SWEET DREAMS: RUNNING A KNIT AND CROCHET SHOP

knit and crochet shop

Now that my thesis is one of the last obstacles to tackle before I’ll graduate, I find myself being questioned by family and friends all the time about what it is that I’m gonna do after. Truth is, I don’t know. Yes, I’d love to have a job or PhD position in my field (= ancient Greek art, so if anyone knows a vacancy… =p), but chances are small that will actually happen. So lately I’ve been allowing myself to dream a little and I can’t help to come to the conclusion that I’d love (LOVE) to run a knit and crochet shop (in combination with a blog haha).

Probably many among you have similar dreams: the thought of running your own business is simply such an appealing one, isn’t it? It is hard work, but doesn’t everyone have that one thing that they’re crazy about? That they’d love doing every second of the day if it were possible? Imagine making money with it! So yeah, here’s my modest plan for now.

knit and crochet shop

LEARN TO KNIT AND CROCHET BETTER
I know the basics and I know them well. So far so good. But I’m continuously trying new stitches, new patterns, and new designs. The possibilities are pretty much endless and it’s all so rewarding to learn new stuff, all knitters will agree right? Well mastered techniques are naturally at the foundation of a shop in handmade products.

CREATE ‘COLLECTION’ PIECES
Continuously trying out new yarns and designs results in a hella lot of swatches, half finished stuff or finished but unsatisfying pieces. However, a good shop should have a nice collection of basics in its own unique style. Finding my style in knitting and crocheting is gonna take some time, but I do wanna start with ‘collection’ pieces that can be made in different colors and that can easily be customized (think size, color combination, or even stitch pattern). The blanket featured in this post is my first collection piece, hooray! For me, it’s easy and relatively quick to make (I say ‘relatively’, ‘cause it still takes ages, but I’m trying to increase my speed haha), for future customers it’s highly customizable and cheap (thanks to the acrylic yarn that comes in a thousand colors). Right now I’m working on a sweater as a second collection piece, and I simply can’t waittttt to see how that will turn out.

SPREAD THE WORD
In the end, it’s mostly about letting people know about my future knit and crochet shop. So I already put online a shop page and started selling via Marktplaats. In the shop, you’ll only find the collection pieces just mentioned. Since those are the results of endless try-outs, it will take a while before the shop is filled with things I love to make and sell. For now, only this blanky is listed. Besides here and on Marktplaats, it’s very much necessary to finally teach myself the ins and outs of social media. This has been on my blog-to-do-list for ages and it will benefit both my blog and my future shop. Can anyone recommend a good and up-to-date book about social media (especially Instagram?), I’d love to hear!

And well, that’s it for now. There’s a thesis out there that still needs to be written, so I can’t focus on all of this too much, even though I’d rather spend my days knitting and crocheting with coffee on my balcony. In the meantime, raise your hand if you’re dreaming about your own little business as well, because I would LOVE to hear about it!

crocheting a blanket

knit and crochet shop

I’m selling this blue beauty for only €25,- and it’s also possible to choose your own colors. Again, more info here and don’t hesitate to contact me if you’re interested!

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10 Comments

  • mei 3, 2016 - 6:50 am | Permalink

    Oeh! Hij is echt prachtig!

    • Merel
      mei 6, 2016 - 6:22 pm | Permalink

      Ha Monique! Thanks a lot! Plus: super warm en zacht en cozy!

  • mei 3, 2016 - 2:28 pm | Permalink

    Wow echt heel er mooi. Wat heb je dat knap gedaan.

    • Merel
      mei 6, 2016 - 6:23 pm | Permalink

      Wat een lieve reactie, dankjewel! Het is niet moeilijk of “knap” hoor, je hebt alleen beetje doorzettingsvermogen nodig ;).

  • mei 3, 2016 - 7:50 pm | Permalink

    Ahw, wat een toffe doelen heb je voor jezelf opgesteld! Succes ermee meis! X

    • Merel
      mei 6, 2016 - 6:26 pm | Permalink

      Doelen zijn er om opgeschreven te worden, toch? ;) Anders komt er nooit wat van. Dankjewel van je leuke reactie!

  • mei 8, 2016 - 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Wat mooi! Blijft tof dat je dit helemaal zelf hebt gemaakt. Vind de kleur ook heel goed gekozen :)

    • Merel
      mei 15, 2016 - 9:57 am | Permalink

      Hi Ys! Thanks voor je leuke reactie. De kleur is eigenlijk toevallig haha. Ik wilde een plaid maken voor mijn moeder, want die had bedacht dat ze blauw als accentkleur in huis wilde halen, maar toen ik de wol al had besteld veranderde ze ineens van gedachten en wilde ze petrol :’D. Heb de plaid dus alsnog maar gemaakt, maar niet voor bij haar thuis, haha!

  • mei 10, 2016 - 8:57 pm | Permalink
    • Merel
      mei 15, 2016 - 10:35 am | Permalink

      Hi Cassandra, thank you so much! Great to hear from someone with beautiful photos on her own blog! :) X

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