Posted on July 4, 2011
I’m currently in a color coma. It started when i decided to knit my first vest, about 2 months ago. A nice mellow yellow. About 2 weeks into that I had to look away. I quickly knit up a rainbow neck scarf. I was over the yellow blues and ready to knit the vest again.
The next week, I was starting a KAL (knit-a-long) sketch cardigan. I bought the yarn a month earlier….Yellow. So now I have two projects going, big projects and they are both yellow. The sweater starts with 13 inches of DK weight yarn, CO at 200 stitches. That’s roughly 23,400 stitches of solid yellow, no switch up of interesting stitches. Just solid stockinette. (knit one way, purl the other.)
So now, I’m in that lull. Half way through the vest and 13 inches through the sweater.
Once I got past the 13 inches, the shaping of the sweater starts, so that means I have to pay attention to each row and it’s a little more interesting again. THANK THE KNITTING GODS. Now it’s a race. Every row of 200 gets two stitches shorter, so every row I get a little faster and a little more excited. “That’s right, only 186 stitches this row!”
So this morning, even though I have the yellow blues, I have to do my real job and all I can think of is yellow…
Posted on June 30, 2011
by CourTney and Tara
Our Etsy Store, Coffee & T, is officially open! Please visit CoffeeAndT.etsy.com and check it all out!
Why Coffee and T? Well Coffee and Chai Tea are two of our favorite drinks while crafting. And the “T”? We will let you ponder over that one.
* For all the crafters out there, the logo was made from acrylic paint treated as water color and tea bags.
The store is new so we don’t have a lot of merchandise yet, but please keep checking in!
Posted on June 30, 2011
Monday was a good night of combining the arts. The HB (husband, Brian) is in a fun, fantastic band called Leaf Pile. They played recently, at a bar called The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. They have always “included” me in the band by saying I play the needles. I am not musically inclined, whatsoever! But they always say I should sit on stage and knit leaves and them throw them into the audience. I always thought it would be fun, but it never seemed to fit. But Monday was my grand opening performance. I knitted while sitting on the stage at The Knitting Factory (it felt like a sign.)
After the show a few people asked what I was knitting and if I sold the stuff I knitted. So yay! Cross promoting! I will be knitting at every show in the future (if the band will have me, of course) and I decided to make business card buttons for our soon-to-be store and the band to hand out at shows…oh the ideas!
Check out the band at: www.leafpilemusic.com and view the show below!
Posted on June 27, 2011
Exciting things are happening!!!!
First of all, I FOUND MY NOTIONS BAG!!!
The yarn stash ate it. They await sentencing for Tampering with Owner’s Sanity.
Here’s a story:
In sixth grade, I was voted “Most Organized” which is….shocking. (Well, I also won “Shortest” in the class…which is not so shocking. Or important…) But I honestly can’t remember ever losing my homework or having to ask my mom where my other sneaker was (which she would have promptly responded, “wherever you left it.”) It was a friendlier existence, the time before the hostiles of my subconscious had to fight to keep up with the insanities of responsible adulthood. Thankfully I have CourT, who is a natural taskmaster, motivator, inspirator (not a word? is now.) and for that I am eternally grateful. She should probably be put into a lab and studied to benefit all of mankind, but we are trying to open a shop here.
Cheers to The CourTney and finding stuff you thought someone had viciously stolen!
Posted on June 26, 2011
My husband is super supportive of my knitting. He makes suggestions, picks out yarn and dislike patterns with me. I have tried to make him several items but every time I knit for him, it turns into a nightmare. I made socks once for him (size 13 feet) that ended up perfect for myself (size 6.). It is almost as though the knitting gods are angry that I found myself a gentleman that is willing to roll up yarn during a 2 hour movie.
The latest project he asked me to make was a whale hat. He wanted nothing for Christmas and his birthday or Easter, Halloween, or even our anniversary, except for this whale hat. I was super excited! He had a specific item. And I love hats! They are my favorite thing to make. I spent a day drawing on graph paper to get the math of his big head to match my repeating whale. It all worked out. I knitted the hat and to my dismay, it was TOO BIG! So, lucky for me, I knitted the hat from 100% wool. ( I know I just heard a huge groan out there from knitters and sweater wearers). But I knew better. I would be the first to conquer shrinking something in a washer by a couple inches without it coming out like a baby hat. ( truth be told, i sat on the hat for weeks, petrified to put it in the washer…. Afraid that it would come out like a huge ball of disaster.)
