give me your tired, your poor

Since the election and inauguration of the Crybaby in Chief, the idea of craftivism has become more and more important to me and many others in the crafting community. There has been a lot of anxiety and stress in the months since November and one of the ways I personally deal with my stress is to keep my hands busy knitting or crocheting.

I was thrilled to hear of the Welcome Blanket Project recently; the idea of creating blankets with a total yardage equalling the length of the proposed US/Mexico border wall which will then be donated to refugee families! What a way to celebrate and welcome people of different backgrounds while also giving a virtual middle finger to those in D.C. who oppose diversity.

From the project website (www.welcomeblanket.org): A welcome blanket is traditionally created to lovingly mark the arrival of a new person into the world. In the Welcome Blanket project, each handmade blanket is a physical manifestation of this celebration of new refugees and other immigrants: “Welcome to the United States and your new life here! We are so glad you have arrived.”

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While June in California is not necessarily the best time to be working on blankets, I am so excited to be able to contribute to this project!

Green Knitting- pt. 1

I’ve been looking into some ways I can reduce the waste I use on a daily basis. Yarn crafts have really helped me in reducing my anxiety, so why not tackle both of these at the same time?

Some of the ideas I’ve come up with are:

  • face rounds
  • grocery bags (including smaller bags for produce)
  • napkins/towels

If anyone has any other ideas, I’d love to hear them!

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So far I’ve gotten around to making some face rounds. I used 100% cotton yarn and a 5.5mm crochet hook. In addition to reducing waste, I hope this will help encourage me to wash my face more often (or ever really…). Still working out the pattern; I’m not sure how I feel about the puff-stitch for this one.

Spring Knits

Most of the patterns I make are for fall/winter… a lot of chunky yarns, thick scarves, etc… SO I want to expand into some spring/summer patterns in an effort to expand my shop!

I worked up this Vintage Knit Tie Headband pattern and it’s super cute! I edited it slightly by not sewing the ends together so it can be tied looser or tighter. This was made on size US 8 needles with Loops & Threads Colorwheel yarn in Mauve and I am in love with it:

This yarn is incredibly soft and I plan to make these in every possible color *heart eyes*

A couple of other projects for the warmer weather include a halter-tank top and a crochet bralette top… if anyone has any other favorite spring/summer patterns, I’d love to see them!

#goals

Making goals is easy for me. Actually following through on them… a totally different story.

Part of this, I think, stems from the fact that I am a very disorganized person. I buy planners. I buy notebooks. I buy calendars. I buy cute notepads, and sticky notes, and pens, and highlighters, and all sorts of office supplies I never use… What a waste! I start off strong. I’ll write daily in my planner for about a week… two tops. And then I lose it.

I want to expand my Etsy shop this year, even by just a little bit. I want to create my own designs. Maybe even sell some of my patterns. I just know I need to become more organized in order to make it happen.

I know it’s a little late but this is my resolution for the year; more organization when it comes to my Etsy shop and knitting goals. Cheers!

Sun’s out, Buns out…?

So I’m sure some people have seen that ponytail/messy bun beanie post that kind of exploded on Facebook recently? I literally had 4 different friends (within the same 24 hour time span!) send me the same post saying I should try making one!

Yesterday after school I made up a pattern for one and it turned out pretty decent! I usually make slouchy beanies, so this one is a little more fitted and I’ll need to work out the length so it sits a little further on my head, but it’s definitely comfy!

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Introducing the Buns Out Beanie, available for purchase in my Etsy shop just in time for the holidays! I’m also thinking about possibly posting patterns I’ve created… maybe another time? What do you guys think?

Side note- My messy buns NEVER look this good because my hair is super thin, so honestly I’m mostly impressed with that! 🙂

Merry Madness

I’m sure I’m not the only one saying this but I can’t believe it’s already a week into December… Where did all my time go? My first year in a new teaching job and now it’s halfway over! Honestly I feel like I’m drowning a little, but not even because of my job.

This gift giving season, I’ve gotten a lot more orders through my Etsy shop and it’s been a bit of a challenge trying to balance time at work with time working on knitting at home. In retrospect, I should have been more prepared, maybe had a few items already made instead of doing it 100% made-to-order… But hey, now I know for next year! I’m down to only 5 orders left to fill before I fly back to Ohio for winter break.

My issue now is that I have so many ideas of things that I’d like to make for myself, or to possibly list, but I feel like I have no time to get to them because I’m busy filling orders! Which I guess is a good problem to have so I shouldn’t complain.

I just wish there were more hours in the day! Don’t we all??

The Road So Far…

I first opened my Etsy shop in 2014. At this time, I had only a couple of listings, very few views, and absolutely zero sales. I set it up and just left it to its own devices, hoping that somehow someone would discover the shop on their own.

I made my first sale in February 2016.

Since the beginning of 2016, I began taking my Etsy business more seriously. Still meant to be just a side source of income I have expanded my shop to almost 20 different items and have made close to 40 sales! I know that’s not a lot compared to many success stories floating around, but I am happy with it… That’s $500 more than I would have had!

I am excited to use both this blog and my Etsy shop to display new creations; some things may be just a one-time for fun test of a pattern, while others may become new listings in the shop. I invite you to come check it out at http://www.etsy.com/shop/ReelBigStitch!