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September Review

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September wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. School is exhausting, but I am doing better than I thought I would. Plus, I have been steady with orders, but not overwhelmed. I am doing a limited run of the candy corn, with no more than 2 MTO at a time. Everything else in the shop is RTS.

 

September Plan

 

Sep 4 – Pinup
Actually, I did sort of work on this.  I did some minor work on some stuff for my Retro Bettie festival. I also worked on a sweater for me

Sep 11 – Halloween Props
My Sept/Oct focus in life.

Sep 18 – Thanksgiving Amigurumi
Nope. More candy corns.

Sep 25 – Halloween Props
Yup! I made like 15 this month. Plus, I also made a candy corn witch’s hat.

 

Yarn Purchased in September

3,640 yards (+18lbs) total
3,640 yards of Red Heart Super Saver (candy corn
18 pounds of wool roving (Christmas presents for my nieces/nephews)

 

Yarn Crocheted in September

2,903 yards (+4.5lbs)  total (Well…I almost crocheted as much as I purchased…)
1,820 yards of Red Heart Super Saver (candy corns)
710 yards of Crafter’s Secret (candy corns)
220 yards of Bernat Baby Blanket (adult sweater)
153 yards of Lion Brand I Love This yarn (toddler sweater)
4.5 pounds of wool roving (read about my niece’s blanket here)

 

Sales History

  • 2013
    • 1 sale for 1 item
  • 2014
    • 3 sales for 3 items, about a 1733% increase in revenue.
  • 2015
    • 58 sales for 60 items, about a 2500% increase in revenue
  • 2016
    • 40 sales for 40 items, about a 45% reduction in revenue
  • 2017
    • 23 sales for 23 items, about a 40% reduction in revenue
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So Fluffy!!!

​I have been seeing this really incredible, super thick wool roving for the longest time. Arm knitting (and even easier, arm crocheting) have been this huge trend that I was afraid to jump on. However, when Pink Unicorn Studio had a summer sale, I knew it was time. Her shop had great reviews on this roving, and even though it was coming from Poland, it definitely seemed worth it to see what the fuss was about.

So, I ordered 18lbs of this yarn, 4.5lbs in 4 different colors, and set to waiting very impatiently for it to arrive.

Well, it showed up yesterday, and I dropped everything in my entire life to start playing with this incredible, amazing ball of fluffy goodness. And let me tell you, this is the softest, smushiest, heaviest blanket I have ever made. And I am totally in love.

The biggest problem is, it is wool roving…so it is absolutely not machine wash/dry. It also can be picked apart or snagged and torn if you let animal paws on it, or drag it around the house.

Of course, I made the blanket (and the other 3 I have planned) as lap blankets for my nieces and nephews (ages 2-6), so I am sure my sisters will be grateful for their children to have heavy blankets that aren’t easily cleaned and need to stay on the bed. But, hey, they are fun and squishy and soft and wonderful.

I arm-crocheted this using a HDC. It is 8 HDC across, and 11 rows high. This used 2 skeins (2.2lbs each), and is great for younger children as a lap blanket. For reference. I am 5’0″ and 17″ across at the shoulders.

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September Plans

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I am so very tired. So, so very tired. I am not sure how I am going to get anything done for the shop or my festival or the gifts I need to finish. I am just exhausted.

September started the real fun of going to school full time (5 classes for 17 credit-hours), working full time (45 hours a week on average with a daily commute of about 1.5 hours), plus trying to keep some semblance of order in my house (luckily the teenager has been a big help here), and try to keep things running during my busy season.
However, my total exhaustion and lack of time is greatly contributing to a pretty bad busy season so far. 😦

 

Sep 4 – Pinup

Sep 11 – Halloween Props

Sep 18 – Thanksgiving Amigurumi

Sep 25 – Halloween Props

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August Review

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See, a little better! I am only a week and a half into September before reviewing August!

Well, I did pretty alright for the first half of the year…it is this second half that I have given up on…so here is August. 🙂

 

August Plan

 

Jul 31 – Halloween Props
Nope. I made some earrings for the my only craft show of the year.

Aug 7 – Christmas Amigurumi
Nope. I did make some really cool crochet bordered fleece blankets though.

Aug 14 – Halloween Props
Yup, but only because I had an order.

Aug 21 – Thanksgiving Props
More fleece blankets.

Aug 28 – Halloween Props
Yup…once again due to orders.

 

Yarn Purchased in August

0 yards total
for real, I bought NO yarn this month!

 

Yarn Crocheted in August

2,134 yards total (This is just pathetic actually…)
918 yards of Lion Brand Pound of Love (fleece blankets)
1,092 yards of Red Heart Super Saver (candy corns)
35 yards of Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Thread (earrings)
89 yards of Crafter’s Secret (toddler weights)
2 yards of fleece!

