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When I made this pitiful, derpy cat, I had no idea that just 15 months later I would have improved so much, nevermind have a successful business selling the stuff I make!
After seeing the “plush this again” meme on deviant art, I decided to do this pattern again. Now with plush this again, you are suppose to take an older plush you thought was good and redo it to show how your skills have improved. Quite honestly, my skills improved so quickly, and I’ve sold so many of the older amigurumi that were good, that there aren’t really any good old ones to compare. But I felt a need to do this one again. Now this is the exact same pattern (using different ears in the pattern), and exact same yarn, but this time it actually looks like it’s suppose to! (Sorry for the horrible lighting.)
I learned pretty quickly how I messed up. I didn’t sew the head on sideways, though it looks like that ^^ (I did, however, switch the arms and legs >.<) I crocheted it wrong side out, didn't do decreases correctly, and didn't count the rows correctly. (I made similar mistakes on Muno, but as he is just a series of tubes, it wasn’t detrimental to his shape.) I didn’t weave in the ends very well, I guess I just cut them short and crocheted them in (I don’t remember how I was doing it then tbh), and they worked their way loose.
By August of last year I’d figured that all out, and made my first amigurumi sale, an elephant with a penis. Thanks partially to luck, partially due to work on my part, and largely to great people that like my stuff and recommend me, I will probably be in the black by the end of 2013. Profitable in 1 year is pretty darn rare for craft businesses. And that’s just from internet and word-of-mouth sales (combined with my extreme couponing and deal hunting to reduce the cost of materials and shipping supplies)! In 2014 I plan to do at least 1 artists alley at an anime convention and maybe a craft fair; table fees are nothing compared to etsy fees + paypal fees + shipping, and I’m lucky enough to be so close to a few cons that I wouldn’t even need a hotel room (and could just drive home at night).
Anyway, it’s rather embarrassing to put that derpy cat on here, but I think it shows how you can do anything if you put your mind to it. Or something.