Saturday, 3 January 2015

Looking back at 2014

Hi, New year, New blog! I'm starting afresh with this whole blogging thing, my last blog was a disaster in style and in content! I'm feeling very inspired by members of the Brighton Etsy Team to make something worth reading, I have ideas of things I'd like to share all the time but I never seem to find the time, this year however it WILL be different.

In case you don't know already my name is Claire Griffiths, I run 'Yellow Bear Wares' an Etsy shop that mainly contains jewellery made by re-appropriating vintage and pre-loved knitting needles. I've been running it for nearly two years now and so far it's going well, for me anyway! I'm afraid I had quite low expectations when I started but I thought I would give it a go. I've very been surprised by the successes I've had and 2014 was a great year for me. I've managed to cut down to working 3 days a week in my 'other' employment (more about that some other time) and I seem to be concentrating on Yellow Bear Wares for the other 4 days in each week! (I must admit, one of my aims this year is to stop OVER-working, I find it hard to settle at home when I can see there are things to make and do for the business).

Some of my Yellow Bear Wares highlights for 2014 were:

Being a part of an Open House in Brighton's Artist Open House Festival:

Collaborating with Laser kings 'Designosaur' on a yarn ball and needles inspired ring:

Having a booth at my first ever Knitting show 'Unwind' in Brighton:

Being featured in many knitting and crochet related magazines:

Filming for and appearing as an 'expert' on a new tv show 'Crafty Beggars':

Appearing in the 'Super + Super' shop window demonstrating 'EXTREME' knitting for the Brighton Etsy Team's 'Craftivism' event:

Being stocked in five UK high street shops: Brigden & Bayliss, Flax, A Yarn Story, Wild and Woolly, The Slipped Stitch, one online shop: Where's Me Jumper and a yarn shop in Iceland!: Litla Prjónabúðin

Giving a talk on my ideas about ‘Tactile crafts in a digital world’ for the Brighton Etsy Team at one of their monthly events:

Being featured as one of the makers in the Brighton Etsy Pop-up shop in November:
(Image credit: Brighton Etsy Team Blog)

And those are just the highlights! I'm hoping 2015 will bring as many exciting opportunities my way and I'm going to work hard to try and make that happen.

Apologies for this being quite a long and image heavy post, it wasn't meant to be, I'm off now but I'd like to say thank you to all my customers, friends, supporters, family and all of the Brighton Etsy Team for making this year such a great one, seriously couldn't and wouldn't have done it without you!


  1. Nice post. Sounds like you had a fab 2014! Here's to hoping '15 will be even better! :)

    1. Turns out I can reply to posts using google chrome but not my regular firefox! so here's my message that I wanted to write back when you commented on my blog:


  2. Looking forward to reading more about your adventures in 2015 :)

    1. Thank you Sarah, I appear to be keeping a bit more on top of the blog so far!

  3. YAY for 2014 and WAHOO to an even better 2015!

    It was great to collaborate with you this year, I love my little yarn ring! :)

    Karli x

    1. Oh yes!
      Finally answering your reply (though I thought I had way back!)
      Turns out I can only post replies using google chrome not my usual firefox!