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