Friday, November 27, 2015

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year...

It's that time of year again!  Wow, the years seem to roll past faster and faster the older I get!
I hope everyone who celebrates Christmas is getting in the holiday spirit; if not, I may have the cure!


Introducing Baby's First Plushies - Gingerbread Boy & Girl!


These adorable little Gingerbreads are sure to make the holidays brighter, merrier and all so much sweeter.

Purchase the Gingerbread Boy or Girl as a single pattern here for $4.20USD ea:


 


or purchase them together as a set for the best value here for $6.80USD!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Dinner Invitations... Gone Bad

Thaddeus was so excited when he received his first ever invitation to a holiday dinner that he didn't even think twice about accepting.
That was his first mistake...




Sadly, he was not as much invited TO dinner, as in was his host's intention for him to BECOME dinner.
Luckily for Thaddeus, he is fast on his feet and aside from loosing his beautiful feathers, he escaped physically unscathed.



His trust in humans, however, has suffered serious harm.  The best I could do for now was to try and give him a little dignity (not to mention warmth) and help clothe his naked body until his plumage returns.  
Perhaps some of you may wish to do a little more by inviting him to a real Thanksgiving Dinner and the warmth of family togetherness, stuffed with the laughter of friends; can show him the bounties of the holiday season. 

Thaddeus will be on his way later on this week.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

FDbyK4TT Facebook Page

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Sure I write blog posts - but that is only a small part of the FiberDoodles by K4TT online presence now. 
If you are not part of the FDbyK4TT Facebook Family, then you are missing out on Sales, Free Patterns and Giveaways!



Join the FiberDoodles by K4TT Facebook Page here:
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Language of Fiber

In Italy, they speak Italian, in France it's French and in the Netherlands is Dutch... I could go on and on - but you get my meaning.  Each 'culture' has it's own language and the crochet culture is no different!


Not to worry!  Most designers take the time to make a "key" or a "legend" at the beginning of each pattern to help you out.  But just in case, here are some of the most common acronyms and abbreviations to help you though the Language of Fiber 

Commonly Used Stitch Terms in Patterns: 
Terms reflect American English
BEGBegin or Beginning
BETBetween
BLO or BLBack Loops Only or Back Loop
BP Back Post
BPDC Back Post Double Crochet
BPESC Back Post Extended Single Crochet
BPHDCBack Post Half Double Crochet
BPSCBack Post Single Crochet
BPTRBack Post Treble Crochet
CA or B, C, etcColor "A", "B", etc
CCContrasting Color
CHChain Stitch
CH-#Make chain for required # of stitches
CH-SPChain Space
CONTContinue
DCDouble Crochet
DC2TOGDouble Crochet 2 Stitches Together
DECDecrease
DTRDouble Treble Crochet
FLO or FLFront Loops Only or Front Loop
FP Front Post
FPESC Front Post Extended Single Crochet
FPHDCFront Post Half Double Crochet
FPSCFront Post Single Crochet
FPTRFront Post Treble Crochet
HDCHalf Double Crochet
INCIncrease
LP or LPSLoop or Loops
MCMain Color
M/M or MMMove Marker or Marker Moved
PMPlace Marker
RND or RNDSRound or Rounds
RS Right Side of Work
SCSingle Crochet
SC2TOGSingle Crochet 2 Stitches Together
SKP or SKSkip
SLST Slip Stitch
SP or SPSSpace or Spaces
ST or STS Stitch or Stitches
TCH or T-CH Turning Chain
TOG Together
TRTreble Crochet
WSWrong Side of Work
YOYarn Over
YOHYarn Over Hook



