Green Stockings Craft & Design

September 20, 2014

Episode 7: Return of the Missing Sock

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Hi Everyone!

Thanks for checking out the podcast this week!

I think I am finally happy with the recording/sound/video quality for the podcast! Yay!  If you are new to the podcast, I recommend you start with this episode!

Happy knitting!

 

 

Notes for projects mentioned:

 

FOs

Vinnland Fingerless Mitts by Becca Compton from The Anti-Craft on 3.25mm needles in Red Heart Ecoways Bamboo/Wool in Dill

 

WIPs

Ginny’s Cardigan by Marie Chiba from the Interweave Unofficial Harry Potter Knits in mystery wool-blend yarn on 3.0 and 3.5mm needles

Pinwheel Sweater from elann.com on 5mm needles in StahlScheWolle Haiti (100% cotton) in pale yellow

Trillian Shawl by Martina Behm on 4mm needles in Fleece Artist 2/6 Merino in the Stone colourway

Missing Vanilla Sock which returned, though its mate, needle (2.5mm circular), and spare yarn are now missing.  Yarn is Deborah Norville Serenity Sock in Teal Tease.

 

 

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September 5, 2014

Episode 6: The All Owl Podcast

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Hi Everyone!

Thanks for checking out the podcast this week!

So in the continued adventures of making this podcast, this episode was recorded on my tablet. I’m happy with the video quality, but there is a low-level whine in the background of the whole episode. If that sort of thing bothers you (or if you use earbuds to listen) you might want to pass on this episode and join us for the next one. I have, however, figured out what caused it, so we should have none of that issue the next time!

Notes for projects mentioned:

 

Owl Puffs by Jenna Krupar (Retro Lemon) in Bernat Softie Chunky on 4.5mm needles

Trillian Shawl by Martina Behm in Fleece Artist 2/6 in Stone on 4.0mm needles

Ginny’s Cardigan by Marie Chiba in mystery yarn on 3.0 and 3.5mm needles

 

Books mentioned:

 

Knit to Flatter by Amy Herzog

Knit One, Kill Two by Maggie Sefton

 

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Episode 5: The Title-less Episode

Filed under: Crafting, Podcast — GreenStockings Craft & Creative Events @ 9:36 AM

Hi Everyone!

Thanks for hanging in there! Episode 5 was recorded a while back, but computer issues prevented it from being uploaded until now – so you get back-to-back episodes this week!

 

 

 

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July 30, 2014

Episode 4: Giant Sweater of DOOM

Filed under: Crafting, Podcast — GreenStockings Craft & Creative Events @ 2:56 PM

Hi Everyone!  Thanks for stopping by the blog!  Please enjoy Episode 4!

 

The audio is really quiet, so please turn up your speakers!

 

Project Notes:

Vivid Blanket by TinCanKnits in Patons Superwash DK in Green Apple

Coral Top by Isager in Berocco Linsey in Chillmark and Denim

Stockinette Socks in Deborah Norville Serenity Sock in Teal Tease

Giant Sweater of DOOM in unidentified super bulky wool

Child’s sweater design in worsted soft acrylic

 

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May 20, 2014

GreenStockings Podcast Episode 2: Finally!

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Hi Everyone!  Thanks for your patience while my life did a little bit of a roller coaster ride with work stuff in the last 6 weeks.  Here’s the podcast Episode 2: Finally!

 

Connect:

Ravelry Group: GreenStockings Creative

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Instagram: @green_stockings

Twitter: @Green_Stockings

Etsy Shop: GreenStockings

 

Episode notes:

WIPs:

Ginny’s Cardigan, pattern by Mari Chiba (Unofficial Harry Potter Knits); yarn is a cone of mystery wool/mohair/rayon;  3mm and 3.5mm needles

Vinnland Fingerless mitts, adapted from the sock pattern by Becca Compton (The Anti-Craft); yarn is Red Heart Eco-Ways Bamboo Wool in Dill; 3.25mm needles

Vivid Baby Blanket, pattern by Tincan Knits (Handmade in the UK); yarn is Patons Classic Wool Superwash DK in Green Apple; 4.5mm needles

SMASH shawl, pattern by Rebeka Darylin (Waterview Knits); yarn is Inca Gold 100% alpaca from the Susan Andrews Collection in Lilac and Purple; 4mm needles

 

Reading/Read:

Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

A Hat Full of Sky (Discworld) by Terry Pratchett

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

February 5, 2014

Podcast Frenzy!

