Monday, July 21, 2008

#57 Summer adventures....at least for me they are adventures!


Show # 57 is up in i-tunes or at Sheknits.mypodcast.com . I already am digressing in that I want to show you what is right inside my doorway on the floor as I welcome you into my home.


This is the Elsa Schaperelli Hat that I talked about that Issac Mizrahi wants.......should I write a pattern for him? Issac, are you out there, are you drooling?



So what excites you when you go to a fiber festival?
I become instantly overwhelmed and it just looks like yarn and more yarn and more yarn and I don't feel excited when I walk around I feel ...kind of down and like ther is no air in the room (no I wasn't have an anxiety attack...at least not a big one)...not exactly sure why except there is a weird down kind of energy there, not necessarily from the shoppers but rather from the vendors. I was not a vendor however I was looking at it from the perspective of what it would be like to be a retail vendor.

I noticed that when I stepped into someones booth, more times then not people did not make eye contact or smile. Now again this was definitely not all, however it was enough that I noticed. I had never been to a festival before this one, and I went to this at the very end of last year when people were closing down and I felt the same thing. I assumed it was because they were focused elsewhere and the event was over. This time I went the last day early afternoon and felt that same feeling.

In case you are thinking I probably just felt that way because I wanted to feel that way so I could easily talk myself out of being a vendor in the future....well....I really tried to take "me" out of the equation and just really try to soak it in and of course there is a chance I couldn't separate myself enough out of it. Maybe my expectations of happy excited knitters....happy excited vendors was too much...this is really hard work for these vendors and they have probably seen it all and maybe its not their job to be too charming. While I was at TNNA I was so very excited to be there and be selling and see all the people that you couldn't hold my excited energy back! It really was different going to this fair.

Contest from #57 questions. Answer questions in the comments so we can all have some fun reading. I am not making this easy people...you have to work a little to win some knitting books. I know I am going to give away one however depending how many people actually enter I might give away up to 3. I think I will give away 1 for every 20 people that enter and be sure to include your e-mail or a way for me to track back to you in case you win the random drawing. Deep breath....You have to answer at least 7 questions. if you answer less you are not in...and you want to be in dontcha?

1.Do you go through a fiber festival looking for just the right color and weight of yarn to grab you?

2. When you are at a fiber festival or visit different yarn shops does everything yarn- wise kind of look the same eventually?

3. What is your favorite "newest thing" you have found about knitting (i.e. a new way of doing something, a new yarn, a new pattern)?

4. Do most of the sellers look happy and energetic or tired and depleted?

5. Do you look at the jewelry and pottery with purchasing in mind?

6. Do you EVER see an indie pattern designers sitting there just selling patterns or kits or do you only see patterns and kits in the booths that are small versions of the host of the booths knit shop?

7. Do you mostly go to just walk and be amongst the fibers and yarney people, not really to buy?

8. What do you think would be a helpful suggestion if I am to do a fiber fest that would help draw people into my booth 0' patterns and kits...besides the obvious (my dazzling beauty and effervescent outgoing personality)

9. What is your favorite guilty pleasure....it doesn't necessarily have to do with knitting!

10.Knowing what you know about me and my work, and if you have been to a Stitches event (you know what you like to see if you have gone before), do you imagine my patterns and kits would work there in terms of selling (and don't worry I won't hold you to it) ?? !

11. What is the meaning of life and what is your favorite color and what would you like to see from She-Knits next? At lease answer one part of this silly question...you will be given an extra entry if you make me laugh or actually come up with an idea I use!

Wow, one would think I drink a lot of coffee....when I actually drink zero caffiene (maybe it was the Krunchers I just ate)

Here is the Elsa Schalerelli Shoe Hat ...a must see.

Below are the people I mentioned that were interviewed on Jennifer Ackerman-Haywoods podcast Craftsanity

Fabric Desinger Anna Marie Horner

Felted Food Designer Hillary Seabolt

Let me know if I promised other links...seriously, hold me accountable. To finish I would like to show you a hysterical scarf pattern...am I the only one out here that didn't know about this?


Bacon Scarf

41 comments:

kelly-ann said...

1.I went to my first fiber fest last weekend (the Midwest one) and I went with a couple of projects in mind. However, only one purchase was for a particular project - I just bought what I liked at that moment and I will figure out what to do with it later on.

2. I did two passes of the market. On the first time, a lot of yarn looked the same. However, on the second pass, I definitely did not feel that way - it was just so overwhelming the first time.

3. I definitely see new things and I would be disappointed if I didn't!

4. The vendors seemed happy to me. There were a couple of folks that looked tired, but that doesn't bother me. Maybe they are still recovering from the drive or slept bad. Anyhow, as long as they are not rude it doesn't bother me.

5. I did look at the jewelry and pottery, but was more focused on yarn. It is harder for me to justify those purchases since it is not for my hobby.

6. I did see some kits for felted hats and needle felting. I think these kits/patterns are a nice break from all of the yarn booths!

7. I definitely went to buy yarn, but I also loved being around other folks just as excited about fiber.

8. Hmmm...just have a lot of samples of the bags and maybe a table set up showing the different stages of a projects - pre & post felting.

9. I think you should just try the fiber fests - it can't hurt to try it a couple of times.

10. Yep.

11. Fav color: green
Meaning of Life: Learn to clean up your messes...yes, I have young children, but this can apply to anyone ;)

knitting2relax said...

1.I've only been to Maryland Sheep and Wool and this year I went looking for non-animal fibers and did find some to spin.

2. Sometimes. I am drawn to the colors you can get with mohair, but I can't touch the stuff so I look and see what appeals.

3. Always because I'm only about 2 years into knitting.

4. Most sellers look tired and frazzled.

5. Always look at the pottery. Don't wear jewelry, but I sometimes look.

6. Believe there were some there with kits.

7. I don't mind the looking, but I hate the crowds so I hope there is something worthwhile to buy.

8. Don't overcram the booth to the point that people can't move in the booth and have something eye catching that can be seen from a distance.

9. You need to do what makes you happy. I would say yes only so you don't have to keep sweating about it so much, but your call.

10. Yes, jump on the moment.

11. My favorite color is blue. The meaning of life these days is to survive and be happy with your knitting as it is so precious. You have good designs - believe in yourself which is the hardest thing to do.

MaggieBelize said...

1. Yes, and I do the same thing in yarn stores. It's all about the yarn for me, so I usually find the yarn first then decide on a pattern second.

2. No way!

3. Always.

4. That depends on the show. And that's how I judge whether a show is successful or not: when the vendors have that happy glazed-over look, I know they're selling well even if they are tired.

5. Yes, I always look at the jewelry with buying in mind. Pottery, not so much. (I do ceramics myself.)

6. I haven't yet seen an indie designer with her own booth.

7. Why go if you can't buy?

8. I love "demonstrations" for engaging shoppers & drawing people into a booth. I demonstrated needle felting at my last show: easy to do, fun to watch. That got more people to slow down long enough to look at my stuff.

9. For me, it's easier to sell online, from a website that's 24x7. But I like doing shows for the fun of it, for motivation (finish more stuff faster) and for making contacts; I only do them occasionally as they are tiring & expensive. I don't want to burn out.

10. Nah. I'd be more focused on the retail calendar -- build momentum running up to holidays.

11. The meaning of life is hugs & kisses. I love all colors except maybe navy blue, but lately it's growing on me too. What should She-Knits do next? Knit something silly JUST FOR YOU.

--MaggieBelize

P.S. Is it okay if I leave my Etsy store link for you to contact me through, instead of posting my email address? Hope so! Here it is:

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llamalady said...

1.Do you go through a fiber festival looking for just the right color and weight of yarn to grab you?


I used to go around looking at everything, then go back an d get what had most captured my interest. Problem with this is that sometimes it is gone when you get back and sometimes festivals are too big to get around twice in a day.

Now I get whatever catches my eye when I see it. Usually it has to be pretty unique, not something I have seen locally, unless the price is really good (not usually the place for deals, however).


