#HKKAL15: Week 4 in Review – 1 Month Down!

We’ve hit the one month mark in our three month Holla Knits Knit Along! Last week we had 7 FOs, and this week we’ve had 4, which brings our total number of FOs for the first month to 16! Awesome job everyone!

If you missed it here is the post about how to participate, and it’s never too late to jump in! And here are all the prizes up for grabs.

fos

jesibes' Pippi

jesibes’ Pippi

nodice's Bombshell Shorts

nodice’s Bombshell Shorts

Kristin22's Wallpaper Cowl

Kristin22’s Wallpaper Cowl

nkfoster21's Black Swan

nkfoster21’s Black Swan

warm weather garment wips

RoHart's Just Beachy

RoHart’s Just Beachy

mamatronic's Cafe au Lait

mamatronic’s Cafe au Lait

cold weather garment wips

caitling1212's Jilted

caitling1212’s Jilted

rhymeswithcount's Axial

rhymeswithcount’s Axial

Accessory wips

FemmeKnitAll's Woolly Mammoth

FemmeKnitAll’s Woolly Mammoth

mamatronic's Cedar Glen Mitts

mamatronic’s Cedar Glen Mitts

Our forums have been super active and chatty and helpful! So be sure to click over and join to get in on the fun.

We’ll be knocking out as many Holla Knits patterns from now until May 1st, so join any time. I’ll be catching everyone up on the action every Monday, and sharing all the WIPs and FOs as they come in.

Good luck to everyone joining in on the KAL! I can’t wait to follow your progress! Happy knitting!

Holla Knits Survey Results Part 2

Last week I tackled the first half of the Holla Knits reader survey, and this week we’re finishing it off! Deep breaths!

Question 11

Question 11

This surprises me for a couple reasons. The Holla Knits rav forums are pretty active! So it surprises me that so many people who cared enough about Holla Knits to take the survey don’t also participate in the forums. Maybe that’s just not everyone’s thing? I just love the community of knitters we have over there and want to share it!

Question 12

Question 12

In retrospect this is about the same question. It’s hard to participate in the KAL if you aren’t also on the forums! Ah well.

Question 13

Question 13

Most of the answers here were just more time. A lot of them were indicating that the KAL would have to be for a pattern the knitter really likes. Which is curious because the KAL is for ALL Holla Knits patterns!

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And, for fun, a couple WTF answers! A friendly face would get you to participate in a Holla Knits KAL? Part of the point of Holla Knits is to show you two versions of every pattern to make substitution easy! Get the Knit Picks yarn! It’s cool! The Holla Knits KAL is held on the Ravelry forum? So confusing!

Question 14

Question 14

A fun breakdown! You were able to choose as many answers as you wanted, and since there were 202 participants basically all of them purchase individual pattern downloads from designers, and the ones that don’t just don’t purchase knitting patterns. In addition to purchasing those downloads, some of them also purchase books and magazines. Not one person taking this survey buys books and magazines and doesn’t also purchase downloads.

Question 15

Question 15

I all kind of knew this already. Again, you could choose as many answers as you wanted, and of all of these online places only 4 of the 202 people taking the survey did not choose Ravelry. In addition to Ravelry, knitters are going to Craftsy and Instagram.

I’m pretty surprised Twitter is so far down the list. I LOVE Twitter, and after Ravelry that would be my favorite hang. Clearly that’s not the same for more people! And, of course, poor Google+.

Question 16

Question 16

Basically I give up. One of these days I’m just going to go completely mad, and they’ll find me rocking back and forth in the fetal position chanting SHAWLS! SOCKS! SHAWLS! SOCKS! and you’ll all be so sorry you drove me to that.

FINE you assholes. You’ll get your shawls and your socks. Like there aren’t enough shawl and sock patterns in the world you need Holla Knits to also give you shawl and sock patterns.

