I have more exciting news. A co-worker of mine at the hospital does professional photography on the side, and she has agreed to take new listing photographs of all my current products! She is also going to take pictures for future listings! I am hoping to have the new photos updated this week.
I'm halfway done with my third missoni inspired baby blanket. I've enjoyed putting colors together and figuring out which color should go next. I feel like I've been working on these blankets forever; I'm anxious to be done. I can't wait to start designing my next baby projects.
I've also been working on colorful baby dresses. The pattern is Super Simple Baby Tunic by Rebecca Gunn. I can't wait to add a few of these to the shop! I plan on using my favorite yarn ever, Sunrise Fiber Co. Wren dyes up the most beautiful colorways!
I hope to have more updates soon!
I'd love for you to comment below! :)
Another baby blanket is complete! This was another sale that was directly through me. I loved putting the colors together and figuring out which color should come next. I love how it came together, and I'm already a quarter through the next blanket.
I've also started working on little baby dresses which I am really excited to add to my shop. I feel very impatient right now; I want to be done with so many new projects! There are a few awesome knitting shops on Etsy that I've been following, and I am amazed by how successful they are. I hope to get there soon!
I'm almost caught up with watching The Good Wife. It's been my go-to show to watch while knitting. It's an amazingly well-written show; I am addicted! Does anybody have any suggestions for new shows?
I did it! My first Etsy sale. I knew it was coming- a friend wanted one of my products, and bought it through Etsy instead of just directly through me. When I got a cha-ching notification on my phone, I had butterfiles. I know how cliche that sounds, but I really did.
Summer isn't the typical season to buy knitted things, and yet, all of my friends and co-workers I've talked to so far are really excited for me. I figure it's best to start before the fall comes. That way, I have a much larger stock when demand hits.
I am now working on a chevron blanket with a missoni-style color pattern. I am really excited to share it, but I'll wait until it's done!
Hope everyone is having a good week!
This week, I'm in the process of making baby hats for Babbleheads Photography! I'm half done. Tonight, I'm starting a deer hat with antlers, that I can't wait to start. The photoshoot is next month, and I absolutely can't wait to see how it turns out.
I'd love to see what everyone is working on! Post in the comments below! :)
The last couple weeks have been full of promoting my new site and working on new products. I have been extremely inspired by many other Etsy shops, and I have a ton of new ideas. I joined a promotion team on Etsy. They are an amazing way to get more people to your shop.
I got a conversation message from a fellow team member, Stephanie, who has a photography business in Madison. She runs another team that pairs photographers with knitters and other creators. The knitters send their products to the photographers and in return get professional photos they can use in their listing ads! She has many photo shoots coming up this summer for little babies, and my products will be used! I cannot wait! You can see Stephanie's work at www.BabbleheadsPhotography.com!
Not much else to report.
See you all soon!
Well I finally did it. I entered the blogosphere.
I always wondered what my blog would feature. My writing samples that I have dreamed of being published in a literary magazine? My interest in interior design and decorating? And of course it hit me, knitting!!
Last month, I decided to finally open my very own Etsy shop. I have been dreaming of doing this for years, but was intimidated by the process. What if I never make a sale? All that time and effort for nothing? I realized that failure didn't matter to me. I would be doing something I loved and was passionate about. And if I never tried it, I would always be wondering what it would be like.
Back in 2012, I graduated from the English program at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. I had extremely high hopes that by the end of the summer, I would be done with my first novel and on my way to being published. It's been two years since, and I am still on page 35 of my first story. I knew I had a passion for writing, but without the college setting, I didn't know if I would succeed. I didn't have my writing friends to push me or help me with a new story. I decided then that I had to refocus. If I combined my many interests, I would have something I wanted to wake up for.
Knitting has been an interest of mine since I first learned at age ten. My first few projects were the typical wonky scarf that ended up with five times the amount of stitches that I started out with. Unintentionally of course. I tried many different crafts growing up, but knitting was the one I knew I wanted to succeed at. I started out by making bright and colorful blankets for a children's shelter. It was so rewarding to make a tangible product for a someone I knew would need and cherish it. Especially for someone my own age. I kept pushing myself and kept learning how to make new projects. I loved making children's mittens and being able to customize them to a child's tastes and preferences.
In the fall of 2013, my mom came to visit me at my new home in River Falls. We visited a local art shop, Garden Divas, that sold many different pieces from local artists. A sign in their shop said, " Know someone who makes cool stuff? Send them our way!" I introduced myself, and the owner and I decided that I would make child mittens and women's fingerless gloves for her to sell at the store. I had checked back a few times and my knitted goods were being sold! I knew then that I had something going for me, and I really wanted to expand that passion.
I wasn't sure where to begin, and it took me many months to finally gain the courage to open my own Etsy shop. I was afraid of putting my own work out there. I took the leap, and I am extremely glad that I did. I'm still in the process of building my shop and my stock, but I know it will do well. It just takes time.
I decided to name my shop after my kitty Leo, who I had for one year. I was renting the basement of a house from a family that lived on the main floor. Leo was a rescue kitty that my housemate had found on the side of the road. He loved coming down to the basement and playing with whatever he could get his paws on. Fluffy yarn, my current projects, or anything that was laying out. Unfortunately, he passed away this past Christmas, and I knew I had to dedicate my shop to his memory.
So please come visit me at my shop: www.LeosLovelyTreasures.etsy.com. I have items that are ready to ship to you! And of course, if there is something else you would be interested in, I'd be happy to make a custom order for you!
I'm a recent college graduate, living the dream day by day, and knitting as much as I can.