2012 Rocks! (Market Survey)


Last year was pretty hard. I worked two months in the whole year. I spent a lot of time learning what I can and can not do. In October, I put my assistance application into writing and began the submission process. I have stated my eligibility. I answered two sets of business evaluation questions, been through a number of interviews, and I continue to do homework exercises. The paperwork has been sent off to the government for final approval, And I work with a local small business team to hone my ideas and business plan.

I’m really close to starting this bast & cellulose fibre business! My latest homework is to conduct a market survey to assess my idea. I decided to combine that with a contest. I have been working on a number of different products that I will be able to sell and can finally offer up for a contest!

Please help me out by filling out my survey. Responses can be either posted here in the comments section or emailed to me at farmablefibres@gmail.com. This contest will be open for at least one week, until Thur Jan 19, 2012. If possible I will extend the contest for two weeks until Thurs Jan 26, 2012. Winners will get their choice of 100 grams of hand dyed hemp, or 100 grams of hand plied cotton, or 100 grams of bast blended fibres.

Thank you everyone!

Market Survey

1. Are you currently an active knitter? YES or NO

2. If yes, what types of yarn do you usually use? (please rank in order of preference with 1 being most important)

  • Wool
  • Alpaca
  • Silk
  • Cotton
  • Hemp
  • Linen
  • Acrylic
  • Other (please specify)____________________________

3. Where do you usually purchase your yarn? (please rank in order of preference with 1 being most important)

  • Retail store
  • On-line
  • Consumer shows
  • Other (please specify)____________________________

4. When choosing a yarn for your projects what criteria do you use in determining your choice? (please rank in order of importance with 1 being most important)

  • Price
  • availability of the yarn for the project
  • Environmental concern
  • Wash ability
  • Dryable in the Dryer
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Other (please specify)____________________________

5. Have you found that BAST fibres such as Hemp and Linen are easily available in the marketplace? YES or NO

6. If a new business offering BAST fibres and yarns was available would you be inclined to make a purchase? YES or NO

7. Would you be interested in receiving information about a new source of BAST fibres? YES or NO

Please send contact information to: farmablefibres@gmail.com

I have been taking a few pictures with the new camera. I’m getting used to how it works. My mother in law got this beautiful featherweight Singer for Xmas. Taken with my new Panasonic GF2!

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19 Responses to 2012 Rocks! (Market Survey)

  1. Meredith says:

    1. Are you currently an active knitter? YES

    2. If yes, what types of yarn do you usually use? (please rank in order of preference with 1 being most important)
    Wool-1
    Alpaca-3
    Silk-4
    Cotton-2
    Hemp-6
    Linen-5
    Acrylic-7

    3. Where do you usually purchase your yarn? (please rank in order of preference with 1 being most important)
    Retail store-2
    On-line-1

    4. When choosing a yarn for your projects what criteria do you use in determining your choice? (please rank in order of importance with 1 being most important)
    Price-1
    availability of the yarn for the project-2
    Environmental concern-4
    Wash ability-3
    Dryable in the Dryer-5
    Hypoallergenic-6

    5. Have you found that BAST fibres such as Hemp and Linen are easily available in the marketplace? YES but not in huge quantities or colours.

    6. If a new business offering BAST fibres and yarns was available would you be inclined to make a purchase? YES

    7. Would you be interested in receiving information about a new source of BAST fibres? YES

    Good luck with your business!

  2. Vanessa says:

    Good luck! I emailed you my response. That featherweight’s faceplate it so pretty.

  3. Zilliah says:

    1. Are you currently an active knitter? YES

    2. If yes, what types of yarn do you usually use? (please rank in order of preference with 1 being most important)

    * Wool – 1
    * Alpaca – 3
    * Silk – 2
    * Cotton – 5
    * Hemp – 7
    * Linen – 6
    * Acrylic – 4
    * Other (please specify)____________________________

    3. Where do you usually purchase your yarn? (please rank in order of preference with 1 being most important)

    * Retail store – 1
    * On-line – 2
    * Consumer shows – 3
    * Other (please specify)____________________________

    4. When choosing a yarn for your projects what criteria do you use in determining your choice? (please rank in order of importance with 1 being most important)

    * Price – 3
    * availability of the yarn for the project – 2
    * Environmental concern – 3
    * Wash ability – 4
    * Dryable in the Dryer – 6
    * Hypoallergenic – 5
    * Other (please specify)____Colour and texture/feel of the yarn – 1

    5. Have you found that BAST fibres such as Hemp and Linen are easily available in the marketplace? Linen, yes. Hemp, still yes, but not as much.