2. Does everything yarn wise kind of look the same?


At the end of a long day this can happen! Often there is alot that is the same - I am searching out the more unique things at a fiber festival.

3. Do you see new things?

Usually I do see new things - though smaller festivals not so much.

4. Do most of the sellers look happy and energetic or tired and depleted?

It is a mix - some are really psyched and some couldn't care less. I am more apt to buy from the ones who are more talkative and draw me into their booth.


5. Do you look at the jewelry and pottery with purchasing in mind?

Not usually - often skip right over it unless specifically sheep or better yet. llama related. Then I might stop.


6. Do you EVER see an indie pattern designers sitting there just selling patterns or kits or do you only see patterns and kits in the booths that are small versions of the host of the booths knit shop?


Guess I haven't been looking for this - seems like it is mostly yarn people with patterns to support their yarns. If you go as an indie pattern person that might be a plus, less competition.

7. Do you mostly go to just walk and be amongst the fibers and yarney people, not really to buy?


It depends on the festival - in the Massachusetts show that I go to every year it is mostly to see old friends that I see only there and to be in contests. If it is a new festival I do go to look and probably buy.




8. What do you think would be a helpful suggestion if I am to do a fiber fest that would help draw people into my booth 0' patterns and kits...besides the obvious (my dazzling beauty and effervescent outgoing personality)

Wear cool shoes...ok kidding on that one.

Lots of bags already knit up in all the styles and various colors will attract people. People really do knit what they see samples of.



9. Maybe I should just stop torturing myself and give up jab at retail and only through my website and the rest do wholesale...YES or NO!

You have to do what you feel is best - no one can answer this one for you...sorry.


10. Maybe I should jump on the moment as this is truly my time with coming out in the magazines and all? YES or NO!

Enjoy it all, girlfriend, your designs are awesome. The magazines will definately help your website - not sure how it will effect retail.


11. What is the meaning of life and what is your favorite color and what would you like to see from She-Knits next? At lease answer one part of this silly question...you will be given an extra entry if you make me laugh or actually come up with an idea I use!


Meaning of life is to love what you knit isn't it? My favorite color is orange (which works great in Carie Lynn) and I want to see a She-knits bag in entrelac or in fair isle. I love the slip stitch patterns, but you can do way cool stuff with fair isle, too.

Coggie said...

1.Mostly I make up a list of projects I want to do during the next year, then go hunting for the right yarns while I am at the fiber-fest. If I see something that just screams my name, I will purchase it though.
2. It is real close that stores blurr together. I am lucky enough to live by a few different yarn stores and each carries some of the same, but mostly it is different product. This way they are not competing and I am lucky to have the different selections. At Fiberfests, I see a lot more raw fiber, more tools that are neat and new patterns that the yarn stores don't carry.
3. The dpn wip tube has to be my favorite new tool. I carry socks everywhere and now I am not afraid of losing a needle. I really want to try buffalo fiber and silver fiber, but need to get a job first... well that or sell my oldest into slave labor, I think he will do it to help mom get her stash fix :)
4.It depends on the day and the hour. On Saturdays early, the vendors look a bit overwhelmed but are still happy and fun. By Sunday afternoon, everyone is tired. This is how all craft fairs/fiberfests/antique shows go. Also, you do not haggle as much at fiberfests as you do at the others, so the vendors are a bit happier at the end.
5. Yes, I like crochet and knit jewelry. I would love to have a cable needle pin that I had seen a few years ago, but I had already blew my budget.
6. At the Michigan Fiber Fest, there are bunches of indie sellers. Small booths, but large at heart. I love stopping at these. I do purchase if I see something I like.
7. Nope, though I love being around other fiber artists, I go to the fiberfest to make my big yearly purchases.

8. Lots of samples, kits and printed patterns. A large mirror so ladies can try on your bags and see how they fit, yes a bag must fit.
9. a monthly pedicure. It is my treat to myself. I don't give it up.
10.I have never been to a stitches event, this year will be my first. I know the market is big and it is a great way to get your name out there.

11. What is the meaning of life: this depends on the way you look at life. Some say the meaning of life is to live until you die. I think the meaning of life is to leave an imprint on earth resounding with your name.
what is your favorite color? Pink , I love pink, it makes me smile. I cannot look at pink and think bad things.
what would you like to see from She-Knits next? I wold love a long baguette style bag that could hold a project on the go. Enough room for long needles to lay flat and a strap that could go over the shoulder.

Anita said...

I went to my first Fiber Fest this spring. It is overwhelming to see everything. I try to go with an idea of what I want, but don't always stick to it.
I love the new things. If it was all the same old same old, it would be disappointing.
I go mainly for yarns and patterns but I look at everything. It is nice to see what else is there and who knows I might find a perfect gift for someone.
KNit that hat kiddo. And give a fiber fest a try - I think it would be a good fit for you.
My favorite color is Red.
Meaning of life for me these days:Breath deep and check the calendar often - you will get thru it all (yeah, just busy of course), knit when you can it is the way to inner peace.

Carolknits said...

1.Well this was my first fiber festival so I wasn't sure what to expect. I figured something would grab my interest and I would want to buy it. As it turns out, it wasn't fiber at all. I bought a little kit to make knitted metal bracelets. I've been wanting to learn for a while.

2. Some of it did look the same but not for the most part. I went up to a lot of yarns and felt them. I loved doing that. I think feeling them and seeing all the different colors really made them feel more unique.

3. Yes, I did see a couple of new things. I saw wheels made out of plastic pipes. I also saw things made out of straight fiber. It was all matted together to make a shirt or whatever item they had. It was not knitted at all.

4. I would not say they were energetic but I wouldn't say they were depleted either. I went there the last couple of hours. I would say most of them at least smiled at me. A lot of them were helpful when I walked into their booth as well.

5. No, I had no intention of purchasing jewelry or the pottery, unless you count the knitted bracelet kit I bought.

6. I don't remember. Sorry!

7. Yes, I would say that was mostly my intention. I figured if I found something I really liked I would buy it. Granted, the reason I didn't want to spend a lot of money was b/c I've spent too much money on other things before the fest and not by choice.

8. I would definitely say you need some bags on display. I would have a sign saying something like "You can buy a kit for this bag or you can buy the pattern!" I would also have a couple of different colors of the same bag so it draws different people's interests.

9. I would say try retail just a couple more times. Of course, I don't know how long you've been trying already. If you've been doing it for a while, don't do something that makes you unhappy.

10. Yes, definitely jump on the moment. It is a high time. Enjoy it and make sure you have copies of those magazines. Put them in a protective folder so they don't get ruined and you'll then have them forever.

11. My favorite color is blue but other colors are starting to grab my attention. I think b/c of all the gorgeous colors in knitting. The meaning of life is what you want it to be. The next thing I would like to see from She-Knits is whatever you would like. Sorry, I am quite happy with what you have now and I can't think of anything that you should do next. I'm sure whatever you have stirring in your mind for what you want to do next is going to be great.
c.whyte@yahoo.com

Jersey Shore Deb said...

I have not actually gone to a Fiber Festival (although I desparately want to go to Rhinebeck this fall!) But I have gone to Stitches East several times, so I guess that qualifies:

1. I usually go to Stitches with some projects in mind--I bring patterns with me so I can match yarn. But I also look for unique vendors whose products cannot be found in yarn stores, and sometimes buy their yarn with their own patterns.

2. I don't think that everything looks the same eventually. I've actually seen a lot of variety in terms of types of yarn, fun tools and needles, etc.

I have taken some classes at Stitches and the best thing I've learned are some great finishing techniques--very basic ones, but for me at the time, they were things I didn't know how to do.

I've found that at Stitches, most of the vendors look pretty enthusiastic and in fact are often nicer than people in yarn stores!

I have actually bought jewelry at Stitches, as well as beautiful buttons.

I don't recall seeing anyone just selling patterns exclusively.

I do love going where there is a mass of knitters, it is even fun to drive into the parking lot and see cars with "I'd Rather Be Knitting" Bumper Stickers--but I do usually go with the intent to buy.

