Finally, finally, finally got around to opening an Etsy shop. I still have a few dozen finished bottles and over 100 empty ones sitting around, hence the shop. I need to add another dozen listings eventually, but finding the energy to photograph them, write up a description, create the actual listing… bah. They’re all priced so far at $7.99, which is basically cost: I don’t buy the bottles and the like in huge quantities, so between those, the seekrit liquid I use inside, and the PayPal/Etsy fees, I’m not even breaking even. But fuck, I don’t care; I want them out. To that end, I’ve created a coupon code for anyone interested: ICANHAS gets you 15% off (so bottles would be $6.80 plus shipping).
In other news, I can has yarn crafting! When I was but a tiny thing, my Aunt R taught me to knit and crochet. I was maybe five at the time. By seven, I’d completely forgotten, and have never relearned. I’ve always meant to; always wanted to. Whenever I’d stop at a Michael’s or Hobby Lobby or JoAnn’s, if I happened past the yarn, I’d make a mental note to buy the supplies and finally learn. Earlier this week I finally actually got around to it. I bought some yarn, a set of crochet hooks (2mm-10mm, aluminium because I hadn’t read up on the difference between materials re: hooks and needles yet; may have to pick up another set soon), a set of 9″ knitting needles (sz 1-15, bamboo, woo), and a “Knitting Accessories Set” thingie with a bunch of things I don’t know how to use but will apparently need at some point.
Because I am an idiot, I accidentally chose “Super Saver Shipping,” which I fucking hate. True to form with Super Saver, Amazon split the order into three parcels, each shipped separately. The yarn arrived yesterday; the knitting needles (and a Swiss Army knife I threw in on a whim) should arrive Thursday; the crochet hooks and a skein of yarn should arrive shortly after. So now I have yarn, but no tools with which to use said yarn yet. Being as I am, there’s no bloody way I’m going to go buy needles/hooks when I have $70 in them (I probably shouldn’t have bought full sets of them at first, but it was more cost effective and I am nothing if not frugal) coming this week. Until they arrive, I guess I’ll just look longingly at the yarn, dreaming about the mangled-yet-soft things to come.
Speaking of yarn, holy shit but yarn is more complicated than I’d ever imagined. I knew — vaguely — that it came in different weights, but acrylic versus wool, and the different type of wool… fucking hell. I eventually decided on acrylic to start with; I’m going to mangle the shit out of my first few projects, so why waste money on good yarn just yet?
Also, just based on the videos I’ve watched, me and my rheumatoid arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome think we’re going to be Continental knitters. English looks like it’d get painful pretty quickly.
And now back to stalking the tracking info.