    6. If a new business offering BAST fibres and yarns was available would you be inclined to make a purchase? It would depend a lot on the colour and feel of the fibre/yarn. I don’t currently dye bast fibres. I couldn’t say yes or no for sure. The business being new would not effect my decision.

    7. Would you be interested in receiving information about a new source of BAST fibres? YES (provided it wasn’t frequent spamming).

  4. Kepanie says:

    1. Are you currently an active knitter? YES

    2. If yes, what types of yarn do you usually use? (please rank in order of preference with 1 being most important)
    Wool
    Alpaca
    Acrylic

    3. Where do you usually purchase your yarn? (please rank in order of preference with 1 being most important)
    #1Retail store/LYS
    #2Once in a blue moon, online.

    4. When choosing a yarn for your projects what criteria do you use in determining your choice? (please rank in order of importance with 1 being most important)
    #2 Price
    #1 Wash ability

    5. Have you found that BAST fibres such as Hemp and Linen are easily available in the marketplace? I don’t know actually.

    6. If a new business offering BAST fibres and yarns was available would you be inclined to make a purchase? Maybe.

    7. Would you be interested in receiving information about a new source of BAST fibres? NO

  5. Anna says:

    1. Are you currently an active crocheter? YES

    2. If yes, what types of yarn do you usually use? (please rank in order of preference with 1 being most important)
    ■Wool-4
    ■Alpaca-6
    ■Silk-7
    ■Cotton-1
    ■Hemp-2
    ■Linen-5
    ■Acrylic-3

    3. Where do you usually purchase your yarn? (please rank in order of preference with 1 being most important)
    ■Retail store-1
    ■On-line-2
    ■Consumer shows-3

    4. When choosing a yarn for your projects what criteria do you use in determining your choice? (please rank in order of importance with 1 being most important)
    ■Price-2
    ■availability of the yarn for the project-3
    ■Environmental concern-4
    ■Wash ability-5
    ■Dryable in the Dryer-6
    ■Hypoallergenic-7
    ■other: how the yarn feels -1

    5. Have you found that BAST fibres such as Hemp and Linen are easily available in the marketplace? NO

    6. If a new business offering BAST fibres and yarns was available would you be inclined to make a purchase? YES

    7. Would you be interested in receiving information about a new source of BAST fibres? YES

  6. 1. YES

    2. Alpaca, Wool, Acrylic, Cotton
    Have never used: Silk, Hemp, Linen

    3. Retail store, Other (Fiber festivals), On-line, Consumer shows

    4. Wash ability, Environmental concern, Price, availability of the yarn for the project
    Not important: Dryable in the Dryer, Hypoallergenic

    5. NO

    6. Maybe

    7. YES

  7. TurtleRock-Laurie says:

    Market Survey

    1. Are you currently an active knitter? YES
    2. If yes, what types of yarn do you usually use? (please rank in order of preference with 1 being most important)
    1 Wool
    4 Alpaca
    2 Silk
    3 Cotton
    ■Hemp
    ■Linen
    5 Acrylic
    ■Other (please specify)____________________________

    3. Where do you usually purchase your yarn? (please rank in order of preference with 1 being most important)
    1 Retail store
    2 On-line
    ■Consumer shows
    ■Other (please specify)____________________________

    4. When choosing a yarn for your projects what criteria do you use in determining your choice? (please rank in order of importance with 1 being most important)
    2 Price
    ■availability of the yarn for the project
    ■Environmental concern
    ■Wash ability
    ■Dryable in the Dryer
    ■Hypoallergenic
    1 Other (please specify)__made in the USA or Canada, natural fiber_________________

    5. Have you found that BAST fibres such as Hemp and Linen are easily available in the marketplace? NO

    6. If a new business offering BAST fibres and yarns was available would you be inclined to make a purchase? YES, if price is the same or less than comparable cotton yarn