Maybe you could do a buy one, get one free pattern, or demonstrate some cool technique while you're sitting there that would draw people in to your booth? Or give a coupon for a discount on yarn, like the Brown Sheep you recommend?

10.I think it would be worthwhile for you to go to Stitches with Brown Sheep, like you did at TNNA, if that would work out for you.

My favorite color is purple. To me, the meaning of life is going with the flow--take what life throws at you, and if knitting helps you do that, knit whenever you possibly can!

Find me on Ravelry at JerseyShoreDeb

Thanks, Sharon!

Cami said...

Hello! I left you a little message on Ravelry with the answers to these questions. :o) I'm new to your podcast. Looking forward to catching up on archives.

mikeslittlesis said...

1.YES!

2.Sometimes, but not the really the hand paints.

3. Magic loop

4. Happy

5. Jewelry but not pottery

6. Just patterns

7. Yes

8. Samples of your patterns. I love to see the projects knitted up.

9. Chocolate

10. I think so - I would buy one!

11. My favorite color is black. Love is the meaning of life. I would like to see a She-Knits work tote. I carry my lunch, knitting, purse, etc. all in one big bag to work.

mikeslittlesis is my Ravelry name!

JavaNut said...

1.Do you go through a fiber festival looking for just the right color and weight of yarn to grab you?
==Definitely tend to be impulse buying because I go to see what I can't get in LYS. Sometimes I look for yarn for a specific project, and I usually have a spending limit.

2. When you are at a fiber festival or visit different yarn shops does everything yarn- wise kind of look the same eventually?==> At LYS' - yes although there are so many here that they usually have some unique line(s). Festivals/markets I hope to see things I wouldn't normally have access too (indies, straight from the farm types...).

3. What is your favorite "newest thing" you have found about knitting (i.e. a new way of doing something, a new yarn, a new pattern)? ==> I'm a new fan of Socks-that-Rock although not a huge sock knitter...

4. Do most of the sellers look happy and energetic or tired and depleted? ==> Usually tired and happy!

5. Do you look at the jewelry and pottery with purchasing in mind? ==> I often buy jewelry... not so much the pottery although I like to look at it.

6. Do you EVER see an indie pattern designers sitting there just selling patterns or kits or do you only see patterns and kits in the booths that are small versions of the host of the booths knit shop? ==> both, although not as much indie-patterns as indie yarn.

7. Do you mostly go to just walk and be amongst the fibers and yarney people, not really to buy? ==> I like to buy!!

8. What do you think would be a helpful suggestion if I am to do a fiber fest that would help draw people into my booth 0' patterns and kits...besides the obvious (my dazzling beauty and effervescent outgoing personality) ==> samples in different colorways, good photos on the walls, good flow thru the booth, clearly marked pricing, interesting looking flyer/cards to take, free goodie of somekind w/ purchase of X, or maybe with purchase of a kit get a discount on future purchase from website

9. What is your favorite guilty pleasure....it doesn't necessarily have to do with knitting! ==> an evening as a hermit at home with the pup, knitting, chick-flick and nice wine

10.Knowing what you know about me and my work, and if you have been to a Stitches event (you know what you like to see if you have gone before), do you imagine my patterns and kits would work there in terms of selling (and don't worry I won't hold you to it) ?? ! ==> yes!

11. What is the meaning of life ==> being content with who you are
and what is your favorite color ==> purple
and what would you like to see from She-Knits next? ==> MORE!

thefeministknitter said...

1. I can't remember going to any fiber festivals in recent years (though used to spend lots of time in the fiber tent at the Cape Cod Couunty Fair--I miss it!), but I use traveling as an excuse to visit new yarn shops. This summer's family reunion and college trips with daughter are serving as excellent opportunities to show new yarn shops---so I will pretend those were fiber festivals, for my answers. In the new shops, I browse, waiting for some yarn (or pattern) to grab me and shout TAKE ME HOME! Cause I don't need any more yarn or patterns.

2. To my surprise, I'm finding "yes," especially if I do several shops in several days. I suspect that I might get to a similar "overload" point at a fiber festival.

3. I'm with the person above who mentioned the dp wip tube on this one. i actually used the search for one as an excuse to visit lys's on a recent trip---couldn't find it so had to order it online anyway. It's a lifesaver for those Knitpicks wooden dp's which I'm very good at breaking by sitting on them or smooshing them into my knitting bag.

4. Most yarn store workers seem prettty happy and cheery when they greet me; but I really like to be left alone so it does bug me when they are too talkative. But, then I'm a hermit.

5. I might purchase jewelry (particularly looking for shawl pins, etc. these days) but not pottery---too much stuff in my house already! At least yarn compresses.

6. can't answer this re: fiber festivals, but I can say that I am always on the lookout for a new and original pattern--this week I found a really cool pattern for a Portugese Fisherwoman's Shawl in a shop in Middlebury, VT and bought it---there were a couple of samples knitted up where I could pick them up, try them on, etc. Good selling tactic---worked on me!

7. I might say I just go to soak up the yarn fumes, but I'm always itching to buy.

8. Samples, of course; I like the mirror idea someone else mentioned; I think lots of people like kits all made up (so they don't have to make a decision---just buy the kit to make the bag they see). And, something engaging or interactive---even if it is just to fill out a slip of paper for a prize drawing?

9. chocolate

10. can't say, but I think your stuff really appeals to knitters andd other fiber folks---a way to show off their yarniness in a stylish way.

11. It's all about the relationships--including not just people but also yarn and books! I think you should branch out more broadly into knitted accessories--felted jewelry? felted slippers? hats? Maybe your Book could be Hats and Bags, or Head to Toe, Knitted Accessories?

Sydney said...

1. I got to shop period. Nothing special in mind.

2. Some things stand out and others don't. I don't want to see the same thing that is at my LYS.

3. I cannot say it is a new thing, but anything worked in the round is better than piecing and seaming.

4. I am a "vibe" person and I can't be around depleted people, I get their energy so I avoid them.

5. I look at pottery b/c I was a ceramic artist but it would have to speak to me to buy it.


7. When would someone NOT buy yarn and fiber goodness?

8. Perhaps a loop video with a felting demonstration, many samples and kits, IK kits.

9. Using my label maker and organizing things.

11. Meaning of life, um family, knitting and fiber shopping (not "always" in that order). My favorite colors are black and pink. What do I want to see from She-knits? Line the purses - no I joke. A diaper bag, backpack purse, and a home decor bowl.

FiddleLee said...

1. I suppose this is a yes. Whenever I'm going somewhere that I know will have lots of choices and cool stuff I don't like to go with a something definite that I want because then if I can't find that exact thing I get bummed. Better to just go with the flow and get what grabs my attention. I'll figure out what to do with my purchase later. :)

2. Yes and no... Sometimes the setting has a bigger impact then one might think, or even be aware of. And at this point I usually find something new everywhere I go.

3. My favorite "new" technique is knitting on two circulars for small items (mostly socks). So handy!

4. A little of both. Happy and tired too. As someone who travels for gigs I know what it's like to be in a situation something similar to theirs, so I understand if they're not all perky.

5. Jewelry. I'm a fanatic, although I don't wear much.

6. Hmmm.... Don't think I've noticed indie booths, but I haven't had a whole lot of experience with big yarn events.

7. Nope. I go to buy! And be around other yarn lovin' folks too, of course.

8. Color. I personally am attracted by color, so a nice arrangement of samples would probably draw me over to the booth. Be eyecatching, you and the booth.

9. Dark chocolate! Seriously. Besides that... spending more time knitting than I should.

10. I have to say I've never been to a Stitches event, so I can't say with experience. But why wouldn't your patterns/kits work?

11. The meaning of life is 42 (see Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy).

My favorite color is blue, any shade. Love teal!

Messenger style bags are by far my favorite. They fit a lot, are casual, comfortable when slung over your body, and pretty popular with the younger crowd. Plus there's lots of embellishment/pocket options.

heather said...

