This week I have thought a lot about crafters and how we do things.
- How often do other knitters wash their project bags? I have 2 cats, I stuff my projects in to my purse, and I throw my bag on the floor at knit night, sometimes a project bag may
hankhang out near the front door/on the end tables/on my desk for months before I get to it. By the time I am finished with a project, my project bag is usually well and truly dirty so I wash my bags after every project.
|Some of my favorite bags|
- Am I the only knitter who has a plastic zip bag problem? My favorite zip bags are the Hefty 2.5 gallon zip bags and the discontinued-but-I-hope-they-come-back Ziploc gusset bags. Each can hold between 5-10 hanks of yarn and last forever. I store my inventory in them, projects too big for a fabric bag, long-term projects (LIZARD RIDGE), booth supplies, and 8" dpns & some circs sorted by size and then filed in to an accordion folder (5-6" dpns are stored in a Lantern Moon case). I like being able to grab all my size 5s at one go. Of course, being able to grab all my needles of one size at a go will mean that occasionally all of one size will go missing. Usually the 7s. Invariably, I will find a Ziploc of 7s stashed in a forgotten about project bag. In other words, I am really fond of and opinionated about plastic bag with self-sealing closures.
|I don't have a good picture of zip bags, circular needles, or Lizard Ridge, so here is a picture of my husband wearing freshly a silk bells (similar to a silk hankie) as a hat.|
- How do other knitters/crafters/online business owners balance actual knitting/working/crafting time with the lure of Ravelry, Pinterest, Flickr, Twitter, Plurk, Facebook, Facebook Groups, Google+, blog reading, and other social media outlets? Social media is part of my job, and I enjoy using social media in my personal life, but there is no denying that trying to keep up with everything online is more time-consuming than knitting, spinning, sewing, and reading combined.
- How do customers search for hand dyed yarns and spinning fiber? I know how my customers find me, and I know how I search for new fibers (hand dyed yarn, roving, spinning fiber, wool), but how do other knitters and spinners search for wool? What key terms do they use? Is there some service that can figure this out for me? Surely there is.
- Related, someone explain bidding for advertising to me. I bid on some advertising last week, won the bid at 40 cents against one other advertiser, then the bidding shot up to $5/day competing against 5 or 10 other advertisers, then I cancelled my bid and now advertising is back down to 20 cents. I do not understand it and I'm frustrated because I adore the site I was advertising on. Give me a chart of how much it costs for however many impressions and click-thrus. Is there anyone out there knowledgeable about bidding for advertising and can give me some tricks?
- How often to other knitters toss their stash? I turn my stash over in the spring and the fall, and sometimes in between. I pull everything out and separate it in to piles to keep, give away and think about. My bins get wiped out. Fresh bars of soap go in to the bins. The old soap goes in to the soap closet (it's also the towel, CDs, and keg closet). The piles to keep get put away, the think about pile goes in an enormous Ziploc and hangs in my office where I can look at and ponder about it. Then I take the rest of the yarn and portion it out amongst whoever hasn't caught on to my destashing scheme yet. All the kitchen cotton and acrylic you want---FOR FREE!
|I miss you most of all, discontinued Noro Kureyon #88. Why did I ever let you go? |
Destashed February 2006, before Dyeabolical existed and before I knew any better.