Today I learned how to create the various “mini Etsy” photos on the sides of the blog. This is so cool! I must give credit to another Etsian and blogger Audrey of TheChristmasCorner for pointing out this feature to me. She has been kind of enough to create this app on her blog of my Etsy shop this week. I plan to showcase my favorite finds once a month and keep a mixture of craft shops on the blog to help market the great artisans on Etsy.
I signed up for a website on Artfire this week. Still reading through how it is different than Etsy but for now I am sticking with the free basic service to test the waters out. Sent of state and local taxes this week for sales last year too. I believe I filled out the forms correctly but I am sure the treasury departments will let me know if I made an error. The yarn from the shop was featured in another treasury this week: http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4d6e52d269ba6d91d01dc276/i-want-to-knit-you-a-sweater. There is a new alpaca group in the Etsy forums which I joined since I love all things alpaca. I have found several works of art that have truly be inspiring and humorous on Etsy like the hats for cats from XMOONBLOOM and hamish bear by AMYANDPIA. They both made me chuckle this week and laughter is the best cure for all ailments.
I have cast on stitches for the first fingerless gloves. The handspun yarn is much thicker than what I have used for previous versions of this pattern so I have had to make some adjustments in the design. It is knitting up beautifully though and has more structure to it then the fingering/lace weight yarns of prior projects. Need to make it to the post office to mail off the donation of yarn this week – hopefully on Saturday. The woven scarf is on hold now that the gloves are cast on and I am hoping I made enough for two gloves but we shall see in a week.