Knitting Is A Right, Not A Privilege

Excellent points! The distinction between Handcrafters selling their work and hobbyists, is less than you think. This lady is knitting in Bulgaria, were capitalism hasn’t entirely consumed the garment market and handmade is still part of everyday life.

Work Even

my inspiration my inspiration

An article has been circulating that has fueled a lot of discussion among knitters, entitled “Never Say This To a Knitter. Really, Just Don’t Do It.” What exactly are you never supposed to say to a knitter? You might think it’s a remark about him/her having too much time on their hands, or an ageist joke about who, stereotypically, is “supposed” to knit. It’s neither of those. The author, Anne Miller, argues—and many knitters agree—that the comment she least wants to hear (and does hear, often) is “You should sell your knitting!”

The first thing I noticed is that the article was published by Yahoo! Makers, which is apparently a thing that exists (neat, I guess). The headline is classic clickbait, designed to compel and stir up discussion. But the article’s thesis, that knitters are tired of hearing well-intentioned randos insist that they should commodify their craft, is…

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DIY: Darning and mending socks

knitting with cat

I knit a lot of socks people, so when one breaks…

Which never happens to my socks, (but does happen to my guyz socks) out comes the Darning kit and repairs ensue.

Here are some good tutorials!

Thank you Knitpicks and Susan B. Anderson

– Introduction to Sock Darning 

Swiss darning Part 1 and 2 (using a sewing needle to replicate knit stitches)

Picking up and knitting a patch Part 1 and 2 (see tutorial for Grafting)

Filling the Hole Part 1 and 2 (another needle method)

Repairing Toes (knit method)

Susan B. Anderson’s Traditional woven method 

Clear as mud?

What do I do, to replace toes?

This is my preference.

Same method works for short row or inserted heels. Good reason to use these methods. Most toes can be repaired using a variation of this method.

Same method works for short row or inserted heels. Good reason to use these methods. Most toes can be repaired using a variation of this method.

I restart the toes by picking up all the stitches before the toe decreases begin. Then I tear back the yarn of the sock to my first needle stitch and reknit the sock toe! 

Open up heel and reknit.

Open up heel and reknit.

For short row and inserted heels, basically same thing!  

Enormous advantage to having heels and toes in different coordinating colour!

Enormous advantage to having heels and toes in different coordinating colour!

Good Luck :0)

My collections of knit themed tea cups and cowls are growing!

The YarnEnabler, a friend and co-conspirator!

because wool fixes everything

How’s that for an informative title! And very true, I’ve been on a bit of a binge for my two newest collections! And who can blame me…this winter just won’t quit. Everybody should have a woolie something around their neck and a warm cuppa in their hands!

Now You all saw my rainbow sparkle cowl the other week, remember?

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Still loving it!

About two weeks ago I finished another using one of my newest colourways, Hot lips. It was loosely based on a pattern by irish girlie knits, ‘summer winds’

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One word for you…cashmere. Oh yes yes yes! Cashmere makes all the fluffy white stuff outside worthwhile! This beauty is extra long to wrap twice around my neck. Love it.

This past weekend I finished yet another cowl. This one out of misti alpaca, my first time using it. Also went with a colourway out of my usual palette. It’s…

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Comparing e-commerce platforms for makers

Current favourite knitting related picture. Very like my knitting spot, except the wallpaper and I never wear white pants ;0)

Current favourite knitting related picture. Very like my knitting spot, except the wallpaper and I never wear white pants ;0)

This artical; How Etsy Alienated its Crafters and lost its soul

prompted me to reblog the following.

First my opinion for what it’s worth.

Yes, I agree with most of these comments.
However No, I am not closing my Etsy shop, Willows Pocket.

I have considered other options, and feel that Etsy is working out alright for me at this point.

I have been a vendor since August 2013. I sell some physical products, but mostly downloadable PDF patterns for knitters.

Overall my experience has been positive. My clients have been both pleasant and happy. The purchases I have made from Etsy shops have been both professional and timely.

So yes, I hear all the negative comments, I understand vendors concern about competition with wholesale non-crafters and I empathize. I would point out that the wholesalers are not necessarily direct competition with all Handcrafters. A unique item will always find a market. I can also add that I am happy to buy my supplies from wholesalers no matter where they are located, and Etsy provides a platform for me to find items not available to me locally.

Someday God willing I may out grow Etsy, but I don’t see it.

As for those that choose to take their business elsewhere, I wish you luck…it’s called free enterprise!

grace dobush

emoji stamps in progress wipAfter more than eight years, I’ve decided to close up my shop on Etsy. Lately I’ve just had more negative things to say about the service than positive, and I figured it was time to put my money where my mouth was and move on. (I’ll probably write something more about while I left later, but Abby Glassenberg — who loves Etsy, for the record —has a comprehensive list of the common Etsy complaints here.)

To find a new home for my handmade shop, I spent the last few days creating this chart comparing ecommerce options for makers & designers. It includes the major craft marketplaces as well as standalone ecommerce platforms that let you set up a standalone shop fairly simply, without needing your own website or host. I also calculated the fees each of the various platforms charge for four separate sales scenarios. I found it very interesting to dig into the numbers and check…

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Need a Project Bag?

knitting with cat

I was browsing youtube and found this lovely tutorial

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By SlappyStuff Sewing

How to make a Project Bag

It has an exterior pocket and box corners.

Looks very much like one I made in Junior High School sewing class, many years ago.

Event: Durham DIY Show

Durham DIY Show 

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It was -31 with the wind chill here at Durham College 
2000 Simcoe St North Oshawa, Ontario Canada. 

A bunch of intrepid Canadians came out to enjoy a day with creative and inventive DIYers and Handcrafters.

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The first time we’ve been invited to this event. 

We had a delightful time! 

Durham DIY Show

Shelaghs first Handspinning!

We had a chance to network with other spinners, and cross pollinate with other creative and enthusiastic people. 

It was such fun, hopefully we will be going again next year.

Missed ya Beth!

The scarf that never ends?

knitting with cat

“This is the scarf that never ends, yes it goes on and on my friends. Someone started knitting it not knowing what it was, and now they keep on knitting it forever just because…”
Do you get where this is going?

Be Simple Variations Scarf

It feels like this is just going on and on.  I am enjoying it and it isn't entirely mindless. This project is a subtle pleasure which I have been breaking up with other things.

It feels like this is just going on and on. I am enjoying it and it isn’t entirely mindless. This project is a subtle pleasure which I have been breaking up with other things.

Zuzu’s Petals

This project needs a little more attention. Maybe next week.

This project needs a little more attention. Maybe next week.

His/Hers Socks 

Ready to start the inserted heels for these puppies!

Ready to start the inserted heels for these puppies!

This weeks Fo’s!

Bandana Cowl #2 Febkal

DONE Woohoo!

For DH :0)

For DH :0)

WIP List = 8

  1. Zuzu’s Petals
  2. His/Hers Socks
  3. Cabled Hood with Pockets 
  4. Sea of Dreams Blanket
  5. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  
  6. Rose Harbour Shawl 
  7. My Fair Cardi 
  8. Simplicity Lace Scarf   Kal/feb2015
  9. Bandana Cowl Kal/feb2015

FO’s 2015 = 3 + 1 = 4

WIPS 2015 = 9 + 1 = 8

Long-term Projects = 4

 Stash Used 2015 = 5 + 1 = 6

Yds of Handspun 2015 = 0

Sewing FO’s 2015 = O

Books 2015 = 3

cya next week :0)

I’m off on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0 

I also have a Ravelry shop and an Etsy shop!

for my Literary blog, see Totally Austentatious.

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