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Illinois, United States
I am a band director at five private schools in Kankakee. Music is a big part of my life, but knitting and crafting are right up there too. I own a ridiculous stash of yarn, which I am slowly using... and replacing with better yarn... I tend to knit and crochet a lot, in class, out of class, while watching tv, while driving, pretty much constantly. I have been involved with crochet romantically for 15 years, and involved with knitting for 11 years. They sometimes get jealous of each other. I think its funny. Along with knitting and crocheting, I quilt, spin (drop spindle) and design patterns!!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Winter Sale!!!

Once again, the years rolls around to the knitting/crocheting sale that I started with in Kappa Kappa Psi! This is my last year doing it, and well.... It's the time where I sell the most items. Mind you.... I only get less than 25% of the profit of my items. The rest of the money goes towards the music department at EIU.

So for the most part we sell a hat for 12$, I get 2$. It barely covers the yarn, and does not even come close to covering the time... But In the end I am helping out the music department, and that is the whole reason I joined Psi. (though... I am about to graduate... and that money would be awwwwwesome to have...)

We did make it into the DEN today though,

Feature Photo: Bake sale

Amanda Zumwalt, a sophmore elementary education major, Sharon Walker, a senior music education major, and Greg Sainer, a junior communication studies major, sell homemade items for Kappa Kappa Psi, a national honorary band fraternity, in Doudna Monday. (Katie Overby | The Daily Eastern News)

No I am not in the picture, yes the knitted stuff and crocheted stuff are all made by me, (except for three scarves, and a couple loom knitted hats)

It is a bittersweet sale for me. I love music, I love Psi, but I love money. So I can buy more yarn. And then sell more. hahaha

I did just finish the test knit that I was working on, and I plan to put up pictures tomorrow.

I also sold another item from my store! One of my.... ex boyfriends.... bought a bag that I crocheted out of plastic bags, for his current girlfriend who is known to be "green". I am glad someone I know bought it because I really would like to see how the bag holds up. I know there are ways to reinforce the bag, but I reallllly would like to see how it holds up to daily use, whether it be shopping or just carrying around a wallet. If it works out for a while I will start making more, even though it takes forever. Having to cut up the plastic bags, then string them and knot them together, thhhen crochet it all together. The only issue is, cutting up the yarn and knotting it takes forever,

But its green, and it uses tons of old plastic bags that would just end up in the landfill!

I am going to finish up a knitted acrylic blanket that my friend Kelly gave me to finish, just because its been sitting on my chair in my room for months. and darn it... I want to sit on that chair!!!

And if someone is reading this... please check out my friend Sarah's blog. She needs some help paying for graduation, and anything will make a difference!!! http://www.rainloverknits.com/


Sunday, November 28, 2010

New Years Resolution

I know its only the beginning of December, (well about) but with how busy I know I am going to be I would like to start identifying my New years resolutions now.

1. Once this recital is over, I want to work out at least an hour a day. I can replace practice time with gym time.
-lose 8 pounds and get back to the weight that I was when I first came to college
- which in return will help me fit into my freshman year pants again
- hey I am pretty darn proud that in 5 years, I only gained 8 pounds. I say kudos to me.
2. Knit, crochet, and sew things that are unique, and fun, and will make people want to buy them. Instead of the mass producing I do now.... which doesnt really get much sold because anyone can do what I am doing (unless I am working off a pattern... and then I cant sell it anyways....)
3. Sell a buuuunch of acrylic yarn over ebay. Cause everyone knows I need to destash.
4. Write up, test knit, and produce multiple patterns. Lace/scarves/hats/blankets/ whatever
5. Make money, (save at least 6,000 up by the end of summer) hopefully with student teaching I will still have time to get some work in.
6. Ace student teaching at Casey, and enjoy my time in Florida with the band!
7. Get a teaching job after graduation! Anyone looking for a music/band teacher for middle school or high school?

Thats all I got right now....

But I did finish up a scarf, and a hat, and I plan to sell it in the Kappa Kappa Psi sale this week!
The Prismatic Scarf
by Huan-Hua Chye

Then a plan crocheted blue hat, easy sell.

Working on a test knit Stargazing hat by torirot design. I am really liking this pattern, I think its sweet! I hope to have it done by tonight so that I can put up pictures!


Sunday, November 21, 2010


Sunday, November 14, 2010

It has been a while. I have not been getting as much crafting done as I usually do... which upsets me. But I know once this recital is over, I will have tooooons of free time in which I will be sewing, knitting, and crocheting to clear up my stash problem. (stash as in yarn foo)

Recital preview is Thursday at 10:30. We are going to pass. No doubt. As long as I keep up the good practice.

Once we pass, the recital will be December 5th!

I have made some time to get some projects done, which makes me feel awesome!

Two crocheted hats, and a crocheted baby hobo blanket.

All for sale!

Check out my shop in the next couple days, free shipping until thanksgiving!