Posts Tagged ‘Etsy’
I just put up 3 single skeins of yarn on Etsy. Sometimes when I am spinning for a customer or a personal project I will get the first skein a little fine or a bit too thick for the order or I may have a skein left over from a knitting project. These single skeins will appear as only 1 available but you can always custom order most of the handspun yarns in your choice of yarn weights and hand dyed colours.
To see these skeins on Etsy: special prices availableThe Eastport Alpaca in DK weight and natural snowy white colour, 2.1 oz. 132 yds The New Zealand Merino fleece imported as a raw fleece and washed and hand combed lock by lock, handspun by the worsted method to a very fine lace weight yarn and finally kettle dyed in Garnet. 1.75 oz. 250 yards The lace weight pure Angora Rabbit, the picture says it all 1.1 oz 140 yards
I had recently signed up for a class on Craftsy Spinning Dyed Fibers on how to spin these wonderful tops and so, of course, I had to buy some. I got these 2 amazing colourways and a bar of homemade goat milk soap.
I got on the iPad and watched the class and practiced. It was my first time to try Navajo plying and I can’t believe how easy it is after I’ve been avoiding it for all these years!
I only have 4 ounces of each colourway so I started with a pair of mitts. I found the pattern on Ravelry, Cruiser by Cailyn Meyer. When the mitts were finished I still had quite a bit left but not enough for a hat so I made this headband to match the mitts (just made up the pattern as I went).
This set is for Libby and I gave it to her today. I really think she likes it a lot.
A little update on what for sale in my Etsy shop. These items are also available at
I’ve only been on Etsy for a couple of weeks but here’s a few things that I have discovered so far.
I paid for the advertising for a week as an experiment. Although I did not keep accurate data I did discover from the charts of hits and favorites that I got more favorites and visits when I put up new products. That seems to be the best way to get your shop on the front pages… better than the advertising. The week of advertising did not get as many visits as putting up a few new products did. Somehow, listing the items puts you back at the top of the search.
I need to participate more in the “community”, make treasuries and circles etc.
I’ve made some progress. I have 10 projects posted on Craftsy and 9 Hand spun and handknit Baby Sweaters and 2 Baby Blankets for sale at My Etsy Shop. I’ve been favorited and clicked on but no sales, not even a question. It’s just a week, perhaps I just need a bit more patience??
It’s been a long time coming but I’m ready to give this a shot. I’m going to try to sell my handknits, handspun yarns and maybe my pattern designs online.
Of course, I’ve got lots of concerns and questions but I have to start somewhere so today I am putting up some of the things I’ve been spinning and knitting over the last few years up as “projects” on Craftsy. Once I put myself out there I’ll probably post some of them on Etsy too.
I opened an account at Etsy several years ago and never did put anything up yet. I’ve got a web site set up also. Nancy Elizabeth Designs.
I’m concerned about Etsy, and the whole idea of selling online, when I started looking around at how many sales most of the vendors had made. Most of the sales are really low. How likely am I to sell my handknits on Etsy or anywhere online? They are made of the most expensive fibers in the world. I handspin most of my yarns then handknit them into One-of-a-kind original designs. That all makes them very expensive and when people can’t actually see and touch the real thing I’m afraid they would hesitate to spend the money.
So follow along to see how I progress (or not) and maybe we’ll learn something together.