Commonly Used Terms in Conversation: 
Terms reflect American English
BiCRAFTUALSomeone who Crochets & Knits
C2CCorner to Corner
CALCrochet Along
CIPCrocheting In Public
FOTHFresh Off The Hook
FROG/FROGGING To Rip Out  (can be rnds/rows or entire project) - "Rip It" 
 (ribbit - ribbit)
HOTH Hot Off The Hook
HSPY Haven't Started Project Yet
ISOIn Search Of
JOTHJust Off The Hook
LYSLocal Yarn Shop or Store
MGB2C or MGBTCMust Get Back To Crocheting
OCDObsessive Crocheting Disorder
OOAKOne Of A Kind
PABLEPattern Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy
PHDProjects Half Done
PIFPay It Forward
RAKRandom Act of Kindness
RTS or R2SReady To Ship
SABLEStash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy
STASHGenerally refers to Yarn on hand
STASH BUSTERProject that utilizes a lot of yarn
TAC or TALCTake Along Crochet
TIAThanks In Advance
TOADTrashed Object - Abandoned & Disgusted
UFOUnfinished Object - (usually abandoned or neglected)
USOUnstarted Object
VANILLAAn easy project. (smooth, plain)
WIPWork In Progress
WIVSPWork In Very Slow Progress
YAPYet Another Project
YARN BARFTangled mess of yarn ejected from center of a skein - generally found when digging for the starting tail of a new skein
YARN BOMBDecorative piece of Fiber Art in a very public place - Fiber Graffiti
YARNIE A lover of yarn (could also reflect small business owner who spins and dyes own yarns)
YARTYarn Acquisition Road Trip
YASYarn Acquisition Syndrome

Friday, August 21, 2015

Upcoming Auction - Nov 2015

It is not often I take a public 'political stance' on anything.  That is one sure fired way to annoy or offend someone; and when you are in the people-pleasing-business, it's an area that you tend to tread very lightly into.  However this is a subject that I am extremely passionate about - and one that influences so much of my fiber art.

I am sure by now, everyone has heard of "Cecil the Lion" and the horrible occurrence that happened in Zimbabwe in July.  And no matter what your opinion on hunting in general, I think everyone can agree that this was a tragedy that should not have been allowed to have happened and the outcry of compassion, shock and anger has proven what the human species can accomplish when we work together with a single voice for change.



For anyone who missed it - Cecil was a majestic 13-year-old, Southwest African Lion living in the Hwange National Park in S. Africa.  He was part of an Oxford University/Wildlife Conservation Research Unit research project to help study lion populations (living structures, conservation, etc) in the wild. (Lions have declined in the past 3 decades by more than 50% due to humans.)  The research team had been monitoring Cecil since he was a cub and tracking his pride and territory until 01 July 2015.

That was when a MN (US) Dentist paid 50K USD, for the "privilege" of hunting a lion. 
Cecil's death was not a swift death.  He was first wounded by bow and arrow and suffered for nearly 40 hours, before finally being shot with a rifle and killed. This, after he was lead out of the safety of his Park Sanctuary.  I will not/cannot give the details of his death, as they are barbaric and what was done is NOT what a true hunter does with their kills. Cecil was a Trophy to his killer, not an animal, just an object. - This hunt was purely for sport and pleasure and to top it all off - it was ILLEGAL and the local guide & farmer are currently awaiting trial for their roles in the hunt.



Anyone who has followed my blog for a number of years, may remember when I wanted to help Cause an "UpROAR", so this isn't just an emotional thing to fit in with current sentiments or trends - this has been a nearly 10 year journey thus far.  
I have been a passionate supporter of endangered animals for years - from campaigning to help end "canned hunts" and private ownership of exotic animals, to financial support of 'sanctuaries' that take in "exotic pets" and making contributions to endangered wild life refuges that take in the sick and re-release healthy "endangered", "threatened" and "vulnerable" wildlife.  So when I speak about the future, of the legacy we leave behind us; I speak from the heart with a genuine hope that there are many more people who believe just as passionately as I do.


I BEG YOU, please do NOT turn a blind eye.  

It is not someone else's problem - it won't just go away or correct itself.  
100 people saying "no" is barely a blip on the radar, compared to the billions of people on this planet.
10 Million people screaming "No" will get a little more noticed.... 
but 100 BILLION people screaming "THIS CAN'T BE ALLOWED TO HAPPEN!!" can really bring about change!! 
 


Once these iconic and majestic animals, that so many just take for granted will always be here/after all, they were here LONG before us; are gone - they are GONE FOR GOOD!  The truth is, we as a human species, have already caused the extinction of many, many magnificent creatures!

Without YOUR intervention and voice, by the time your great granddaughter's daughter is in grade school, the African Lion may be reduced to only a memory in a book...  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has predicted that African Lions face extinction by the year 2050.  And may other animals on the Endangered List, don't even have that long!