1.I usually pick a couple of projects I want to knit before I go and then look around for unique yarn to knit those projects with.

2. Yes, this does happen to me. I find that having a certain type of yarn in mind that I'm looking for helps me stay focused when there are so many different yarn options.

3. I recently learned how to seam correctly after taking a class on it. I've been working on a sweater and found that I couldn't wait to get through the knitting part so I could get to the seaming, which seems weird, but it's true.

4. I think most of the sellers look tired.

5. Not usually. I'm usually at a fiber festival for the fiber ;)

6. I see a few indie pattern designers, and I definately check out their stuff because it's usually unique and a nice change from the yarn shops.

7. When I go to fiber festivals I usually want to be something. It seems to make it worth my while that I went.

8. I think just a really bright, vibrant booth would help catch people's attention.

9. I own all of the seasons of the Golden Girls on DVD. I love that show, but since I'm in my early 20's I get made fun of a lot for it. I'm not ashamed!

10. Absolutely!

11. I would love to see you do more small evening bags. I've been looking for a great purse sized bag with a little bit of bling to it. Something you can take out to a nice restaurant. When I heard on your podcast that you were playing around with beading, I immediately thought you could design some gorgeous evening bags.

KnitterPhreek said...

1. Sometimes, mostly I just go with the flow. But if it is purple, it is a pretty good bet it will catch my eye!

2. I DO find that sometimes. But there is ALWAYS something different to catch the eye.

3. hmmm, I guess learning about spinning (spndle spinning for now) because in learning about how yarn is made, I think I'm looking at the yarn in stores and my stash differently!

4. Can I just say, I LOVE Maine. For the most part people here are always friendly and will make eye contact.

5. No, but they sure are pretty and if one struck a nerve, I would buy it!

6. Usually they are also selling their yarn and whatnot.

7. I definitely go to be with the yarny goodness! Buying yarn is just a good side effect!

8. I think your pursonality (get it??) will be a big factor! having some samples will sell themselves for sure! I think it will be a good Idea to have kits and just patterns. Sometimes people just don't want to think too hard about what materials they need. The kits could be such an impulse purchase.

9. Ravelry! For sure. Hubby has noticed how much more time I spend online.

10. I've never been to a stitches event, but I cannot see why they would not do well. I predict you will be overwhelmed with how popular your booth is!!

11. Knitting IS the meaning of life. My favorite color is purple. I want to see more bags of course!

Keep up the good work, but jeesh, at some point you need to rest!!!

Tina
aka
Knitterphreek on Ravelry

Rebekkah said...

1.Do you go through a fiber festival looking for just the right color and weight of yarn to grab you?

I've only ever been to two fiber festivals - New Hampshire Sheep and Wool, twice. I didn't buy yarn either time, but bought a drop spindle and some fiber the first time, and more spinning fiber the second time. I didn't know how to spin yet the first time, so I was looking for some specific things that I thought would be best to learn with. The second time, I had a few different types of spinning fiber in mind, but didn't want to buy too much, so tried to not let too much "grab" me. So I guess the answer is yes.


2. When you are at a fiber festival or visit different yarn shops does everything yarn- wise kind of look the same eventually?

I tend to be very goal-oriented in my yarn purchases. I don't stash a lot, and usually buy yarn for specific projects. So I don't do as much yarn browsing as others may do, and I tend to look at everything with an analytical eye, choosing just the right yarn for a project I have in mind. So I focus more on the differences than the similarities. I guess my answer to this one is no, for the most part.



3. What is your favorite "newest thing" you have found about knitting (i.e. a new way of doing something, a new yarn, a new pattern)?

I think I'm re-learning to love simplicity. I'm working on a garter stitch project right now, and really enjoying it. I tend to be attracted to more complicated projects, with a lot of texture, lace, or colorwork. I think I always have been. Simplicity is new to me, and is broadening my horizons in terms of projects I want to work on. I think some of this is because I'm spinning more of what I'm knitting, and I think that handspun is often well suited to simpler knitting projects, to show off the yarn.


4. Do most of the sellers look happy and energetic or tired and depleted?

Mostly they look busy! I bet it's really difficult to work at a fiber festival, because there is probably a lot of planning and prep work that takes place beforehand. I'd imagine there are probably a lot of late nights for folks, and they may be tired before they even get there.


5. Do you look at the jewelry and pottery with purchasing in mind?

I don't think I've seen much of this at NHSW. I'm always attracted to pottery, wherever I go, but don't buy much because I'm never sure whether I'll use it.



6. Do you EVER see an indie pattern designers sitting there just selling patterns or kits or do you only see patterns and kits in the booths that are small versions of the host of the booths knit shop?

I don't think I've seen this at NHSW. But it's a smaller festival, and more focused on wool and agriculture stuff than I'd imagine places like Stitches are.


7. Do you mostly go to just walk and be amongst the fibers and yarney people, not really to buy?

I probably don't buy or stash as much as many knitters and spinners. I enjoy NHSW in part because it gives me a chance to see yarns and fibers that aren't at my LYS. For me, seeing and touching the spinning fiber is more important, because I feel I have a lot more to learn about it. I also love the animals. I'm not a big crowd person, though, and go despite all the people, not because of them.



8. What do you think would be a helpful suggestion if I am to do a fiber fest that would help draw people into my booth 0' patterns and kits...besides the obvious (my dazzling beauty and effervescent outgoing personality)

I think samples are great, and I know you already have a lot of those. Things that will catch a person's eye from across a room, and get them to come over and touch stuff.



9. What is your favorite guilty pleasure....it doesn't necessarily have to do with knitting!

Heh, I try not to feel guilty about the pleasures in life! But I suppose a current one is watching So You Think You Can Dance. I find beautiful dancing incredibly inspirational.


10.Knowing what you know about me and my work, and if you have been to a Stitches event (you know what you like to see if you have gone before), do you imagine my patterns and kits would work there in terms of selling (and don't worry I won't hold you to it) ?? !

I've never been to a Stitches, so I guess I'm not much help. Sorry!



11. What is the meaning of life and what is your favorite color and what would you like to see from She-Knits next? At lease answer one part of this silly question...you will be given an extra entry if you make me laugh or actually come up with an idea I use!

The favorite color question is impossible. Sharon, you're going to make my head explode! We just bought a house, and I've been going insane trying to choose colors for my new office. I almost had a meltdown at Home Depot. I can't choose. Impossible!

But, I think that my paint pains have given me an idea for you. Color palettes. All of those booklets with palette ideas for rooms -- I think it would be cool if you had snippets of yarns in different color palettes near your sample bags, as ideas for alternate colorways. You don't have to go through the time to knit them all up, but I think it would be neat to offer a bunch of different ideas to interested knitters. I think a lot of people are drawn to patterns because of color, and just offering them color ideas may get you more sales.

Katie O said...

1. Yes, I wait for something to jump out at me.

2. After a long long time, yes, but there is usually enough to keep me intrigued.

3. I just learned a new technique this week and although scary at first, has become very cool and easy to do. Learning must keep taking place or it would get boring I think.

4. Most look happy. Some seem tired, but still happy to be there.

5. Not usually, but sometimes it will jump into my bag.

6. I've seen both. I'm more apt to stop at the non yarn shop type booths. i can go to a yarn shop anytime. I don't get to see individual's wares very often.

7. What?? Not buy?! what kind of blasphemy is that???

8. I would have examples of some of your bags, kits and patterns available. Maybe have some other yarn samples around for people to look at the type of stuff you use.

9. I love lace yarn... and i can't even use it fast enough.

10. I have not been to a stitches. But I think it will go over well. Be yourself. Brag about your stuff. I know I brag about your stuff. look open and inviting, say hi to everyone. I think you will do awesome!!

11. "My name is Katie, I like the color blue and long walks on the beach. I like to drink jack and coke's and eat chips and salsa." I like the fact you are doing some smaller to medium sized bags. I want some smaller ones that I can use for an everyday purse. I am really liking the Dumpling bag and that size of bag.

Bighillgirl said...

