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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Statement Pieces

I am creating a new area in my shop for statement pieces, which are going to be beautifully made shawls from the finest materials. I believe that EVERYONE should have a statement piece. A wearable piece of art that they should be able to put on and wear with anything. These statement pieces will not really be customizable, unless you press the CUSTOM ORDER button. Then whatever colors and additions that you would like to include, we can do so.

So look for the statement pieces! Purchase one today that speaks to you! I can't wait to create them for you!






Beatrice the Teddy Frog wanted to get in on the shoot. She is wearing a custom made Easter Dress that she begged me to make for her. So....I did. She loves it and it shows....

This is the new Sari Wrap. It hasn't been put up for sale on the store as of yet but it will shortly, once I work out some more details of how it will be marketed and worn. It is very versatile in it's current state but I'm not sure if I should attach it or leave it be.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Baby booties.


The Entire Collection--Baby Knitting from Rowan Yarn

First I'd like to say that I love working with Rowan yarn. It's on the expensive side but the yarn is pure bliss to work with. It's not splitty and it works up beautifully. I was at WindyKnitty in Chicago, IL at 5653 N. Clark and they are wonderful there. The yarn is nice and they have a great collection, but be prepared to spend a pretty penny because you'll need a lot of pretty pennies. If you're a yarn addict, bring plenty of cash.

However, the staff is uber cool and helpful. They have classes and workshops. I just wished they had more sales.

But that's neither here or there. I was a knitting fool. It is a rare day when I don't pop a few needles in my hands. It seems when I don't have any orders up, I go back to knitting pleasurably. It is a joy!

Here I used Rowan Pure Wool DK 50g. I brought three balls. One white and two blue. I wasn't really sure if I had enough to do one of the hats but it turns out that 150g is enough to knit all of these things that you see in front of you and then some left over.
This is the yarn that is left over after knitting all of these things for the baby!

This is the information on the yarn identifier card.


So what should I do now? I have something that I wanted to start on for my daughter, or I could finish out the yarn with some cute booties. Then there are some leg warmers that I desperately wanted to put on my store for the longest and I want to make sure that I get it right. I have all day long....what to do? What to do?

Baby Mittens Free Pattern

Cast on 32 stitches
K2 p2 for 8 rounds 
Knit for 12 rounds before you begin decreases like a hat. 
With 2-3 stitches on each needle take needle and loop through remaining stitches. Secure and weave ends.
Block with steam iron or wet and block with T pins. 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Another Weekend Project.....

Going on sale soon. 


Newborn Knitting

It's been a long time since a newborn was in my house but its always fun to knit for friends that are having babies! It's so wonderful to take a ball of yarn and turn it into something very useful that a baby is going to actually use, Mothers know that bibs, socks, blankets, and clothing gets used! And quite frequently. I have learned that hand knitted items are more durable than the crap that you buy at the store and for half the price.

For example, spitting up cloths were so useful in  my home, yet they were so used and abused. They were not durable at all and had I knew how to knit then, my child would have had everything knitted. EVERYTHING!

I don't use patterns. I use them as guidelines on what I should do and what types of increases/decreases work best. Then I do my own thing. I hate working from patterns because I can't get caught up in the distraction that I like when I'm knitting. I go into my own creative world and patterns stifle that creativity. Besides, when you use people's patterns, you never know if they're going to go apeshit and say you stole something from them that they pretty much took from someone else. I still can't get over some of the silly stuff I see in the knitting world. People threatening litigation over stuff they don't even own.

Seriously, if you're one of those people that sell licensed merchandise on Etsy, you may be looking at your own litigation in the future, starting with a cease and desist letter. I'm not for people stealing patterns and that we all should be so open. No. I'm a writer and I believe in copyright. But when it comes to knitting, things are such a gray area. You see something and it inspires you to knit it one way when the pattern tells you to knit it another. Where does infringement begin and my imagination end?

My philosophy is that don't sell the pattern period if you don't want people to sell the items that they purchase from your pattern. Look at all the knit pattern books that you see in your house. Now, do any of them say, please don't sell what you make from this pattern? I haven't seen one yet. I think the whole concept is ridiculous. Sewing patterns don't indicate that so why is knitting different?

