The great thing about finding a hobby that you love is that you will start to imagine what it would be like to turn your passion into a sustainable income.
As you sit in your cubicle (insert work space here), bored to death, wishing there was another way, consider learning a hobby that produces something you would be proud to sell.
I’d like to introduce you to Christine Gibson, knitting expert.
Christine has shared her incredible story of learning and earning.
Learn more from Christine
What hobby are you good at?
How long have you been doing it?
About 10 years
How did you get good at it?
I was working at non-profit in my 20’s and my coworker took a bunch of us to the yarn store and taught us to knit!
My Grandmother had taught me to crochet but I wasn’t really good at it.
I improved my knitting by watching YouTube videos, reading books, and just relentlessly knitting.
I also joined a weekly knitting circle at a tea shop in Queens where I live and I learned a lot from those girls too.
What advice would you give to beginners? What shortcuts or secrets can you share?
I would say use all available resources (online videos, books, friends, your local craft store) to help you get better.
Are you a member of any local or national organization/club related to your hobby? If yes, please share the name and benefits of belonging.
I sell on Etsy so I participate in some of the forums on the site and I find it to be so helpful.
If you happen to make money from your interest, do you have a website, Etsy store, Facebook page, etc. that you have created and would like to share?
I sell on Etsy at www.etsy.com/shop/queensbabies
I also sell at local markets in Astoria, Queens.
Any other information that you would like to share?
For those hoping to sell their knitwear, I think it would be helpful for them to open an Etsy shop, take photos of their process and share their pics on Instagram because people love to see the “behind the scenes” of a maker.
In addition to selling online, approach local boutiques and ask them to stock your product.
I’m lucky enough to be sold in seven small businesses in Queens.
Engage in your community, meet people and network!
Connect with Christine
Visit Christine’s Etsy store (click here to go) and prepare to be amazed at her talent. Her handmade projects are not only functional but beautiful.
Meet her, connect with her, support her. 🙂
Be Like Christine
Just as Christine has turned her love of knitting into a profitable business, so can you. There is absolutely nothing that can stop you from pursuing your passion – except you.
If you are interested in pursing knitting as a hobby or even as a way to profit, check out our Knitting hobby page and get started learning.
What did you like most about Christine’s story? Let us know in the comments below.
If you would like to share your hobby, go to Get Interviewed (it’s a form with the questions that I asked above) then complete and submit. I am always on the lookout for experts to share their story. Are YOU next?