So what does this have to do with crochet?  

Everything and Nothing - all together and at the same time.  Because I crochet, I am blessed with people who read my blog - therefore it is my duty to make sure that people know what is going on... at the very least, if I can alert 10 people to what is happening and they choose to act - then I have reached 10 people - who may reach 10 more people and so on... 
a domino effect that could actually become a beneficial and critical step in stopping the current extinction crisis.

"Only one good thing comes out of this – thousands of people have read the story and have also been shocked. Their eyes opened to the dark side of human nature."

Now, think of some of your favorite amigurumi projects that you've made over the years... and I am willing to bet you that several of your favorite animals can also be found on the Endangered Lists!  

From bats, bears, birds and butterflies to sloths, tigers, lions and sharks - there are so many beautiful creatures that we've made with our hands, hooks and fibers that have made the list. From critically endangered to vulnerable of becoming extinct - these are animals that have a very real threat of existing no more...  during OUR TIME.

But ultimately, what this post has to do with "crochet" is that on 01 November 2015 - I will be holding an auction to raise funds, by crocheting a FDbyK4TT original. 



Roland the Lion Cub from the Friends Series, will be modified as a tribute to Cecil the Lion and will be auctioned off via Facebook for you to own a one of a kind fiber tribute! 

Further details will be forthcoming as this auction gets closer, so please continue to watch for updates.


Cecil may no longer be 'trending' on social media - but he is FAR from forgotten!

Don't want to wait until November to do something to help these animals?  Please visit any of the websites linked within this post to learn more or donate directly to : Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WILDCRU)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Oh... Can I Translate that for You?




Believe it or not, this simple - seemingly harmless offer, send chills down many a designer's spine.
It seems like it would be so beneficial to have someone offer to make your patterns available in language(s) that you are not fluent in.  You would be able to branch out into markets previously untapped by you and that means more profit.  And many designers jump at the chance to put more money in their pocket!  After all, the BIG companies do it.  They have their works translated into nearly ever major language on the planet!  It's Win-Win... right?

No - it's really not.  And it's not as simple as just having "John/Jane Doe" substitute one language equivalent for another.  


Large companies offer their products/instructions in different languages because they have hundreds, or even thousands of employees; often, in various satellite offices in the areas they are marketing to.  People who speak a 2nd or even 3rd language as fluently as they speak their common language.  
For example, DRG Publishing, who is well known in the paper and fabric crafts (Annie's Attic, Molly Makes, etc), has hundreds of employees, sales & advertising associates as well as paid translators - that all fall under the broad umbrella of DRG Publishing.  That means it is in the translator's best interest to translate the instructions with the true intent of the designer; not 'interpret the designer's intention' or use variations in dialect or slang.  
If a pattern or design is not translated correctly and is then put into distribution to it's language destination - the complaints are going to DRG and someone is going to get reprimanded or even fired.
Using someone from a country offering to do you a 'favor' for the paycheck of a few free patterns... obviously, THEY can read your language well enough to offer to translate - but what is the incentive that they will translate your instructions correctly?  They've already gotten their "payment".  There is no contract between you and them saying what will/can happen if J.Doe misrepresents your work.  Ultimately, mistakes do not fall on the translator, the mistakes and ill feelings fall on your small business and on YOU as the designer.


There is also to consider - and this is specifically why I do NOT allow my patterns to be translated.  How are you going to help someone if you don't understand their native language?  Are you going to try to use an online translator and hope/pray that it get's it accurate?  (Don't you think that the person asking you the questions has already tried that?)

I have online friends from Brazil (Portuguese), the Netherlands (Dutch), Canada & France (French), Mexico (Spanish) as well as Cape Verde and Jamaica; and in the real world I have friends who speak Portuguese, Spanish, French and Italian - heck, my X-sister inlaw taught high school French - but they know next to nothing about crocheting.  
Sure, I could get into a healthy conversation regarding food, home life or religion with any of them because we would be speaking in commonly used terms - actually we would be speaking primarily in English, with a few 'foreign' words tossed in here or there - but it is not about a specific craft with specific and not commonly used 'foreign words' (outside the craft). It's also with people who know and trust/understand you.

