Website changes

I made some changes to what is seen on the right hand side of the blog, and the theme I have running as well. I have a second blog running now, which is mostly business related, so I decided to link up to all of that stuff. Right now I have mostly bracelets and stitch markers up on my Etsy shop. My first sock pattern is currently getting tested, and I hope to have that up for sale in September. I have been busy making a bunch of stuff over the last bit. Here are some of the things I made yesterday and today. Untitled I really like the stitch markers that have the book charms hanging from them. I'll definitely have to make more. The stitch markers on the left of the picture look like little Jupiters. Now I want to do a whole line of celestial themed stitch markers. That could easily be my thing. 😀 I have picked out some beads that look very planet like, so once I bite the bullet on those, I can start making sets. I would like to actually sell some things first before I invest more. Mind you, my investment is pretty small at the moment. I think I'm in for just a few hundred. Most businesses run thousands in start up costs. I have a second sock pattern that I have been working on as well, and I hope to have that out for test knitting in the next few weeks. Either that, or I'll use the same pattern I have now and change out the chart. That will mean a much earlier release, since the meat of the pattern will already be tested. So, as you can see I have been a busy beaver. Hopefully this will pay off. I'd like it to at least pay for itself. That would be nice. Until then, I'll keep plugging along and keeping things updated.

Christmas and new endeavors

It's that time of year again. The time of year when things need to get finished and out the door to arrive at their destinations in time for Christmas. Now, Canada Post swears that packages will arrive to the US before Christmas, as long as I send them by December 10. But, there is one problem with that. If you go to the outlets, they will tell you that the package will take 6-8 weeks. Considering we are only 4 weeks from Christmas...ya...can you see the problem here? I sent a package yesterday and it cost me $15 instead of $3, because I need it to get there as fast as possible...and definitely before Christmas. Here is what I have been up to lately. Since my hands have been so sore, made worse by the cold weather, I made myself these: Untitled They are just a simple stockinette knit with only a thumb to add on. They were knit with Online Supersocke yarn, which created that great colour pattern. They aren't really thick or anything, but they are just right for when I am sitting at the computer or knitting. They come down just far enough on my hands to cover my knuckles, if I roll the cuff down. Otherwise they nearly cover my whole hand. lol But, with rolling the cuff down I get double warmth on the knuckles and they are not complaining. I am also doing some Christmas card swaps with a couple groups on Ravelry. We are trying to put something into the card, so I am making these: Untitled Seeing as how much as I like knitting socks, I just thought they were incredibly adorable! And they are really fast to make as well. I love them. 😀 Since I finally figured out how to make an icord (seriously, it's not that hard, but I had a real brain blockage on that one), I am making icords to come off the stocking with a tassel at the end. I am using left over sock yarn for these, and it takes such a small amount that I could make these little guys for years and not use all my leftovers. lol Hmm...maybe I have too much sock yarn...or too many pairs of socks...bah! Never! lol I also made a Spain themed stuffed soccer ball for J's Goddaughter. It's not the size of an actual ball, which is what I hoped it would be, but it is a good toy size. Even Daisy thought so. I sat the ball down on the bed to pack everything up and she reached up and pulled it towards her. lol I had to wait until she settled down to get it from her because I would have lost a limb if I tried to get it. Untitled In other news, November has been all about NaNoWriMo. Well, during the day anyway. My evenings have been dedication to knitting. But, the daytime has been all about literary abandon. What exactly does that mean? That means I have been spending many days writing like crazy to try and hit 50,000 words by November 30. The great news? I hit that number on November 24th!! Yes, for the first time, I won NaNo!! And so did J! Now I have begun doing some editing and fixing and adding. I have my whole main plot done within the 50,000 words, but there is no extras, little to no character development, etc. It's not even close to being a short story, let alone a novel. But, that's what the next few months are for. When I think I am close to finished, or finished completely, I'm going to actually send it to print. With winning NaNo you get a coupon code to get a copy of your novel in print. I think you have 6 months to claim that, so I'm going to really try to do that. If I'm happy with it, perhaps I'll do an e-book self publish. I don't know that it's going to be good enough, but who knows. Maybe I'll surprise myself. That has been the fun that was November...is November...well, almost not anymore. hehe Then, of course there is this little dish of happiness that I got to eat all by myself. 😀 I had lost the recipe, but found one just like it on Pinterest that called for pumpkin instead of pistachio, and it was close enough if not the same as the recipe I had. I think it was called Pumpkin Lust Cake on Pinterest. It's really really good. You can substitute any pudding mixture you want and it will be just as yummy. Untitled On the new endeavors front, well there are a couple. First, I think I have mentioned that we are planning to move soon. My paperwork is in to move to the US, and we're still waiting on that, but it shouldn't be too much longer. So, we plan to move to Virginia in the Spring-ish/winter-ish..whatever it ends up being when we get the paperwork back. So, the question came up as we were thinking about moving of what would I do there? If I go back to school, I need 2 or 3 references, which I'm having trouble coming up with. I just didn't/don't know enough people. That's one of the problems with doing the lecture classes..you don't get to know the professors. Plus, my degree program isn't available there. That means sort of starting over. I get to keep a lot of my classes, but I would need 2-3 years of classes to get my degree. It would be at least 2 because there is a rule that you have to be there 2 years before they will grant you your degree. Now, the Universities are cheaper down there, which helps, but I'm torn. What did I decide? I have decided on two things to start. One, I am going to get the Etsy shop up and running. I need to get things made to put up for sale, so after Christmas, that is where I will begin. I am going to be sewing bags and things. Plus I am going to be knitting/crocheting bags and installing zippers. I just ordered this which is a crochet hook with a very sharp tip for puncturing fabrics. It allows a single step for attaching a crocheted edge on to fabric. Normally you would have to cut a hole, and then come back with the crochet hook later. This is my NaNo completion gift to me, but it's also useful. hehe In addition to the Etsy shop, I'm going to be starting on a photography business. But, I don't plan on doing events. I am thinking of doing more stills and nature photography that can be printed and framed and sold. Right now, my current camera is okay, but really limits what I can photograph and how large I can print the pictures. I am limited to 8X11 right now, because they start to get grainy after that. That will be my fun for the next few months, of getting things set up and ready to go. Then, after we have moved I will be able to get things rolling. I need to be into the new house first before I can do a lot of selling, but I can at least get started. The new house will allow me to have all my stuff together to really get going on things. There is no way I'm going to put the photo printer into the truck to move across country with us. If I took everything we won't need the moving truck. lol But, the photo printer is about 2' long, so it's way too big to put in the truck and expect to be able to have a lighter load than our last move. That's everything that is happening in our little piece of the world right now. We're trying to have some fun and get going for our move, which is taking a lot of our time. I'm feeling a little better today, which is nice, but still not terrific. I'll take any good days when I get them. It will be really nice to be somewhere a bit warmer than where we are right now, because my joints will be very happy. 🙂

