Friday, December 1, 2017

More Newness

I've had to remake this hat as it has sold again :) I think I've got enough of the wool left for one more - or if not one more hat there should be enough for a headband. I guess it's popular as it's such a 'neutral' kind of colour? 

 I just finished this bouclĂ© cowl last night - it was a nightmare to make! I ripped it out twice so this was 'third time lucky'. BouclĂ© yarn is something that I don't want to see in a long time - it was awful! But having said that, I do like the finished cowl and hopefully someone will like it enough to buy it.

These three pairs of wristwarmers are all from the Cygnet 'boho spirit' which I just bought in England last month - at just about every market someone asks if I have wristwarmers that don't have any wool in them so this year I will be prepared. 

And these are good old faithful King Cole 'country tweed' 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Annual Stock Take 2017

Now that Lucy's shut up shop for the winter months I have got all my 'stock' back so before I embark on the Christmas markets it's time for my annual 'taking stock' of things...

last year and 2015 & 2014 (just for comparison, as it's always good to look back on these things)

This year I currently have a total of 82 listings in my Etsy shop.

  • 32 listings in my wristwarmers and cuffs
  • 30 in my hats and headbands
  • 1 in my bags section
  • 13 in my seaglass/shells
  • 1 in my greetings cards
  • 5 in my scarves
 I've had 1034 sales to date and my feedback rating is still 5* overall with 537 people leaving me feedback.

I've decided to just let my greetings card listings expire rather than keep on renewing them - they don't seem to sell well on Etsy so it's pointless to keep on and on renewing them in the hopes of an odd sale or two. 

So my listings total is down again on the previous year (I'd 88 this time last year) and on the years before that. I had that big order for scrubbies from Airmid earlier this year so that slowed down my production of wristwarmers/hats etc (the money was so handy though and I'm hoping that they will need more eventually!)

Things really to have been slow for me on Etsy lately so it's good that I have a few Christmas markets to go to and hopefully bump up my takings a little year I will be selling locally in Lucy's centre again as well as the Daly's craft shop on their farm in Valentia so hopefully things will continue to improve.

More New Listings...

This is the silvery grey sparkly scarf that I was working on - I brought it over on holiday to England with us as it is a bit slow to make. People at the markets are always asking if I have any scarves so at least I will this time round -- and I think they make the mannequin look a lot better (rather than sitting there with just a hat/headband on and a bare neck and shoulders)

This cowl is made with some wool that I was given as a present by a friend on the ferry - it was a NIGHTMARE to work with as it's one of those yarns where it's hard to see where the stitches are, but I really like it now that it's finished. It's 100% polyester but is so soft!

 And these two hats are ones that I've just remade in the last couple of days as the original versions had sold in my Etsy shop - again they are made with yarn that I was gifted (by a friend of one of my sisters this time) - I have enough in the blue for one more copy of the hat but I still have plenty of the silvery grey.

And finally, this is a hat that I made a while ago, using some of the yarn that I'd bought in New York city - from KnittyCity. I'd made it just as a plain hat - there was only just enough wool in the skein for the hat but wasn't happy with it just being plain so I was going to try making a toning flower in a different yarn. Then I found this great big button in my collection and it seemed just 'right'.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

New Listings

As you can hopefully see, I've been busy lately! It's taken me a while to get round to getting these photographed and listed in my Etsy shop and Facebook page but it's all done now.

 I'm really hoping that some of these sequined wrist warmers will sell for me at the local Christmas markets. 

This is the last of the King Cole 'country tweed' that I have in this shade and it's been discontinued so I think that they will be the last pair that I will make in it. I do hate it when they discontinue yarns for no good reason - you'd understand if there was a fault or if the dye ran but when it's something that's a good seller it's a real shame.

I've been listing some of the items that were in Lucy's shop in the village through the Summer months - the more listings I have on Etsy the more hope I have of getting sales.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

New Colours

We're just back home after a flying visit over to family in England so of course I had planned a trip to the local wool shop while we were staying in Kidderminster with Beth and Mark for a few days.

I wasn't sure what to expect of it this time - when we went last year I only bought a few balls of wool (and my pompom maker!) as it seemed like they were going down the line of mostly stocking baby yarns in pastel colours and cheap acrylics...neither of which are what I would choose to use.

I was quite hopeful though when we were looking at their window display -- they have started to be a stockist for West Yorkshire Spinners so I was keen to go in and have a look at what they had. 

As you can see from the photos I ended up spending a fair bit!

They always seem to have a range of discontinued lines - I don't know if it's just that they don't sell an awful amount of wool in their shop so they still have it as stock? I bought the Wendy 'celtic' again and the King Cole 'galaxy dk' - I'm pretty sure that the 'ocean' shade has been discontinued now.

I was impressed with the quality of the West Yorkshire Spinners yarns so I bought a few of them for hats and wrist warmers. I'm honestly not sure when I'll get around to using up all of these though, as I am pretty much full to bursting when it comes to yarn...

I've been really good and only buying stuff that I need really for particular orders but it's different when I go on holiday!!

I bought three new (new to me at least) shades of the Cygnet 'Boho Spirit' - I'll make them into wrist warmers too; I still haven't really made my mind up on that feels like it's trying to rip off King Cole's riot.

This fluffy one is by Sirdar and when I tried googling it it turns out that it has been discontinued as well - I'm a bit nervous about using it as it might turn out to be a nightmare but we'll see...the ball is 300g so it should be enough for a scarf.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Magic and Sparkle

 Yay! The battery has charged up on my new camera so I've tried taking just a few photos to see how I get on with it (so far so good)

This is what's in my work basket at the moment -- for some reason I do like to go through 'phases' with my crochet -- so lately I've been working my way through the King Cole 'Galaxy' dk -- I have four different shades in my stash. Hopefully they will sell at the Christmas markets (this seems to be my mantra these days) as everyone likes a bit of 'bling' in the darker months.


 ..and I've been meaning to take a photo of this in recent days! Cathy Watson gave me two of these great big old glass battery jars when she was having a clear out -- I know I've posted about them before...anyway I've decided to use the bigger of the two as storage for all my oddments of yarn. They are little scrap balls that I make up when I've finished a pair of wrist warmers or whatever.

I think it'll look great when it's full (and then I can always take them out and use them up on other projects or donate them to someone who wants them) but it's going to take me a long while yet...

Keeping Warm

I've finally listed this pair of items in my Etsy shop - I've had them made for some time now but sometimes am slow to get around to taking photos and then listing the items in my shop.

The wool is 'Studio Donegal' aran tweed in pure wool - lovely lovely warm wool that isn't scratchy against the skin.

I must take some photos of the hat and cowl that I made for myself - I'm very happy with how both of them turned out. I needed to use both skeins of the thick/thin purple wool for my cowl and it's so snuggly and warm.

My old camera had broken (I think it had got sand inside the lens casing) so I've been borrowing an old camera from my Dad recently. My brand new replacement arrived in the post just now; I've gone back to a 'compact' style camera rather than a 'bridge' one - I think I prefer the handy size and shape of a camera like this. I always found the bridge one kind of bulky.

The battery is still charging on the new one so I'll be testing it out later!

Oh and I got a tshirt in the post today! I found this great big plastic thing on the beach recently and someone on facebook was able to id it for me -- it turns out that it is used in seismic research!

I got in touch with the company who makes them and they offered to send me a tshirt! :)