Wednesday, August 5, 2009

penny for your thoughts

When I decided to make a go of Fuzzy Mitten full-time, my hope was that I could build up a good business that would allow me to be a stay-at-home mom until my kids were in school. So far I think we're doing okay, but Lev is not even close to school age! I know I've been really short on time to dedicate to Fuzzy Mitten this year, and as much as I love all the time I get to spend being a mom, I don't want my business to fall apart as a result!

So, in the interest of making the best use of the time I have, and writing patterns you *love* and not just sorta like, I'm hoping for a bit of help. Here's a few thoughts I've had:
  • Would it help if I gave more particulars for yarn brands etc?
  • Would more detailed instructions help? I know I keep promising tutorials, but they take a lot of work, and I'm short on time the last few months. Maybe you can bug Mr. Mitten to help me ;-)
  • Would you like a different style of clothes on the toys - something more detailed, more versatile, or more customizable?
  • Do you want patterns like the Scraps Chaps, which has simple variations for making a variety of animals?
  • I know new toy patterns have been scarce this year as I adjust to being a full-time mother, but I do have some great ideas that I hope to work on over the next 6 months. Let me know if there's anything you're dying to knit!
In case you're shy and don't want to comment, I've put up a poll too. It's got a few other ideas I had. Maybe this sounds a bit like marketing research, but really I just want to make my patterns as awesome as possible, so they deserve all those lovely comments you leave me here, on Ravelry, and on Facebook. (I know I don't reply to them all, but believe me, I am so grateful!)

And here is a super adorable shot of Lev having a bath in the garden, in case you needed a smile today :-)


P.S. If you got an earlier version of this post, I apologize for being over-tired and lacking in confidence when I wrote that. Please ignore my bad mood.

7 comments:

Kate G. said...

Hey, Ms. Mitten, I think the business is growing. You and the Mr. have put a great deal of time into community building here, on Facebook and on Ravelry. Scraps Chaps has been a hit. People are knitting and swapping toys and clothes. Plus Lev is the best company ambassador I've seen in years. Not too shabby. Great days ahead.

Claude Lambert said...

I think that you are doing so well: I always read you with pleasure, and I am not a knitter...but i always look at what you do and at the growing baby.
What about more toy cats?

Anonymous said...

I think that you are doing very well indeed. I love reading your blog,it's my favourite by far.Your toy patterns are the best,I am so looking forward to the new book,anything that you do is fine by me.
Pat.U.K.

Amy said...

I don't know if kits are a lot of work for you or not, but they are so enticing to me, and yours are priced so well. Your bunnies, sheep, bat, etc. might do well in kit-form? Your finished products are so lovely and so polished. If kits are lots of work, perhaps just adding the info. for the yarns/materials you used. And this may be lame, but it might help adding the US needle size and yardage along with mm & g (for lazy people like me...sorry!). I love your stuff! Being a new mom myself, I'm impressed with how much you are able to with your business!

wrchili said...

I just wanted to say that I love your patterns and can't wait to see what you come up with next. I almost always have one of your toys OTN. One thing I really appreciate about your toys is that you allow people to sell the finished projects. I love making the toys, but I don't have any children yet, so if I couldn't sell some of the toys I make, then I wouldn't be able to make so many. Keep up the good work!

Luba said...

I enjoy reading your blog and hope that you continue to do well. You certainly deserve all good things!I have several of your patterns and like working with them -- as others mention, I really appreciate being able to sell the items I make from your patterns. As far as suggestions go, how about a turtle design? Also agree that your kits are fun and well-priced. Thanks!

Megan said...

I think my only suggestion would be to design clothing patterns to be knit in the same weight of yarn as the toys.

You're doing a great job and thanks for opening things up for discussion!