Sunday, September 02, 2007

Winner! And Other Meanderings.

And August's K.A.Y.E. winner of the Fleece Artist hand dyed Kid Aran in "Renaissance" is....



Congrats Cbear!

As for the rest of you--don't give up hope yet. Your name may be drawn in the next few months! And don't forget there's the grand prize of a mini-stash consisting some seriously lux yarn generously donated by knitters from around the world.

Wondering what the hell I'm talking about? Click here, get rooted (or spread the word if for some reason you're unable to be rooted due to some circumstance), email me, sit back and wait til the end of each month to see if your name's been drawn!

Moving on--

Last night doing laundry, I finished my weekly Hat for Alex and I have a few minutes to ponder. (I knit a Hat for Alex each week parked outside the laundromat.)

I finished knitting my Tomato sweater in my car. Afterwards, I took the teeny bit of yarn I had left, balled it, and hung it from my rearview mirror. I'm not sure why I did this. Maybe because it was TLC Cotton Plus and throwing away even just a smidge of that wonderful joy of a yarn seemed blasphemous.

But staring at that ball on my mirror last night gave me an idea.



What the hell is it?


It's a little blinged up version of the ball of yarn I had hanging from my rearview mirror.

Obviously it's not for me if the end charm is any indication. (I'm making one for a certain Stubborn Pole as well--they both know why.)

So my question now is--would you buy something like this? How much would you pay? I've never made anything high quality enough to consider selling, but these take exception.

Plus it's a cool way to use up those little balls of yarn I can't seem to part with. Stubborn Pole is getting a mini ball of Peace Fleece, one of my fave wool yarns.

Here's hers:


Once I get some scratch I'll mail these to you two sneaks!



Blogger Amy said...

Hoo boy--it's fall. Time for my koochie checkup!

Are you kidding? I would absolutely buy those. What's the cost of materials? How many hours does it take? What's your time worth? Be generous and figure out a price from there.

1:07 PM  
Blogger Bezzie said...

That's the best part, they cost virtually nothing to make. I had all the stuff on-hand. I've had it for so long--who knows how much it cost way back when?

1:35 PM  
Blogger maryannlucy said...

I want one - stick me on your list!

1:39 PM  
Blogger The Fluffy Ewe said...

CUTE CUTE CUTE!!! How long is it? Can you stick something next to it in a pic for scale? I'd buy one! And add me to the list too! Rofl

2:54 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Hehe, I can figure out the first one, hmmm on the second one! I'd love one in red yarn please! (if you don't have red yarn I can send it!) Gosh, can't help on pricing, I suck at that! As you well know LOL! Congrats to Cbear, lovely yarnage!

3:07 PM  
Blogger Amby said...

Badass! As long as the cord isn't so long that the needles could stab me in the eye as I take a last-minute right turn on two wheels...

I'm with Amy...figure out your costs and remember to pay yourself. I think those could be marketed very successfully, especially as gifts!

3:28 PM  
Blogger janna said...

Figure the cost on what the supplies would have cost you -- don't think about the fact you were working from stash. Because if you're successful, you'll have to buy more supplies!

Oh -- and I want one! ;-)

3:32 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Those are freakin' awesome!! Wonderful idea, especially for leftover sock yarn, since we can never figure out what to do with it.

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those are so cute! Hmmmmmm! do I have anything left over to do something like that. Now I have my thinking cap on!! Love, Mom

7:25 PM  
Blogger Dame Wendy said...

If I drove I would buy one in a heart beat! They're adorable!

7:50 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Very cute! If I weren't being a tightwad, I would buy one ;).

Here's how to set the price: figure out the cost of materials marked up 5% (for the cost of transporting from store to your home, etc.) plus the amount of time you spent making the item (including rolling the leftover yarn into a ball) times your hourly rate, which should be around $20 per hour. That's the cost per, unless it ends up being $400, and then, you should just price them at $19.95, and see how well they sell. Adjust the price from there :).

I can see an eBay store in your future :).

Yarny-things by Bezzie

9:05 PM  
Blogger Beverly said...

Those are excellent! I've had the same Greek worry beads hanging from my rear view mirror for too long. Time for an upgrade. I'd love a pink or red yarn ball.

9:07 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Oooh! I lurv that! I would totally buy one of those for my car. Not sure how the hubby would react to it in his "man-mobile", but hey! I do most of the driving anyway.

10:10 PM  
Blogger Sherry W said...

I never thought my thingies would sell- just give it a try and see! It's not like you'll have to invest a lot.

I mark mine up %50 from the supplies and fees. Paypal and etsy take a chunk, and you will need a premiere paypal account. I never count my time- I figure that's the profit, and my thingies take only 10 minutes or so to package and make.

