Wednesday, 20 April 2011

To tweet or not to tweet that is the question

I'm not one for chit chat , gossip telling or anything like that so I had been keeping myself away from twitter as I felt that it wasn't for me. Happy to blog about subject areas close to my heart and see if I can get anyone else interested too. That is fun :) (Yes I enjoy talking to you all), but chatting was a bit of a No No for me.

Anyway I started hearing stories of people having over 3,000 followers and getting some sales that way. And because I want some sales (I wouldn't have a shop if I didn't want sales) I have decided to succumb.

At this moment in time I have over 20 followers and having been on twitter just over a day. Most of these are my CraftBritannia friends and then just a few are some weirdo people who I don't think will have any interests in what I sell. Mmmmmm weird.

I intend to chat (Yes this will be out of my comfort zone) whenever I can , without boring everyone to death with listings from my shop.

I would like to use it to get ideas from you people as to what I should be making , tips on your favourite colours and yarns, what knitting stitches you prefer etc. You know what I like and love to make , its all there in my shop - but is that what the public want?

If anyone , has any ideas as to how I can increase my followers, please let me know. It might be just one of those things that will happen gradually without me having to really do much (except chat) but if there is something else I need to do , then tell me please.

Obviously if you are reading this , then I'm hoping as a matter of course you will follow me and tweet this as well !

Saturday, 16 April 2011

The wonders of crochet

I mentioned in my last blog post , how I had been on a creative knitting workshop weekend and it had turned into a wonderful weekend where I learnt to crochet.

Well I have been practising some more during this week and I'm here to show you my creativity. It's big! so watch out!
 This was made using double strands of Rowan Big Wool. Somehow I am going to create 1 huge cushion and have this motif on the front of it.

 More circles , stars and squares , again made out of Rowan Big Wool. Not too worried about any unevenness , because once I felt this wonderful wool they all disappear!

And here's the felted result. Really looking forward to posting these on Etsy, see what feedback I get.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Creativity in crochet

Went shopping this lunch time for some new tools for my craft. Yes bought a couple of crochet hooks !

I'm a knitter than can now crochet.

Always wanted to do it , I've tried following patterns and watching videos on the Internet but never got it. I've always been envious of those little pretty flowers and elegant table mats and always wondered whether I would ever get to a stage in my life where I could make them myself. Well I'm there now !

And how did I do it? you ask. I attended a lovely "creative knitting" workshop last weekend and spent all the weekend near enough having 1:1 tuition. I have crocheted 1 massive motive on size 15mm hooks (the creative knitting was all about making large things using chunky wool on large needles or hooks) and I have learnt how to read patterns.

And now I am at home , having purchased size 3.5 and 5mm hooks and wonder how I'm going to do it. A small delicate flower sounds so fragile after I've been crocheting with those massive size 15mm hooks.

Stay in touch..............I'll let you know

Monday, 4 April 2011

Testing the Etsy treasury point scoring


Remember a while ago I let you know about some interesting information I had found out about how treasuries get HOT ! . Here it is if you can't remember -

Well , with my Craft Brittania friends we tried the theory out last weekend. A group of us got together and picked some of our best items to include in 3 spring themed treasuries. Kitzie made some lovely treasuries for us and then we clicked , commented and viewed each others treasuries. We read the rules and knew that it was no use commenting on our own treasuries , we had to comment on the ones we were not featured in. And guess what  - I think it worked. 

Within 5 hours we had one of the treasuries as hot as you can get and the other two were only a little way behind.

So was this a fluke , or was it because we were taking note of the information I supplied. 

I'm hoping that I can get some comments from you all as to what you think? Did you take note of the information? Did you click , view and comment on the other treasuries?

Please leave your comments

Quick View of Woolly Goodies available on my web site

Quick View of Woolly Goodies available on my web site
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