Posts Tagged ‘Roxy’

Selling and knitting groups

June 8, 2008

More sales!  After a promising start with a sale on the 3rd day, things went stagnant.  I was listing 1-2 items a day, but no sales!!!  I tried swapping pictures, listing more often, listing less often and shameless plugs on Ravelry to no avail.  But last night I was cruising around Etsy, picking out things I’ll buy when I pay off my sick kitty, and I found the showcase feature!  For $7, you get your thing pasted on the top of whatever category you choose.  I’m thinking, what the heck, it won’t hurt much and I might be out 7 bucks, but who cares!  So I paid the 7 dollars and got my showcase.  After a steep learning curve as to what exactly shows up, I got a sale and the lady bought 3 things!  Yay!  Three of my stitch marker sets, gone!  (And I was a little concerned about one of them because although I love them, I wasn’t quite sure others would.)  So sales #1 and #2, out of the way. 

I do have some pretty cool yarn listed right now:

yarns

Above is a skein of 100% merino sock yarn, and below a skein of 100% merino worsted weight.  The bottom one is darker because I used a natural colored base yarn instead of white.

And a couple of my favorite stitch markers, available from my shop if you’re quick!

 

And now for some other news and whatnot.

I was social today!  I met up with a knitting group that I found on Ravelry today for the first time.  Super-nice group of ladies that I’m looking forward to meeting with again soon.  We met at a yarn store in Jonesville, MI called Knits & Knacks which is awesome!  Great selection of all sorts of yarny goodness.  Times like those are when I wish I had much $$ so I could buy tons of yarn.  Unfortunately, that’s not green, so I guess it’s good I’m poor. 

Sick kitty is still improving.  I can see that she’s beginning to put some weight on and is eating much better now that she’s on dry food.  More blood tests in 3 more weeks, so we’ll see then.

Work tomorrow.  Boo!  I guess since I haven’t been in almost 2 weeks it’s time to go and be a little productive.  Lots of time sitting around airports with this trip, but that means lots of time to knit.  Maybe Haney’s bad socks will start progressing again.  They’ve been in a time-out for a couple months now, but I think I’ve had enough time away to start working on them again.  My Pi shawl is almost finished, I’ve got the edging about half done, just need to finish the other half and then block.  Pictures soon!

That’s all.  I’ll be back after my trip with amusing war stories!  Bye!

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Shop is open!

May 27, 2008

I’ve opened shop finally!  I put the first few items in last night and will be slowly adding items every day or so.  It’s pretty exciting to have it finally stocked and to watch the view counts go up and people add me to their favorites!  Currently, I have a few sets of stitch markers available as well as a skein of hand-dyed sock yarn.  Now the waiting game for the first sale!  (The first official sale from my store, I’ve already done a custom order.)  Now for the pictures you’ve been waiting for:

For sale and soon to be for sale in my shop

 These are the stitch markers that are being listed, a couple are available with a few more coming soon. 

Yarns

And I hope that second one works.  It’s a collection of the yarns I’ve been dyeing lately.  Pretty!

In other news, I haven’t worked for almost 2 weeks, but I get to go early tomorrow and sleep on their recliners for the morning and then maybe find a quiet spot to knit or edit photos or something.  Basicly, I just have to be at the airport in case they need me.  They usually need me and I end up working, so it’s not too bad.

My house is finally aired out and less smelly!  Sick kitty has been on a canned food diet to help her get better and it stinks!  Especially the things I’ve added to make it smellier so she’ll eat it.  All I could smell for a week was wet cat food and tuna juice.  It made me throw up.  Really.  But luckily, it warmed up for the weekend and I had all the windows open and it was lovely and all is fresh smelling now.  With any luck, sick kitty will be able to go back on her dry food and my house will stop smelling.

My PI shawl is still in progress, but coming along nicely.  It’s turning out really gorgeous and that has been keeping me motivated to keep working on it.  I think if it was boring or dull looking I’d have lost interest long ago.  In fact, I’m going to work on it when I finish this. 

