Tuesday, May 10, 2011

you can find me here

sorry, but you are no longer going to find my updates here. If you want to know the latest about me, you are just going to have to go and check out my brand new website:

http://www.traceyknits.com

hope to see you there!
Tracey

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Sign up or miss out!

I have been working super hard to get the new website up and it looks like the big launch is just around the corner. And when I say just around the corner, I mean like NEXT WEEK!


soooooo.... you have got to sign up for the email newsletter if you dont want to miss out on all the cool new stuff that we will be doing over at the new site. 

The Hammer of the Gods!

Thor Golf Club Cover by Traceyknits
Thor opens this weekend in movie theaters across the country. While the opening of another Marvel Comics action film may not seem like a big deal to you, consider some of the details:

  • Marvel films are now made by Disney studios
  • The film was directed by Oscar Nominated Actor/Director Kenneth Branagh
  • It stars Oscar winner Natalie Portman and Sir Anthony Hopkins

Sounds to me like it a sure fire hit. We will see what happens. As shown in past box office flops, sometimes too much of a good thing is just that.

I plan on seeing it just for the scene where He takes his shirt off. See that body in the trailer here:

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Where are you?

Justice League Knit Golf Club Cover Pattern
by TraceyKnits
Have you ever googled yourself? You know you have at one time or another done a search to see what people out there are seeing about you. You may have even googled your Etsy shop, but have you googled the competition?


I had a a BIG wakeup call the other day when I decided to do a google search for "knit golf club covers". The first sign of my shop was on page 4, and that was a review from a blog. The link to my actual shop came up on page 8.


PAGE 8!


You know that no one is going to leaf through 8 pages to find my shop unless the first 7 are filled with garbage, which I must say, where not. None of the others made anything like what I make, but how can they find me on page 8?


Think about your SEO!


This is a perfect example of why SEO is important. And how did I correct the problem you may ask? Well I will tell you: View Source.


Every webpage has a source code that you can view by clicking on "View/Developer/View Source" in your navigation's toolbar. In the meta tags, under keywords, you will find what you need. Go to the first page that comes up and read those keywords, they may be the thing that is leaving your shop at the bottom of the pile!


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Monday, May 2, 2011

This Day in History

Custom Marine golf club cover
 by traceyknits
I woke up this morning to find out that Osama Bin Laden had been killed by US forces in Pakistan. After the shock of the years of anticipation for this moment wore off, I started thinking about President Obama's place in history.

Did you know that on the same day in 1945, the world found out that Hitler had killed himself in Berlin? A Democrat, Harry S. Truman sat in the Oval Office.

Hitler is Dead - 1945
Osama is Dead - 2011

I hope that his death brings some comfort to those who have lost loved ones to this man's horrific plots against the world. And I hope that it does not renew enthusiasm for those that follow him.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Get in the Hole

Fear Bob Barker
Are you a golfer? Do you enjoy a golf movie? If you do you are not alone.

Millions of people share your love of the drama on the green. Some of the most memorable comedies of all time have centered around this gentleman's sport, often finding humor in the not-so-gentlemanly behavior of some characters.

According to SportsinMovies.com, here are the top golf movies ever made:

  1. Caddyshack (1980) 
  2. Legend of Bagger Vance, The (2000) 
  3. Greatest Game Ever Played, The (2005) 
  4. Happy Gilmore (1996) 
  5. Tin Cup (1996) 
  6. Dead Solid Perfect (1988) 
  7. Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius (2004) 
  8. Gentleman's Game, A (2001) 
  9. Pat and Mike (1952) 
  10. Miracle on the 17th Green (1999) 
  11. Who's Your Caddy? (2007) 
  12. Caddyshack II (1988) 
What is your all time fave? You can include movies with golf scenes but are not about golf:

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Official Announcement




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Time to Change

It was inevitable. My website was going to have to change in a major way. Not that I dont love all of you who follow me so loyally, just the opposite is true. I want to very much to give you the best website possible that I have been working feverishly to figure out how best to serve you.

Great Scott! I have found the answer!

