I recently discovered the joy of knitting round things. And Elizabeth Zimmerman. Of course, I have known about Zimmerman for some time (just as I have known for some time that you can knit round things), but only recently developed an appreciation for her…having read Knitter’s Almanac this past week, I now know I must acquire all other publications by this wonderful woman.
But for now…a doily. Oh, and did I mention I love knitting round things?! It couldn’t be simpler or more enjoyable. I don’t know exactly how long this took, but I completed it in less than a day, without even spending all that much time working on it. I’m currently working on a pattern for a shawl…so watch out for it!
This thing is finally DONE! Well, okay, it has been done for some time. Rather, I should say it is ready to meet the world. For some reason, once I was finished knitting it, it took a while for me to get around to blocking it, and then an even longer while for me to get photos. But here it is!
I made this from two skeins of Ultra Alpaca in the Candy Floss Mix, with just a small ball of yarn left over. So, to be safe, I’d say you could do this with 420 yards of worsted weight yarn.
As you may have guessed, this pattern was inspired by those lovely purple thistles so often found on the prairie…
I’m now comfortable spinning “regular” yarn, but this is my first piece of art yarn, ‘Victorian Trash’…so named because of the scrap bits of lace, silk, and faux pearls included throughout, and because of its ragtag appearance. Considering this is my first piece, I am pretty happy with it!
Almost inevitably, though, since it is my first piece…there are some imperfections. And all these imperfections come from one main problem, that being my spin wasn’t tight enough. While plying it, the wool broke in a couple places. The thread will help hold it together, especially after knitting up, but it’s a bit frustrating!
I also lost a few of the scrap pieces I had spun in…but the rest remain securely.
The twist did turn out rather lovely, though, in some places. I do love the overall look of this piece. I definitely want to do more work with beads. The inclusions of lace were fun, too. But I certainly need practice!
And now, I just need to decide with this yarn wants to be stitched into…
A little while after I began my second Etsy shop (folk), I started including extras in orders: a tiny thank you note, freebies, something pretty…and then I quit. Not because I didn’t like to do it, or because it cost too much or anything like that, but I would run out of “extra” stock. Make a little more. Run out again. Then I decided I wanted to try some new extras, but wasn’t sure what…and eventually I became “too busy” to worry about concocting anything, so I didn’t…
Shame on me!!
First, let me say this: I don’t think it’s bad of a seller to not include extras. Personally, as a buyer, I’ve never been disappointed with a purchase simply because it didn’t include extras.
However, I am disappointed in myself because I didn’t take the time to do something that I feel is important to my own shop. I feel that since my product is whimsical and a bit romantic, the parcel should be as well. So, I took the time today and earlier this week to experiment with a few freebies, stationary, etc.
I am also just realizing I have rambled on way too long, when I should be showing pictures. SO–here are a few examples of what I made!
Hopefully this will inspire sellers and anyone else who needs to add a little extra something to their product, gift, or party.
Do you have any good ideas for Etsy extras? I would LOVE to hear them!!
This is the first time I’ve worked with tiny little yarn and sort-of-tiny little needles. (I also think they’re not pointy enough.) So, it’s a little slow going, but I am loving this! I mentioned this yarn earlier; it is a rich, saturated, amazing shade of yellow/gold. I don’t have a specific plan for this trim yet, but that has never stopped me before. 🙂
I can’t wait to block it!! (Of course…I’ll have to finish it before I do that. But you know.)