I have finally joined the world of online blogging. The Etsy store has been set up and we actually had 2 sales in December. I spent the holidays creating new items and joining Ravelry and other online forums for advice/support. Today I will be teaching a friend how to spin fiber on a drop spindle - hoping this goes well for both of us. Have to improve my pictures for the shop too this weekend. I have a friend interested in one of my knitted scarves so hopefully there will be a sale this week.
My goal is to focus on improving one aspect of the business per month. This month is photography - they say a picture is worth a thousand words. I have been fortunate to have lots of support from friends and coworkers which has made the transition from hobby to business less jolting. Although I still have to remind myself to keep things in perspective and not stress.
I frogged the dyed handspun and am now converting it to a scarf pattern from my Artic Lace pattern book. I do enjoy lace projects the most and the new scarf is flowing so much faster. Still need to find a good hat pattern for my CVM wool yarn but it will come in time. Taking a small break from knitting fingerless mittens as the pattern was starting to bore me.
I actually have about 3 projects on my spinning wheel - yikes! First to be finished and plied will be the suri locks a kind rancher gave me this fall to practice with. The locks are white and really look white now that I have washed them. Experimenting on how to spin the fiber - from the tips and over the fold. I probably won't get much yarn yardage from it but it might make bookmarks or perhaps a knitted bracelet (must find a pattern for this). I am using my flicker brush and must say that the locks have a long fiber length and truly do have a silky texture to them. The second bobbin contains my huacuya fleece which is being spun into laceweight yarn and is reddish brown. I am going for 2 oz of fiber per bobbin which will be plied together for hopefully 200+ yards of yarn. I would like to sell at least one skein but the majority of the fleece will be kept for a special shawl project.
Well this is probably enough for the first blog post. Hope to be here for updates at least once a week and will strive to keep it to crafts/store sales.