WIP Wednesday….. It’s been a long time.

You may have noticed a sudden influx of blog posts after being dormant for so long and that the blog has had a bit of a makeover. I’ve recently changed jobs. I now work much closer to home and have more time to focus on my own work again. I hope to get back into the swing of things and back to posting on a more regular basis.

Now on to the WIP’s!

I’m knitting a second Hitchhiker shawl. I’m finally getting to use one of the skeins of Wollmeise that I’ve been hording for a couple of years. I’m modifying the pattern again by adding beads to each point. I’m up to 15 of 42 points.

Wollmeise Hitchhiker wip

I’ve also been on a spinning kick lately. It could be because my spinning wheel is sitting nearly directly in front of the air conditioner. I’m spinning a merino roving called Midnight that I got for my birthday 2.5 years ago from Spun Right Round. It’s amazingly soft.

Purple spinning project

How to search (or not) on Etsy

I’ve decided that I would like to own a tea pot someday since it’s getting cooler and I don’t like to microwave my water. I wanted to see what Etsy has to offer by way of teapots so I typed “teapot” in the search box and got a random assortment of things that were certainly not teapots.

This is what I had to type in to get the first five pages of search results to be ONLY actual teapots:

teapot -cozy -jewelry -photo -framed -marker -charm -card -fabric -print -bag -wood -bell -light -doll -calendar -cover -collage -painting -hair -placemat -napkin -sticker -magnet -quilt -cookie -shirt -coaster -towel -runner -bouquet -embroidery -plant -cup -shabby -skirt -dish -box -cuttingboard -drawing -chair -ornament -sugar -garden -bookmark -A3 -knitting -needle -cosy -onesie -miniature -digital -quilled -baby -crochet -mirror -bead -toy -tassel -chipboard -birdhouse -corset -jersey -arrangement -mini -sink -clothing -stamp -button -classes -chalkboard -apron -tray -tags -photography -book -plate


Seriously.

BTW, I clicked to page 6 of the results and even MORE things show up that are not teapots.

So here’s a little lesson in how to search Etsy. Type in the thing that you want to buy. Look at the results that obviously have nothing to do with said item. Get frustrated. Click a few of the links on the side to try to narrow your search. Get even more frustrated. Close browser and go to your local artisan gallery and purchase item there.

Don’t you sell on Etsy, you ask? Why yes, I am an Etsy seller but, I RARELY get sales though Etsy that aren’t from people I don’t know in some form or fashion either locally or friend online. There is a GIANT flaw in their system and I wish they would fix it.

That is all, I’ll step down from my soap box now.

EDIT: By recommendation of a Plurk friend, I tried searching “teapot” then clicking “Relevancy” to eliminate the non-teapot results. I tried this which resulted in 20 of the 30 displayed items being Non-teapots. Really, only 10 of the items on the first page were actual teapots.

EDIT#2: Just to clarify, I want a tea pot to put boiled water into from a pan so that I can brew the tea, not to place on the stove top itself. I currently make tea one cup at a time in the microwave but would like to make a whole pot to sip on through out the morning instead.

Sunday Etsy Finds – Physics

Math and Science Geek 1.25 inch Pinback Button Badges – buttonbistro7

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Einstein Tshirt Relativity handwriting Theory Tee WOMENS Shirt – nonfictiontees

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Baby’s first physics book – Pat Schrodinger’s Kitty – electricboogaloo

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Quantum physics says you’ll never find me if I stand still – PINBACK BUTTON – 1.25 inch round – BAYMOONSTUDIO

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periodic table of the elements diagram – peacefultraveler

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LARGE HADRON COLLIDER poster (11X18 inches) – jasonpermenter

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vintage Tasco Deluxe high quality microscope set NIB – hippiejo74

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Heisenberg Portrait // Fine Art Print – themooncraft

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Delicate Red Atomic Cutout Necklace – casstasstrophe

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Famous Scientist Button Set – scientificculture

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Etsy Sunday – Dolls & Plushies

Since I’ve been unable to post my regular posts lately, I’m bringing you 10 awesome Etsy items instead of the regular 5. I hope that I’ll be back on the regularly scheduled posts for now.

You’re Not The Boss Of Her – pocomedio

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Jud – Zerumpees

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Sarah – thelittlefox

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Miki – tiddlywinks

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Ecofriendly Frida Kahlo Softie – sewsewsuckurtoe

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Belchick – The Mischievous Squirrel – sleepyking

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Hand Sewn Wool Felt Plush Aqua Felt Decorative Wren – bubbletime

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Milu – knittingdreams

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Nouma doll – bouji

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Bright fawn – TheHandworkGroup

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