FULL CIRCLE

To be honest I haven’t felt like blogging lately. Not because I don’t have anything to do say. I just haven’t felt like what I am saying is relevant or will be heard.

I have always been a believer in the thought “you get what you give”. In my life I’ve always been a giver, I naively and consistently give apart of myself away, open myself up to others and believe that if I am a good person, good things will happen to me.

This is not the case though, and it’s been a very hard pill to swallow. I support makers around me as much as I can. I love digging into my stash and knowing that each maker was someone who loves this craft as much as I do. It is a vulnerable thing to put yourself out there and hope other’s will accept your creations.

I’ll be frank, I am not a business person. I am an artist, always have been. Making things is something that fills me with so much joy and contentment. However in the last few months I have been finding myself dreading making things for my shop. Avoiding my office like a bad smell. I have been stuck in a negative thought that “why should I bother putting more of my time, effort, love and money into this when I barely make any sales?”.

This has been weighing on my heart for so long, I don’t want pity sales, I don’t want to complain, I want loyal customers who love my yarn and creations as much as I do!

I think “what if what I am making isn’t good enough” or “maybe I don’t have the right size or color”. So I put this intense pressure on myself to find a way to afford more supplies to make more without knowing if it will ever sell. The risks involved with running any business is huge. I am so very lucky to have a husband that supports my love of making and takes joy in seeing me envelop myself in my love of the fibre arts.

Sometimes staying positive is hard. 
Keeping up with ever changing trends is hard. 
Staying open, authentic and real is also really hard. 
Accepting that what I do is not unique, different or one of a kind is hard. 
I am one of hundreds of thousands of shops and makers who do exactly what I do.

It makes you feel small and insignificant. Especially in this world of social media, where the bigger makers are right there, showing you that they have made it! You haven’t. So compare yourself to them. Why can’t you make that many sales? What are they doing differently? Why aren’t you as successful? Maybe if you tried harder? Maybe you should spend more in advertising or get a new logo?

I am not writing this to garner pitty or to have someone pat me on the head and tell me how wonderful my work is. I know it’s great. I know my yarn is beautiful and my bags are well made. I wouldn’t ever try and sell something that I wouldn’t buy for myself.

But this is what it’s like to be a small maker. Those of us smaller shops struggle to make sales, but celebrate when we do. Dance parties in the kitchen, high fives from my daughter, a hug from my husband, who tells me how proud he is of me. It’s packing my only order for the last 2 months up with care, love and so much joy to send it’s on its way.

I love each and every one of my customers and I am so incredibly thankful for every sale. Growing a business is hard work, sweat and tears. There are days where I want to throw in the towel! But then I look at my stock of products ready to ship with happiness and pride and think, ‘I did that!’.

When you buy from a small shop, you’re helping a maker, like myself, believe in themselves and their business a little bit more.

So when I go to my personal stash to pick out a yarn to knit socks or a hat for my daughter, I know each one was made and packaged up with the same love, excitement and care I do with mine.

It comes full circle.

As always my friends,

Keep Stitching! 

Rachel

JUNE SHOP UPDATE!

Lots of new goodies in the shop this month to choose from!

First up is the summer colorways!! Fruit Punch, Blue Raspberry, Grape Crush, Lemonade and Candy Apple. All worsted weight and semi solid tonals!

Next up is some patterns are now available on Etsy as well as Ravelry. New patterns will be added to both as they are released! July I will be releasing the Wild Raspberry Collection!

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There is also an assortment of already spun and unspun yarns, bags and other ready made hats ready for shipping! Make sure you take a look around!

Keep Stitching!

Rachel

OOPS I DID IT AGAIN!

I left the blog unattended again! 

It has been a crazy few months around here! If you have been following me you will be mostly up to date! 

I hope to post regularly again now that things are a bit calmer around here. 

Here are some fun updates!

The entire Etsy shop is 25% off until Mothers Day! So hop over there and take advantage of this awesome sale while it lasts!

I have 5 new colorways of yarn on our worsted weight superwash yarn! My daughter came up with their names so I hope you enjoy!