Cardigans, though. Duh. I can do that. I think the reason I have a hard time including cardigans in Holla Knits is because they almost never have a modern shape. It’s just a cardigan. But hopefully designers can bring something a little special to the cardigan and I can start embracing them more.

Cowls and scarves are the most popular accessory type. Sounds good to me! I feel like scarves are making a comeback after getting completely replaced by cowls for the last few years, so I can do that, too.

What’s funny about crochet I think is that crocheters as a whole are a very loud bunch. They are always talking about how they want more fun patterns to choose from and how great crocheting is, but then don’t put their money where their mouths are. I get comments ALL THE TIME about how I need to make more crochet patterns, but those sad crochet patterns are some of the lowest sellers! Sorry guys.

Question 17

Question 17

This is music to my ears because my favorite things to do on the blog are finished project features and style your knits posts!

I am kind of surprised not very many of you like designer and dyer profiles, though. I always thought interview posts were interesting but clearly not compared to more picture heavy posts like FO features and style your knits. Makes sense I guess!

Question 18

Question 18

And Answers

And Answers

Y’all answer nonsense to a lot of these questions, but this one was spot on. This is 100% how I would have answered myself, which means that we’re all on the same page. The Holla Knits message is clear and being received well, and I can just keep going about my business with this clear focus reenforced.

Question 19

Question 19

And last but not least, magical money spending! I would absolutely love to pay the designers more, so that is absolutely what I’ll do with extra money.

We’ve pretty much established that the price of the yearly subscription is good where it is. I’m not going to change it, but I will think about coming up with a way to do a half subscription, or accessories only subscription. Anything less than that will take too much away from the designers I think.

And yeah! I’d love to build a new store for Holla Knits. The WordPress store works, but there are weird glitches with it sometimes, so that is on the longterm goals list.

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And that’s that! I can’t believe it! That wasn’t too painful actually. I learned a lot, and I feel really good about moving forward with some changes in order to make Holla Knits bigger and better. I also think a some of you are super nuts and I’m going to try to block out a lot of what you said! But 95% of this was insanely helpful, and thanks SO much for taking the time to share with me your thoughts and feelings about Holla Knits. 2015 here we come!

#HKKAL15: Week 3 in Review

Three weeks in and the FOs are really piling up! Last week we had 4 FOs and this week we’ve got 7! Pretty awesome!

If you missed it here is the post about how to participate, and it’s never too late to jump in! And here are all the prizes up for grabs.

fos

MsKniterrific's Unbroken

MsKniterrific’s Unbroken

jesibes' KaPom

jesibes’ KaPom

carriejay's Pippi

carriejay’s Pippi

MsKniterrific's Cedar Glen Mitts

MsKniterrific’s Cedar Glen Mitts

OhDoogs' Unbroken

OhDoogs’ Unbroken

PattyKnits' Unbroken

PattyKnits’ Unbroken

nkfoster21's Cute Girl Squares Tank

nkfoster21’s Cute Girl Squares Tank

warm weather garment wips

sewingonpins' Cafe au Lait

sewingonpins’ Cafe au Lait

Knittinghil's Nachtfalter

Knittinghil’s Nachtfalter

DeliriousMahmi's Cute Girl Squares Tank

DeliriousMahmi’s Cute Girl Squares Tank

mamatronic's Cafe au Lait

mamatronic’s Cafe au Lait

RoHart's Just Beachy

RoHart’s Just Beachy

Accessory WIPs

sewingonpins' Cedar Glen Mitts

sewingonpins’ Cedar Glen Mitts

pknit's Foliage Cowl

pknit’s Foliage Cowl

Our forums have been super active and chatty and helpful! So be sure to click over and join to get in on the fun.

We’ll be knocking out as many Holla Knits patterns from now until May 1st, so join any time. I’ll be catching everyone up on the action every Monday, and sharing all the WIPs and FOs as they come in.

Good luck to everyone joining in on the KAL! I can’t wait to follow your progress! Happy knitting!