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Saturday, February 6, 2010

The Squirrely Hat

So here is what I finally charted out. Upon Coco's advise, I moved the chart from traditional graph paper to knitters graph paper as the stitches are not square but rectangular in fashion. It made a big difference and some adjustments had to be made, the squirrels kind of ended up being very tall and thin instead of cute and fluffy. Also, the girls didn't like the double heart, so I flipped them around and now you can make one facing either left or right. I used a basic hat pattern (see below) and vola! A VERY Squirrely Girl Hat! I'll post a pick of the first hat soon. Hope it works out or Hazel is out of luck, since she volunteered to have her hat made first.

US7 (4.5mm) 16in (41cm) circular needle 
US7 (4.5mm) double-pointed needles
Tapestry Needle

Lion Brand Wool Ease Worsted

18sts x 24rows = 4in (10cm) in sts on US7 (4.5mm)

Finished Size:
Child (Adult S, Adult L) = 19 (21, 24) in [48 (54, 61)cm] circumference

Cast on 84 (96, 108)
K1P1 Rib for 5 (6,7) rounds
Knit 5 (6,7)  rounds
Complete 16 rows of chart (use stitch marker to mark beginning of chart)
Knit 5 (6,7) rounds
Begin Decrease (switch to DPNs):
Knit 6 (7,8), *K2Tog, Knit 6 (7,8)* complete round
Knit 1 round
Knit 5 (6,7), *K2Tog, Knit 5 (6,7)* complete round
Knit 1 round
…..continue ‘till have 8 sts remaining.
Cut yarn, run tail through, & knot 

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Inspiration at Starbucks?

I found this little travel mug at the local Subx. Perfect for the Squirrely Girls!! So, I charted out 2 squirrels and a heart shaped tail, just in time for Valentine's Day.  I also gathered some yarn that I could make several combinations from, so each SG can have their own hat. This is my first attempt at charting, so I hope it works....

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Our Nest Has Expanded!

Please welcome the newest Squirrels to the Nut House; Coconut, Corn Nut, and Chestnut. And a new acorn too, little Emrie. Another crafting day is coming soon- results will be posted shortly there after.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Construction of a Diper Duty

Just a few shots of the construction of the Diaper Duty. A Full little piece that carries 5 diapers and a container of travel wipes. Pretty simple really, all the pregos have been getting them for gifts. I'll post pics of those later.

Captain's Shirt

Here is a cute shirt I made my son this summer. It held up great and was super easy. Basically, I just found some images I liked, generally simple ones like a star, rocket, or car, things that can be identified in 2-D. I printed them out and cut them out of cute fabric and fused them to Heat N'Bond (or other fusable webbing, found at any fabric store). I then ironed them on to simple shirts found at a discount store. Very easy. More examples are in the slideshow.

The End, sort of.

So obvouisly things didn't quite work out. It's been 9 months since my last post and in that time;
Nutter Butter moved to Michigan, Acorn is having a baby in December, Spanish Peanut is also pregnant, Hazel is getting married, and I bought a restaurant.  Needless to say, our dream of a craft store has been waylaid by life. Dang!

I think I'll still post some projects from time to time. I seem to be motivated again. Go figure. Let me know what you think.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

The Plan- Phase 1

In the next several installments I plan on describing how we might reach our goal through a series of steps. I'll also go in to detail about how to start a business and the different things to consider in doing so. These are all things that are very important to know going in to an endeavor like this, but it can be hard to find the right information you are looking for. So feel free to follow along and ask questions in the comments, I'll see what I can do about answering them. Now, be warned, I am not an expert nor do I have my MBA. This is more for the average Jane who wants to start a business doing something she loves. So, here goes......

Our first task is to raise some capital so we can begin saving for our initial start up costs. Now, you may say "Why don't you get a Small Business Loan?". Yes, this is a possibility. I'll post more about the SBA and getting a loan later. But right now, we would rather have some capital to start with so our initial loan doesn't have to be so big. This is especially important when opening a new business and things are a bit slow as you build clientele. Keeping our overhead low will enable us to have less of a chance of running too thin.

We've decided to raise some money selling our wares on Etsy.com, at local craft fairs, through word of mouth etc...Each of us has decided to make 1-3 items enemas to sell. You can check up on our project progress in later posts. By keeping the product line simple it will allow us to produce a good number of pieces to sell with profits going to the store. You can visit our Etsy.com store by using the link on the right hand navigation bar.

Speaking of sales, marketing is a huge part of the business of sales. Branding your business should not be underestimated and needs to be considered when you begin launching your business. We have developed our name and a logo w/ a look and feel we want to achieve. Now we need to remain consistent w/ the look of the logo as we progress forward into the marketplace. With this in mind, one of our first steps is we will need to get some fabric labels to place on all the items to help w/ branding and getting the word out about us.

Keeping our business in line with the law is also important, so in the near future we will also need to apply for a business license here in town. Some counties do not require one for this type of business. But it is best to check it out at your local court house, just in case. Unfortunately, in Greene Co "A merchant is any person, corporation, partnership or association of persons who engages in the sale of goods, wares and merchandise at wholesale or retail. The sales may be made for profit or they may be accommodation sales (not for profit); they may be made from a stock of goods on hand or by ordering goods from another source." Thus, in order to sell at craft fairs etc... we'll need to apply for a license. Don't worry, this is a simple process. You can go to your county courthouse to apply for one. There are a few forms to fill out, and generally you can download them off the government site and bring them to the office with you. The license is usually only $25-30 or so annually.

Phase 1 will obviously take us a while to accomplish. But that’s ok- it’s part of the journey. I’ll talk about the numbers it will take to achieve our goal for Phase 1 and move to Phase 2 next week.