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11  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / How to negotiate custom orders with shops? on: January 05, 2006 08:18:43 PM
Hi, tomorrow morning I have a meeting with a local yarn shop to show them some of my handpainted yarns and to discuss handpainting unique colors just for them. I've thought it through tonight, but now I have questions that I can't seem to come up to an answer for:
1. we'll be coming up with colors exclusive to her shop, and this will probably require some trial and error...do I charge her for the trials? do I just ask that she purchase the yarn that I'm experimenting with? Or do I purchase it, dye it and if she doesn't like it, I sell it on etsy?
2.  What if she doesn't like the colors I have (perhaps she wants more muted or something) do I insist that I can come up with something to her satisfaction, or do I take it as a hint that she's not interested?
3. If she's purchasing the yarn and I'm charging a 'handpainting' fee...should we have some k ind of contract?
Ack! I"m sure I have more but can't come up with them-Thanks!
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Movie Knits on: December 02, 2005 02:25:13 PM
Wow-that's pretty cool! I can't remember a club scene (it's been a few days)...do you mean the strip club?
13  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Knitty's Josephine on: November 24, 2005 07:32:11 AM
I finished! I didn't get any good pics before sending it out... but I'm still so excited! this is the biggest project 've ever knit and my first time with cables and I couldn't be happier with the results!
uh...I can't get the pictures to post, but you can see 'em on my blog
staralee.blogspot.com
14  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help me decide which wheel to get on: November 08, 2005 08:20:33 PM
Does anyone have anything negative to say about the Babes? There's no way we can afford even a $300 wheel, so the Babe looks a lot more attainable...is it worth it to save up and wait for the more expensive wheels?
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cute-iful Knitting Bag - Anthropologie on: November 07, 2005 08:08:06 PM
Oh yeah! This is what I was planning on doing anyhow for my friend that just learned to knit. She'll get some fancy, pretty yarn and some Lantern Moon needles and a scarf pattern and of course, my time  as I teach her how to read patterns! but now, NOW I can tell her I saved her $98! That's quite a Christmas gift!
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: how do you let a muggle down nicely when they ask you to knit something? on: November 04, 2005 06:23:50 AM
My mom always hounded me about knitting her a sweater so when we finally went to the yarn shop together she was not only shocked by the price, but also at all the comments the yarn shop ladies had. "wow, what a great daughter" "this is such a HUGE gift, honey" and the like. I knit it only around my mom so she could see the hours that went into it, and when it was finished, she couldn't be happier.
 One of my closest friends had wanted a cabley sweater jacket, which I knew would be a HUGE commitment, but when I realized she was willing to pay over $100 for the yarn,  because she'd rather where something I made then buy it for cheaper-it's totally worth it! I know that with this one huge gift, I have Christmases and birthdays covered for the year (she's agreed to this too)
It's so nice when someone appreciates your hard work and skill...it's made me stop knitting for people who wouldn't care or don't lavish me with praises. If you save your gift knitting time for those who really love you and your work, you'll always feel fulfilled.
PS. I do actually sell knitted stuff...but I pick the yarn and pattern and make it a 'luxury' item...ithey buy what I've already made....plenty of older women that work with my husband at the bank are willing to pay $40-$50 for a long, soft scarf. (!)
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knitting terms, welcome for the non-knitters on: November 04, 2005 06:07:28 AM
Just cast on an amount that's divisible by 3.  And then yes, add on 2 (you'll probably be slipping the first and last stitch for a nice selvedge edge, so they're not really stitches used in the K2 P1 pattern)
18  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Knitty's Josephine on: November 01, 2005 12:07:15 PM
Wow that was so quick! Way to go, it looks awesome!
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Anthropologie strikes again! on: October 30, 2005 01:10:21 PM
Check out this "knit kit" that they're selling! very similar to the cable purse on Craftster with some skeins of yarn!
http://www.anthropologie.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?itemID=8745&itemType=PRODUCT
WE should sell these to unsuspecting rich women...or give them as gifts...
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: How would you make this hat from Elizabethtown? on: October 30, 2005 12:42:39 PM
Great job! It looks just like the original! I can't decide if it would look good on my big scottish head (and short hair) or not.
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