Tell us about yourself.
My name is Chris Greenwood. I am retired and have been knitting for over 50 years. For several years I challenged myself seeing how many children’s stocking hats I could knit in 10 months before they were donated. I still donate hats, but as I discovered new and interesting yarns, I wanted to use my knitting experience for new items. I have always loved color and the positive effects it has on me. Creating with yarn allows me to create what I envision.
When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?
I opened my Etsy shop in October, 2013. I was encouraged by my daughter and many positive comments I had from friends and family.
Tell us a bit about your products.
I try to make my winter items one of a kind and special. I love working with cables that make up my classic cable scarves. Most of the scarves are unique creations from a certain stitch. My children’s stocking hats are unique designs full of color. The baby blankets, baby socks and dishcloths are also colorful knits.
What inspires your work?
My work is inspired by different stitch patterns, colorful yarns and texture. Most items come from stitch patterns and not written patterns. I love being blue to create what I see in my mind.
What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?
This year I plan to find some new styles for adult winter hats. I also hope to have a better selection of classic cable scarves. I am enjoying working with quality yarn and making signature pieces.
What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?
I would like my business to show that each item is special and a quality item.
Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?
My workspace is my home. I do have a craft area to keep my items going at once.
What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?
What I have learned is that I need to make what I would use myself and not follow a fad. My business is a colorful expression of a classic, long lasting style. I’ve also learned not to buy too much and be overwhelmed with choices.
Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?
Most important, be happy with what you make. It’s hard to be passionate about something you don’t have your heart in.
When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?
I and my husband do travel some and are busy with our dogs. I enjoy my gardens in the summer.
What is your favorite quote?
Do what you love.
Where can people find out more about your business?
Information about my shop is on my Etsy site.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
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