Filed under: Crafting, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — GreenStockings Craft & Creative Events @ 8:24 AM

Hey Knitters!

While I was off on maternity leave last year, I discovered knitting podcasts – clearly I must have known that these things existed (I must have, right?), but had never actually sought one out.  My tolerance for scripted television is pretty low (the misogyny! the terrible tropes! the bad writing!), so it was a pleasure to discover a plethora of charming knitters and spinners who give an hour or so of their weeks to share what they’re working on, show off their yarnie acquisitions, and make a more-or-less-home-bound-mum-of-a-small-baby feel like she’s (even more) part of a genuine online community of crafters.

The forum nature of Ravelry definitely gives a connection to others with similar interests all over the world, and it’s wonderful.  The added fun of a podcast is actually hearing someone’s voice, and (even better in my opinion) getting a feel of their personalities!  Obviously we are adept at sharing ourselves online in a certain way, and it’s all performativity anyway, but there’s something wonderful about seeing someone on video that I seem to have only discovered in the last year.

So here’s a round up of the podcasts I’ve discovered and loved – and I’d welcome your suggestions, since I’m all caught up on them!

The Knit Girllls – http://www.theknitgirllls.com

It seems they’re the classic!  Laura and Leslie have been sharing their knits and spins by video for almost 4 years now.  I have had occasion recently to mention them to a friend recently on account of the really lovely way that they model a very close friendship between adult women, even though they now live in different states.  The Knit Girllls are also the hosts of the Super Summer Knittogether (SSK) retreat annually in Nashville, TN.

Knitting in Circles – knittingincircles.blogspot.com

A charming wife (Aimee) & husband (Darren) team of knitters – they knit lots of socks.  Lots of socks.

Yarnraising – http://www.yarnraising.com

A spinning-focused knitting videocast from the lovely, lovely Malia.  I love that she distinguishes between her handspun knitting projects and commercial yarn knitting projects.  She knows SO MUCH about spinning, and is so self-effacing about it.  She has really made me want to not give up on spindle spinning.

Knitting a Story – knittingastory.blogspot.com

Ok, full discolure, one of these podcasters (Lex) is a childhood friend of mine! (Maybe sometime I’ll get to meet her co-host, Jenn)  I enjoy that they host a Canadian podcast (I feel like there’s another prominent Canadian podcast that I can’t think of?); this is an audio podcast (the only one I listen to), which honestly I find harder to follow with a toddler underfoot, but it’s still super enjoyable!  I love that their yarn acquisition segment is called “It Followed Me Home” – I also love that they list off the segments that they have in the episode.

More Podcasts!

I have also tried and not really gotten into: The Fat Squirrel Speaks, Round The Twist,  Dramatic Knits, Stockinette Zombies, Knitabulls, and Single Handed Knits.  This is not always about content/style (though bad lighting, and sitting too far from the camera to be able to see the things you’re showing do not hugely endear you to me), it’s mostly about playback on my Android tablet – if I need to play your podcast directly from youtube/blip (on purpose, or because whatever video platform you’re using on your webpage/blog just won’t load in my Firefox), I’m a lot less likely to watch, because it’ll stop playing if I surf over to Rav to look at the thing you’re talking about.  If I am watching in an internet browser tab, I can continue to play your podcast in the background while I chat with friends, check Rav, or whatnot.

So blog friends, what am I missing out on? Should I revisit any of the podcasts I’ve tried and not loved? What do you love in a podcast?

October 19, 2012

I’m Not Sure About This Hat

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When my parents brought my sister (age 12) and me (age 15) to England for a few weeks in the summer of 1997 (I think? The 90s are already blurry), the giant novelty plush hat was very much in vogue. My sister bought one with a giant union jack on the front of it, and I think it’s probably still hanging in all its black velour glory in her bedroom at my parents’ place. Well, to be honest, shape wise, it looked like this:

The Tip Top Topper crochet top hat from Lion Brand

The Lion Brand website says “This whimsical hat is fun for everyday or for your Mad Hatter Halloween costume. ”

With the STEAMPUNK! of everything, I can imagine displaying this hat in black or brown (not blaze orange), and on a guy wearing a waistcoat, not on a lady who’s wondering why she’s wearing it. And if you wanted it to be a Mad Hatter hat, wouldn’t you go with something that looked more like a recognizable pop culture Mad Hatter hat? I will concede that the hat is the same colour as Johnny Depp’s hair.

