Friday, June 18, 2010

All About Me...

Who is "CrazySocks"?  Well, here's a little survey.  You'll probably learn far more than you care to know...  when you're done reading it, copy & paste it to your blog so we can learn about you too!! :)

- Name:  Danyel
- Age:  29
- Hair Color:  Dark Brown
- Where are you From?:  Chicago
- Where do you live Now?:  North Carolina, but not by choice
- Favorite Color:  Rainbow (or just red)
- Married?:  Happily... for 5 years.
- Kids?:  Two.  Calvin (3) and Amelia (1)
- Pets?:  Lucky, Golden Retriever (6)
- Favorite Animal:  Giraffes
- Favorite Restaurant:  Olive Garden... but I won't say no to Sonic either.
- Favorite Food:  Ice Cream
- Favorite Drink:  Diet Coke w/ Cranberry from Sonic. YUM.
- Hobbies:  Crocheting, duh.  I dabble in knitting too.
- Talents:  Does crocheting count?  Um, I can whistle loud.  Back in the day I could play several instruments too.
- Pet Peeves:  Hypocrites, Drama Queens, Bad Drivers, Bad Grammar, and people who complain about their lives but are too lazy to do anything about it.
- Least Favorite Chore:  ALL of them, except vacuuming.  I don't mind vacuuming.
- Sports?:  Back in HS, I was a bowler... now I run 3x a week.
- Favorite Celebrities:  I love Hugh Jackman... but Henry Cavill (the Tudors) is also particularly delicious.
- Favorite Movie: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (the old one)
- Last Movie Watched:  Sherlock Holmes
- If you won $1 million, what would you do with it?:  I'd pay off our debt, buy a new car, and hire a maid.
- If you could never do your craft again, what would you do instead?:  Knit, Paint or Sew

Monday, June 14, 2010

Protect yourself from the Wrath of Etsy!

I've heard from various sources (one of them being that the Etsy admins are on a termination rampage!  They're closing down and suspending people's shops without warning for violating the TOS.  I just recently started checking into this stuff to see if the rumors were true, and unfortunately they are!  A friend of mine got her shop suspended for something that seems pretty silly!  :(  Please take a few minutes to review the Do's and Don'ts & make sure you're following all of the rules. 

Here are a few rules you may have overlooked... or just never though about:

1. Don't link your Etsy shop to any other shop or website where you sell similar items.  Duh.  That's like wearing a Target shirt to your Walmart job.
2. If you have a link to your BLOG on your Etsy page & your blog has an Artfire rapid cart, that's a no-no.
3. If you have a link to your FB fan page & your fan page has an Artfire Kiosk (or Payvment, Zibbet, etc.) that'll get you in trouble.
4. If you have more than one shop or profile on Etsy & you don't have a link to all your other shops (disclosure) on each one of the pages, you'll get in BIG trouble.  That's just shady & they don't like that AT ALL.  Back when I had 2 shops, I linked them b/c I wanted some of my CrazySocks traffic to venture over to my Label shop... it didn't work, but at least I wasn't breaking the law.  :)
5. You must not contact another member to buy or sell an item listed on Etsy outside of Etsy's marketplace. This may also constitute fee avoidance. (That's what your e-mail is for... )

So yeah, I've taken all of my links off of my Etsy page, and I encourage potential customers to contact me via E-mail instead of Convo.  I hope this info helps some of you stay safe from the wrath of Etsy.  They're really cracking down (or so I've heard).  I know most of us are just in it for some extra spending money, and I'd hate for anyone to get shut down. :(

Sunday, June 13, 2010

CROCHET PATTERN - Baby Legwarmers

These legwarmers are cute & work up quickly.  You can make them in any size imaginable, and they're easy to customize for babies/children that have "odd" size legs.  For example, my daughter has FAT thighs and skinny ankles, so traditional baby legs don't always fit her well.  You could even make these legwarmers for children, teens, or adults.... or as arm warmers. It's a versatile pattern!