Like many of you out there, I am a sports widow. I adore my husband, but I am NOT a fan of watching sports on TV. How do you survive this life of spousal fandom? Lets take the journey together. Maybe we will even learn to appreciate the down-time a little :)

If you are ready to take the wild ride, please sign up for my email newsletter. I will be contacting everyone when the big re-launch happens, and may even have some great surprises!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Top Shop: Waste of Money

You are a crafter. You have a shop on etsy where you sell your handmade creations. You sell a few items a week/month, enough to pay for your supplies and listing fees with maybe a little something extra.

Does this description fit you to a tee? Then it is time for you to make a decision: 
are you a crafter or an entrepreneur?

Hand Stenciled Shirt by Verbing
This is how I answered that question for myself:

  • Do you seek out anything and everything that might help you learn to make your shop a success?
  • Do you subscribe to newsletters of blogs featuring articles on making your shop work?
  • Do you check your shop stats often to see what new ideas have worked for you?
  • Do you imagine yourself working full time on your shop?
If you said yes to these questions, you may have the right stuff. Sometimes it takes a little more then you can find online for free to make it as a crafting entrepreneur. You can find that online for prices ranging from $4 to $1000, depending on how much help you think you need.

If you are not putting this effort in already, chances are these programs are a waste of money for you. Enjoy your moderate success. You may stumble upon sales without effort, and you will definitely enjoy making your products, but you will not have wasted your time and money on these serious programs. 

Still interested? I will be sure to highlight some of my favorite programs over the next few weeks.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Geekly Weekly: Greatest Treasury Ever Sold

So you say you want to sell on etsy but your not sure how to get noticed. How about borrowing a little brand recognition from some of the big boys? What is good for us is also good for the brands. Being a "pop icon" means that people will buy anything and everything related to their product. We keep the brand fresh and creative while reminding shoppers that they can still buy the official products in stores.

Or at least that is what I keep telling myself about my golf club covers....


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Yarn Goes Gangsta

I am a fiber artist. I have chosen yarn as my medium and my finished products are works of art.

Like many children of the 80's in NYC, I grew up surrounded by some of the great graffiti artists of all time. Haring and Basquet who both started their careers as graffiti artists, transformed the urban landscape.

What an amazing time to live in when 2 movements have converged and have made such a substantial impact on the world. "Yarn Bombing", as the graffiti is called, can be seen all over. Now a documentary is being made to draw more attention to the artists behind it.

Check out this video, and if you feel moved to donate, you can find more information on doing that here: http://www.indiegogo.com/Yarn-Graffiti-Documentary#

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Right Tool For The Job

Wood Knitting Needles by Baahurrah
There are many similarities between knitting and golf. One of the most important is using the right tools for the job. As a golfer I would never pick up a driver to putt a few feet, and as a knitter I wouldn't use aluminum straights to knit socks.

So how do you learn what is the right tool for the job? Well in both cases, it is a combination of advice and experience.

When I first began knitting, I was told that the easiest thing to learn on was bamboo. You are less likely to drop stitches because of its "sticky" nature. I loved knitting on them and began investing in bamboo needles in every size. Now I have a collection of needles I barely use. Why? Because once I got past the learning stage, I found out that aluminum needles are a lot "faster" and lighter.

So now its your turn, what have you learned in your craft from experience? 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Top Shop: 13 billion dollars

Handpainted Wooden Pin by StudioFludd
You are not alone in the crafting universe, but if you are making a living at it as your full time job, you are definitely in the minority. According to CODA (craft organization development association), 127,000 people in the US list craft artist as their primary occupation. This, of course, does not include 26,000 painters and sculpters, 137,000 photographers, and all those people who do it on the side.

So why try? The craft business in this country generates $13,800,000,000 in revenue annually. That includes supplies sold and finished products. The average gross income of a crafter is $76,000. That is a pretty nice number for getting to do what you love. 79% work from a home based studio, so you would get to work in your pajamas. 52% of their sales are direct to their customers. That is the one that I found most amazing.

