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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!

Holla Knits Survey Results Part 1

Last month I asked you to take a survey to help me make this year, the fourth year, the best year for Holla Knits yet. It’s taken me a few weeks to dig through the results of the survey, but I’m excited to share them with you. This shit is pretty fascinating, and hopefully the more we understand what we want for Holla Knits and for the knitting community we can all grow together.

Question 1

Question 1

Duh. I see this reflected in the pattern sales and clicks. Knitters love knitting sweaters, sweaters are for cold weather, and thus the Fall/Winter Collection is the most popular.

I’m compelled to say, though, that the best selling sweaters individually are warm weather sweaters (Lady Bat, Nachtfalter) and the sweaters with the most FOs are also summer sweaters. I think that while warm weather knitters are fewer than cold weather knitters, they a passionate group that don’t have a lot of other places to turn for warm weather garments.

I haven’t hit the nail on the head with the Special Collections yet. YET. YET! I’m cooking on something big for 2016 inspired by the failure of the second season of Fiber Factor. Get ready!

Question 2

Question 2

This just makes my heart burst. Of the 202 people who answered this question, just 38 of them hadn’t knit any Holla Knits pattern, and 22 of them knit more than 5! That means that this is a very knowledgable Holla Knits crowd, and makes the results of this survey carry so much weight.

Question 3

Question 3

Thank GOD. It’s basically impossible to not have any mistakes in these patterns, but I try SO HARD, and the fact that that is reflected makes me feel great.

That being said, I know that people who have tried a Holla Knits pattern and hated every moment of it probably aren’t taking the survey. But the knitters who are here are happy, and that’s what I need to care about.

Question 4

Question 4

So I don’t know why this one was marked mandatory? It looks like it was only mandatory to choose one of choices when you could choose up to 4. So if you were going to choose one of the 4 good choices, I’m very happy that a large majority of knitters think Holla Knits is putting out unique, special designs.

The fact that a lot of the knitters taking the survey think that Holla Knits is challenging and important is great, too! It makes me feel awesome that my message is coming across and that people get it. So! Everything about this answer made me feel awesome about the direction Holla Knits is going and it’s place in the knitting community.

Question 5

Question 5

Again with the mandatory! Sorry guys. This question is misleading since Holla Knits is a one woman show (ME!), you can replace ‘Holla Knits’ with ‘Allyson’. I like to think that I respond speedily, accurately, thoughtfully, respectfully, and kindly, and that’s reflected here so that makes me happy. Its also great that the large majority of knitters have never contacted me with an issue. No news is good news!

I’ll also settle for being satisfactory, especially since only 34 of you think I’m satisfactory. POORLY though. Ugh! Sorry, lady. I’ll buy you a beer.

Question 6

Question 6

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I love this one! It reminds me of going back and forth with Nachtfalter designer Stefanie Pollmeier about her pattern name. Nachtfalter means moths in German, and she really loved the word and name. I was sure that no one would remember it and no one could spell it, and therefore no one would be able to search for it or find it! So clearly, what do I know?!

And just to go back to Question 1 for a minute, 4 of these are warm weather garments! 3 are cold weather garments, and 3 are accessories. This is just one of those things where if the design is amazing people will knit it even if it’s a warm weather garment and they aren’t warm weather garment knitters. Good design will overcome!

Question 7

Question 7

With this question I just wanted to see what percentage of the people taking the survey were subscribers and take that into account while reading through the next few subscriber focused questions. So, going forward, 52 of the 201 answering are already subscribers.

Question 8

Question 8

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Popular Answers

Money! I get that. Some of the other answers were about the patterns being too trendy and young, or only liking one or two patterns per collection. A few of the answers were about how Holla Knits isn’t their style, and that the patterns aren’t flattering. And thats all totally fair! I try to choose patterns that have modern shapes, and those shapes don’t work for a lot of women, and a lot more women assume they don’t work for them.

Question 9

Question 9

So! It is what it is. Some knitters will subscribe and some won’t no matter what.

What I’m going for with subscriptions is that some people will just want to financially support me and Holla Knits. Obviously no one can knit every pattern that comes out, and obviously not everyone is going to like every single pattern that comes out! But I’m hoping there are knitters out there who like what I’m doing, and like what Holla Knits does, and can find it in their budget to throw me $36 a year to help me stay around.

Question 10

Question 10

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Popular Answers

These are a pretty good representation of where most of the answers were. A lot were still about money, cheaper subscription, free subscription, that the knitter needs more money.

You do have the ability to download the patterns individually? There were a couple who said this! So I don’t understand that one.

AND SOCK PATTERNS GOD. Like there aren’t enough sock patterns out in the world!

And here are a few answers that caught my eye:

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Its so funny that people think Holla Knits patterns are too different, strange, risky, and old fogey-ish. What can you do, right?

There were a few people that had suggestions of different tiers of subscriptions, so you could choose 6 patterns, or 12 patterns, or that you could subscribe to garments only, or accessories only. I like these ideas! It would just be hard to do that since all the patterns come out at different times of the year. I’d have to constantly be checking people’s subscription levels and dolling out patterns. So maybe we’ll wait on this until I have an assistant!

The comment about having more articles and more stylized photography is a great one, too. Though I get comments a lot for having TOO stylized photos! haha – having articles is something I always wanted to do but just never got together. Hopefully that’s something I can change this year!

And that’s halfway through the survey results! WHEW! I’m going to go take a whiskey and a hot shower. I’ll dig into the second half of the results next week!