Yarnpreneur Profile – Angela – Little Monkey’s Designs

JM: Tell us a bit about your business. Why did you start your business?

A: I started my crochet business when my husband went back to grad school on the weekends. It gave me something to do. At first I sold finished items. Boot cuffs were a huge seller. But they take time! Then I noticed people were selling patterns. I thought I’d design my own boot cuff pattern and put it on my shop. It sold very well, so I designed a few more, and then a few baby blanket patterns, and it went from there. Now I have over 135 designs on my Ravelry, Craftsy, and Etsy shops and on my website – http://littlemonkeysdesign.com/

JM: What is your favorite thing about being a yarnpreneur™?

A: I love the designing part – the part where I can be creative. I also enjoy the community aspect – seeing my customers create beautiful items with my patterns. I started a Facebook group so we can share our finished item photos (and books we are currently reading) – Hooks and Books.

JM: What is your least favorite thing about being a yarnpreneur™?

A: The business side, for sure! I’d love to just crochet and have the business take care of itself! I have hired my teenage daughter to do somethings for me, which has been a big help, but if I could put anything involving the computer on autopilot, I would!

JM: What would you tell (or what advice would you give) someone that wants to be a yarnpreneur™?

A: Go for it! It’s a fun field! I would also say – find a mentor – someone who’s walked the road before you to give you a few pointers.

JM: What do you wish you had done differently when you first started your business?

A: I would have set up a website (rather than relying on Etsy) and an email list from the very beginning!

JM: What’s next for you and your business?

A: I plan to keep designing, releasing my patterns in collections. I’d like to find time to create some “How to crochet” videos so I don’t keep answering the same questions from new crocheters. I also plan to have a few more high-end finished items for sale on my shops. I was recently approached by an upscale boutique in Nashville to carry my baby blankets and bonnets there as well.


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