Ep. 11 Cotton Clearance Find

Welcome to Episode 11: Cotton Clearance Find! In this podcast video, I show off progress on my 10 stitch blankets AND the wonder clearance find I came across!

Now, I’ve come across cotton yarn when it’s been on clearance at Walmart before. However, I’m usually late to the game and other knitters have gotten most of the yarn before I get there.

So I usually end up with 5-6 balls of cotton. Not this time!

I ended up getting 17 balls myself, and when I told a friend I’d used a gift card she’d given me to pay for most of it, she said she’d keep an eye out at her Walmart. She found me 5 more balls!

22 balls of cotton! WHOO!

10 Balls ~ Peaches & Cream Fruit Explosion (it’s the exact same colorway as the Bernat Fruit Explosion)

5 Balls ~ Peaches & Cream Bright Chartreuse (Same at the Bernat Bright Green [not Key Lime])

4 Balls ~ Peaches & Cream Ahoy Ombre (Same as the Sugar & Creme colorway I have on a cone)

2 Balls ~ Peaches & Cream Candy Sprinkles

1 Ball ~ Fruit Punch

All of the colors I have in balls as well as cones or skeins I will be adding them all together eventually when I work on them. And since I’m currently working on the Bernat Fruit Explosion, if I can, I will be adding it in once I’m finished with the coned up yarn.

It’s starting to get crazy how much cotton I’m finding on clearance recently, since I’m not buying any cotton that’s not on clearance.

10 Stitch Blankets

Not much progress on the Mini Skein 10 Stitch Blanket. I’m still on the red Bon Bon. I have worked out what the next 4 Bon Bon order will be: Black, Yellow, Lilac, and Teal.

On the Scrappy 10 Stitch Wrap, I have turned the first corner, and put on 60 rows this week. That 60 includes the 34 rows that it takes to knit a mitered corner.

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WYWN: Starting a Side Business

The next post in my What’s Your Why Not series is Starting a Side Business.

There are many people who have the fantasy of starting their own business and working for themselves. When it came to starting my side hustle, I knew it was never going to be a full time gig. I just hoped for it to be a self-sustaining hobby. What was my side business? Crafts by Cori. There is also an accompanying ETSY page where I list certain items.

Crafts by Cori was a spontaneous brain child that came about when I showed my friend, Melanie, the dishcloths I was making for Christmas gifts. Being an accounting major, I set up Excel spreadsheets to keep track of costs and inventory. From 2010 to 2015, I faithfully did craft shows, calculated my costs, paid my taxes, and all the fun stuff that comes along with running a business.

Last year, I closed down the business as a Legal Entity, but I’m still making knitted items for craft shows to sell. Tax wise, I qualify as a Hobby, which is great because it’s a lot easier to keep track of costs. I┬ákeep the Facebook page running to advertise craft shows I participate in.

So what’s my point? What’s my why not when it comes to a side hustle? (A) It gave me the chance to put my accounting knowledge in real life use, especially my Cost Accounting class. (B) I wanted to see if I could make a little bit of money at it. Granted I aimed small, and am perfectly happy having a self-sustaining hobby. (C)

I’ve written about lessons I’ve learned from this business here.

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Goals Update: April 2017

I can’t believe I’m writing my April Goals Update post already. Where did the first quarter of the year go? I made great progress on everything in March, except for the Recipe Book. For the longest time, the Bobbin Lace Workbook was my problem/neglected child.

Now it’s the Recipe Book! And there’s really no reason for it, especially since I only have 10(?) recipes left, other than I’m not utilizing my Passion Planner correctly and making myself sit down and write them down.

March Progress

  • Genealogy Book: Finish Resources List (complete 3/27/2017)
  • Recipe Book: write out 3 recipes (only managed 1 recipe)
  • Bobbin Lace Workbook: work on @ monthly bobbin lace meeting (complete 3/12/2017)
  • eBay: list as needed
  • ETSY: change TN files to .PDFs and relist (complete Feb 27, 2017)
  • Amazon: list as needed (listed remained Used purple mini flexes 3/12/2017)
  • Craft Show Inventory: knit up Bernat Melon Mania Cotton (complete 3/30/2017)
  • Full Editorial Calendar: complete!

April Goals

  • Genealogy Book: Why did I Decide to Write this Book?
  • Recipe Book: write out any recipes you can
  • Bobbin Lace Workbook: work on @ monthly bobbin lace meeting
  • eBay: list as needed
  • ETSY: renew listings
  • Amazon: list as needed
  • Craft Show Inventory: knit up Bernat Fruit Explosion (I’ve also gotten the Peaches and Cream version of this at Walmart. I may or may not combine them. We’ll see.)
  • Full Editorial Calendar for April.

My full editorial calendar has gotten a lot easier since I only worry about writing and filming for three posts each week. Nice of a thought of having a backlog of posts and videos ready to go, but keeping that up was stressful.

What’s everyone else working towards this month?

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