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That 2018 Spirit

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2017 was a lot of falling behind, not meeting my goals, and struggling to keep my sanity. I had a whole slew of health issues, to include a surgery, non-related physical therapy, and an entirely separate day spent in the ER getting a CT. I started back at school full time, and I tried to spend a little more time focusing on what I wanted to do, make, and enjoy. So, the business side of the house didn’t go as swimmingly as hoped.

However, each new year brings a whole new level of chaos and crazy, so 2018 is bound to make up for 2017. It may be worse, but hey, it could be better! So, I have made a more realistic plan, and hopefully will be able to achieve all of this in the upcoming year.

 

Goals for 2018….

  • Crochet more yarn than I buy. Period. No ifs ands or buts…Get into that stash!
  • Update this blog at least once a week.
  • Sell 150 items, including through shows and online.
  • Attend 3 craft fairs. Actually sell something at each of them. 🙂
  • Write, review, and list 2 new patterns.
  • Have all Christmas presents made and ready to ship by Thanksgiving.

 

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November Review

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November was really all about me. I spent a lot of time working on things, for me. I made a Harry Potter scarf for each house for me, I made a shawl for me, plus I made a bunch of Christmas presents. I made one amigurumi for a friend to order in December, and that is about it. It was nice, and relaxing, to work on my own projects for once. And since I didn’t have anything in particular in mind, it wasn’t difficult to work through my stash for nearly all of what I worked on. Plus, my daughter started some Christmas presents for her mom and that side of the family, so that helped with my count. (Hey! It comes out of my stash ==> it counts towards my yarn crocheted in a month! lol)

 

November Plan

Oct 30 – Christmas Props
Yea…no

Nov 6 – Thanksgiving Props
Yea…no

Nov 13 – Charity
Nope…

Nov 20 – Christmas Props
Hahaa…still no.

Nov 27 – Free Week
Technically, yes. I completed this. 😉

 

Yarn Purchased in November

3,432 yards total
3,432 yards of Lion Brand Scarfie (I really just thought it was pretty and wanted it…and it was on sale…and I had a coupon…and now I can use it to make Christmas presents!)

 

Yarn Crocheted in November

4,984 yards total (I am actually really surprised to see that I crocheted more than I purchased…I purchased A LOT of yarn this month!)
91 yards of Red Heart Super Saver (horsie)
268 yards of Caron One Pound (horsie)
102 yards of Lion Brand Pound of Love (blanket)

2,431 yards of I Love This Yarn (Harry Potter scarves and Christmas presents)
532 yards of I Love This Yarn (crocheted by my 11 year old for Christmas presents)
1,560 yards of Lion Brand Scarfie (shawl, Christmas presents)
9 pounds of wool roving (Christmas blankets)


 

Sales History

  • 2013
    • 0 sales for 0 items
  • 2014
    • 7 sales for 7 items, an increase in revenue.
  • 2015
    • 15 sales for 17 items, about a 295% increase in revenue
  • 2016
    • 21 sales for 26 items, about a 125% increase in revenue
  • 2017
    • 2 sales for 2 items, about a 89% reduction in revenue
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October Review

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October was sort of a bust for me. I sold very few candy corns or even patterns, so I am guessing that the trend is starting to die down. And with my limited time to redo my photos and get my other listings back up, it doesn’t look like things will go much better for the next couple of months either. Oh well, that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

 

October Plan

 

Oct 2 – Halloween Props
Done. All I did pretty much.

Oct 9 – Halloween Props
Done. I even made some cool candy corn witch hats that I will eventually blog about.

Oct 16 – Halloween Props
Done. I even made some cool candy corn witch hats that I will eventually blog about.

Oct 23 – WIPs
Done. I finished up some earrings, some hairbows, and some hair snoods.

Oct 30 – Christmas Props
I am still considering if I am even going to go this route. I am tired and am focused on making some easy, fun stuff for me…as well as some Christmas presents.

 

Yarn Purchased in October

2,684 yards total
812 yards of Caron One Pound (for a special order from a friend)
1,872 yards of Lion Brand Scarfie (I really just thought it was pretty and wanted it…)

 

Yarn Crocheted in October

3,267 yards total (Well…at least I crocheted more than I purchased…)
2,184 yards of Red Heart Super Saver (candy corns)
710 yards of Crafter’s Secret (candy corns)
373 yards of Lion Brand I Love This yarn (toddler sweater)

 

Sales History

  • 2013
    • 2 sales for 2 items
  • 2014
    • 11 sales for 12 items, about a 2154% increase in revenue.
  • 2015
    • 53 sales for 59 items, about a 495% increase in revenue
  • 2016
    • 44 sales for 48 items, about a 23% reduction in revenue
  • 2017
    • 13 sales for 13 items, about a 77% reduction in revenue
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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
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Snow White C2C Graphgan

So, a while back, I started writing up C2C color changes for a ton of different graphgans. I didn’t end up posting very many of them, I did do a series of the princesses in small granny square sizes, but these are a little different.

Unfortunately, I saved them as PDFs and don’t have the software to edit PDFs, so that I can easily copy/paste the text here…and I am far too lazy to retype it out, it was a lot of work! So, you get a scanned copy as a photograph. If you click on the photograph, it will enlarge. I recommend printing them, as I prefer to do C2C by marking off the rows as I go. Remember, start on the bottom right hand size.

I like to use worsted weight yarn and a J hook.

 

 

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June

I am a little late for this one, as I got distracted and forgot to queue this blog to post. 🙂

 

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But, June should be a busy, busy month. I am getting close to hard-core Halloween season, so my focus is shifting some, plus needing to work on my weekly stuff. I have already had a couple of orders, so that is keeping me busy, plus, I am out of the country for a week. So, here’s to hoping I can handle everything and not lose my mind!

 

May 29 – Halloween Props

Jun 5 – Amigurumi

Jun 12 – Photo Props

Jun 19 – Christmas Props

Jun 26 – Hats