But I don't want to keep beating this dead horse because there's not much left of the poor devil. I just wanted to share with you guys the fact that I feel very blessed to know that a child is coming into the world and I will be sharing my work with that baby. Handmade gifts are the best gifts that you can give anyone because of the personal touch. Remember that.

Please visit my www.etsy.com store at BabyGirlKnit Products for more information or if you're interested in purchasing any of my finished items.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Working on a baby Hat

Stay tuned. It is a new pattern that I've yet to try out yet. I hope it goes well. Had a few false starts and making amateur mistakes. But now I'm moving. 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Order a Shawl and....

Get one of these free with purchase! They are indeed beautiful! 

Knit Baby Hat-weekend project

Weekend project for hubby's coworker. I believe in giving useful gifts, so I knitted this hat in a little over an hour. It was fun.  No it wasn't. But it was something to do while I was sitting and relaxing in front of the television. This is Peacock worsted weight yarn from my favorite KnitPicks. I have my life savings invested here. 

Art Deco Cloche/feather optional Finished

I freaking love this hat and haven't taken it off since I knit it. I've gotten so many compliments and I'm so happy. I love this hat and so will you. The feather is optional but looks wonderful plain as well! 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The New Cloche

This is the hat that I was making. It's not finished but almost.....

Sipping More Tea☕️☕️☕️

I see you're selling Minnie Mouse ears on your Etsy but you don't want anyone to steal your pattern? Did you forget the fact that you're committing trademark infringement? Just checking. Lol

Monday, May 18, 2015

Sipping tea....

 Using the expression "sipping tea" means in the black community that you have heard some juicy gossip, and you don't have anything to say about it. You're just sitting with a delicious and contented look on your face. Sipping tea also means that you're being a hypocrite about something but instead of calling you out, they'd rather sip tea and stay out of it. 

I'm on Etsy.com and laughing at some of you selling patterns that you know you stole from somewhere else and passing it off as your own. WITH THE NERVE to tell people not to sell items from "your" pattern. 

Oh really ? And when did you create characters from The movie Frozen or Despicable Me and create the animated characters? Oh and now you're making a hat and scarf set!? With all that money you made from the movie, you can pay people to knit that set. But I'm sipping tea....
**takes another sip**

Ok. Lol

Knit Strawberry Blanket





Evolution of a Cloche Hat

No words. Just progress. Oops. 

Working on something

Since it is a slow time of year for knitting, I'm all for updating my listings and upgrading my skills. Working on my strawberry milkshake blanket! I love chunky knits so much!

Mr. And Mrs. Puppy Cuddlekins New to Etsy!

mr and mrs puppy Cuddlekins! New to my Etsy.com store. It's a play mat for babies. I experimented and tried something different that worked! I'm glad to present it as part of my collection! See it on BabyGirlKnitProducts on etsy.com

Monday, May 11, 2015

Etsy Has A Counterfeit Problem...Yes It Does..

Etsy is an online website where people can purchase homemade or vintage items. It is quite a awesome place if you're looking for quirky and original finds.

**sound of record coming to a quick and complete stop**

Original?

Today, Etsy's stock price dropped 10% amongst claims that they are selling goods that has infringed on trademark and copyright.

For example, if you're looking for a Pokemon scarf for your child. That's fine and all but the person that makes the scarf is infringing on a trademark, unless they've received permission to make the scarf using the Pokemon image. This happens all the time on Etsy, Ebay, Alibaba, and other sites. There is just so much of it, it's hard to fight. Since there is this belief that Etsy is doing nothing about the situation, they took a huge hit with the 10% hit to the stock price.

Ouch.

So what is a site like Etsy to do? They should probably crack down on people who infringe on trademark and copyright that rightfully belong to others.

I know when you're knitting a scarf for someone's kid that loves Pokemon so much. However, it is so popular you're thinking of selling the pattern or even the item on your store. I can see how something so innocent could land you in such hot water.

But the law is the law and something tells me that if you have any of these items on your store, you should remove them right away. That goes for NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, Disney, Peanuts, etc.

I've seen people do Louis Vuitton and Michael Kors wallets. Etsy's response? There is none yet but this is blatant infringement! Again, I can understand a Mickey Mouse scarf or purse but making fake wallets and handbags takes the cake.