 

Sales History

  • 2013
    • 0 sales for 0 items
  • 2014
    • 2 sales for 2 items
  • 2015
    • 31 sales for 34 items, increase in revenue (introduced my candy corn costume)
  • 2016
    • 26 sales for 26 items, about a 45% reduction in revenue
  • 2017
    • 7 sales for 7 items, about a 50% reduction in revenue
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July Review (Bwahaha) / August Plans

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Okay, so now that it is almost September…let’s review July. It’s actually funny, because I have updated this blog about 75% less than last year, and most of those have been reviews and plans, and yet my traffic is up about 30%. Strange indeed.

 

As promised, I accomplished pretty much nothing in July.

 

July Plan

 

Jul 3 – Halloween Props
Nope

Jul 10 – Free Week
Technically, yes. lol. I made a super cute Elmo set for a friend of mine

Jul 17 – Skull Shawls
Nope, but I seriously considered it. I did make some hair snoods though.

Jul 24 – Halloween Amigurumi
Nope…more hair snoods

 

Yarn Purchased in July

4,882 yards total (I suck at this!)
1,970  yards of Lion Brand Ice Cream (for the hair snoods)
 2,912  yards of Red Heart Super Saver (for the photo props)

 

Yarn Crocheted in July

792 yards total (This is just pathetic actually…)
493 yards of Lion Brand Ice Cream (hair snoods)
184 yards of Lion Brand Baby Soft (hair snoods)
115 yards of Lion Brand Jiffy (Elmo)

 

Sales History

  • 2013
    • 0 sales for 0 items
  • 2014
    • 0 sales for 0 items
  • 2015
    • 56 sales for 60 items, increase in revenue (when my shark pattern was featured on Buzzfeed)
  • 2016
    • 5 sales for 6 items, large decrease in revenue
  • 2017
    • 4 sales for 4 items, about an 83% reduction in revenue

 

 

 

And, while we are at it, might as well give up August’s plans so that I can adequately review it sometime in November. 🙂 But, for real, I have pretty much given up on my schedule at this point.

 

Jul 31 – Halloween Props

Aug 7 – Christmas Amigurumi

Aug 14 – Halloween Props

Aug 21 – Thanksgiving Props

Aug 28 – Halloween Props

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July

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July has already been a crazy, disappointing month for my business-wise. But, personally, it has been great. The first week, I was in Italy. The second week, I was sick as a dog, so I didn’t do much. The third week has consisted of getting registered and set to start college in the fall. So, this entire thing is sort of back burner.

I am prepping for the only festival I plan on doing this year, which means straying from this path, as it is something I hadn’t intended on doing, so I am trying to tailor my product. I do need to try and make a few Halloween photoprops, as it is my primary business income. But, I am hoping that what I am planning for the festival goes over well.

 

Jul 3 – Halloween Props

Jul 10 – Free Week

Jul 17 – Skull Shawls

Jul 24 – Halloween Amigurumi

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June Review

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June was a very busy month. As evidenced by the fact that it has been over a month since I’ve blogged, and that I am not closing June out until nearly the end of July. And July was just as busy, so no high hopes there.

 

It is pretty safe to say that I have given up on my plan for the year. I have fallen so far behind, and I have so much else going on, there isn’t time for it.

I have changed directions with product for a brief moment in time while prepping for the one and only festival I plan to do this year. And, unfortunately, it looks like I will be giving up my major money maker, as I have not had time to sufficiently prep for Halloween this year, as I have in previous years. Plus, I am officially a full time college student again, and still working a full time job. So, being that this business wasn’t exactly raking in the cash to support my family, it is sadly going to sit on the back-burner, smoldering.

 

June Plan

 

May 29 – Halloween Props
Nope

Jun 5 – Amigurumi
Nope. Though, I did have a couple of orders that were amigurumi…does that count?

Jun 12 – Photo Props
Not for the shop, but I did make a really cool princess blanket for my niece, and a really bad airplane blanket for my nephew. Oh, and I also made a photo prop for a customer order. Does that count?

Jun 19 – Christmas Props
Nope. I was scrambling to finish an airplane.

Jun 26 – Hats
Nope. I actually didn’t crochet at all while I was in Europe. Except for maybe like two hours on the plane.

 

 

Yarn Purchased in June

10,955 yards total (YIKES!!)
1,775  yards of Crafter’s Secret (for the photoprop and amigurumi orders)
9,180  yards of Pound of Love(for the blankets for the kids and because I had a minimum to spend for my coupon)

 

Yarn Crocheted in June

3,315 yards total (Not too shabby considering I spent a week out of the country and not working)
1,065 yards of Crafter’s Secret (orders)
2,250 yards of Pound of Love (gift blankets for my family)

 

Sales History

  • 2013
    • 0 sales for 0 items
  • 2014
    • 0 sales for 0 items
  • 2015
    • 12 sales for 12 items, increase in revenue
  • 2016
    • 16 sales for 18 items, increase in revenue (includes Patchwork Festival)
  • 2017
    • 5 sales for 5 items, large decrease in revenue