I logged on, to update my listings there……….which, by the way is a very cool way to get some traffic to your Etsy shop.  I pick a new city each night & share something from the shop.  Anyhow………..I can get off on a tangent quicker than most!

I searched for yarn and found a woman trying to sell her stash as she was in dire straights.  She lived very close.  We hooked up today…………I have this little goodie bag of yarn to play with, she has the money she needed and my knitting needles are getting warmed up!

The fleece yarn has me fascinated.  I’m seeing a baby hat with ears!  :)  We’ll see what it ends up as!  The novelty yarn is going to be a bit of fluff on one of the American Girl doll sweaters.  Every time I get one with the fluffy neckline & ribbon, it sells before I can get it in the shop!    The other two are enough to make something larger.  Thinking some sort of little boy type event………   blanket?  Sweater?

I finished a couple projects for clients.  Had one picked up today, and the other is ready to deliver tomorrow.  So, that meant I got to play in the sewing room!  Two new items for the Etsy store are the result………..haven’t even got them listed yet.  Pics done………..so, will get them listed asap.

Some tiny bits of white eyelet were calling to me!  They ended up in this darling little petticoat.  I finished it off with a bit of an over-sized white satin bow.  (love bows!)  Not sure about the pic on the white background, but toddler items don’t look good on my black background ether.

The black & white polka dot sundress shows up a bit better on the white…….     Love this little dress.  I have a matching hair bow, using the yellow ribbon.  It didn’t make it into this picture however.  Taking the pictures has become my least favorite part of this whole new Etsy venture!  I’d rather sew this up a dozen times than deal with the photography!

Lastly………..I’m to the halfway mark on the Swag, for the etsyRAIN Spring Handmade Craft Show.  The show is being held on Saturday, May 7, from 11AM-5PM at the Intiman Theatre, 210 Mercer St, Seattle, WA.    I’m crocheting cotton soap sacks, which will be added to the Swag Bags for the first 50 shoppers to the show on Saturday.  Seems like an easy way to get my business cards & Etsy address to 50 people who already love & support handmade!   I can, however…………make a soap sack while asleep I think!  :)