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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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June / July Review

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I would like to say that I am going to get better about updating this blog, but I probably won’t. School is absolutely crazy. Work is work, as always. I am also spending a lot of time in the gym trying to reverse some of the damage I have done to my body since I separated from the Navy. Plus, my husband and I are getting ready to enter the world of foster parenting…so things may get even more crazy than they already are. The business is sort of on the back-burner to “real life”. I am trying, and I am still planning on a few festivals a year and trying to innovate new things, but there is a lot going on in my head right now that rank higher than a business that cannot support my family.

 

 

Yarn Purchased in June / July

1,820 yards total
1,820 yards of  Red Heart Super Saver

 

Yarn Crocheted in June / July

3,408 yards total
1,760 yards of Red Heart Super Saver
637 yards of Crafter’s Secret
246 yards of I Love This Yarn
765  yards of Pound of Love

 

Sales History (June)

  • 2013 0 sales for 0 items.
  • 2014 0 sale for 0 items.
  • 2015 12 sales for 12 items, an increase in revenue
  • 2016 16 sales for 18 items, an increase in revenue
  • 2017 5 sales for 5 items, a decrease in revenue
  • 2018 3 sales for 3 items, an increase in revenue

 

Sales History (July)

  • 2013 0 sales for 0 items.
  • 2014 0 sales for 0 items.
  • 2015 56 sales for 60 items, an increase in revenue
  • 2016 5 sales for 6 items, a decrease in revenue
  • 2017 4 sales for 4 items, a decrease in revenue
  • 2018 4 sales for 4 items, an increase in revenue
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March / April / May Review

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Whew, would you look at the time? It has been a whirlwind couple of months and I am having a hard time digesting that we are halfway through June.

March consisted of packing to move, school, and work. That was pretty much it.

April consisted of moving, cleaning the old house, a short vacation for Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Festival, and school.

May consisted of trying to get unpacked (and failing epically), school, resource family training, and trying to figure out where my year had gone.

 

The shop was closed for half of March, all of April, and a week or so of May. So, I would say that affected sales. J But, things are already looking up this month, and I am excited about a few new projects. I am starting to actually get my house unpacked and ready to be lived in. I am done with my mandated training. I am still taking way too many credits at school and working full time, but at least things in my home are looking up. I have been able to find a little time each weekend to crochet. So far the focus has been on birthday gifts for niece and nephew, but pretty soon it will be ramping up for Halloween and then Christmas gifts for the kiddos!

 

On the plus side, with having no time, I also haven’t gone yarn shopping! This means I have actually crocheted more than I purchased each month! Yay!

 

 

Yarn Purchased in March / April / May

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Yarn Crocheted in March / April / May

2,670 yards total
110 yards of Bernat Blanket Yarn
444 yards of  Crafter’s Secret
504 yards of I Love This Yarn
1612  yards of Pound of Love

 

Sales History (March)

  • 2013 not open yet
  • 2014 1 sale for 1 item.
  • 2015 5 sales for 5 items, an increase in revenue
  • 2016 12 sales for 18 items, an increase in revenue
  • 2017 4 sales for 4 items, a decrease in revenue
  • 2018 3 sales for 3 items, an increase in revenue

 

Sales History (April)

  • 2013 not open yet
  • 2014 0 sales for 0 items.
  • 2015 11 sales for 12 items, an increase in revenue
  • 2016 11 sales for 11 items, a decrease in revenue
  • 2017 3 sales for 3 items, a decrease in revenue
  • 2018 0 sales for 0 items, a decrease in revenue

 

Sales History (May)

  • 2013 0 sales for 0 items.
  • 2014 0 sales for 0 items.
  • 2015 17 sales for 22 items, an increase in revenue (Soka University Festival, crappy location)
  • 2016 23 sales for 26 items, an increase in revenue (Soka University Festival, good location)
  • 2017 5 sales for 5 items, a decrease in revenue
  • 2018 14 sales for 17 item, an increase in revenue (Patchwork Santa Ana Festival)
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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

0 yards total 

 

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
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Supersize That Horsie

Right now, micro-amigurumi is a huge thing. People make these ridiculously small amigurumi collectables. They are gorgeous and just ooze talent. However, my fingers are not capable of that, nor my eyesight nor patience. So, I tend to go a different route. First there was Cutie Pie, then a few middle sized elephants. Well, while trying to think of gifts for my wonderful niece for her birthday, I decided to try super-sizing the horse pattern I use.

The only changes I made were to use an N hook and bernat blanket yarn (vice a G hook and a worsted weight yarn). I made this gorgeous blue horse, who was lovingly named Precious, and then I decided to do the full pattern and make a unicorn.  Oh, and I also added safety eyes, instead of crocheting the eyes!

My niece is turning 7 next month, and she is having a fabulous unicorn party. So, an oversized unicorn seemed to fit the bill.

The key to these horses is to ensure the legs are SUPER stuffed. This will allow the horse to actually stand. But, if you are looking for a softer, more squishy friend, that is a great plan too, just realize it will be too heavy to stand on it’s own.

Anyway, one baby went to her new home and is loved. The other baby will be going shortly, and I am super excited for it!

And these are my hot new requests from all the fabulous kids (and a few adults) in my life.

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Big Fluff

I want to start by stating that I have the absolute cutest model ever. My little niece is pretty much the greatest model in child form to ever exist. Even amongst the chaos, dirt, and disaster that is my home, she still manages to look amazing. She is also wearing my younger daughter’s old pajamas, which makes this photo an even bigger favorite.

I posted a few months ago about the large roving wool blankets I was making for Christmas presents for the nieces and nephews. I just wanted to post this to show a quick peek at another of the finished blankets.

Again, I must strongly emphasize that this is NOT yarn. It is roving wool that is barely, barely felted together. It comes apart easily, it will tear, and it is VERY heavy (and very expensive). It is not designed to be dragged around the house, used all the time, or have pets on it. It cannot go in the washing machine or dryer. It is NOT a practical blanket at all.

These are decorative, good lap blankets for an afternoon in bed reading. And my sisters understand this, as do the older kids (the girls).

I love working with this stuff. It is super soft, easy to work with, and is so beautiful. But, I also had to accept that there is a good chance that the money I spent on the fiber will be a wash within a few months of gifting these blankets.

But, for me, that was all worth it. The kids are very happy, and to me, that is worth just about everything.