I wouldn’t make it in blaze orange, and I don’t think I’d ever wear it a peacock blue blazer thing, but I kinda want to make one!

October 15, 2012

A “How to GreenStockings” Exercise

Filed under: Crafting — Tags: , , — GreenStockings Craft & Creative Events @ 7:55 PM

Another great post to reflect on from Oh My Handmade Goodness! This one originally came in the context of a discussion about a crafter with two really different Etsy shops, and wondering how she should proceed. Keep both? Drop one? Integrate her brands? In trying to help her decide which products where the best for her to go forward with, this advice was given:

Create a chart with 4 columns. In column 1 write down each type of item you sell (eg. paperweight, paper wreath, necklace, pin cushions…).

In the next column, I want you to jot down how much you would love to spend 4 hours working to create this type of item, on a scale from 1 (meh) to 10 (my favorite!).

The next column will help us understand what these products are worth to your business. Mark down the number of items you would have to make and sell to reach a $100 profit.

Final column: mark down how long it takes to make one of these items.

This question, and this format of asking this question, seems REALLY useful to me – slightly less because I don’t have a pre-set group of items to sell. Sarah of Create Studio has a really interesting approach to stocking her Etsy shop: she’s planning a different line of items for each season, so that she can figure out what’s profitable, and what’s popular, and what she can stand making over and over again.

Out there… that’s where my goal went!

I’m looking for what I can make to sell at craft fairs and such – last year at this time, Bear and I sat down I made an initial plan to be ready to do at least one craft fair this winter. Well, that’s gone out that window over there labelled “pregnant and working full time” – a little bit of it flew out of the “I forgot that I’d set that goal for myself until just now” window, too

This was ever so slightly hit home when I discovered that a 14 year old friend is going to be selling at her first juried craft fair this winter. I don’t think I’ve actually made enough stuff that I could sell at a craft fair this year, even if I’d stockpiled everything I’d made all year, and not given it away – it would still amount to about 3 pairs of knitted socks, a pair of mittens, and a few shawls.

I’ve been working really hard at the Social and Local parts of my branding words this year. I organized two knitting meet ups this summer, and launched a shawl ministry at my church. So I can’t feel totally sorry for myself! I think when I do sit down and do this exercise for real, I’ll need to include my event planning part of the “business”!

More How to GreenStockings: Logo & Visual Branding

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Is this the new GreenStockings logo?

So I missed it again, another Oh My Handmade Goodnes! live chat!! Maybe there’s something about Thursday at lunch that’s just busy for me? Maybe I just always forget that that’s when it is…

The topic for this past Thursday’s chat was about logos & visual branding (something I’m thinking about! I’ve touched on it in my last crafty business post More How To GreenStockings: 10 Adjectives for my Brand).

You can see the full round up of the twitter chat highlights here. They talked about a bunch of things; the thoughts that most resonated with me were:

anile great logo = unique, personal but accessible, versatile, adaptable, also will grow with you – not limiting
designcoyote A great logo makes a statement about your brand. It is consistent, visual, & portrays who you are in a single graphic.
perideaudesigns a logo conveys visual feelings, intentions and a story.

The next OMHG post about using a Visual Brand Tool Box was great, too – lots of good stuff, but a slightly disappointing premise:

First step is to have a clear brand strategy. Your brand strategy needs to go beyond your mission, vision, and values: it needs to evoke emotion and connect with your target audience.

Once you know your brand strategy you then take that strategy and make it visual.

It would be great if there were any sort of connecting information between “first step is to have a clear branding strategy” and “once you know your branding strategy”… but, you know, you work with what you got in free resources!

“Work with what you got?” THIS CALLS FOR A MUSICAL INTERLUDE!

/MUSICAL INTERLUDE!

Right. Logos.

Part of the reason I posted this video is that I love the visual aesthetic of the drawing animation over the video. Also, wicked headpieces of forested things.

The Visual Brand Tool Box article has a number of really good ideas, too:
– choosing two typefaces: one for the header, one for the body text;
– choosing 3 to 5 colours for your brand: one main colour, and a group of accent colours;
AND
– 3 different kinds of photographs! this was a revelation to me (because there are categories! with names!) – and an excellent tool for me to think about. So far, I’ve not taken many pictures of my work, since I’ve not been selling it, and thus haven’t needed to advertise it. What photos I have taken have been mostly as blank as I can managed (no busy background, as neutral as possible, just the craft in the image), but as a result haven’t been the most stunning of photos. Most of my craft photos tend to be of knitting, and are visible on my Ravelry projects pages .

