The cottage craft industry is growing. You can be making money from your hobby! The Guardian reported in 2015 that the Craft Council had recently compiled figures showing that there were 11,620 craft business in the UK with 43,000 employers. The overall value of craft skills to the British economy each year was £3.4 billion. I, for one, decided very early on that I loved my craft, I got pleasure from working from home, and I knew there was money to made doing what I loved to do. So here are some tips towards making a successful living doing what you are passionate about and making money from your hobby! Continue reading Making Money from your Hobby
Fast fashion high street brands who have their stock manufactured abroad are having a devasting impact on our planet! In recent years we all know that plastic has become a major concern, but other polluters like the fast fashion industry are being ignored. Cotton, for example, may not sound like a polluter, but the cotton production process uses pesticides in the farming stage and toxic dyes in the manufacturing stage. But even more damaging is the way in which the production process uses huge amounts of natural resourses, ie water! Apparently it can take over 15,000 litres of water to grow the cotton just to make one pair of jeans! Continue reading Fast Fashion v Cottage Craft
I was asked in the Facebook Machine Knitting group the other day…”Your photos are always the best! Wondering what you do with all the garments you make after photographing them?” Thankyou Alan Mross, great question! So I thought I’d share a few ideas on where I sell my knitted items – both offline and online from my own experience.
Obviously my pattern sales are where my business is at, but yes, Alan has a point…the garment has to be knitted in order to test the pattern and get some good shots for publication, but then what do I do with them?!
It’s that time of year again! Why do we love it? Because we can get out those favourite chunky cardies and snuggle up by the fire with cocoa (or a glass of wine) and a movie!
So I’ve chosen to show you two chunkies – one hand knit pattern and one for the chunky/bulky machine. Plus as a bonus I’ve included a little video showing how I do a ‘no-roll’ edge for machine knitters. It works especially well for chunky yarns. Continue reading No Roll Edge