For the last three weeks I have been busily preparing for a small craft fair at my son’s elementary school. Everything is coming together well, I now have signage, a tablecloth, a small Christmas tree and a LOT of knitted toys.
I very rarely do craft fairs. My business is really more about the knitting patterns and helping knitters to create something cute and cuddly for someone they love. Digital knitting patterns do not make a great craft fair display. Of course, this means that many of the other parents at school and even some of my real life friends have no idea that I live a secret knitter life. I thought about this today when I sent out a “Come to the Craft Fair” email to people I know from my community. It felt strange, but good.
I also decided to accept custom orders at the Craft Fair. That means that I will knit anything from one of my patterns, in a custom color, if requested. I now have 27 knitting patterns and I simply didn’t have the time to knit three of everything in time for the fair. That email I sent out to friends and other parents has already generated two custom orders from people who can’t make it to the craft fair.
It’s good to be a crafter in the community. Let’s hope this little craft fair is a success, then we can do it all again next year.