Welcome to Mompreneur Monday where we introduce you to Mom-Based businesses in Lake County.
Today we are meeting one of our contributors Becky Honaker a Antioch mom and owner of the Etsy shop Knitsy Bitsy.
Mompreneur Becky Honaker learned to knit when her oldest child was born eight weeks early and had a long stay in the NICU. She sat next to his incubator every day and knit. When her son received a beautiful knit blanket from Project Linus while he was there she knew she wanted to give back by knitting. She loved knitting baby hats, and thought that she would sell them and donate one preemie hat to the NICU where her son was born. In September 2011 she started an Etsy shop, Knitsy Bitsy Knits, (name coined by her husband) and while people didn’t have a lot of interest in preemie hats, they wanted her designs in larger sizes. Since then, she has added child and adult sizes to her creations.
|Boot Cuffs via Knitsy Bitsy|
Like other moms with kids and household responsibilities, running her own business has come with its challenges. Becky says, “I have to be strict about remembering to clean the house when all I really want to do is sit on the couch and knit! The kids are great with it- they know not to touch mommy’s work if I put it down. But, I have learned that sometimes I need to give people a longer time frame of when I will get their items to them- that gives me time to manage my other jobs around the house. Often, my hands will get tired from all the work, so I have to take a few days off. So, instead, I use the time to do extra fun things with my kids who are at home.”
|Mickey Inspired Double Pom Pom Hat via Knitsy Bitsy|
Becky tells Little Lake County the best thing about having her own business is when she hears back from a customer. “Often, I don’t know the people who I am sending my items to. To receive a picture back on my Facebook page or a note of how much their child loved the new hat makes me smile. I just LOVE pictures of NICU babies wearing my hats- those make me smile the most.”
|Fuzzy Brown Owl Hat via Knitsy Bitsy|
Becky’s product inspiration is often found in the clothing that her children wear. “I want to make hats to match everything they have. Their interests are my inspiration, too. At one point in their lives, they have all been in love with Mickey Mouse, so that is where I found inspiration for my Mickey and Minnie hats- my best sellers!”
|Minnie Mouse Inspired Double Pom Pom Hat via Knitsy Bitsy|
Thinking of becoming a Mompreneur yourself but not sure about the logistics? Becky wants our readers to know that you can turn an unfortunate situation, such as having your baby in the NICU, into a positive one by thinking of a creative way to give back to the people that helped you. Also, it isn’t impossible to work at home- although it is a challenge.
One lucky Little Lake County reader is going to win a Mickey or Minnie Mouse hat in the size of their choice! Please tell us below what is your favorite item from Becky’s Shop. Than fill out the Rafflecopter.
Disclosure: Knitsy Bitsy is providing the product for the giveaway. No other compensation or product was received for doing this interview. All opinions expressed are those of the writer.