Wednesday, 2 October 2013
Those who want to knit for some extra money often face the problem of how to find clients (neither too many nor too few), or to have to knit to punishing deadlines, or to have to work for a store that will keep the lion's share of the purchase price. Those who want to hire someone to knit for them face the problem of finding a knitter who isn't too busy knitting items for themselves and their family and friends, and who will do it for a price the customer is willing to pay. (I know my response to anyone who wants to hire me to knit for them is a polite brush off.) A U.K. company called Grannies Inc. aims to resolve these problems by connecting their team of over 300 knitters with customers who can order bespoke knit wear online.
Grannies Inc. offers a selection of knitting patterns to choose from and allows for customization of orders, and each knitter can set her own delivery timeframe. The image above is a screencap of their order form for a knitted beanie. Their prices look more than reasonable for handmade goods and although I've had no direct dealings with Grannies Inc. I do see a gallery of customer pictures on their site that suggests the business model is working fairly well. Grannies Inc. is actively looking for knitters and designers (though it looks to me as though the designers receive only exposure in return for their work), and of course, for customers. Check out Grannies Inc. on their website and on Facebook.