Saturday, March 22, 2014

Stressful Situations.

If everyone recalls, I was commissioned a very large, very intricate shawl some time ago. Yes, it has been quite some time. I feel terrible about the amount of time it has been taking, and the commissioner is very angry with me currently. Let me explain.
First off. Nine months is a lot of time. She originally requested the shawl way back in July, with the specific yarn and pattern that she had already bought. Since it wasn't out of my personal stash, I told her I would only charge $100 plus materials, and I keep whatever materials are left when it's done. She agreed, and gave me the yarn and pattern at the beginning of August. Unfortunately, after three or four false starts, I couldn't really knit much of it until the end of August, due to my wrist injury. I wasn't allowed to knit at all for nearly a month.
Once I got it started and got some real progress with it, mostly in September, I was doing my best to keep working on it while also working 20 hours a week and having a full (and then some) courseload for the semester at school. I am still on that schedule now, with work and school, so my "downtime" is very limited. I'm also trying to keep the mistakes on it to a minimum, as it is a very intricate shawl and I want it to be quality.
I have been keeping in contact with the commissioner, as we were friends before she asked for this. I gave her the friend price, and I've been keeping in contact, sending progress pictures, and doing my best. She has two children and goes to school for double what full time hours are. I had thought she would understand my lack of time to sit and work on it for eight hours a day. I was absolutely wrong.
I received a message from her the other night, that was very irate and unhappy, that she was sick of waiting and that nine months is more than enough. I said that I had about 80 rows left to do, and that I was doing my best to get it done as soon as I could. She got even angrier, and said she was sick of excuses and sick of waiting and that she wanted it now. I, trying to handle it as professionally as possible, said that I could bind it off and finish it now, but it would be smaller than she wanted, which made her angrier. She then demanded a full refund, including materials, if she didn't get exactly the size she requested, as that was what she paid for. At this point, I was also upset, because she really didn't pay for what she was requesting, and I explained to her that she didn't pay for a rush job and that I was working for quality, not speed. She continually insisted that I needed to finish it and give it to her and when I said it would be done soon, she angrily said "No, I want it as it is now, on the needles, I'll finish it myself."
I was absolutely floored. I waited about half an hour so that I could calm down (I was extremely angry because of this comment, and incredibly hurt), and replied that no, I would not be letting someone else finish my work because that would be wrong and that's not how the arrangement was set up in the first place. She kept insisting on it (this entire conversation went on for about six hours), so I finally said that her options were to A: let me finish it at the size she asked for without any further complaints; or B: I would give her a full refund, and unknit the entire shawl (which I would obviously not want to do because I've spend so much time working on it.) , and she could have the yarn back as well. I told her that my work is not something that is to be trivialized the way she has been doing and that I will not tolerate harassment over something I was told to take my time on in the first place.
As of yet, I am unsure of how well I handled this, but she seemed to accept that it would be done soon and left me alone about the whole thing. Can I ask for your guys' opinions on how this was handled? Or how you would have handled it? Thanks.

(I will also be updating a much happier blog post in a few days. I went to Florida to see my best friend for Spring Break, so I have lots to share!)

Monday, February 24, 2014

I'm alive! And I have FOs!

 School and work and the holidays kicked my ass. Now I'm back at school and work and my ass is still being kicked, but I'm plugging right along and trying my best. Thank you, everyone, for baring with me. I appreciate it. I have been posting WIPs on Facebook, which is part of why I've been so quiet here, but I haven't posted many FOs recently. I did a few clay things and knitted three out of five hats for a commission. I also have knitted this weird cocoon thing, and I've still got a second to knit, as part of the same commission. All of the pictures are as follows. The cocoon's color is more true to the close-up picture. As far as WIPs go, I have a few knitted things that are almost done and a cross-stitch almost done that I can post about next time. I hope it won't be too long between posts this time. Sorry again guys!













Sunday, February 2, 2014

Radio Silence

I swear I'm still alive! I haven't been posting much lately, I know that. I have at least three knitted FOs to share so far, and some serious updating on the Doctor Who scarf, I just haven't had time to get proper pictures of things and get a blog post up. I promise, I'll have one up soon!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year, New Me

2013 was a very good year for me. I made a lot of big changes, and started getting my shit together. I got a job, my license, a car, I moved out of my dad's, and I got so much closer to having a degree. I'm almost done with my associates and then I think I want to go somewhere warm.
My resolutions thus far are simple:
  1. Get my eyesight fixed. LASIK is the plan, and I hope to have it done during the summer.
  2. Finish all of the WIPs in my WIP bag in the closet in my office. There's knitting, crochet, spinning, and cross-stitch in there now. I can do it, there isn't much left in there even though it sounds like it. A few big things but that's all.
  3. Get my degree.
  4. Move somewhere that doesn't get snow. As young as I may be, my bones ache when it's cold and I am sick to death of feeling like an 80 year old at 22.
  5. Get Kit's Knit's some sales. Invest in it for real instead of spamming my friends with it.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Just gonna leave this here for now.

 With a reminder that everything you see here is available in my shop, with the exception of the pink and gray earrings and necklace. I'll do a real update soon, it's finals in a week!










Friday, October 4, 2013

Quick post.

 This post is just a quick update of some things I've been up to lately, and a few of these items will be up in the shop later today, so keep an eye out!


 (I went to the Alpaca open farm days last weekend and bought these rovings, also.)

