I decided to do some holiday shopping on Etsy but I honestly was curious how other shops would do, as far as shipping and presentation. I’ve been wrapping my items in white paper with a thank you sticker but that gets hard when it’s a big item like a cocoon sweater and the sheep/alpaca are too big to fold one of the sheets around them. I would love to find a gift box that would fit perfect without spending like 12 dollars per box.
That being said, I made 3 Etsy purchases recently. The first one was some rainbow stones I thought would be good for a kid to decorate a garden bed or something. They were shipped in a small poly mailer, wrapped in tissue paper. Not like a padded envelope, but a poly mailer with bubble wrap. The items were tightly packed into the package and when I took them out it looked like this:
Is that a good impression? It looks like I just pulled wads of toilet paper out of the bag. Did the items get to me safe? Yeah but, presentation was a zero. They wrote on the packing slip that they gave me an extra stone, so that was nice.
The second thing was from a shop that sells candles, soaps, lotions, things like that. I ordered on the 23rd and so far, it hasn’t shipped. I’ll have to come back to that when I get it.
The third item was a drop spindle, which shipped super quick (came from one state away), was in a proper box, also used white paper like I do to wrap it, had a packing slip, and a sample of fiber with a little business card. Perfectly nice.
I cannot wait for the second shops items, I bought two different sizes of gift bags and a candle. It should be here in 3-7 days but as I said, so far a week later it hasn’t shipped so we’ll see.
I decided to revamp a few of my older items with better accessories but I’m having a real problem finding certain yarns. Caron Simply Soft for example, at Walmart, Joann’s, Michaels.. there just aren’t any colors! Maybe 7, or 2! It’s the weirdest. I wanted to make my big winged pony have rainbow hair but any store around here has no colors. So bizzare.
I really love cables and I’ve only really ever seen them as knit. Well I decided to sit down and learn them from this Annoo Crochet video. It was for a pillow but I quickly figured out how to do it for 1 or 2 cables. I had to watch the entire video twice and back up to several spots over and over, and I finally got it. You’re basically crossing over the space of 6 to make the cables. Thanks so much to this channel to get me started!
That being said! It’s… really not that hard. It’s basically the starter section then 3 rows that repeat. That’s IT!! Here are steps I wrote for myself.
In this example each cable takes up 6 spaces with 2 on either side. So if you want to do 1 cable it would be 2+6+2=8 or 2 cables would be 2+6+2+6+2= 18 and so on. Now you can do as many as you want.
For my pictured ear warmer, which I wore outside today and it worked very well, I did the following. Trust me, it’s pretty easy when you aren’t watching 30 mins of steps!
- Chain 18+1, turn, SC 18. Or foundation SC 18, chain 1, turn.
- 2 SC, 6 DC, 2 SC, 6 DC, 2 SC . Repeat as needed. Chain 1, turn.
- 1 SC in each of the first 2. Now we’re at the 6 DC’s. Front post Triple in 3rd and 4th DC’s. Then work a front post triple in the 1st and 2nd DC only BEHIND the triples you just made. Then do two front post DCs into the 5th and 6th DCs. (This is a RIGHT leaning section). 1 SC in each of the next 2. Repeat front post section for as many DC’s as you started with. End each one with the 2 sc’s, chain 1, turn.
- SC all across. Chain 1, turn
- 1 SC in each of the first 2. Now we’re working on top of the 6 front posts we did before. There will be a right, left, and a middle. Front post DC in each of the first two triples from the 3rd row. Front post triple into the 5th and 6th front post DCs. Then working IN FRONT of the triples you just did, front post triple into the middle two front posts from below. (this is a LEFT leaning section) SC in the next two, repeat as needed. End with 2 SC. chain 1, turn.
- Then just repeat the right and left sections with the SC’s in between. So we went right, then left, then right, then left.
I have my eye on a blanket pattern that has several kinds of cables I’d like to learn. I’m a little wary of patterns not making the best of sense and this isn’t someone I’ve bought from before, so I’m going to try to check into their youtube examples first.
Finished much much quicker than I figured. Michael’s saved the day with same day curbside pick up. I really have to just… stop buying from Joann’s. I found a cool yarn, the Vanna’s Choice which has lovely colors, ordered 10, and they cancelled the order like 10 minutes later. Apparently this has been out of stock for a while! Man. I think they did that to me before too.
Anyway! I finished the fringe today, it really came out nice. I was wearing one of my own versions the other day when I was cold. I really do love ponchos!
Wow the twisted witch hats sold so quick! All the Ginger Spice hats sold over the weekend, the Green Tean ones are long gone, and all I have left is the rose hat. I’ve been trying to find a yarn similar to the Tea Cakes but the new version of it from Caron doesn’t have very good reviews, which is disappointing. Maybe I’ll play around with a double-strand one but getting the gauge correct will be interesting. I’ve made blankets doing double-strand and I’m concerned it would come out too big with a double One Pound (which is a favorite of mine). Hmm. Well I have a coupon on Michaels for 25% off so maybe I’ll just stick with a bulky and hope there is a good quality version with a good colorway.