More then half of professional crafter's sales come from selling directly to their customers.

That means you control your own fate. The harder you work towards your goal, the more likely you are to achieve it. Work harder, work smarter, keep your eyes on the prize.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Geekly Weekly: 4 Questions

Passover begins tonight. My favorite part of the tradition has to be the youngest child asking the four questions. In reality, there are 5 questions, something I have never quite understood. Maybe I should add that question to the list this year, making the total 6. Those questions can really add up!

ANYWAY... this week's collection was inspired by the great questions of geek culture. Do you know the answer to life, the universe and everything?

Saturday, April 16, 2011

For Those Rainy Weekends

Wall Decal by DesignUnited
You made a tee time but sadly the weather decided not to cooperate. Get that golfing fix you need in the comfort of your home... online. Check out these sites that offer online games geared towards you fans of the links.

http://www.netgolfgames.com/

http://www.worldgolftour.com/

http://www.minigolfonlinegames.com/

You have any sites you frequent?

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Simple Knit: the Bunny Square

It is often easy to forget how much fun it is to just whip a project up in no time at all. Well, most of my projects take about a day for me to make so maybe I am not the person who should be making that statement, but it doesn't make it any less true!

My Finished Bunny
While knitting at a Girl Scout meeting, some of the other moms asked if I would be willing to teach them how to work the needles. I was excited at the idea of turning new people on to this ancient art and excitedly accepted the challenge.

Now what would a new knitter want to make?

I remember knitting my first scarf. It felt like it went on FOREVER. A bookmark is just not enough time to get the hang of what you are doing. A washcloth, who wants to make one of those...

A Bunny Square!

I found a great blog that had a nice, easy pattern. I did a run through. I am ready to teach these newbees how to knit.

Just in time for Easter, knit up a bunny in about an hour. I am sure I am going to make more :)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Top Shop: Stats that will blow your mind

Agnes by CricketandBear
63% of us decide NOT to buy a product advertised on the Internet because we think the shipping and handling charges add too much to the order.*


80% of Americans say giving personal information (especially their credit card information) over the Internet scares the living sh#t out of them.*
*stats from home business for beginners


Do these blow your mind? Both directly effect you if you sell your handmade creations online. So how do you deal with these major obstacles to selling on the Internet? Here are some ideas:
  1. Offer free or at cost shipping. You can add a little to the price of the item if you are concerned about the loss of money, but you may make the difference up in volume anyway.
  2. You can offer free shipping as a coupon code in your shop announcement. People who were smart enough to browse your whole shop will benefit.
  3. Use services like paypal to accept credit cards and offer to take other forms of payment too.
  4. Be sure to indicate in your store policies that you do not share personal information and have no hidden fees, then keep to your word.
Now you can get to work chipping away at that large percentage of scaredy-cats. What have you tried to quell those shoppers fears?

Monday, April 11, 2011

What's New?

Have something amazingly cool and new in your shop this week? Share here!

Rules:
1) please dont post more then one item
2) please only post items that went up on etsy this week
3) please share this page everywhere :)

Geekly Weekly: Hop To It

What does a bunny have to do with the resurrection of Christ? Well, whatever the reason we worship these little rodents, they are as much a part of the holiday as the eggs they bring. So lets celebrate EB's brethren; The White Rabbit, The Beast of Caerbannog ...


Saturday, April 9, 2011

In The Press

have you seen me someplace before? Check out some of the amazing places I have been featured:

Features and Interviews
CNBC: Etsy.com: A Shore Thing
MSN: Superbowl Kids Bash
Lil Sugar: Superbowl Gear For Babies
Handmadeology: Handmade Top 10: Geekery

Published
Etsy and Paypal Stats Analysis
Organize Your Craft Space
Video Knitting Tutorials and a Free Pattern

Friday, April 8, 2011

Something New

Sneaker Baby Booties Pattern by Traceyknits
It has been a while (well for me anyway) since I wrote up a successful new pattern. You can imagine how I felt today when i completed work on a brand new pair of baby booties that i created entirely out of my imagination. 