This kind of brings me back to an earlier post that I wrote about how people sell patterns and then tell you not to sell the merchandise that you produce from it. What nerve! Especially when you infringed on someone else's trademark to being with. Oh the irony!

Anyway, if you have any of these items on your store, you should probably start removing them now.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Answers About Purchasing Knit Patterns Online

I browse and peruse through hundreds of knitting patterns a week, like anyone who is dedicated to their craft. However I'm always perplexed when I see that some knitters put stipulations on their patterns.

They usually go something like this.

"You can buy my patterns but they are for personal use only"
Or....

"Feel free to make the pattern but you don't have my permission to sell the finished product"

OR....

"For personal use only. Or for charitable use."

Here's the deal with patterns like this. I did some checking. When you put your pattern out there in the world, that's it. You have no say so on what people actually DO with the product that is created from the pattern. They could sell whatever they make from it and there is nothing you can do about it.

Nothing.

Why? Because it may be your pattern but you don't get to control what people do with the finished product. You have no legal standing in court. ONLY THE KNITTED PATTERN IS PROTECTED BY COPYRIGHT. NOT THE FINISHED ITEMS THAT ARE MADE FROM IT. As a matter of fact, they could mass produce items made from your pattern in some cases. Now, you can't resell the pattern as your own. That is something that they can legally pursue against you. But anything made from the pattern is fair game unless the pattern had a patent, and you can't really patent clothing items in a lot of cases.

Now if they own the design, which takes money to do, then they can restrict the use. But I guarantee you, many patterns are not that original. They change a few stitches here and there and call it their own. One woman ripped off Vogue Knitting and said the pattern was hers. I laughed so hard, I fell out of my wheelchair. She even had the nerve to tell people not to sell items made from it.

There is one shop on Etsy.com that sells patterns but they have an annotation that specifically states that they will LEGALLY pursue people who sell the items they make from the patterns.


I make ottomans but so do a lot of people. I've seen patterns for them all over the Internet. How can you prove that you're the original designer of the project anyway when they've been made for years? I am able to make my ottomans at an affordable price. More affordable than most on Etsy. I'm not interested in selling that pattern or showing others just how I'm able to sell the ottoman so cheaply and you get the same thing if you spent $200+! I don't want to give away my secrets, nor see people that are out there making the same ottomans that I do by using some simple items to make the ottoman inexpensive but still give them the quality that they are looking for.

I've seen a pattern sold on Craftsy.com where a woman stated that she would go after people that sell items from her pattern but SHE STOLE THE PATTERN FROM SOMEONE ELSE! It's unbelievable what people will accomplish..or try to anyhow. She took an old pattern from an old book made in the 80's, made one or two changes, and BAM she had a new pattern. I just so happened to be looking through my mother-in-law's old pattern books and found the pattern that she was selling. There it was word for word. And claimed it as her OWN! Ridiculous.

It's really ridiculous.

In some cases, patterns can restrict you from reproducing the items, when there is licensed art work in   the knitwear. Things like that can be restricted but how many times are you really going to see that? It happens but rare.

Say if the designer makes an original art piece and copyrights it. Then using intarsia or duplicate stitch, she recreates the art piece in an incorporation of her item. That art piece can stop you from reproducing it and selling it. But I ask people who do that...WHY EVEN MAKE THE PATTERN TO SELL IN THE FIRST PLACE IF YOU'RE GOING TO GO THROUGH ALL THAT TROUBLE? It's so ridiculous. Yes, make it for yourself, but people can't sell the finished item. It's all really really silly.  But this is a big argument with the knitting community. It's trademark infringement, not copyright infringement.

Now a seller can make an argument and state that you entered into a contract when you bought the pattern from an Etsy store stating that you wouldn't sell the finished item after you reproduce it. But it most likely wouldn't hold up in any court in the US. You may even get laughed out of court. Why even waste your time with this nonsense? If you want to sell patterns, fine but telling people what they can do with the finished product is not right, nor do you have a legal leg to stand on when you do so.

Avoid knitting patterns with trademarks and logos when you are thinking of selling these items in your store. They are protected and places like Disney are actively looking for people who do this all the time.

