Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Yarn and Adopting

I haven't really addressed the money side of adopting, but part of our money is coming from my teaching pay.  That money is limited by the number of classes I want to teach, which is only one at this point.  I'd probably have to teach during the day to do a second class, and between the time away from the kids and the money out of my pay for a babysitter, we decided it wasn't worth it at this point.  So I cast around for another money making opportunity.  My brother assures me there's money to be made in blogging (he actually suggested v-blogging...hah!) if I can just find the right topic.  But I don't really like blogging enough to try and make money off of it.

There is one thing I love to do, and that is knit.  It's one of the few things I can do while the kids are playing that won't be interrupted by their requests for attention.  It's easy to look up from knitting for 30 seconds to see that amazing dance move, less so when you're deep in a good book.  So I'm going to try selling the things I knit.  Etsy is the easiest option, although we have a pretty good craft show circuit around the holidays.  If all I had to do was knit the things, I'd be really set, but apparently there's more to setting up an Etsy shop.  Well, there is if you want to sell anything? It seems like most of the 'How to Start an Etsy Shop' articles are focused on people who want to eventually quit their jobs and craft full-time.  I'd love to make enough for a plane ticket, and maybe whittle down my yarn stash a bit.  I'm not sure the choice of a name is as important as they make it out to be, but I still need one. 

I know my readership is an intelligent bunch, so I'm hoping you'll help me out here.  It could be something related to knitting, adoption, or just a nice catchy name.  The hardest part is going to be finding something that isn't already in use.  Here are a two that fall under nice catchy name:  TwistyTwirly and CurlyWhirly.  They are from one of our favorite books.  KnattyKnits already has a facebook page, although no shop on Etsy.  KniftyKnits is taken.  LifeOnHisPath is an easy, obvious one, although I don't know if I want to associate this blog with my etsy shop, since I'd be mailing things from my home.  There are already 33 shops with the word 'Adopt' in the title, and over 1000 with 'knit.'  JoyfulKnits and KnitForJoy are taken...well, you get the picture.  Any ideas?


  1. talk to Kristy about this, she set up an Etsy shop and had some really cool knit scarves and such but no luck... it costs to set up (not much) but was kind of a let down for her. And now she has some nice scarves ;-)

  2. I have quite low expectations, and thankfully we are not counting on this to finance our adoption. If God sees fit to send us some money this way, I'll be pretty excited. If not, I'll be set for baby showers for a while. :)