Oops! My Apologies!

Well, it happens.  And as a fledgling designer, I have to shrug and accept it, change the mistake, and move on.

An error was found in the Little Witch’s Cap pattern.  I have since corrected it, revamped the layout, and updated the download link.

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It’s a lot of work to go through my sales history and find out who has purchased the pattern since it was released, so let me know if you need the updated pattern!

It’s one of those things you have to take in stride.  Errors happen, and I am no math whiz, so they are bound to happen for me.  This pattern was released before I discovered the awesomeness of test knitters.  I am slowly working through my old patterns and having them refreshed and tested to make sure errors are fixed if they exist.  I do appreciate all of the kindness and patience from my peers.  Mistakes happen, that’s embarrassing enough for me, so telling me gently instead of getting upset (while I know having to stop in the middle of a project because Row 25 doesn’t make sense is frustrating!) is wonderful.  I promise to fix it as quickly as possible.

By the way, it’s available for download from this blog (go to the “patterns” page), Ravelry, and Etsy.  And remember, now through Halloween, my “costume” patterns are a whopping 25% off! No coupon needed.

Also, show me your Halloween costumes in my Rav Group!

Tonight kicks off the start of my Halloween celebrations! I will try to upload photos of my costumes when I get a chance. I was up past midnight last night working on the one for tonight’s Blues dancing bash!

Halloween Pattern Sale

Eek! I just realized how little time there is before the costume parties begin!  I have one on Friday and two on Saturday (one of which is a Vaudeville Burlesque party that I am hosting).  Not to mention the actual day of Halloween when the school has a party followed by after-school trick-or-treating.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve waited until now to start your costume planning.  While I have had ideas of what to do this season, actually getting my butt in gear to make it a reality just started.  What you want is something quick, easy, preferably inexpensive, and bonus points for something you can wear throughout the rest of the fall season (unless it’s super cheap – than a one-time costume is totally cool).

Now through Halloween night, I am offering 25% off any of my “Costume” patterns via Ravelry (You can also go to my “Patterns” page on this blog and receive the same discount).  No coupon code necessary!

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You could be a fearsome Dragon Slaying Pirate

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An unfortunate victim of the Zombia Apocolypse

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A sneaky sweet little witch

And more, like the Faery Gauntlets or Pumpkin Beret for something a little more versatile.

This is my favorite time of year, so you bet I’ll be posting pictures of my costumes for all of the parties!  What are you dressing up as?

 

The Thing About Wings

I started making wings when I was 15.  I went to a performing arts high school in Milwaukee which fed the flame for not only my creativity, but also my expression of rebellion.  I can see you scratching your head at the connection.

My school had strict regulations for dress code.  Skirts had to reach a certain length, shoulder straps had to be a certain width.  Anything on your head was subject to scrutiny.  No midriff, no bare backs, no offensive tees (and that’s a very subjective phrase).

However, there was nothing in the codes saying fairy wings were prohibited.  So, on several occasions, I wore my handmade wings to school.  That was my rebellion.

I did that a lot – rebelled through logical stand points.  I did nothing “wrong” per say, just pushed the envelope for what was “acceptable.”  My rebellion was backed up by carefully researched facts and plotted arguments.  I can do this because…  That is incorrect because…

And that is how my venture into fairy costumes came about.

Fast forward to college; I started exploring different methods beyond the nylon-coat hanger style and people started showing an interest in pairs for themselves.  I opened up shop, figuratively.  Most of what I did was by word of mouth.  I kept sketchbooks close by for ideas throughout the day.  My early work was interesting, vague, and some of it a little sloppy.

Two years later, I started doing shows and travelling with the shop.  It’s a hard gig to have because there is so much stress involved in travelling, maintaining expenses, and staying ahead of the trend.

