My favorite thing about a new year is setting new goals for myself. In 2010 I accomplished some lofty yarncrafting goals: I knit my first sweater(s), learned complicated lace and cable patterns, and added color-work to my repertoire. For 2011 I want to focus on organizational goals: keeping my stash organized, finishing all my projects, and sticking to my pattern queue.
What are you're yarncrafting goals for 2011? Will you learn new techniques? Knit or crochet a pattern you've been wanting to try? Donate more finished projects to charity? Share your crafty New Year's resolutions in the comments below.
From some of the guys in IT to our Sales staff, there are lots of people at Lion Brand you will find with a hook or needles in hand, and we truly enjoy being around these crafts that we enjoy so much.
Recently, a group of us were in a meeting and many of us kept our hands busy by working away at knit socks, crochet scarves, and other projects. Here's Laura at that meeting--looking particularly yarn-friendly--as she works on a scarf in Hometown USA. Yes, she's wearing the Learn to Knit Cuffs in Hometown USA and a sweater in Fishermen's Wool, and yes, those are photos of some of our older yarns on the wall behind her! Being bedecked in yarn suits Laura, since she's the one providing pattern support to those of you with questions!
Do you knit and/or crochet around the office or on the go? Leave a comment and tell us about your experiences!
A craft fair is an amazing way to connect to other crafters. Not only do you get to support the local economy, but you get the chance to bond with fellow crafters and artisans. Here at Lion Brand, we really enjoy both visiting and sponsoring local events. The Lion Brand Yarn Studio recently had the pleasure of sponsoring the Handmade Cavalcade, an independent craft fair held here in New York City. We also sponsor Maker Faire, a celebration of all things handmade.
Are you looking to get involved in craft fairs? Here are a few tips for selling your items:
Start locally. Your local craft fair is the perfect place to start drumming up interest in your handmade goods. A smaller fair makes a great introduction to selling your wares. Remember that word of mouth can spread very quickly!
Be unique. How are your handmade goods different from others being sold? Decide how to make your items stand out from the crowd.
Be prepared. Bring cards with your contact information so that people can follow up with you and make future purchases.
Share all care instructions (if applicable). It's important for your customers to know how to care for their new purchases, so share all washing and drying instructions with them.