Hey guys! I'm Lindsey from The Chesapeake Needle, and I'm so excited to share some tips with you as a guest on the Our Maker Life blog today!
As a maker with an almost-full-time day job, I know firsthand how difficult it can be to balance work and running a business and keeping up with laundry and feeding the fish and calling mom and . . . you get the picture. We only get 24 hours every day to get things done, so it's important to make the most of our time, especially during market season! Here are some helpful hints that I find really boost my productivity; hopefully they will help you too!
Hi Makers, Kelly here!
While social media is filled with super gorgeous photos of beautiful works of knit and crochet art, even the most talented makers had to start somewhere right? Whether it was 10 minutes ago or 10 years, at some point we were all beginners struggling to find steady footing in our new creative journeys.
I'm excited to welcome two special guests on the blog today: Christie of @knittedcanada and Kimberly of @coziknots. These two talented ladies connected on Instagram last fall when they both decided they wanted to delve into the world of knitting in crocheting, and it seems they've endured a wild ride! Christie and Kimberly have compiled a Top 10 list of everything they think newbie knitters and crocheters should know, based on their maker experiences over the last seven months.
I mean, who doesn't love a good Top 10. Ready? Let's go!
Hello lovely makers! Kelly here, sneaking in for this week's Tip Tuesday to continue with our Etsy selling series part II.
In part 1, we invited Sarah, owner of Mama Knows Luxury, to share her words of wisdom with us on taking the plunge and opening an Etsy shop. If you missed it, you can check all the good advice she gave on Etsy sales guidance, fees and shop benefits here.
And if you've officially decided to open your Etsy shop, but still wondering where to go from here, you'll be happy as we are to welcome Sarah back for round two, where she's sharing five golden rules she follows on her journey towards Etsy success.
Ready to learn all things Etsy with Sarah to see if opening a shop on the platform is for you? Let's go!
It’s Al here, and I’m so happy to be checking in with you guys again this week for another Tip Tuesday. As many of you may know, the story of how I opened my Etsy shop is a very simple one: because I love knitting. I wish I had a coming of age experience where my whole life came into focus and so on. But I didn’t. I just love to knit. So this week’s tip is all about just that - my love for knitting. More specifically let’s talk about getting clean, crisp color changes in your knitting work .
The rib knit stitch is one of those stitches that is kind of magic. With just a few knits and purls you get a squishy, stretchy ribbed texture great for mitten cuffs, hat borders and the edge of any sweater sleeve. I use the rib stitch in so many of my projects and in my years of knitting I have yet to find a substitute that I like better than the basic K1,P1 rib stitch.
One of the tough parts about the rib stitch is switching colors. Have you ever noticed that switching your yarn color during a row of ribbing means your color change shows, leaving your work look just a little more “handmade” than you would like? Don’t worry, the solution to clean edges and crisp color changes is at your fingertips.
Ready to get more details? Let’s go!
It’s Al here, back with a fresh Tip Tuesday to kick off 2017.
I know it’s been a while, well forever, since I’ve spoken up on the blog-- which is why this week’s post is so fitting.
I am so grateful to everyone who contributed to Tip Tuesday in my slightly intense introverted phase this fall and kept this column going these past few months. When I first came up with the idea of ‘tip tuesdays’, the entire OML team was so supportive of my vision to have shareable, insider tips from maker to maker about a huge range of topics from knitting, needle crafts, social media, selling and so on.
This week's topic may seem a little out there, but strikes a chord with me, especially in the context of reflecting, re-evaluating and setting new goals for a fresh new year. This week I’m sharing my tips for getting yourself out of a creative rut, or more positively: tips for kickstarting your way into a new phase of making.
If you’re thinking “what on earth is Al talking about?” then the rest of this post was written for you! Click on!