|Posted by M Starr on December 7, 2018 at 1:20 PM|
This cold finally did me in. I ended up having to get medication to knock it out of me, which knocked me out physically. I guess my body needed to rest and recoup as I spent a lot of time laying on the couch, watching a movie though my eyelids. Every so many years I go through this but this time I was fortunate that it did not move into my chest like it normally does. ..phew.. With that being said I made the call a week before I had to do my one and only craft show that I was doing this year. I knew the way I was feeling that it would knock me out so I made that call for my benefit and also I did not want to pass anything along, even though I think I am way past the point of passing the germs around.
So I have a container full of stuff I had planned to sell at this show. No biggie. I will just slide it under the table in my room and consider it a good start for next year. I did however have a lot of time to surf, pinterest.,,etsy.. etc. Read a lot of blogs and help sites with participating in a show. I know as an organizer I have always spoken to my vendors not to pile things on their tables. It really is a turnoff to see things stacked in piles. I know they want to sell all their stock but seriously you cannot just put everything on your table and expect shoppers to dig through your items. Shoppers will see this as way too much shit (pardon the language). I have decided to concentrate on 2 hat designs (in various sizes) an earwarmer design, and a neckwarmer design. That's it!. Instead of having 10 different types of hats scattered on a table, I plan to make a design that is appealing and inviting. This might be a mistake on my part but I will have an album of designs I can make and will take orders if you want something in particular. I thought it was time to change it up a bit so we will see how that will work out. I will also have a few hand painted ornaments as small ticket items for those shoppers with limited spending habits.
As for selling online right now, with the postal disruptions I thought it would not be a good thing to try and ship something out. This sucks! I have seen a lot of my friends panic as they watch their items sit in a postal facility. So it will be time to look into other options for shipping, get some pricing and see if that will work in the long term. Seriously.. when you go to ship a hat across Canada and the shipping cost is higher than the actual cost of the hat, then something is wrong! I have made the ones with the fur poms on them and tried to vacuum seal them but the poms won't squish enough to be able to put them in a bubble envelope and send them cheaply (rethinking the poms at this time) As for shipping to the states, it is 1/3 the price of the cost of canadian address shipping. Again GO FIGURE!!!.. and they want us to support their strike? When did greed overshadow customer service I say. OK enough about the strike. Nothing I can do about it from my little corner of the world but it sure put a halt on my sales for this year.
So with that being said, I have worked on a pattern for weeks as I was recovering. Working,, tearing out,,, measuring.. remeasuring.. tearing out.. you get the idea. hahahaha..Came up with 11 different sizes of one particular pattern. I wanted to make an easy chart for Crocheters to refer to when making hats. I am not telling you what size hook to use,, nope.. it is all in the measurements. Easy right? Just grab some yarn, grab a hook (whatever size you want) and get started.
This pattern can be made with anything from sock yarn to super bulky. It is basically an easy to follow chart that is my now "go to" when I make hats. No more guessing how long or wide a hat should be to fit a particular person.
I have this pattern for sale
This pattern is a great one to follow while sitting by the fire, cuddled under a quilt and watching a movie. It is really a non thinker exept for when you have to stop to measure and great for using up scraps and partially used skeins of yarn.
So as I sit here looking out my living room window at the snow falling (not predicted) and looking forward to Christmas with my better half and Christmas dinner with my Daughter and her family I have to reflect on how flipping lucky I really am. One more concert to attend (can't wait for this one) and a bit more baking to do but I am not stressing about anything this year. I am finally on the mend and I am looking forward to making it through another winter and coming out on the other side of it. (thoughts of spring, wet earth, flowers,, you get it)
Have a peaceful safe ****Holiday Season**** and don't forget to hold your loved ones close to you as nothing in life is promised.