Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Owls say "hoot"

Ok, so I have a dilemma. Maybe you all can help me. As most of you know, I design and sell crochet patterns. Usually they're just fun little patterns of play food that, honestly, don't take a lot of effort to design. Well, I recently made a pattern for gloves that I can't decide if I want to offer for free or for sale. First, let me give you a little background.

In the "crafting community" online, there is an owl craze. They are all the rage. No matter what craft you're looking at, you'll find owls. Specifically in knitting patterns. There is a specific cable technique that, when finished, looks like an there are about a million patterns that incorporate it. Something like this:
Cute, huh? I really like all the owl stuff, but I really don't like knitting. I'll do it, but it's not my preference. So, I decided to see if there was anything comparable in crochet. Nothing. Zilch. So, I set out to see if I could recreate the cute little owl in crochet form. Not an easy task. I did however, finally manage to figure out how to do it. So I made cute little fingerless gloves.
Really, they're even cuter in person. I really need to learn to take proper pictures. Anyway, now I just need to decide to sell the pattern or make it free. I put quite a bit of time into making these (I made a pattern for both fingerless gloves and mittens) so that makes me think I should sell them. On the other hand, I know that these could be quite popular (because of the whole owl thing and since it'd be the only crocheted version) and I'll get some great exposure and traffic if I offer them for free...especially with Christmas coming up. The other option is to just offer them for free for a certain period of time and then make them for sale. So, what do I do? My future is in your hands...or something.


Taylor said...

I say you should make some cash! Cha-ching!

Melissa said...

first of all, make me a pair of mittens. and then - offer them up for free for a short amount of time and then charge. that's my "two-cents"! did you see that post about the gloves with no thumbs - for using electronic devices? like cell phones and ipods. I thought it was a great idea!

Jessy said...

I didn't see it, but there's a really popular pattern called "cigar gloves" that have the top of the thumb and first finger missing. It's supposed to be so that you can smoke outdoors without getting your fingers cold, but lots of people make them for gamers and using electronic devices. I'm thinking about making them for Daniel for Christmas. Shh don't tell =)

Lani said...

I say offer them free for a limited time only- then make some dough! :)
And BTW, you're stuff is so amazingly cute!

Kathy Spencer said...

Robyn says..duh, of course you should sell them. I tend to agree. They are super cute!

gdub said...

You want traffic by giving them away, yet you would like some cash too, so...sell one and include the other as a bonus offer. 2 for 1! Of course you want to inflate the price to make up for the give-away :)