Saturday, December 18, 2010

the smallest table at the market

37 Comments:

Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

and I did straighten out that sign!

December 18, 2010 at 4:49 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

At least you're there!

December 18, 2010 at 5:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

with your books! Yay!

December 18, 2010 at 5:23 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Yup! I was there, and while I didn't sell a single skein of yarn I did sell five signed books (four of them Chick Days) and heard so many great stories about grandparent's who raised sheep in Vermont before the hills all turned to woods.

December 18, 2010 at 5:27 PM  
Blogger Rachel B. said...

Aww! If I was there I would have bought a few skeins! Mostly because I see the faces of the animals it goes to feed.

December 18, 2010 at 5:33 PM  
Blogger Joleen said...

Fabulous! A big step for you! Congratulations!

December 18, 2010 at 5:33 PM  
Blogger April said...

Everything looks great!!

December 18, 2010 at 5:39 PM  
Blogger Tobi said...

My yarn arrived today, Jenna. It's beautiful, and my big Maine Coon Cat thinks so too. He's been rolling on the bag all afternoon. He must like Maude. :)

December 18, 2010 at 5:48 PM  
Blogger sheila said...

I think having pictures of the sheep and the farm would help sell the yarn. If there isn't room for a full display then make a photo album with some of your great pictures of Maude & Co, Gibson and the farm. I'm a sucker for yarn and couldn't have passed you without buying some.

December 18, 2010 at 5:59 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

That is great advice! Next month I'll get a bigger table and a scrapbook of the farm.

December 18, 2010 at 6:00 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

If you have yarn left over, I'll buy some more! I learned how to make a hat and a scarf, and I'm working on mittens (way harder than scarves and hats!)

December 18, 2010 at 6:02 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Diane, you need to teach me how to make mittens... I am tapped out at hats and scarves, but want to learn! it could be my knitting goal for 2011!

December 18, 2010 at 6:03 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I would have bought a skein or two! Anyway I can get some from you?? I want some Cold Antler winter wear!

December 18, 2010 at 6:21 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

Jenna: next time, price your skeins singly with a bit of a deal for a bundle of three, and try placing the wool on the table where it can be readily touched - also try laying a partially knit small item - I have a great pattern for an ethnic, funky looking hat that you could print off and give away with a skein as a freebie - it takes less than a skein. I'm so pleased you sold some books. Try too to add some height to your display - do you have an old wooden box you can turn on its side. Some books and maybe a picture or two inside and te knitting and some skeins of yarn on top and maybe some roving and some more books on the table itself along with the jar with spindles? Just some ideas.....

December 18, 2010 at 6:41 PM  
Blogger The Morton-Jones Family said...

I'm dying for some of your yarn! I can't believe that you didn't sell any. I would have been your biggest customer!

December 18, 2010 at 6:55 PM  
Blogger Margaret said...

There is no end to what you can do once the knitting, spinning, weaving bug gets you.

December 18, 2010 at 6:59 PM  
Blogger Brambly Thicket said...

I'd have bought a book and a couple of skeins! Shame you are so far away. Heck, I'd like to buy a couple of skeins anyway. Is that possible? Do you have an online shop?

December 18, 2010 at 7:34 PM  
Blogger daisy g said...

Quality, not quantity is what counts... Let the networking begin!
Y'all make me want to learn to knit!

December 18, 2010 at 8:06 PM  
Blogger Hopeful said...

congrats. awesome start! you go, girl.

December 18, 2010 at 8:23 PM  
Blogger hlbrack said...

Way to go, Jenna!

December 18, 2010 at 8:30 PM  
Blogger Louis said...

In five minutes you could post a blog entry listing your wool for sale, and tomorrow it would be gone. This blog is the best market for your products that you could ever hope for.

Why would you want to waste a day at the local farmer's market? OK, it's a rite of passage...

December 18, 2010 at 9:29 PM  
Blogger Sparkless said...

Check YouTube for knitting instructions. I found how to knit a hat there and a few other useful instructions.

December 19, 2010 at 12:15 AM  
Blogger Moose Nugget said...

