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Christmas Crochet-A-Long

Let’s start today’s blog with some math! Simple addition, so no need to worry!

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Okay, I have decided that this year, I want to jump on the crochet-a-long bandwagon. I am going to host a Christmas “ragdoll” CAL! I say ragdoll because it isn’t amigurumi, but it isn’t technically a ragdoll either. Basically, I am designing a gingerbread dog for my niece…because that wack-job asked for one for Christmas! Kids! The death of me! But, she’s adorable and I love her, so I am figuring this out. And, I am going to take whoever wants to go with me along for the ride!

I will be posting the pattern portions here in the blog, as well as creating short YouTube videos to explain concepts and show where things are at. For those who don’t want to routinely check the blog, I have a newsletter that will also send out the pattern portions and links to the videos. I am debating making a FB group, but I don’t know anything about operating those, so it may not happen.

I don’t plan on starting this until closer to Halloween, as this is my super busy season for the shop. I am working on the pattern design now, and will send out the supply list soon. This shouldn’t be a long CAL, 4-5 weeks tops. It is pretty repetitive, as both sides look the same! But, it should be a fun little project for those with kiddos to make gifts for, gift tree kiddos, white elephants, or even stuffed animal loving adults.

So, here is the link to the signup form, hopefully it works (I’ve had some problems)! If not, just send me an email at Desi@sweetbabydesi.com; or message me on pretty much any social media platform (SweetBabyDesi), and I will add your email to the mailing list.

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September Review

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So…what had happened was…Lion Brand did this $1 yarn bin clearance…and I went a little crazy. I may have purchased 280 skeins of yarn. In my defense, the cheapest the yarn I purchased is normally is $3.99 when on sale…and I averaged $1.14 a skein after shipping. So, I think I made out pretty well! But…I definitely destroyed any hope of crocheting more than I purchase this year. 😦 Oh well, what’s a New Years Resolution if you actually keep it!

Yarn Purchased in September

36,268 yards total
22,860 yards of Lion Brand Lion’s Pride Woolspun
5,960 yards of Lion Brand Textures
3,480 yards of Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick
2,184 yards of Red Heart Super Saver
1,620 yards of Lion Brand Hometown USA
164 yards of Caron Simply Soft Sparkle

Yarn Crocheted in September

5,990 yards total
3,185 yards of Red Heart Super Saver
864 yards of Bernat Baby Blanket
781 yards of I Love This Yarn
574 yards of Caron Simply Soft Sparkle
348 yards of Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick
128 yards of Lion Brand Hometown USA
110 yards of Bernat Blanket

Sales History (September)

  • 2013 1 sale for 1 items.
  • 2014 3 sales for 3  items, an increase in revenue
  • 2015 58 sales for 60 items, an increase in revenue
  • 2016 40 sales for 40 items, a decrease in revenue
  • 2017 23 sales for 23 items, a decrease in revenue
  • 2018 15 sales for 16 items, a decrease in revenue
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August Review

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Just when I thought I was getting good at this again. 🙂 Oh well! School is back in session, and that brief moment in time where I was writing some blogs was during summer break. I am back at 17 credit hours, working full time, and trying to run this business. So it’s definitely crazy, again. But, i did find some good time in August to crochet like crazy…

 

 

Yarn Purchased in August

18,436 yards total (if you think this is bad, wait until you see September!)
8,160 yards of Lion Brand Pound of Love
4,428 yards of  Lion Brand Jeans
3,276 yards of Red Heart Super Saver
1,312 yards of Caron Simply Soft Sparkle
1,260 yards of Bernat Velvet

 

Yarn Crocheted in August

4,572 yards total
1,820 yards of Red Heart Super Saver
738 yards of Caron Simply Soft Sparkle
510 yards of Lion Brand Pound of Love
492 yards of Lion Brand Jeans
455 yards of Crafter’s Secret
440 yards of Bernat Blanket
117 yards of I Love This Yarn

 

Sales History (August)

  • 2013 0 sales for 0 items.
  • 2014 2 sales for 2  items, an increase in revenue
  • 2015 31 sales for 34 items, an increase in revenue
  • 2016 26 sales for 26 items, a decrease in revenue
  • 2017 7 sales for 7 items, a decrease in revenue
  • 2018 11 sales for 18 items, an increase in revenue
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Patchwork Santa Ana – Spring 2018

Back in May, I vended at my third Patchwork show. The first one was sort of a disaster. The weather was terrible, the attendance was terrible, and I was horribly sunburned due to a faulty sun-umbrella. The second one was a lot better. I broke even and learned a lot.

