Monday, November 30, 2009

New Projects

I have a lot to get to this morning, but after such a long weekend of lazy indulgence I wanted to write at least a small update.

I got a reply from my custom orderer, Spolivka, who bought a pair of Marin's Gloves in yellow. He was very complimentary and said, "They fit her perfectly!" Yay! So happy to hear.

Stephanie and I had a good time playing with gender roles last night discussing some new knitting ideas I had while our respective male counterparts played Left 4 Dead 2 on my Xbox (then had fun reversing those roles while she and I shot up zombies and Adam tried to teach himself to knit. We were ultimately more successful, as Adam gave up after the cast-on).

We were discussing the two library books I picked up this weekend and plan on delving into over the next few days. Mostly I'm toying with some designs that depend less on the stitch pattern and more on shaping. I don't want to post the whole image yet (because it will probably turn into a gift for someone special...) but I here's a hint:

and another:

And last but not least, I took a bunch of button photos and will be working on producing them within the coming days. Adam's button guy is on tour with Megadeth for the next 2 weeks so I might have to go with another company for a first batch so I can get them out right away. All this and more to come, so check back soon.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Spreading the Love

Self promotion is hard. Anyone who's done what I'm in the process of doing--opening an online shop and trying to get it off the ground--can probably testify to that. I'm not even really sure how people manage it, apart from lucking into the favor of the cool kids--the weloveindies and cuteables of the world--but I'm determined to persevere.

This morning my projects will include the terminally unfun (thus far) self-promotion attempts (though at least they don't involve standing on the corner spinning a giant cardboard arrow with my business name on it...yet) and the more fun flier and button designing.

My buddy Adam paints and writes zines and was in bands, and he makes buttons for all of those things. He and his wife, the awesome Stephanie (hi, Stephanie!) even made buttons for their wedding last year. I like buttons, so I want to make some buttons for Brisk. I'm toying with a few design ideas--some will feature photos, others will hopefully feature drawings by Adam--and I'm actually looking forward to working on that today.

My mom is a pianist and I almost think that even if it wasn't my endeavor, she'd be all about the fingerless gloves. She plays gigs outside sometimes and always says that the gloves I made her are perfect for played in colder weather because she can still use her fingers, and she's intent on spreading the word to the Bay Area piano player community. She asked me to make a flier to hang in her piano studio, and I'm less excited to attack that project, but help is help and I'm not going to refuse it. I've been trying to figure out how useful flier promotion is these days. Does anyone really check out the wall next to the Starbucks pick up counter? I'm not sure whether it's worth my while to try and make a few extra fliers and put them out...but again, help is help, and it can't hurt.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Blog Now Open!

This is the third blog I've created.

For someone so theoretically anti-blogging, this is entirely too amusing. However, only a fool would open an online business and fail to take advantage of the blog-o-sphere--and Momma didn't raise no fool.

Hopefully this blog can contribute something interesting and not just serve as yet another place-filler in the blogger world. We'll have to wait and see, I suppose. Look forward to posts about upcoming plans and projects for my etsy shop, Brisk, and other unplanned non sequiturs.