Now that was a long weekend! May 19, 2011

To all those who came by my booth at THE FIND on Saturday, Thank You!

It was  a whirlwind of a time, but the weather was fantastic, I finished the shawl I’d been working on, and I made a few pre-sales.  For a first craft booth and so little prep time, I think I did pretty well.

Here are a few photos of how the booth finished up looking and the market:

Samples, samples, samples, and my signature yarn cage!

The receipt dress got to be there in all her glory wearing my Seed Stitch Button Cowl

That rumpled piece of knitting ended up being a full fledged shawl by the end of the day.

My neighbor booths.  The screenprinter in the foreground is Izabella of  fifiduvie we were buddies all day.  She is a total sweetheart!

In the afternoon, came the sun.  It was a bit chilly earlier in the day on the shady side.  You can see my brother at the bar in the plaid shirt!

So that was my Saturday from 6 am until 6:30 pm.  My brother bought me a giant frozen Mojito at the end of it.  Let me tell you, it was tasty!  But it made the 60th birthday dinner followed by a drive out to Sugar Land for another friend’s graduation party that night a little difficult.

Sunday was pretty jam packed.  I started on one of the preordered BeerSox in Olive, which was a quick knit after working on shawls for so long.  My Prism BeerSox got to have some adventures as well.  I went to Houston’s Dr. Sketchy which is usually every second Sunday of the month at Avant Garden.  It’s figure drawing with a twist.  We’ve got tunes.  And booze.  And burlesque.  Well, sometimes burlesque, sometimes just a twinge more sexy than your average figure drawing course.  Sometimes, there are a lot of friends just hanging out in the background, sometimes it’s all sketch artists and other than the music, you could hear a pin drop.  I’ve been going every couple months for the past three years.  It’s good to stretch my sketching muscles.  Though, mostly, I just chat and knit.  And sometimes I pose.  Next month, I’m the model!  The last time I modeled for it was back in October and December 2009.  We might be able to get a crafters discount working this time for those of you who are fellow crafters and want to stretch your sketch muscles!

the trifecta!

The Prism BeerSox also got to hug a homebrew at my friends’ moving out Reverse Housewarming Party.  They labeled everything that they wanted to sell and had a party.  Guests got to make a pile of what they wanted and Square came to the rescue when it was time to leave and pay.  But while I was there, it was great to sit and chat with friends that I haven’t seen in a while and enjoy some homebrew!

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Hi there! May 14, 2011

This week I’ve had so much excitement in the realm of the caged yarn!

First and foremost is the final settling on my icon and business cards and this coming soon page. Tracy and I have been working on and off on developing this, but I never had a real driving need to change over all at once from Knits by Katie/nadnuk to the caged yarn.

But this week? This week came fast. After working really really hard to finish my friend Ashley’s baby shower presents, I worked hard to finish up my backlog of BeerSox. Almost the moment that I finished weaving in the ends of the last BeerSox and had decided to spend a tiny bit of time on my Afghan, I received an etsy mail. I was invited to participate in a curated fashion market here in Houston. I was flattered, floored, and accepted. I then quickly realized that I have no stock. No inventory aside from on Shifting Stripes Shawl.

The fashion market I’m showing at is THE FIND Houston.

So what did I do? I contacted as many friends and family who had original designs of mine that I liked and went with my current aesthetic to send me and/or let me borrow their items for samples. And I got to work on kicking both me and Tracy into high gear on developing the brand so that this exposure could be the first and major introduction of my new and solidly knitting-based platform.

I also kicked into high gear on a third shifting stripes shawl in a colorway unlike any of the others I have in stock. It is sadly not finished. I have about 7 rows left and need to get at least a little sleep tonight.

I have figured out my booth setup.
I have made labels.
I have business cards.
I have a puny sign.
I have sample yarns for BeerSox.
I have sample knits to aid in presales.
I have one gorgeous shawl that I will hopefully sell.
I have water.
I have square.
I have receipts.
I have 5’s for change.
I need to make my email subscription sign up list!
I need to take a shower!
I need to figure out what I’m wearing tomorrow!
I need to pack all of this up!

But it will go splendidly. It’s a very exciting prospect, my first show (aside from a tiny BeerSox seat at Monsters of Beer in November). I *think* I have all that I need right now. I’ll go back over the suggestion list one more time, just to make sure, though.

I will leave you with some photos of the planning stages:

take your pick!

Ella Blanket

Jehnna Shawl

so that's what you do with room dividers that don't divide rooms!

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