I’ve been a bit lacking in the blog dept in the last week or so as I’ve been busy making, as well as having a bit of a dip with my medical issues, caused by this lovely muggy weather and dealing with my daughter who’s had a few scary moments of her own…
So its nice to be back on the blog again and really good to be joining in with Handmade Monday – I miss it when I get too busy 😦 Its a lovely treat to have the time to peruse other people’s beautiful makes too, so remember to pop across and join in or take some time out for a read!
I’ve been asked to make some vintage teacosies for a local tearoom to display and hopefully take orders for me. So I’ve had to get to grips with a new way of knitting so that I can make them grow at a reasonable speed. I started the first one using a vintage pattern I found in a charity shop but didn’t like the look as the gathers were really thick so using pinterest plus more magazines and old patterns in a similar style and experimenting I achieved a happy medium…
These cosies require a fair level of skill at fairisle knitting, ideally the ability to colour knit 2 handed – that is with one colour in each hand and are fairly time consuming to make. However I’m a realist and know I won’t get compensated for my time and skills but I do expect to cover my materials and make a little on top to cover travel etc. Hence I priced the cosy at £12 which was materials plus £3.
However I was then asked if I could do them cheaper as the people in local area won’t pay that much for handmade.The customers in the cafe all loved it and backed the cafe owner up and gave me a price range of £7 – 12 ( for a 4 person pot)
The only way I can see I can cut costs is to sell my higher quality materials items online, at fairs and markets and produce an acrylic version of the cosy for local outlets wanting things their customers will pay for. But this won’t look as nice or be as good at insulating the teapot as the pure wool version, but I suppose you get what you pay for? Its also harder to get acrylic yarns that have the muted effect colourwise that pure wool yarns give. Perhaps I’m turning into a yarn snob????
But good old Robin Yarns have come to the rescue following a browse around the local yarn suppliers and I’ve found a lovely soft pistachio colour that I think will work!
Lessons I’ve Learned:
Lesson 1 – do your market research, where are you selling and who will you be selling them to? Is this something people want?
Lesson 2 – explore options, is there a market place for selling your items created from better quality materials
Lesson 3 – make sure you are comfortable with compromising to meet customer needs, if not, you may need to find a new outlet