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April

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April is actually looking to be a lot of fun for me. I am really digging everything I scheduled this month, and that makes it much easier to get back into the swing of working. I am still trying to work on skirts and dresses as I have a chance, plus I have a couple of baby gifts that I need to knock out of the park this month…but, I think I will be okay.

 

Mar 27 – Free Week

Apr 3 – Summer Props

Apr 10 – WIPs

Apr 17 – Skull Shawls

Apr 24 – Halloween Props

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Fox Rug (Pattern Review)

I absolutely adore Ira Rott patterns. She wrote the amazing pattern that I used for my elephant pillows. I actually have about 30 of her patterns, and am very slowly working my way through them. The next one I found time to work through (during my AMAZING free week according to my new organizational system!), it happened to be this super cute fox rug pattern. Now, I did not add a backing to it, because I like the idea of it being a blanket or a rug on the carpet or a photo prop, as opposed to an actual rug; but the pattern does give detailed instructions on how to add a non-slip backing to it.

This pattern worked up super quickly, I did it in 2 days or just working on it part time, and turned out SO cute. The stitches are simple, with a crab stitch and a picot being the only real “non-basic” stitches in it. And, as always, she gives detailed instructions on how to complete these stitches.

The most difficult part of the entire pattern is sewing things together. But, that is because I am super lazy and hate to hand-sew things. 🙂

Seriously, from beginner to experienced crocheters, I highly, highly, highly recommend Ira Rott’s patterns. It is all so STINKIN ADORABLE, so many options, and so easy to follow.

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Virus Shawl (Pattern Review)

I am a fairly easily frustrated person. I don’t have a lot of patience, and I get cranky when I don’t understand things. That is vital to this story.

A few months back, a friend of mine asked me to make 6 shawls for her wedding, 5 adult and 1 youth. Awesome, no problem, I am on it! Right after I finish all of these elephant pillows for Christmas!

Well, on Christmas day, I started working on these shawls. I had seen hundreds (and hundreds and hundreds) of posts on the Repeat Crafter Me Facebook group of the Virus Shawl. Awesome. It looked super easy, I can handle this! So, I went searching for the pattern, and all I could find was YouTube videos. I hate watching video tutorials. I have no patience and stop paying attention. Then, I finally found a written out pattern! AHHHH! But, the pattern sucked. Seriously…it sucked. But, I was still determined not to do YouTube videos…I had a crappy pattern and photos of what it should look like! How hard could it possibly be?!

I started this pattern fairly early in the day…and then I ripped it all out because 10 rounds into it, it was NOT looking like it should. Then I restarted…and ripped it out 6 rounds into it. Then I gave up and started a totally different shawl, and 12 rows into it, I realized that it was a scarf and not a shawl and ripped that one out. So, frustrated and angry,. I breathed grinchmas all over it and started the virus shawl one more time…and it clicked…and it was amazing.

These work up really fast, and once you figure out the pattern (which is so easy and makes me angry that I struggled so much), you won’t have to ever reference it again. Plus, it is pretty…and my sister-in-law has decided that it looks like an owl, and now I can’t see anything else.

So, the morale of the story…watch the YouTube video (which is linked at the bottom). Don’t be like me. Don’t be stupid. Watch the video, learn this AWESOME pattern, and make amazing shawls.

 

 

This is the one…do you see the owl?! Once you do, you will never unsee it.

 

 

Watch this video…learn…don’t frog everything because you are frustrated like me.

 

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Hello February

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February should be a fun month for me. I scheduled a lot of me time in here…which is perfect, as I have so many ideas! I have my Valentines’ prop started, and I cannot wait to be able to share it! It is going to be amazing! I also have A TON of new patterns to start on, and I have 2 glorious free weeks to work on them! Plus, I have a few skirts that I need to finish quick, fast, and in a hurry! I am really excited for some of the sewing projects I have decided to work on. I also have a super cute idea for an Easter prop, I just am not sure if it is going to pan out. 🙂

 

I do need some charity ideas though. I was thinking of doing hats, but part of me wonders if making small toys would be better. I mean, most knitters and crocheters do hats and blankets, so would small amigurumi be a more unique idea? It would give children something more than the basics. Or, is sticking with hats/scarves/blankets the ideal choice?

