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Production

Posted September 21st, 2012 by

My approach to doing production work has always been the same: get excited about an idea, work on it for three weeks straight, burn out, close my custom shop, resist all efforts to bring me out of retirement until I get excited about another idea. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Well, I thought I should try something different this time. I’ve got a specific plan that I am attempting to follow, and so far so good. Orders have been filled and shipped, supplies have been re-ordered, plans have been made for the next batch in the queue…

It feels good to have a schedule, and to be sticking to it. If only I could be so successful in my attempts to empty the dishwasher on a regular basis.

There have been a few questions about the loom-knitting tools, and I thought I’d answer them here.

Should I order a Standard tip, or a Fine tip? Personally, I find a Standard tip to be plenty pointy for worsted or bulky yarn on a Knifty Knitter. I created the Fine tip model by the request of someone who regularly uses a sock loom. If you are unsure which you would prefer, take a look at this handy comparison graphic that I made:

I don’t know how I ended up with so many of those purple picks…

What size is the handle? It is roughly the same length and diameter as the purple Knifty Knitter picks. I’m open to suggestion, though, if you need a longer or wider handle.

Hope that helps. As with the crochet hooks, I’m always willing to entertain ideas for further customization!

Speaking of crochet hooks, I’ve come to the realization that I need a better way to store my “blank” hooks. I took a page out of Boring Office Guy’s book, and reconfigured a cardboard box to do my bidding.

It’s not perfect, and I suspect the desire to beautify it will hit me soon. But for now, it works. And sorting out all of my hooks has made me realize something: I have WAY more Boye hooks in my stash than Susan Bates. Somebody please order some custom Boye hooks, will you? I would appreciate that.

:-)

I’m currently in pattern planning mode. What that means, essentially, is that I’ve analyzed which patterns have sold well in the past, and am using that information to choose my next collection of nine patterns to feature. I’m actually considering whipping up a few new patterns while I’m at it. Something in beachy colors, perhaps?

As you can see, I have a massive collection of millefiori canes at my disposal. If the nine I choose to feature don’t float your boat, you are more than welcome to ask to see some others!  If you are ordering multiple hooks and you’d like them to coordinate with each other in some way, that’s very do-able:

Maybe you’d like a G, H, and I hook, each in a “Retro” pattern that coordinates with the metal color of the hook. We can do that. Maybe you’d like a set of steel hooks, all in different patterns in the “Swamp” color scheme? We can do that, too. And the same goes for loom tools, buttons, and pens as well.

Don’t feel limited by the options listed :-) I’ve tried to keep the ordering pages simple and minimize the choices so as not to overwhelm anyone. But if you are not easily overwhelmed, you are welcome to chat with me about other options any time!

Thanks for your business. I appreciate it!

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