    7. Would you be interested in receiving information about a new source of BAST fibres?
    Please send contact information to: farmablefibres@gmail.com

  8. pip says:

    1. Are you currently an active knitter? YES

    2. If yes, what types of yarn do you usually use? (please rank in order of preference with 1 being most important)

    Wool 1
    Alpaca 4
    Silk 3
    Cotton 2
    Hemp
    Linen
    Acrylic
    Other (please specify)___Haven’t tried Hemp or Linen_________________________
    3. Where do you usually purchase your yarn? (please rank in order of preference with 1 being most important)

    Retail store 2
    On-line 1
    Consumer shows 3
    Other (please specify)____________________________
    4. When choosing a yarn for your projects what criteria do you use in determining your choice? (please rank in order of importance with 1 being most important)

    Price 4
    availability of the yarn for the project 1
    Environmental concern 3
    Wash ability 2
    Dryable in the Dryer
    Hypoallergenic
    Other (please specify)____________________________
    5. Have you found that BAST fibres such as Hemp and Linen are easily available in the marketplace? NO

    6. If a new business offering BAST fibres and yarns was available would you be inclined to make a purchase? I’d be interested in trying the yarns as haven’t used before.

    7. Would you be interested in receiving information about a new source of BAST fibres? YES

  9. 1. Are you currently an active knitter? YES

    2. If yes, what types of yarn do you usually use? (please rank in order of preference with 1 being most important)

    2 Wool
    3 Alpaca
    4 Silk
    5 Cotton
    7 Hemp
    6 Linen
    1 Acrylic
    Other (please specify)____________________________

    3. Where do you usually purchase your yarn? (please rank in order of preference with 1 being most important)

    1 Retail store
    2 On-line
    3 Consumer shows
    Other (please specify)____________________________

    4. When choosing a yarn for your projects what criteria do you use in determining your choice? (please rank in order of importance with 1 being most important)

    4 Price
    5 availability of the yarn for the project
    7 Environmental concern
    2 Wash ability
    3 Dryable in the Dryer
    6 Hypoallergenic
    1 Other (please specify) – how it feels against the skin

    5. Have you found that BAST fibres such as Hemp and Linen are easily available in the marketplace? I’ve seen Hemp yarns around more than Linen but neither are “easily” available.

    6. If a new business offering BAST fibres and yarns was available would you be inclined to make a purchase? It depends on how it physically felt in my hands, as I don’t have a great deal of experience with them.

    7. Would you be interested in receiving information about a new source of BAST fibres? YES

  10. Amy G says:

    1. Are you currently an active knitter? YES

    2. If yes, what types of yarn do you usually use? (please rank in order of preference with 1 being most important)

    Wool 1
    Alpaca
    Silk 3
    Cotton 2
    Hemp 4
    Linen 6
    Acrylic 5
    Other (please specify)____________________________

    3. Where do you usually purchase your yarn? (please rank in order of preference with 1 being most important)

    Retail store 1
    On-line 3
    Consumer shows 2
    Other (please specify)____________________________

    4. When choosing a yarn for your projects what criteria do you use in determining your choice? (please rank in order of importance with 1 being most important)

    Price
    availability of the yarn for the project 1
    Environmental concern 4
    Wash ability 2
    Dryable in the Dryer 3
    Hypoallergenic 5
    Other (please specify)____________________________

    5. Have you found that BAST fibres such as Hemp and Linen are easily available in the marketplace? NO

    6. If a new business offering BAST fibres and yarns was available would you be inclined to make a purchase? YES

    7. Would you be interested in receiving information about a new source of BAST fibres? NO

    Please send contact information to: farmablefibres@gmail.com

  11. Kathy Partridge says:

    1. Are you currently an active knitter? YES

    2. If yes, what types of yarn do you usually use? (please rank in order of preference with 1 being most important)

    Wool 1
    Alpaca 2
    Silk 5
    Cotton 3
    Hemp 4
    Linen 6
    Acrylic 7
    Other (please specify)____________________________
    3. Where do you usually purchase your yarn? (please rank in order of preference with 1 being most important)

