It's no secret that I love knitting and crocheting but as I have no need for endless blankets, scarfs or cushion covers, I send most of it to charity. I love doing this; making something that I hope somebody will find useful. Donating money always makes me wonder if it's going to the people who need it, and I tend to think probably not. Don't get me wrong, I donate cash to certain causes but really I'm happier donating things, whether it's bits and bobs to charity shops, food to the food bank or my knitting and crocheting.
Anyway, I digress. Just after Christmas I started toying with the idea of making up some knitting boxes to sell. It was just an extension of a hobby made easier to do because we have a mill not too far from us where you can rent stands and sell things for a small commission.
I wasn't sure though and put it on the back burner but I kept thinking, I should just give it a go. After running it by 2 lovely blogging friends, one who knits and one who doesn't to see what they thought, I decided to take the plunge.
It was fun ordering boxes, deciding what to put in them, choosing patterns and wool colours and taking photos. Harder than I thought it would be, mainly because I'm pretty indecisive, but all the same fun.
It took a few weeks to get them together and in the middle of April they went on sale at the mill.
So far they are selling slowly but surely and are paying the rent which is always a bonus. The only downside is it would seem 2 have been stolen. The mill is visited by coachloads of older people and I can't help but smile thinking that maybe a gangsta granny has snaffled two into her shopping bag. Of course, it could be anyone, but I want it to be a naughty granny! It's easy to do actually, security is minimal and I needed to bring a box home with me last week so I just put it in my bag ready to show my card in case I was stopped, but I wasn't.
Anyway, I'm cheating today and posting 7 photos, one of each box and the stand.
Btw, Rachel at Eternally 28 is the knitter and has made the baby boy jacket and written a lovely post about it - thank you :) And Sadie at The Sadie Diaires worked in retail and is unbelievably talented at making the most basic things look wonderful in her photos, so her opinion on the boxes was really appreciated.
I'm feeling all light headed now. I've posted a photo of myself and my boxes within a week. I'm frightened I'm morphing into a selfie loving, self-promoting blogger!
Back to basics tomorrow.