Today we’d like to introduce you to Rosenia D Bailey.
Hi Rosenia, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
In October of 1994, I bought my first home in Maryland. As Christmas was approaching, I came to the realization that “Oh! I can’t afford to purchase Christmas gifts.” My boss, at the time, had knitted me an afghan the year before. So I asked her to teach me and I took to it immediately! I started knitting afghans for my family. My sister has the first one I knitted. I knitted for a few years and then stopped.
In 2006 I picked up my needles and hadn’t stopped since. My skills and desire to learn more grew exponentially! I started getting requests from people. The biggest request came from two different natural skincare companies. Each asked me to knit some spa cloths for them. I was shocked by how those requests took off. I went from knitting clothes to knitting commissioned items, test knitting for yarn companies and designers. Additionally, I would get requests for specific design elements. All this led to me selling my items.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
For me this journey was and is very smooth. Fortunately, this is not my bread and butter so I have not had to face a lot of the hurdles others have and are going through. I also had to learn to design my own items to sell. In the Knitting world, designers request that you not sell their items for profit. Which I find unfortunate. If the pattern companies in the sewing world had the same philosophy, where would they be. This restraint has thrown me into developing my own designs.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a degreed accountant and work for a non-profit. Additionally, I have a small boutique accounting firm and my specialty is helping small businesses with their accounting, HR, benefits needs.
Risk taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
I am not sure whether or not I have taken any major risks. I have the security of a full-time day job that provides me with a lot of comforts. However, I would LOVE to grow my accounting firm and work for myself full time. I do need to work up the nerve to make that leap. That is Risk-Taking at its finest.
- Cloths (dish, wash) $25
- Cloths (dish, wash) $25
- Advance shawl $$360
- Hats $35 – $50
- Baby Blankets $150 – $300
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