After eighteen months of faffing around and telling myself that ‘all new businesses take a while to get established’, I have taken the bull by the horns and started listening to that inner voice. What’s it saying? “Do it properly - this is a real business”.

So this is what’s been happening today:


And I need a little help from you guys out there! Please take a few moments to fill in the survey below. It’s anonymous, but leave me a comment to say you’ve done it and I’ll enter you in a draw for a yarny prize. Survey closes this Sunday evening UK time.

There’ll be a lot more new stuff going on around here - including a total overhaul of the website. All your input and constructive criticism will be much appreciated.


P.S. Pollen seems to be lying low for now - I slept flat last night Woo!

43 Responses to “Real Work”
  1. Emma in France says:


    I just filled out your survey. I’m looking forward to your long-draw spinalong as it’s something I really need to tackle.

  2. Justine says:

    I took part in your survey!

  3. suse the slow knitta says:

    completed the survey, I hope you find it useful

  4. Roo says:

    I’ve completed the survey too.

  5. Pixie says:

    I took part and so pleased that pollen is low enough for you to have slept.

  6. Anne says:

    Hi! I’ve had a go at your survey too!

  7. Kai says:

    Yay for change! Survey all filled out for ya.

    And Yay for low pollen. It rained here last night too and today has been sunny but blustery. Nice and low pollen, thankfully.

  8. Heather says:

    Yep I completed the survey :-) Glad you are actually getting some sleep,and good luck with the business plans! All sounds very exciting.

  9. Lindsey Ligett says:

    Survey done. I hope you get some helpful information from it….I’m not sure if my answers were very useful! :-) I’m looking forward to see what you have cooking on the business/website front.

    Glad to hear you can breathe easy again. Hope it stays that way!

  10. Daisy says:

    I’ve done the survey and YAY for the pollen count!!

  11. Anne King says:

    I’ve completed the survey too - hope it’s useful. Hope the pollen stays low for a while now.

  12. Hanne says:

    I took part :)

  13. Larissa says:

    Hi Diane, survey completed. Not sure if I was much help, but I’ll happily think some more on website suggestions if you like.

  14. Gill says:

    I’ve done the survey, and I’m intrigued!

  15. Ali says:

    I did the survey, too! Hope this helps with the business plans. :)

  16. mrspao says:

    Me, too! Sounds very exciting.

  17. alice says:

    just did the survey. go girl!

  18. Melinda Jackson says:

    Just done your survey - what a good idea! I’m full of admiration for anyone starting a business.

  19. Tunie says:

    Hi Diane, I just completed the survey. I hope my comment about downloading helps increase pattern sales. Good luck with the business plans.
    Glad to read the sleeping is improving. I remember years of sleeping upright and longing for rain. I hope it clears out all the pollen for you.

  20. Lou In Pacific Northwest U.S. says:

    Survey completed, hope it helps, please keep up with the great tutorials.

  21. Kate/Massachusetts says:

    Survey completed! I do love your blog and patterns!

  22. Debra Lukeis says:

    Have done the survey. Good luck with the business.

  23. Debra says:

    Not sure what happened. Comment awaiting moderation! Good luck from Australia. Have done the survey.

  24. Emily says:

    Hi - I’ve filled in your survey. Had to put that I am in Aus and too far away to learn spinning from you - but I shall be back in the UK next year (for good) so that latter may change!

  25. mklawrie says:

    I completed the survey, but forgot to say that I’d love to see more spin-a-longs.

  26. Amanda Cathleen says:

    I feel your pain. Stupid pollen!
    I just finished the survey, and I can’t wait to see what your up too :)

  27. Mum says:

    I have done the survey. Glad you are better. :-)

  28. Donyale Grant says:

    very-ry in-ter-est-ing.

  29. Saffi says:

    I’ve taken your survey. Hope you get lots of useful results!

  30. Jenny says:

    Survey completed. Good luck with your business plan, make sure you get a good accountant to give you advice. More knitty &spinny pictures please!

  31. Anna says:

    I have done the survey. I like this blog a lot!!

  32. Carole says:

    Survey done…glad you are on the mend

  33. Cherie says:

    Hey you, just did the survey! Sounds like you’re really getting into the ‘knitty gritty’ now! I’m not sure how (or why) you want to improve your blog exactly, so I was stumped when it came to suggestions for you. Good luck with it all.

  34. Soo says:

    Survey completed!

  35. elizabeth says:

    What a great idea for a survey! I loved the “what age group do you identify with” - that’s so much more fitting than what age I currently am!

  36. Shirley says:

    Survey completed! I put my actual age range although I feel more like 18 than 39 :)

  37. Alicenne says:

    I did the survey!

  38. Yogicknitter says:

    Ok I filled in your survey and I hope the information that I gave was useful.

  39. Jacqui says:

    Yeh, I completed the survey as well.

  40. probablyjane says:

    Another survey done and dusted!

  41. Jen says:

    I’ve left mine - looking forward to the spinning workshop next month.

  42. Marianne says:

    I wanted to have a larger age group from 25-60! I chose the latter! Hope my contribution helps!

  43. noraknits says:

    survey done, hope it helps. good luck!

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