After a hard month of crocheting, I made it to the craft show on Saturday! I forgot my camera, so here are a couple pictures from my friend’s phone. Thanks, G, for helping me!
I paid $20 to reserve the space, and my only goal was to basically make back that money. Make small goals and build it up later, right? It was definitely a good experience. The show was in an elementary school. I expected my audience to be mostly students and their parents, and that was definitely true. However, I did expect a larger audience, but overall, it was a small crowd.
My friends had given me some of their jewelry to fill the table, so I sold 3 jewelry items. (I managed to get a sale with a 2 for $10 deal.) Then I sold 3 minion cup cozies. At least, I managed to make back the $20 table fee. The woman in the table next to me also sold jewelry and only managed to sell two things. Now, I have enough for Christmas presents and stock for next time. That’s right- next time. I’d be more than willing to do another craft show.
For next time though, prepare ahead of time. Give myself more than a month to make things. I might mix up my stock too.
The November Yarnbox has arrived! Looks like Bijou Spun is getting to be a pretty popular yarn brand.
You may recognize it from my October KnitCrate. This time it’s DK weight, instead of worsted, but it’s still a yak-based yarn. Still as soft as it was before. There are also codes for free patterns and discounts from Melissa Goodale and Michele DuNaier, some candy, and a packet of detergent for hand washing delicates. The free crochet pattern was for a shawl, and it’s really pretty. I can’t wait to make it! I’m really starting to like the Bijou Spun yarn- it’s soft, and the hat and gloves I made with it is super soft!
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So, not a huge fan.
The picture in the pattern looks a lot better. The “flowers” are weird. There’s no real guidance on where to sew them, so I just used it to cover the seam that’s around the hat, since it’s made in two parts. This pattern was in Simply Crochet and was written by Margaret Hubert.
There’s only a little done so far. Hopefully, I can do a lot more in the next two weeks. I’ve got 6 scarves, 3 hats, 1 gift, and 3 bracelets.
I’m ready for this! I signed up to do a local craft show just to try it. I’ve always wanted to do one, and so I took the plunge. However, it’s in a month, so I’m going to have to crochet-crochet-crochet whenever I’m not working or eating or sleeping. Since it’s local, I don’t expect too many people, but reading guides about how to do craft shows, I’m going to be prepared. I’m really determined to do this, even if I’m not profitable, I was able to get the experience. Maybe I’ll do better next time or maybe I’ll find it wasn’t for me, either way, I’m going to do my best.
Please share any tips you may have about doing craft shows!
On Ravelry, there’s a Gift-A-Long! Participating indie designers are discounting their patterns for 25% off until November 15, and there’s a chance to win a whole ton of prizes! Crochet projects are limited but it’ll still be fun to participate. It’s perfect for the holiday season crochet gifting marathon! I’ve picked three projects to do, so I hope it’ll be fun!
On another note, I’ve just returned from a business trip to Chicago. At first, it’s a concrete jungle like any other, but then you look again, the architecture is really nice! I also, got to eat some really unique food, like fried pig ears and, of course, the famous Chicago stuffed pizza.
The Chicago River
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I’m in love with this new hat!
This is the project from my October KnitCrate. I did end up making the Clara Slouchy from Justine Walley. It’s a great pattern, although the headband part is entirely made of slip stitches (in US terms). Rather tedious. Also, I needed to make the band bigger than the pattern suggested. So, this begs the question, do I have a large head? I have a size problem with a lot of hats. o.O
I only used one skein of yarn for this. My KnitCrate came with two, so what is going to happen with the other one? Perhaps another hat- I see a possible Christmas present. Love it!
I signed up for a 6 month subscription of Yarnbox, because there’s a free gift! Woo! Also, more importantly, a six month subscription is only $33 per box, while month-to-month is $39 per box. It’s really exciting to get some fun yarn!
There was a dog theme to this box. Cute! The yarn is from Fiber Hound, where all the yarns are named after different breeds of dogs. The yarns are from the Afghan Hound line (DK weight, Merino/Silk mix) in the colors of Hushpuppy and Sirius. Apparently, Afghan Hounds were hunting dogs from the Middle East. There were also some promo codes for discounts on knitting and crocheting patterns. Lastly, there’s some cute bone shaped candy.
The colors go really well together. One is brown with some blue specks, while the other is blue with some brown specks. I was thinking of making a striped infinity scarf.
So much yarn, so little time!
After a long and rather distraction-filled battle, I’ve reached square #50! I’m pumped! It’s only taken a year to get here. Actually, that’s averaging about 1 square a week! Pretty good actually. Now, hopefully, it won’t take that long to finish the other 78 unique squares. Ah, but it’s Christmas presenting time. Oh.. well- soon.
Also, my Yarnbox has shipped! What surprise yarn will I get?
48. Danish Square: I’m beginning to question my choice of yellow here. Actually, I’m beginning to question all my color decisions in this square.
49. Rainbow Stripes: Sometimes you just can’t go wrong with a rainbow. These would make really cute corner squares on a blanket.
50. Seminole: More rainbows! I decided that, in keeping with the theme, to make green the more prominent color. Unlike the Danish Square above, I like the color decisions here.
I’ll do my best to keep this up! Happy crocheting!
First off, has anyone been watching Masterchef Junior? I’m obsessed. Those kids are amazing!!
I was so excited to start the Jam Tarts kit. I love how these turned out!
Attempting to be a hand model.
They were really easy to make too! They’re nice and warm. The instructions were really easy to follow and the materials are all of nice quality.
In other news, for those who I have figured out, I’ve started my Christmas presents! It’s the worst to finish those now, and not be able to post them until two months from now.