In the next shop update there will also be some new cute project bag prints! I have been stock piling cute fabric, so I can’t wait to share them with you!

In other news, I received my first box of the Mercantile Block of the Month quilt and I CAN’T wait to have a finished quilt in my hands!

After I finish the one I started last month, which is almost done! Its so pretty and will be all mine! The last quilt I made was for my daughter and the next two are gifts for my husband and the other is for his friends getting married soon!

There will be lots of fun and new things happening this summer, I am really looking forward to posting more frequently, I miss sharing my monthly favorite things. I should start doing that again!

As always, 

Keep Stitching!

Rachel

ITS BEEN AWHILE…

Oh boy lots has happened since my last update. To be honest I had completely forgotten I even had a blog to share things on because I have been just so busy.

So, lets start with the least new and least interesting and work our way up. 

Christmas was awesome!! Hubby did good and got me the most adorable cat stitch markers from FireFly Notes on Etsy, they are perfect for chunky knitting and who doesn’t like cat ears?

Other things that happened was I knitted the My Beginner Raglan sweater by Knitatude, which is so comfy and cozy during the colder days!https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/Knitatude?ref=pr2018_faveshops

I also started some pattern tests for AbbyeKnits and Payneless Ideas but Christmas knitting and special orders got put infront so I am still working through them as well.

I did a couple of larger shop updates that you can see here. It was fun getting a lot of these done. I am finishing up my selfish knits this week, fingers crossed, but the goal is to finish them as soon as possible so I can start working on other things.

I have some hat and mitten patterns ready for testing (so if you’re interested please let me know) and I have a collaboration planning for launch with Kelly from Spindle and Co for this February!

Anyway, this was your quick update, here’s do a brand new year and although I am 16 days into things, I am hoping all of you are having a wonderful start to it!

Keep Stitching!

Rachel

THE SIMPLY EASY MITTENS | KNIT WITH ME TUTORIAL

It is been so long since I have done a tutorial, let alone design a pattern of my own. 
I fell in love with the pointy style mittens long ago and decided it was high time I made a pattern for myself that used bulkier yarn. Not only does it knit faster, it is super cute too. 

So, these cozy mittens will be a fast, easy and simple addition to any Christmas gift this year. I also took the time to knit one up for a video tutorial. So sit down with a cup of tea and knit with me!

The Simply Easy Mittens

What you will need:
1 Skein of Bulky Weight Yarn
6.5mm Double Point Needles (Or circulars for Magic Loop)
Stitch markers
Tape Measure
Scissors
Waste yarn
Darning Needle

Abbreviations:
K – Knit
P – Purl
K2tog – Knit two together
M1 – Make one
M1L – Make one left
M1R – Make one right
PM – Place marker
SM – Slip marker
RM – Remove marker

Instructions:

Cuff
Cast on 24 stitches
1. K2, P2 for 14 rows or for however long you would like the cuff to be.
15. K12, M1, K12

Thumb Gusset
16. K14, PM, M1R, K2, M1L, PM, K to end of row
17. Knit
* Repeat rows 16 and 17 until there are 8 stitches between the markers
Using darning needle and waste yarn, slip the yarn into the stitches between the markers before removing them
Next row, K to first marker, RM, then slip 8 stitches on the waste yarn off the needle, RM, K to end of row

Hand
K round each row for approx 5 inches, or 1 inche shorter than desired length

Hand Decreases
The top of this mitten is knitted on two needles. 
K 12 stitches onto first needle, then K12 onto the second
Next row: K2tog in the back loop, K to 2 stitches from the end of needle 1, K2tog in the front loop. Repeat on needle 2. 
Next row: Knit
Repeat these two rows until there are 8 stitches (4 on each needle) left.  
Cut yarn, leaving an 8 inch tail, pull through remaining stitches and weave in ends. 

Thumb
Slip stitches from waste yarn on to 2 needles and pick up 2 stitches on either side. 
Knit in the round for 2 1/2 inches 
K2tog around, cut yarn, weave in ends, closing up any holes from the thumb. 


I hope you enjoyed this small tutorial. I hope I can create more videos, maybe a bit shorter next time!

Until then, 

Keep Stitching!

Rachel