P:I’m a self-taught Crochet Pattern Designer, who has been wielding a hook and yarn for just over 5 years. My focus is on beautifully executed modern garments for women.
JM: Why did you start your business?
P: It seemed like a fun way to earn a little extra money. I was running a daycare full time and it was a bit of an escape for me. I have always been drawn to both creativity, and a need for analysis. This “job” gives me the best of both worlds! I was fortunate enough to be able to close the daycare 2 years ago and focus on my family and my crochet business full time.
JM: What is your favorite thing about being a yarnpreneur™?
P:It gives me an outlet for my creativity! I never felt totally fulfilled in any other job I had. I have ADHD and my mind is always being pulled in so many different directions. This job allows me to focus on the areas that “I” want to focus on, instead of what is required of me. Some days I only crochet, others I do behind the scenes stuff, and sometimes I spend time looking for inspiration. It lets me be me.
P: Doing my taxes 🙁
JM: What would you tell (or what advice would you give) someone that wants to be a yarnpreneur™?
P: Have a plan. Let your family know your plan. Set solid hours. Treat it like a business. Be original. Always know your financials to make sure you are staying in the black. That might sound a little cold, but it is a business and there are bills to pay. We just get to do it in the most beautiful way I can think of!
P: This is tough. I’m not sure I would have done anything differently. I try my best to stay as authentic to myself as possible. It’s a journey and every choice I made and every stumble along the way has helped me develop into the yarnpreneur I am today. I do wish that I had the ability to focus more on the tasks that I don’t like. I struggle with WIPS and deadlines etc. But that isn’t from being new to the business, that’s part of who I am and something I am learning to cope with.
JM: What’s next for you and your business?
P:I am working on finishing up the planned designs I have for the summer! We are also selling our home, so Sincerely, Pam HQ will be relocating soon! I’m trying not to plan too much so I can stay flexible during the move.