Monday, September 2, 2013

Knit Feels Possible Like Crochet

Image representing Etsy as depicted in CrunchBase
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I Started Knitting

 As you have noticed, I listed knitted hats in my Etsy shop. I started knitting as well as crochet. Before Etsy I knitted ponchos, hats, etc. I moved to crochet because it moves faster. Now I want to branch back to knit.

Crochet and knit are 2 different fields yet they both deal with yarn. Some can handle both. Others can handle only one. I want to branch out to both. Maybe I can make/teach a knitted version of the Lauren hat and much more.

Speaking of patterns, I wrote my first knit pattern of a slouchy beret hat as requested from a buyer of mine on Etsy. I noticed  counting seems more accurate in knitting than crocheting.

I would like to spend less time making videos and write more patterns. Perhaps it feels less overwhelming. Thanks to this new android phone I bought, I take progress pics as I go along. I can use them in my patterns. I hope this works out.

Techniques: I use 2 circular needles when I crochet in the round inspired by Cat Bordhi. I knit combination style inspired by Annie Modesitt. I used to knit combination style. They are my "knitting heroes". Perhaps they will become yours with their helpful YouTube videos and websites.

Let's make the best of it and enjoy this together!!!
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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Targeting Australia Winter Weather

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English: Copy of Timezones2008.png Edited to show UTC+11 Light Blue - UTC+11 Sea areas Dark Blue - UTC+11 Northern Hemisphere Winter / Southern Summer Orange - UTC+11 Southern Hemisphere Winter / Northern Summer Yellow - UTC+11 all year round (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Corpus Christi, TX has a hot temperature of 100°F in the summer. Winter feels cold the southern hemisphere in the middle of July especially in Australia winter weather.

I always wanted to target the Australian audience, but for years without success. I appreciate the new hashtags that Facebook now features.  I can target there better. Sales always fare well in the winter(northern hemisphere) but poorly in the summertime(our summer) Perhaps they could do well during the Australian winter.

Australia has a vast array of outback wildlife.  Shipping costs expensive but is worth the while ordering
from the U.S.  The currency of the USD and AUD resemble each other.
Nature moves backwards down under. The sun moves right to left instead of left to right. The Moon lies upside down and phases move backwards. I like to notice minor details.  I want to make myself clearer that I would like to target Australia and other down under countries like New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, etc... They have wonderful craftsmanship.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Knit Hat Women Hat RAVEN HIPSTER Beanie Hat by strawberrycouture

Knit Hat Women Hat RAVEN HIPSTER Beanie Hat by strawberrycouture

Embrace the style of this women's hand knit RAVEN HIPSTER beanie hat in black sparkle. Made of 100% acrylic medium weight yarn. Feel cool for the warm season.

The lightweight hat weighs 2oz and measures 8in(20cm) high and 19in(48cm) around. It stretches to a head size of 21in- 23in(53cm-59cm)

The stylish hat grips the head with shaped darts on the sides. The bottom edge has a ribbed edge followed by a deep ridge.

The simple style looks elegant. Take it on a vacation or wear it around the house. Dress up a plain outfit. Great for day or evening wear. No matter what you choose you cannot lose.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Elderly Women - It Hurts Me When...But I Want To...




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English: Combination of two brain diagrams in one for comparison. In the left normal brain, in the right brain of a person with Alzheimer's disease. Diagram of the brain of a person with Alzheimer's Disease. Diagram of a normal brain. Español: Esquema de un corte frontal de dos cerebros. El de la izquierda es un cerebro sano y el de la derecha uno que padece la enfermedad de Alzheimer. Русский: Изображение нормального мозга и мозга при болезни Альцгеймера (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It hurts me when we hear on the news that a nursing home abused an elderly woman. She worked all her life. Society strips her dignity and values.

It also hurts me when society casts aside retired people with less income than their employed counterparts. They can no longer work because of their age related health issues: Alzheimer's disease, strokes, etc. A friend of mine, 66 told me, " the anxiety of the unknown causes problems. When things happen, they happen. People stabbed me in the back out of jealousy until I turned 60."


I admire older people with the youthful personality. They are surrogate mothers I never had. I look up to them for advice on life. I can't do this though with every older person.

My grandma died at 74 from many strokes until her fatal stroke. Do genetics play a part? My mother's parents died in their 70's. My father's side still live in their 90's. Will I inherit that youthful gene too?

Advanced style is a refreshing blog about elderly people up in age who still have their dignity and style. As a child in the 70's, grandma wore polyester pants. I called them grandma pants. Grandma tried to get me to wear them. "You can wear these around the house", she said. I said, " No way. They look ugly."
I feel so proud of these women. They have their ailments but they let them run their lives. Good for them. Tears roll in my eyes.

When I hear about people who die in their 70's, I feel a bit disappointed, but they can't live to our expectations. Thinking about my mortality began 6 months after seeing someone die. It just so happened I saw my late father-in-law take his last breath. I thought the funeral was bad, but this is worse. Before the funeral, the mouth falls open in death.

While we still have them, let's celebrate these women for not letting society treat them in an unfavorable way. Let's celebrate them for not letting their illness take over their lives. there will come a time when we become aware of our own mortality. Let's keep our dignity and respect. When we reach their age, we want to achieve like they do.
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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Little Known Ways I Can Simplify My Designs

Crochet Hat Women Hat - OMBRETTA Straw Hat, Womens Crochet Cloche Hat with Flower Natural Hemp - Crochet Womens Hat - Mad Hatter HatI would like to crochet some of these scallops (pictured) for my famous asymmetrical cloche hat. The LAUREN hat has zigzag scallops and the OMBRETTA has a crab Stich straight edging. I'd like to emphasize other edgings on the brim and flower.  That would work well because no matter what other twisted hat design I make people always fall back to the same asymmetrical cloche hat. I came across this on this Pinterest board.
There is block edging, rick rack, pointy, square, and asymmetrical edgings. They all look great with this particular hat, the number one seller of all time. To this day, I still don't know why. One customer likes the complex design. My other hats have the same complex designs of the Mobius twist, perhaps too advanced than the original mobius hat.  I should simplify like the LAUREN and OMBRETTA hat. I should create more variety on that particular style of hat. Perhaps it will become a big seller as long as I make it out of straw hat for the summer.

Pinterest Board - DIY Crochet Patterns and How To for Crafts Strawberry Couture
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