Making things for babies is a joy I share with many knitters. Besides the fact that it is so nice to see their cute little bodies in our handmade creations, most projects are so small that they can take you little more then a day to complete. Even with creating this project from scratch, I was able to knit, type it up and photograph it in about 4 hours.

I have already posted the pattern for sale, and the original pair will be going to a very sporty young man who will be born this May. He will also have a very cute matching football helmet to wear this winter.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Geek Craft: Foam Lightsaber

Buy them on Etsy from Crich
I know, normally my crafts are sports themed, but I found this project and could not resist. My son is OBSESSED with playing with his hard plastic lightsaber. i have gotten knocked by that thing playing with him one too many times. Wouldn't it be nice to be hit with something soft and still be able to enjoy playing with my little guy? Thank goodness someone thought of this!

Makes 2 lightsabers

Materials:
1 - Foam Pool Noodle
Black Duct Tape
Silver Duct Tape
Utility Knife

for the full instructions, check out the Jedi Broad Squad.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Lets Craft Geekly

Star Wars Craft Book by Bonnie Burton
I should have been the one to write this book. Sadly, I am not, but I am excited to see all the great new ideas Bonnie Burton collected to share with us geeky crafters.

My fave so far? It has to be the Chewbacca Sock Puppet. Don't have the skills to knit yourself one of my golf club covers, this is the next best thing. Personally, Chewbacca is my least favorite of all my patterns, mostly because I am not a fan of fun fur, so this seemed like an amazing alternative.

Also, try out the Talz Snow Globe. Who doesn't love a clever snow globe?

Want to try out some sample projects? Amazon has generously posted these 4 patterns on their website.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Top Shop: What's The Big Idea?


Dancing Bear Golf Club Covers by TraceyKnits on Etsy
I am super excited that I found my big idea. In the way that Steve Martin was when he discovered his "Special Purpose" in The Jerk, I now know what it is I bring to the world through my work. How did I come upon it? Well, I was hoping you would ask me that :)

While Watching Kathy Lee and Hoda the other day, the show had a feature on fashions in sports clothing. So far, right up my alley right? A lot of the outfits were very new designs for running, tennis, etc... then there was golf. The golfer was wearing something super-sexy and cool; something I would love to wear on the course but KNOW I would never see on any of the golfers I know. The thought got in my mind, why do these golfers take themselves so seriously? Why is their equipment and clothing so serious? What I love most about my golf club covers is that they are light-hearted and fun; not so serious. Soooooo...


I am putting play back in the game.

Yay! My big idea!

Everyone needs a big idea that drives their company. Some call it a moto, others a slogan. It is imperative to the success of your shop that you know why you do what you do. It is one of the reasons your customers choose your shop over others that may offer similar items. Reebok and Nike both have sneakers, but Nike has "Just Do It", a slogan that has brought them success beyond their competitors.

Now my customers will know why they should choose my shop; I will make their golf game more fun by the addition of my club covers.

Do you know your big idea? Share it in the comments below.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Geekly Weekly: Talk to the Hand

If you follow me on twitter, you got to know me a little better a few days ago as I participated in the #100factsaboutme. One of the things I neglected to share is my obsession with hands. I have a collection of them on my fireplace mantle and I have done numerous paintings of them. So no disrespect, but you need to talk to the hand...

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Top Shop: the twitter experiment (part 2)

All You Need Is Love by AbbieRoad
If you didn't read Part 1, you can check it out here.

Now on to Part 2...

It was a total failure! I am terrible at scheduling myself to do anything. Even when I have it written in a calendar it will often go undone unless I FEEL like it.

Day 1, 2, 3... I tweeted a link to my shop, when I remembered, then didn't do it at the same time the next day. Then I lost interest in the experiment. So goes the life of an adult with ADD.

There is a lesson to be learned here.

