Sunday, April 27, 2008

Lots of Yarny Stuff (and a Sale)

I have a new sock yarn base (which I love) which I think I've mentioned before. I have just started dyeing it and I have decided to put all of my older sock yarns on sale for 25% (or more) off. So check it out in my Etsy shop.

I also have a brand new colorway called Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me which was just listed in the shop today (but is on the new base yarn and so is not on sale).

I also listed another new colorway a couple of weeks ago which I never mentioned here called Browncoat--I think it's my new favorite colorway of mine. (That may be partially because of the name, which is a reference to the canceled tv show Firefly and the movie Serenity.)

It sold today, though. I will be trying to get a new one in the shop this week--dyed on the new base yarn no less.

I took a picture of a few of the newly dyed yarns to show off.

From left to right they are: Nightswimming, Valentine Michael Smith, Superhoney and Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me. The Superhoney looks a bit washed out next to the others, but it doesn't really look that pale in real life.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Punch Needle Embroidery (or I never met a fiber craft I didn't like)

So I'm learning a new craft... punch needle embroidery. I've been wanting to learn for a while--since I saw patches that people had made. There were kits on clearance at Joann's so I picked one up. It's quite fun and so simple. This is my first attempt.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Last Minute Taxes

I just finished my taxes for my first year of being in business. Whew. Nothing like waiting until the last minute, eh? (For those of you not in the US, our taxes are due tomorrow.) I had more trouble than I had expected and ended up buying Turbo Tax today. Once I had that, I zipped right through them. I think I need to completely change my record keeping system. And now that I've done my taxes, I have a better idea of how to set up the spreadsheet I'm using to keep track of things. I can't possibly have a worse idea. So it turns out I had a small loss last year, but it was less than I was expecting so I may even make a profit this year.

On a craftier note, I am very nearly done with the crocheting of little Wyatt's blanket. Then I just need to weave in the ends (blech!) and hand it over. I'm hoping Emily likes it. I'm not sure she will--it looks very 70s to me (which I kinda like) and I don't really think that's her style. I don't actually know how I feel about it myself yet. But it's almost done and that the main thing.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Of Yarn and Blankets

I got a box of yarn in the mail today and for once, most of it is for us. I'm going to be making the Babette Blanket as soon as I get a chance to get started on it. I decided to make it in Knit Picks Palette after perusing Ravelry and seeing what other people were using. I didn't want to make it from acrylic, but I also didn't want to spend too much on it, so this seemed like the perfect solution. (Although it's actually quite a bit less than I would have spent.)

I'm using mostly the heathers since those were my favorites--there weren't quite enough, so I had to add a couple of other colors. I'm very happy with the colors I chose, though--I think it should come out well.

As for things not coming out so well... The baby blanket I mentioned in my last post did not work out at all. Emily and I had both felt a little concerned about the green next to the brown and orange and we were right to be concerned. It was coming out hideously. So I partially frogged it and ordered some yellow yarn to replace the green. Hopefully it will go better this time. When I get some of it done again, I will post pictures of both. I don't want to post the before picture without the after, though--it's that bad.