I happened to put out my fiber items in the hopes that I might actually sell something. No such luck. However, I met Zoë Melo at one of the yard sales.
Zoë heads Neighbors by Design is a socio-enterprise, a community-centered platform that uses design as a tool to bring neighbors together and in the process create products made out of recycled materials donated by neighbors.
While most of my inventory is high end for potential sales income, I do like to create items from scrap yarn, which would fit the business model more. Either way, it’s an opportunity to sell some of my stuff and make some extra money, especially since I have lost my graphic/web design job.
Before I forget, the point of this post is an event:
Neighbors by Design Makers/Craft Market
December 16 & 17, 2017
10:00 AM-4:00 PM PST
4432 Campbell Drive; Los Angeles, CA 90066
I will be participating with Cathy, conducting the crochet and knit workshops on Sunday. Come on by! You might find the perfect gift for that special someone.
I made one the yesterday, but screwed up the pattern. I was a little vexed because the pattern – Easy Make, Easy On, Booties by Aunt B of Bev’s Country Cottage – calls for an H for use with a baby/sport weight yarn. Then while searching Ravelry, I found patterns, again using sport/baby weight yarn with an H hook. It totally baffles me that one would use such a big hook for an item you want to snug. Whatever, Mary! I’ll never have babies. The pattern was easy to follow and creates an easy, pretty little bootie.
I used Patons Lace (Fiber Content: 80% Acrylic, 10% Mohair, 10% Wool; Yarn Color: 33129 Porcelain; Yarn Weight: 2, Sport/Baby) with a US F/5 – 3.75 mm hook. The finished objects measure about 2 inches from heel to toe.
This is another stash busting sample for the proposed stash busting crochet event at Concepts In Yarn and Needlepoint. I made it yesterday in about six hours (only because I fudged the construction). This works up real quick and is an excellent stash buster for those short scraps.
This piece measures approximately 16 (D) x 5 (H) inches. The yarn used for this project is some unlabeled acrylic from my own stash. The crochet technique is called Entrelac Crochet and is constructed in a Tunisian method.
This cowl will be donated to Handmade Especially For You after the stash busting crochet event and I can teach you this technique during the event…for FREE!
I just now unpacked my purchases from the Los Angeles Yarn Crawl. The first was a Berroco Vintage DK (Fiber Content: 52% Acrylic, 40% Wool, 8% Nylon; Yarn Color: 2189; Yarn Weight: 3, DK), purchased at The Purl Side, for a Judy’s xmas gift, which will be The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief. Unfortunately, I just noticed I grabbed two different colors of grey. I wanted the darker one. I had bought one and then we went to lunch across the street. During lunch, I thought I should get one more skein to make sure I had enough to make a shawl big enough from the kerchief pattern. I ran back in grabbed – what I thought was the right color – and we headed off to the next store. Now I need to go all the way back to Glendora, after making sure they have the color I need, to make an exchange. Aiyaa!
The second yarn I bought was an indulgence on my part, mostly for the color: Knitted Wit (Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino; Yarn Color: Salted Caramel; Yarn Weight: 1, Single Fingering). This was purchased at Abuelita’s Knitting & Needlepoint, after going to Pasadena the wrong month for the Vogue Knitting Live Show. Aiyaa! The good thing is that I have enough to make the Skylark in Wonderland with this. Woohoo!
A while ago, I came up with a special stitch – at least, I didn’t copy it from anywhere, though it may have already existed – the Bar Front Loop Single Crochet. I created some scarves with it: How Deep Is The Ocean, Jean Genie, September, and You’re My Magician.
I shared the shawl with the Sand and Sea Knitting Guild a couple months ago and they asked me to do a workshop on the stitch. Not wanting to waste the time on just one stitch, I decided to change the workshop to a Single Crochet Workshop, showing different types of single crochet and the fabrics they create. As I am not a fan of waste, I am providing the workshop handout here for anyone to download: Download Single Crochet Workshop Handout. That way if one wants to print it out they can, leaving me with a clear conscience and saving a tree.
The workshop will be conducted at the September guild meeting, September 12, 2015 at Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church; 11555 National Boulevard; Los Angeles, California 90064. Our guild meeting begins at 11:00 a.m. and lasts until 1:00 pm. Guests are welcome, should you like to attend. Send me an email for additional information.
I have been debating since I got involved with pattern writing whether or not to charge. I ended up charging for more intricate items, and offering simpler patterns for free.
Another issue that presented itself, was my lack of pattern writing knowledge. I tend to write patterns geared for the more experience fiber artist, who can improvise where necessary or build the bridge of comprehension to my instructions.
I finally decided, albeit a little late, to only charge a nominal fee of USD $1.00 for ALL my patterns; recipes are still free. This price will be in effect for 2015 and shall be reevalutated at the end of the year to see if pattern sales have increased, or if there is any demand.
There is a bit of ego involved with this decision, as I feel that maybe by lowering my prices, I might become more known as a designer.
I think USD $1.00 for my patterns is a good deal, as I don’t prohibit you from making the item for sale. Additionally, I am available for technical support on all my patterns as I know my pattern writing skill may leave a lot to be desired for some fiber artists.