This is a question I have been asked on a few occasions recently. Not only do my children think that I sit and watch TV all day, but it seems that a lot of people I come into contact with wonder just what it is that I do with my day.
Alright, so I will admit that when I am at the knitting stage of a project I do have a pretty easy time of it. Yes, I can sit on the sofa with the fire going, get cups of tea as and when I want them and binge watch a series or some movies. Not a bad way to work?
But that isn’t the whole story. I do spend many hours in front of a computer too. Such as now. Blogging once a week is a business target for 2015. But what should I write about every week? Sometimes I have an idea which just flows. Other days I may need to do some research or take some photos to go in the post.
When I have finished knitting an item I have to type up my notes and turn them into something people can follow to make their own version. This can be time consuming as I need photos too. On Sunday we had a lot of snow. I suddenly jumped up and ran out into it with some boot cuffs. The white stuff made a fantastic background for the photos and I just had to have them for the pattern page.
When the pattern is written it needs to be listed and uploaded to the internet for people to look at and buy. This all takes time. I currently sell my patterns on Etsy, Craftsy, Ravelry and Love Knitting. So that is four times I have to type in details of the pattern and upload photos and files. This week I have released the pattern for my Diamond Lace Boot Cuffs which took a few hours of work.
Then there is social media. That could swallow up whole days if you let it! It is not enough to write my patterns, put them on the internet and trust that ‘if you build it they will come’. They don’t. And how could they? Who has told them where to come to? Me. I need to tell them where to come and what they will find when they arrive.
Of course I can’t just tweet constantly about my knitting patterns that I am trying to sell. That would get very old, very quickly. I need to show that I am a real person. The clue is in the name – social. Interaction with other people is key. So whether it is Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram you can’t just post and run expecting people to follow you and love your products. This week I have really been trying to make a better effort on Twitter and Instagram in particular. I have posted pictures of work in progress, re-tweeted interesting things other knitters and crocheters are posting. I have spent hours replying and commenting on things in my feed as well as searching out posts using #knitting and trying to fave and comment on them too.
I am exhausted just talking to you about it! Then on top of all this I have two children who demand my time, a dog that needs walking and a house that needs to be run. This weekend we were very lucky to have enjoyed the snow. Everything was dropped and we just had to rush out into the back garden for an impromptu snowball fight. These are the sorts of things that memories are made of after all.
I have tried to include some of this on social media too so that people can see I am a normal person with a normal life.
Despite what my husband might think – my life isn’t just all about the knitting! (Even though sometimes I wish it could be!)