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I need a tiny vent…

I have a lot of stash.
I have so much lot of stash that I have some for sale on Ravelry and Etsy.

I need the real estate and I need to not have to move all this again. Something that will be happening sooner than later.

So when someone wants to buy a skein or two, I’m really happy.

What makes me unhappy is the (many) times that I will get an inquiry, all enthusiastic-like, be asked for a postage quote (find box and packing, weigh, measure, or walk to post office), send the quote, only to have the person email back with ” Oh, I didn’t expect to pay that much!” (referring to either the cost of the yarn – which is clearly indicated in each stash post or the postage – I don’t make these up, that’s what it costs).

Most of my yarn for sale are one offs, ooaks, limited editions or discontinued, highly sought after skeins or colourways.

I’m not having a garage sale. I’m selling gorgeous yarn.

Sheesh…

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9 Ways to Catch Blog Readers’ Attention

This post beats hell out of the “I Got Nuthin'” that I was going to post 🙂
A definite must read!

Lime Scented

1. Start with a dramatic title which is only tangentially related to the post.

2. Explain that you haven’t been able to blog, not because you’re not knitting, but because you have no way of taking pictures in cold, grey weather while staying as a guest at someone else’s place, and a blog post without pictures is deemed an abomination.

3. Promise that knitting has been happening, prove it by pointing readers towards the Ravelry project pages which have been updated.

4. Tantalize readers with promises of a new and inspired creation, a self-designed pattern which is just perfect.

5. Talk rapturously about its colours, coming up with ever-so-many synonyms for red: scarlet, brick, burnt, deep, blood and boticelli.

6. Share a secret-sisterhood-smirk with readers who use Malabrigo yarn and therefore know precisely what you mean by the last synonym.

7. Throw in a yarn photo for those who don’t.

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I will preface this by saying that I am as thin skinned as Fiona Apple.

Get it? Current events reference. I’m feeling very looped in.

What I don’t feel hip to is mean-spiritedness and so… Is there a point to the “Disagree” button on Ravely?

To disagree indicates that there might be a thought process behind an action. Disagreeing should engender discourse, the why of, countering points, constructive suggestion even. An opinion should be something that requires the conviction of it and not anonymity. For the record, preferring your colours of puce, chartreuse and shitbrickle brown and to disagree with a new knitter’s first proudly-shared finished knit is more indicative of one’s lack of manners. Opinion and personal taste should not be insulted – this is creativity, artistic expression. If we were all the same, the world would be a bloody boring place. Not to mention we’d all be fighting over the same skeins of yarn! It certainly is a shock to see so much cowardly ill-will displayed by fellow knitters.

Why doesn’t Ravelry rename it what it really is?

A “Vent your spleen” button”,  “I’m A Disagreeable Cow button”, I Didn’t Get Laid Last Night button”, I’m PMS’ing button” or most accurately; “Bully Button”.

There are enough ways that people can be unkind, rude and thoughtless in the world, especially in the online venue. I think Ravelry should consider removing this feature. It serves no useful purpose and only encourages cowards and boors.

If you have an opinion, state it – kindly and courteously. If you’re too afraid to type those words out, then you need to rethink your desire to click that button.

Just my opinion.

Educational… Interesting… Funny… Agree… Disagree… Love…

ETA: This vent prompted by the response to several lovely projects, in some cases there were many disagrees on one. I expected disagrees on mine – it is, unfortunately, a given with forum posts on Ravelry. My heart hurt for those who might be new or newly returned to the craft. They deserve nothing less than thumbs up and encouragement.

New Pattern Release

For my fellow crochet enthusiasts: Carré Glace is now live on Ravelry!

This warm and lofty scarf is a quick crochet in 12 ply bulky weight. Perfect to have done well in time for all the various gift-giving celebrations that will be here before we know it.

Perfect too for my neck of the woods where the two seasons are Hot (barbecue, bellinis and bikinis) or Hockey (icicles affixed to most body parts).

Come join the Pointe Shoes Punk Rock And Purl Ravelry group to ask questions , share photos and to let me know if you find any errata. The threads are developing as required 🙂

Carré Glace will also be available on Craftsy and in my Etsy shop very soon.

 

Cheers and have a lovely weekend!

What’s Doin’

I am closing in on the finish line of my Tour de France KAL. About five more rows to work up, as I take this short refreshment break. I’m certain Row 11 of Chart F will benefit by my having a cider! I really like this project. Quick, easy, the pattern is flawlessly written, with attention to detail that really enhances the design. Love it Natalie!

I’ve been on an updating spree with my older patterns. After a satisfactory close to a stressful year and a half, I feel like the creative flow is really benefitting. It’s amazing how the removal or resolution of a problem can make such a difference! What I’ve done in my Ravelry shop, is to update all the patterns with new, current and more varied yarn suggestions and to fill in the gaps that the old format had versus the new. I’ve added the tension and language and updated the notes where applicable. I’m very much looking forward to getting some of my  notes transcribed to pattern format soon. I’m working on an update of the PSPRP “branding”; photos, PDF’s, they could all use a little facelift, I think 🙂

Tomorrow is a day off for picnics and just hanging out. So looking forward to that and wishing you all a peaceful Sunday…

And The Knit Goes On…

Other than the little bit done on these projects, it’s pretty much been all Ravelry, all the time in my house. I continue to be aghast, ashamed, astounded at how much yarn I’ve socked (ha-ha) away…. and the books too! I find more of everything, including long lost needles and patterns, accessories, gifts with purchases, the family cat – not really :)… I know some people don’t want to do their stash tallies for Ravelry, but I’m finding it very useful. I can now open my own online shop and get rid of some of this stuff, ’cause I think I’m already in the Top Ten of “She Who Dies With The Most Yarn Wins”!