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Whirlwind!

It’s been a week since my last blog entry.  Very unusual for QueerJoe, but last week was a bit of a whirlwind.

A Whirlwind of Craft Show Prep

Last week really turned out to be all about the gloves. Or Rose’s Fingerless Mitts to be more accurate.

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I ended up finishing 10 pairs of the fingerless mitts and sold all 10 pairs.

Just some quick statistics:

  • Number of craft shows in 2021 – 2 (1 last month and 1 this past weekend)
  • Number of hours vending – 18 (6 hours in November and 12 hours this past weekend)
  • Number of items in inventory before shows – about 140
  • Number of items sold – 77 (23 in November and 54 this past weekend)

Normally, craft show vendors can sell about 20-25% of their inventory before their table looks kind of picked over. Even after selling 23 items last month, I considered that I had plenty to sell this past weekend. Over 100 items is a lot for me.

But selling over 50% of my inventory was quite surprising. Even a little unsettling as I had to continue re-configuring my display so it didn’t ever look sparse.

Prallsville Craft Show Display December 2021

I am exhausted and very satisfied.

The people were amazing. Both co-vendors and shoppers were really pleasant. And the boost to my ego for how popular my items were was fantastic.

Reader’s Questions/Comments

Last week, Larry asked, “Do you have a written pattern for the half finger gloves? I would like to buy it for my sister-in-law who is a birder and still needs to use her fingers for the binoculars. Thanks”

I’m assuming you really mean the half-finger and not the fingerless mitts. Although, technically, I don’t have a pattern for either. For the half-finger gloves, I use a pattern by Aaron Bush called Choose Your Own Cable Adventure Gloves. But I modify the pattern in two ways. I don’t add a cable motif to my gloves (but it does require me to add two stitches to the hand of the glove to keep my stitch counts the same). I also don’t knit full fingers as his pattern calls for. I only knit 5 rounds of finger and then finish with 2 rounds of 1×1 rib at the top before binding off each finger.

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Half-Finger Gloves (Aaron’s pattern modified)

 

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Fingerless Mitts

If you really meant the fingerless mitts (which are MUCH easier to make, but not as warm), I will probably publish the pattern in a week or two.

4 comments on “Whirlwind!

  1. Congratulations on your whirlwind! Your display looks fantastic. And thanks for the information for the pattern for the fingerless gloves. They are wonderful and the way you finish the half fingers is great!

  2. Thank you for responding. Since you make these already will they fit a normal woman’s size hand.? I would like to buy two pairs if you do. Larry

    1. Thanks Larry…I’ve decided to hold off doing any pre-orders for knitted garments until I’ve caught up with all the backlog from the craft shows this year. Any updates will show up on the web site at https://doublepointed.com/

      As far as fit goes, there are two sizes for the half-finger gloves and they’re men’s sizes for Small/Medium and Medium/Large (I consider myself a man’s medium and the larger size fits me best.

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