June 7, 2017 by Robin, Avon Rep and Owner at Imperial Crochet
Today, I’m excited to introduce you to Yolanda from Yochet Crochet.
In her Spin me a Yarn interview, Yolanda tells us about the things to come in her future with crochet. It’s an interesting read full of great ideas for anyone interested in taking the next step towards monetizing a crochet hobby.
Q. Tell us all about the things to come in your crochet life.
A. I am at a point in my life that I would like to make crochet a source of income. A primary source of income would be even better. I know, at least for me, that I can’t make enough things to make enough money to replace my current job but I still want to try Etsy, as well as selling on my own site. I’m looking into setting up a booth at some Farmers Markets nearby. I’m not sure if the fee would be too high to make it viable but I plan to ﬁnd out. I’d like to sell dolls, toys, and possibly costumes like for the Renaissance Faire. I want to sell things I love to make, and those are the things I love to make.
I have ideas on what else I can do to make money from my love of crochet. I’ve been toying with the idea of teaching for proﬁt. One of my goals this summer is to take the certiﬁcate correspondence course from the Craft Yarn Council. It’s speciﬁcally for teaching crochet so it can’t hurt to have it. I hope it will give me more credibility (and conﬁdence) in my pursuit of teaching for proﬁt. I’ll be looking into possibly teaching through our city. They have activities they offer throughout the year. I might try Michael’s or Joann’s. Not sure if Hobby Lobby has any classes but I will look into that too.
Selling crochet books is another avenue I want to pursue. I have one written that I’m still trying to get off the ground, and two in rough stages I hope to polish this summer.
I know writing patterns is another viable option but I’m less excited about that. I can and have written patterns but I prefer to teach a way of thinking versus selling patterns. That’s the direction my books take, like you have a friend showing you the process so you can make up your own designs. I still included patterns but they aren’t the main focus. We’ll see how that goes. I may change my mind real quick. 🙂
This is not necessarily an income generating idea but I’m considering getting into podcasting so I’m thinking up topics that I think others would ﬁnd interesting as well as what format it might take. This more of a fun thing to think about than an actual call to action.
I have a few videos on YouTube and I would like to make more. I want to improve the quality of the videos as well as ﬁnd projects that aren’t saturated already. I deﬁnitely want them to be kid friendly so my students can follow along. Not sure yet how to make that generate income but I’m researching that as well. Ad sense doesn’t amount to much so I’m not looking at that. Honestly, I don’t want ads on my videos so it would have to be some other way to generate income. But for now, I just want it to be fun and informative.
That’s a lot of plans and hopefully I can make some of them come true!
Thank you so much for sharing with us today Yolanda! I think everyone would agree that you’ve got some awesome ideas for earning an income doing something you love (and are so good at) and I, for one, can’t wait to see you implement them!