 The clay survived the second bake attempt!









Sunday, September 8, 2013

Claytastrophe

 So, if you haven't been looking at my Facebook page, you should! Because I've started playing with polymer clay recently. I made a whole bunch of things, just little pieces that would have been jewelry, and stuck them in the oven to bake like it said on the package. Instead of baking, they all melted, so I have to remake all of it :( but keep an eye out for updates in the shop or on facebook, and don't forget that I take custom orders for anything!

As for things that I've finished lately (finally), there's that ridiculous cross stitch that I started back in March that has given me nothing but trouble since I started it. Well, it's finally done! And even framed! It's for sale here, so please check it out and spread the word!


In news of WIPs, I've been mindlessly plugging away on the Tom Baker scarf that was comissioned, and it's about three feet long now. It's going slowly but quickly at the same time, which is rather strange. But at least it's going.
 As for the Lavender Garden shawl, it's already halfway done! It doesn't look like much here, but I have done fifteen out of the thirty repeats, and it's getting huge!






It's really a fun pattern and I love the yarn as well. (Knit Picks Lace).

I would like to apologize about how long it's starting to be between posts now, but I have been working and school is busy too. I'm supposed to be writing a speech right now but I decided not to because I'd rather write a blog post. If you would like to be interested in keeping up with me, I'm on Facebook and Twitter (@KitsKnits), so check that out. I'm not sure how often blog posts will be happening but hopefully, they won't be too few and far between.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Contest!

So, today I'm going to break this post up into chunks. First, life update. I finally started my job at my college's library and I love every second of it. This semester, I have classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and work Monday-Thursday. So Fridays (assuming I get knitting etc done at all) might be a good day to keep an eye out for posts. I have been fairly active on Facebook, if anyone has noticed. I'm hosting a contest there right now, so if you're interested, please go ahead and enter! If you don't want to enter on Facebook, simply leave a comment here! And yes, double entries count!

Second, knitting update. I've been working on Commissions only for now, the purple Heirloom Shawl. It's a pretty simple pattern, now that I've gotten the hang of it, but the rows are getting SO long, so I'm not sure how much longer it will be a "portable" project.


 Not that the Tom Baker is all that portable either, but for the time being, it's only about a foot and a half long, so it might become my "portable" project for a little while. I haven't quite figured it out yet, but I need to soon because I have an hour between classes.

 On the front of other crafts, I finally finished spinning up the last of that llama. (which I seriously haven't talked about since January. Whoops.)




Oh well, it's done. And I started spinning yak? It's SO SOFT. I want to turn it into a bed. I have four ounces, and all those white runs are being entirely overridden by that black/dark gray. I really love the look, but I"m worried about how it will ply.

Also I started spinning mohair. Not as interesting. (the llama and mohair are still part of that gradient set from forever ago.)
On to cross-stitch! I sprained my wrist a few weeks ago and couldn't knit but discovered I could still sew, so I sewed. A lot.

So much, in fact, that I finally finished this! After quite a few months.
Crazy, right? It'll be framed and up for sale in the shop within the next few days so just keep an eye on Facebook and all that. And don't forget to enter the contest!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Butterflies.

 Hello, again! Things have been busy over here in my neck of the woods, and HOT. There was a heat index of 103 today! So I've been doing a lot of little stuff, while working on a commission in my AC. I got a car, moved, and got a job all within a week, so that's also another reason for my absence, and I'm sorry, readers. I don't mean to make anyone worry, nor do I like keeping anyone on the edge of their seats (ha) waiting for my next update.
So here it is! My shop has had a LOT of new jewelry lately, because it's been too hot to knit, but when we had a cold front, I knitted this baby set, which is available for sale here.


 Before I finished those, though, I finished a thing from my great bag of WIPs, which now has only the green shawl, Cope (if anyone remembers that) and two blankets. Soon, those will be gone too!! Right after my current two commissions are done. Anyway, the newly-dubbed Snow Shawl is available to buy here as well!



 The third thing that I finished (after the baby set and the shawl, like a project monogamous person would do!), was crochet a commission for a friend of mine. She wanted dinosaur booties for her daughter, so those are all done and ready to go!


So, yeah, all that knitting is done. I have been knitting the Lavender Garden shawl, by Heirloom Knits (ravelry link), as another commission. Someone who found me through my Facebook page bought the pattern and the yarn, and asked me to knit it for her, and said she'd pay me for my time. It's a very lovely shawl, and I'm knitting it with a KnitPicks Lace that the commissioner had picked out, and I have to say, it's MUCH prettier in a smooth yarn than it is in the fuzzy yarn. If you want to see updates of that before I can blog them, please like my Kit's Knits page on Facebook!

In other creations, I've finished a few pairs of earrings. Just these simple white cranes, (available here) and then I decided that I've made an awful LOT of cranes in my life. Wouldn't something else be interesting as earrings?
 So I googled and googled, and found so many different butterfly patterns! But these are far too big for earrings! (Any good suggestions for them? Each one is about an inch and a half long. I'll mail one to the winning suggestor!) So the search went on!!





And I found these! They are tiny and sweet and darling little earrings. The while thing is less than an inch long. They are also for sale here, and can/will be made in many other colors, so suggestions ARE welcome!


Next on the agenda (besides the shawl) is camping and fishing!
So there you have it. That's how my life has been these past few weeks. I hope everyone else's summer is going well also!