Most of you may not know this, but on top of my intense knitting schedule I also have quite the full sewing schedule too. I think I may have bitten off way more than I can chew, and it's all starting to overwhelm and exhaust me. I'm crafting on auto pilot here! The scary part? The gift knitting hasn't even started yet.
I have to thank my lucky stars that I don't have much to do for gift knitting...just the sweater for Brett and some small, quick-knit accessories. Phew!
The sewing, on the other hand...well...that's a different story. I've been trying to squeeze in as much sewing time as I possibly can in the
non-existent extremely limited sewing time that I have. What's the deal, you ask? I'm trying to build up enough stock for my shop for the holidays. So what does that entail for me? Well, now that the Munchkin no longer takes naps (and this is so beyond sad for me) I stay up until 3am prepping (ironing and cutting fabrics) in between knitting rounds, then waking up early in the morning hoping that I can sew for at least half an hour before Brett has to go to work. Sometimes I can get a seam or two sewn while the Munchkin is off in his own little world but really, during the day I'm trying to keep on top of the housework, play time, and all the things that involve being a mom.
But I think I need to take a break. When you're trying to squeeze in this much crafting in such limited time, some things are bound to slip through the cracks. Small things, like remembering to sew in a pull-tab. Then realizing this little error when the bag is finished.
I'm not willing to stop and rip the whole bag apart just to add the tab. I need to keep going forward. What else can one do while crafting on auto pilot?
Oh, and what about forgetting to put away the much disliked so-called "medium weight" fusing, which you end up using in not just one, but two bags. I remembered while sewing the two bags that they felt much lighter and looked a little too flimsy for my liking but thought that I was just overly tired was imagining it all. Sewist's denial? Maybe. Then as I finished up the second bag the gut feeling that was eating away at me had its last chomp and that's when I realized that in fact I did use the wrong fusing. You can't tell by looking at it (it's the Harajuku Fun bag), but you can definitely feel the difference. There's absolutely nothing wrong with the construction of the bag. It just doesn't meet my standards.
So what should I do?
I'm thinking maybe I should open a sale section in my shop to sell the "as is" bags...the ones that don't meet my expectations. The ones that may have a pucker in a seam (yuck!), the ones that may be made with a weird colour/fabric combination (was I that tired when I pulled those fabrics together??), and the ones that may have a slight fabric flaw (how could I not see that weird line running through that print??). What do you guys think? Yay? Or nay? Über bad idea? Obviously these bags would be sold at a discount. I wouldn't want to pay full price, why would I expect anyone else to?
Well, while I ponder what to do with my less than perfect bags (after all, I can't keep them all to myself!), I'm going to do a quick giveaway! Since I made two Harajuku Fun bags with the lighter fusing, I'm going to give one of them away. Please note: the bag is in perfectly good, working condition with nothing visually wrong with it, it is in fact, below my shop standards. I don't want the winner to get the bag and be completely disappointed that the bag can't keep its boxy shape cause it's so smushy. If you think you can handle that and want a chance to win the bag, keep reading on!
** The giveaway is now closed!! Thank you to all who has entered and left comments!! **
The giveaway is open until Friday November 4, 2011 at 12 midnight PST (I told you this was going to be a quick one!). I'll use the random number generator to pick a winner (if anyone enters, that is!) and will be contacting the winner sometime over the weekend.
To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment telling me if having a sale section for the one-offs is a good idea or not and why.
Coolio? Ok. I should go throw some ingredients into the crock pot and get cracking on some knitting. Good luck!