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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Scrubbies, mug cozies, and more! (AKA a productive spring break) IMAGE HEAVY on: March 25, 2013 08:01:21 AM
My goal for my spring break, which was last week, was to use up the last of my cotton yarn and finish a scarf. That plan got slightly derailed when I got home and my mom gave me FIVE more skeins of yarn, but I still managed to use up most of it Cheesy

First up, the scarf. Made of some wool blend that I bought (and started working with) ages ago. It worked up really nicely and I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.


Next, mug cozies. I just made the pattern up as I went along. They fit "standard size" mugs (so about 3.25" wide). I ended up making four of them, though I have a maroon one in progress right now.


Next, dish scrubbies. I used this pattern for them and then just tweaked it until I was happy with the size. A quick google search will give you a couple different variations on that pattern to work from. Anyway, I ended up making three of them.

Next (almost done, I promise!) a set of holiday coasters, in an attempt to use up as much of this Christmas-y yarn as possible (I still have some left so I might make a mug cozy out of it or something). I ended up making 5 coasters total.


And finally my favorite projects, coin purses! It was my first attempt at sewing a zipper onto anything I've crocheted and I think they turned out pretty good! I also have another one of these started that isn't quite finished yet.


So all in all, in just a little over a week I crocheted...

-About half of that scarf to finish it
-Four mug cozies, with another started
-Three scrubbies
-A set of five holiday coasters
-Four coin purses, with another started

I'd say that's definitely not too shabby! Cheesy
12  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knuckle/Joint pain from crocheting? on: March 06, 2013 12:39:03 PM
Thanks for the advice! I'll be trying a cushioned handle and the duct tape/fabric method to see which helps. Smiley
13  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Knuckle/Joint pain from crocheting? on: March 03, 2013 09:52:20 PM
I tend to crochet WAY too much, especially since its my only source of income right now. Which has never been a problem, except recently I've noticed the knuckles on my right hand (the hand I hold my hook with) are starting to get very sore while I'm crocheting, to the point where it's almost painful to move them at all.

Does anyone have any suggestions for how to deal with knuckle pain? I've found a lot of tips for dealing with wrists and necks and even thumbs, but not a lot for knuckles. Someone suggested massaging them but that's just awkward and doesn't seem to work that well. Another person suggested trying those crocheting fingerless gloves designed to reduce hand problems, but I'd rather not shell out the money if its not going to help. Is there any way to prevent the pain, besides just taking more frequent breaks while crocheting?
14  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Realizing you made a mistake in an order AFTER it's shipped? on: October 04, 2012 01:25:19 PM
Thank you! I contacted the seller and offered to either send the missing piece out to them, or to refund the shipping costs so they can resend it back to me so I can fix it myself. I guess I'll just wait to see if they get back to me at all.
15  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Realizing you made a mistake in an order AFTER it's shipped? on: October 03, 2012 05:27:34 PM
I have no idea how I managed to do this, but I just realized that I made a mistake in a plushie I sent out to a customer yesterday. It was supposed to have a little tie on it, but I forgot to add that. In the overall scheme of things it's not that big of a mistake but I feel horrible about it, especially because it's already on its way to the person who bought it Embarrassed What should I do?
16  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crochet sizing help. on: September 27, 2012 02:38:33 PM
Does the pattern list a gauge? If so, I would crochet a few rounds and then check to see how your gauge matches up with the pattern. If you're way off, adjust your hook and/or yarn until you get the correct gauge.
17  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Custom item requests falling through- What am I doing wrong? on: September 20, 2012 12:22:01 PM
Thanks! I'm still trying to figure things out so I didn't know if I had done something wrong or not. Glad to hear that it's probably not my fault. Smiley
18  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: In search of a killer Beard/hat pattern... on: September 19, 2012 07:33:12 PM
This one, maybe? http://www.achickwsticks.com/2012/01/beard-pattern.html?m=1 It works up quickly, fits well, and looks good once it's done.
19  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Custom item requests falling through- What am I doing wrong? on: September 18, 2012 06:33:21 PM
I've gotten two convos about possible custom items in less than a week, which is rare for me, and neither seem to be going anywhere. Can anyone give me some advice about what I'm doing wrong?

1. Person wants to know if I can crochet them a cat plushie, even though I mostly work with human-shaped plushies. I tell them that I might be able to, but it would help to see a picture of what they were looking for so I would have a better idea of if it's something I'd be able to make. They say that they understand and that they would send me pictures, then no response from them about it. Maybe they were just interested if I'd be able to do it, but I don't understand why they never followed up with pictures so I could give them a better answer?

2. Person wants to know if I can make them 7 beard hats by October 11th. I tell them I can, ask for clarification about what colors they want, and explain how I treat custom orders- basically, they pay for it, I use part of that money to pay for supplies, I keep them updated about my progress making them, and send them a notice when they're shipped with tracking information. No word back from this person either. I'm thinking maybe they weren't expecting to have to pay the whole thing upfront? But I phrased it something like, "Let me know if this works for you" so they could have asked to arrange something different.

Normally I wouldn't care so much about losing potential sales, but this is the only interest shown in my shop in weeks and I'm a bit strapped for cash right now so I need every sale I can get Sad Any advice for ways I can handle custom order requests different in the future?
20  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Supernatural Characters- Sam, Dean, Gabriel, Castiel, and Jo on: September 15, 2012 11:21:04 AM
Thanks! Yeah, most people tend to like Cas too Smiley

I made the pattern myself, but the body shape is a bit similar to a couple of published patterns. The two that come to mind first are this Tenth Doctor doll and the Big and Cuddly patterns.

Essentially what you do is decrease slightly at the end of the body (where the neck would be), at the ends of the arms where the "shoulders" would be, and where the legs connect to the body. I find that helps the limbs attach better, because they're less bulky, and it does give the illusion that the doll has a slight neck. Both of those patterns also have different ways of shaping the feet, both of which seem to be pretty straight-forward and probably easier than the convoluted way I came up with. Cheesy
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