Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Production, production, production!



Great production day involving twenty pouches. Half are already sold. So back to making more.
I'm in the middle of prepping five new cycling caps. And I've already named them next is to make them.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The crazy yarn deal in Vancouver.




I was shopping yesterday for fabric and found sweet deals at Dressew here in Vancouver.

To my surprise I found name brands like: Nashua (kid Mohair), Rowan, Gedifra and many more. All yarn is on sale for $1.99 CDN a ball. I know for a fact the Nashua sells for $10.00 CDN per ball. I went nuts!

The only thing that held me back was that Dressew doesn’t take credit cards. It’s rather annoying when you could only pay in cash. The sales clerk told me that another shipment is expected just before or after the Olympics. I’ll definitely be there afterwards. So far I have declared a "no-go" zone for the downtown area. I won’t go anywhere close to downtown until March. I’ll stay around my home nice and quiet knitting & sewing during the Olympics!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

It's in the mail!



Recently, Richard from Cyclingart Blog was willing to pose for my project.

Last Christmas, I ordered gifts through Etsy and it was so nice to receive a personal message to confirm shipment. I thought it would be a fabulous idea that I do the same. So, as Richard was going off for a ride, I grabbed him and told him to position himself in front of a mail box.

From now on, my Etsy customers will receive this image with their shipping confirmation!

Monday, January 18, 2010

"Make my day..."


You know when something makes your day? Well, today was the day...

I love what I do and take pride in my work. When I make another sale I add another pin to my world map and imagine my cap's being worn somewhere in the world.

Please read the review and the comments from the Badger about this Winter Cycling Cap. This is definitely the gift that keeps on giving...

Thursday, January 14, 2010

More Inner Tube journals.

I love making handmade books. Here's my newest ones. During the holiday season I sold out of my books in my Galstudio Shop. So it was time to make more.

This time I made all the covers with recycled bike inner tubes. I let my imagination run wild with the free motion stitches design making each book unique. Inside I used different material from felt to "faux" animal print. The pages are made with a wonderful thick reclaimed paper in white and gray and l also included a ribbon page marker with 3 bike chain link.

I am pretty happy with the results. To see more pictures look in my Galstudio Shop.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Another gift for me!



After knitting my last pair of socks I was really excited to be done. But it didn't take long before I got knitting withdrawal. Quickly, I turn to my stash and found this beautiful clover color Patons sock FX. I know socks would've been great with this color yarn but I really needed a scarf.

I use 2 balls of 50g, cast on 35 stitches on my Addi Turbo #10US and knit with this simple pattern:

1 row - K3, *K2tog, YO, K1, YO, SKP, K3* (SKP = slip a stitch, knit the next, pass over the knit)
2 row - K3, *P5, K3*
repeat row 1& 2 until desired length.

That pattern was so easy and relaxing. Then again I may just do another scarf because I can always use some more relaxation!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Ready for the big January sale!


The new year just started and I thought it was a good time to do an inventory of my stock. I decided that it was good time to offer free shipping for January. I need to make room for the new models. I now have 49 different cycling caps in my Galstudio store! When I started making cycling caps I would never dream of having so many different models. Now, I am already shopping for the fabric for Spring!

The holiday season was definitely crazy and I could not be happier! I reached a milestone with 100 online customers. To celebrate the occasion I gave a free Piccolo Pouch to the lucky customer and I shared a good bottle of wine with my partner!