It's just like me to go and create this brand new design and then let the site sit un-updated for weeks while people wonder where I've gone. So I thought this would be the perfect time for an important update: plugging my stuff. Buy! Buy it now! Have you bought anything yet?
What have I got for sale? Well, in addition to the handknit items I've been putting in my Etsy shop, I've been going through my handspun yarn stash and I thought I'd see if people were interested in buying it. If you're a knitter who's unfamiliar with handspun yarn, you might wonder to yourself, "why would I buy handspun yarn when I can get cheaper yarn from the knit shop?"
That's a good question, and the answer to it is quality. No, seriously. Handspun yarn is always a better quality yarn, not only because the materials are of higher quality but because the handspinning process simply produces a stronger, more durable yarn. And if you're a spinner who knows what kind of yarn you want for a project, you can create the perfect yarn rather than spending your time hunting in the yarn store for something that won't be as high quality.
The first yarn I'm offering for sale is a pretty purple superwash wool, two skeins that are around 350 yards each. Superwash wool is wool that doesn't shrink or felt significantly, meaning that you can throw it in the washer and dryer and don't have to hand wash it. I spun this as a two-ply yarn with a roughly worsted weight.
I'm also offering a couple of highly intricate scarves for sale -- The Peacock and The Seafoam. The Peacock is possibly the single-most intricate and delicate item I've ever knit in the fifteen years that I've been knitting.
One thing I'm hoping to see Etsy implement is the eBay charity integration. I'd like to be able to automatically donate a portion of the proceeds to a charity, just like MissionFish, but that has yet to be seen on Etsy. When they do I'll definitely be adding that option to my sales.
I'll be adding more handspun yarn soon and hopefully some other handknit goodies. Come on, you know you want to buy it!