September 7, 2011

A Whole 'Lotta Nothin'

I figured I'd check in just so y'all know I'm not dead.

There hasn't been a whole lot going on around here. This is one in a pair of mittens I'm working on. I cast on the second this morning.

The Berry Camo Shawl has been ripped back to the hole and is now being re-knit. When I got to the hole I was met with two little pieces of yarn, a long piece of yarn, and then the end of the yarn for the rest of the shawl (does that make sense?). All in all I had to re-attach one longer piece in between the first half and the second half of the shawl. I looked at the hole very closely and it looked like it got snagged on something and tore. The ends were frayed and torn looking. I'm just happy it didn't seem to be moths. So all is well now and I just get to do more knitting.

The craft show prep is under way. I registered last Tuesday after I went to the library. My sister is coming over this Saturday so we can go over set up and pricing and what we need, etc. I got some supplies (like price tags and receipt books) from Office Depot yesterday. I have no plan for a number of knits, I will just work until the show and see what I have. I have a feeling that if I shoot for a certain number I will stress out too much and I want this to be as fun as possible.

The biggest thing - and this is just for selling period, not just the craft show - is I've been wading through the FTC and CPSIA labeling laws. As of 2009 even hand/home crafters are required to have labels on their stuff. Since I am not only making garments & wearables, but I am working with wool as well so there's no way for me to get around it.

The FTC labels require fiber content, origin of manufacture and care instructions. The CPSIA labels are technically only required for things marketed to those 13 years and younger, but I will be adding the info to all my labels just in case. That one requires tracking information like item/batch numbers, place of business, etc.

It's kind of a pain in the butt since every piece I make is different, but I am going to make generic tags on printable fabric and then fill in the changing information with a laundry safe sharpie. Better safe than sorry - and in this case "sorry" is a $11,000 fine.

I've developed some kind of injury in my neck between my shoulder blades. I'm pretty sure it's a combination of knitting in my office chair (not great support) and trying to pop my neck too much (over did it). A bottle of Bengay, a borrowed  message pillow from Mimi and just trying to leave it alone will hopefully get it to stop soon. It's better today. That's mainly why I've been so quiet around here, just trying to stay out of this chair.

So, that's what I've been up to. Ben got Sunday and Monday off and it was really nice to have him for two days.

Hope your week is going well,


Kessie said...

I get sore there, too. The only thing that helps it is doing that one roll-on-your back move. You know how you sit with your knees to your chest, rock back to your shoulders, then back upright? It feels great in that spot between your shoulders.

Farm Girl said...

I am so sorry you have a stiff neck. I hope it goes away soon, because there is nothing worse than that and having little kids, nothing.
I like your finishes.

Sue said...

Sorry about the stiff neck, hope you feel better soon, the mitten looks great. I always admire women who are so gifted with their hands.
Enjoy your day.

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Oh hooray that you had Ben home for a couple days! Sorry to read about the stiff neck though...hope it's feeling better. I had no idea about the labeling requirements. Wow! Nothing is simple anymore.

Allison said...

How did I miss this post? You poor thing! An injury between your shoulder blades? And a possible 11,000 dollar fine if you screw up the tags?! You are brave ... go and conquer! :)

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