KnitSpinQuilt is at Flame Con this weekend!
Rainbow bags for sale at Woolyn this weekend in Brooklyn!
The blog may be a bit Flame Con centered until August, but never fear — I’m still fundraising for Doctors Without Borders for all of 2017!
Items that debut at Flame Con will be available for non-attendees after the con is over.
Some news for you today. First of all, there’s a shop update on Etsy!
I’ve been sewing up a storm, and here are some of the bags that are going out in the mail soon:
Second of all, I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be vending in person at FlameCon in Brooklyn this August!
I’ll be spending a fair bit of time prepping items for that this summer, and there will be a couple of FlameCon exclusives that I’ll tease in late July / early August.
But don’t worry: I’ll also be stocking the shop more fully this summer than I have been for the last couple of months: turns out that working two jobs is less time-consuming than working four!
Hello, all! It’s been a very busy semester in graduate school: I’ve been working on my dissertation proposal, teaching a seminar and working at a library, and it’s been eating most of my time.
That has prompted a little bit of news on this front though: after trying out SquareSpace, I’ve decided it won’t work well for what I need right now: I don’t have the time to market as aggressively as I had planned, so I’m back on Etsy, and you all can find me at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/knitspinquilt again.
This won’t change the % I donate to charity — in 2017, it’s 30% of the listed price to Doctors Without Borders, and if you use a discount code, that doesn’t change the amount I donate.
Watch this space for updates on Monday, the 22nd: I’ll have some new products and some exciting news about this summer.
In the mean time, have a teaser of a product I think some of you might appreciate:
Hello, all! I’ve been quiet because keeping up with Etsy orders, school, and work has been keeping me quite busy, but I’ve got some news to share with you!
First of all, in 2017 I’ll be fundraising for Doctors Without Borders. The work they do around the world is sorely needed, and their charity ratings are excellent and overheads are low.
Secondly, I’ve been thinking about moving the shop to a new platform for a while: the fees Etsy charges take more of my fundraising profits than I’d prefer, and so this year I’ve taken the leap to a new site. You can now find the shop at knitspinquilt.com. I’ve done the math, and moving to a Squarespace backed shop will allow me to donate a larger percentage of my prices to charity.
I’ll be transitioning away from Etsy gradually: for now I’m letting listings expire as their time comes, and I’ll be setting up new links on social media to direct traffic to the new site over the next two months. I hope to have everything moved over by the end of April, 2017. New products and exclusives will be released on the new site over the next few weeks and months.
You’ll see when you visit the new site that I’ve changed the percentage I’m donating to 30% of purchase prices. This is because I have had so much more traffic than I ever expected, and I simply can’t afford to donate materials costs and overhead anymore: you have helped me donate $3,000+ to charity since 2015, and I love that so very much, but since materials and overhead are the majority of my expenses, I can’t do that out of pocket anymore. Grad school stipends at my university are generous, but NYC cost of living isn’t low!
I will always be transparent with you about what I’m doing and how I’m doing it, and why. Please comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions and I’ll do my best to answer them!