Knot By Gran’ma entered the Etsy Small Business Contest the other day. I don’t normally enter these kinds of things, but I thought maybe trying things that make me uncomfortable would be good for me. Also, maybe I will win. THAT would be awesome. You can vote here.
I had to write about three things to enter, but you only see two of them on the voting page.
- Briefly tell us about your business and what makes it different. Details could include how you got started, what makes your business stand out, or how difference has helped your business and others. Knot By Gran’ma is the place to be when looking for crochet. This is my small crochet pattern design and doll making (monsters, puppets, and butts mainly) company. Slow yarn and crochet kits are becoming part of the creative process, along with an upcoming wholesale line of pieces. We all know that crochet takes forever to complete, but that’s even more of a reason to make sure it’s awesome. Knot By Gran’ma is passionate about keeping crochet relevant and getting other crocheters involved and empowered with their skills. I want people to be happy when they see Knot By Gran’ma crochet work. Then I want them to pick up a hook, and make that thing that got them to smile. Knot By Gran’ma crochet patterns are easy to read with clear instructions and photos to make everything as easy as possible. Crochet should be accessible to everyone. The work is done as simple as possible in the hopes that even beginners will grow their skills to make awesome crochet.
- How would you use the Etsy Small Business Contest money to scale your business in a big way this year?: I would use the contest money to finish purchasing the fiber tools that I need to continue processing the fiber and yarn into amazing creations and crochet patterns. (cough * drum carder, ball winder, yarn swift * cough) I would also set KBG up financially for the year. The stress of paying bills would be eliminated… for a year. How wonderful. (I wish I had added that the time needed to stress about bills would be used to creatively work my butt off… that’s kind of the point of paying for everything a year upfront. I also had a blip about making a dedicated space for KBG that I missed somewhere. Ah well.)
- The 3rd question was to tell a story about a customer that was memorable… something like that. I don’t remember 100%. Here’s my take. The most special moment I had with a buyer was when this lovely woman offered to give me her ENTIRE STASH of wool rug yarn. All I had to do was drive to her home in New Jersey (about 2 hours). So I did what any professional crocheter would do; Grabbed my husband for protection, and took a road trip. We got hopelessly lost, I almost crashed us into a light pole making an illegal U turn, and had my husband convinced that I might have been kidnapped… or worse. Instead I got to see all of the fiber art she had created through the years of her career and left with 3 giant tubs of yarn. I’ll never forget that day or her generosity.
So that’s my story. Please take a moment to go vote for Knot By Gran’ma, and please share this on your social networks. It would mean a lot to me.