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I Need Advice

26 May

With the changes in the world, I really want to get back to promoting and selling my products through my website.

infinity scarf

I keep expanding what I make, but that means I have to deal with shipping.  I can’t find a way to figure shipping that gives me control.

candles and wax melts

Paypal lets me create shipping based on dollar amount or weight.  But it doesn’t let me fluctuate between methods the way I need.

hats and ear band

Right now, my shipping is set for soap sales.

goats milk soap

I can upgrade my account at Weebly to use their shipping calculator, but I’m afraid I’m going to run into the same problem.

fine art print

My understanding is that Etsy no longer lets you charge shipping.  I thought about using Facebook, but I’m not sure how that works.

note cards

I can add shipping to the cost of the product, but I still can get weird combinations that means people could pay a lot more than they need to for me to ship their items if I have to jack up the price of everything.

feed sack totes

I really don’t want to do that.  I just got a lot of my inventory back from the consignment shop where I had to jack up the prices by twenty percent so they could have their cut.

goat’s milk lotion

It could also leave me stuck paying a large amount of postage and losing money on an order if I don’t add enough to items.

I try to keep my prices reasonable.  I haven’t raised the prices of my soaps since I started making them, and trust me the cost of supplies has gone up.

dish cloths, dryer balls, and coasters

I do allow for people to message me what they want, and then I can figure the price of shipping and send an invoice, which works well, but would most people be okay with that in our world of instant gratification?

hand knit llama wool rugs

What do you think?  Any ideas?

Fiber Stuff

9 Apr

You might remember that I was planning on taking an advanced weaving class through the fiber mill, but that has been cancelled due to the Covid19.  I will try to take it when they can reschedule after thinks get better.  It wasn’t long after the class was cancelled that I got a message that the fiber I delivered to the mill last summer was ready to be picked up!  I was very excited about that.  I had all of Maybeline and Odie’s fleece turned into cored yarn.

Odie, Maybeline, and Maybeline

Now I can use it for more rug projects!  I have also been knitting in the evenings when I have time.  I started a new project.  When it’s done, it will be a kimono style sweater.  I’m not brave enough to try sleeves yet.

Unfortunately, I think I need one more skein of each color, so I decided to order it online so I didn’t have to leave the farm.  Hopefully, it will be here by the time I need it.  Since I was ordering yarn, I decided to order a lighter yarn to do a similar summer sweater.  This is the pattern I will use, but the yarn will be different.

Maybe I’ll get brave enough to try actual arm holes and sleeves some day.

And while I’m waiting for my yarn to be delivered, I am playing with the pattern above as an infinity scarf.

Repeating the Weaving Class

24 Feb

This past weekend I repeated the multi-harness weaving class I took last summer at C & M Acres.

I just adore the little alpacas.  If I were to get an alpaca, I’d want those gorgeous silver/gray ones.

It was a great tour of the mill also.  It is unbelievable the amount of fleece they process.  They also have a store where they sell their roving, yarn, rugs, and other products.

Anyhow, back to the class.  I was so clueless about everything the last time I took it that I thought I could actually learn and remember a lot more if I did it again.  I worked on the same type of floor loom as I used for the rug weaving class.  It was much easier to do the setup this time.

I am really liking this loom.  I was much more relaxed with the process, and it made for an enjoyable weekend.

Here’s the finished piece I made.

Compared with the one from last time.

first one; second one

They are offering an intermediate class in April that I plan on attending to learn more skills.