This third one was great. I was actually in a new location, so a fairly low traffic area, but still managed to walk away ahead. Which is sort of a first for my shows. Plus, I sold a few items I wasn’t expecting to, so that was pretty amazing. I also sold out completely of my ice cream cones, so they are next on the list of things I should work on before the fall/winter show after Thanksgiving.

The festival was really expanded this year, it even included a fashion show put on by student designers at the local college.

I am still trying to figure out the perfect booth layout, as I sell such a huge variety of products that I have no idea how best to display a little of everything! Ideas and suggestions are totally desired. 🙂

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Yarn Update

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Whoot! Two blogs in a month! I am on a roll. Hehe…

Okay, so this blog is more for me than it is for you guys. I am trying to get a good overview of yarn purchased vs yarn crocheted so far this year…so here it is.

Also, something to remember about my yarn crocheted. Because of the move, I haven’t had my boards set up, so from March – present, I have been tracking yarn based on completed projects only. There are so many I have started and not finished that aren’t in the count. Hopefully, I can get my board up here shortly and go back to tracking skein by skein like I was before. 🙂

 

Yarn Purchased So Far 2018

23,057 yards
18,141 yards of Paton’s Metallic
3,096 yards of Bernat Baby Blanket
1,820 yards of Red Heart Super Saver

 

Yarn Crocheted So Far 2018

8,508 yards
3,305 yards of Lion Brand Pound of Love
1,760 yards of Red Heart Super Saver
1,227 yards of I Love This Yarn
1,152 Yards of Crafter’s Secret

981 yards of Bernat Baby Blanket
83 yards of Caron One Pound

 

Well, considering I have already purchased more yarn in August…I am guessing I need to get my but into gear crocheting in order to out-crochet what I purchased. To be fair, almost all of that was purchased in January. Does it even really count? Hahaha. 🙂

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Unicorn Parties are Life

Last month I displayed my macro-amigurumi horse and unicorn that I had made. The horse went to my former boss’ daughter. The unicorn was a 7th birthday gift for my favorite princess. Who, by the way, has the coolest parents ever. They threw her an incredible unicorn party, complete with a real life unicorn named Sparkles!
Momma made fantastic cupcakes with sparkles hidden in the center.
Daddy served unicorn pee to drink (apple juice).
I mean, what more could you want?!

My husband was the only good sport of the men. He wore his unicorn horn very proudly!

And this little princess totally flipped when she stepped outside and Sparkles was waiting for her!

This really great company in Las Vegas, Pony Party Time, has a ranch with ponies that can be ridden, unicorns that are just for petting, and donkeys that are the unicorn’s bodyguards. (Their names were Strawberry and Margarita!!)

It was raining a tiny little bit in Vegas that weekend, so Sparkles was making some great faces each time she shook. She also chucked flowers everywhere! But she loved the pets and attention.

Then, the ultimate happened when baby Sparkles got to meet grown-up Sparkles!

I think it is safe to assume that my niece loved her gift, and that giant unicorns are always a hit. 🙂 (Most of the adults also loved baby Sparkles!)

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February Review

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February was about on par for what I expect from February. It was very, very slow.

Of course, just because sales were slow doesn’t mean life was! We are still in the process of buying a home, I am taking 18 credit hours, I am still working full time, and we just began the process of becoming approved for foster / adoption. So, slow worked this month because I definitely didn’t have time for insane.

I worked on a couple of gifts and that is really all I did this month. The shop is at an interesting state right now. Most of my listings are getting ready to expire, so I am at an junction and am deciding which road to take.
Part of me wants to let the listings expire and leave them that way until I have time to properly photograph and re-write the descriptions for each item. But man does that seem like a long time. And I definitely can’t sell things that aren’t list. So, it is something I am still thinking about, and I really don’t know which way I am leaning just yet.

 

 

Yarn Purchased in February

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Yarn Crocheted in February

995 yards total
124 yards of I Love This Yarn
871 yards of Bernat Baby Blanket

 

Sales History

  • 2013 not open yet
  • 2014 1 sale for 1 item.
  • 2015 4 sales for 4 items, an increase in revenue (Soka University Festival, crappy location)
  • 2016 24 sales for 24 items, an increase in revenue (Soka University Festival, good location)
  • 2017 1 sale for 1 item, a decrease in revenue
  • 2018 1 sale for 1 item, a decrease in revenue