Buy beads wholesale too- firemountain gems is great if you can get the 15 item wholesale price point.

11:37 PM  
Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

It's so cool! Love it love it love it! I don't know as I'd go as high as $19.95 but you could definitely get $12-15 out of them at the least. Shipping shouldn't be an issue. A small padded envelope will do the trick. Maybe add $2 for shipping?

7:21 AM  
Anonymous deirdre said...

I would pay big bucks for a hand-made Bezzie original! Seriously, I would. And maybe you could have people send you the yarn, for custom ones.

9:03 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Would that count as buying yarn?

Those are great- I want one! I'd look around for some other fun thing like that and figure a price that way- what would you expect it to cost if you were buyinh it for a gift, that's a good guide if materials and time are pretty minimal.

Great K.A.Y.E. yarn this month!

9:22 AM  
Blogger buttercup said...

You could definitely sell those. Have you seen the "car jewelry" they sell in the Hallmark stores? They aren't as original as yours. I also think you should sell patterns for your cold fish cozy, squid, and there was another pattern we were all ooohing and aaaahhhing over but it's not coming to me right now.

I know I'd be a regular at your etsy/ebay shop!

9:45 AM  
Blogger bradyphrenia said...

that is awesome! i love it.

10:24 AM  
Blogger The Curly Knitter said...

Very clever Bezzie! I'd say that I'd pay somewhere between $8 and $12 for that! Fun! I wish you the best of luck if you decide to sell them! (And if you do, add me to the list...for the green one).

10:27 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

Genius!I agree with Amy and if you get plastered with orders, you'll have to buy supplies anyway. Go get em!

11:36 AM  
Blogger cpurl17 said...

Put me down for 5 (one red please!)

12:00 PM  
Anonymous Kelli said...

Hey Bez,

Awesome yarn ball mirror hanger thingy! I would definitely pay $6-8 plus shipping for one. I don't know about more than that, but if the right one catches my eye, I've been known to blow a (small) wad of cash. lol

12:46 PM  
Blogger Magatha said...

It is very adorable and I think you could sell a few to knitters on etsy if that's where you're coming from with your inquiry.
I wouldn't put it in my car though, too dangerous. It would be a doo dad for my house.

12:47 PM  
Blogger Ina said...

Very nice rear view danglies! I've seen similar as Christmas tree ornaments. Not my thing personally, but I suspect these would sell well.

4:42 PM  
Blogger Batty said...

I like those danglies! I think I need to plagiarize me a dangly ball of yarn.

9:26 PM  
Blogger Shelley said...

Those of us with a lack of car can use them as danglies on our rucksack zippers, or on our keys, or wherever! if I had the cash I would buy one fer sure. I'd probably spend between $5-$10 on it, but that's because I have all that stuff at home too and would make it myself if it cost more than that!.

P.S. You're going to start a huge trend, you know that? Maybe you should delete your pic so people have to pay you for them and not just rip off your idea like I probably will (but not for profit, obv!).

1:14 PM  
Blogger Starfish said...

I would say somewhere between $7 and $10. Great idea! Very unique. How about some kind of keychain?

1:47 PM  
Blogger sgeddes said...

Very cool! I'm not sure how muich to charge - but you have some very good advice on how to figure the price out.

Let me know how much yarn

2:25 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Hee, I just scheduled the Kootchie exam for Oct., so I'm in then!

I love the little yarn-aments!

Very fun.

3:37 PM  
Blogger LadyLungDoc said...

I'll take a dozen.

Seriously - that is PERFECT for a Secret Pal exchange, and I am in 3 of them, plus I have several knitting friends to whom I intend to give wee little Xmas presents, and then there's the LYS back in Kelowna who were so nice to me...

Gee - Maybe you could send one to A Famous Internet Knitter and have it featured on her blog and be swamped with orders and have to farm out the manufacturing to a toy company in China and then have a scandal erupt when it's discovered that the yarn has been dipped in asbestos and have a class action lawsuit filed against you and have to declare bankruptcy.
Then again, maybe you shouldn't.

Email me an invoice once you figure out the price.

9:17 PM  
Blogger JRS said...

Cute! That is one bad ass mirror thingy. (What are those things called?) This is, I believe, the solution to the IRS screwing you over. You could totally market those babies.

9:57 PM  
Blogger Disco said...

I would love one of those for my car - in blue/grey. I would totally pay $10 plus $2 shipping for it. If you are really making a list, please put me on it.

Maybe you can take that unpaid day off work when chunky is out of his synagogue school and make it pay - wouldn't he love to string the beads for you? I hope so :-)

Good luck to you.


7:05 PM  
Blogger Alisha said...

Congrats to the monthly kaye winner!!!

The yarn hanger is a fantastic idea!!!!!!!

9:23 AM  

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