Monthly Archives: April 2014

Totally not a stash problem.

Is it bad that I considered buying this

But then thought, “Nah, it’ll be cheaper if I take some coupons to Joann and buy those colors…” so I looked at the avalibility at my local Joann, thought about going and buying ALL of those colors, then thought… “Nah, I should use up the cotton I have first…” then looked through my yarn stash to discover I actually already own several of those colors?

That’s not a sign of a stash problem, is it? Isn’t it just a sign that I really like those colors? 😛

To be fair, some of them were from before I actually started keeping track of my stash on Ravelry. In fact, the Hot Pink and Hot Blue were the remains of the first yarn I ever purchased.

And since I had so much cotton and acrylic by the time I started keeping track, I just never kept track of those. (Though I’m thinking this is a sign I really need to start.)

Now that I think about it, I’m pretty sure the first amigurumi I ever sold, my first Etsy sale, was made from that blue. And the pink was used for one of the first amigurumi I ever attempted to make. So this yarn is the scraps of many firsts.

I just used the last of it to make a very long dishcloth. Because of its length, it will probably be a dishtowel instead.

So now I can go buy some more Hot Pink and Hot Blue – as well as the other hot colors I don’t have – without feeling bad.

I totally don’t have a problem. I can stop any time I want.

Small site change

The main page (and “Home”) of the site now goes to the store. I hate having to do a redirect like that, but it’s the only way to make things work since the store and the blog are on different IPs. Believe me, I tried, but after a couple of hours and realizing that I’d have to change about a gazillion links (and figure out some redirect method for other people’s links) if I DID get it to work, I settled on this method.

If you’re just here for the blog, you’ll need to go to http://www.craftotaku.com/blog/ from now on. RSS feeds and everything will NOT change. If you forget to go to http://www.craftotaku.com/blog then no biggie, there’s links to the blog from the store. Clicking the banner at the top of the blog will take you back to the main page of the blog, rather than the home/store (but clicking the banner at the top of the store takes you to the main page of the store).

If you do like the store, I hope you’ll shop at store.craftotaku.com instead of Etsy. If you prefer Etsy, though, you can try to be my 100th Etsy sale and use coupon code “ONEHUNDRED” to get free shipping! UPDATE: You’re too slow! I have now passed 100 sales on etsy 🙂

Q1 2014 wrap up

With the first quarter of the year done, I want to take a look at where I am on my yearly goals.

These were my goals stated at the beginning of the year, and how I progressed in Q1:

Knit at least 14 pairs of socks.
I completed 1.
Buy at least 14 skeins of indie yarn.
I purchased 0. Though that will be changing this weekend. I did dye several and receive I think 2 as gifts.
Crochet 14 different Pokemon.
I did 0.

Somewhere along the way I added in a goal of doing 7 afghans this year.

1. Tigger Lovey DONE
2. Finish Groovy nyan Cat Vs Tac Ghan no progress made in Q1
3. 2014 Block A Month & Crochet Sampler Square CAL Afghan 4 blocks/squares done
4. Xmen Afghan 1 block/square done
5. Red Heart Checkerboard Textures Throw CAL 8 blocks/squares done
6. the beekeeper’s quilt 32 hexipuffs done
7. Actually start Granny Square Mario Bedspread no progress made in Q1

I totally failed at the Beadsprite a day thing. I think a beadsprite a week is a better goal. And I have yet to start the goal of doing 1 thing from a purchased pattern each week. Let’s call that a Q2 goal.