I have fellow designers who have also offered to translate my own works into other languages - languages which they offer their own works in their shops.  So I KNOW they are proficient in the regular language of the translations as well as the "crafting language"; and could translate the work accurately.
BUT.. are they going to take away from their crafting time or time away from assisting their own customers - to assist my client if there is an issue or someone has a question? 

Someone who has paid money for instructions in their own language doesn't "know you".  They are your customer.  They are expecting YOU to help them complete their project - and they are already probably a bit frustrated because something they paid money for isn't working for them.  In order for you to able to assist them, you need to be able to understand what they are having an issue with and explain to them how to fix it - in a way that they will be able to understand - IN THEIR LANGUAGE!   


And finally.. ... while no one likes to admit it - IT IS a very sad fact.  There are dishonest people out there!  In fact, there are a lot of dishonest people out there.  Maybe YOU don't know about it - because YOU are an honest person.  
You don't buy a pattern and turn around and put it on an illegal download site.. or translate it and sell it on a "specific language" site.  But there are MANY who do.. unscrupulous people looking to make a quick buck without actually working for it.  
I know of several artists, including myself, who have had their work fraudulently misrepresented and stolen by others; to be sold in online stores and even PUBLISHED in foreign MAGAZINES!  And how did they get their hands on the original?  At least one that I have personal knowledge of, offered to "translate" for a designer.   She translated nothing for the designer, but instead, translated the works for a local magazine and sold it to them.
 

For those looking to 'translate' - the honest people, who just love the craft and want to 'help' - I know there are MANY of you out there too.  The "cold sell" (that is sending an eMail or private message to someone saying "hey I translate for others, I can translate for you") is not the best way to go.
I recommend that you build up a rapport with a designer or designers that you enjoy.  Support their craft by purchasing their patterns.  Show them photos of your finished works.  Talk to them and get to know them before making an offer to "help" by translating.  Once trust is established, and a friendship is developed - that is when the 'partnership' is mutually beneficial to everyone involved.   


I cannot say that FDbyK4TT will never offer patterns in a language other than English, but IF/when this ever happens.  It won't be "as a favor".  The translator is instrumental in making those foreign sales and they deserve compensation also (beyond a free pattern ).  
Translators, do not sell yourself short either - you are doing something for the designer that the designer cannot do for themselves.  Each foreign copy sold would not be possible without YOUR assistance in translating the instructions.  Whether you establish a "set fee" for your time or a % of each sale; you have added your name to that designer's team and you should be compensated for that.

While the gesture is kind and in MANY cases, very sincere and heart-felt.  Before you decide to just allow 'anyone' to translate your work, you must remember that YOUR NAME - YOUR REPUTATION is the one that is on the line, not theirs.


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Summer Is Drawing to a Close

Wow!  Here we are in the middle of August... where did the Summer go??
Is it just me or does the Summer Vacation time seem to slip by quicker and quicker each year?
Pretty soon, it will be back to school for many of our children and grandchildren - back to homework on the week nights, reports that take up the weekends and parent teacher conferences/report cards.


Make a great first impression on your child's new teacher with one the FiberDoodles by K4TT whimsical school themed crochet patterns! 


Adam the Apple is a sweet plushie twist on the classic 'teacher's gift'.   Apples and Teachers, seem to be as closely related to each other as the movies and popcorn!

 or, perhaps you may be thinking towards Long Term Goals of Graduation!  Greg the Graduation Cap can happily inspire your child's class throughout the school year!

Maybe you are just looking for a helpful reminder of where to "Check In" or "Sign Up", then Peter the Pencil is ready to help guide the class in the right direction!


Of course, if you are looking for that special gift that is a bit more mature, for those higher grades...  FiberDoodles by K4TT offers more for the sophisticated palate.. 


Bao the Bookworm is all about encouraging Reading
 
A Tranquil Topiary is serene enough to create zen on any teacher's desk, without needing watering! 
American based School Teachers always take pride in our Country's National Treasures.  Palmer the Bald Eagle is ready to stand proud for your child's new teacher.
Olie the Amigurumi Owlet is the classic and symbolic animal that represents intelligence and education.  Besides, what teacher doesn't love owls?!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Every Little Girl Should Have a Pony of Her Own!

