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Meet Your Maker-Coffee Bean Knitting

I stumbled across Coffee Bean Knitting on Instagram and absolutely loved Kristin's style and aesthetic. I was so happy when she agreed to participate in MYM. Kristen has tons of beautiful both ready made items and patterns for sale on Etsy!Be sure to show her some love after reading this post.


Introduce yourself and your business.

I'm Kristin and I'm the creator of Coffee Bean Knitting! I was taught to crochet and knit when I was 7 or 8 by my grandmother, I stopped for a while in my teens but got back into it in my early 20's and haven't stopped since!

How did you launch your business & what made you want to start a small business?

I started Coffee Bean Knitting back in 2013, until then knitting and crocheting had just been a hobby but they were both things I really loved doing. I finally reached the point where I couldn't possible make any more hats, scarves, or blankets for myself and that's when I decided to launch an Etsy shop.

What are some struggles you had starting your business and how did you over come them?

My biggest struggle was time management. I've always had a "regular" job along with CBK and have a habit of taking on too many things at once or saying no to things. After the first couple of years I finally learned my limits and how to set boundaries.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

All of my designs are based on my own personal style. I've found that if I love a design I don't get tired of making it!



What motivates you as a maker?

My main motivation is to make Coffee Bean Knitting my full time job. Having that end goal keeps me driven and on track!

What is a goal you set for yourself as a maker/artist and how did you achieve it?

One of my biggest goals is to grow my business each year. I'm a huge fan of lists so it really helps me to write all of my goals out on paper and ways to achieve them, I always have a notebook in my purse to jot things down. This year I wanted to release more patterns so I made a point to schedule time especially for pattern writing.


What is your favorite part of being a maker?

I love the creative process! Being able to have an idea in my head and then see it eventually turn into an actual hat/scarf/shawl is so rewarding.

Do you have any tips for new makers/ small business owners?

Don't give up! Having your own business has so many challenges but believing in yourself is key!

What are some hobbies or interests you have outside of your small business?

My favorite things to do that don't involve yarn are reading, kayaking, and running. I love anything that gets me outside!

Share a fun fact about yourself.

I love running road races and even ran a half marathon on my honeymoon in Ireland!



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