{Urban Owl Knittery}

What the heck is Urban Owl Knittery? 

Well, I am glad you asked!

Urban Owl Knittery is my little Indie biz that I started in the fall of 2010.  My hobby-job, as I like to call it!  Currently, I sell my products on Etsy year round and locally at different craft and farmer’s markets in and around The Woodlands, TX area.

And here is how it all got started:

Now, I have always been a super crafty gal, but liked to dabble in all kinds of crafts.  Paper crafts, sewing, re-upholstering, furniture refurbishing, caking, cupcaking, party planing– you name it, and I was glad to give it my college best.  I never really focused on one craft, until the fall of 2008.  That was when I learned how to do the knit stitch!  My fellow crafter-extroidonaire, Joanne, was so sweet to teach a bunch of us girls how to knit a basic scarf.  From that moment on, I was obsessed with knitting!  I think we left the church that night in the wee hours of the morning because most people were beat.  But not me, I had to stay up all night until I finished the whooole thing!  You would have thought I would have framed a picture of that “beauty” as proud of it that I was, but I guess I never even took even one picture.  It’s probably just as well because as I remember it now, that scarf left a lot to be desired 🙂  However, it was my first project and marked the beginning of my desire and passion for knitting.

It wasn’t long after I first learned to knit, that I was working towards advancing my skills as a knitter. I started buying all kinds of needles, yarn, and books and would watch lots of videos online and read patterns so I could learn new stitches and techniques.  When attempting a new skill in life, there is always a learning curve.  My earliest projects always produced hats and things that were much too big or too small 🙂 But you can almost always find someone that can wear your knitted goods.  And at the very least, you have learned what not to do the next time, right?

Well, I kept practicing and making mistakes and practicing more and reading and did I mention practicing?  Over the course of a year or so, I started really getting the hang of it!  I had learned many new stitches, how to accurately make an item to size, and had made quite a few different types of products.  But was still afraid to sell to the general public.

In September 2010, I was finally convinced by my friend Katie to finally take the plunge and start selling online.  I posted this little newborn pumpkin cocoon set on my blog, Katie then posted the link on a SAHM website, and in a matter of minutes, I had my first sale!!

I was so excited and encouraged about this!  It gave me the mental push I needed to sit down and FINALLY spend the time necessary to set up my Etsy shop, along with writing all the policies and procedures involved with that.  It was a very cumbersome thing for a perfectionist to do.  As a result, I had put it off for months and months prior.  But after a few days of computer work and with a lot of trial and error, I had my Etsy shop all set up and ready to go.

After that, it took me a few months to decide on my official biz name, purchase the .com website so no one would steal it from me, get my Facebook page set up, design my logo, labels and business cards, edit loads and loads of pictures, amongst other things.  But it was all worth it.  And thus, Urban Owl Knittery was born!

Over the next several months, I started crocheting more than knitting.  It wasn’t an active switch, it just happened.  I think it started, more-or-less, when I began to make animal hats, diaper covers, and shoes.  It was much easier for me to design and create those by crocheting rather than knitting.  And without realizing it, I found myself crocheting more than knitting.  I like to do both but now, I find that I tend to crochet mostly. Primarily, because it is faster and easier to design the items I want to make, but I do still knit and enjoy making knitted items too.

I’m still trying to figure out “my style,” as far as my collection of items goes.  I think I have a very eclectic style.  I like many handmade items in all kinds of styles, so it makes it hard for me to focus on on just one type of product over another.  I like the fact that my shop offers something for everyone, not just babies or children.  I have always wanted it to be that way.  Although, children’s items are by far the vast majority of requests I get from people.  It is easy for me to create cute things for little girls and women so I try hard to make items for boys and men in my down time.  I guess it’s still a work in progress 🙂

However, I feel incredibly blessed that God has given me this creative talent along with the ability to learn quickly and that He has provided me an outlet to share it with others.  Without Him, and the support of my friends and family, I wouldn’t be where I am today.  It is sometimes surreal to me that I get to create for a living.  Over the past few years, I have met some fantastic people through this little indie biz of mine and count my blessings daily, that I get to do what I love every day!!  I wouldn’t have it any other way if it was up to me 🙂

When I started knitting and crocheting, I had ZERO experience.  But I had a desire and passion to learn, was determined to do so, and kept plugging away.  It is a constant learning process and the more you practice, the better you get.    My advice to those wanting to knit, crochet, sew or learn any new craft is to JUST START!  In the beginning, it won’t be perfect, it will likely not be pretty, but the more you practice, the better you will get.  Read books, blogs, watch videos and even take a class if you want, but just start.  Who knows, you might end up finding that you love it!  As for me, I think the adventure has only just begun and I can’t wait to see where I will be with my little biz in the next years to come!

Shannon 🙂

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**If you would like to submit a photo to me, please do so via Facebook or by emailing me!  I would LOVE to see them and would be honored to include them on my websites!

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