Friday, 5 December 2014

C is for Cat by ThePandaEmporium - Etsy Update #3

Monday, 1 December 2014

Xavier the Owl by ThePandaEmporium - Etsy Update #2

Xavier the Owl by ThePandaEmporium on Etsy.

A lovely squishy fellow with a wide, friendly, face. Ideal for snuggles, and he also doesn't mind too much if you use him as a small pillow. Hand knitted from acrylic yarn and stuffed with polyester filling. Not suitable for children due to small parts. 24cm x 25cm. Hand wash in lukewarm water. From a pattern by Emily Ivey.

Pink owl available from stock, or can be custom knit in colours of your choosing. Please allow an extra 14 days for custom items.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Etsy Shop update #1

Lovely, warm, cabled cowl available on my Etsy store for £10! Get £5 off your £20 purchase with code Cisforchristmas until 31st Dec 2014 x

Blue Cabled Cowl with button detail by ThePandaEmporium on Etsy.


Lovely, warm, cabled cowl available on my Etsy store for £10! Get £5 off your £20 purchase with code Cisforchristmas until 31st Dec 2014 x

A Bunny’s Tale (part 1)

Or why one small free kit took three days to make


This is the saga of one small bunny kit, which came free early this summer on the front of an issue of my favourite magazine, Mollie Makes. I love the kits that come on the front of this magazine. I’m on the move a lot, and it is so easy to look at the packet, see what extras I need to grab, and put it all in my bag as I walk out of the door. So on Monday I grabbed the Pom Pom Tail Plushie Bunny kit from out of the basket, checked the kit list on the packet, put some scissors in my bag and got Issue 39 off my bookshelf. See how it says Issue 39, right here on the back?



But when I got to my destination and unpacked my bag, I found that Issue 39 wasn’t the right issue Sad smile


So there I was, stuck for 2 hours in my car with nothing to do except fiddle with my phone.

Tuesday dawned, and another two hour car session. I’d discovered the previous evening that the correct magazine was number 40, and I felt completely prepared. I launched into my snipping and sewing with gusto…only to find that there was no blue thread to sew the bunny face on with. Improvise! I thought, and sewed the face on rebelliously with black instead. Then I was dismayed to discover that there was no eyes in the kit either.


Oh, sorrowful me. I did as much as I could, then returned home again with my incomplete bunny. Would I be able to find some substitute eyes at home?

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Hard Decisions


I’ve spent the last few months sub-contracting for a yarn firm (I won’t name them). They send me yarn and a pattern, I knit the pattern and send it back, Sounds simple. However, deadlines are tight (usually a 3 – 4 week turnaround on most items, no matter how large or complicated), tension requirements are strict, patterns are often vague or incorrect, the yarn is not always great, and people who know little to nothing about knitting make illogical decisions on how to proceed. Most importantly, the pay is rubbish. A sweater that took me 40 hours to knit will see me paid approximately £50. This work has took up all of my time and energy and left me little room to grow my own business. So, although the work is regular and predictable, and the pay is arguably not much less than the profit I would make with my own designs, the depression bought on by my lack of time for my own creativity means I’ve decided to put aside working for others and get back to what I love – creating and making things, posting photos, and blogging. Wish me luck!!