Branded Love Vendor Spotlight | Just be you. | Devoted Knits

When I started up my business, Devoted Knits, 3 years ago, I had no real goals or plans for it. I had no idea, that God would bless and I would be where I am. But looking back I wish that there were a few things I could just tell myself. I want to share those things with you in hopes that they will inspire, lift you up, and show you we all start somewhere.

1. Don’t buy that yarn!
In the beginning, I would follow newborn photographers (not the vendors) and view the gorgeous yarns being used for the hats on the babies. I would search for that yarn anywhere I could, until I found it (usually in some awful colors because it was ‘cheaper’) I would then try to make something up out of it and just pray to God someone would buy it. And more often than not, they wouldn’t sell. I felt so stuck, not realizing what was wrong. So I wish I could go back and tell myself “The yarns don’t make up the item you are making. When it comes down to it — its all about YOU. Don’t waste your money and time buying up things and trying to make it work — when its not really you.”

2. Yes, you do need a logo.
I know this might sound like a plug for Chinelle, but this is just the truth of it. During my first year of DK, I played around and just did things willy nilly. I didn’t have a real brand or style. I was told by a friend of mine in the business that I needed to project a clear brand. I will never forget that bit of advice — it changed the entire direction of my business. I owe a lot of my success to Amanda from Lilian Grace. Without her encouragement, I might still be wandering brandless. See, after I had a logo and a clear brand, I had a platform and a good foundation for my business. So it might seem like alot – but branding can go a long way and help to define you in this vast business world.

3. Don’t give up.
I am a very self motivated person, I work long hours and often take on more than I should. But I wish I could go back and talk to myself around Sept of 2010. My husband had been laid off for the first 9 months of our marriage. I was working 12 hour days as an in home caregiver for the elderly. I was always exhausted, and in the midst of this, I was trying to knit too. I wish I could just tell me, “This too shall pass. You are on to something, keep at it.” Not because I was going to give up — but because we all need that encouragement, that breath of fresh air to keep us going when it gets hard.

I know this advice is bent towards vendors but I hope that it can inspire others as well. I hope you are blessed and encouraged.

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  • Anna-Lisa Fondelheit HallasSeptember 6, 2013 - 3:02 pm

    super cute, I hope I win <3.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Moore DavisSeptember 6, 2013 - 3:11 pm

    Your Items Are Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Tina EbertSeptember 6, 2013 - 3:18 pm

    Love, love, love your products — simply beautiful. <3ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca EvansSeptember 6, 2013 - 3:46 pm

    I love Devoted Knits! Thanks for this chance:)ReplyCancel

  • Erika NullSeptember 6, 2013 - 5:37 pm

    Love Trae and her amazing work! Great article! <3ReplyCancel

  • Simona WaltersSeptember 6, 2013 - 5:40 pm

    I love that you’re being honest. Starting anything is hard. Good for you!ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey HaffnerSeptember 6, 2013 - 5:45 pm

    Great inspiration. Love your work!ReplyCancel

  • Laura CastroSeptember 6, 2013 - 6:06 pm

    Devoted Knits does beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • Alyssa KenneySeptember 6, 2013 - 6:10 pm

    You have always done great work, Trae! I still have and wear my purple scarf…<3.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica KlausSeptember 6, 2013 - 9:15 pm

    beautiful ♥ReplyCancel

  • Bethany LambSeptember 7, 2013 - 12:45 am

    I have met Trae in person and she is every bit as warm and delightful as this blog makes her seem! If you want some truly high-quality products for photography props, Trae is your girl!ReplyCancel

  • Christy Nicole ForemanSeptember 7, 2013 - 2:13 am

    Hope I win!ReplyCancel

  • Corinne RockhillSeptember 7, 2013 - 2:16 am

    Your work is amazing!! ReplyCancel

  • Annieand EricSmackSeptember 7, 2013 - 2:19 am

    LOVE this! Definitely need for my collection ;).ReplyCancel

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  • Megan Marlene PeterSeptember 7, 2013 - 2:23 am

    I ADORE devoted knits. One of the best vendors on the market. Hands down.ReplyCancel

