I am currently plowing through a bunch of knitting to get some hand knits listed on my Etsy page. My goal is to list only high quality knit wear on my page. I won’t be using any acrylic (even though I do love acrylic for a lot of purposes…but people frown upon it), and it will always be a product that feels nice on the skin. I will also be listing only items made with my own patterns. The reason for this is that there is a lot of confusion when it comes to pattern copyright. People assume that if you are not allowed to benefit from someones pattern, that it means you can not sell finished goods that you have made from said pattern. That’s actually not the case. You can not copyright the final product. You can only copyright the words on that page. So, you can not sell my patterns to someone else, nor should you give them to someone for free. However, the finished products are yours to do with as you desire. But, that confusion means that if I use someones patter that does not understand the finer details of the copyright laws, I could find myself in hot water, even if I’m not doing anything wrong. And no one has time for that. That means I’ll play it safe and if it’s my pattern, I’ll use it.
One of the biggest issues with selling hand knits online is that you really can’t make your money back. It darned near impossible. For example, the scarf that I have listed on Etsy right now is up for $120.00. It sounds like a lot, and it is. However, it took me 21 hours to knit. If I were to try and fetch an okay wage, of say $7 an hour, that would be $147.00. Then I have the yarn to account for. After the basic expense of yarn, I’ll be making approximately $4.50 an hour. Not a lot, but really when you are self employed, every little bit helps. I may or may not list socks for sale. I have not decided. That’s even less of a return. They would be listed for about $50.00, which makes my profit margin pretty tiny. Right now, I am going to list products based on my profit margin, because looking at it based on an hourly wage is just downright depressing. lol
But, enough of the nitty gritty of what will be listed and pricing schemes, here is the first product I have listed. It’s a Dragon Scale Scarf, made with 100% Merino Wool that is an absolute delight to have against your skin. I have one just like this for myself, and I adore it. It’s soft and squishy and holds up really well. It will need to be hand washed and laid out flat to dry, but it’s worth it. Of course, there is also the option of using a fabric refresher of some sort to keep it going longer between washes. 🙂 I like to do this, personally. The color of this is a light/medium heathered grey, which adds an extra layer of interest to the look. Did I mention that I adore this yarn? I have 6 more in the works to be listed. But, as I said, it takes 21 hours of knitting, which I have to fit in at various times, so it takes a while to complete. Because of that, they will only be listed as finished products to make sure that I don’t impose extra deadlines on myself. I do need to also get designs out the door.
Be sure to subscribe to my blog, if you would like to get updates on blog posts, and shop updates. Whenever I update the pattern shop here on the website, or my Etsy shop, I will put up a post about it to keep my followers informed. I am currently getting ready for 2020, and have my goals list started. You should see a lot of things coming down the line over the next couple months, as I really get moving on these things. I have a whole line of wood burning ornaments that I’m starting to get out. They are a seasonal gnome line up. Each season will have 6 gnome ornaments to choose from. I can’t wait for you to see them! I’ve been working on the winter set for the last couple weeks. I think I almost have the design worked out. I just have one ornament to change. And, as always, these have been hand drawn by me. However, they are hand drawn on to a template, so that each set is identical. I have so many goodies in my head planned, and I need to start getting them on to paper!
Thanks so much for reading. I can’t wait for you to see what is coming.