Q. Shelle, welcome to knit1fortheroad. Which came first for you, crochet or knitting?
A. Crochet. Most of my designs are crochet, but I love to knit, too!
Q. Do you find that knowing how to knit and crochet enriches your patterns and which yarns inspire you the most?
A. Knowing how to knit and crochet enriches my whole life! Period. ;) I love textured yarns with rich, earthy colors.
Q. What made you decide to take the Etsy leap?
A. My friend, Jodi, told me about Etsy a few years ago, and it appealed to me as being user-friendly and a very effective way to promote my designs.
Q. Do you have any hopes, dreams, or goals for your knitting and crochet that you would like to share with us?
A. I would love to have another book published! I’d also love to see one of my designs in “Interweave Crochet” magazine. My goal is to submit a couple of my more unusual designs - something nobody has ever seen before - and have them accepted for publication!
Q. Shelle, I can’t help but notice your colorful creations and excellent feedback. Do you have any tips for new Etsy shop owners?
A. The main thing is be patient, give good customer service, and keep things re-listed as soon as something sells! Also, it doesn’t hurt to network - Facebook is great. You can post pictures and links to your shop.
Joining crochet/knit forums online is a wonderful way to get your name out there, too, not to mention making lots of friends along the way!
The crochet/knit community is a wonderful group of people who will support and encourage you all the way!
That is excellent advice, Shelle. Thanks so much for your enthusiasm and taking time away from your creative life to share some valuable insight with us. Here's to continued success to you and your knit and crochet adventures.
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