I participated in several discussions this weekend on Ravelry and further read some past threads that helped me make some decisions on how to proceed with a possible career in the fiber industry. One of the things Rob, my husband has been hounding me about is limiting my scope on what I do if I am going to pursue a career in the craft business.
After thinking about this for quite awhile and trying my hand at several things, I have come to the conclusion that my strength is in what I have been doing most of my life, knitting and working with yarn.
I have tried beading & braiding and I produce nice pieces but designs don’t come easily to me, whereas I have several knit designs flowing in my head.
So with that decision made, a path emerges –
- Get my name known in the knitting community through test knitting and tech editing
- Offer to test patterns for other designers – make sure I produce a quality finished product well before the deadline and make sure I review the pattern with a fine tooth comb to give the best feedback possible
- Become a technical editor, which first requires I take a course on tech editing. Hopefully I can do this in March. Then get my name out there. Again when I start editing to give each client a quality review.
- Design patterns, but withhold offering them for sale until they have been tested and technically edited. Figure out correct pricing, learn not to sell myself short.
- Determine best knitting software and pattern template.
- Knit up my patterns using my dyed yarn so that I spark interest in my yarn. Also to start dyeing yarn with better quality dyes. I also want to invest in a better yarn blank maker. Rob was able to fix the Singer Toy Knitting Machine but it still is very hard to use and continues to have held stitch issues.
- Put together a list of start up needs/costs work into household budget
- Get business registered
- Knit, Knit Knit and at the same time look for ways to mix media with Knitting, Jewelry Making and Braiding.
So that’s the beginning of the plan. I have been flopping around trying to decide how to proceed, it feels good to have a sense of direction now.
So what do you think, does it sound like a plan? Do you see pitfalls, if so what?