1.I look for yarn that that is different than I'd buy at my LYS. Usually I buy fiber to spin since I can't get it locally.

2. Yes. Yarn does..see question #1

3. Tunsian knitting. I saw it at stitches & bought the pattern.

4. You are right on booth vibe. The Ravelry passport @ stitches was great as it brought me into the booth @ those people seemed happy to see us. I felt really bad for some that had no one checking out their booth; one lady acyually looked kind of mean....

5. yes

6. Do you EVER see an indie pattern designers sitting there just selling patterns or kits or do you only see patterns and kits in the booths that are small versions of the host of the booths knit shop?
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7. I buy $$$$$

8. A smile & happy Hello. Also a quick way to do a transition. I don't like waiting if someone is obviously unorganized. I don't mind waiting in a line as long as it is somewhat moving.

9. my grandkids. i feel like i have a well stocked toy store in my upstairs waiting for them to come here. My vacations I hit the yarn store & the local toy store.

10.Yes! Have some made up to touch & feel with a variety of purchase options - patterns, kits & maybe loose yarn to put together custom kits. get me to buy it then & there; i often take info to buy later but i never do... oh except once.

11. What is the meaning of life and what is your favorite color and what would you like to see from She-Knits next?
I go w/ James Taylor- the secret of life is to enjoy the passage of time...next from she-knits... a pattern for a kid sack of course!

thanks Sharon...I love the 'cast

HoyaGirl, said...

1. I make it a point to have a shopping list and to stick to it. If there's something new I see, I add it to my wish list and ponder it for a while.

2. Yes, everything starts to look the same after a while unless it's something that is just notoriously famous like Malabrigo or Socks That Rock.

3. I haven't really learned anything new about knitting at a fiber festival, but I did learn that Corriedale is an excellent first fiber for beginning spinners.

4. I went on the first day of the festival when everyone was still happy and excited to be there. I wonder if they look more tired on the 2nd day.

5. When I go to fiber festivals, it's strictly for the fiber.

6. I haven't paid close enought attention to notice indie designers by themselves. I'll start keeping an eye out!

7. I usually go to a festival with a specific purchase in mind. I do like the added benefit of being with other fiber enthusiasts though.

8. In spite of the fact that you have a great personality as an introvert, I think you need to be near the front of the booth or stand to invite people in or over to see what you're offering. Don't hang towards the back--it seems standoffish like you don't want to meet new customers.

9. I'm starting to get addicted to audiobooks--especially while I drive the kids around to where they need to go.

10. I haven't been to Stitches before, but I think you should try it at least once, especially if you have the backing of a vendor again like at TNNA.

11. Matthew 22:37-39; purple-y blue like smashed blueberries; I think you should make a bag to look like Elsa Schiapperelli's shoe hat or some other novelty bag in a similar vein.

Tasha said...

1.Do you go through a fiber festival looking for just the right color and weight of yarn to grab you? Yes - I generally go with projects in mind but always end up buying something I hadn't planned

2. When you are at a fiber festival or visit different yarn shops does everything yarn- wise kind of look the same eventually? No

3. What is your favorite "newest thing" you have found about knitting (i.e. a new way of doing something, a new yarn, a new pattern)? It's always something different because I think we are always learning, right now I'm fascinated with Elizabeth Zimmermann. What can I say - It's new to me.

4. Do most of the sellers look happy and energetic or tired and depleted? I have only been to smaller markets & I think the sellers are energetic - that's pretty important to me & I honestly wouldn't go in a booth where the seller didn't appear excited or happy.

5. Do you look at the jewelry and pottery with purchasing in mind? I never limit myself to just yarn at any show. SO I guess yes.

6. Do you EVER see an indie pattern designers sitting there just selling patterns or kits or do you only see patterns and kits in the booths that are small versions of the host of the booths knit shop? Again, I've only been to small shows & I have seen kits & patterns but probably in addition to other stuff as well.

7. Do you mostly go to just walk and be amongst the fibers and yarney people, not really to buy? I rarely (EVER?) go anywhere knitting related & come home empty handed.

8. What do you think would be a helpful suggestion if I am to do a fiber fest that would help draw people into my booth 0' patterns and kits...besides the obvious (my dazzling beauty and effervescent outgoing personality). Samples, samples, samples.

9. What is your favorite guilty pleasure....it doesn't necessarily have to do with knitting! reality TV - particularly dating shows like The Bachelor.

10.Knowing what you know about me and my work, and if you have been to a Stitches event (you know what you like to see if you have gone before), do you imagine my patterns and kits would work there in terms of selling (and don't worry I won't hold you to it) ?? ! I have never been to a Stitches event.

11. What is the meaning of life and what is your favorite color and what would you like to see from She-Knits next? At lease answer one part of this silly question...you will be given an extra entry if you make me laugh or actually come up with an idea I use!
My favorite color is pink. I think the meaning of life is to enjoy yourself & be good to those around you :D

Paula said...

1.At fiber festivals, I set out for alpaca fiber yarns in natural colors - rarely go for the more commercially available yarns.
2.I always do a pass through with coffee the 1st time with no intention of buying. 2nd time is for buying the standout items. Not everything looks the same at the fiber fairs, but at times the sameness of yarn stores creeps in - I want to see knitted swatches to get past that sameness.
3.Montse Stanley's buttonhole cast on for casting on stitches to a work in progress - much more elastic than knitted/cable cast on
4.The vendors at fiber fairs bring varying levels of that ability to reach out to customers - in my view, they don't need to be 'on', just approachable and know what they're selling.
5.ALWAYS look at the jewelery & pottery, often buy.
6.I've seen independents selling their patterns and kits, but they have to have samples made up to draw interest, I don't want to dig through a bin of patterns, best to have an example of each with pattern out, vendor pulls out pattern for customer from an unrumpled stash.
7.LOOK OUT VENDORS, I'M THERE TO BUY YARN!
8.Have potential customers sign up for a drawing for a small kit - you'll form a mailing list/email list for future shows. Send notice to people who've already purchased who might be in the area - have them walk the show with their she-knits bag, and offer a discount on another pattern/kit to those who bring their completed bag to the show.
9.Watching Project Runway
10.I believe that if you're at Stitches, you need to have a BIG presence to be noticed - think the bins of yarn, Webs, Brooks Farm etc. You might be well served to go to the social time before market opening, show a spectacular bag or 2 when the roaming microphone comes around, then carry a fistful of product sheets with your well photographed bags and ordering information to give to interested knitters, but keep the promoting outside of the market area - sit in the bar, knit, casually fling a couple bags on a nearby table
11.My goal is to one day have the contents of my she-knits bag weigh more than the bag itself - and I carry ALOT in my bags - in short, try a design (or two, or three...) with one strand bulky to help my bag lose some weight...

phlame said...

1. Yes, I do...but I am easily swayed....I can change my mind in a second if I see something I can't live without...which is just about everything.

2. I have to say yes, eventually it does. Especially at some yarn shops.

3. I must say, I have been knitting so long, that there are not a lot of new things that I find. But,something like ML...is my newest thing, I would say.

4. I would say there are both, but on the whole they look pretty happy...I guess it depends on what day it is. i just avoid the ones that are not enthusiastic about their product.

5. Yes, especially the jewelry.


6. Yes...I think I see the indie designers there... like that.

7. Are you kidding....shop til you drop. :)

8. (my dazzling beauty and effervescent outgoing personality)I think this would probably be enough, but it can't hurt to have some products and kits available. After all, we are there to shop, at least, I am!

9. Doesn't everything have to do with knitting?..OK then, chocolate.

10.Yes, I definitely do...I'd love to see them.

11. What is the meaning of life????..."Too much is not enough!" as it applies to knitting. Periwinkle is my fav color. I'll by anything that color...So, if you have a bag at Stitches West...I'll be sure to buy it. And...give-aways is what attracts me to a booth...if something is free, I'll be righ there. :)

phlame@shirley.com

Rainy said...

Sharon

1. I have only been to one fiber festival. It was Madrona last fall here in the PNW. I had a list of what I would like to purchase, and a budget but I had no idea if any of it would come to knitation.

