I feel like I am drifting from my purpose or I just have too many irons in the fire. I need to revisit my business plan and get back to a more focused view of running the Etsy shop. Still thinking about the shop critique and that I need lots more items listed. I do have several skeins of handspun yarn which I could list. Missing the energy to write up profiles on each so that they can be posted. Pictures exist for most of my handspun. There are days that I completely understand why most businesses delegate tasks to professionals as it is somewhat overwhelming to be a one man show. My passion is spinning yarn and I have been faithful to that path over the past few weeks. On the business side I start to work the business i.e. post pictures, list items, etc. and then my energy is sapped so I push it off to another day. Today was my first day checking into the Raverly forums – last checked in on Saturday. This is probably just a slump which will pass – hopefully. At the end of the day I know that I do have items for sale, some decent photos of the product and a custom order to finish.
I did a google search for alpaca fiber in Colorado and my etsy listings came up on the first page not sure if it is because they are in the cookies on my computer or we really are liked by google. I think I will have a friend do a search and see what they come up with. One day I really need to do some research in SEOs and find out how to improve the visibility for all of our items. Don’t think that will happen this week though.
The fingerless gloves are progressing – one is complete. I need to spin up another bobbin of fiber to make more yarn for the project. Sent a photo of the completed glove to its owner for approval – which I did receive. I purchased a sampler box of luxury fiber about 2 years ago and amazingly the dreaded moths haven’t gotten to them. Have you ever heard of Karaoke Fiber? Well I learned that this is a mixture of wool and Soysilk fibers that produce a silk like yarn. It has been plied with tan alpaca fiber into a skein. Made another skein of tan alpaca, whhite cashmere and white silk and yet another of tan alpaca and grey cashmere. They have all made some nice tweedy looking yarn. Still have several 1 oz batches of other luxury fibers (bamboo, silk, llama, alpaca, angora and cashmere) to spin up. It has been fun testing out different spinning techniques with the fibers and learning the traits of each one.
Well I’m off to bed – tomorrow is another day of knitting and it is Ash Wednesday!