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No more ends!



Never weave in another end. This technique works really well! I found success with DK and smaller yarns-otherwise it can get too bulky. I use this all the time, easier than using a spit join, which can be a little yucky, and look weird. It's awesome when you want to have distinct color changes. Check out the color progression in a baby car blanket I made recently.




Spinning Meditation



Watch one of my Over the Rainbow batts being spun. This batt-was featured in the BATT book by Grace Shalom Hopkins. It's a rad new E-book that discusses several fun ways to spin yarn-from batts.

I chose to try the miniature art yarn technique-and spun it thinner than the video shows. I was going for LACE. I spun up some thread-literally. It took for-ever! Then plyed it with nylon blend thread-looks awesome. It took awhile, but it's worth it. I have about 400 yards, and the batt was about 3oz


 I am excited to knit something up like this gorgeous shawl from LatelierDuChatNoir...who I wrote about in this previous entry she excels at this technique-taking 3 oz and turning it into 700 yards :) wow-right?? She took one of my 2.8 oz Lotus batts, and spun up about 374 yards-amazing!
 

Is this shawl gorgeous or what? Look at that fab miniature yarn-looks great in this wonderful shawl.

So...you want to do a craft fair.




Some random thoughts as craft show season kicks into high gear. I am thrilled that I no longer do shows. They're very demanding, and you're subject to the elements. If you're a social outgoing person that loves meeting new people-you'll be in your element!

I did craft shows for 20+ years this advice is GOLDEN.

1. Wind should scare the snot out of you. I have seen people seriously injured, by cartwheeling booth structures. Take weighing down your booth SERIOUSLY. If you're on grass, take 4 corkscrew in dog tie downs. They're very useful, and use the car tie down ratchet sets to tie down your booth to the corkscrew tie downs.. Buy a professional booth canopy. Another affordable option is the Goliath, I bought one of those after being frustrated with the tinker toy type canopies. Don't buy an E-Z Up! Check into a pop up style Goliath booth-they're awesome.
2. Bring hearty comfort food bagels, cream cheese, sandwiches. Cut it into small bites, that way you won't be stuck with "I've interrupted your lunch" moments. Gatorade, water, lots of drinks.
3. Price everything!


4. Have small fliers to give out about your business. Vistaprint is your friend!
 5. ALWAYS keep your money/checks/CC slips on you. A change box is easy to steal.
 6. Get set up for credit card transactions. Tablet type swipe POS are great!
7. Keep conversation light with other artists-and tune out the Debbie Downers.
8. Spend 3 minutes with each customer. Let them browse after that. Pace yourself.
9. Take a small trash can, feminine products, tissues, baby wipes, sunscreen, a hat...
10. Have a variety of price points. Some people may have money to blow, others not so much.
11. Get there early, don't be in a rush. Once I misunderstood the time the show opened, and arrived an hour late!
12. Always take duct tape.
13. Watch for thieves.
14. Choose your show venues wisely-check them out. Then apply early!
15. Invest in professional photography to apply to the shows.
16. Be professional at all times. See #7 shows can be stressful, I have seen promoters fall apart.
17. Put your chair up front, and have one for the customer. Do a demo of your work!


18. Raise your table display with PVC pipes to make the product shine. Get the displays higher.
19. Get two big oversized photos made up. Really show off your work to someone 30 feet away.
Get a detail shot or two of you making the work. Big photos are inexpensive, have them laminated, and mounted on foam core boards. Make it easy with tabs to hang on your display-same goes for your sign. Make it big and bold.
 20. Add color. A simply hung brightly colored fabric shower curtain in the middle of the back wall of your booth. People react to color-simple tasteful beige booths aren't what will set you apart.

Be patient. Don't let people's silly comments bother you. You need a thick skin, and realize that sometimes you will fail. Shows than earn $4,000 one year can yield $800 the next. It's the nature of the beast, have a plan, and never place all your expectations on any given show. It's a great big unknown-if you're overly anxious and sensitive, shows can be a real drain. Try a one day farmer's market spot instead. Then build on that, and so on.



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