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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knitty Soleil top for me on: June 17, 2007 02:50:22 PM
That's a really flattering top on you! I love the colour Smiley
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Bacon Magnets on: June 17, 2007 02:44:34 PM
How random! What a cute idea Smiley
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Fed up with Etsy? on: June 17, 2007 07:13:22 AM
I closed my old etsy shop before v2 was introduced, and now after reading your list I'm a mite discouraged to open up another Cheesy

Sure, there's plenty of reasons to appreciate etsy, which should work in theory, but seems to be lacking in practice.

For one, before and after v2, I've always thought Etsy could have done a better job showing everyone's items. For a split second, a customer might glimpse your product in a small row of pics at the bottom of the front page, or, they might find your products in the category it belongs to or through a search, if they have the patience to look through all of the items that have pushed it to the back of the line in the matter of minutes.

Now, I can hear people start to reply: "But you can always do your OWN advertising!"

And this is where my quip with poor in-category organization comes in. The purses and handbags section, for example, is sub-categorized something like "purses, bags, clutches, totes..." etc, but sellers more often than not will put 2 or more of those tags on their item, so you see a mix of more or less the same products in each sub-category.

The knitting section is similarly dissapointing. Sub-categories could have included roving, yarn (hand-dyed, handspun, and by weight: lace, sock, DK, worsted, bulky, novelty/art),etc.

Another problem is the site is flooded with underpriced and/or poorly photographed (and sometimes, I hate to say it, but poorly made) items, which can wear on a shopper's patience if they have to go back 20+ pages to find something they want to spend their hard-earned cash on.

But luckily, yes, there are other options and venues out there to sell handmade goods, but it's a pity that Etsy isn't living up to its potential.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Pop Tab dress with straps on: June 17, 2007 05:22:29 AM
Now this is what Craftster is all about! Someone needs to send you a big honkin' trophy or something! What an achievement Cheesy *applauds*
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Orange Sunshine Top in DK Weight on: June 15, 2007 06:18:20 AM
WOW. What an inspiration. This is the sweater that I am going to make for my first real sweater!  I just bought the pattern but now I need to choose a yarn.  I have never knit a real sweater before.  What kind of yarn should I get?  I am on a budget so Knit Picks prices are my limit. The fingering weight at Knit Picks is more affordable than the DK but is fingeringweight a mistake for a first sweater project?  Should I get a superwash or a 100% wool.  I am so glad I found this post.  I wanted my first sweater to be adorable and I love knitting in the round.  Should I repost this in a new thread?  Boy I am full of questions.

Unless you double-strand the fingering weight, you'll have to knit millions of stitches on weensy needles Tongue
6  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Re: Scrumbling on: June 13, 2007 08:28:28 AM
How about a general stash-busting child board for the knitting board and the crochet board? It could house scrap-knitting, scumbling, and one skein wonders all under one 'roof'.
7  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Personal Portfolios? on: June 13, 2007 08:23:39 AM
What if we wanted to look back on all of our various completed projects, like a sort of crafty legacy?

Wouldn't it be neat if you could have a different folder/portfolio for your FOs in each category? Like a portfolio of your completed knitting projects, another for your quilts, and another for your ATCs, etc?
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: New Knitty is Up on: June 12, 2007 12:11:13 PM
The sagging pants problem might be remedied by sewing in a pair of briefs to stabilize it, kind of like lining a knit bag keeps it from sagging out of shape.
9  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Re: Idea: Rollover Thumbnails on: June 12, 2007 05:13:19 AM
The new feature on the front page that shows the latest projects from all sections is pretty nifty! I like it better than the idea of rollover pics now Smiley
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: New Knitty is Up on: June 12, 2007 04:36:23 AM
Maybe we're just spoilt by such a wealth of free patterns? Wink

Someone mentioned earlier that because the mag is free it's not an excuse for less-than-exciting or suited to a narrow audience patterns, and that the editor does in fact make some money off of publishing Knitty (by the yarn recommendation advertisements, I guess). So it makes sense to choose patterns geared towards a wider audience, so more people will buy the suggested yarn.

That said, if most of us aren't thrilled with what we see, the only solution must be to start submitting some patterns ourselves, eh?

I'll admit I wasn't compelled to knit anything I saw, thinking "Oh, I don't want to knit a tank top/socks/toddler dress", but then I went through and actually checked each of the patterns out. There's some beautiful lace patterns in the socks which could be used for a shawl, and a clever sweater knitter could add long sleeves to the cowl-neck tank to make a very sexy top for fall.

It might be time to get out the needles, yarn, and sketchbook and start experimenting. Necessity is the mother of invention Smiley...
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