Monday, 30 June 2008
Saturday, 28 June 2008
Thursday, 26 June 2008
Tuesday, 24 June 2008
Friday, 20 June 2008
Now I am off to camp for the weekend and I'll be knitting socks and hats to go with most of the sweaters. Yes almost finished.
What can I think up to do next. I definitely need a carrot at this time in the proceedings because I'm almost done myself. Time to move on here. I'll be thinking over the weekend and making lists of things to do.
Monday, 16 June 2008
Oops, sort of missed my toes there. But you can see the lace holes a little bit here.
A close up of the star toes. These are knit toe-up and I really like this toe. These socks are a tiny bit too big for me. I usually knit myself a sock with a 7" circumference but these are the regulation 8 inches around.
The 'official pattern photo'. OK have you figured out how I took this one? Yes, I got my husband to do it. I don't bend like that anymore if I ever did. Oh ouch those stones are sharp. Modelling can be painful.
The pattern will be ready this week so if you want to knit a pair order it by name, Queen's Castle Socks, on the website http://www.cabinfever.ca/ or email Lynda at email@example.com and ask for it. And when all the patterns are up on the website I'll put their photos up and we'll have an unveiling.
P.S. Thanks Samm for your comment and a good idea to put the explanation for non-symmetry in bold because I know people don't read the small print (see last post).
Saturday, 14 June 2008
It's a lovely sweater to knit and looks great when finished.
My question is am I setting myself up here to get a barrage of questions and should I be packing my bags to leave the country to get away from the ringing of the phone. Symmetry is a big deal and not to be trifled with.
Friday, 13 June 2008
This is what I learned, in no particular order:
1- On the business side of things - There just might be another way to ship with more success over the border - success being a higher likelihood of everything arriving (once again, one box of product did not make it to the show) and we have tried every way we can think of over the years - another vendor is going to send us info, yay. What a relief it would be if it's a reliable system.
2- People are attracted to an orange sweater but may not be interested in buying orange or knitting orange - we sold all the blue sweater kits first and had 1/2 of the orange ones left when the blue were all gone. Very Interesting.
3- Definitely more interest in small projects. No surprise there.
4- Knitting up samples is still a major problem for store owners, they just don't have time to do it - so if you are interested in knitting samples you might approach your local yarn shop and see what kind of a deal they could give you. They might fall all over you.
5- Baby knitting is still big but there are stores where baby knitting is just not happening. Weird eh? News to me. Are there some baby-free zones in the world?
6- Some stores are closing and letting us know, but several owners were moving to larger stores in the coming year. The knitting industry is in flux as usual but larger stores is encouraging. And there are lots of younger owners. Now that is really encouraging. Knitting is going to continue through these wonderfully innovative young people. Hurrah for women entrepreneurs.
7- The world wide web is not going away. It's still a large topic of conversation. The word is 'adapt, or go the way of the dinosaur'. But I think this is difficult for store owners who are used to giving full service and now have knitters walking in with products they have ordered off the web. Does the store owner want to service patterns off the internet, should they be using the web themselves, will knitters still buy patterns in the store when there is so much free stuff they can download? It's interesting times out there and your local store owner is trying to cope with this huge change in how the public is shopping.
As you can see, lots of discussion takes place between suppliers and store owners, between the vendors themselves who are passing on business tips, ideas and information. We have a network of Canadian business woman from across the country which meet at these shows and our discussions are always lively since we all have a slightly different take on the business - designers/importers/yarn suppliers/pattern suppliers/teachers/bloggers/web sales/manufacturers. Well the list could go on since we all do several of these functions in different combinations. Oh, and we might be imbibing a couple of liquid refreshments to lubricate the discussion and blowing off a lot of steam too.
It's a wonderful world, the knitting biz,
Saturday, 7 June 2008
Wednesday, 4 June 2008
Monday, 2 June 2008