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What Yarns Should I Use?
Episode 121st July 2022 • The Crochet Business School Podcast • Kelly Thomas - The Crochet Profit Queen
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The yarn you choose to make your creations with is super important. Here are a few considerations for you to think about when choosing which yarns to use

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Hello and welcome to business school podcast.

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I'm Kelly, and I'm here to help you discover all the ways that you can create your own dream cruise business.

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Your business does not have to look the same as anyone else's, and you can do it the way you want.

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So what do we have on the podcast today?

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How do I choose which he wants to use, which you actually using your creations can play a big part in how valuable that perceived you're on quality is very important when it comes to getting your reviews.

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It won't affect how easily you sell it, but it will affect if your customer becomes a repeat customer and how they review you cheapie.

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And although it's really tempting to start off with the budget ranges, they tend to be scratcher even when they're labels.

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Baby John, that's just the name.

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It doesn't actually mean the soft and the colors tend to be more garish.

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Um, that doesn't mean that bad to use.

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It just means that they can have a cheaper look once you've got them in front of you, especially when you have a higher quality of yarn to compare them with you can tell the difference between a more expensive premium brand of yarn and a cheaper brand of yarn.

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By comparing the color side by side, it becomes quite obvious once you see that and you don't want your customers have the perception of what you're doing things on the cheap.

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It's not a good look, and it's not a good reputation to have so well.

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You may not be able or want to use the expensive your aunt's.

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I would always recommend we're going with a mid range.

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I would avoid the budget ones.

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So I'm talking about the ones where it's possible, and I as tempting as it is, I wouldn't.

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These types of low-cost yarns are generally sold now in supermarkets and Bridget stores, and the other thing about them is if they tend to have short runs.

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What I mean by that is the manufacturer orders a certain number of yarn.

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They sell that, and you're very lucky if you will see that particularly appear again.

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What this means is is that you have a very limited amount of yarn that you can use for your products.

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You'll have to retire any pictures with that color from future use once it runs out because you won't be able to get hold of it again.

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So I would recommend avoiding the especially if you're going to be having a product range, which you want to keep it for a year or so, something to bear in mind.

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You also want your mid range.

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You aren't.

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You go for it to be also long running.

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You don't want it to be discontinued.

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You don't want to be using limited editions.

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So sticking with the Well-known brand that you know we're going to keep going is the best idea, really.

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Starcraft Karen Patterns All very, very well known You got paid box, which is at Lovecraft own brand.

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I don't see the cross going anywhere anytime soon.

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It's so popular, and there's nothing indicating that's gonna go wrong.

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So that's a good one to use as well.

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Red Heart is a very popular brand in the States.

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It's not seen so much here in the U.

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But the U.

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You are starting to filter through a better price range, but look for something that's really popular but isn't bottom budget.

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It's the colors that giveaway these yarns, and once you get hold of them, they can be scratch you.

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And that doesn't always go away.

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Once you've watched them as often, you want your customers be able to pick your made out of the box and go Wow, I love the feel of that.

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Crochet isn't just about the way it looks, is the way it feels as well.

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If it's something that's warn, you definitely need something that's soft touch.

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So avoid the budget.

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Um, like the play for anything that's gonna warn the other thing to think about when choosing.

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What type of, um you're going to use is the fiber is made from if you're selling based on your echo credentials.

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Is your your eco-friendly, so you need to avoid acrylic as that is, just spawn.

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Plastic.

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Polyester and nylon are the same.

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Wool is actually the most eco-friendly on the rest, as it tends to be, homegrown is sustainable, and it doesn't need as much processing as cotton does.

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So while cotton is a great yarn for vegans, it doesn't have a great echo credentials because it it needs a lot of processing and washing and dying the same with bamboo.

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It feels great and again great for vegans, but it's eco footprint is actually quite large.

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Another thing to think about when choosing yarn is how it looks once it's made up.

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So, um yeah, look better than others once they're made up.

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Um, my hair is, uh, notorious for looking fluffy, and your customers just made it like that.

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Look, cotton is very clean, and still definition is really good cotton with acrylic.

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Not so good.

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But it is a bit stretchy, which, for wearables is preferable.

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And that brings you into another consideration, which is how do you care for it?

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If the on your using needs to be flat dried, hand washed and stretched into shape after washing, that becomes a big deal to careful.

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It's a bit of a laugh, and your customers may not have the time to do that.

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So you need to be very upfront with care instructions.

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And in today's busy lives, you're gonna need something that's easy to careful.

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Acrylic is very, very careful with no problems with that whatsoever.

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Just chuck it in the wash, take it out, dry it, Job done.

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Carson isn't so bad.

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It needs a bit of oppressed to stop being recycled, but fairly easy to care for these days, Wall takes a bit more care.

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If it's dried in a dry, it can felt and shrink horrendously shrink.

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So that's something also to think about, and you will find customers for all of these types of yarns.

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But you do have to be upfront about what you're offering Anna, and for ease of your customer knowing what to expect from you, I will stick with just a couple of types of yarn and just make it really clear what type of, um, you use why you've chosen them and how easy they are.

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Careful.

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But all of these considerations I would definitely avoid those low, butchered yarns as tempting as they are when you're starting out and don't have much so much cash to play with.

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Once you get your eye in, you can really tell just by the colors, and it can cheap in your brand.

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So it's just trying to think about just have a think about all these considerations and then choose what's best for you and what you think that your audience would prefer.

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What was your customers prefer to have in their hands.

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What is their biggest preference?

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Did they value the quality over the fiber type?

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Do they care about how sustainable the art is or is?

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Do they just want to avoid anything that comes from animal products?

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Have a think about it and think what suits your customers and then from there.

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Thank you for joining me today, and I hope this has given you something to think about and something to incorporate into your business so you can grow those sales if you have any questions.

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And I would like to carry the conversation more, then coming over to our Facebook community, the seller support group, and you can ask your questions and get support you need from the Crusaders, and I'll be in there, too.

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