Yarn Box!

I finally bit the bullet and signed up for yarnbox. I am SUPER excited. Though it is dampened a little bit with the news that my first box won't ship until July 20th. That's ok, it will make it even more of a surprise. From what I've seen around it looks like it tends to Keep reading!

Free Printable 2014 Blog Planners

I missed last weeks post, forgive me! I AM sticking to my resolutions. This weekend I've been on the hunt for blog planner type printables. It took some scouring because there are so many out there but like 85% of them are out dated. Which sucks when you see one that you fall in Keep reading!

Happy 2014

It's 2014! This last year flew by and from what I hear they just get faster as you get older. I thought I would take little time to create a list of goals for the new year. Most of them have to do with the website and the etsy shop. But that's good right? The Keep reading!

Split Personality

No, I'm not suffering from a split personality - muahahahaha - not often anyway. I am working on a group of patterns focused around a split of two colors. The first is a simple scarf. I love the contrast of the creamy white and the spiced pumpkin color. The rest in the works is an Keep reading!

Back to School!

It's the first day of a new school year here in little town, USA. Since I have effectively lazed away the summer, I guess it's time to do some real work! So long as we are diving right in... The huge starfish pattern has been added to my etsy shop. Also just today Keep reading!

Yarn Box!

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yarnboxI finally bit the bullet and signed up for yarnbox. I am SUPER excited. Though it is dampened a little bit with the news that my first box won’t ship until July 20th. That’s ok, it will make it even more of a surprise.

From what I’ve seen around it looks like it tends to be two skeins and a pattern or two. Shipping is included. What I look forward too most is finding new yarns I fall in love with.

Also, here to hoping its not all variegated to the max! I have nothing against variegated but I prefer it to be more muted like ranges of the same color. Expect lots of pictures and feel free to share your yarnbox experiences!

Next Post peek: Some DIY table top hat displays.

Free Printable 2014 Blog Planners

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Free PrintablesI missed last weeks post, forgive me! I AM sticking to my resolutions. This weekend I’ve been on the hunt for blog planner type printables. It took some scouring because there are so many out there but like 85% of them are out dated. Which sucks when you see one that you fall in love with because then it turns out to be last years calendar. Then you dig through their site to find out they don’t have any 2014 printable. Sigh. I did find two though I think will work well. I actually am going to be using some of both. After you look at the designs you might cringe but don’t worry the pages wont be side by side haha.

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Happy 2014

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2014

It’s 2014! This last year flew by and from what I hear they just get faster as you get older. I thought I would take little time to create a list of goals for the new year. Most of them have to do with the website and the etsy shop. But that’s good right?

Keep reading!

Split Personality

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split personalityNo, I’m not suffering from a split personality – muahahahaha – not often anyway. I am working on a group of patterns focused around a split of two colors. The first is a simple scarf. I love the contrast of the creamy white and the spiced pumpkin color.

The rest in the works is an infinity scarf, a wrap and arm warmers. These are the three I’ve envisioned so far so more may be coming. I hope to have these out by the end of January to help us wrap 2014 in warmth!

The scarf pattern is pretty easy and straight forward. I think it will end up being an ambassadress and appear first in a Free-Pattern-Friday kind of way. Look for that in the next couple weeks and keep checking back for updates on the others.

Back to School!

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Fall pumpkin It’s the first day of a new school year here in little town, USA. Since I have effectively lazed away the summer, I guess it’s time to do some real work! So long as we are diving right in… The huge starfish pattern has been added to my etsy shop. Also just today I finished and posted a fun new little pattern to get us all into the fall spirit. What better to do that than a Fall pumpkin! Fun right?

But, I can hear someone already… “wait it doesn’t have those cute little indention lines that real pumpkins have!” Yes, I know. So I am already working on a second pumpkin that WILL have indention lines. That way everyone can pick their favorite and be happy.

P.S. That cinnamon stick makes this smell so good.

The leaf in this picture was actually a free pattern I found on another blog. And while I like the shape of it there is something about it that I feel is just not quite what I want. I think in the coming week I will attempt a little leaf for myself. See if I can get a hold on just how I want it.

Looking at this picture I feel like the light washed out some of the pumpkins color, it is actually quite golden. It actually a little squattier in person haha more like an apple in this picture. Note to self: take some more pictures.

On another note, being that it’s a new year it’s time to fill my calendar with school dates and holidays. However last night I noticed that two of my pens are drying out. While I like the pens I have I would like to find some of those super fine point pens. I found some online but I would rather be able to see them in person before I buy them. Any brand suggestions out there?

The Next Big Step

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Beth & JoyNot that long ago I left my job (yes with benefits) to pursue two objectives. The first being getting a real estate broker pre-license so that I can sell houses as well as taking on flipping houses with my mom who has wanted to do it for a really long time. She was first inspired by a book she read to sort of specialize in pre-foreclosure and helping families stay in their homes. But all of that is a whole other story and not what this blog is about.

The second objective was to design and sell my own knitting work. I really love knitting and I think I do it well. I don’t claim to know everything but if I don’t I endeavor to find out. I really like designing because it gives me a bit more freedom. Of course the knitting is my favorite part but designing then knitting up 3 dozen of the same thing to post online that may or may not sell just doesn’t appeal to me. I am raising my daughter alone and I just don’t have storage space for all that inventory nor do I have the money to purchase storage for it. My office is the dining room table, or the coffee table, or the vanity in my bedroom, and even sometimes the park bench. My office is mobile, it has to be. Plus I have a bit of ADD and my concentration on one thing only lasts so long. That is not to say that I don’t come back to things I have set aside for a while. I do almost always.

Swift in actionThis is really big for me because this is a career path that really has to be personally carved out. So I decided to research. I knew there had to be some standardization somewhere for knitting practices. Of course I knew the standardization for knitting stitches and abbreviations, but nothing really beyond that. What better to find out than ask at your local craft store? So the craft store I contacted is a big box store and I don’t shop there often, but when I do its usually only for knitting tools and or fancy paper. They have been seeking a knitting instructor for a while so I asked what the process for that position was. I spoke to a very kind lady and she gave me the golden nugget I was looking for. To teach knitting there you have to apply to their store, but you also have to apply and be approved by the Craft Yarn Council. I knew that it must have existed somewhere but I didn’t know what it was called or how to find it. The only downside to this is that the correspondence kits are $75 a pop for both levels I and II. If I understood correctly after completion and acceptance whether you go on to teach right away or not you go into their instructor database. Through them I also found out about the TKGA which I had never heard of. These are exactly the community circles I want to be a part of.

My current designs are pretty simple, though I love them and so does my daughter. Right now they are the little bit of livelihood that we have. I am saving with each sale for those correspondence kits because that is where I want to be. I’ve watch the Etsy success video about pricing for profit with Megan Auman and Tara Gentile. I have really been inspired by Tara’s talk about telling your money story and breaking free from the inherent limitations put on us by society about being able to make money doing what we love. She is well spoken and the video is really great. Megan is also inspiring she speaks very openly and honestly about why you aren’t charging enough for your handmade goods. I would suggest anyone who sells anything handmade to watch it. You can connect to that video through this page.

If you’ve read this far I am so thankful. I am thankful for your time and support. Here’s to your success, my success and all that the future holds for us!