That brings me to the nature of this post.  The trend has passed me by.  I wish I could blame something in particular (**couch**DisneyFairies**cough**) but that’s not quite right.  The fairy market has been stretched thin, and it has been a hard realization for me to make this year.  Really, I noticed it happening two years ago, but hoped that if I found a way to produce better quality items at a better price, I could stay in the game.  What I have been hearing a lot of lately is “She already has three pairs of fairy wings” and “Honey, you already have five tutus at home.  You don’t need another one.”

What does that mean for me?  Well, the fairy wing business is essentially shutting down.  I will not be “mass producing” my items.  I will still take custom orders, and the higher quality, one-of-a-kind items will still be in production – but the small, inexpensive, child-oriented wings are out.  Also, I will not be selling at live venues.  Everything from now on will be virtual markets (i.e. ETSY) and consignment.

That being said, I have a load of wings that I would like to move out of the house, and I’m willing to part with them at a pretty sweet deal to you guys.  Use this code WINGS2012 at checkout to get 50% any pair of wings in the shop, with the exception of made-to-order items.  I think there’s only one of those.  And wings will be uploaded as I have time, so keep checking back to see if there is anything new listed.

So, what happens to Little Green Pixie?

I will still do face painting and private/corporate gigs.  The wings and tutus will do one live show a year (Custer Street).

I am going to focus on the design aspect of the business.  There are so many designs stuck in my head that I simply haven’t had time to put to paper.  I really want to put them all out in the world for you.  I am working on a book (or two, or three…and maybe a small ebook somewhere in there, too).

Also, since I began teaching aerial, my perspective has changed.  It is so much fun and I love helping others share my passions.  The girls I teach are so excited about what they are learning, and that excitement and sense of possibility is infectious.  I have been looking at outlets for doing this more in-depth – intensive training and extra programs and whatnot.  The circus outlets in my life have been a prevalent source of inspiration for my knitwear designs, so I want to keep the two linked as much as possible.

This is a rather bittersweet post to mark my second blogversary.  It has been a fairly interesting and difficult year.  We are signing our lease for year three, and have begun serious discussion for what happens after that.  What are our plans for next summer?  I’m tossing around the ideas of different cities and looking into better programs and venues for my creative talents.  Odin is looking at his own future prospects and we are actively trying to bring our goals in line with each other.

In the end, I have a good feeling about this new path.  I think it will prove itself in the long run.

An Exercise in Self Control

This post is dedicated to The Village KnitWhiz
Every Knitter’s dream and nightmare.  Funny how sometimes it can be one and the same.  The Village Knit Whiz of Glenview will be closing it’s doors permanently as of 3pm today.  I just found out about this Monday, and made it over to say farewell this afternoon.  This is a nightmare for those for whom this is the closest supplier of their fiber addiction and who must now find an alternative store through which to satiate their cravings.  A dream because, well, 90% off all yarn is a little hard to beat.

This was my exercise in self control.  Every week I receive an envelope with the previous week’s tip distribution.  This ranges from 14 to 60 dollars, depending on how busy the coffee shop was.  This tip money does not figure in to my monthly house budget, since it is so variable, and instead it gets placed in a separate envelope at home aptly labeled: Yarn Addiction Fund.  I don’t need to explain, do I?  Well, I had a hefty sum saved up, as well as the desire to make my little girl a summer dress for her upcoming 6th birthday, and, well….90% off!!

It was just my luck that when I arrived, there was pretty much only novelty yarns left.  Still, I found some interesting pickings.  A few corn fiber yarns, several types of cotton, a plethora of ribbon yarns, and the standard funky fiber glittery yarns as well.  I tried not to grab everything within sight.

My score, however, was this:

A 100% cotton in my daughter’s favorite color, as though it was hiding behind all the puke greens just for us.  This will become that wonderful summer dress (maybe tunic?) that she’s been asking for.  And, I have just over 1 month to design it, and then knit it.

Now the kicker of this adventure is that I went to the checkout, plopped down my bag filled with yarn and waited to hear what damage had been done.  The total?  $26.77

Yep.  Envious?

Now, if only this self-control could extend to finishing that Klimt sweater…

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