Trying Out IndieMade

I’m giving IndieMade, a site that hosts shop websites for crafters, artisans, fashion designers, etc.  I just came across it one day looking for something else, and thought I would give it a shot.  They have a 30-day free trial and the base plan, though designed to suck you in, is around $5.00 a month.

Though I only have three things for sale, here’s Ludicraft’s home on IndieMade.  I need to get better photos up there, but my living space and equipment do not allow for that.  Still, it’s something. 

The difference from EtsyIndieMade appears to cater to a more complete website package, rather than Etsy’s more modular approach with your shop being a part of their website.  Still, you can link and track inventory on IndieMade through Etsy. I use Etsy for my photography, and have been looking for another place to host a crafting store.  IndieMade might be the place.

I’m only a few days into my free trial, and I haven’t seen much action on the site, then, again, I really haven’t put it out there much.  This is basically the first time I’m doing that, to be honest. 

If you want to play around with IndieMade and see what they could offer you, go look.  It may suit your needs.  I’m still getting my feelers out there for the site and seeing what happens.  Have any of you out there have had any experience with an IndieMade shop?  What do you think?  Is it worth it?

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Slipping From My Brain

Ever completely forget something you’ve done a million times?  My brain decided it did not remember how to make a slipknot this morning.  I’m made TONS of them while casting on knitting and crochet projects.

I’m not sure what happened.  Perhaps it’s the new fake nails I put on last night.  Perhaps I was thinking too hard about it.  Making a slipknot is something I just do.  I don’t think about it.  My fingers have that muscle memory built into them, just like knitting and purling.

We all have so-called “brain farts” from time to time.  It’s just funny when it happens because no matter how hard you try, you just can’t do the simple task that you want to do, no matter how many times you’ve done it.  Ever happen to you?

New Life For Botched Sweaters

I have a few sweaters that I have spent months working on, only to find they are quite large.  I have folded them up and shoved them in a closet as reminders of past failures.  At least I got the construction right, I tell myself.  At least that dang gauge swatch was dead-on, I would comfort myself.  What happened?  What can I do with this knitted abomination?  Craftsy is offering a class that I hope will have the answer for me.

Sweater Surgery with Carol Feller seems to be a good choice of a class to take for someone in my situation.  I watched the first lesson, which is an overview and introduction, and it seems like a class that is going to be worth my money.

I will keep you up-to-date on my how I’m getting on with the class and if I actually fixed any of my sweaters.  Here’s a link to one such disaster:  Red Sweater.  I hope to give it new life and wear it in the fall.

I’m sure this is a class though that many of us would benefit from.  Take a look!

WIP: Doing Short Rows Correctly

Short rows is one technique that I sort of scoffed at.  Picking up wraps?  Who cares about the holes?  Truthfully, I didn’t understand the directions.  There I said it.  But, it finally clicked for me this week.

I needed a small project to do, and Very Pink’s Learn to Knit a Spiral Scarf pattern was just the trick for me.  It includes precise directions and video.  And it got me to actually follow the directions and understand them. 

Here’s how the scarf is coming along. 

I’m using Plymouth Yarn’s Noro Silk Garden knockoff,  Boku.  I’m all for that.  It’s half the price, has similar fun colorways, and doesn’t have as many knots from breaks in the yarn. 

In summary, short rows are fun!  Now that I’m doing them correctly, I won’t be afraid of using them for shaping now that I know how to pick up the wraps and not have little holes in my work.

Tired and Wired

I have been in the midst of a huge project at work that I hope to be finished with by the end of the week (fingers crossed), and have been so freaking tired when I get home.  I basically eat, flop on the couch, zone out, and sleep.  Still, I have been crafting;  knitting on my breaks and doing some sort of crochet at home, actually, with unusual things.  One of them?  Wire.

I have been dabbling in wire crochet!  Armed with different beads and 28 gauge wire, I have been seeing what funky things I can come up with crocheting wire.  I’ve done a few bracelets at this point.  It’s a nice change of pace, to be honest. 

This is one I did with the said wire and some leftover Swarovski crystal beads that I had left over from a beading project long ago.  Not bad!  Please excuse my hairy arms.

I have tried wire crochet before, but I’m having MUCH better results this time.  Here’s another one I did, too.  It’s fun and gives me something new to do while I’m overloading on work.

The Kutztown Folk Festival 2013

Last year I went to the Kutztown Folk Festival with Joan, and I went back this year today!  It was a nice way to spend the Fourth of July.  My DH came along, too, which surprised me.  He mostly came for the food, and that’s fine!  There”s a lot of good food there.  It was mostly the same stuff as last year, but it was nice to revisit the vendors that I enjoyed then, though. 

I didn’t take The Beast (my DSLR camera), but rather just my point and shoot.  It was too hot to lug a big camera around, plus I figured it would be the same pictures again.  Still, here are a few shots of the day.

 Naturally dyed wool.  I love this yarn, but it was really expensive, so I passed.
 Freshly made hand-cut potato chips.  My DH and split them and they were delicious!
 There was a petting zoo again!  I think the goats are my favorite.
I guess the straw inside the pen wasn’t good enough for these three freshly sheared sheep.
 
 This kid was absolutely too cute not to take a photo of.

Ah!  Now for my purchases.  I bought some roving and yarn from the same vendor as last year.  The stand is owned by two women who work as a cooperative.  The roving is from Karakul sheep from The Wool Garden.  The yarn (I have a thing for black and pink lately for some reason) is from The Wool Garden as well.

The Kutztown Folk Festival runs until July 7, 2013.  If you are in the area or in eastern PA, I suggest you check it out.