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End of Craft Season Thoughts

Posted by M Starr on December 20, 2012 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

 


Well it is hard to believe that it is December 20/2012   

 

I got the last of my customer orders done and shipped out in today's mail. Holy cow what a busy season this has been.

 

It started out in full force the second week in October with the Horton Harvest Craft fair!. I was really unsure as to how my hats and knitwear would sell. This you see was my first kick at the can. I have always knit and sold online but have never gotten around to setting up a table at a craft show. What a surprise I got . The show started at 9:30am with people lined up at the door waiting to get in. By the time it was all said and done I had sold over $400 worth of hats. Now this to me was inconceivable because I had set my prices below $20. Most of the hats that were sold were the hand knit or hand crocheted ones.. People did not like the machine knit ones!.. hmm I had done the machine knit ones to fill my table but that was all they were good for. they filled my table and then they filled my rubber maid container on the way home.. hehehehe. You live and learn!

 

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I had two tables set up at this show. Had gone out and purchased plastic table skirts. I figured why spend the money if I wasn't going to like selling this way. Well after a show in November at another school, a show at a community hall and then my last show on December 8 at another school , these plastic skirts did the job for this year but I will be investing in cloth ones for 2013.

 

The first show I did was as I fondly call it,, "my validation show". People liked what I did and were filing to my table to purchase. It was a bit overwhelming to say the least but I got my feet wet, and got the craft show BUG!

 

The next show was a bit disappointing. Not quite sure if it was because of the location I chose, or just the type of shoppers that came in that day. I barely made enough to pay for my table rental. I was deflated but was looking forward to my next show at the community hall. OMGosh it was packed tight with tables, no room to even pull out a chair and sit behind your table without asking the woman behind me to scoot over.. LOL. Once again, it was not a great show but it was only from 10am til 2pm with a beautiful Chowder luncheon being served at the same time.

 

Then came my final show, a new one that I organized for a music department at a school. We had 5 weeks to pull it together from a totally failed attempt from another group at the school. WE DID IT

 

Managed to get 56 tables rented, had a nice chili and hot dog lunch set up in the entry way, I didn't sell a whole lot but made lots of friends and great contacts and took special orders which I just finished today!.

 

It is time now to relax, have a nice supper with some friends and then enjoy the Holiday Festivities for the next few days. I am totally exhausted but pleased with how things are progressing.

 

Starting in January I am going to concentrate on making new hats, and also some heavy socks (only because that is what all the shoppers were looking for when then came to my table). No one seemed interested in the lightweight socks, they want the heavy wool boot socks.. ......

 

I am NOT a confident sock knitter but hey you have to start somewhere. People ask and I make, that has always been my policy. I will also be trying to work up a sock pattern on the Addi knitting machine. I got the book on how to add the heel on the tube socks so I am going to give it a go. If I get it done I will either do a video or a picture tutorial for it. Addi is wonderful but they sorely lack on complete instructions for beginners. They tend to forget that not everyone is an expert and their instructions leave a lot of explanations out. I hope to be able to make it clearer for us beginners. Be patient I will be learning as I go so I would expect to have lots of trials and errors.

 

So that is the end of my ramblings for today.

 

Thank you for reading,, following my blog and buying my patterns

 

Have a great and happy Holiday Season,, and be safe!

 

MSH

New Dog Sweater Collection

Posted by M Starr on August 8, 2012 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

 


Well I guess I have had an epiphany of sorts. I had a customer who bought a dog pattern from me last month contact me and ask if I had a Boston Terrier size pattern with a Reindeer on it. Well I didn’t! but that didn’t stop my brain from working.. hehehe.. I sat down and thought,, hmm.. how do I want to design this one. Well I have been selling discontinued White Buffalo/Cowichan design sweater patterns for the past year and I thought to myself.. Hey.. why not start a line of dog sweater patterns that would compliment the White Buffalo designs..oh boy oh boy I could just see the pattern in my head as well as the colours I wanted to use. . I designed the pattern, sat down and knit it up (pic below) and have the sweater for sale as well as the pattern for it. I love the new design!!!!! I will be doing up the regular yorkie size pattern today and will edit this post with the link to buy that pattern.

 

So.. Here is the result I will be calling these new designs the True North Canadian Collection.. pretty cool huh?

   

 

I have another design in my head that I am starting to work on and I also want to make the patterns in the regular Yorkie Sizes 8″-10″-12″ as well as the Boston Terrier/Pug sizes.

Freeform Crochet Hats

Posted by M Starr on May 25, 2012 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

 


Well this has been a hectic, unsettling, emotional, you name it kind of week. In order to keep my sanity (ok no remarks from the peanut gallery..hehehe) I have decided to make FreeForm Crochet Hats. I just start and what will be, will be. I grab some colors that compliment each other and away I go!

 

Here is the result of my work the past few days. I love the way they look. After all, winter is such a blah time for clothes that these hats will add some colour and pizzaz to any wardrobe

 

 



 

 

 

 

Time to grab some more colours and mix it up a bit. These are too fun to make!

 

 

PINK SNOWFLAKE DOG SWEATER PATTERN

Posted by M Starr on March 4, 2012 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (0)

 


Ok call me crazy.. most people do.. hehehe.. but I have done up another dog sweater pattern. I will have the pattern as well as the finished pattern listed on this site as well as Etsy. Links will be on the bottom of this post. It has been so long since I designed this sweater that I could not find the original picture of the finished sweater. So here I sat. almost 90 degrees out, knitting a new sweater so I could take a new picture of it. This was a task to say the least. So the end result was a much nicer pattern as I revamped it as I was going along, added a few more instructions to the written pattern, plus pictures.


 

 

Crochet Hats!

Posted by M Starr on February 26, 2012 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)

 

 

 


Well I have been nose to the grindstone making hats for the Horton Harvest Craft Fair. I know it isn’t until October but I like working this time of year. It is cold outside today, I don’t walk well on slippery sidewalks so I take advantage of this time of year to build up my stock. This year at the show I am going to be concentrating on mostly hats.. knit hats.. crochet hats.. some fingerless gloves. I have found some great yarn on sale. It is the waverly collection I love the feel of it and it works up so nicely.

 

Going to make up some animal hats to add to my collection as well as some more Earwarmers (my best sellers)

 

If you are interested in any of the hats or would like to see more of what I have made feel free to visit my store!