  1. play to your strengths. If it is not in your nature to work on a schedule like that every day, don't force yourself. Nothing important can come from your struggle.
  2. twitter, while it is a wonderful free tool for promotion, is not the be-all end-all. What works for some wont for others.
  3. Yes, I do get small jumps in traffic from twitter, but a large portion of the traffic to my shop is from google searches. That I learned on google analytics.

anyone else want to try the twitter experiment and let me know how it turns out for them?

Saturday, April 2, 2011

The Tao of Purl

Scarf by SusanNeedleHands
Sometimes I stumble upon articles that I just have to share. This is one of those times.

Caitlin Spaulding has brought to our attention the growing trend of both meditation and knitting, and how the two have so much in common. She writes:
The formation of a stitch, the repetition of a pattern, the recitation of a mantra, the deliberation of a walking meditation, the creation of a mandala: all of these are examples of the inherent and beneficial repetitive aspects of knitting and Buddhism.
So check out her full article on her blog: Out of the Rocking Chair 

Friday, April 1, 2011

Lets Make a Dress: my inspiration

Everyone (by that I mean some people) has a moment when they start to feel like they are old and ugly. I KNOW I'm not old or ugly but have been having that moment a lot recently. Mother of 2, closer to 40 then 30, couldn't get into my skinny clothes if i tried. And what makes me feel better when I am in that funk? Proving myself wrong.

I do actually have an occasion I needed to go shopping for. My BIL's wedding is at the end of this summer. I also happened to have a nice sized gift card to a fancy local dress shop. So there was in fact a reason for me to be trying on this stunning piece.

The dress (shown on the left) is by Roberto Cavalli. It retails for $2500. Let me say that again, $2500!!! even with my nice gift card, there was no way I was taking that dress home.

So what does a crafty girl do in this situation? Why i took a REALLY good look at the dress, headed over to the fabric store, bought something that I liked, drew out a pattern and got to work!

I will be posting the pattern and pictures when I am done, whether or not it turns out the way I plan...

Thursday, March 31, 2011

I have been Nerd Approved!


check out this cool site for the best in geek culture, which now includes my golf club covers. Holla!

Sports Craft: Baseball Sidetable

I found this week's sports craft on a sweet blog called Love of Family & Home. This Mother/Daughter team loves to craft and share, and takes the most beautiful pictures of the journey. This time they have shared the transformation of a simple plant stand into a very cool baseball themed sidetable.

Materials:
wooden baseball bat
wood plant stand
Spackle
drill
screws
primer
paint
pencil
plate
antiquing medium
paint brushes

To see step by step how this was made, check out Love of Family & Home

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

FREE PATTERN! Plus: Learn to knit in the round

I spend most of my time now-a-days knitting golf club covers of various characters. It is hard to believe that a few short years ago (2005 to be exact) I had not knit a stitch. Now I can cast on and knit without even thinking about what I am doing.

You too can knit my golf club covers, but first, grasshopper, you must learn to knit in the round. Below is a great pattern to start with. You will make a complete project and learn the technique in an afternoon.

ADDED BONUS:

I have made a video tutorial! These videos will walk you through 3 of the most popular techniques used when knitting in the round. Learn how to use Double Pointed Needles, 2 Circulars, or 1 Circular for Magic Loop.

Materials:
Worsted Weight Yarn
size 8 US DPN's or circular knitting needles
scissors
darning needle

Pattern:
Cast on 40 stitches and connect them in the round
*k1 p1*, repeat across to 4"
Cast off
You can see mine on a cup on the right --->

You now have what can be used as a funky wrist band or a coffee cup cozy! AND you have learned the basic technique of knitting in the round.

You can pick up one of my more advanced patterns (like the one on the left) in my etsy shop, or on ravelry.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Geekly Weekly: For My Sistas

Geraldine Ferraro, may she rest in peace, reminded me that this is indeed women's history month. And what better way to celebrate the history of women then to celebrate our strength! How far we have come, and yet how far we still need to go. Lets celebrate that superwoman in all of us and be sure to thank your mothers for burning their bras.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Baseball Fans! play to win custom golf club covers!