So, one weekend, while Tara was visiting, I got the courage. 5 minutes in the wash, nothing happened. 5 more…nothing. 5 more nothing….and then I….walked away for what I thought was 10 seconds…..nope. 10 minutes.
Never never never never walk away! No matter if u have to pee, or get more coffee or your cat is crawling out the window of your 5th floor apartment building.
So, after many tears and lots of husband disappointment, the whale hat, which he loved loved loved, was shrunk to a cone that wouldn’t even fit my head.
So, fast forward about 4 or 5 months. Tonight I did my first sewing project. I am making whale change purses, made from the wool-to-felted-cone-hat. I cut them out, drew a pattern and did a quick mock up. It was my first full use of the craft room. And it was all motivated by my Love. He even threw in a button flap suggestion.
So, very soon our easy store will be ready to sell! And I think I owe someone a anew whale hat.
Posted on June 23, 2011
Anyone who knows me would say that I have a tendency not to finish things. I have a jumper for example, that has been on the needles for SEVEN years that CourT periodically nudges me to revisit. Lately I have been struck with a glorious case of finishitis. As in, I need to finish things. Well, I certainly have the UFOs (UnFinished Objects) to do so, let me tell ya.
Last February I megabussed it to Jersey City for a yarn crawl with CourT and her awesome knitter friend, Kaitlyn. I had an amazing time and bought lots of yarn for hats (I still had beret knitting fever), and a baby sweater kit to make for a good friend who is expecting. When I got back to Ohio I tore into the kit. It was my first baby sweater but the thing flew off the needles in two days, tops. It was a fun knit. Then, it sat there. Like most knitters, I hate seaming. Ew. About a month later I blocked it. Then, it sat there some more. But, in the height of my finishitis last night, I laid it all out and…couldn’t find my notions bag. I searched my tiny apartment for 3 hours last night. Nothing. Want to know what else is in the notions bag? The teddy bear buttons that MAKE THE SWEATER SO STINKING CHARMING AND IRRESISTIBLE! Dangit, dag nabbit, and mother trucker. I probably stared at my UFO basket for another 2 hours, the knitted fabric scraps of a soon-to-be teddy bear, a mitten waiting for its top to be seamed shut…all dressed up and nowhere to go, the desperation is palpable.
I shall now distract myself with the ETSY store policy writing. Perhaps I will finish something after all.
Posted on June 23, 2011
So Tara and I have decided to start an Etsy store. We have a lot of homemade items that could be useful to crafters and non-crafters alike. At this point, we have a name, a digital store front, graphics and some merch. Now we just have to put it all together.
I think the hardest part to beginning the listing process is figuring out prices. You want to make that cowl worth the 9 hours you put into it, but you can’t charge $90 or else you’ll never make a sale. I’d be too scared to wear a $90 cowl! So that’s the next hurtle. I would love feedback if anyone has figured out a super magical math equation of time spend crafting/ what it’s worth to someone who doesn’t understand the amount of time put into it.
But maybe that’s the main thought. People who don’t appreciate a handmade cashmere lace scarf would probably just pick up a bulky acrylic machine made scarf from Target for $5. (And nothing against Target, it’s one of my favorites!) I suppose people shopping on Etsy realize the difference, to an extent. I know I love buying something that I know someone put some time and thought into verse grabbing it cheaper at a big box store, and don’t mind paying a little more.
However, there is the “grandpa garage sale love” side in me that LOVES bargins. I may end up buying that $5 scarf at target because, Hell! It’s only $5.
The last point of the argument in my head is the simple fact that I LOVE crafting. Be it knitting, crocheting, sewing, painting, beading…You name it, I would probably enjoy it or am already doing it. So, this is really just an outlet to help fund my yarn shopping adventures and to have somewhere to put the 25 scarves I have in the closet. (I’m sure my family could do without another round of scarves for Christmas!)
So, I think I could argue all sides of this matter until I am blue in the face. Any opinions out there?