Materials:  I/9 hook (or size needed for your type of yarn), WW or sport yarn, scissors, yarn needle

My pink legwarmers were made using Red Heart Super Saver.

Abbreviations:  CH - chain, SC - single crochet, HDC - half double crochet, DC - double crochet, BLO - back loop only, ST - stitch

BEFORE YOU START:  You will need THREE measurements from the person you're making the legwarmers for.  (#1) The circumference of the calf/thigh.  (#2) The length of the leg.  (#3) The circumference of the ankle.  If you don't want to make them to cover an entire leg, take your top, bottom & length measurements accordingly.

Ready? OK, here we go... Make 2...

Top Cuff
CH 9
Row 1:  turn, skip 1st CH, SC in remaining 8 STS.
Row 2: CH 1, turn, SC in BLO across. (8 SC)
REPEAT Row 2 until the STRETCHED cuff equals your #1 measurement (thigh circ.)
Ch 1, turn, SL ST both ends of the cuff together to form a circle.
If you're going to change colors, fasten off... if not, just hold your cuff with right side facing & continue on...

Round 1:  SC in the end of each row of the cuff, join.
Rounds 2 - 5: CH 1, HDC in each ST around, join.
REPEAT Round 2, decreasing (how to hdc2tog) by 1 ST approximately every 2-3 rows until legwarmer is 1-2" shy of your #2 measurement (leg length). Keep measuring to make sure you haven't decreased too much or too little.  You'll need more frequent decreases for smaller legs, fewer decreases for larger legs.
If you're going to change colors again, fasten off... if not, just continue on.

Bottom Cuff
Round 1: CH 1, SC in each ST around, join.  Make sure that this bottom edge is the same as your #3 measurement (ankle circ.)  If it's too big, rip out a few rows & do more decreases.  If it's too small, rip out a few rows & do fewer decreases.
REPEAT Round 1 for 1-2", no decreases.  Fasten off.

Now put them on that cute little baby & say, "Awww!"

 © 2010 Danyel Pink.  You may sell what you make, but please credit Danyel Pink Designs for the pattern. You may NOT resell the pattern, distribute it in any form, post it elsewhere online, or alter it to claim it as your own. Please provide a link back to my blog instead.  Contact me with any questions or for pattern support.

Kufi Beanies... a rant

These Kufi beanies are pretty popular right now!  But they make me sick. 

For example, look at this hat (I don't know who made this one... I just picked a photo from Google.) ---->

HUNDREDS of people sell hats exactly like this on ETSY... Sure, they're cute, very cute!... but they are NOT handmade!  They are mass produced by MACHINES, often in foreign countries.  And the flowers in most cases are bought at a store & then glued to a clip.  Which part of this is Handmade?  How do people justify selling this crap?

Why not learn to crochet them yourself?  The pattern is SIMPLE & you can offer them in many sizes and in hundreds of wonderful brands of yarn.  I'm not against people selling the machine crocheted versions... I just think they have no place on Etsy, that's all.

I do not mean any offense to those of you who sell them, or to those of you that buy them.  This is my opinion.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Another Awesome Artisan - Cynthia Korman Photography & Design

Cynthia is so creative & talented!  She's a great photographer, an awesome graphic designer, and she crochets too!  On top of all that, she's a busy mom of 2, and a really nice person with a great sense of humor!  I really enjoy chatting with her!

She custom designed my new logo by looking at a photo of one of my favorite hats & used my own handwriting as the font!  She recently created this 'button' for me, too.  (If you'd like to add a CrazySocks button to your blog, grab the code at the bottom of my blog.)
crazysocks crochet

I did a trade with Cynthia a few months ago.  I made her a few hats & she made my logo.  Here's one of the photos she took using one of my hats.  It's currently the profile photo on my fan page. :)  I really love this photo!  Cynthia does really nice work!!!

If you're thinking about having a logo, avatar and/or banner, please consider having something NEW created by Cynthia.  If you're not already a fan of Cynthia's work, please take a minute to become her Fan on FB and Follow her Blog.  :)