Wednesday, October 27, 2010

I survived one month!


Monday marked one month of me being on my own since I quit my day job so I thought it would be fun to share how Pleasantly Plump came about! So without further ado...

I taught myself to knit while still in college, I was a fine arts major & found knitting to be a really relaxing & meditative way to unwind in between working on school projects.  I never really took it seriously (i.e. I made tons of scarves) until I graduated & finally learned how to make something other than a really long rectangle.  I think my knitting obsession really began the day that I taught myself to knit in the round on double pointed needles...be. still. my. heart. (it's still my favorite way to knit) & then came cabling, etc., etc.  My love & excitement for yarn & those two needles (or four) began!


Fast forward a couple years, I woke up one day & found myself as an administrative assistant in a corporate setting.  The details of how I got there are still fuzzy to me...I never imagined I would end up behind a desk making copies & excel spreadsheets, but none-the-less I was there & quite unfulfilled to say the least. That was when I really turned to my best friend, knitting, & started playfully dreaming about an alternative.  I started bringing my knitting bag with me everywhere (even to work) & would knit every chance I got.  Some of my co-workers at the time seemed interested in what I was making & started suggesting I sell some of my work but it was a conversation with my husband & my competitive & stubborn nature that really brought forth Pleasantly Plump [Knits.].  I had been obsessing over & coveting a new dslr camera for weeks so I would casually bring it up to Creed as much as possible, leaving ever so subtle hints that maybe he should buy it for me, ha! (it had a hefty price tag).  During one of these subtle conversations I playfully said I would sell enough of my knitted pieces to buy the camera for myself & well, we both kind of chuckled at the idea.  But the more I thought about it the more I saw it as a challenge...


By the end of a few days of heavily day dreaming & brainstorming, I had a name, a logo, an overall idea of what I wanted my brand to be & look like & the rest is history.  I had enough money for my camera (a new lense & a spiffy camera bag) within a few months.  I ended up retiring from my life as an assistant not so long after but always had another "day job" to help pay the bills.  I never really knew exactly where Pleasantly Plump would take me but at the time it provided an escape from a job I dreaded & a way to make extra money on the side.  It basically stayed that way until the day I decided it was much more than that, it was my labor of love & one of the driving forces in my life.

So far, this first month has been amazing!  It's no easy feat, I end up working way more hours than a typical day job, but it's so much more rewarding & never feels like "work." One of my favorite inspirational things to read is Etsy's "Quit Your Day Job" posts so I plan on doing my own version in one of my next posts by answering some of my favorite questions.

Thanks for reading!  Happy Wednesday!!! Pin It

7 comments:

  1. You are an inspiration!! I would love to be able to quit my day job. Especially with a new one on the way and a sweet little lady already here. Maybe someday... I can't wait to buy my little guy a pair of your knitted booties!

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  2. How amazing! I love it when you can come up with an idea and your imagination takes it to a whole new level.

    One question - is PPK what you originally imagined it would be? eg, did you always intend on just making booties?

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  3. You are a serious inspiration lady. I loved reading that post. I'm off to knit right now, driven even more by this awesome read. You're prove that if you work hard you can make it happen. And of course your booties are blasted awesome. (The ones with the moustaches are the best ever.) xx

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  4. I LOVE this-- I am so glad to know your story.

    Thanks for sharing and also: Way to go, girl!

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  5. Amazing! :) So inspiring to see you living what you love! You rock! :)

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  6. Congratulations on all your success! Stories like yours fuel the fire for the rest of us.

    Cheers

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  7. Congrats! That is amazing! You're little booties are precious!

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