*August Update* Thank you so much to everyone who applied, I've found all the knitters I need for now so won't be recruiting anymore this side of Christmas but if you're interested please do apply below and I can keep your details on file for next time, Thank you, L x
It's happened again, the business is getting bigger than me and I need a bit of help to keep up.
Around this time last year I took on a small team of local knitters and sewers who've helped me grow and we now need a few more pairs of hands to get even bigger and better.
All the info is below but the key aspects are someone close by to my studio in or around Exeter to collect and drop off work, who's willing to register as self employed, experienced at hand knitting and adaptable to whatever comes their way. (After all, you never know when you're going to get a call to make 250 Santa hats in 6 days!!) Once i've received the initial form (found below) to say you're interested, I will send you a copy of the questionnaire to learn a little more about you and your knitting skills. Here's all the details you need -
Who I'm looking for:
- Non-smoker and pet free environment
- Experienced knitter who could cope with the large scale whilst keeping tension accurate
- Ability to knit Garter, Moss and Stockinette stitch, 'knit on' cast on and standard cast/bind off as a minimum
- Based nearby Exeter in Devon so I could drop off and collect work as lots of pieces can become heavy to post
- Registered or willing to register as self employed
The successful applicant will be
- Friendly and amiable
- Flexible and adaptable in attitude and especially with regards to work load
- Well organised with good time management
- Please note that a confidentiality agreement will need to be signed by the successful applicants.
- Quality is of the upmost importance so a sample piece of knitting is required from shortlisted applicants. (I send needles and wool out for this sample)
-The workload will vary depending on demand and time of year, therefore there may be lots of work one month and little or none the next.
- Payment is per piece and has been calculated based on a time and motion sample carried out by myself and my existing knitters to calculate a fair wage.
-The work will be carried out in the knitters own home & I will supply the needles and wool. My work is all chunky knitting so it would involve using the large wooden needles as pictured above, but not the super sized ones (used to make throws).
A bit about Lauren Aston Designs:
I launched the brand in February 2015 hand knitting statement knits on giant needles. Since then it's gone from strength to strength, growing quickly and presenting amazing opportunities.
It's been a wonderful 18 months, the brand has been featured in countless publications including Country Living magazine, The Metro Newspaper, Mollie Makes magazine and Women and Home, as well as plenty of others. Amongst other achievements I've knit a giant teapot cosy for the National Theatres production of Alice in Wonderland 'Wonder.Land' and recently won Country Homes and Interiors 'my country business award'
I work closely with Notonthehighstreet.com who require great quality and short lead times, I try to absorb that pressure as much as possible by keeping on top of stock to the best of my ability but this can be tricky, especially at Christmas so can call for a very quick turn around on some products, particularly as I need to process each item once it's been knit. As ever, quality is key and needs to be upheld even when working to tight deadlines.
As a small business each day is different. This is wonderful for variety but makes it difficult to guess demand and stock levels, for this reason my lovely knitters need to be flexible and accommodating. Some weeks there's lots to do and others there's nothing.
The variety of knitting I need help with is basically everything made on the 'smaller' needles (as pictured). These items include my full range of Cushions and Footstools as well as Christmas lines such as Stockings, Toy Sacks, Santa Hats and Tree Toppers. Currently we are focusing on Christmas Stock so when October comes around we should be prepared and won't need to panic about a lack of Toy Sacks.
I have a lovely relationship with each of my knitters and sewers. It's important that we get on well and have a friendly and honest working relationship so that everyone is happy.
I am thinking of bringing someone in to the studio to help with the day to day running, particularly over Christmas. This needs a lot more thought and organisation but I will discuss this position with my existing and new knitters before advertising to see if any of them would like the opportunity. This is briefly touched upon in the questionnaire along with questions about willingness with hand sewing and pom pom making.
In short, it's a colourful and exciting growing business to knit for, with plenty of variety and really big needles. The right person will be up for a challenge, flexible in attitude and hours, friendly and of course, a great knitter.
If you made it this far and you're still reading I'm impressed and looking forward to hearing from you! If you are interested in knitting for Lauren Aston Designs please do fill in the form below and I'll send you a copy of the questionnaire.