A Cool Tool

Point. Focus. Click. What do you do with the pictures you take? Post a few on Facebook? Print a few for Christmas cards? Recently I tried an online photo editor that is free and relatively easy. It has become one of my favorite things. I have plans for this tool.

Garibaldi Collage

Garibaldi, Oregon on a clear and warm September day. So easy to create with PicMonkey.

http://www.picmonkey.com

Confession #1: I have a terrible time remembering what everything is on my camera. Aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance? My camera is set on Auto and I usually get a pretty good photo, but sometimes . . . PicMonkey has an Edit a photo section where I can play around with the exposure or color or sharpness of a photo.

Confession #2: I don’t like to read directions or manuals. New computer program? I won’t read the manual, I’ll jump right in. The Help button is my best friend. PicMonkey is easy to use. I love the Collage feature. Download my photos, choose a Layout (Ducks in a row, FB Cover, L-egant, etc).

Picmonkey is free, but there is also an upgrade option. I haven’t gone there yet . . . but the Jigsaw layout is calling me.

Sweaters Collage

A collage for my LoopsAndLines “About Page”.

Patons Collage

A collage of yarn color choices for hand knitted hats. And yes, PicMonkey has a tool that lets you add words.

So my plans for this tool? I want to experiment with the Card layout, see if I can do something different for next year’s Christmas cards.

Confession #3: I can get so focussed, that something obvious will pass me by. If you have a great idea for how to use this photo editing tool, I’d love to hear.

‘Tis the Season

It was a busy weekend. Spent yesterday printing invoices, wrapping knitted items, downloading shipping labels (I love my DYMO LabelWriter!), boxing or envelope-ing.

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Christmas 2013

Hand knit Christmas stockings: 4 color choices (forest green, traditional green, forest floor green, burgundy) with band of trees

Hand knit Christmas stockings: 4 color choices (forest green, traditional green, forest floor green, burgundy) with band of trees

Hand knit Christmas stockings: forest green with 5 band patterns (trees, chevron stripe, plain band, geometric squares, holly)

Hand knit Christmas stockings: forest green with 5 band patterns (trees, chevron stripe, plain band, geometric squares, holly)

I am working on my new line of Christmas stockings for 2013. That sounds so pretentious. “New lines” are for Pantone color trends or Coach’s spring line of purses or Nike’s cross trainer shoes.

I opened LoopsAndLines on Etsy in August 2011.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/LoopsAndLines

I wasn’t thinking “lines,” just happily knitting. My olive and poppy red cotton stockings and my sock monkey style stockings were the big sellers. For Christmas 2012, my focus was building inventory, so I let color or style inspire me. It was the year of knitting ADD. My striped jester stockings and my sock monkey stockings were best sellers.

So I am trying to control my knitting ADD. Using stats from past best sellers, I am developing my new line for Christmas 2013. Lots of color choices for customers: traditional Christmas green, forest green, burgundy, or a rich green called forest floor. Lots of style choices too: knitted bands with a chevron stripe, a strip of holly, a strip of trees, a wide band of interlocking squares, or a band left open for personalizing.

How’s that for someone who earned a C- in Economics 101?

Off to work on inventory . . .