  • Michele L LessenthienSeptember 7, 2013 - 2:24 am

    Amazing story, inspiring! Love your items!ReplyCancel

  • Brandi Dilling ThompsonSeptember 7, 2013 - 2:25 am

    Great tips. I think for anybody to succeed in their business; they have to be themselves. It’s definitely true as a photographer or anybody. I was already a fan of yours and I’d love to win; thanks for the opportunity. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Laura Heritier HowleSeptember 7, 2013 - 2:26 am

    Love your products.ReplyCancel

  • Azure KittsSeptember 7, 2013 - 2:26 am

    This is adorable! Thanks for the opportumity!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda HamlinSeptember 7, 2013 - 2:26 am

    LOVE your brand and your advice!ReplyCancel

  • Azure KittsSeptember 7, 2013 - 2:26 am

    This is adorable! Thanks for the opportumity!ReplyCancel

  • Kaitlin HilgerSeptember 7, 2013 - 2:27 am

    Love your items!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Lynn McMurtreySeptember 7, 2013 - 2:29 am

    love your talk on branding. I’m just now feeling like my brand is pulling through. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Jana RollerSeptember 7, 2013 - 2:30 am

    Love your stuff and it truly shows that you put yourself into your work. The greatest things are made from the heart.ReplyCancel

  • Rhonda Desormeau ScrivenSeptember 7, 2013 - 2:31 am

    Thank you so much for sharing your journey! Love that in the end its all up to you being your own person with a vision of your own your work is beautiful and speaks for itself with its quality & beautiful fibres! Thanks for encouraging us ReplyCancel

  • Beth Duncan CarterSeptember 7, 2013 - 2:38 am

    These are simply beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Megan BirdSeptember 7, 2013 - 2:38 am

    Great article! Very inspiring and I think this advice could be applied to any business!ReplyCancel

  • Megan PearsonSeptember 7, 2013 - 2:41 am

    Thank you for the opportunity to win. Your work is AMAZING!! ReplyCancel

  • Kate BilyeuSeptember 7, 2013 - 2:45 am

    great article! And I hope I win because I love your stuff, I just can’t afford it.ReplyCancel

  • Zeraline Inot HollidaySeptember 7, 2013 - 2:58 am

    Your advise is a blessing at just the right time. I had been on my computer all day trying to figure out what I am doing wrong. I went upstairs because I was just drained and was trying to take a breather or maybe a short nap. No luck but you made it all better. I shall never give up what I love to do!ReplyCancel

  • Becky Genovese ChristiansenSeptember 7, 2013 - 3:12 am

    Thank you so much for your passion and this giveaway of course 😉

  • Andrea KinterSeptember 7, 2013 - 3:27 am
  • Kathrin Judd PhotographySeptember 7, 2013 - 3:52 am

    I adore your work and call 2 of your beautiful wraps mine 🙂 looking forward to using them and ordering more in the future! Would LOVE to win this beautiful basket stuffer <3.ReplyCancel

  • Amber JohnsonSeptember 7, 2013 - 4:25 am

    Love your products, thanks for the giveaway! Great advice!ReplyCancel

  • Mary 'Zimmer' ShudySeptember 7, 2013 - 5:32 am

    Great post! I love to hear people’s stories. And I also love your work♥.ReplyCancel

  • Cassandra Marie OldenburgSeptember 7, 2013 - 6:01 am

    This post is so inspiring!! I too feel stuck somedays and wish i could go back and tell myself everything! Thank you for this post, your amazing! ReplyCancel

  • Marissa ConditSeptember 7, 2013 - 12:17 pm

    Beautiful products. Keep up the amazing work.ReplyCancel

  • Mary StackerSeptember 7, 2013 - 12:55 pm

    I’d love to win a blanket stuffer. They look fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Bindz PhotographySeptember 7, 2013 - 1:00 pm

    Gorgeous work and inspiring post, I’m currently working full time and working on developing my business weekends and weeknights, I know I will eventually get there 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kristen VisserSeptember 7, 2013 - 1:29 pm

    absolutely love! very beautifulReplyCancel

  • Sarah HemmertSeptember 7, 2013 - 1:46 pm

    Thanks for the advice and the beautiful giveaway.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole BaldwinSeptember 7, 2013 - 2:37 pm

    amazing product quality~.ReplyCancel

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