I have long had a theory that people who knit and crochet do not want to wade through a lot of non-yarn listings when they shop. Yarn is confusing enough, because the artisan must decide on color, fiber and gauge all at once, all the while thinking about what this new project will be. So having books, bookends, beads and a lot of other hoopla on the page can be distracting to someone in search of yarn. On the other hand, I like for knitters to see the neck warmer I made out of Nightscape on the same site as my listing for Nightscape yarn. So Zibbet is predominantly yarn, surrounded by my fiber projects. And I am more than happy to name which yarn I used in a project, if I still have it in stock.
The other part of my theory is that people who do NOT knit or crochet must feel annoyed to see so freaking many yarns on a page when they absolutely cannot use the stuff. That is why Life's an Expedition on eCrater is becoming the site for old books, maps, sheet music and other paper ephemera. Here, I walk a tightrope. Many of these items appeal to readers. Many appeal to scrapbookers, card makers and mixed media artisans who are going to gleefully hack the thing to ribbons. I speak out of both sides of my mouth when I write each listing, since I want to show paper artisans the creative potential without alarming the readers who consider books sacrosanct.
Hope you're all enjoying the holidays. As always, this blog is read-only, but each blog entry appears on Facebook, where you may comment to your heart's content without having to proclaim me as your friend.
Edited August 5, 2011.