Thursday, May 26, 2011

To do or not to do ...

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I am contemplating opening an etsy shop. Above are yarns that I have dyed. I am wondering if its worth the trouble or if I should keep this as strickly a hobby.

Please help me decide. Be honest. I won't cry, LOL!

1. Would you purchase any of these yarns? Would you pay $16.50-$18.50 plus shipping $2?

2. What are your favs? What do you not like?

3. I know I can reproduce 4, 5 and 8. And yeah the green is that bright in person, LOL!! That's my "Red Eyed Tree Frog" colorway. I'm fairly certain I could reproduce the rest, but not entirely sure, but these give you an idea of my "style". Of course I have more colorways boiling in my brain right now.

ETA: Minding my Own Stitches brought up a good point - yarn base would be Superwash/Nylon blends, that's what most of these are and what I prefer.


Anonymous said...

Question 1 -- If I purchased online, I would definitely buy some of that yarn.

Question 2: 2,4,7 and 8 with 4 being my absolute favorite.

Question 3: #6 and #2 change colors too quickly for my taste, but you know --- everyone is different. They are probably someone else's favorite.

They look great --- go for it!

Minding My Own Stitches said...

Question 1 - I would purchase yarn and I would pay that much although I would expect shipping to Canada to be a little more dear.

Question 2 - I like 1, 3, 4 and 7. The others I find too wild; I'd have trouble finding a pattern to suit them.

Unasked question: I do not order sock yarn that is 100% merino. There must be some nylon; after all, if I'm going to spend the time knitting them, they'd better last!

Chrissy said...

You have some lovely yarns. I think you should go for it.

Sarah {The Student Knitter} said...

I'm not a huge fan of multi-colour yarn. I always get them flashing on me and I'm not a fan of the look. I'm more of a semi-solid kind of gal. For that reason, 1 and 3 are my favorite, with maybe 8 thrown in (as something a tad different).

At $18-20, they are a bit of a luxury for me. if there was a promotion or something going I might dive in. :)

oh and definitely the merino blend with nylon. that's my fav too.

Alyssa said...

Superwash wool is definitely a + for me, I hardly ever work in something that isn't washable.

As for the colors, I'm not very big into varigated, but I LOVE self-striping yarn, and semi-solids. That being said, I would definitely pay under $20 for it - depending on the yardage, of course. I would pay more for a sock yarn than a worsted.

If you every do start an etsy, I'll definitely buy some yarn and design something with it :B (Or, try to!)

WildflowerWool said...

Yes, I would buy them for that price. My favourite is 4 and also 1 and 3

Anonymous said...

1. No, but that's got nothing to do with you, and everything to do with my yarn diet.

2. I LOVE 8. 2 and 5 not so much.

Good luck!

Brenna said...

Speaking from experience it's hard to sell your own dyed yarn, esp. if you have a limited work space. People would often email me asking for 5+ skeins of the same colorway. I found it tough to reproduce the same colorway, esp since I took some much time during the dyeing process. Please, don't be discouraged from my comment, just telling you my experience. With that being said, people did buy it and not just friends of mine :) I think your price range is totally reasonable and your colorways are really nice. I especially like #8. You may find success in selling both roving and yarn! Good luck!!