Wednesday, August 8, 2007


Sold the two scarves I have listed on Etsy and another one before it was even listed! And the buyer wants to buy four more. SO. Time to dig into the stash. The Lilac top is going into hibernation and I'm starting with the fun fur yarn. This will be fun and crazy - my mother made me a black & white scarf out of this yarn, and I love it. It doesn't look very substantial, but it's very very warm and feels good on my skin. So I hope whoever ends up with it loves it.

The buyer makes gift baskets for sale at craft fairs, and she's putting my cards into the baskets with the scarves, so this is promotion and sales at once. I gave her a pretty good discount since this is more of a wholesale sale than a retail sale, and because it will hopefully generate some traffic on my Etsy site.


Sunday, August 5, 2007


i was washing dishes about a half-hour ago, and cut the blazes out of my right thumb with the blade of the food processor. it was dripping blood before i lifted my hand out of the dishwater... i expected the butter, garlic, and bleu cheese that was on the blade to make it sting, but it didn't. the blade was really sharp, so it didn't hurt, really; i knew i'd done it, but that was it.

i can type because i'm used to hitting the space bar with the knuckle of my thumb... but work tomorrow is going to suck. well, maybe not too bad - i just tried out the keypad, and i hit the 0 with my knuckle, too... but sorting through stacks of paper will be a pain in the rear.

and knitting? hah. any pressure on it, and it starts dripping again. i cleaned it out really well with peroxide and soapy water, and have a bandaid on it pretty tightly, but it's going to be sore tomorrow. i hope this heals up soon.


Saturday, August 4, 2007


Or, knitting under the influence.

Great time to start a new project, eh? I spent the afternoon studying for the CPA exam, and tonight, I had a cider (Woodchuck) with dinner. Which meant no more studying, that's for sure, and no work on the Little Lilac Top. I'm waiting to hear what the pros say tomorrow at Knit Wits, so it's okay not to work on it again just yet.

Well, I have this ball of Patons Classic Merino in the Regency colorway (am I using that term properly??), let's see what I can come up with.
I poked around on Ravelry, and earlier, I had seen a friend's pattern that used seed/moss stitch. I really enjoyed using that stitch on the BBBB, so I decided to just crank something out. Along with opening another bottle of cider.

So far, I have 1o rows of 30 sts of seed stitch, and just finished another 10 rows of a K2/P1//P2/K1 rib pattern on top of that. I'll just keep going with the 10-10 pattern and see what happens.

And have another cider ;-)

Thursday, August 2, 2007

I'd rather be....


Am at work with no work to do. I've sent out the available e-mail, but no one has any work for me right now. Which means I should be studying - but I'd rather be knitting! Waaaah!

I think I shall surf around for a few minutes and try to find some other knitting blogs I can link to on here.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

little lilac top prep work

Since I finished the ribbed scarf #1, I decided the next thing I'd work on would be the Little Black Top from Stitch 'n Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook. If you go here and go forward through the pages, it's close to the end, opposite a cowgirl in a red bikini. Since this is an article of clothing, I'm being more careful about picking out the appropriate yarn and needles and such. I found this gorgeous MicroSpun from Lion Brand but it's not exactly the right gauge. It's also acrylic, and the pattern calls for Classic Elite Provence. So I guess I have to figure out how to adjust the pattern (and so I pull out Stitch 'N Bitch Nation). Knit Wits is this weekend, so I think I'm going to swatch it out on size 4s, 5s, and 6s, and see what the real pros at the group think.

I was nervous when I was starting the swatch with the size 4 needles - they are tiny and I'm afraid I will just snap them right into pieces.

No sales on Etsy in a while :( I put up an announcement about a sale ($10 off); my prices seem to be right in the middle of the range, so I'm not sure if I just need to promote more or what. My husband was pretty discouraging - I was looking at the free business cards over at Vistaprint, and when I asked him what he thought of a design I'd picked out, he suggested that I wait until I sell more before I do anything like that. Well, Etsy isn't that huge yet - so yeah, I might need to advertise some on my own. Most of the people I know that aren't crafty (ie, most of the people I know IRL) have never heard of it. Granted, we live in Florida, but still! People have friends and relatives that live in other (colder) states! Man. I was a little peeved over that, but whatever. I know he was just trying to be helpful.