Friday, March 19, 2010

Friday Feature -- Dizzy Dragonflies & Knitting Dragonflies

As a dragonfly lover myself (exhibit A: my avatar!) I was tickled to see that the featured Etsyblogger for the month of March is Vicky, the owner of Dizzy Dragonflies. (She also runs Knitting Dragonflies, but right now, only her Dizzy Dragonflies shop has any items in stock.) But her shop isn't about dragonflies -- it's about yarn, which is another thing I love! I especially liked this Spring Violets hand dyed yarn.

Enjoy the interview!

1. Please tell us about the items in your Etsy shop. What do you make? How did you learn your craft? What is involved in your creative process?

I have been knitting since I was about 4, my grandmother taught me. So I have always played around with it. After years of making gifts, and requested items for friends and relatives this seemed a natural outlet.

I just recently started spinning and dyeing my own yarn, and I learned everything from the internet. It is so much fun to be a part of the entire process.

I love doing the spinning, knitting and dyeing. So I end up with more yarn and knitted items than I need.

I have a fast paced, high stress job, and find that creating is necessary for me. It relaxes me and lets me enter a different world. I just let go and start having fun.

2. How did you get involved with Etsy?

I read a lot of blogs, mostly knitting ones. Then I decided to start one myself, I met so many nice people, and many of them had shops on etsy. I started shopping there and then thought "what the heck" I'll try a shop myself.

3. What inspires your creations?

Nature is my inspiration, especially for the colors of my yarn that I dye. My husband and I love to camp and hike, and I take photos and sketch (and knit) during that time.

I'm also working on some spring/summer knit wear items, that I came up with during a hot weather camping trip.

4. What is your biggest challenge related to your Etsy shop?

Promoting! I enjoy the creating process, but didn't think about how important networking and promoting was.

5. What is your favorite item in your shop (currently for sale or previously sold)? Why is it your favorite?

As a knitter I tend to use a color to excess and then move to another. Right now I'm in my red/orange phase. After a winter of clouds and rain, I needed some bright colors. Turn It Down a Notch is one of the colorways I'm most pleased with.

6. What advice do you have for other folks selling or buying on Etsy?

Stick with it. The economy goes up and down. Get out there and network. Add a link to your shop in your emails, and social networking sites. Let people know you are here. And photos!, Keep making them better, get some books from the library, study others that have good photos. Something not getting hits? Try taking different shots.

7. Where else can we find out more about you and/or your creations? (blog, website, flickr, facebook, twitter, etc…. please provide relevant links)

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