Since I was a little girl, I have always loved horses. For me, they have remained one of the few animals that are part in the magical world as much as in our own real one. They've carried princesses to safety and princes into battles with dragons and worse. 
 
When I was about 14 years old, I was fortunate to have my very own horse - Exclusive Peabody, although I never called him by his full name; I just called him Peabody.  He was my very best friend.  I told him all my secrets and imagined he and I would grow old together.  Unfortunately, this was long before cellphones... and I have very few photos of him after all these years... but he was a strong horse, a beautiful horse and the fantastical adventures we took, I still look fondly on today. 

Eventually, due to circumstances (I was a suburb gal and we boarded our ponies on a farm a few towns away); I eventually had to say goodbye to my sweet boy.  I was broken-hearted!

 

Every child should have their own pony to share in magical adventures and explorations of fantasy. Whether it's a trip to some far off place, a casual afternoon in the field or a cozy evening in the stable - Pastiche is ready to share that experience with your young one.

Pastiche is ready to trot her way into your heart and go on many adventures with your little one this summer. You don't need to stable her. Nor is she a big eater. But she does need plenty of play and imagination and a whole lot of LOVE.


Pastiche the Palomino, is an "Intermediate" pattern due to it's use of Loop Stitches in the mane, legs and tail. This pattern contains 13 pages of pattern instructions, with detail oriented photographs to help you bring this 22.5 inch friend to life.
To complete this pattern, it is expected that you already know how to crochet using single crochet stitches as well as loop stitches. You should also know how to change colors, as well as how to crochet in the round.


Purchase Pastiche the Palomino on Etsy.com

** WARNING ** Young children, toddlers and infants should ALWAYS be supervised when playing with this toy. There may be small pieces that a child can dislodge and there is potential for ingestion or aspiration injuries. Check all toys periodically for breakage and potential hazards. Broken toys can develop small parts which may present the potential for ingestion or aspiration injuries. A toy that cannot be repaired should be thrown away immediately. Please remember to use a yarn which is safe, as young children are likely to put toy in their mouth.

Pattern:
 

Materials Used in Model:

Red Heart® WW 4-Ply Yarn in 0313 Aran, 0334 Buff, 0431 Light Grey, 0360 Café, 0706 Perfect Pink, 0311 White and 0774 Black
Size US G6/4.00mm Crochet Hook
Filling for Plushies (fiberfil or similar)
Yarn Needle for Sewing
Long Straight Pins for Positioning


This pattern is written in English, using US Crochet Terms.
Patterns purchased on Etsy.com are available as Instant Downloads and available immediately upon completion of the transaction by submission of payment.   

You will need an Adobe Reader, or like software to view written materials.  You can visit http://get.adobe.com/ to find out more about Adobe and it's products.

By ordering any product from FiberDoodles by K4TT, whether by clicking over the internet, telephone, facsimile or otherwise, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of the FiberDoodles by K4TT End User Licensing Agreement or qualification.
Purchasers may not redistribute, resell, and/or translate pattern into another language for reselling. Questions regarding sale of finished items is answered on this FiberDoodles by K4TT Blog, under the heading of EULA.

Please note that there may be certain orders that FiberDoodles by K4TT is unable to accept and must cancel. We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to refuse or cancel any order for any reason. FiberDoodles by K4TT may also require additional verifications or information before accepting any order. You will be contacted if all or any portion of your order is canceled or if additional information is required to accept your order. If your order is canceled after your credit or debit card has been charged, we will issue a credit to your card in the amount of the charge.

Due to the format and ease in reproduction, patterns are non-refundable.

All patterns are sold in good faith. Every effort has been made to ensure that all instructions are accurate and complete. FiberDoodles by K4TT cannot, however, be responsible for human error, typographical mistakes or variations in individual work. If you should find any errors that you feel need attention, please notify me.

All patterns purchased from FiberDoodles by K4TT are protected under Federal copyright laws. Reproduction/distribution, in part or in whole, is strictly prohibited unless specifically authorized. This includes, but is not limited to, any form of reproduction or distribution on or through the Internet, including posting, scanning, "Crochet-A-Longs" and/or eMail transmission. Each pattern is encrypted with identification unique to each individual purchaser.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Rawr! Cough! Choke.. Pass the Salad Please...