    Retail store 1
    On-line 2
    Consumer shows
    Other (please specify)____________________________
    4. When choosing a yarn for your projects what criteria do you use in determining your choice? (please rank in order of importance with 1 being most important)

    Price 3
    availability of the yarn for the project 1
    Environmental concern 2
    Wash ability 5
    Dryable in the Dryer 6
    Hypoallergenic 4
    Other (please specify)____________________________
    5. Have you found that BAST fibres such as Hemp and Linen are easily available in the marketplace? NO

    6. If a new business offering BAST fibres and yarns was available would you be inclined to make a purchase? NOT SURE

    7. Would you be interested in receiving information about a new source of BAST fibres? YES

  12. Daiva says:

    1. Are you currently an active knitter? YES
    2. If yes, what types of yarn do you usually use? (please rank in order of preference with 1 being most important)

    Wool -1
    Cotton- 2
    Linen-3
    Silk -4
    Alpaca -5

    3. Where do you usually purchase your yarn? (please rank in order of preference with 1 being most important)
    On-line -1
    Retail store -2
    Consumer shows 3

    4. When choosing a yarn for your projects what criteria do you use in determining your choice? (please rank in order of importance with 1 being most important)
    Quality 1
    Price 2
    Environmental concern 3

    5. Have you found that BAST fibres such as Hemp and Linen are easily available in the marketplace? NO

    6. If a new business offering BAST fibres and yarns was available would you be inclined to make a purchase? YES 7.

    Would you be interested in receiving information about a new source of BAST fibres? YES

  13. Miagi says:

    1. Are you currently an active knitter? NO

    2. If yes, what types of yarn do you usually use? (please rank in order of preference with 1 being most important)

    Wool
    Alpaca
    Silk
    Cotton
    Hemp
    Linen
    Acrylic
    Other (please specify)____________________________

    3. Where do you usually purchase your yarn? (please rank in order of preference with 1 being most important)

    Other (please specify)Fabric Warehouse

    4. When choosing a yarn for your projects what criteria do you use in determining your choice? (please rank in order of importance with 1 being most important)

    1 Price
    5 availability of the yarn for the project
    2 Environmental concern
    3 Wash ability
    Dryable in the Dryer
    4 Hypoallergenic
    Other (please specify) Durability

    5. Have you found that BAST fibres such as Hemp and Linen are easily available in the marketplace? NO

    6. If a new business offering BAST fibres and yarns was available would you be inclined to make a purchase? YES

    7. Would you be interested in receiving information about a new source of BAST fibres? NO

  14. KathyLu says:

    1. Are you currently an active knitter? YES

    2. If yes, what types of yarn do you usually use? (please rank in order of preference with 1 being most important)

    ■Wool 6
    ■Alpaca 3
    ■Silk 5
    ■Cotton 1
    ■Hemp 2
    ■Linen 4
    ■Acrylic never
    ■Other (please specify)___Okra_________________________
    3. Where do you usually purchase your yarn? (please rank in order of preference with 1 being most important)

    ■Retail store 2
    ■On-line 1
    ■Consumer shows 3 only because I live in the boonies.
    ■Other (please specify)__my own hand spun__________________________
    4. When choosing a yarn for your projects what criteria do you use in determining your choice? (please rank in order of importance with 1 being most important)

    ■Price 4
    ■availability of the yarn for the project 3
    ■Environmental concern 2
    ■Wash ability 1
    ■Dryable in the Dryer 5
    ■Hypoallergenic 6
    ■Other (please specify)____________________________
    5. Have you found that BAST fibres such as Hemp and Linen are easily available in the marketplace? NO but getting better

    6. If a new business offering BAST fibres and yarns was available would you be inclined to make a purchase? YES

    7. Would you be interested in receiving information about a new source of BAST fibres? YES

  15. Heather says:

    1. Are you currently an active knitter? YES
    2. If yes, what types of yarn do you usually use? (please rank in order of preference with 1 being most important)

    Wool – 1
    Alpaca – 2
    Silk – 4
    Cotton – 3
    Hemp – 7
    Linen – 6
    Acrylic – 5
    Other (please specify)____________________________
    3. Where do you usually purchase your yarn? (please rank in order of preference with 1 being most important)

