Christmas is over! Yay!

No, I’m not a holiday-hater.

I mean, I do find it kind of hard to get into the spirit in this time of my life, and that’s not just because I’m in my mid-20s and stuck in that awkward “not a kid anymore but no kids of my own yet” stage. It’s also because I live literally across the country from all of my family and haven’t seen my own parents in over 2 years.

Plus I grew up in the Midwest, so it never feels like Christmas without snow or at the very least, temperatures below 70 degrees. I believe it was 88 this year, and I almost cried.

But I’m getting way off topic. No, I do not hate Christmas or any of its related holidays. I love them.

However, and this is both good and bad, this was the first year in which my holiday season was absolutely insane with orders. It was tough because I also needed to spend some time actually celebrating, and I had my own family gifts to take care of, and of course I wanted to actually sit down once in a while!

But it was nice because it means people are starting to like my products! I have a customer now who has ordered two child hats, an adult hat/scarf set, and now she wants another set at least! (I just delivered her scarf this morning!)

Over this holiday season, I completed…

1 peppermint blanket (you guys remember that one, right?)

2 child-size hats

5 adult beanies

4 bun hats

2 laptop cases

4 adult elf hats

3 cowls

3 stuffed dinosaurs, and

1 triangle scarf/wrap thing.

I’m sure that’s not a complete list by any stretch, but it should give you an idea.

This is why I’m exhausted. But it earned me enough cash that I’m ordering my husband a custom handmade walnut cookbook stand for his birthday this week! It’s from a custom woodworking guy I follow on Instagram, I’ve always wanted to order something from him to support a small business.

I don’t really have a point today, it was more to just emphasize that the Christmas season is OVER and I can hopefully return to more regular updates soon.

I hope you enjoyed your holidays so far and that you continue to enjoy the rest of them!

Confession: I hate those bun hats

I know, right?

To be clear, I do not hate the concept or the actual object. They’re totally freakin’ cute. I don’t personally have enough hair to really make use of one, but I love them on other people.

And of course I don’t hate them existing as a crochet pattern. I mean, how could you? Less than a skein of yarn, only takes a couple hours of work, and you can sell it for $10-20 depending on your general pricing and how much people are willing to pay. Great profit margins.

So why do I hate them?

Because they came into my life at the worst possible time.

You may have noticed that I haven’t posted in a while. That’s because of Christmas. By that I mean both working retail during the holiday season (42 hours on my schedule this week!), and being “that girl who knows how to make this crochet stuff” during the holiday season.

My mother-in-law is a major Facebook addict, and she’s lived in this city for 20+ years plus worked in a school for nearly that many years. So she knows EVERYBODY. And she likes to “help” me with my business by posting everything I make on her own page.

That’s awesome, right?

Yeah, not this time of year. I keep telling her (and have put such a notice on my crochet page) that I can’t take orders right now because I’m booked up. She understands, but then still puts the pic up on her page and says “my daughter-in-law would be happy to make you one, just message her!”

She says that they may not want it for Christmas so if I just explain that it won’t be done by then, it’s fine! But no one is thinking January right now, they’re all wanting Christmas gifts! And I have to keep turning them down!

So anyway…back to my original point. Why do I hate the messy bun hats?

Because now in addition to 5-8 messages a day of “I have seven grandkids and I want custom hats for all of them by this weekend please” that I have to turn down, now I’m also getting another 10 or so of “I keep seeing pictures of these bun hat things, can you make me one?”.

And I WANT TO! They’re fun (I tried one for the hell of it), they’re quick, and they’re such a great profit margin. But did they really need to pop up in December of all months? I live in Texas, so by the time the holiday season is over, no one is going to want them anymore because it’ll be 80-90 degrees again.

Please, bun hats, just disappear for a little while and then come back in the spring. Please?

The holiday season

I was going to be ready months ahead this time.

Back in early October I started posting on my “business” Facebook page that if someone wanted bigger items for Christmas they would have to tell me by November because of the time it takes to make big stuff.

In early November, I again posted that if anyone wanted anything made for Christmas, or just warm clothing like hats and scarves in general, that they’d have to tell me ASAP or I might not have time to make it. (We live in Texas so it doesn’t get truly cold until mid-December).

I again posted right around the first of this month that I hadn’t had as many orders as I thought, so there was still a little bit of time if anyone wanted anything.

Just in the last two days, suddenly now I’ve had orders for…

  • 2 dinosaur toys
  • 2 child hats and an adult hat (same customer)
  • 3 hats for a family friend
  • So far, at least two of those “messy bun” hats that are ridiculously popular right now
  • A hat for a coworker

That’s it for now, but I feel like I’m cursing myself saying that.

But at the same time, I definitely appreciate the extra cash while we’re still down to one paycheck for myself and my husband. He has found a job, but it’s at a school so you don’t actually get paid for a while at those places because they often only pay monthly.

I’m not sure what my point is here, but I think it’s mostly to express that I’m simultaneously happy and overwhelmed by all the orders I have going on right now. But that’s just how life works, isn’t it?

A productive-ass day.

It just doesn’t sound right to call it simply “productive”, so pardon my French.

Anyway, today has been super productive.

I finished…

Quinn the Owl (the pattern’s name for her, I’m leaving her actual name up to the customer):

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All I was told by the customer was “I love owls, and you pick the best colors so do whatever pattern and color combo you want!” I feel like I definitely fulfilled that request.

Also I finished a laptop case:

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Don’t ask why it’s sideways. I flipped the picture a million times at every step but it likes to be sideways, so we’re just going to have to deal with it. Anyway, the case turned out really cute!

I also finished this headband that I started a few days ago:

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The cables aren’t supposed to be slanted, but that’s just how it lays when it’s flat. It looks super cute on but I’m not quite comfortable posting selfies on here yet. I’ll find a “model” (friend) someday.

I started on a sweater:

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Super adorable, right? I love how it feels. I think this is the right match for this yarn, finally. Yes, I know I’ve said that before but shut up.

And, drumroll please!

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I. Finished. The. Scarves.

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Boom. Also I know about the top scarf having blue yarn on the buttons. I somehow thought it wouldn’t be noticeable, because I couldn’t find any black yarn to sew them on, but it’s super noticeable. I’ll find some black scraps somewhere and fix that tomorrow.

I’m just so glad to be DONE with those things.

Ok, this was a picture-heavy day but I’m just so proud of finishing all this stuff! I’ll see you guys tomorrow!