Tag: patreon

Where have the Survival Gear boxes gone?

May was the planned time for opening up orders for the next round of Survival Gear boxes. I’ve been totally stressed about it.

I didn’t get enough orders last time to cover the cost. I couldn’t send yarn I had on hand because I’d listed a specific yarn to be included in the boxes. Lessons learned people.

I’m really wondering if it is work doing them again. Plus I’ve been thinking of running a Kickstarter to get some yummy US yarns into the shop. Doing both things is a lot of work for me and my little kitchen. It’s got me thinking about where I really want to focus my efforts.

I’ve been tossing things out there to see what sticks. This really hasn’t been working out well.

Kickstarters work, but they are stressful and I don’t want to be running them all the time just to get yarn sold. I really like Patreon though. It’s much more flexable and regular.

I updated the reward levels on my Patreon so you can get yarn. I’m working out a schedule for yarn. The awesome thing about Patreon is that you can pause your pledge whenever you don’t want to get yarn/pattern instead of canceling if you just need a break or you can easily adjust your pledge level.

As more people join the Yarn Coven on Patreon, I’ll be able to offer patrons more things.

Yarn shipping shedules can go something like these:

Billed January/Ships February
Billed March/Ships April
Billed May/Ships June
Billed July/Ships August
Billed September/ Ships October
Billed November/ Ships December

That means you’d get yarn 6 times a year.

Is that too much? I can adjust it.

Something like this:

Billed January/Dyed February/Ships March

Billed April/Dyed May/Ships June

Billed July/Dyed August/Ships September

Billed October/Dyed November/ Ships December

Or something like this:

Billed January/Dyed February/Ship April

Billed May/Dyed June/Ship July

Billed September/Dyed October/ Ship November

What do you think? Are you in?

Are you a Knit Witch or Sacred Hooker?

If you are, you might be interested in my Yarn Coven.

What is a Yarn Coven? It’s a circle of knitters and crocheters intent on working magick with their needles and hooks. It’s a place for members to feed their yarn cravings.

What does that even mean? Basically it’s a group of crafty people who want to get special deals on my hand dyed yarn, patterns and other awesome things, while getting the knitting/crocheting support they need, and use our crafting skills to help others.

What started all this?

The Kickstarters. I’ve really enjoyed doing them and have learned a lot. Like how I can only do so much before I start having health issues. I don’t want to stop dyeing yarn and creating with it. I do need to focus on creating a business that fits my needs and limits while serving my customers.

Kickstarters are awesome for cash injections, but I can’t just keep running endless Kickstarters.

This is where the Yarn Coven comes in. It is where we can come together year round, monthly, weekly, daily, whatever fits your needs, to create and learn.

What do you get?

Peek behind the scenes
First dibs on Patterns and yarns
Exclusive yarn discounts
Monthly Q&A/ Pattern support
Chances to vote on new colors & color names
How-Tos & Tutorials
KALS/CALS

What do I get?

A chance to connect with you
A more reliable income
Opportunities to do more awesome yarn things

What does it cost?

Support levels start at a dollar per pattern. I hope to be able to post one per month.

The Yarn Coven is being hosted on Patreon. To learn more and join CLICK HERE

Biz planning in the spaces between Moster Mayhem madness

Putting my new journal to work. #BuJo #bulletjournal. #indiedyer

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I’m nearing the end of the Monster Mayhem Kickstarter madness. I love that I’ve had 2 successful Kickstarters. I mean, that is pretty bad ass.

There is just one tiny little problem. It’s not translating into more sales or more fans or more anything. We only get together once a year like two people in some long distance secret love affair.

That relationship isn’t working out for me. I want to see more of you. I’ve been thinking of ways to make that happen.

Kickstarter is wonderful. It helps me do cool yarn things. It helps people feel good about helping me do cool yarn things. When you buy from my shop, you are still helping me do those cool yarn things and Kickstarter doesn’t get to take a slice of my pie.

Kickstarter also helps people find me. Which is super important. Seriously, this site lives in the deepest darkest dungeon of Google search.

What I need is something more like an ongoing Kickstarter. Backing me through Kickstarter is basically placing pre-orders for yarn. I can understand some people being leery of doing that if they don’t have experience with a business. Kickstarter has some accountability stuff in place.

I also have some other things I want to do. I want to get more patterns written, be able to pay a Tech Editor, get better product pics and a nicer easier site to shop from.

All these things take money.

I’m also not interested in growing a large dyeing business. There is only so much yarn I can dye. I need other streams of income to help fill in the gaps.

I’d like to do yarn clubs. These would have limited spaces available. I’ve been trying to sort out the details, so I can be sure that I’m offering something awesome and that won’t kick my ass.

One of the solutions is Patreon. Patreon is a site where artists/makers/creator can share their work with people interested in supporting them.  Unlike Kickstarter, Patreon is ongoing for as long as the creator needs support.

If I did this, you’d get:

Peek behind the scenes

First dibs on Patterns

Exclusive yarn discounts

Monthly Q&A/ Pattern support

Chances to vote on new colors & color names

How-Tos & Tutorials

If I did this, I’d get:

A chance to connect with you

A more reliable income

Opportunities to do more awesome yarn things

 

Does that sound cool?

I could spend forever planning and trying to make it perfect and try to cover ever possible thing, but then I’d never get started. This biz was launched with a Why the fuck not? attitude.  It’s an attitude I’m thinking of sticking with.  I’ll be setting up a Patreon page and I hope to see you there.