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About AmySolovay

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  1. Your wordpress blog link is actually in your signature -- sorry, I somehow missed seeing it. You posted it correctly. I just took a look at your blog, and I think it is great! I really enjoyed seeing your work. I hope everyone else will check it out, too -- definitely worth the click. I will send you a private message momentarily.
  2. That sounds like a great cause you are working towards, and I wish you much success with it. (NOT that I think there is anything wrong with selling patterns for profit -- I don't, at all! Just want to clarify that. I absolutely think pattern designers deserve to profit from their hard work -- or, of course, to have the option of donating the proceeds to causes they believe in, as you are doing.) If you are planning to design many more patterns to sell or share with others, you might want to consider starting a blog or website for promoting your work. There are free blogging platforms
  3. :) I guess zippers and snaps are old-school "technologies", which is probably the best explanation for why they didn't come to mind for you as a solution. Zippers are still plentiful, since people use them for sewing clothing, but they are kind of a hassle to install. And does anyone besides me even use snaps any more? They can be hard to find these days. I bought a big huge stash of them on the secondary market, and I find plenty of ways to use them. I'm not so enthusiastic about Velcro, precisely because it does tend to snag on things you don't want it to.
  4. There are many possible approaches to selling your handmade items. If you want to sell them online, Granny Square's suggestion to sell them on Etsy is a good one. To do that, you first open an Etsy account. Then you take great photos of each item, write a thorough and engaging description of each item, set a price for each item, and use all the photos and descriptions to create product listings for your Etsy shop. Then you will most likely have to do some marketing to attract buyers to your shop. That part might be optional, but it also might be the difference between making sales or not.
  5. I am really glad you're crocheting again, and I hope you can find the pattern you're looking for. I'm not familiar with that one. Karen Rhatto-Whooley's book Fair Isle to Crochet has blanket patterns that sound similar, with multiple colors and ends tied for fringe -- but I don't think any of those patterns have flowered borders. If I come across a pattern like that in my pattern stash, I'll definitely report back. It sounds like maybe it's a vintage pattern, correct? Could you give an estimate of when you think it was published -- which decade?
  6. What a wonderful idea, to weave your cat's carrier blanket. Lucky, happy little kitty! I am a cat person, too, by the way. (Don't get me started posting kitten photos, haha.) Congrats on finishing the beanie! That's fantastic! I started crocheting in early childhood and I STILL feel a sense of accomplishment when I actually finish a project, so I know what you mean when you mention being proud of yourself. There is something so satisfying about making something with your own hands -- and actually finishing a project is never something to take for granted. Or maybe that's just m
  7. That's adorable! Such personality.
  8. Hi Morphinae! Welcome! Nice to "meet" you. What are you working on now? Is it hard for you to decide whether to start a new loom weaving project or a new crochet project? Just wondering. I do multiple crafts too and sometimes I have that problem.
  9. 20 copies sounds like a fantastic start! I give away most of my patterns for free, so don't honestly know what's a good "benchmark" to compare against for pattern sales. I do know it's hard to even give away patterns. You wouldn't think so, would you? But it's harder than you'd think. So I think that having sold 20 copies of your design is an excellent accomplishment.
  10. Velcro might not be ideal, but you could make the stuffed animal resealable using a zipper or snaps. I can't think of any good reason why that wouldn't work...
  11. What a fantastic idea. I think that was a delightfully elegant and creative solution you came up with. Bravo! The blanket is beautiful! I've often used sewing appliques on crochet projects too -- but never one that required such effort. Mine were all off-the-shelf appliques that were pretty quick to attach.
  12. That is super impressive! Wow. You do lovely work. Those squares are all wonderful, but the giraffe is my favorite -- and the pic of little Cam with his stuffed giraffe is priceless.
  13. I hope you'll do well with it! You obviously put a lot of effort into that design.
  14. With dishcloths, shrinkage isn't a huge concern; like everyone else pointed out, a dishcloth that shrank a bit will still get your dishes clean. Where it gets to be a problem is if you're doing large cotton projects like sweaters that need to fit someone precisely. In that case, the best approach is to make a gauge swatch and then launder it. Work off the laundered swatch for figuring out your gauge. I used to work in the textile industry, and I learned that it is pretty typical for cotton knits to shrink. Usually the shrinkage was greatest in the length and not so pronounced in the width
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