    Retail store -1
    On-line -3
    Consumer shows -2
    Other (please specify)____________________________
    4. When choosing a yarn for your projects what criteria do you use in determining your choice? (please rank in order of importance with 1 being most important)

    Price -1
    availability of the yarn for the project -2
    Environmental concern -5
    Wash ability -3
    Dryable in the Dryer -4
    Hypoallergenic -6
    Other (please specify)____________________________
    5. Have you found that BAST fibres such as Hemp and Linen are easily available in the marketplace? NO

    6. If a new business offering BAST fibres and yarns was available would you be inclined to make a purchase? YES
    7. Would you be interested in receiving information about a new source of BAST fibres? YES

  16. Lauren says:

    1. Are you currently an active knitter? YES
    2. If yes, what types of yarn do you usually use? (please rank in order of preference with 1 being most important)
    * Wool -1
    * Alpaca -2
    * Silk -4
    * Cotton -5
    * Hemp -6
    * Linen -7
    * Acrylic -3
    * Bamboo -4

    3. Where do you usually purchase your yarn? (please rank in order of preference with 1 being most important)
    * Retail store -1
    * On-line -3
    * Consumer shows -2
    * Other (please specify)____________________________

    4. When choosing a yarn for your projects what criteria do you use in determining your choice? (please rank in order of importance with 1 being most important)
    * Price -5
    * availability of the yarn for the project -7
    * Environmental concern -3
    * Wash ability -2
    * Dryable in the Dryer -4
    * Hypoallergenic -6
    * Feel -1

    5. Have you found that BAST fibres such as Hemp and Linen are easily available in the marketplace? NO

    6. If a new business offering BAST fibres and yarns was available would you be inclined to make a purchase? I do way too much of my yarn buying on the fly because it looks pretty and/or feels soft so it is hard for me to answer one way or the other.

    7. Would you be interested in receiving information about a new source of BAST fibres? YES

  17. Linda says:

    1. Are you currently an active knitter? YES
    2. If yes, what types of yarn do you usually use? (please rank in order of preference with 1 being most important)

    Wool–1
    Alpaca–6
    Silk–2 (blend only)
    Cotton–5
    Hemp–7
    Linen–4
    Acrylic–8
    Other (please specify)_Bamboo–3___________________________

    3. Where do you usually purchase your yarn? (please rank in order of preference with 1 being most important)

    Retail store–3
    On-line–1
    Consumer shows–2
    Other (please specify)____________________________

    4. When choosing a yarn for your projects what criteria do you use in determining your choice? (please rank in order of importance with 1 being most important)

    Price–4
    availability of the yarn for the project–3
    Environmental concern–2
    Wash ability–6
    Dryable in the Dryer–7
    Hypoallergenic–5
    Other (please specify)_appearance and texture–1___________________________

    5. Have you found that BAST fibres such as Hemp and Linen are easily available in the marketplace? NO

    6. If a new business offering BAST fibres and yarns was available would you be inclined to make a purchase? YES
    7. Would you be interested in receiving information about a new source of BAST fibres? YES

  18. Karin says:

    Market Survey

    1. Are you currently an active knitter? YES
    2. If yes, what types of yarn do you usually use? (please rank in order of preference with 1 being most important)

    ■Wool 5
    ■Alpaca
    ■Silk 3
    ■Cotton 1
    ■Hemp 4
    ■Linen 2
    ■Acrylic
    ■Other (please specify)____________________________
    3. Where do you usually purchase your yarn? (please rank in order of preference with 1 being most important)

    ■Retail store 2
    ■On-line 1
    ■Consumer shows
    ■Other (please specify)____________________________
    4. When choosing a yarn for your projects what criteria do you use in determining your choice? (please rank in order of importance with 1 being most important)

    ■Price 1
    ■availability of the yarn for the project 3
    ■Environmental concern 2
    ■Wash ability
    ■Dryable in the Dryer
    ■Hypoallergenic
    ■Other (please specify)__hemp, cotton is cool to wear, wool is too hot_________________________
    5. Have you found that BAST fibres such as Hemp and Linen are easily available in the marketplace? YES
    6. If a new business offering BAST fibres and yarns was available would you be inclined to make a purchase? YES
    7. Would you be interested in receiving information about a new source of BAST fibres? YES

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