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I don’t wear shawls or anything designed to wrap around your neck and choke the life out of you, but I have a huge case of shawl envy. They are beautiful to look at.
I’ve been knitting and ripping out shawls for months trying to come up with something easy, mostly mindless, but not completely boring. This is insanity.
I dyed up some practice gradients on my Charm base sock yarn. They didn’t come out well enough for me to put them in the shop, but they are perfect for me to play with. The one in the pic goes from black to purple to blue. I’ve been knitting on this shawl for over a week and have finally made it to the purple section.
I’m not doing anything fancy with this shawl, but it has been great for getting my brain to understand shawl shapes and mixing in stitches. This shawl has the perfect amount of mindlessness in the garter stitch to let my brain come up with ideas for other stitches I could work into it. It’s also helping with my fiction writing. Bonus!
This shawl has a small lace edging and tons of garter stitch. The pattern is easy to follow if you’ve never knit a shawl before. I’m calling it This Fucking Shawl or TFS.
The pattern, whenever I get it done, will be available to Yarn Coven members & then here & on Ravelry.
I do have plans for creating gradient yarns for the shop. Right now, I’m fresh out of yarns to dye! It’s really frakking sad.
But, I’ve been in contact with a new yarn supplier. They offer organic yarns process here in the states. Which I find pretty awesome. The downside it their minimum wholesale order amount is huge. At least for me. That means I’ll need to run another Kickstarter to be able to get any of their yarn.
Keep your eyes peeled for that. It’ll be the biggest Kickstarter I’ve ever done. It’s a little scary and stressful to think about, but one of the things I wanted to do with this biz is to work toward supporting local & US businesses.
I haven’t got the full plan for the Kickstarter worked out yet, but I will soon. I’m going to try and work it out so that yarns, if it hits the funding goal, start shipping in the fall. I probably will be launching it some time next month.
I’ll need more time for getting the yarn dyed and shipped out, because I’ll also have to wait for the supplier to process the fiber into yarn.
This will be the biggest thing I’ve done since starting this biz. I think I’m ready for it. My kitchen might not be, but I am. lol.
May was the planned time for opening up orders for the next round of Survival Gear boxes. I’ve been totally stressed about it.
I didn’t get enough orders last time to cover the cost. I couldn’t send yarn I had on hand because I’d listed a specific yarn to be included in the boxes. Lessons learned people.
I’m really wondering if it is work doing them again. Plus I’ve been thinking of running a Kickstarter to get some yummy US yarns into the shop. Doing both things is a lot of work for me and my little kitchen. It’s got me thinking about where I really want to focus my efforts.
I’ve been tossing things out there to see what sticks. This really hasn’t been working out well.
Kickstarters work, but they are stressful and I don’t want to be running them all the time just to get yarn sold. I really like Patreon though. It’s much more flexable and regular.
I updated the reward levels on my Patreon so you can get yarn. I’m working out a schedule for yarn. The awesome thing about Patreon is that you can pause your pledge whenever you don’t want to get yarn/pattern instead of canceling if you just need a break or you can easily adjust your pledge level.
As more people join the Yarn Coven on Patreon, I’ll be able to offer patrons more things.
Yarn shipping shedules can go something like these:
Billed January/Ships February
Billed March/Ships April
Billed May/Ships June
Billed July/Ships August
Billed September/ Ships October
Billed November/ Ships December
That means you’d get yarn 6 times a year.
Is that too much? I can adjust it.
Something like this:
Billed January/Dyed February/Ships March
Billed April/Dyed May/Ships June
Billed July/Dyed August/Ships September
Billed October/Dyed November/ Ships December
Or something like this:
Billed January/Dyed February/Ship April
Billed May/Dyed June/Ship July
Billed September/Dyed October/ Ship November
What do you think? Are you in?
I have a confession.
I don’t care for knitting or crocheting with sock weight yarn. Shocking isn’t it. I don’t mind dyeing. I drool of skeins in amazing colorways that other dyers create and wish they came is something thicker.
Thicker yarns are my jam. They work up quickly and don’t kill my hands.
While I don’t mind dyeing sock weight yarns, I can’t let them take up all my time. It’s important to me that I focus on yarns I love working with.
According to most biz experts, this is a bad biz move. I should focus on what customers love and clearly it’s sock weight yarns since there are so many of them out there.
I’m going to start offering a discount of 15% off for custom dye orders of 3 skeins or more.
I’ve also set up the shop to give any orders of $75 or more free shipping.
This doesn’t mean that I’m totally ditching sock weight yarns. There will still be some in the shop from time to time. You will still be able to place custom dye orders for sock weight yarns.
I’m going to stop stressing myself the fuck out trying to work on patterns for lighter weight yarns or getting sample things made. From here on out my patterns will be created for worsted, bulky or super bulky yarn.
I feel better just saying that.
A finished thing!
I was really starting to worry about getting this hat & pattern done.
This is the Phoenix Hat. The pattern is going out in the Spring Survival Gear boxes. After that the pattern will be available on Ravelry.
I love how this hat came out. It has a super simple lace design that looks a bit like rippling flames.
The photos show this hat worked up in my new colorway Phoenix. It’s fire, ash, and bright new beginnings.
My display head is a little small so the hat doesn’t fit quite right on it.
The hat is sized for 20/21 inch brain pans. It fits comfortably and has a nice slouch to it.
This pattern will be available for purchase later this month.
I’ve started on the next knitted hat pattern, which is a beanie with some cable work.
Just a tiny bit of cabling.
You don’t even need a cable needle if you don’t want to use one.
What else is in the works?
The sample hat for the Hello Sweetie pattern needs reknit & photographed. I’ve had some requests for a crochet version of the Feral Goblin Cat hat pattern. As soon as I get the Spring Survival Gear boxes shipped out, I’ll be working on that.
I’m thinking about working out matching cowl patterns for these hats also. We’ll see how things go.