2. Initially it was very overwhelming. I needed to go around 3 times before I could actually focus on the yarns. I was only seeing masses of color and hearing lots of voices.

3. I have learned to make my own adjustments and that I can be happy with them. Until very recently I have been a strict follow the pattern type of person and I am slowly letting that go. Don't get me wrong I still have to fight that sometimes too though.

4. Most of the vendors I seen were happy and upbeat, but I did go the first full day the vendor area was open. Friday night it was only for a few hours. I went just after they opened on Sat morning.

5. The festival I was at did not have any that I seen. But normally yes I want to buy very bright pieces of pottery, not much of a jewelry person.

6. Most of the booths at Madrona are run by small sellers. I think most had shops in their homes towns and possibly a few on line only. Blue Moon Fibers I think was possibly the biggest vendor at this festival.

7. I don't know if I could just go to a festival and not buy. I think it would have to be very disappointing to me to at least not get one skein of yarn.

8. Advertise your blog in big banners. I think most people as soon as they see your bags will know who you are, but even before that if they see a huge banner that promotes your podcast/blog/etsy shop you will draw more people in. People want to put the face behind the voice they listen too. Not all will buy something but some will.

9. To sit and do nothing but knit while eating chocolate and listening to podcasts. I know I should be doing all kinds of other things (like the dreaded housework, or yard work) but it whispers to me.

10. I think here in the PNW you definitely would sell. People here are very into creating their own looks and styles, and your bags would be a big part of that.

11. The meaning of life is all about creation. We sit here and create new bags, new patterns new items to wear.

My fav. color happens to be blue, very bright vibrant blue.

Please don't change your format. I want to log on and forget about my world and listen to someone else’s. I seen TNNA through your eyes and was all excited. I will probably never get go there but I had a peek through you.

Don't take this the wrong way but you are "everyday" people/woman, and thats what makes me listen to you.

Rainny on Ravelry

Becca said...

On the shoe hat--if you came up with a pattern for it, I would totally buy it! I listened to your podcast while running the other night and ran straight back to my computer to check out the photo. I love it (though I suppose copyright might be an issue...)

Susan said...

1. I don't go with yarn and color in mind, although certain weights of yarn are what appeal to me.

2. There is always something different at the larger events I have been to.

3. The latest and greatest for me has been the new fibers made from products other than wool, ie: soy, tencel, bamboo etc

4. Usually it's vice versa. I'm usually the one looking tired, hot or frazzled and in need of a good cup of coffee.

5. I look and have actually purchased some nice jewelry pieces that were one of a kind.

6. Yes I have seen some indie designers but most had yarn as well or perhaps a book that they had published of their designs as well as display samples.

7. Who goes to a fiber festival to NOT BUY YARN?

10. I was at stitches midwest last year and yes I think you would do well with your attention to samples, colors etc. Give it a try at least once!

Bean said...

I am sorry I can not be of more help. I live in a very small town that does not have anyhting like that to attend. To be honest I have never even been in a yarn shop. So he are my not-so-helpful answers.
1.n/a = Never been to one.
2.n/a
3.Trinity or berry stich, I started knitting in Jan'08 so everything is very new to me.
4.n/a
5.n/a
6. n/a
7.n/a
8.Have everything organized and be entergentic and friendle. I buy more from nice happy people.
9.mine really is knitting. With having 4kids in 3 years knitting time is my time.
10.n/a (i think with how open you are you should sell well, but I have never been to one so I dont know the cometition.)
11.
A: to know your maker and be happy with life, if you can make others lifes happier and easier bonus points for you. To inpact people in a positive way and be happy with what you have.
B:well in life pink and black. in knitting green and purple, blue and brown.
C: I would love to see a bag in a shape more like a knitting needle bag think triangle with the tip cut off. I love that shape bag.

FiberGeek said...

1. I do look for colors to grab me, but I am more looking for ideas to grab me. I am pretty frugal with yarn and fiber buys since I have a lifetime supply already.

2.Both fiber festivals and yarn shops are ovewelming for sure. I do get to the point of overload.

3. I love unusual techniques especially. Cat Bordhi's sock architectures are the latest thing I am wild over.

4. It depends on the time you get to them I think. They are more excited at the beginning of the day rather than the end.

5. I do look at the pottery and jewelry. I am looking for something unique and affordable. If I find it I will buy it.

6. I am looking for diffferent and unique and I look at all the booths for something that is.

7. I go to be inspired to buy. I don't have a hole in my pocket, but I do want the special things.

8. Display a bag so it is easy to see the inside pocket(s). That is pretty unique to your bags.

9. Chocolate every day - just a little.

10. I have never been to Stitches so do not feel I can comment.

11. I love blues, purples and greens - but I also like pinks, reds and sometimes even oranges. Don't forget black, gray and brown either.
I think you should design a knitters bag with pockets to hold everything. I love the Knitpicks Options and Harmony sets, but I need a special bag or device to hold the tips so I can keep them straight. The cardboard they came on with the elastic band is coming apart.

StarsongKY said...

1. It’s more a case of what I grab that won’t let go! I usually have a limited budget so only the best makes it to the top of the heap.

2. A lot of it does look the same, but it’s the ones that stand out enough to attract my attention I’ll go for.

3. Ravelry groups. I’m a joiner – over 110 now and counting – but lately I find myself hanging around more on some of the group boards, reaching out to other Knitters. The She-Knits group in particular is becoming a second home – cyber circle indeed!

4. If they’re tired of their own products, why are they even there? Do what you love!

5. Love looking at the stuff but don’t purchase – again, the limited budget thing.

6. All I’ve seen are a couple of LYS’s, I haven’t been to a festival though I’d like to some day.

7. I’d *like* to buy, but more than anything I’m there to touch. I’m extremely tactile, if the yarn doesn’t *feel* right I’m not interested no matter how pretty (or how cheap) it may be.

8. Sales & contests! Buy three patterns get a fourth free, register for your mailing list to win a kit, etc.

9. Homemade French onion dip. Seriously, once I get started I can eat a whole tub without realizing I’ve done it.

10. No clue, I’ve never been to anything big. The closest I’ve been was the dealer’s room of a science fiction convention twelve years ago. Knitted/felted dice bags might go over with that crowd…

11. Carlos Mencia’s comedy gets pretty ‘blue’ sometimes, but he knows the meaning of life – “If you ain’t laughing, you ain’t living!” Or in the words of a certain podcaster, “Knit what you love, love what you knit!” Life’s too short to waste time or energy worrying or stressing out. If you don’t enjoy what you do, then why are you still doing it?

Something you might want to cover on your show? Pointers for Felting, Intarsia, and other techniques used in your designs.

Jaye said...

1.Do you go through a fiber festival looking for just the right color and weight of yarn to grab you?

Yes! I usually go with an open mind waiting for something to grab my attention and it does.

2. When you are at a fiber festival or visit different yarn shops does everything yarn- wise kind of look the same eventually?

Fibre festivals, yes, eventually but only because, I think, there are so many vendors that carry so many of the same lines of yarns or similar fibres that it all just starts to blur by the end of the day. Yarn shops are a whole different ballgame though, and I would have to say no.

3. What is your favorite "newest thing" you have found about knitting (i.e. a new way of doing something, a new yarn, a new pattern)?

Oh, most definitely lace knitting is the new thing I want so badly to learn and try out. Like yesterday! All lace yarns and patterns - they're gorgeous!

4. Do most of the sellers look happy and energetic or tired and depleted?

My experience has been a mix of both happy and energetic to tired and ready to head back home. I couldn't honestly say whether it was 50/50 or 40/60 or even 20/80, really. But they do work hard and some travel from very great distances, though I don't think that should be necessarily used as an excuse for...um...poor customer service. :(

5. Do you look at the jewelry and pottery with purchasing in mind?

No. I really don't need any more addicting habits. Oh no!

6. Do you EVER see an indie pattern designers sitting there just selling patterns or kits or do you only see patterns and kits in the booths that are small versions of the host of the booths knit shop?

