Next up in my Etsy Love series is Julie from Maxies Knitwear who sells handknitted accessories, scarves, gloves and beanies. Julie clearly has a lot of skill when it comes to wielding a pair of knitting needles and I particularly love her beanie hats which look really cozy and come in a range of great colours.
1. Tell us a bit about yourself and where the inspiration came from to start your Etsy shop.
Hi my name is Julie and I live in beautiful New Zealand with my husband and gorgeous cat named Max.
My mum taught me how to knit when I was really little and she’s a fantastic knitter. I was truly inspired while growing up; watching her create the most gorgeous jumpers and accessories for our family. She also passed on to me her passion for knitting! My friends were the ones that encouraged me to open a shop … I’m so glad they did.
2. Do you have a favourite piece? Tell us about the thought process involved in creating it and why it is your favourite.
It’s difficult to choose a favourite, but I really do like these fingerless mittens. They are incredibly easy to knit, and the best part is once knitted, they are comfortable to wear and look fabulous … I know because I own a pair!
3. What is the biggest milestone you have achieved so far whilst selling on Etsy?
The biggest milestone was reaching my first sale! At the time I was starting to doubt I’d made the right decision in selling online, but that one sale did wonders for my confidence… and in that same week I received a custom order from someone else who saw my Etsy shop. Sales have progressed (although slowly) since then.
4. What are your future plans for your shop and crafting in general?
Future plans for my shop … my goal is to reach 100 listings before the middle of this year, and into the future I’d like to start listing baby and children’s accessories. For crafting in general, I’d have so many designs that I haven’t even started knitting yet – like most of us I could do with extra hours in the day! One day I’d also like to learn how to crochet, but that may be a long way off yet as there is so much knitting to do ….
5. And finally let us know where we can find you.
Etsy Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/maxiesknitwear
Google Plus: http://plus.google.com/u/0/b/110704225387323282927/
Thanks for sharing with us Julie. I know EXACTLY where you are coming from – there just isn’t enough time in the day to get all of our ideas and new designs created (I know I could use an extra couple of days each week to catch up!) I wish you all the best with your shop and hope there are many more sales to come.