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Treeline Cardigan – Finished

I finally finished knitting the Treeline Cardigan for Peep. Now I am on to working on some commission christmas gifts, and then my plan is to knit another Treeline to test my notes, and get the official pattern typed and ready for pattern testing by others. I’ll list the extra Treeline Cardigan for sale in the etsy shop.

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I downloaded this great app from the Google play store called Time Meter that allows me to track progress/time on multiple projects at a time, and calculate a wage based on an hourly rate. I’ve been using it to keep track of how long my different projects take me to knit. I’m surprised by how fast of a knitter I actually am. Also, I thought I knit a lot more than I actually do. There is an extension you can download that syncs the time meter app with your Google calendar, so anytime you use the time meter app, it makes a note of it on your calendar too.

The other thing I’ve been busy with is learning about pattern writing and how to properly price my crafts. Based on everything I’ve seen, we (collectively)aren’t charging enough, and under charging can give buyers a false sense of. ..ummm…lack of quality.

So – we under charge, telling ourselves we need to be competitively priced, but when it seems too cheap, potential buyers might pass thinking is cheap because it’s cheaply or poorly made.

So, expect to see my prices go up, even though I don’t really have anything for sale yet. The prices in my head just went up lol.

Here are some of the links I’ve been perusing.

Fair Pricing for Handmade Items
Craftsy has a class I want to take called
How to Say It: Pattern Writing for Knitters
And What the Craft has a great FANTASTIC article on Pricing Your Handmade Goods. Really, if you sell your stuff, it’s a must read.

Finally, I’ve been bitten by the Traveler’s Notebook bug, big time. My mom gave me two of them, one a passport size, and one a personal size. They sat on my shelf for a while because they are neat looking but I don’t like to “use up” gifts from my mom too fast, and I didn’t really know what to do with them. Then I stayed playing with them a little, making my grocery lists in one insert, then my “I wannie” list in another insert, then I started doodling some embroidery ideas in another insert, and suddenly I was hooked. Now I’ve got some really great ideas in the works for some inserts of my own design. I can’t wait to show you what I come up with!

I’d you want to learn more about Travellers Notebooks, here are some great links.

Organize Your Soul
Inserts, Inserts, Inserts
Traveler’s Notebook Forum

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Light bulb moment

I was laying in bed listening to the rain on the yurt roof, trying to decide if it was regular reason or freezing rain last night around 0130. I couldn’t fall back asleep, so I got to thinking.

I love this little blog and want to take our relationship to the next level. I’ve been reading up on ways to increase readership through guest blogging, ways to monetize the blog without ugly, tacky ads.

You see, I’ve been a working woman since I was old enough to be a trusted babysitter and I’ve been earning my own income. Since deciding to be a stay at home mom and farm wife, I’ve taken on the hardest, most amazing job of my life. The only problem is that it currently pays zilch. I don’t need or want, really, too get rich. I’m happy living a simple life. But I want to own sheep, and sheep cost money, hay costs money, fencing costs money, a better rabbitry costs money and a bigger barn also costs money. As do spinning wheels, books, linen fabric and extra curricular activities for my girls.

Which brings me back to my brainstorming. I don’t have a lot of free time or space to make things to sell. Our farm and homestead are still young so we consume everything we currently grow and raise (which isn’t a bad thing, it just means we don’t have extra to barter with yet).

So it seems I’ve got a couple options.
1) Keep preparing. I’ve got time to keep preparing for the day when I do have space to make items to sell (goddess/altar dolls, hand sewn/felted/fur clothes)
2) look into some type of freelance writing gig, maybe some guest blogging on things I know about.
3) finally start writing up all those knitting patterns I have written down in my knitting journal and offer them for sale either through ravelry.com our some sort of national publication.
4) offer my services consulting on knitting projects and helping trouble shoot other’s knitting problems for a fee.
5) offer knitting workshops and classes

Here’s the funny thing.  When I came to item 3 in my midnight musings, my phone lit up the room. It was like the cosmos just wanted to get my attention so that I understood it really was an a-ha moment.

I’m the type of woman who is willing to listen to the universe. I believe in magic,  I have a tribe of sisters I love unconditionally, I have survived everything that’s ever been thrown at me or put in my way. Finding a way to make some money seems like such a small problem.

So maybe the way to take my blog to the next level is to just keep blogging, and start offering some of those knitting patterns I have for sale. I’m already writing and designing the patterns for my own family, perhaps the time has come to share them with the world.

What would you like to see on this blog space? How-tos? Tutorials? Knitting help? Homesteading trouble shooting?

Leave a comment below, or join my happy blog followers. Send me an email and I will personally respond to any questions you have.

Watch “Make Your Homestead Profitable” on YouTube

I really love this video blog, and this particular episode really hit home for me. She has such great common sense advice.

Pip is working on some hand embroidered creations so we can open a little etsy shop for her, and I am going to look into some affiliate advertising for this blog.

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