If you see a pattern that you want to buy because the finished item would look good in your store, pay no never mind to those people. However, many pattern designers would like a shot out so that others know that it's their pattern. It's ONLY THE COURTEOUS THING TO DO AND SHOULD BE DONE. It doesn't have to be, but remember Karma. It will be done to  you. It's not the right way.

Lets make the world a more courteous place starting with you.

But pattern designers, if you don't want people to sell the items you make from the pattern, then DON'T PUBLISH THE DAGGONE PATTERN! YOU HAVE NO LEGAL STANDING.
YOU HAVE NO LEGAL STANDING.














you have no legal standing.

My Haul From Joann's Fabric

See  anything that you like?
I did. That's why I spent over $100 on this stuff. But that's the wonderful thing about a ball of yarn. You could take it and make it into anything that you want. From a scarf, to a purse, or a washcloth. That's the beautiful thing about crafting. It's all about your imagination.

An Explanation of my Refund Policy

I made a beautiful item for a customer and let's say it didn't work out well. Even though the item was created exactly to the specifications of the description that I provided, she decided that it wouldn't work for her and asked for her money back.

I was left with a dilemma.

When a customer places an order, the money spent on the materials to make it come out of the payment. When a customer wants a refund back, then the money to buy the materials is lost. Not to mention the labor.

(Cue violins)

I have a pretty serious disease that stops me from doing a lot of things in my life. Sometimes, I can't knit due to bad arthritis. So that's why it takes so long to create them. I need all of that time to make the item and to do it the right way. I ask for my clients to be patient.

But when you return something, especially an ottoman or a bolero, I have to refund the money. My refund policy was a little ambiguous and I have no one but myself to blame. So due to that, I had to refund the money and eat the costs and labor of the item.

So what do I do?

I'm a one person business. When you place an order, I immediately purchase the materials for the item and begin work on it as soon as possible, unless there is another order ahead of you. I am the only person that works for my company so I don't have a team of knitters to help me. I tried to show the dog once but his attention span is awfully short. My daughter won't touch the stuff and my fiance always makes a run for it. To his credit, he doesn't mind untangling long balls of yarn for me so that's a great compromise.

So, I had to change the refund policy. I hate that I had to do it but since it wasn't clear to begin with, I had to eat the costs. Such is life. Such is business. It happens and what can you do?

So custom orders are unable to be returned, UNLESS, what I send is not what you ordered or is defective. Colors that are not provided at the time counts as a CUSTOM ORDER and is subject to the same policy (see above).

If you want a refund, you have 10 days (not 30) to return the item. Returns can be made but cost of materials and labor will be deducted from final cost. You have to understand that once I deliver something to your house, and it was done to your specifications, it will be hard to resell that item. The item that was returned was done in a color that NO ONE asks for so you see that it will be hard to resell it because of that fact. It makes me angry just thinking about it because I look at every thing that I send out as a baby. Half the time, I don't want to let them go to you guys because if you spend so much time with something, you do get attached. I was proud of my work but I never dreamed that it would have ended up like this.

So I'm sorry. But the policy has indeed changed. Keep in mind that I'm a very fair person. I will always do what's in your best interest but I can't afford to take losses like big businesses can. I'm on a fixed income (disability) and it leaves me very little room for error.

(Stop violins)

I hope that when you place an order with me, you will be satisfied with what you receive. Thank you so much for reading and I hope to create something for you really soon.

Friday, May 8, 2015

The Baroque Cowl--Original Piece


 It is currently on sale for $17.99


 There is only one like in it in the world and it won't be reproduced.



It can be worn around the shoulders or around the neck, where it looks best in my humble opinion. It looks very elegant but something that you can pair with a nice jacket or outfit. The colors remind me of a cool day in Autumn and I wanted to capture that with this color scheme. I added rhinestones to the center piece of the flower to add to the elegance! 

 This piece knitted up in 45 minutes actually. It was very fun to do and I hope to make something like it in the future but with different colors. Something more Spring inspired, which is what this was supposed to be initially. But I hope to create something like this with a silk or nylon type yarn.



Go to etsy.com and see Babygirlknit products and find the Baroque Cowl.
What other colors do you think go well if I made this in a different color? Don't be afraid to get wild and crazy, I love the creativity that goes along with knitting.

The fact that I can take a simple ball of yarn and within a short period of time create something that can be admired and worn by someone. Interesting and it's a reason why I love this craft!