Thaddeus is not your typical Tyrannosaurus.  Unlike many of his relations in the tyrannosaurid family roaming this planet a little more than 66 million years ago; Thad is a different sort of dinosaur!  He is a vegan!  
In fact, his favorite foods are Coconut Curry Popcorn, Almond Butter Rice Treats and Cashew Milk!!

His favorite movie?  The Land Before Time, of course!  He just thinks Chomper is the bee's knee's!



Thaddeus is just your average, everyday 6 year old boy.  Sure he's a T-Rex... that doesn't make him a bad guy!  He just wants to cuddle and play - but if you're ever in a jam, he's definitely the one you'd want to have around to scare off the closet monster .. or the thing under the bed.  I mean, everyone is afraid of an apex predator.. right?

Thad is just waiting on you to bring him to life! 
Available now on Etsy.com

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Lullaby and Goodnight

Lullaby, and good night, in the skies stars are bright
May the moon, silvery beams, bring you with dreams
Close you eyes, now and rest, may these hours be blessed
Till the sky's bright with dawn, when you wake with a yawn

Lullaby, and good night, you are mother's delight
I'll protect you from harm, and you'll wake in my arms
  ~ as performed by Jewel/'09 Album Lullaby


Remember when monsters were REAL and things that went bump in the night had fangs and claws? Yeah, it's been a while - now most of the monsters have 2 legs and capped teeth.  But my own childhood, what a glorious time to be a kid, when The Boogieman was just about the only thing a good kid really had to worry about!

It's 1982 and Hasbro made those all those horribles of the night disappear, with the debut of their Glo Worm nightlight toy.
For those who are too young to remember and those who've never heard of a Glo Worm, their little heads were made with a special plastic, that allowed them to glow in the dark. They had a plush body (that encased the battery pack) making the Glo Worm the first nightlight that a child could cuddle with as they fell asleep. Told you it was great to be a little kid in the 80's!


This sweet little bug became a staple in many a child's bedroom and those scary monsters lurking in the dark, were no match for Glo Worm’s glowing cuteness.
Well, they say, all thing come back around, and this little bug was the inspiration behind the newest addition to the FiberDoodles by K4TT Pattern Library.
Introducing Snuggle Bug and Blanket.




This sweet little plush is perfect for your toddler to cuddle with on those stormy nights, when the monsters still lurk outside windows - or while just laying in the light and watching television.  These vivid colors, although not battery powered, are positively charged with smiles and good feelings. Sold as a set (blanket and bug) or separately (Snuggle Bug single or Snuggle Blanket) this soft little cutie is bound to not only bring back memories, but to help create fond ones as well!  


Available now on Etsy.com

Saturday, June 20, 2015

40 yrs Later - A Great White Anniversary



I've always been terrified of water I cannot see the bottom of - ocean, lakes, rivers.. I, personally, like to see with whom I am swimming - anyone who's ever seen what a sea worm (rag worms or bobbit worms) looks like up close, can appreciate my queasy feeling... and that's not even casting a thought to the man-made uglies lurking in the dark waters...
Nope, I stick to swimming pools. :P

But I've always admired and appreciated the ocean's - as well as, nature's beauty; including Great White Sharks.  




I was almost 5, when Jaws was released in theaters - but it wasn't until a few years later that my fear of dark waters, was given an 'excuse' - the Great White Shark - specifically Jaws!  (and to anyone who asked "don't you want to go in the ocean?" just humming the opening Jaws theme was enough to answer and avoid the adult 'encouragements' to overcome my fears.)  
Ah, yes, you can say, I have owed a debt to that big beastie for most of my life - without ever truly 'fearing' the fish itself.   

Although it's not "Shark Week", which is usually when I remind you about Chum, the Great White Shark from the FDbyK4TT Library of patterns - the 40th Anniversary (June 20th, 2015) of the 1 film that kept so many ON the beach and out of in the water, is the perfect time to re-share Chum with you.




Unlike his dastardly 2nd cousin (twice removed), Chum is just as sweet as can be and loves to cuddle, watch cartoons and is completely vegan! 
Following instructions and materials from pattern will produce a 12 inch (in length) cutie to help celebrate the wonders of the ocean and it's beautiful inhabitants.