Tracey Knits is proud to announce the formation of our very first MLB Pick'em Tournament


The winner for the season will have a set of 3 custom golf club covers designed and knit to their specifications. All you have to do to enter is sign up for the email newsletter below. If you are already signed up and you would like you join in, please email me and i will be happy to send you a referral.


So sign up and I will see you there...

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sports Craft: Jersey Cozy

This week's craft comes from Amy of Positively Splendid. I found her amazing blog through Craft Gossip, a must read for creative people. This is what Amy has to say about her project:

I created these with 12-ounce beverage cans or bottles in mind (I posed these with a bottle of Izze to show the fit), but they also perfectly accommodate water bottles - or even sippy cups! Wouldn't your little one be thrilled for you to make some of these for his or her teammates before their next big game? Water break was never so much fun!
Materials:
Foam insulating material (the same that mouse pads are made out of), found in the utility fabric section of some sewing stores
Felt (2 different colors)
Pinking shears
Marine vinyl
Wash Away Wonder Tape
Leather sewing machine needle
Tissue paper
Coordinating thread
Basic sewing supplies: machine, shears, etc.

For instructions on how to do this project, check out Positively Splendid.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Top Shop: Thinking in Advance

Calendar Necklace by PunkyJane
Retail has a holiday schedule. All summer we stock up for the Christmas rush. In January, jewelers stock up for Valentine's Day. Currently I am stocking up for Father's Day.

Thinking about what holidays are around the corner is very important to your shop.

Those are your key holidays!

Now, take that calendar and mark it 6 months ahead of that holiday. This is when you are going to start your planning. It may seem like a long time, but if you get a good head start, you are sure to have just what you need in time for that date.

What holidays do you need to prepare for in your niche?

Monday, March 21, 2011

Geekly Weekly: Sprrrrrrrrrrrring!

The weather is getting warmer, the birds are chirping, the flowers are growing, and you are still sitting inside playing video games. Celebrate the changing season with my new treasury. Spring into Spring with springs!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Writing a New Pattern: conclusion

Cobweb Lace Stole by KrazyKnitter01
I am very disappointed. I really wanted to document my successful journey from idea to pattern, but as most of us creative types know, not every project turns into anything.

There were several problems from the get go:
  • I have never knit a lace shawl before
  • the design was geared to women (not my target audience)
  • It was taking too damn long (most of my projects take less then 2 days to come together)
As you can see, this design was just not meant to be. I am planning instead to record a series of videos on some of the knitting techniques required to knit from my patterns. Useful to my friends and customers!

For those of you looking forward to purchasing said design, here is a great capelet from BernioliesDesigns that has a web-like appearance and a knit doily done in the round by Patternsalacarte

Friday, March 18, 2011

What kind of Geek are you?

Geekster Handbook, a Field Guide to the Nerd Underground

If you are one, you probably already know it. If you love one, you know it too. But for those of you who are oblivious to the different kinds of Geeks (yes, there are sub-divisions), here is a great little guide brought to you by your friends at Wired Magazine.

PS: Left out in the article are Goths. Not normally considered by traditional geeks, I nominate them for official status. They are often obsessed with literature including the work of Bram Stoker, Anne Rice, and Stephanie Meyer. They fantasize about being an immortal creature of the night and sometimes dress in costume. So, my blood craving brethren, you are now a part of the team.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Funky Fights the Funk

Hello Sweetie soap by Funky Chunks
So I am on Twitter (big surprise) and one of my "friends" tweets that she is mixing up a batch of new soaps. The names included: Suntan, Surf Wax, Dirty Boy, Good Earth, Wasabi and Jersey Girl. You can imagine why it caught my attention. What does a jersey girl smell like? And do I really want soap that smells like a dirty boy?

I responded that they sounded pretty cool and guess what... Free Samples!!!

Funky Chunks has some great looking soaps. All are made from organic materials right on the Jersey Shore. She also offers a line of scrubs, candles and lotions. She even has more masculine scents for those manly men and hand-crocheted washcloths to use with her products. I have to say though, my favorite thing about her soap is its appearance. What amazing looking soap! I can imagine it in my guest bathroom, giving off its delicate fragrance and dazzling the eye at the same time.

