I have previously not had much experience working with hanks of yarn, but was recently asked to knit a jacket for a friend’s little girl. I suggested she check out the range available at The Wool Company. I really love their yarns and the fact that they are high quality and locally made. The wool she chose comes in 200g hanks.
My original plan for winding the wool into balls was to use one of the dining room chairs but then I decided to try something else. The back of the chair was not quite the right width and was a bit high for me to work with. It occurred to me that one of the back cushions off my sofa might be more suitable and it was. The cushion was just the right size and it was easy to move around too.
As I started winding the wool I started wondering about how I was going to get an idea of how much I was using as I was knitting the garment. I came up with the idea of using the kitchen scales. I wound the wool until I got to 25g then turned the ball 90 degrees and wound on another 25g, making a total of 50g. I repeated this procedure, turning after every 25g, and it has worked really well.
I have a tendency to change patterns a bit as I go (see “Using Patterns as a Guide”) so it has been very useful to know my yarn usage. I have made the garment significantly longer than the pattern and have been able to be confident that I will have enough wool to complete the garment.
I hope these tips can be useful to others of you who are working with hanks. I would love to hear any stories and tips that you might like to share.
Would you like to start your own knitting business? If so, you have probably given some thought to how you could make money knitting. Selling the items you make (scarves, sweaters, gloves, etc.) probably seemed like the most obvious way to turn your hobby into profits.
But it isn’t the only way. There are actually many other things you can do to make money from your passion for knitting. And each of these methods allows you to make money using your knowledge and experience.
Here are three ways you can turn your knitting hobby into a knitting business.
Start a Knitting Tips Website
People who enjoy knitting, whether they are absolute beginners or have years of experience, like to find new tips and tricks that will help to make them better at the craft. And you can share your tips and tricks with them with a knitting website.
Starting a knitting website is easy and inexpensive. All you need is a domain name, which will cost you about $ 10 a year. And you can get great webhosting for about $ 5 a month.
You can make money with your site in several ways. You can sell knitting supplies, the kinds of things people interested in knitting tips and tricks would be interested in. You could also place Google AdSense ads on your site. Whenever someone at your site clicks on one of the ads, you get paid.
Create a Knitting Review Site
There are a lot of knitting products out there and most people would like to have some idea of the quality of a product before they buy it. You can provide such insights at a knitting review site, sharing the pros and cons of the knitting products you have tried, and then rating them.
Just as with a tip site, you can use Google AdSense to make money at a knitting review site. You can also make money promoting affiliate products. For example, if you review an affiliate knitting product, you can include your affiliate link with the review. Then, every time someone who followed that link ended up buying the product, you will make a commission. With affiliate products, you can make anywhere from 10% to 75% of the purchase price with every sale.
Start a Mailing List for Knitters
With a knitting mailing list, people would subscribe to receive email messages from you. You would send these messages regularly, maybe weekly or twice a week. In the messages, you would share tips, tricks, patterns, and anything else you could think of.
The great thing about mailing lists is how easy they are to set up. All you have to do is subscribe to an auto-responder service. Then, you add your messages to the auto-responder, and decide on how often they will be delivered.
Along with messages giving knitting advice, you would also send your subscribers messages recommending affiliate products. Because you have built up a relationship with them by giving them solid, reliable advice, they are more likely to trust your recommendations and buy those affiliate products through your link. This should mean a nice commission for you.
There are many ways to make money from a knitting business that don’t involve selling knitted products. By starting a tip site, review site or mailing list, you can turn a profit by sharing what you have learned from your love of knitting.