I'm living in the land of re-knits.
Since going to the markets, I've realized that many of my samples knit for my patterns have been gifted away. This is fine for online sales because the patterns and pictures are still there, but not ideal for face-to-face sales. People want to touch and see the real thing.
So, I'm re-knitting and re-doing. It's actually not a terrible thing because it's also giving me a chance to review the patterns and edit them a bit, add more detailed photos, and just generally make them look better.
A new and improved Manitoulin Island hat.
This is probably even more popular than the watermelon yarn at the local markets! I'm not sure how many we could sell of the finished hat because we repeat ourselves over and over again that we sell the yarn and the pattern, not the finished hat. When they see the hat, they don't read the signs that say that, they just want the hat!
New and improved wristwarmers and hunters' socks.
We are asked many times how much will a skein knit, so these serve that purpose as well. This is about how far a skein will go. Both were knit with from the one skein.
The markets are mostly fun. Because it is outside, the weather is always a concern. Too windy, too rainy, too sunny, but last week was perfect and I'm hoping we have more of those ahead this summer. The people are interesting and the response has been very positive. I love retail sales and being at the market reminds me of how much I enjoy that. Even the not so positive experiences have a funny side. I could write a book! I think, especially now that I'm retired, I enjoy the social part of the market with lots of people to see and visit with. I'm very much looking forward to the next month when the tourist visitors really arrive on the island and to see how I manage with those shoppers. Lots of fun and new experiences!