Yarn Birdy blog has been devoted to lots of talk about sea creatures recently. Whales, starfish, and I introduced a walrus on instagram over the weekend. Today, I wanted to take a step back and talk about my vision for these guys; why I’m working harder than I ever have to design these toys and then edit and edit and edit the designs until I’m satisfied. I don’t know if it’s good business practice to talk about my business ideas before they’re fully realized, but I do know that all I can do is be true to myself, and I want/need to share these ideas that have been keeping me up at night with excitement. 

By September 13 (my 30th birthday) I want to have designed four cute and cuddly knitted toy sea creatures. The toys will all look natural-ish (no pants on the turtle or eyes on the starfish) but won’t be anatomical models. I will sell the knitting patterns -appealing and clear to follow instructions that are fun for adventureous-beginners, and more experienced knitters. I will also sell kits that include pattern, yarn and stuffing. Finally, I will sell the finished toys. The four animals will be wonderful individually and also could look great together.

Once I’ve launched my first set of four toys, I will head back to the drawing board and design a second set. I’m not quite sure what the theme will be -southwest desert animals, forest animals, birds, fantasy creatures are all ideas I’ve been chewing on.

My progress so far: I’ve written a pattern for Lasse the Whale, had it tested, and am in the final stages of formatting the pdf so that it looks beautiful, unified and professional. I’ve written a pattern for Marla the Starfish that may still need a bit of editing before I submit it to be tested. I’ve started designing Piet the Walrus  -I have a bunch of sketches and one knit tusk. I already have a turtle, since I’ve been making and selling finished turtles for years, but the design is a bit of a mess, and I’m not quite sure whether I want to scrap it and start over, maybe even move away from the turtle and try an entirely different animal, or try to edit what I already have. I have literally NO idea how to create an attractive kit, so I’m going to be doing a bit of research into that topic in the coming weeks. I’m pretty sure I will have to buy a yarn winder to make sure the skeins that come in the kit are beautiful.

As for the blog, I will continue to share my designing adventures, as well as talk about knitting life in general (complete with pictures of my baby, chewing contentedly on the toys I knit him). I also want to share more free toy patterns (like that baby dog rattle pictured above). I design a lot of simple little things and writing their patterns to give away for free is excellent practice for me as I continue to improve my designing and writing skills. Plus, I love how the community of knitters is full of free ideas and inspiration, and I enjoy being a part of that. Speaking of the community of knitters, I hope you’ll join in the conversation. Goodness knows I’m not good at small talk, but I so appreciate getting to know interesting and unique things about other knitters and creators -we’re a fun group!