I could probably count on one hand the number of Indie pattern designers that I've seen selling her/his own patterns and/or kits. They seem to be more commonly hosted by knit shop booths.

7. Do you mostly go to just walk and be amongst the fibers and yarney people, not really to buy?

Buy! Absolutely buy!

8. What do you think would be a helpful suggestion if I am to do a fiber fest that would help draw people into my booth 0' patterns and kits...besides the obvious (my dazzling beauty and effervescent outgoing personality)

Advertise, talk it up on Ravelry, Etsy, other bloggers or any and all other avenues of communication you can to get the word out to others. Sales specific to the festival alone to help draw people to your booth might also be a good option in drawing a nice, hopeful crowd willing to buy. Have knitted up samples available of your patterns so people can actually see what the finished product looks & feels like in person. It is one thing to see it photographed on a pattern page, but quite another to see an actual piece in person - much more tangible and likely able to generate more sales.

9. What is your favorite guilty pleasure....it doesn't necessarily have to do with knitting!

Right now it is spinning and getting ready to crochet and knit some bags (hopefully) with the handspun I've been making. Oh, and chocolate and tea, also. :0)

10.Knowing what you know about me and my work, and if you have been to a Stitches event (you know what you like to see if you have gone before), do you imagine my patterns and kits would work there in terms of selling (and don't worry I won't hold you to it) ?? !

Yes. I love Stitches and would absolutely visit your booth, if you had one, and likely purchase something from you (but don't hold me to it :0)). Stitches is great for the yarn shoppers and knitting needle crowd but when it comes to patterns, well, they just sort of get lost in all that yarn unless there are stacks and stacks of books heavily loaded on tables within a both from a very large yarn shop. While that isn't a bad thing, it is very overwhelming and I have found that a smaller booth with patterns alone would be easier and nicer to navigate because the event is just so HUGE.

11. What is the meaning of life and what is your favorite color and what would you like to see from She-Knits next? At lease answer one part of this silly question...you will be given an extra entry if you make me laugh or actually come up with an idea I use!

The meaning of life is love, happiness, sex and chocolate (and chex mix isn't too shabby either).
My favourite colour...I have way more than one and none in any particular order, but most likely it would have to be blue. I would love to see from She-Knits a gorgeous but more along the lines of beginner entrelac bag (is there such a thing?) as I am not an established knitter. I would snap that up in a heartbeat!

Shirley said...

1. I don't go to fiber festivals.
2. I don't go to yarn shops either (they are too far away). I go to our local store where they sell the same Finnish yarns as everywhere else in Finland.
3. I haven't been able to knit much lately because of my shoulder and so I haven't found anything new. 4. Not applicable.
5. I took an evening course in pottery for a year and I have enough of my own that I don't use. I have enough of my own jewelry that I don't wear but jewelry is nice to look at. 6. Not applicable.
7. If I went to a fibre festival it would be to look around. It's unlikely that I would buy anything, but you never know!
8. Well now you can have a sign that says something like 'Published in Interweave Knits”. Maybe have the page of the magazine open with the actual bag beside it? Could you come up with a small free pattern (a key fob or something) that you could give out that would also have your info on it? If you have a prize drawing, and your booth is big enough, have the coupons on one side and the box on the other so that they have to look around!
9. I've never been a coffee drinker but sometimes I put a bit of instant coffee in my hot chocolate. 10. Not applicable.
11. 42? Colours depend on the object and who it is for, but preferably not green or brown. A silly frilly little girl's bag? A treasure chest bag for a boy?

Hillary said...

1. Yes. I never have a plan at a fiber festival.
2. For the most part things look different, some just stand out more than others.
3. My favorite newest thing isn't that new but it's my favorite by far: Ravelry.
4. Usually the sellers are doing something like spinning or knitting so I would say they are a bit distracted but give help when needed.
5. No.
6. I have seen indie designers selling their wares but they seem to be selling other things too.
7. I go for the whole thing. I love to feel things in my hands, see the people ,buy what catches my eye and enjoy the yarny atmosphere.
8. Samples in lots of colors. There is something about color that draws in the eye and to see the actual items made up makes me want to buy.
9. Chocolate
10. Your kits and patterns would fit perfectly with the events I have attended (I have not been to Stitches).
11. My favorite color is gray. The meaning of life: Kindness. I would love to see you design a pattern for a large tote bag. Something that would stand when placed on the floor but have handles so it could go over the shoulder. Maybe it could have 2 sections and a small pocket inside for wallet, keys and cell phone. But be big enough to carry a good size knitting project and a couple of things to entertain my son.

Ms. McFatterson said...

1.Abso-freaking-lutely! It is so much nicer to touch and compare yarn in person than online.

2. No... I do get burnt out, but something new is always exciting

3. Yarns out of new fibers.

4. I think most sellers seem tired but excited and animated.

5.No, but I do like to look and I have bought stuff, you never know.

6. I haven't seen indie designers, but I think it is a great idea.

7. I go with a budget - so I will buy stuff, but only so much.

8. Definitely an interesting knitted garment on that complements the bags.

9. Reality tv - it goes very well with knitting.

10.Haven't been to at Stitches.

11. I would love She-knits to expand to home decor - like felted pillow covers and placemats and chair pads...even some of the same patterns as the bags.

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Beverly said...

1. I have never been to a fiber fest because I am disabled, so such events are difficult for me to attend.

2. I guess I would have to say that in yarn shops, I more feel my way around rather than look around. So, no, it doesn't all look the same to me.

3. My favorite new thing for me is I just finally learned to cable, so I want every pattern I work on to have cables. I finished a couple of cabled scarfs and a friend is having me test knit some cabled socks.

4. I think yarn sellers are impassioned. I have never met a salesperson of any other type of product who is as informed or opinionated about what they are selling as yarn sellers.

5. I look at jewelry for design ideas and I look at pottery for my plants.

6. N/A

7. N/A

8. I'm thinking about this, but nothing comes to mind yet.

9. It would be a toss up between more sock yarn, or a bag of Lays potato chips with a bowl or french onion dip.

10. I know I wish I had a dumpling bag kit!!!

11. a. I knit, crochet and spin, therefore I am....going broke.
b. I love greenish-bluey-ishness with a smallish purpleness.
c. The Ultimate Knitters Bag!

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katerina said...

1.Yes and no - I really enjoy looking at what's out there. If I don't see something I love, I leave without. It doesn't have to be a specific color or weight, but if something 'speaks' to me or calls to me, then it's mine :)I'll figure out what it needs to be later.

2. After I've been there long enough - yes, but I think that makes the things that I really like stick out, because I remember them.

3. Pattern tamers - the ribbon/magnet that helps you keep your place in a chart (which BTW, I saw at a festival - and she was an indy designer!!)

4. Both, and I like the ones who look engaged - if you're not excited - why should I be?

5. Same as with yarn, but a little less thinking involved - pottery - I'll use it or I won't/goes with my decor or it doesn't, same with Jewerly. With yarn - there are so many possibilities!

6. I've seen both

7. It depends on where I am in my life - how much yarn I have or have just purchased, I go to be with the community, also knowing there will be wonderful things to see!

8. I'd say bright flashy business cards with your website and podcast on it!

9. Taking a couple of hours to stay up late and read a fiction novel

10. I think SMW is the perfect place for you - lots of people like to see what's out there, and that's why they go, so it gives you exposure and them ideas and the people that connect with your stuff will remember and return.

11. The meaning of life is to knit something beautiful with your thread of life, however you can. And in your words - if it's not working - rip it out! change patterns/direction whatever to make sure you're making something you love in your life.

My favorite color is rusty orange, although teal blue has been calling to me lately

And from you next I'd like to see a set of something that reflects your family - maybe 7somethings for all your kids or a familysomething or other that expresses you.

JAK said...

1. I've never been to a fiber festival...YET!

2. I look for specific words like alpaca, hand dyed, new...etc. when I'm in a yarn store or I ask the owner for local yarns.

