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Episode 35: Social Media Spring Cleaning

In today’s episode, I share some feedback about last week’s episode on sourcing yarn inexpensively to your yarn-related business. I also talk about doing some “spring cleaning” on social media accounts. You can find the show notes for this episode at http://creativeyarnentrepreneur.com/35

More Tips for Sourcing Yarn (and Fleece/Roving) Inexpensively
Two listeners shared some great feedback on last week’s episode.

Lindsay Lewchuk (@KnitEcoChic), the owner of Knit Eco Chic, was a guest in Episode 26: Eco Conscious Knitting & Niche Marketing with Lindsay Lewchuk from Knit Eco Chic and Episode 12, where I interviewed the organizers of the Indie Design Gift-a-Long. Lindsay shared some great advice for designers using yarn support from a yarn company:

“…I also suggest keeping the yarn company who provides you with yarn support in the loop with the progress of the design. This is especially true if you run into any hick-ups during the process, but also for designs that are running smoothly & on-time. I included the latter as it gives the yarn co a chance to give a heads-up to their social media coordinator & yarn audience on your upcoming release featuring their yarn!”

This is definitely a great way to stay on the yarn company’s radar and may lead to some excitement about your pattern.

Carol Densmore (@CrossWindFarm) from Cross Wind Farm stepped in to fill my knowledge gap about how/if spinners are able to source materials inexpensively. Carol says:

“…I am a spinner and raise a flock of sheep… there are places where you can find discounted fleeces or roving (clean, ready-to-spin wool). Many fiber festivals have wool (or fleece) competitions. After the judging is finished most of the fleeces go on sale. This is where many fiber artists get their wool if they don’t raise the sheep (or other fiber animals) themselves. From there they take it to a mill and have it processed into yarn or other items. Also at fiber festivals many vendors sell fleeces and roving. Various vendors will have ‘bargin bins’ or ‘show sales’ and one can get things at a discounted price.

Spinning guilds occasionally have sales as well. The only way that I know of to produce yarn from raw fleece (other than hand spinning of course) is to obtain fleeces from fiber festivals, farms, or vendors and take it to a mill and have it processed into yarn. I do that for the yarn that I sell and use. Overall it ends up being less expensive compared to a retail price but the initial financial outlay could be hefty because you have to pay the mill, but that yarn could last a knitter/crocheter/weaver a long time. Some mills have a minimum amount of raw wool they will process, other mills don’t so a person could have one fleece processed into yarn and then go from there.”

Thanks for sharing that information, Carol! I’m sure it will be helpful to other listeners!

Updates
I will be presenting at the BlogHer ’15 Conference in New York City along with my friend and fellow solopreneur, Carlota Zimmerman from the Creativity Yenta (who was a guest on Episode 16 and Episode 22). We will be part of a workshop on Friday, July 17, 2015 called Social Media Bootcamp: Lightning Lessons in the Latest: LinkedIn, Google+ Hangouts On Air, and Twitter. If your blog is a major part of your business income (or, you’d like it to be), I hope to see you there! If you haven’t already registered, you can take advantage of our friends and family discount for 30% off the Blogger Rate by registering through the link at http://creativeyarnentrepreneur.com/35

In last week’s episode, I talked about Smiley’s Yarns, a New York City shop that sells discontinued yarns. Right after the episode, I learned that Smiley’s will be closing its brick-and-mortar store on May 23, 2015. Their online store will remain open and they will continue to hold their Manhattan yarn sales.

Social Media Spring Cleaning
I’ve recently been struggling with Twitter’s follower limits and have decided to do some social media spring cleaning as a result. I started by pruning my @UCrafter following list and removing some people that I follow. I’ve also been adding more people to Twitter lists, like this one of crochet designers. I talk about my approach to my social media spring cleaning on Twitter and Pinterest in more detail in this episode.

Are you spring cleaning your social media accounts? What’s your approach to keeping your social accounts fresh? Leave a comment at http://creativeyarnentrepreneur.com/35, Tweet me at @cyeshow, add me to your G+ circle and send me a note, or leave a message at 646-713-8973.

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Episode 32: Journey to 100k Monthly Blog Visitors and More with Sedie Maruska

In this episode, I shared an interview with Sedruola “Sedie” Maruska from Yarn Obsession. Sedie is a crochet designer, blogger, and crochet business consultant. I wanted to talk with her about her public journey to 100,000 monthly unique visitors to her blog. We also chatted about pricing, empowering women business owners, prioritizing different elements of your business, and more. You can find more details in the show notes at http://creativeyarnentrepreneur.com/32.

About Sedruola “Sedie” Maruska
Sedie started Yarn Obsession as a hobby and eventually started selling her finished crochet items as a maker. Later, she started designing but noticed she was getting a lot of questions from other makers and crochet business owners, so she started offering crochet business advice and coaching services. Sedie continues designing to keep current in the industry so her consulting services are always up-to-date. Because pattern design isn’t her core business, she uses an unusual pricing tactic. Yarn Obsession is Sedie’s full-time business, but she does have a part-time job.

You can find Sedie online at Yarn Obsession, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

About the Interview
I invited Sedie on the show to talk her plan to increase traffic to 100,000 visitors per month to her website. (You can find links to the posts about her goals at http://creativeyarnentrepreneur.com/32.) Sedie was inspired by blogger Neil Patel’s post, Why Transparency Is The New Marketing, to share this journey publicly. It also helps her to stay accountable for moving towards her goal.

We also talked about empowering women to find their voice and confidence so they can be successful in their businesses, dealing with negativity online, distributing your time between different income streams in your business, and pricing. Sedie also shared some tips for getting started with video for your yarn-related business.

Updates
I will be presenting at the BlogHer ’15 Conference in New York City along with my friend and fellow solopreneur, Carlota Zimmerman from the Creativity Yenta (who was a guest on Episode 16 and Episode 22). We will be part of a workshop on Friday, July 17, 2015 called Social Media Bootcamp: Lightning Lessons in the Latest: LinkedIn, Google+ Hangouts On Air, and Twitter. If your blog is a major part of your business income (or, you’d like it to be), I hope to see you there! If you haven’t already registered, you can take advantage of our friends and family discount for 30% off the Blogger Rate by registering through this link.

If you are listening as this episode is released on Monday, April 13, 2015, I’d love it if you could join my live Google+ Hangout with Carlota as No Frills Small Business later today. You can check out the teaser and RSVP to get a reminder before the show starts at http://nofrillssmallbusiness.com/3. I will be in Las Vegas for New Media Expo from April 13-16, 2015, and we’ll be talking about getting the most value out of your next business conference or networking event.

What is the most important action you are taking this week to move your business ahead? Leave a comment at http://creativeyarnentrepreneur.com/32, Tweet me at @cyeshow, add me to your G+ circle and send me a note, or leave a message at 646-713-8973.

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Episode 26: Eco Conscious Knitting & Niche Marketing with Lindsay Lewchuk from Knit Eco Chic

Sharing is caring! emailFacebookLinkedinPinterestTwitter You can subscribe to the Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show on iTunes or Stitcher! And, of course, you can listen to today’s episode from within the post. This Week’s Episode This week I share an interview with Lindsay Lewchuk, the owner of Knit Eco Chic. Lindsay was previously a guest in Episode 12, where I interviewed the organizers of …