Hagerstown, Maryland 49 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Hagerstown, Maryland | 49 Sales

Jaclyn Myer

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Jaclyn Myer

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Last updated on Jul 28, 2019

UPDATE IS NOW LIVE. More to come this fall, just in time for holiday gift giving!


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About TheSleepyBeeCo

Sales 49
On Etsy since 2011

Cottage industries still have a place in today's economy--and in my life.

I initially started my shop in 2011-2012, as a way to justify my excessive yarn purchases. The intention was to use up my stash by creating inventory for the shop, and generate an income to cover what I had bought--and allow me to buy more. That's just how knitters' brains function. It's not exactly logical, but that's just the way it is. Anyway, it didn't go as planned because I wanted to keep the things I made, or give them as gifts, and it just fizzled out. Back then, though...I had a full-time job with benefits.

Fast-forward to present day, and I'm now a single mother, over-educated and under-employed, trying to make ends meet the best way I know how. I substitute teach in my local school system during the school year; I am an adjunct professor at a local university; and have recently accepted a teaching position at a non-profit alternative school for troubled youth. Things are still not yet ideal, so here I am, with a different approach to my Etsy shop this time around.

It's a tough spot to be in, but I am fortunate enough to have skills and abilities that not everyone has, or knows how to use, in order to survive in situations such as the one I am climbing out of. Here's what's different this time:

-I design and write patterns that are suitable for beginning knitters all the way through advanced. I write them in such a way that they are easy to understand and somewhat customizable; they're delivered digitally; and they are reasonably priced. I even offer help if the knitter runs into any snags along the way--no extra charge!
-I create stitch markers and progress markers for people to give as gifts to the knitter they don't know what to get, or for knitters to give to themselves for being downright awesome (or whatever reason they choose).
-I dye yarn for fun and relaxation, and sometimes I dye yarns and put them into kits with a pattern I've designed and written (and tested, of course--they're all tested), because sometimes, there are just too many choices and it gets overwhelming. Kits provide choices without the overwhelm.
-I love to sew, so I also intend to make and sell project bags (nothing fancy just yet; I haven't had the time to put into designing like I want to).
-Occasionally, I'll put some finished (knitted) items up for sale in the shop. They may appear to be priced on the high end, but I can assure you, the pricing is reasonable and accurate*, and you won't find this quality in any department store.

This time, even though I thoroughly enjoy doing all of these things I've listed, I have different motives behind running an Etsy shop. It's not just for fun this time. This time, it means keeping (all) the bills paid. It means keeping my son in karate (he's a purple belt!) for another school year. It means designing and testing patterns that will result in, eventually, an entirely handmade wardrobe for myself and my son. It means sharing my creativity with others in such a way that they can be as creative as they want, too, or can find a way to de-stress or do self-care the way I did over the past few years.

To those of you that have read this, or looked at my listings, or both--and to those that are helping to support me and my son: from the bottom of my heart...THANK YOU.

*To understand the pricing of finished knitted items, please read: An average adult-sized sweater takes roughly 1200-1600 yards of yarn. We'll go with 1200 for ease of calculation. Knitters are advised to price their finished items at anywhere from $.18 per yard of yarn worked to $.30 per yard of yarn worked (it's generally based on experience level and pattern complexity). For ease of calculation, we'll go with $.25 per yard of yarn worked. For an average adult-sized sweater that uses 1200 yards of yarn, this comes out to $300. Considering the fact that many knitters will spend 3 weeks to a month--or more--(anywhere from 90-120 hours) constructing a sweater this size, $300 really doesn't come out to much per hour (a 90-hour sweater at $300 comes out to $3.33 per hour). I hope this helps to clarify my (and other knitters') pricing of finished items, especially if they seem to be overpriced at first glance.

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Shop policies

Last updated on July 28, 2019
Hey there! Thanks for stopping by. At The Sleepy Bee Co., my goal is to provide you with high-quality, handcrafted merchandise and accurately-written knitting patterns. Please leave a transaction/product review once Etsy opens the option to you. For patterns, if you happen to be a member of Ravelry, please leave feedback there, as well.
Also, please note that I do not accept returns; exchanges are accepted under certain conditions. Contact me for further details.

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept returns or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Returns and exchange details
No returns, please.

If there is an issue with the condition of your package once it arrives, please let me know so that I can alert the USPS. If the product itself is damaged as a result of mishandling by USPS, I will replace it at no cost to you--all you pay is shipping.
I accept credit cards directly through Etsy, as well as PayPal. No checks, please.
Sales tax (6%, Maryland's percentage) is figured into all prices already and will not be tacked on at the end of your transaction.
All sales are final, as my products are made with quality, patience, and fine materials. Should something go wrong that is NOT the result of misuse, please contact me with a description of the issue and I'll do my best to help you out.

I am happy to complete custom orders for clients. The following policies will be applied to each custom order placed—no exceptions.

A non-refundable deposit is required at the time the order is placed. The deposit shall be one and one-half times the cost of the fabric/materials, including all applicable taxes and shipping fees. Construction of the order will not begin until the deposit has been paid and the payment has cleared.
The remaining cost* of each order is to be paid in full before the order will be transferred to the buyer. Failure to pay the remaining balance within fifteen business days of completion will result in the buyer paying an overhead fee of 15% of the total price of the order, in addition to the remaining balance.
*”Remaining cost” includes hourly wages/yardage wages; mileage, when applicable; and all applicable listing and/or commission fees incurred through online listing and sales.
All orders not paid in full after 30 calendar days from completion of the order will become property of The Sleepy Bee Co., and will be made available to the public for purchase through the Etsy shop.
Hourly rates for sewing differ from hourly rates for knitting and crochet.
Sewing: my hourly rate of $15 includes searching for and procuring materials; laying out pattern pieces; pinning, cutting, fitting (if applicable); and construction of the item. The total labor cost will be determined once the order is complete.
Knit/Crochet: the rate per yard is $.30 and the total labor cost will be determined once the order is complete.
Custom orders are neither refundable nor returnable.
Rushed orders will be subject to a 20% hourly (or per yard) wage increase, plus 3% of the total cost of the order.
Ready-to-ship items are sent out within 72 hours of the order being placed, via USPS. For custom orders, please allow 2-8 weeks for production (based on item features/complexity) and 1 week for delivery. You will be notified when your item has shipped.

Insurance will be added to your shipping; the item you have purchased is valuable, and will be treated as such. Tracking numbers will be provided to you when I send your shipping alert.
Additional policies and FAQs
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As a courtesy to me and my hard work on these original items, I would be ever so grateful if you would please avoid pinning my items to Pinterest pin boards. Their terms of service state that once something is pinned, it can never be unpinned, and it immediately becomes their property...even though it's mine. Please respect this request, and understand that it's nothing against you wanting to share/show off what you've found in my shop--it's my way of keeping my creativity out of corporate hands.

Because I value my privacy, I run this business on the assumption that you value yours, too. You have my word that I will NEVER share your contact information with anyone, nor will I send any emails unless there is a good reason to do so (such as when an order you've placed has shipped, or something you'd asked about is back in stock).