Etsy Plans

At this point in time, I am making plans to start an Etsy shop. The thought is to try and sell some things for some extra money for my knitting habit. The other great thing is that I can feed the knitting habit by knitting for the Etsy shop, and then I know where stuff will be going. Right now, I can't help but wonder what will happen to everything I knit. At the moment, I am knitting sweaters, pants and soakers for babies. I have a newborn sweater on the go, along with another sweater, that I believe is size 6-12 months. I need to finish a few things, take pictures, and then get them up on the page. I am also working on an experiment. I have an issue with my brace. It's a plastic brace that covers the back of my leg, and goes under the foot. Now, the issue is that I can not have the plastic directly against my skin because of obvious problems of the plastic sticking and chafing. The thought is to make a brace sock. This will cover the whole brace, and will have a flap at the top to keep it in place. Being smooth plastic, I need something to keep it up, or it will be the droopiest thing ever. I have started one out of a cotton/elastic blend. It seems like it will be stretchy and soft. I really have to go buy more of this yarn to make socks for myself now. It is so nice feeling. I had been planning to make just a tube, but with the shape of the brace, I'm going to have to make it like I would make a sock with a full heel/gusset increase to go up the leg. I am really hoping it will work. If it does, I could have a bit of a niche market here that I could sell these to other that are struggling with this problem. I really do not like that I have to wear a sports sock that goes up to my knee in order to wear my brace comfortably. It doesn't matter what the brace looks like. I have to wear it, and that's just how it is, but why not make it at least as comfortable as possible? I just really hope it works. hehe My lace shawl has been put away temporarily. Wouldn't you know it. I found my size 6 bamboo needles, which would have made it so much easier, and I knit 2 rows with them, and just put it away. lol It's at the bottom of my knitting bag right now. It's really irritating me that I put it away, so I'm sure I will pull it back out soon. hehe