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Decisions, Decisions

Decisions, Decisions….

I’ve been offering this Grey Lace Stole almost since I opened my shop on Etsy and it’s been a decent seller for me. The yarn is now discontinued and I have to decide whether to source another yarn for the pattern or find a different yarn and pattern combo to offer. I have enough yarn left for 1 more stole.

Grey Lace Stole

I base what I offer for sale on several things; what yarn I can get and what I want to make to sell in my shop are two. I have tended to go for thicker/chunkier yarns as they knit up faster, and how long something takes to make is a factor in whether or not I’ll make it to sell.

Some knit/crochet items I find don’t sell well, and I sell a few then stop listing it, other items sell very well only at certain times of the year. (My Herringbone Handwarmers come to mind here!)

Herringbone Handwarmers

I prefer to use natural fibres and blends and not just 100% acrylic – they tend to be nicer to knit with, and can last longer without pilling. As I now have a knitting machine, I’m hoping to offer items using finer luxury yarns and bigger items such as larger lace stoles and wraps. I have to master the machine first!

I don’t tend to jump on trends like the ‘pussy hats’ or the polo neck rectangular ponchos with cables and large buttons for toddlers, I am careful about ending up with (more) yarns and materials that I won’t use if they don’t sell.

I did think this Girl’s Spring Poncho/Capelette would sell, but while the pattern does, the actual item doesn’t.

Girl’s Spring Capelette

And back to the original question – to find a new yarn for this pattern? Hmmmm…. I’ll have to let you know.

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Free Knitting Patterns….

If you visit here regularly, (Thanks!) you’ll notice that perhaps a few more people are ‘liking’ my posts and following my little blog.

I was approached a little while ago about letting my free knitting patterns get published on http://www.allfreeknitting.com. I did have to think about it; but decided that it would be a good idea to get a little more traffic on my blog, and as I get more patterns designed and written perhaps a few sales would come my way for the patterns I sell.

Summer Scarf
Summer Scarf

I certainly wasn’t expecting to log on about 2 weeks ago and see my stats page going mad! I had over 1,000 hits that day, and 260 the next. I usually average about 40. you see, so wasn’t expecting to see this huge spike in the graph. And that was just for 1 pattern – the Drop Stitch Chunky Scarf on the Patterns page.

Chunky Drop Stitch Scarf
Chunky Drop Stitch Scarf

I’ve added another one – the Simple Summer Scarf – to the website as well and am working on a cowl and handwarmer set – the cowl pattern will be free while the handwarmer pattern will be for sale. It’s in a lovely cream bamboo yarn – I just have to get them finished! Every time I think I can get them done, something else comes up, like an order, and I have to do that first. I hope in the next week they’ll get finished and posted.

I am also going to start selling other patterns – is there anything you’ve been looking for, or have seen in my shop and would like to have the pattern for?