Knitting among nature. Yep, if I had to guess, I would definitely say that knitting among the beautiful brooks, valleys and wooded forest floors is what my fellow OML dream teamer Kelly finds most rewarding in building her handmade knitwear shop Knitbrooks, But more importantly (and what I think more beautifully) is that knitting in nature lay the foundation for not just Kelly's passion, but the beauty of her maker soul. Woods and knits energize her exuberance to strive to be a great maker and person, to offer a piece of her heart and spirit to her customers - essentially what makes her a total nature-loving girlboss that lives to her truest authentic self.
Hi makers, OML dream teamer Jewell here, and for me my faith and the fact that I am able to discover and offer so much spiritual peace and glory to God, and to those who serve and love Him, that I find most rewarding about my handmade business Northknits. For others, I know it is the fact that they are able to run their business full-time and provide for their family. Many of us find peace and serenity hidden among the stitchings of our busy maker days. I know a maker that finds reward and fulfillment in building her handmade business to help orphans. I've come across so many moms who make and run the best handmade businesses, not just to glorify themselves either, but to encourage other maker moms. Some of us tie our love for creativity and media to our crochet. Some of us climb mountains (literally and figuratively) to find that peak, that defining reason of what it means to simply make beautiful things. To truly and inherently speak to the core of what makes us tick and blossom as makers. And seeing all the that we offer, in our own special ways to the handmade community is so absolutely inspiring.
So here's what Kelly asked a few of you in this week's question of the week: what has been the most rewarding part of building your handmade business?
We checked in with Krista of Rescued Paw Designs (@rescuedpawdesigns), Allison of Allison Barnes Yarns & More (@allisonbarnescollection, Annette of Bunyetska Handmade (@bunyetskahandmade), and Anna of Gregoria Fibers @gregoriafibers to see what they find most rewarding about handmade and here's their thoughts:
What has been the most rewarding part of building your handmade business?
What has been the most rewarding part of building your handmade business? Share your story with us in the comments below, or tag us with#ourmakerlife on our @ourmakerlife IG with a cool pic for a chance to be featured on our feed!
If you have a question in mind you would like to see answered by fellow makers, just send us a quick 'OML QOTW' email - we'd love to put together a QOTW with you.
Jewell and Kelly, OML dream team
Jewell is the graceful gal behind @northknits. After realizing the peaceful beauty in quiet knitting and bible study time, she took a leap of faith and opened her shop to create cozy knit accessories and inspire others through prayer and self-reflection. Although she enjoys the fast-paced, travel lifestyle as a Chicago-based video news producer and editor, it is knitting, crochet and creatively connecting with others as the founder of OML where she has discovered calling and fulfillment.
Kelly is the mind, body and soul behind @knitbrooks: handmade modern knitwear inspired by nature’s endless beauty. After completing a photojournalism program, Kelly used both knitting and crocheting as a way to relax after a long day working as a reporter/photographer. This hobby has since transformed into a way to combine her love of creating fashionable knitwear, with her passion for photography, a cozy lifestyle, and her awe and admiration of the untouched wilderness. As OML co-organizer and graphic designer, she is a true gem to the organization's movement and to the handmade community.