Another fabulous night was had last evening at Meggie’s in Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire. 8 fantastic ladies joined me for a night of crafty chunky knitting resulting in eight beautiful blankets. This was a first for me, teaching an arm knit class and I must say, I absolutely loved it! The smiles and enthusiasm was infectious. I must say I’ve had a cracking few weeks with The Chunky Needle. I don’t want to jinx my new found confidence, but I’m super excited.
The Chunky Needle has been building over the last year. I was knitting in the late 80s and then again in the mid 2000s but rediscovering my knit vibe took place August 2017 when I saw these amazing colossal chunky knits on Facebook. An Australian friend of mine shared a chunky knitting video and I was immediately transfixed. I’ve lived, breathed chunky knitting ever since. Finding myself where I’m at today is incredible. I now have eight knitting workshops in the books between now and November and have two amazing markets that I’ll be attending closer to Christmas. Coming off a successful mega-sale and a few media enquiries, I’m buzzing. It’s not been easy, however. Issues have arisen between myself and other Makers of similar craft. I’m not going to devote any energy into these issues however, as I feel they don’t serve me nor the work very well. I’ve always said I’m not looking for a global take over in the world of knit. I’m just happy carving out a little sliver of success in my immediate geographic area. Anything beyond that is icing on the cake. With that said, I’ve had my first “insta-spot” in real life over the last few weeks, where someone who followed my Insta-Stories, spotted me shopping In Reading, Berkshire. That was pretty cool.
On the back of last night’s success I’ve developed a Chunky Events page where you can have a quick view of where I’m at and when. Truth be told, it’s really designed to help keep me focused and on track. Check it out here.
Aside from hustling to get workshop tickets sold, I’m still working hard on new Christmas stock. Christmas hats, cushions, blankets, etc. are busily being made for the Christmas markets I’m attending. It’s alot of work for one person, but that’s what sets me apart from others - I make everything by myself. No helpers. No staff. No one. Just me.
So time ticks on. I’m super excited that I sold 10 tickets to the workshop in my home village today. I woke up with only 3 out of 10 sold and I ended up selling 13! I was afraid we’d have to cancel this event but for some reason today all the stars aligned and the order poured in. I can’t wait to do this one on 27th September.
So I’m off to bed. It’s been a long day. Thank you everyone for your kind words, support and encouragement. I love what I’m doing with my life right now and can’t thank you enough. Night night all and have a lovely weekend.