Friday, May 25, 2007

Big news in Momogus Knits Land! I met with Mary at The Tangled Web yesterday and she wants to bring my patterns into the store for sale! Yippppeeeeeeee!!! Here's the sample I've been working on recently (Basic Baby Pullover and Basic Baby Hat, in Plymouth Dreambaby DK):

A couple of years ago, I was fighting one of my chronic tendinitis funks. I couldn't knit, but I was desperate to do something "knit-y", and I believe that I was driving everyone around me batty. Matthew finally said, "Hey, why don't you make up your own patterns?" and this teeny-tiny kernel of an idea I had came to life.

I have neither the talent nor the inclination to come up with newfangled clever devastatingly beautiful patterns. I see those at the store and online every day and marvel at the designers' creativity. But what I also saw (and heard) were customers who came into the store every single day and said things like, "I want to make a basic baby sweater." or "I want to make a basic kid's hat." We had some patterns that we relied on, but there was no one place or series of basic patterns that we could turn to. So that's what I decided to come up with. Basic, well-written, clear patterns for nice basic pullovers, cardigans, hats, etc.

You can visit my website here, The patterns won't knock your socks off, but if you own a store or work in a store or like me, or want quick baby gifts to knit or mindless cozy sweaters to throw on your boy or girl, then these are the patterns for you. I've made four baby sweaters for gifts in the last year, and I pull out this pattern every time. C'mon, look how cute!

Anyway, there's not a strong entrepreneurial tradition in my family, so the idea of coming up with a product and selling it is pretty novel. And, I must say now, extremely rewarding. Having a graphic designer/web wizard for a husband helped enormously too - I had the ideas and the raw materials, but Matthew designed the look of everything and worked out all the e-commerce and printing and binders and business cards and all those things that make the difference between an idea and reality.

Happy Memorial Day!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats to the Momogus Knits CEO, CTO and CIO - Child Inspiration Officer!

5:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're terrific! I'm so proud of you! and not at all surprised by your success.

11:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cool! someday i'll be selling lace shawl patterns @ the web. actually,...heh heh....i'm working on one right now. i'll probably bring it in tuesday. i figured out the whole repeat with a growing shawl thing. once you get it, it totally makes sense.

4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WAY off topic but.... Shane Victorino Hula Figurine giveaway for children 14 and under on June 3 vs. the SF Giants????

A baseball player in a skirt? Love to see SF values spreading across this great country.

BTW, at the SF Film Fest last month, Madame Speaker Pelosi walked into the theater and the crowd rose en-masse to give her a standing ovation. Before we all sat down, my mother blew past the Secret Service detail, walked up to Nancy and told her she was doing a great job.

3:47 PM  
Blogger diana said...

EPP, CG - thank you for your kind words. Now you both should start knitting so you can buy the ding-dang patterns!

JJP - YOU need to stop knitting! I bitterly resent that I didn't even get to start my Cap Shawl Edging Competition with you. Now it will never get done. Unless you start a second one.

EPP - The Flyin' Hawaiin LOVED the figurine idea! Go Shane! Also, your mom rocks.

4:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Who says they won't knock your socks off? There is beauty in simplicity. You want fancy... go crazy with color! You're on your way to becoming a knitting pattern mogel!

11:12 PM  
Blogger diana said...

O.R. - HELLOOO!!! How great to hear from you! And you're right - I should say, The patterns WILL knock your socks off in their beauteous simplicity!!

6:38 AM  
Blogger Liberty Fan said...

Congratulations! I'm so proud of you and happy for you. Luckily I have several original autographs, so finally I'll be able to ride coattails to fame. Really, how exciting. You deserve it. I have even more motivation for becoming a better knitter.

7:29 AM  

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