I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving! We had a quiet time with our friend Cosmo. My parents are in Texas and Dave’s are en route to California, but we did get to talk to everyone on the phone.
We *may* leave the house today (Dave gets a whole week off) but if so it’s only to go to the movies (I want to see Catching Fire). No way do I want to go to any stores today. I am hoping to stop by our local SF&F and Mystery bookstore, Mysterious Galaxy, tomorrow for Small Business Saturday (do books count as a necessity? I think they do!).
And of course Monday is Cyber Monday.
Yes, I’m going to have a Cyber Monday sale in my Ravelry store– but just on Monday! Buy any 2 pattern or eBooks and get one free Dec 2nd (I’m going by PST so you know!), code CYBERCAT
And don’t forget: any of my single patterns in my Ravelry store are part of the Indie Design Giftalong, which runs through the end of December.
One thing you’re really not supposed to get in the habit of doing as a designer is getting rid of samples. Sometimes it is necessary, when you have too many samples and just not enough space… but invariably you need that sample, whether it’s for new photography, or of course for a show.
Guess who gave the original pair of Mom Socks away? And who needed one for the booth?
I recently received a skein of lovely 4/8′s wool (worsted weight) in Aqua (a new color for this year) from Mountain Colors to review. (They have a plethora of handpainted colorways, but I requested Aqua because I needed a lighter colored semi solid to show off the cables. And, oh, because I love aqua and turquoise and all those permutations.)
What better way to get feel for it than to use it? This is a very nice, sturdy wool yarn. It’s soft enough to be comfortable next to skin, in my opinion, but not so soft that it won’t wear well. The color is lovely – a bright semi solid aqua, with areas that barely hint at bit more green than blue. It’s fantastic for showing off the cables.
I did work this up at the tight end of the recommended gauge, getting about 6 sts/inch in Stockinette on US3 needles. I’m not the only person to use it for worsted weight socks — here’s a link to some patterns on Ravelry.
I’m sure at a looser (more normal gauge) of 4-4.5 sts/inch you’d get a lovely drapy-er fabric that would still be great for cables. It softened and filled out a bit once I blocked the sock.
I don’t have a before pic, but here’s a couple after photos. (It is REALLY HARD to try to get a pic of a sock when you’re wearing it. Just sayin’.)
I received my skein directly from Mountain Colors for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
I’ve been swamped else I’d've posted about this earlier, but the Indie Design Gift-a-long is going on NOW.
All my single patterns in my Ravelry store (and the one that I’m going to be releasing very very soon, a very pretty beaded stole/scarf) are eligible. Now’s the time to grab a copy of Ravens in Snow Fingerless Mitts (I think that’s the favorite so far!), Don’t Fence Me In, Zylphia Pilots Her Airship, and more!
And, to sweeten the fun, use code
in the Rav store of any of the participating designers, not just me! to get 25% eligible patterns. You can use the code as many times as you’d like between now & midnight GMT November 15th (note that’s 4p PST). The KAL goes through Dec 31st.
There will be prizes! Seriously, check out the group, there’s a lot going on.
Sandwiched in between the house repairs and bathroom remodels, vet work and tech editing and other design work had been my planning for my very first booth of my own, this past Sunday at the annual WEFF show in Torrance.
I knew I wanted the booth to have a vintage-y industrial vibe, with a mix of scavenged, antique & handcrafted items.
So here’s the list!
- vintage glove molds from eBay for displaying fingerless mitts
- sock blockers from Purrfectly Catchy Designs custom made with my logo
- a discounted but lovely dress form
- a variety of lights to make the booth sparkle
- the wooden table that was on our front porch (you can see a pic of it with my Wrought Mitts)
- a rug from home
- curtains from home (we use them instead of a closet door)
- table cover and additional center curtain from fabric I’d had for a long time
- wine boxes we’d had that we stained
- various wire & woven baskets from around the house
- stand up vintage picture frame that I used for the price list
- chair we found on the side of the road
- DIY garment rack made from steel plumbing pipes
- banner stand out of PVC pipes, spray painted turquoise
- trunk show for Hitch (with new tags)
- trunk show for CRK (with new tags)
- a variety of samples from individual patterns (yep, with new tags)
- black velvet hangers
I had patterns and books for sale and a bit of yarn from Verdant Gryphon and a lot of gorgeous Shetland from Jeane at Elemental Affects.
We practiced setting up the booth in our dining room the day before. A couple things got moved around on Sunday for the actual booth, but having set it up ahead of time helped so much. Tear down was super quick as well.