Monday, January 10, 2011

I'm thinking.

Always a dangerous pursuit.  All those thoughts going through my head.  So here is my latest mind moment.

I want to change how I present yarns on Etsy.  My model up until August of 2010 was to show one-of-a-kind colorways.  It worked beautifully for almost 3 years.  And then bam!  It all slowed down to a crawl.  And to tell the truth, I am kind of tired of dyeing this way.  Don't get me wrong; it's a lot of fun, but I like a new challenge now and then, and also, I'm now seriously into almost solids.  So what to do?  That is where all my new thoughts are going.

I'm thinking of doing seasonal colorways.  Maybe a new colorway series every 2-3 months.  So I would present 5 new colorways and people could order more than one skein for larger projects.  What do you think?

Initially I did OOAK colorways because I was constantly knitting socks.  But I'm over my sock craze, and am now into shawls and scarves and possibly sweaters (!), and I need more skeins for larger shawls and sweaters.  So if people want to knit bigger shawls, they would need more yardage.  Hence buying more skeins.  Yes?  Does this make sense?

I'm not in competition with any of my fellow dyers here; I'm a low-volume gal, and like a small business, but this would suit me just fine.  I realized the other day now much I like dyeing up multiples of the same colorways.  I've been doing that for a few lace KALs and now especially for the Light & Dark Lace Club, and it's fun for me to do. 

Do you think this is a viable idea?  Got any better ideas?

Speaking of the Light & Dark Lace Club, it's a roaring success!  I'm so happy about it.  The biggies in the indie dyer field are probably howling with laughter, but I have gone way beyond what I expected in responses.  Such a delight!  If you are interested in joining, registration is going to close on Fri.  I have so many orders, that I need a chunk of time to get all the dyeing done.  All the details are right here, and you can buy through my Etsy shop.

Sharon - I like your idea.  The more I think about this, the better it gets.  I think I'll gradually list a large number of regular colorways, and of course, I do need to toss in the weird and wacky and fun.  After all, a girl's gotta play, no?


Sharon said...

I really like the idea of being able to get multiple skeins of a color. I, like you, am getting back into larger projects and often want more than one skein. However, I would hate to lose the wonderful and occasionally wacky "one of a kinds." What about the seasonals with occasional "one ofs" thrown in?

Henya said...

I think that this is a wonderful idea. I love using your sock yarn for baby garments. But babies tend to grow (thank G-d) this means I heed more than one skein. I also love bigger shawls, and this too means a few skeins.
But you do not have to go over to the completely rational camp. There is always space for collector's items - one of a kinds in this knitter's stash.
As to the Etsy - I belive we all have experienced the slow-down this year. Do not get bummed out about it. The economick wheel will turn and the buying will pick up again.


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