I would totally buy an extra skein- that baby sweater project I was thinking of turning my portion of Maude into needs about 50-100 more yards! If you aren't selling, I've got to think of a new project... (if you are, akmoosepoop AT gmail wants to hear about it!)

a friend in my itty bitty little town markets her yarn at craft show and fairs and the farmer's market by having loads of her finished projects around... Hats on display, mittens, shawls- she has them all on busts and head forms. Her handspun and hand dyed stuff is displayed as well. (A bonus, she sometimes even sells a hat or two!)
find some "trendy" patterns- fingerless mitts, cowls, etc and market to that as well. And a free pattern printout is an awesome idea (whoever mentioned that above!)

so "proud" that you were there! I've talked to the gals in charge of our local farmer's market and even though they sample my stuff and see my work and REALLY encourage me to rent the $20 table- I've chickened out every year!
Well, if Jenna can go do it, I can too, right?
(Gosh, maybe a Maude hat would make a sale in Alaska! Crazy!)

December 19, 2010 at 12:16 AM  
Blogger From the Country Farm said...

Congrats to you Jenna! I could teach you how to make mittens and socks! way easy! also, a digital photo frame is nice too, people love those and you cab get a simple one for like 40.00 now.

Also, some eye catching color to your display would be nice as well.

December 19, 2010 at 12:36 AM  
Blogger Nanette said...

.......and join Ravelry for lots of free patterns, knitters to ask questions of, and places to post info about youself, your sheep and your yarn.

ravelry.com

December 19, 2010 at 6:33 AM  
Blogger treehuggers kitchen said...

Yay Jenna!!! Keep up the hard work, you'll get there. :)

December 19, 2010 at 7:39 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

OMG if I had gone to the market and saw you I'd be squeeing all over and probably buy yarn even though I cannot knit and most likely never will (right handed for the most part, left handed in the brain. Not a good combo to mix with anything that tangles and knots!). I just want to smell your yarn, LOL. Does that make me weird?

December 19, 2010 at 9:23 AM  
Blogger BlueGate said...

There is nothing like having that first market under your belt. Now you know and can approach it with an educated eye next time around. When I look back at pics of our first market booth I don't know whether to laugh or cry but it does let us see where we've been! Keep up the good work (oh and we do understand what work it is!)

December 19, 2010 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger Holly said...

I thought your display was nice! And it was very cool to find out my place was in your book! I definately want a few of your sheep next summer. If you had some hats out I would have bought one! I am not very good at knitting just yet but would like to get better at it. You should have a knitting workshop! Good luck and keep at it!

December 19, 2010 at 9:42 AM  
Blogger leafonatree said...

Hooray! Look at you!

December 19, 2010 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger ddu said...

Jenna, when I visit a farmer's market, I enjoy knowing that someone's goods are organic-certified or otherwise whole and healthy, so perhaps you can post that if it's the case. You could also emphasize the fact that you're a bootstrap homesteading independent kinda gal who's making this work all by your lonesome. Each skein holds a bit of your spirit. Best wishes for the Holidays! Donna

December 19, 2010 at 2:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A thought: this close to Christmas, folks tend not to buy much for themselves and "special" yarn, even if it's ultimately knitted into a gift, is really a present for the knitter. Might actually do better after the holidays.

December 19, 2010 at 2:26 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

I would agree with safirasilv above, gorgeous yarn like yours is meant to be savored while it's being transformed into it's final product. You may do much better when the spending for others has subsided and we get back to having a bit of extra for our own desires.

December 19, 2010 at 2:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kudos to you, Jenna. A happy day for you!

December 19, 2010 at 4:12 PM  
Blogger Trista Hill said...

My yarn arrived just yesterday and it is so soft -- I had no idea!! Seeing it in person and being able to touch it even before buying, now that would have been very hard to pass up. I crochet and can't wait to use it, maybe on an easy pattern I have for fingerless handwarmers. Also, I agree with joining Ravelry (free) -- it will give you so many ideas. It makes complete sense to me that you would try the farmer's market. Face time never goes out of style.

December 19, 2010 at 9:05 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

Jenna - I'll be happy to give a mitten lesson, once I've made my first pair. I was at the bottom of my class at Mitten School yesterday. I am not smooth with double-pointed needles. Your yarn is going to be great mitten yarn, though.

December 19, 2010 at 9:14 PM  
Blogger E said...

What about a sign up sheet for a neighborhood knitting group (you start the group)? You could all learn to knit together or mixed wool skills could share (knitting, spinning, dying). Is there a local textile guild or group you could connect with? Can you sell yarn at herding events?

Wool and sheep offer so man possibilities as I'm sure you've noticed.

December 20, 2010 at 8:46 AM  

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