I Sell On Etsy!

Do you ever have one of those things that you always intend to do, but can’t find time for, and said project just stays on the back burner, year after year? My forever-on-the-to-do-list project was selling my patterns and knitwear on Etsy. Every time I set out to do it, I was overwhelmed by all the of the details I needed to work out before my shop could even go live, and that sense of “this is going to take me forever to do” made me push it to the bottom of my to-do list again and again.

I’ve done a lot of custom knitting and commissions orders, and I regularly design and knit for a local alpaca farm, but none of these things seemed to fit inside of a typical Etsy shop. After publishing a few knitting patterns last year, non-knitters began to ask me how they could buy the actual items and were surprised I wasn’t selling them on Etsy.

For whatever reason, I had a let-go-of-expectations moment and I just decided to make it happen, even if it wasn’t perfect or complete, I would list the items they were requesting and see how it went. So… I finally opened an Etsy shop! I’m planning for it to be a one stop shop for my made-to-order knitwear and knitting patterns and I will keep adding items as I am ready. Check it out here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/JustineChenelKnits

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Let me know what you think, and if you’re working on any projects this year that seem to always stay on the to-do list, I’d love to hear about what made you finally decide to tackle them in the comments section.

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Introducing the Western Slope Beanie pattern

Hello everyone and Happy October! I am happy to announce that the Western Slope Beanie is live and available for purchase from Ravelry. Autumn is my favorite season, and beanies might be my favorite knitty accessory to wear, especially with cables!

The Western Slope Beanie features a gorgeous braided cable that sits between a squishy, stretchy rib pattern with just the perfect amount of slouch. This beanie is both cozy and stylish and will fit into anyone’s wardrobe. Wear it on your next trek through your favorite mountain trail.

I hope you enjoy knitting it as much as I did designing it. Thank you for checking it out and happy knitting!

activism + craft = craftivism

activism + craft = craftivism
For me, it is impossible to separate the two. I knit and craft because it recharges me and helps me focus. It lets my brain rest so that I am ready to keep fighting the good fight every single day. As an activist, I know the importance of burnout, I understand that sometimes we need to pass the baton in this relay of civic work, and I am lucky to have found a way of restoring my energy that also results in a product I can sell to raise money for the causes I support.
I know many artists, crafters, and knitters who do the same and have been doing this for many years. It makes my heart so happy to see all of us doing our part in our own unique way because just like the many individual stitches that make up a garment, it takes many individual acts to make up our collective activism.
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I’d love to hear from you if you’re in the same boat – what do you do to sustain your activism? How do you combine your craft and your activism?
This was a hard week, I’m sure it was for many of you too. The endless barrage of horror that this current administration releases is exhausting and overwhelming. It can make you feel helpless and hopeless, and this is where I find that knitting helps me overcome those feelings. Knitting gives me a chance to breathe and think, and those are vital to finding ways to have hope, and create ways to help.
This week I released a new pattern, and I am donating a portion of the sales to RAICES. I am planning to do this with many patterns I release, and I hope that this is a successful way to add to my contribution to social justice.
Happy knitting and keep fighting the good fight!
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Standing with fellow protesters for FAMILIES BELONG TOGETHER on Saturday, June 30th.