Everyone loves the Natty Knits alpaca baby balls. They’re the only thing I’ve ever listed on Etsy that’s made it to the front page. And they get rave feedback:
I love this! Soft and perfect. Well made
Adorable! Noah snuggles with it. I dont think he quite gets the point of a ball yet but he loves the texture! Thanks!
This is just perfect as a baby gift. Great size and so soft! Plus, his toddler brother will be able to play with him with it safely – no risk of injury with this lovely ball! Beautifully made as well.
As you know I’ve decided to take a step back from Etsy though, so imagine my surprise when a lovely customer wanted to order one of the baby balls in a custom colour combination. Her colour choices are in the photo. I’m sure you’ll agree that she’s got a very good eye.
This yarn costs $10 per skein, it’s good quality alpaca, well spun and nicely dyed. I can make a lot of balls with 2 skeins, it depends on the skein and the weather etc, but it works out at around 9 baby balls for $20 worth of yarn. Excellent, the business thinking is still sound. Buy $20 of yarn, make $90 of product.
Except… I’ve already said that I’m not doing any more knitting for the Etsy shop. So really this is $20 of yarn for $10 of product.
(bangs head on desk)
Etsy? I can quit any time I like. Really, I can.