My other tasks are to keep motivating my sister with the graphics and web design, keep researching supplies, and figure out how to get my buyer to pay.  Some Paypal glitches are making it difficult.  It’s been going on for a week now and it’s getting annoying.

Store’s almost ready!

May 21, 2008

I’ve gotten the word that my graphics and possibly my website are ready for action.  I’ve hired my sister to work on these since I have absolutely no clue and she’s informed me that they’re ready and I’ll have them in hand this weekend.  Yay!  I’ll work on my store this weekend and hopefully start putting items in it.  It’s kinda silly, but one of the techniques for selling things on Etsy is to list items slowly.  My plan is to put 3 items in my store initially and then an item a day as much as possible.  (Pending what work does to me and when I’m home.)  So this is very exciting.

My first items will be some stitch markers and hand-dyed yarn.  I’m wrestling with whether or not to list some super cool yarn that I’ve dyed with food dyes.  I think they’ll sell if priced right, so I’ll probably do it, especially since that’s what I really want to focus my store on.  I spent a couple hours last night assembling some really cool stitch markers, pictures of those soon.  I’m also wrapping up my custom job which is taking longer than expected because of sick kitty.  I’m hoping to have it in the mail tomorrow. 

Sick kitty is getting better!  She’s eating better and becoming more and more social.  Sick kitty has been stressing me out for a couple weeks now, so I’m finally able to relax a little. 

I haven’t been to work since I wrote last, but I do have a funny story from the last time I did work.  I was flying with a very new and inexperienced flight attendant who was shocked by the looks the passengers gave her when I was on the PA.  They looked at her as if she was supposed to be talking, but she was just sitting there, looking out the window.  I’m always amused by this because people expect the girl voice on the PA to come from the flight attendant, not the pilots.  It’s especially good when the flight attendant is male.  So next time you’re on an airplane, don’t automatically assume it’s the flight attendant when you hear a female on the PA.

And lastly, I’ve been knitting!  I kinda put it off while I was researching and working on the business, but I really needed something to relieve the stress of sick kitty, so I cast on for Elizabeth Zimmerman’s PI shawl.  I’m using some fingering weight merino of my own coloring and it’s coming out really well.  I’ve made it past the last increase and with 500+ stitches on the needles it’s slowed to a crawl, but it’s still progressing and I’m estimating completion by the end of the weekend.  Pictures coming on that also. 

Road Trip!

May 18, 2008

Road trip details in a second…  First:

Sneaky Pig progress has been slow.  I’ve received an order of low-impact dyes and am excited to try them out, however… I don’t have the right tools quite yet.  I’m looking for a used steamer and pots so I can dedicate them to the dyeing.  I did get most of my custom order done, but ran out of daylight before I could finish, so the next sunny day it should get completed.  And that’s really all to report there.

Work has been kinda slow. I was called in yesterday to fly to an overnight and then ride back as a passenger this morning.  I did have a good crew, so it wasn’t all bad. 

I was worried about my kitty while I was gone.  She was diagnosed with kidney failure last week and after 6 days in the kitty hospital is home and doing OK.  She’s on a bunch of different meds and I had to enlist my mom to take care of her and administer them while I was working, but she seems to be getting better.  I was pretty worried for a while.  Poor little thing.

And if the sick cat wasn’t enough to deal with last week, I also turned 30.  Argh!  To celebrate, I left my kitty in the capable hands of the vet and went on a road trip around Michigan, sampling beers at microbreweries and brewpubs.  It was three days full of delicious beer and good food.  (And a couple yarn stores to boot!)  We ended up visiting 15 different places in 3 days, starting in the Detroit area and working our way north from there up to Oscoda, then northwest to Bellaire, down to Traverse City and following the coast to Holland before heading back home.  I found some new favorites and am really looking forward to the beer festival in Ypsilanti in July.  Yay for boyfriends that take me on brewpub tours even though they don’t drink beer!

That’s all for Sneaky Pig Weekly, hopefully next week I’ll have some good dyeing done and I’ll be able to post some pictures of my wares.  I’m really looking forward to opening my Etsy shop soon to start moving some pretty yarns!