Betsy The Lotus Cow Says – Online Shopping Sometimes Suck

Betsy The Lotus Cow Says – Online Shopping Sometimes Suck

Happy Wednesday, friends! Here’s a fun quote that Betsy would like to share with y’all:

Buying a product with high expectations and perfect reviews only to realise that it doesn’t work for more than 2 days made me distrust online shopping.

๐Ÿ˜… I think the quote above pretty much sums up my feelings on my recent online shopping experience.

So on this post, I’ve mentioned that I would try out the knitting machine. And, well…I did! The package arrived last Saturday.

I went with the $50 brand rather than spending $200 since I saw some positive reviews on this product. So far, so good. I posted my experience via my IG stories on that day and was pleasantly surprised how fast the machine worked.

I used up the three yarns that it came with the package and managed to create a scarf. Even with the slight messy start in changing colours when feeding it through the machine, it stayed intact.

Feeling the excitement, I worked on another project in creating a rainbow beanie hat for my son.

The yarn I used was from Caron Simply Soft by Yarninspirations. Probably one of the best yarns I’ve worked with so far in creating a beanie hat. Plus, the weight of the yarn worked perfectly for this machine. Within 30 minutes or so, I created a full sized beanie hat for my son to wear during the colder season when he goes to preschool.

Reading the positive reviews online, I felt sure that I made the right decision. I mean, what could possibly go wrong? So far, the general consensus was that it was a great starter knitting machine for a budget friendly crafted.

(In a narrator voice: Alas, Diana discovered that it was not the case.)

On Tuesday, while I was on my lunch break, I decided to use up the remaining yarn to make a scarf. After casting the stitches, I noticed that the needles were more wobbly than usual. I was also careful in making sure that the working yarn was being threaded with the needle hooks. Needless to say, by the fourth row, I noticed that the stitches dropped. At first, I thought it might be due to setting the tension loosely. After a couple of tries and wasted yarn, I came to the realisation that the knitting machine became defective. It was no longer latching on the working yarn like it used to when I first bought the machine.

And this whole ordeal lasted two days.

As if that wasn’t fun enough, I requested to have UPS pick up the package via Amazon on Tuesday. Today is Wednesday. Not only the UPS Driver left a label on my doorstep, he sped off without picking up my knitting machine. UPS needs to hire better drivers.

Thank goodness for my hubby since he’ll drop it off sometime this week. But yeah…online shopping is a hit or miss. I feel it may get worse now that we’re near the early stages of holiday shopping.

I think it’s a sign that I should be sticking to loom knitting since there’s more pros that outweighs the cons:

  • Less chances of stitches slipping since they’re wrapped on the pegs.
  • Loom knitting tools tend to be more forgiving with the yarn of your choice (i.e. you can either use the bulky or thin yarn).
  • They’re portable.
  • Loom knitting tools can come with various sizes, rather than being stuck to one size.
  • More patterns available for loom knitting tools than with knitting machines.

I should note that I’m usually proactive when doing my research. Unfortunately, it was one of those instances where it was too good to be true. Sometimes, the hand method works better than machines!

Let me know in the comments below if you had high expectations on a product after reading positive reviews and found out that it was a real flop. Would love to read your experiences!

Namaste,

Diana

A (Not So Simple) Trip To The Local Craft Store

A (Not So Simple) Trip To The Local Craft Store

Betsy tried her hardest when she visited the local craft store to buy some yarn ๐Ÿงถ She wanted to make a simple scarf for her Mister but she ended up buying more than needed.

Webcomic created with Procreate app.


Happy Friday, friends! Took the day off from work for a medical visit. The little one needed his flu shot and a haircut just before school starts. Here’s to hoping for a smooth transition and more time for me to work on my illustrations and programming on all things Betsy related ๐Ÿฎ Did a simple prayer and tarot reading while writing down my intentions on what I would like to achieve during the New Moon in Virgo phase. My Moon in Virgo is feeling this so that explains the need for a more productive day, I guess.

Speaking of projects…I finally got back into loom knitting after putting it off for some time (i.e motherhood and job). Now that things are winding down for a bit, I figured it would be great to work on a blanket for my Pillow Pet Cow. And yes, for the kid as well ๐Ÿ˜› the cold season is approaching so might as well be prepared.

If there’s one thing I know about going to Michaels, it can be heaven to my creative soul but hell on my wallet. It’s even worse when you are a frequent customer at the establishment (as noted in my tweet below):

I bought some yarns that are from Yarinspirations Caron x Pantone brand. I’m also getting a knitting machine in the mail that I hope to use when making scarves and hats in bulk.

I used to crochet, but I find that keeping the stitches straight has been a challenge. Even in making simple dolls was hard on my coordination. The only time I would use crochet is if I’ll do some simple finishing designs at the end of my work or just bind pieces together with the leftover yarn.

Do you happen to knit / crochet? Ever felt tempted to buy almost every single product at your local craft store? Let me know in the comments below ๐Ÿ’ญ

Namaste,

Diana