Shannon Okey shares Knitgrrl’s BIG Project on the Yarn Thing podcast with Marly Bird. This is the first episode of 2017, Marly’s TENTH year podcasting, so it’s only fitting that Shannon join us as she’s a special friend.
Shannon went full-time in the Yarn Industry in 2004. She began with a knitting blog, and was discovered, so to speak. Kathy Cano-Murillo (known as the Crafty Chica) let Shannon know her publisher was looking for someone to write knitting books for teenagers. She wrote two books Knitgrrl and Knitgrrl 2 (links to the books in Ravelry so you can check out the patterns), and later began her own publishing company, Cooperative Press, in 2010.
This was a big adventure because people don’t buy hard copy books anymore, a lot of books are actually more popular as e-books. Because Cooperative Press is an on-demand books, meaning that until you purchase the book, its not printed. That’s really cool with knitting books, any errors can be on every book published from the point the correction is made. Also, by being in partnership with the authors, helps keep costs down and everybody profits right away. Printing in the US and by printing on-demand, means they can have a book done in under a month.
Since 2009, Cooperative Press has been in a warehouse of about 500 square feet, which this creative person has outgrown, so she’s found a bigger space which will allow her to do yarn dying, and some other things. She’s had a hand-made craft show since 2004, so in the new space she will be hand-dying a wool fabric and still it’s not enough for Shannon.
With 2017, through Patreon, Shannon is creating a weekly, pattern and with it will be studying various aspects, gathering data and putting it in a book as a state-of-the-industry report. They will be charting the success of the pattern with the various elements that went into it, like photography, tech editing, sample knitters, etc., making sure that everyone who worked on each pattern in the project are compensated, plus where were the patterns sold successfully. There has been a lot of conversation about what designers are paid, so hopefully this will make us all aware of how this works.
The point is: Let’s figure out how to keep this wonderful industry from completely disappearing but still be viable for those participating. We who are the consumers can only benefit from the work of those that care and are willing to share what they are learning.
Shannon Okey can be followed through her website, www.KnitGrrl.com, also in Facebook, there is Knitgrrl Studio page and the Cooperative Press page, watch what happens and/or participate in the project at the Patreon Page. She previously visited the Yarn Thing podcast in 2014 and 2010.
Also, sharing the link to the visit of Kismet Andrews (of Bar-Maids) shownotes when she shared her new book, The Art of Schlepping.
If you missed getting to hear this live it’s is still available where the audio aired originally CLICK HERE or with a podcast catcher like iTunes or Stitcher Radio. You can also see the ‘behind-the-scenes’ video of Marly from the Birds of a Feather Studio, that aired live on her Facebook page.
Chris Lopez says
Great episode to kick off your 10th season. I can certainly understand getting excited about a ham sandwich!
This was a yarn thing 2.0 podcast. I loved hearing the intricacies of the professional side of the business. I’d like to listen to it again and then discuss it over a ham sandwich.
I haven’t had a ham sandwich in ages! I do love listening to the Yarnthing Podcast. So fun!
Listening to the podcast & a ham sandwich = the perfect lunch.
Thanks for 10 wonderful years !
Ham sandwich? What in the world is a Jewish vegetarian doing with a ham sandwich in her comment,lol!?!? This was a great podcast, as usual Marly and Team. Happy New year and much success to you all again this year and beyond.
Please pass the mustard for my “ham sandwich”. Love your podcast.
Missy Schmidt says
I adore Shannon! And I love me a ham sandwich!
Carol T says
Very interesting podcast with tons of business facts. I will have to listen to it again and eat a ham sandwich to let it all soak in. Great podcast. Thanks.
Edith Nielsen says
How to crochet a ham sandwich??
… or can I knit it ??
Rachel McKinney says
I think knitting a ham sandwich would be better than crochet. Thanks for sharing!
Dorothy Monica says
Now you’ve gotten me in the mood to have a ham sandwich!
Vicki Lynch says
A ham sandwich on a beach sounds like a great idea. Now I just need an ocean and some tropical weather. I heard much today to make me stop and think about all the designers and indies trying to make it in the industry.
Maria Kroth says
I love a good ham sandwich. They taste especially good when eaten on the deck at the lake.
Ham sandwiches are yummy, but mine need to be on a gluten free option now that I know I have Celiac Disease. So glad yarn is gluten free!
Congratulations on 10 years Marly! I think we need to celebrate with a ham sandwich! Thank you Shannon for sharing and moving the industry forward. As a consumer, it gives me a greater appreciation for all the hard work behind the scenes.
I love a good ham sandwich – reminds me of my childhood. Love your choice of secret word.
Judith Schultz says
Would love to have been eating a ham sandwich in the Caribbean with Shannon and Debbie! Great podcast Marly and thank you so much Shannon for paying it forward by educating and enabling crafters to work together and be the best they can be. It takes a Village!
Louise Gingery says
Ham sandwiches are the best! Congrats on 10 year podcast anniversary!
A ham sandwich was a childhood favorite! Happy podcast anniversary as well..
Staci Lockman says
Ham sandwich? Sounds good! I think I’ll go make one right now. Knit (or spin, or crochet, or whatever you do!) on!
Sarah Johnson says
What? A ham sandwich? What is this vegetarian doing drooling over a black forest ham sandwich? Thanks for another great episode.
Ida Williamson says
Now I’m hungry for a ham sandwich 🙂
Mary L. says
Loved this podcast! Now I’m off to make a ham sandwich!
Great podcast! Now I’m off to make myself a ham sandwich…
[email protected] says
A ham sandwich always hits the spot. I think it is great to raise awareness to consumer about how much is involved in producing good knit/crochet publications. As always, enjoyed the show.
Valerie K says
Ham sandwiches make a neat lunch, especially if you grill them with cheese. I’d like to sit down with Shannon and Marly to eat these sandwiches. That would be a great day
Markie Tenczar says
Ya’ll are a bag-o-potato chips and a ham sandwich. 🙂 Love tuning in twice a week.
Sarah Short says
Enjoyed this podcast and the ham sandwich I made myself for lunch.
Amy L. says
Marley, I love you more than a ham sandwich! Another great episode! Thanks!
Pam Maher says
That was a fabulous interview! I do love a good ham sandwich (with cheese!).
Alicia A says
All of this talk about ham sandwiches is making me hungry!
All the ham from Christmas is gone so no ham sandwich for me! But thanks for a great podcast! I love listening in on Marly’s conversations with her friends!
love the show. Next time I’ll have to listen while eating a great ham sandwich.