So, how do I relate this information about logos to my branding words from my last post: Sexy Cute Handmade Social Feminist Local Knit Ethical Upcycled Colourful?!? (I’ve dropped Durable/Sustainable from the list – I think it’s covered by Ethical, Handmade, and Upcycled)

Somewhere in the (ever less disastrous!) disaster of our apartment there’s a designer’s visual thesaurus, which I think is a neat idea – it’s like a word thesaurus, but for each listing, there’s a series of images to jump start your ideas. Somehow though, I doubt that the words on my list would actually appear there. I don’t think upcycled was a word when the book was published.

My instinct tells me that an illustrated logo/visuals or typographical ones are going to be more effective for what I do than a photo-based logo/visuals, and I especially like the recommendation to have a group of icons: I think Mad in Crafts does this pretty well. I think the handmade market place is more attuned to illustrations, especially if one of my brand words is “cute” (in the Japanese kawaii sense, not as much in the Disney princess sense).

My next job is to do a word-association with my branding words. I need to embed them in my brain, so that whenever I’m thinking about my brand, I’m thinking about: Sexy Cute Handmade Social Feminist Local Knit Ethical Upcycled Colourful!

October 11, 2012

Halloween -20 Days!

Filed under: Crafting, Events, Nerdliness — Tags: , — GreenStockings Craft & Creative Events @ 6:39 PM

Not to freak you out, craft land, but there’s only 20 days until Halloween!

Now, there are certainly people who take Halloween more seriously in a crafting way than I do – but, you know, they also decorate for Valentine’s Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, and Easter… I have a box full of Christmas that gets pulled out on December 1st (or earlier if I can sneak it past Bear), but I don’t think I would be permitted to store a box full of any other holidays (not without getting rid of some of the yarn stash, anyway…). I have seen wicked Halloween décor (pun definitely intended!) across the interwebs, but since it’s just Bear and I at home, and it’s enough of a challenge to keep the house from blowing up from the clutter as it is, any Halloween décor gets saved for handing out candy at my parents’ place.

I actually bothered to join Pinterest (I’m Green Stockings there, too!) specifically to plan my Halloween décor for handing out candy. My sister and I (ok, really, me, but I did a great job of roping her in!) had a massive Halloween display every year, complete with a grave yard and a giant black garbage bag bat. Now all of that has gone the way of the dodo (styrofoam tomb stones only last so much time (+-10 years) in the shed under the porch before they disintegrate completely). Now it’s my hubby and I giving out candy this year, and next we’ll have a wee one in tow!

Our Halloween theme last year was the Sunshine Sanctuary for Sick Dragons (an obscure reference, I know, but I’d love you forever if you squeed just then!) Last year the décor consisted of a paper sign on the porch, and my dog in a green sweater. Let’s see if we can’t improve on that this year, shall we? You can see my whole Halloween Inspiration pin board here

Simple ideas that I’m definitely going to replicate:

Window Silhouettes
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=199704.0

Thanks to Craftster.org user Knickertwist for this cool idea! My parents have great windows for this, and they’re along the walls that are rarely decorated (my parents live on the corner of the street – the side with the door also has the front yard, so Halloween décor gets clustered there, which is actually the side-street side of their house). Having the window lit up on the main thoroughfare side of the house will be a great addition. Of course, my silhouette design will be a dragon!

Faux Wax Drip Candles
http://stirizsisters.blogspot.co.uk/2011/11/toilet-paper-roll-candles.html

Design DNA brings us this awesome tutorial for flame-free wax drip candles, made from toilet and paper towel rolls and hot glue, and with a battery operated tea light in the top. I love this idea, though I’m not super sure how well they will appear in the dark outside – but there always seems to be a point when we move inside and the kids come up the steps to the door, so maybe we’ll have a cluster outside at the door.

Torture the Dog with a Dragon Costume, Costume
http://www.petkaboodle.com/products/items/770/Dogzilla-Dinosaur-Dragon-Halloween-Dog-Costume.htm

This is a costume that’s sold, not crafted, but I figure I can probably manage something like this… I don’t know how well I’ll manage it in the next 20 days, but the dog needs a better winter coat than we’ve got (right now we’ve got a single layer polar fleece cape-like-thing

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