New Hats!

I’ve been working on a few new hat patterns. Right now i’m only able to do newborn hats since I don’t have long enough double pointed needles to knit adult hats, but those will be coming soon! Hopefully this weekend if I can get out to Abingdon to the yarn shop.¬†

I’m trying very hard to get myself into the habit of writing down everything I try and do. That way next fall when I start on hats, mittens, etc I have something to jog my memory instead of relying on recall alone haha.

I have made 2 basic newborn hats so far. And I THINK I’ve got a new cabled hat pattern properly worked out but we’ll see. I also have to find my cabling needle.

 

 

(by clicking on the pictures above you will be linked to my shop page where these two hats are for sale for $12)

I am working on knitting some brighter colored hats now. I’m also knitting all of these hats with a soft vegan yarn. So far it’s the softest on skin I’ve found. I will be looking at some more options this weekend though. Perhaps a cotton bamboo blend. From what I understand the biggest request is that baby clothes are soft and machine washable. Which I totally understand! Baby’s can be very messy creatures haha.

 

If you or anyone you know is interested in some hand knit items please check out my shop ūüôā

http://www.etsy.com/shop/buttonsandyarnohmy

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New pattern ideas!

For the past few days I’ve been toying with some patterns

 

Sketchbooks full of chicken scratch that a friend says looks like science haha. Well I can safely say I think I’ve perfected the basic hobo glove, which was giving me some trouble in and around the thumb area. And the bows are coming out very well using the seed stitch texture, i tried about half a dozen different stitches before i settled on that one. I’ve also decided I need to get into the habit of writing down my patterns instead of just attempting to knit them from memory.

 

 

 

 

New Pink Items

I’ve been hard at work on some new pink items to feature this month, since it is after all Breast Cancer Awareness month. And I got these awesome Pink Ribbon buttons that just arrived the other day. More are on their way as we speak!

 

 

 

These are two new items I finished this weekend, and I’m currently working on a new mug cozy with a mini pink bow¬†attached.

Like this, but it’ll be pink, with a pink ribbon button

 

 

And all this month I am having a 20% off sale for the entire shop. Just use coupon code THINKPINK20

 

 

xxoo

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is national breast cancer awareness month. In honor of this I’ve made a coupon for 20% off everything in my shop.

I also just ordered a bunch of pink ribbon buttons that will go on mug cozies, hair bows, mittens, and whatever else I make this month.

Some of the pink products we have now:

 

 

 

I am currently in the middle of a pair of pink¬†finger-less¬†gloves. I’ll also be adding more pink bows this week, along with more cabled mug cozies.

The 50% off sale went brilliantly! It was really great. I’ve been using facebook ads as well and they seem to be doing well. I’m still trying to find more ways to generate traffic to my shop, other than facebook and twitter. So if anyone has any ideas i’d love to hear them!

 

So the coupon code for this month is THINKPINK20 and that gets you 20% off your entire purchase. All month long.

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Also, I LOVE hearing your color suggestions. So if you’re browsing the shop and you notice I don’t have your favorite color please let me know ūüôā

Sick of the 2 party system

I know I am.

Personally I am fiscally conservative, but very socially tolerant. Social issues matter a lot to me and I don’t feel comfortable voting for someone who wishes to take away planned parenthood, and doesn’t believe in equal rights for all, no matter your sexual orientation.

We need someone in the middle. Someone who will take the good from Republicans, and take the good from Democrats and mash them together … well we have that. It’s called Libertarian. And there is a Libertarian running for president.

Gary Johnson

So. Just some quick examples of some issues I strongly care about.

Marriage Equality:

Obama: Thinks that it should be left up to the states.

Romney: When he was governor he urged the US Senate to pass the Federal Marriage Amendment which says marriage is limited to only one man and one woman.

Johnson: “Government should not impose its values upon¬†marriage. It should allow marriage equality, including¬†gay marriage.¬†The definition of marriage should be left to religions¬†and individuals ‚Äď not government.” So basically if certain churches don’t wish to marry gay couples that is their right. Not all churches believe this.

War on Drugs:

Obama: “There were approximately 100¬†marijuana raids under the Obama¬†administration in the first 2.5 years,¬†while during all eight of the Bush¬†years, there were only about 200.

Romney: Strongly opposes making marijuana available for medical reasons. Supports federal raids on medical marijuana facilities operating in accordance with state law.

Johnson:  Acknowledges the War on Drugs has failed, advocates legalization of marijuana immediately.

Spending:

Obama: ¬†The national debt has increased¬†more‚ÄĒalmost $5 trillion‚ÄĒduring¬†3 1‚ĀĄ2 years under President Obama¬†than it did during the entire 8 years¬†of the Bush Administration.

Romney:  In March, 2009, said the TARP bailouts were necessary. In Sept., 2009, said he is opposed to bailouts.

Johnson: Pledges to submit a balanced budget to Congress in his first year in office. As Governor, vetoed 750 bills and exercised thousands of line-item vetoes to limit out-of-control spending.

 

please visit:
http://www.garyjohnson2012.com/front

to read more!

 

So if this is the first time you’re hearing about Gary Johnson and after watching last nights debate you are less than thrilled with those candidates, instead of voting for the lesser of two evils you have the option to vote for a third party!

 

 

Everyone should vote, but everyone should make an INFORMED decision  and not just listen to the main stream media! Look at ALL of your options, not just the two party system.

Coffee and Coding

So last night, after my super classy dinner. I decided it was time to re-vamp my website and do some updating. So I brewed a pot of coffee and set off to work.

I have to say I’m very pleased with the results. This is my first website, and please if you have any feedback I’d love to hear it!

 

http://www.buttonsandyarn.com

So after I finished that I decided it was time to change things up here as well. As many of you i’m sure have noticed my layout is different today. This is the first time I’ve changed it since starting this blog and I like it so far. I really like the twitter and facebook buttons on the top of the page there. I also worked on my other blog some more.

http://www.bigdogadventures.wordpress.com

Which is the blog ‘run’ by Zeus, Athena and Isis.

I am very excited about doing this 50% off sale! We are about 10 fans away from activating the coupon code. And once it goes live it’ll only last for 72 hours.

http://www.facebook.com/buttonsandyarnohmy

I also have been trying new ads. I’ve never done them before but so far they’ve resulted in my views to my shop, and website. Which I am thrilled about. I’ve given the Etsy Ads a try, and only did the minimum. Which is $7. I’ve gotten many more views, but no sales directly from that. But I have 4 more days left with that so we’ll see how that goes. If I get sales from it I’ll¬†definitely¬†keep doing it. I also got a credit for $50 for facebook ads which I activated last night. Shortly after it went live my fan page had 20 new likes in a matter of minutes, and a few people writing on my wall saying they had just discovered my shop and whatnot and that they love my stuff. Which of course makes me so happy!

If anyone has any suggestions for Ads I’d love to hear them ūüôā