A creative and thoughtful gift for anyone who loves the ocean, appreciates the beauty of the ocean of just loves sharks.

 




Katt's Note:

Before I begin to receive the "PC eMails" about recent news events regarding shark attacks and how incentive promoting "sharks" is; these big fish are truly magnificent beasties and NOT monsters.  
Do you blame the lion for his attack of the prey in his territory?  Or raptor (eagle, owl or hawk) that swoops the cute bunny from your yard?  Most shark attacks on humans are not predatory in nature - but when you've got approximately 288 saw blades in your mouth (48 teeth you see, and 4-5 rows of 'developing teeth' that you don't see) - even the slightest investigatory grab, is going to leave a mark.  
These magnificent leftovers of a time that we've never known and even forgotten, deserve our respect, not our ignorance and fear.  The Great White Shark isn't acting upon prejudice or malice (although could you truly blame him, with how we pollute his waters and poison his food sources, if he were?),  these beautiful creatures are just 'doing what they do' in their own environment - and WE humans are the intruders into their home.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Shooting Yourself in the Foot

I have really, REALLY been surprised in the past few days at the sheer number of posts I have read from hobbyists, working with fiber, who allow their furry children around their works in progress. 
and even worse - taking to social media and complaining about an infestation issue they are having within their homes.
Then weeks later, these same people are complaining about low sales or having a clearance sale to move inventory - because nothing is selling.





Would YOU purchase an item from a home that has bedbugs?  fleas?  ants? lice?  or would you just be a tad concerned that you may get a hitchhiker along for the ride on the item that you have just purchased?

If you are only making items for your family and friends - then yes, the chances are that 'they' would already know about Fido bringing fleas into the home.  They would know that Fluffy thinks that fuzzy skein of yarn is just aces to sleep on.. whether it is in use or not.  These are family members who know and most likely support your furry children as well as your crafting endeavors, but ... you are also (most likely) not charging them at all - or not nearly what you are listing items for online.

Perhaps I have set a bad example.  Some of the photos that I have shared on social media do happen to have one of my furry beasties in it.  There was my Moose with his Moose in one - there was the Cat in my lap and the cat on the keys... 
but NONE of these items were for sale!  My original models ALWAYS go to the copyright office - well except for the ones who are stolen by said beastie.  What is photographed never sees anything more than a box and a storage shelf or the inside of a dog jowl.
I can afford to be more 'playful' with my photos because I am not making a finished item to sell to the public. 


When I do crochet pieces for charity or for sale - these items are always completed in what I refer to as the 'studio' .. this is the one room of the house which does not see animals often (it's in the basement by the laundry) and when I am in there, absolutely no one with fur or dander (and occasionally, the no one with questions or food either)  are granted access to my studio.  
Although primarily I design patterns - my finished items also say something about my work.  My WIPs, I make for sale, always have their own sealed bag to store in, are packaged (in many instances) immediately after finishing and photoshoot - to insure that when I advertise the item, it will be dust free, hair/dander free and ready to go upon it's sale.

Always remember that when you are treating your hobby as a business - your customers are expecting 'business quality' in all aspects.  While dog hair on a doll may be just a minor inconvenience to you - quickly brushed off... like 90% of your furniture, clothing and everything else in your home (we do love our beasties!) - to your BUYER, it's 'dirty'.
While a bit of cathair on that afghan is just a well loved 'comfy seat' seal of approval to you, to someone with a cat allergy, it's an annoyance that they paid to receive!  Smokers (and I am one of them) need to remember to wash those hands each and everytime you pick up that yarn to work (I have never smoked in the house - BUT, that smell can stick in your clothing and your fingers.. the same fingers that your yarn is filing through to make an item!) and reformed smokers as well as non-smokers can smell the faintest whiff of burnt nicotine on any fabric made item.



I am not trying to be preachy and I truly hope it doesn't come across that way.  I am merely trying to help point out that some really crafty people are shooting themselves (and their business) in the foot because they are turning potential clientele off, with seemingly harmless posts and rants - that in reality, most likely, doesn't reflect their work.

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