Once again I'm late posting. Sorry. I've just been so busy with work. Today I worked from 12pm to 5:30pm and I have to work from 8pm to 1:30am yet. I've got about an hour before I have to head back to work. I hope to get some more posts written up soon so that I can post more often.
Today is the day for another Etsy Feature. I am kind of excited for this one. She does knitted hats and mittens and they're so adorable and I wish i could afford one!
Now let's read on about Miriam from BulcherM.
|Parisian Delight Hat|
- Tell me a bit about yourself
My name is Miriam and I live in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. I currently work for the Canadian Forces as a civilian personal trainer/evaluator/fitness instructor. It's funny that my business is knitting, to me it's a rather strange combo but it works! I love to knit, I used to knit when I was younger but wasn't serious about it. I started getting more into it last year, and then it just took off full force! I also love to cook, as does my husband (loves my cooking). :-P We got married last June and are expecting a baby this coming April. Knitting has been my go to while being pregnant as it's relaxing, but also somewhat challenging at the same time.
* Congratulations on the baby!! *
|Chocolate Cream Fleece Lined Headband|
- How did you get started?
I learned to knit when I was 7 by my brother's god mother, she taught me the basics, I knit a scarf then forgot everything. Couple years later I went back to her and she retaught me, I actually retained the information this time! However that spurt didn't last long, I didn't knit again until I was 19 and then started getting into more complicated things like hats and mittens, it was challenging, then I started exploring other area of knitting with different yarn and needles and that led me to being confident to designing my own patterns!
- When did you start creating stuff?
I started creating things literally in November 2011, I realized I needed to do this, something was just pushing me to do it, it was really frustrating but in 2 months I have come a long way, it's amazing! It's so much easier for me now, and only will continue to be like that and get easier as time goes on.
- When did you start selling?
I started my Etsy shop in the beginning of December, however, I advertised on Facebook amongst my friends and after about the 1st week I had 7 sales just from my friends! It was amazing! My sales on etsy are another story, so far I've only gotten 2 sales, but I am working hard to get others, having a business online is a totally other animal which is new to me. I'm realizing it's a lot of hard work but that isn't discouraging me!
- Why did you decide to start selling what you make?
When the idea came to start knitting my own things, I was really clueless as to what because there are a million people who sell knitted items, but I wanted to make it personal, something that I would use, and that others would find useful. I remember last winter going to MEC (Mountain Equipment Coop) which is an amazing store, and looking at their toques (hats), they were fleece lined! I thought that was amazing and had no idea how to do it. I was somewhat jealous because they looked like such good quality, not only that but you didn't have to deal with cold ears on a windy day even though you were wearing a hat. For a whole year it kinda bothered me that I couldn't make something as awesome as the hats at mec. Then it hit me, why don't I fleece line my hats and mittens and that will be my trademark? I had not heard of anyone that was selling fleece lined hand made knit items (I did some googling to see) and after some research I figured that was what I was going to do. I wanted to sell an item that you would not only look fantastic in, but you would also stay nice and warm. I have never owned a toque or hat that provided me with both: fashion and warmth so it was high time to create something!
- What do you do besides your shop?
As I mentioned in my brief bio in the beginning, I am a civilian personal trainer for the Canadian Forces, I love it, it's great. I am a huge fitness enthusiast, it's my other passion, that's my full time job. :)
Other than that, I cook. That's pretty much it.
- What is your inspiration?
My inspiration and motivation is definitely my husband, he was the one who suggested me having my own knitting shop in the first place, of which I laughed at him because I thought that was ridiculous. Now look at me! Haha! He motivates me to better ideals, and he also helps me with my business: finances and such, he gives me feedback. It's amazing. My other inspiration is my cousin, she has a shop and she sells amazing things, gets lots of sales, she has had some great advice for me. Other than that, it's fashion, I am a fashion police I guess you could say, I love looking great, and I like it when I can help others to do so as well so when colours come to my head, I have to make it right away!
|Chocolate Cream Hat and Mittens|
- What are your future hopes/plans for your store? (in five years? Ten years?)
Well I definitely hope that the store will eventually be my full time job, with a baby on the way I am looking down the road of eventually being a housemom so this is playing a huge role in that picture.
- Describe your creative process. What is your favourite part?
Hmm, I find this question difficult to answer. Literally things pop into my head, an idea or a design or I will draw something out on paper and talk about it with my husband, we share ideas and then something else formulates and then voila! I get started working on it. Sometimes it comes from just watching what people wear on a daily basis, what type of accessories they have, colours, style, etc. My favourite part.... I don't think I'm that far yet! Haha! I love it when an idea comes out great and people love it! Whether it's the colours or just how it overall looks.
- How long would you say it takes you on average to create a piece?
For a hat, it ranges from 4.5-5 hours, that's straight, most of the time I don't work straight though, mostly cause my brain starts to go insane and I need to get up and do something else. Probably also cause of my fitness nature, that's a long time to be sitting in one spot for a while and not exactly good for my neck and posture.
Mittens takes me longer, about 5-7 hours for a set. It really tries my patience but that's good! I like that it does! :)
Some custom orders can take me longer as well because I have to modify the pattern a bit.
|Gummy Bear Delight Headband|
- Do you run your store full time or share it with an outside job/family/etc?
I have a full time job first and foremost, so etsy is my part time job, soon it will be after my family which is growing! Eventually I'd like etsy to become my full time job after being a full time mum. :)
|Sweet Violet Hat|
- What is your favourite piece to date? Is it something you made for yourself or plan to sell/sold? (pictures?)
Ooohhh, favourite item, that's a really tough one to ask, I have a lot of favourites to be honest, it's so hard for me to choose! Currently I wear the sweet voilet toque, the purple with cream brim. Yet my husband keeps telling me that the pink licorice or the lilac lullaby is better suited for me, I'm leaning towards the pink licorice hat: black with pink rim.
|Pink Licorice Hat|
I don't know about where you all live, but I know where I live a hat like this would be sooo nice! It would definitely keep my ears warm. :) And I adore the colours!! I'm not sure if I could choose a favourite because they're all so nice.
Now go check out her store on Etsy!!
Now go check out her store on Etsy!!