Meet Megan from Add Some Stitches on Etsy. Read more about her process and inspirations right here on Promo Junkies of Etsy!
How did you get started on Etsy?
I learned to crochet right after my daughter was born. My mom told me she wanted to make a crochet edge on a blanket, but didn’t know how. So, she told me I needed to learn, then teach her. Not long after the basics, I wanted to make hats, so I did! I was told my hats were good, and that I should sell them, so here I am!
What is your inspiration for your shop?
I am inspired by everything. Weird patterns, clothing, movies, TV, my goofy child, everything and anything inspires me.
What is your favorite item from your own shop and why?
When my dad was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, he started chemo in Sept of ’10, and it was supposed to last until March of ’11. He started losing all of his hair, and complained about it. So, I made him TONS of hats, he only wore one. The reason I made so many was because he hated them all. I tried cotton, acrylic, wool, blends, crazy bamboo yarn, he hated them all. I couldn’t get the sizing right, the shape. I spent so much time making him the perfect hat for this simple guy who just wanted a plain, non-itchy, navy blue hat to match his work uniform. I spent weeks and weeks making hat after hat, for him to tell me it wasn’t right. After I finally made the perfect hat, it’s the only one he wore. After he passed, I wanted to make a line of hats for him- The Simple Man Beanies are made after Dad’s “perfect” hat.
How do you unwind when you’re not creating?
I really like to watch movies, usually of the horror genre. I also enjoy random TV show binges- whatever Netflix tells me I might like. I also like to cook, and bake- usually with the kiddo as my “assistant”.
How would you describe your work style? Chaotic. I don’t keep to any one theme, or style. I feel like I have something for everyone.
If you could choose any one superhero power, what would it be and why?
Telekinesis, I could epic multitask. Crochet, cook dinner, clean the house, all at the same time!
If you knew then what you know now, what would you do differently in opening your shop? I would read and learn sooo much more than I did. I spent weeks reading how-tos, and “How I made my first 100 sales in a month” stories, and felt like I was ready when I opened my shop. I would have spent more time learning social media. Also, I would have bought more shipping materials!
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