3. It's now new but knitting anything in the round, esp. sweaters, is the best...little to no seaming.

4. A little of both.

5. No, not really.

6. N/A

7. I would go to buy.

8. Something with the word "free" in it :-)

9. Chocolate and red wine while I'm knitting.

10. N/A

11. No Clue to the meaning of life but I do know my favorite color...pink!

brownbear said...

1. The times I've been to fiber festivals I didn't plan ahead to look for anything specific. I just go for whatever seems like a good deal or something that I don't usually see at home. (or something that I just can't pass up because it is too beautiful.)

2. I don't think so. But booths that look organized and inviting make it easier to see what is special about their products.

3. I like getting to touch yarns that I've only ever heard or read about.

4. Most were friendly and happy, a lot were even energetic and chatty.

5. I didn't really look at those type of booths. I was there for fiber. (Though sometimes I'd look at buttons.)

6. I think I talked to the designer at one booth. The booth was a shared yarn shop/designer booth.

7. I go for both reasons.

8. Have some kind of She-knits signage. The most frustrating thing was booths that you just didn't know who or what they were. Have lots samples and in different colors if possible.

9. It usually involves spending money or calories. I guess that's what makes it guilty. I'd say traveling or concerts.

10. I say yeah, go for it. Some people will be too distracted by yarn until later when they can leisurely look at patterns.

11. meaning of life = 42
judging by my yarn buying my favorite color must be purple or fuschia.

prymnumber said...

1. I go to fiber festivals to find interesting yarns and colors. Weight is not such a big issue.

2. When I'm at a fiber festival or yarn shops, most things look different although there are some "seen-that-before" moments especially with common popular colors and weights.

3. My favorite "newest thing" I have found about knitting is magic loop. I love that I can make socks, sleeves, hats, or other small circles out of 1 pair of circs!

4. Most sellers I meet look happy and but a little tired. I totally understand though since I would feel exactly the same way if I were in their shoes!!

5. I am not a big jewelry or pottery person, so I don't really browse those shops.

6. I see a lot of indie pattern designers sitting there just selling patterns or kits. Some are partnered with yarn shops, others are there by themselves.

7. I go to fiber events to SHOP! And I do a good job at it too!

8. For any vendor thinking of selling at fiber festivals, I would suggest 1) good prices, 2) specials that can only be gotten at the festival, 3) please don't hover us, 4) variety of goods and colors, and 5) neat displays.

9. My favorite guilty pleasures...are more yarn and pattern books. Just thinking about them makes me shiver!

10.I think if you offer your patterns and kits at good prices, they would sell like hot cakes at Stitches!! I mean, I would buy it!

11. I would LOVE to see a book on bag designs and patterns from She-Knits. Wouldn't that be lovely? Where we can learn from and be inspired by you!

Judith said...

1. Yes. Usually when I see it I "know"
2. Nope! Always looks different. Of course I don't get out much therefore I'm like a kid in a candy store.
3. I'm sure there is something. I just can't think of it right now.
4. Tired and depleted, but I've only been to one festival and got there right at the end of the day.
5. Pottery definatly!
6. I've seen Holly from "Bee's Knees" selling her kits and patterns.
7. Buy! Buy! BUy

8. I can't answer this
9. Camel SPin!
10. I can't answer this
11. I love oranges and pinks right now. I'm looking for just the right "pink" to do a whole sweater!

KrisW said...

1.Do you go through a fiber festival looking for just the right color and weight of yarn to grab you? At the NH Sheep and Wool Festival this Spring, I walked around just looking the first time...making mental notes and getting my "fiber high". :) Yes, I usually go with a "list", but hardly ever stick to it. In fact, this time I bought nothing, except some lobster chowda! Really. The buying "mood" left me once I was overwhelmed. But I had a great time!

2. When you are at a fiber festival or visit different yarn shops does everything yarn- wise kind of look the same eventually? Yes, ashamedly. The feel, the color, and most importantly for me, knit up samples are what clinches the deal for me. :)

3. What is your favorite "newest thing" you have found about knitting (i.e. a new way of doing something, a new yarn, a new pattern)? Blue Sky Alpaca cotton and skinny cotton for luxury facial cloths.

4. Do most of the sellers look happy and energetic or tired and depleted? Both. Their kindess, smiles and enthusiasm is a factor in my buying decision, too. Although, I HATE seeing customers also be rude to the vendors.

5. Do you look at the jewelry and pottery with purchasing in mind? Sometimes, if it's a nice coffee mug.

6. Do you EVER see an indie pattern designers sitting there just selling patterns or kits or do you only see patterns and kits in the booths that are small versions of the host of the booths knit shop? Yes, I've seen indie designers and such...it's their creativity at the booth, their samples and packaging, and clearly listed prices that catch my eye, along with showing interest in selling their items. And the candy. :)

7. Do you mostly go to just walk and be amongst the fibers and yarney people, not really to buy?
Just depends on the checkbook that month. I either spend A LOT or barely any. It's never middle of the road.

8. What do you think would be a helpful suggestion if I am to do a fiber fest that would help draw people into my booth 0' patterns and kits...besides the obvious (my dazzling beauty and effervescent outgoing personality) I think you've got it covered with the above! An organized but creative booth, showcasing your bags and either samples or large well taken photos in other colorways if you have them (staged, sort of). Good pricing lists, and be ready if I have questions.

9. What is your favorite guilty pleasure....it doesn't necessarily have to do with knitting! Fiber and coffee, time knitting alone, watching old musicals, with hubby and kids happily doing something else. :) Never happens.

10.Knowing what you know about me and my work, and if you have been to a Stitches event (you know what you like to see if you have gone before), do you imagine my patterns and kits would work there in terms of selling (and don't worry I won't hold you to it) ?? !
I haven't been to Stitches, just the NH show, and I think you've got a better chance that those I've seen, as the designs are fresh, great patterns, and a great designer. :)

11. What is the meaning of life and what is your favorite color and what would you like to see from She-Knits next? At lease answer one part of this silly question...you will be given an extra entry if you make me laugh or actually come up with an idea I use!
I can't remember the meaning of life as quoted from Monty Python, but my meaning of life: Love my God, my family, friends, and neighbors. Walk humbly and be kind.
If I DID have a ha ha, it would be from Monty Python, definitely. :)
Colorway: I don't remember the current ones you have, but my favorites:
sage green and a mulberry or cranberry or something, a dressy black dumpling (heard it on the podcast, sounds terrific), something autumn. :)

Helen said...

If it's not too late, I am in for the contest.

1.I have only attended Stitches Midwest the last two years. I went with a sort of plan the first year. Big mistake because it was overwhelming. Last year, I had a plan and stuck to it. There was a couple of things I forgot to buy but that's okay
2. No - it doesn't look the same. I walk around to see where everything is and then attack!
3. The vendors do not look tired. Most seem engaged and upbeat. A couple of the booths that are swamped the vendors were doing their best to give attention to whomever needed it. I thought it odd though that one woman seemed to criticize the purse I was carrying. Hey - I just spent money at your booth!
4. I look at everything. I love the idea of jewelry for me as well as accessories for the home. A spinning wheel is an accessory isn't it?
5. I go with the intent to buy. And I will be buying. I would love to take a class but with the change in venue this year that may not be an option.
6. I think creative displaying and room to walk around your booth would be helpful. At Stitches there are people with carts that seem to block access to the other side of the booths where the "good stuff" is at. Several booths have raffles. I like those. Give an extra chance with a purchase.
7. I actually just found you. I missed the dumpling bag the first time I looked at the preview. I am a bit disappointed with IK but I am doing this bag. I love it because it is different and I hope you have some fun colors and kits left on Sunday because that is when I am attending.
8. Meaning of life is enjoying life and having family and friends to enjoy it with. Time to yourself to appreciate life can be awesome. Which by the way, you will need a friend on Saturday because the market can be a feeding frenzy. You will need a potty break or two. I like pink, purple, green and black. I can't pick just one.
I am looking forward to picking up one of the dumpling purse kits!