Sunday, June 8, 2014

Exhausted

Life sure has been really crazy the past month.
I had final exams, mid-May, and immediately following my last exam, I started spending time in the hospital, waiting for a very close, and very sick friend to wake up. He was comatose. It was 15 hours a day of waiting, every single day for exactly 7 days. He never woke up; unfortunately, he did end up passing away. His service was last week, and now it's a lot of waiting and trying to put things back together. I am just flat out exhausted.
All the waiting left me plenty of time to crochet an entire scarf, because I just couldn't focus enough on the lace shawl to work on it.


It is available for sale in my store. Please check it out!

Monday, May 12, 2014

5KCBDAY1

I hate to say that I will not be participating this year :( I just don't have time and I honestly haven't had any inspiration to do anything lately. I'm sorry guys

Sunday, May 4, 2014

StoreEnvy

I finally got a new online store posted and set up on Store Envy, and let me tell you, I like it SO MUCH MORE than Etsy. That isn't to say that Etsy is bad, but Store Envy is just so much easier. This is a really short post, as I haven't had a lot of time for crafting lately, but I will have things to show off soon, so check out my store or my Facebook in the meantime! I hope everyone is doing well!

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.