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Most people who participate in any type of arts and crafts do so because they have a true love for the craft. Such is certainly the case with most people who knit. However, one of the best ways to get people (especially children or grandchildren) into the habit of knitting is to show them how they can start making money from knitting. While this can be true of other people who have expressed an interest in knitting, it does seem to work especially well within the family unit to create a true family pastime where the family can share quality family time together.
If you do have children, many of the small knitting machines are ideally suited to making wonderful little trinkets in school colors or just colors that look “neat” or “cool” to the other school children and these can be sold before or after school. Not only is this a great way to get your children or grandchildren into the world of knitting but it is also a great way for them to earn a little added income. Supply the tools for them to start and you may be surprised how quickly they become avid knitters and want to expand their knowledge about knitting.
If you are part of a knitting circle, you may enjoy this past time with a number of friends. If this is the case, you have a truly marvelous opportunity to use your knitting skills to make money. When one person is knitting for money, it can take quite a while to get even a single item finished. To complete enough knitting projects to fill even a small store shelf may take longer than some people are willing to wait. With a knitting circle, you can combine your efforts, trade secrets about knitting and even combine your finished goods to have enough knitted products to fill up a large shelf or even a small booth at the fair or other shows.
When you have a group of knitting friends, you can actually combine not only your work but the sales as well. Not everybody is going to be available to go to every show even if they want to. However, being involved with other avid knitters means that you can share the workload when it comes to selling your knitted products in addition to sharing the knitting experience itself. If each of the knitters working individually or in smaller groups work all of the different craft shows, no individual is forced to attend every single show in hopes of simply making their money back from their knitted products.
Even more beneficial for the knitting groups is the ability to combine fees, share knitting products and get everybody’s knitted products out in front of substantially more people than they would ever be able to accomplish alone. Imagine being able to have at least a sampling of your knitted items at any show that your knitting friends attended and even more, being able to get your contact information out to those people that already had an interest in knitting.
Selling your knitted products can and should be nearly as fun as knitting is in the first place and a lot more profitable. Like your knitting work, your sales efforts should be creative if you want to be truly successful to supplement your income or even as a full time “job”.