Thursday, March 31, 2011

K&C Blog Week Day 4

Yesterday's topic just didn't appeal to me, so I skipped it.

Whatever happened to your __________?

Write about the fate of a past knitting project. Whether it be something that you crocheted or knitted for yourself or to give to another person. An item that lives with you or something which you sent off to charity.

Most of the things I made for myself are still around. My Divine Hat is still in use (stupid winter go away!) until it gets warmer.

Things I made for others, I have mixed results. My Mom loves her V Stitch Cowl, and I'm actually supposed to be making her another. My brother apparently liked his hat, because he says I "can make him another one." So either he likes it or he lost it. *shrug* I've seen both of the girls in their hats, my friend's nephew in the blue striped baby hat, all getting good use.

One of the best feedback I got was from my friend who got the blue & green baby blankie. She said that her son LOVES it, and won't sleep without it. Apparently the soft bamboo edging I put on it made all the difference because he loves to pet it while he falls asleep. I was having a really crappy day when I got that message and it just made everything better.

So most of my things found good homes. I'm glad for that.

If you want to participate too, all the details (and prompts) are at Eskimimi.


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

K&C Blog Week #2

Look back over your last year of projects and compare where you are in terms of skill and knowledge of your craft to this time last year. Have you learned any new skills or forms of knitting/crochet (can you crochet cable stitches now where you didn’t even know such things existed last year? Have you recently put a foot in the tiled world of entrelac? Had you even picked up a pair of needles or crochet hook this time last year?

I have learned a few new stitches. There's a special stitch for my Luna Sweater that I need - a short single crochet. That was very different. I learned how to do a foundation-less single & double crochet, but I'm still not very good at them yet. The more I do, the more I feel like my tension and consistency get better, which is good.

So far I feel like I've done more crochet this year than I did all of last year. I know a look at my Ravelry projects might prove me wrong, but I don't feel like I crafted much in 2010.

If you want to participate too, all the details (and prompts) are at Eskimimi.


Monday, March 28, 2011

K&C Blog Week #1

So apparently there's this thing called "Knit and Crochet Blog Week" going on. While I may not be able to do all the prompts for the week, I'll try to at least do a couple because Craftykix is starting to look a little neglected over here, huh?

Anyway, today's topic:
Part of any fibre enthusiast's hobby is an appreciation of yarn. Choose two yarns that you have either used, are in your stash or which you yearn after and capture what it is you love or loathe about them.

#1 - Joanne Rainbow Boucle. I used this to make both a baby blanket and my Seraphina. And lord help me I am not going to use it again. Talk about snaggy, splitty and plain out hard to see stitches. Ugh! I've learned that lesson.

#2 - Premier Magic. I got this from my mom for either my birthday or Christmas. What I like about it is the color - teal variegating into purple. I just have NO CLUE what I'm going to make with it.

If you want to participate too, all the details (and prompts) are at Eskimimi.


Sunday, March 27, 2011

On Etsy

Serious stuff here for a moment...

This weekend I deleted my Etsy account.

As you may know, if you're a longtime reader of Craftykix, I had an Etsy shop that I closed up last year. It was an experiment, really. I had about 5 sales, spread over about 10 months. Not big money by any stretch of the imagination.

Personally, I did not find Etsy to be worthwhile. There are some Etsy shops that are doing very well. I was not one of those shops. In order to make a decent go of it there, you have to put craploads of time and attention into your shop - making, promoting and maintaining. There is SO MUCH STUFF on the site that unless you have a truly unique product, you will get lost in the mix. If you're not constantly putting something out there and pushing your product and driving people to your shop, you're not going to be heard and won't make a sale. It's a lot of work for something that is a side venture for an already busy person. Someone whose primary job is their shop would obviously make that a priority. I'm not an aggressive salesperson. I'm not a salesperson, period. So yes, I know that it's primarily my fault that I didn't do better. I get it, big deal.

Some of you may have heard about the "Circles" mess that hit Etsy earlier this year. Essentially they're trying to make it into a social site with sales instead of primarily a sales site. They wanted you to import your addresses from your address book and you could see what your friends were buying and they could see your activity. The thing is, your accounts were instantly included when they rolled it out. You had to opt OUT of it. In my opinion, that was a bad move. What I buy isn't really anyone's business but mine, and I'm sure most of my friends feel the same way.

(side note: I'm not a huge fan of everything I do online being interconnected. There are times and places for certain things, and I don't think that my bank needs to be connected to my Facebook page or my school to my Twitter feed. Boundaries, people.)

Anyway, there was also a recent kerfluffle about people's activity showing up in searches where people could see everything you buy anyway. Apparently after the mass outrage, Etsy corporate came out with "that was only in Feedback" statement or something. It was not handled properly, that's for sure.

Anyway, being that I don't have a whole lot of extra time or expendable income lately, I don't do a lot of shopping on Etsy anyway. Anything handmade, I usually make myself anyway. I came across some sites last night during my surfing that are showing a different side of Etsy. Stories from actual sellers and Etsy users that do not portray the company in a friendly light because of their abuse of their users.

(EtsyBitch and Quotes from Pissed off Sellers were the main reading, but there's obviously a LOT of disgruntled users out there...)

I can't really stand behind a company that claims to promote and champion individual small businesses and then tramples on them at the same time.

Deleting my account wasn't as easy as it was supposed to be. I had no outstanding bills or Non Delivery cases, but I still did not have the "delete account" option in my account settings, so I had to go through the support team. It didn't take long, but that seems like a pretty big glitch in the user interface functionality, to me.

There are other craft sales sites out there - Artfire, for one. I think if I chose to try a store again, I would probably do it through them.

I'm not judging. Just because it's not for me doesn't mean it's not for others. If you've got an Etsy shop, good luck to you. I wish you success, just make sure they don't screw you over.

Monday, March 21, 2011

March Madness

Hi Everyone! The Charlottesville Crafter article for March is up! This month is recycled plastic bag totes. And yes, I did break my vow to myself to not work with plarn again, but I think it was a worthy enough reason.

What else is going on? Baby Blankets! I'm about halfway through the first one (of a set of two). And now I have my deadline, so I better get crocheting!