Friday, February 27, 2015


With the encouragement of some friends (thank you! you know who you are), I decided to look into opening my very own Etsy Shop. Although it was overwhelming at first, albeit exciting, little by little the process became clearer. I have to admit that I did a lot of research before taking the plunge. Kudos to the Etsy community for sharing so generously all their knowledge. 

Listing on Etsy in not expensive, about $2 to list 10 items, and if you sell anything, then you pay 3.25% of the selling price. Also, a payment processing fee of $0.25 plus 3% of total sale price, if you use their Direct Checkout, or you can use PayPal.

Some preparation is required: photographs of your items, description, price (not as easy as it sounds to set), variations (it is offered in different sizes, other colours), etc. So far, not too bad. But... the most difficult part, in my opinion, is the shipping.

In Canada, it would seem that Canada Post is the least expensive option, although the cost is not simple to figure out. For example, shipping from Ontario to BC is about $3 more than shipping the same item to Quebec. Now add in shipping to the US! Also, there are many variables to consider: do I want delivery confirmation, a tracking number, insurance, faster service? Let's not forget the size of the parcel, the volumetric size and the weight all affect the shipping cost - as well as the final destination! The decision regarding the shipping cost is what held me back for some time from opening my shop. After more research, more reading and more measuring, I selected the highest end of the economical scale: assuming the furthest destination and including a tracking number. In my Shop's policies, I inform potential customers that I will refund the difference if the actual shipping cost is at least $2 less than what they paid.

This reminds me, you also need to develop your Shop's policies regarding ordering, shipping, refunds, and anything else that might be relevant. Taxes too. You have to figure out the HST or GST for each province and set that up. No HST if your Shop is in Canada and your customers are in the US, but they might have to pay taxes and duties in their country. However, although there are some advantages to registering for HST, if your sales are below a certain amount, you are not required to - unless you have other business income that puts you above that threshold. Taxes have to be set up to be calculated based on your customer location. Also, collected and remitted, less input credits, which means the taxes you paid on your supplies and other expenses to do business can be deducted from the sales tax you owe. 

Old Hickory Crafts is now open for business on Etsy. Overall, I am pleased with what Etsy is offering its sellers... And time will tell if it was worth the effort, but in any event, it will have been an interesting learning experience!

Friday, February 20, 2015


This is the flower I used for my Madly in Love! infinity scarf posted earlier. Click on Read more below to see the instructions.

Thursday, February 19, 2015


As I have mentioned in previous posts, I have been working on my very first CAL (Crochet-Along), the Madly in Love! infinity scarf from Moogly. I think that after more than 50 inches of puff stitches, I am getting pretty good at it. Part 2, revealed a very clever surprise from the designer! We split the scarf in three parts and braid them, then attach them to the main part with some decorative buttons. After spending a lot of time searching for buttons and not finding anything that I liked to go with the scarf, I decided to try something different. Instead of a contrasting colour, I chose a monochromatic look. I had three buttons that were an exact match to the melon colour of my yarn, but they were too small. So, I made some flowers with the leftover yarn placed the buttons on them. (I will give the pattern for the flower in a future post.) I turned the flowers, so that the wrong side was facing up, as that gave them a puffier look to complement all the lovely puff stitches of the scarf. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


I really like the look, the texture and the softness of the v-stitch for a cowl or an infinity scarf. This one was made using Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable in Sunrise. This yarn is lovely to work with, although a little "grippy" if you have to unravel it. It is very soft and the colours blend very well together.

I added three buttons, 1.5 inches, to allow for it to be worn as a cowl or as a regular scarf. The scarf measures 9.5 inches wide by 62 inches long (approx. 63 inches with buttons undone).

Tuesday, February 10, 2015


Here is the pattern for the Infinity Scarf posted yesterday. I used chunky yarn and a 6.5 mm hook, but you can use any yarn. Just change the hook size according to the yarn used and chain multiples of 3 plus 7 for starting chain to obtain the desired width. Please click on the "Read more" link below to view pattern.

Monday, February 9, 2015


While I anxiously await the release of part 2 of Madly in Love!, I finished this infinity scarf. It is worked entirely in v-stitches using black chunky yarn. I promise I will share the pattern for this 10 x 60 inches infinity scarf very soon.

Sunday, February 8, 2015


I've been working on the Madly in Love! infinity scarf from Moogly for a couple of days now and I am getting pretty good at working the puff stitch! Now the search for buttons is on!

Friday, February 6, 2015


I made this blanket (and matching hat and booties) for Lukas. I really like the basket weave stitch, so I thought I would share it. Please keep in mind that this is my very first attempt at writing a crochet pattern. Please click on the "Read more" link below to view pattern.
Finished size: approx. 30 inches x 36 inches


I am so excited today to start my very first CAL (happy it is a mini one)! I will be working on the Madly in love! infinity scarf from the talented Tamara of Moogly. I will be using some Lion Brand yarn I had in my stash. (Yes! I have enough of the same colour!) Can't wait to see how it turns out!