Over the weekend I received a birth notice in the mail from an old family friend. I knew I had to knit up a hat and send it out so I went to Ravelry and searched my hat patterns. I am very particular about what I knit for who. I don’t have a “go to” pattern for new babies. I found a beautiful cap that was just right in Luxury Yarns One Skein Wonders. Of course, I was opting for a slightly less luxurious yarn than the milk-silk it called for so I picked an a beige alpaca that is wonderfully soft. Once I started I realized the yarn was just too lightweight for the cable pattern to be clearly shown off and as I scanned my stash I was becoming dismayed that I had nothing I liked for the hat. Back to Ravelry I went and searched the projects that other people had already done and to my delight many had used Malabrigo Worsted which stirred my memory to a beautiful blue that was hidden behind some other yarn. And, that’s how Ravelry saved my Saturday night knitting. The hat looks wonderful in the Malabrigo and I can’t wait to finish it!
Tonight my local library was holding a lecture on using Etsy. In addition to keeping up with this blog I had also made the decision in January to start using Etsy. I listed a few hats but really am still trying to learn all the ins and outs of the site. I had a friend who owns MultipleXposure Photography take some pictures of a few hats I had ready and put them to see what would happen. Many of my friends and family (ok, mainly my Mom) checked out my listings but otherwise I had little traffic. I was so excited to go listen to someone talk give some pointers and I learned a lot that was helpful. I also learned that the clothes I wore in high school are now considered “vintage” which was super depressing. And, outside of the man sitting behind me who felt he needed 10 feet of leg room and no matter how many times I moved my chair continued kicking it, it was an enjoyable and informative evening. I have a ton of ideas and will get to work as soon as I return from the upcoming (and fast approaching) holiday!