Tag Archives: knitting

When It’s Rainy

23 Jun

We’ve had several rainy days lately, so I’ve been spending quite a few of those rainy, muddy days in the house.  I’ve tried to step up my knitting, so I don’t have thousands of scarves lying around my house.  I just finished two projects.  First is this fisherman’s shawl.

I had never done a cable pattern before.  The bramble stitch in the middle was new to me.  I like the way it turned out.

I will say, I used a big skein of yarn, and then my mom found some old yard that matched.

How old was this yarn?  Well, it might have had a couple of petrified bugs in it.  Just saying.

Then I did the pockets and fringe with another left-over ball I had around here.

Rocky is my constant supervisor.  Although, he isn’t really much help when I have questions.  YouTube is my go-to when I need real help.

The second project is my first cardigan.

It has real sleeves even.

I like the little accent stitches on the pockets and sleeves.

This one (because it is my first and the first time I did sleeves) is a stay-at-home cardigan.  There might be other issues as well, like differences in how my stockinette stitch looks between the flat knitting and the knitting-in-the-round.

My other helper likes to just flop his big butt on me while I’m working.  He really doesn’t care who he sits on.

We can’t leave Bob out.  He likes to invade my knitting space too.

I plan on doing another that will be able to go out in public.  For now, I’ve started another cardigan from a different pattern.  It’s a whole new learning experience, too.

Then I have three more shawls to make because people seem to like it.  Good thing I can get yarn delivered to my house.  We might need some more rainy days to get all of them done.

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?

Between Everything Else

16 May

Between everything I am doing here on the farm (working and putting goats back in and fixing fence), I have still been knitting.  I might have shared the start of a sweater with you a while back, but I scrapped that.  I did however, do a summer sweater.

I’m really happy with how it turned out.  Of course it took two tries.

The first one fit my mom, so she got it as a Mother’s Day gift.  Luckily, the second one fit me.

I am especially proud of it because I made the pattern myself.  I took the idea of alternating between the drop stitch and garter stitch from another sweater pattern, but that was it.  I’ve also been making more scarves.

This one is going to be an infinity scarf. It’s the third one I’ve made like this.  I have one and gave one as a gift.  We’ll see what happens with this one.

This one is the same stitch–a rice stitch, but I used a bit smaller needle.

I also just ordered a pattern to try a sweater with sleeves.  We’ll see how that goes.