The three pairs of socks above are also custom orders. I have actually knitted more than those as one customer ordered a pair in the black and the white. I have an additional pair of white still for sale on my Etsy site.
Going forward in 2013 I'm promising myself to take better care of my Etsy finances. One should not instantly spend every penny that comes in through PayPal or Direct Pay. Today, I discovered that the Etsy option to print postage labels works real well. Not only that, I was only .10 off in my estimate on a package travelling to Canada. I'm getting better with this.
In my early years I was paying more for the shipping than my customers were. The additional costs weren't rolled into my items, either. I don't like that when it's done to me, so I don't do it to others. ;-)
My pricing formula is going to change as well. I'm going to keep track of the starting weight of the yarn, calculate the per gram price, knit the socks, and calculate price then mark the price up afterwards. Several pairs of socks have put me in the red as I didn't buy the yarn on eBay or get a special price.
Back to my knitting!
Happy Saturday and don't stress over those holidays! They do come around at the same time every year so we shouldn't be surprised.