The samples arrive and I am not disappointed. There are three beautifully wrapped and labeled bars of soap. I pull out Good Earth first. It smells like a day in the park. Next up is Dirty Boy. It has a much stronger, minty scent to it. Last is Jersey Girl. Taking a whiff reminded me of vanilla candles.

Michele, owner of Funky Chunks, also included a card directing me to return to her website for a "customer testing program". I get the free soap, and in return she gets to pick my brain. Seems like a good deal to me!

Be sure to follow them on Twitter and Facebook for updates on all their products.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Top Shop: Go Team

Baseball Golf Club Covers
Etsy has a lot of teams. A LOT of teams. I am not going to discuss any of them today. This article is not about Etsy Teams the way you may have experienced them in the past...

The Team I am going to propose to you today is more like a Think Tank. A small group of creatives get together, it is of no consequence if their shops sell even remotely similar items, in fact it may be helpful if they sell drastically different things. This group then takes on the task of helping each other make their shops the best they can be.

Face it, we all have aspects of our shops we love and hate. Things we are good at and things we probably could use a little help with. What you are good at is probably not the same as your neighbor. So lets get together and share our strengths and get something great in return!

If you are interested in participating in a Think Tank, I am sure their are others like you who would be happy to join in. Please comment below with:

  • your etsy shop link
  • what you think you could bring to the team as your strength. 
Hopefully we will be able to get teams together with a diverse a group as possible.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Geekly Weekly: 22/7

I <3 math. I have <3'ed math for as long as I can remember. Can you believe that this is the first Pi day i will be celebrating? For you not in the know, Pi=22/7 or 3.14.... See you again on July 22nd!

Top Shop: the twitter experiment



There have been many etsy experiments I have read about, most of them involving re-listing at its focus. I have not found any change in sales for myself in the past from re-listing so i have decided to try something else; Twitter.

Twitter has been a great resource for me. I have made many "friends" and connections across the country and the world. Many of them have similar interests to my own. Some who just want to have a zillion followers. Either way, keeping things interesting and re-tweets are the key to success in the twitterverse.

This is my experiment:
I plan on using it as I normally do most of the day. Sporadically making inane comments on life and business, however, I will make sure to tweet a link to my website with a clever tie-in once per day. I will change the time every day to see how tweeting at that specific time on that day effected my traffic/sales. Of course I will chart everything and be sure to share the findings with you.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Brand New from Handmadeology!

If you dont already know about it and you are a seller on Etsy, shame on you! Handmadeology by Timothy Adam is one of the most important sites for handmade sellers to be aware of. Once again, he has brought a new must see site for us called the Handmade Top 10.

Products are featured and voted on by you. Check out all the categories, vote on your favorites, add your items to the appropriate categories so others can vote for you. He has even put in convenient links to share on twitter and facebook to get more votes.

Be sure to go to the Handmade Top 10, and while you are there vote for my Yoda Golf Club Cover in the Geekery Category :)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Writing a new pattern; day 5

Watch Winder by SMStudio
If you are just joining us, you can start back at the beginning here. Now on with the show...

I thought I had it down. I was increasing every third row, but I didn't notice until it was WAY too late that I was creating a giant ruffle. Alas, frogging was the only option. Boy am I glad I bought a ball winder this past summer!

I am not sure why I am not working directly from a pattern to learn technique, but this is the path I am most comfortable with. I guess it will also teach me about how to create different movement in the fabric, so this may turn out to be a good thing.

The choice to work with the cheaper yarn may have been the best decision so far. I am less fearful of making a mess with it or "wasting it". It is also has less of an aura then what I had chosen before so I can see what I am doing. I guess I will never be one of those people who gets a kick out of using gorgeous expensive yarn. I am too afraid of ruining it. Probably why all that LYS stuff sits unused in my craft room while I work with the cheap stuff.

Hopefully, by my next post, I will be beginning to work on the final project idea so I can FINALLY share what all the fuss is about.

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