Now that I’ve knitted a few dishcloths and fishcloths, I thought it was time to do a craft fair. I don’t often do them because I mostly sell my printed patterns, so my audience is limited to knitters. So I was interested to see which would sell best, the finished items or the instructions on how to make them.
Gathering my stock together, I realised I had quite a few new designs to add to the cupcakes and Chrismas decorations. Firstly there was the Fishcloth, which is selling quite well on Ravelry.
Then the Rayfishcloth
The ideal cloth should be reversible, so after much research into reversible patterns, I have these three:
I just love having no wrong side – it’s a kind of knitting magic.
Then there are the two cats. I’m not completely happy with either of them. I feel I could go further into detail without writing a very fiddly pattern. So they are a starting point for a work in progress. But a friend of mine went wild for them and asked for the pattern, so I thought, there’s nothing to lose in writing up the patterns as they are and seeing if they sell. I called them ‘Shelf Cat’ because they have a flat circular bottom which makes them ideal for sitting on your shelf or bedside.
Then there were the 3 gorgeous little keepsake bags, based on my cupcake pattern, i.e., they have circular bottoms. And some beautiful stitch detail, beading, and double drawstrings.
The fair was a lot of fun. The homemade cakes were wonderful, the tea first class, and they looked after the stallholders so well. The tea ladies came round often to take tea and cake orders so that you didn’t have to leave your stall, and the tea was served strong in big mugs – just the way I like it and perfect for going round the cake menu. Lots of people stopped to admire my things and to chat about how their mother or grandmother used to knit. It was quite funny telling people that most of my things were not for sale, they were just samples to sell the patterns. Even so, I sold quite a lot of patterns. My deal of the day on buying three really helped.
As for the finished items, I priced my fishcloths, rayfishcloths, and reversible cloths at £5 each, showing the ball band from the organic cotton yarn. Not surprisingly I didn’t sell a single one. But I expected that, and I don’t mind because I don’t really have time to make up my designs to sell. I am more interested in working on new designs, in the limited time I have.
One very friendly chap spotted my Birthday Cake with Lit Candles and just loved it. He was off to a birthday celebration that evening and really wanted to give it as a gift. ‘I’m very sorry, but it’s not for sale’, I said, quite amused by having lots of things on my table which were not for sale at a craft fair. ‘But I can sell you the pattern, if you’d like to knit it yourself’. This made him laugh, and he asked me why I wasn’t selling it. ‘Because then I’d have to knit it again, ‘ I replied. This made him laugh even more. I relented a little, seeing his enthusiasm, and asked him to make me an offer for it. ‘I’ve no idea what these things cost’, he said. ‘Why don’t you tell me what you want for it?’ ‘OK,’ I said. ‘Fifty quid’. ‘Fifty quid!’ he said, still laughing. ‘I’m not buying it for that’. And I replied ‘I’m not selling it either’. It was a hilarious exchange.
And the bestseller of the day? The Shelf Cat!
Till next time,