 

Jan 30 – Valentines Props

Feb 6 – Free Week

Feb 13 – Free Week

Feb 20 – Easter Props

Feb 27 – Charity

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January Review

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January was a pretty good month for the shop. Now, that majority of that was due to a large custom order I spent the entire month working on. But, it definitely made it worth it. The shawls turned out beautifully, and I cannot wait to see how they look in my friend’s wedding. 🙂

 

January Plan

Jan 2 –  Shawls  √√√

Jan 9 –  Shawls  √√√

Jan 16 – Shawls  √√√

Jan 23 – Shawls √√√

Jan 30 – Valentines Props  I finished up the shawls on the 30th and will begin working on props today. 🙂

 

Yarn Purchased in January

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Yarn Crocheted in January

3,675 yards total
3604 yards of Red Heart Soft
71 yards of Crafter’s Secret

 

Sales History

  • 2013
    • Not Open
  • 2014
    • 0 sales for 0 items
  • 2015
    • 1 sale for 1 item, increase in revenue
  • 2016
    • 7 sales for 7 items, increase in revenue
  • 2017
    • 3 sales for 8 items, increase in revenue

 

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Already failing

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3 weeks in and I am already failing. Definitely not doing a great job at updating this blog. In my defense, there isn’t much to say. I have been working on the same project since Christmas, the 6 shawls for my friend’s wedding. Once I have them all completed (I have 4.8 of 6 done currently), I can photograph them and blog about it. However, until them, I am out of material.

 

I also do not see myself reaching 350 items sold this year. I am already behind the curve for January, and I have changed my plans for the shop. I am staying on finished items only this year. I am going to focus on new product, new designs, new patterns. Plus, I am getting back into my sewing.

 

My 11 year old and I went and picked out a ton of fabric at JoAnn’s this weekend, as they were having a pretty fantastic sale. So, we spent more money than I had there, and are working on several different skirts, mostly simple designs. We even decided that we needed some extra of one of the fabrics to try and make a couple of dresses. So, I guess that will be a fun chapter to add in here…misadventures in sewing. It has been years and years and years since I did any real sewing. So, we shall see how it all turned out in the end.

On the plus side, the last time I was focused on sewing, YouTube wasn’t a thing yet and I couldn’t spend hours a day watching videos to perfect techniques.

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A New Years Plan

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So…here is my best attempt at trying to organize myself for this next year. It is pretty packed, and I probably will fail epically at sticking to it, but for now, it is the best I have. 🙂 It will be fun each month to see how close I came to sticking with it.

Free weeks are weeks to work on my own personal projects, or finish up something I got close to finishing on another week. WIP weeks are for me to work on the massive box of WIP I have accumulated over the last several years. Each week will have orders as a priority, obviously, but all the rest of my time will be dedicated to working on whatever is “due” that week. And maybe, just maybe, I will be better prepared this year.

 

Jan 2 –  Shawls

Jan 9 –  Shawls

Jan 16 – Shawls

Jan 23 – Shawls

Jan 30 – Valentines Props

Feb 6 – Free Week

Feb 13 – Free Week

Feb 20 – Easter Props

Feb 27 – Charity

Mar 6 – Halloween Props

Mar 13 – Easter Amigurumi

Mar 20 – Unicorns

Mar 27 – Free Week

Apr 3 – Summer Props

Apr 10 – WIPs

Apr 17 – Skull Shawls

Apr 24 – Halloween Props

May 1 – Charity

May 8 – 4th of July Props

May 15 – Free Week

May 22 – Pinup

May 29 – Halloween Props

Jun 5 – Amigurumi

Jun 12 – Photo Props

Jun 19 – Christmas Props

Jun 26 – Hats

Jul 3 – Halloween Props

Jul 10 – Free Week

Jul 17 – Skull Shawls

Jul 24 – Halloween Amigurumi

Jul 31 – Halloween Props

Aug 7 – Christmas Amigurumi

Aug 14 – Halloween Props

Aug 21 – Thanksgiving Props

Aug 28 – Halloween Props

Sep 4 – Pinup

Sep 11 – Halloween Props

Sep 18 – Thanksgiving Amigurumi

Sep 25 – Halloween Props

Oct 2 – Halloween Props

Oct 9 – Halloween Props

Oct 16 – Halloween Props

Oct 23 – WIPs

Oct 30 – Christmas Props

Nov 6 – Thanksgiving Props

Nov 13 – Charity

Nov 20 – Christmas Props

Nov 27 – Free Week

Dec 4 – Christmas Props

Dec 11 – Christmas Amigurumi

Dec 18 – Free Week

Dec 25 – Free Week