My name is Sharon Wangui. I run a progressive online clothing brand known as Dangy Knots. I’m a Kenyan crocheter based at the coastal region in Diani. I love what I do!
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How Dangy Knots came to be actually a funny story. I started it as trial and error back in 2018 after seeing my cousin making baby clothes- ponchos, sweaters and shorts, out of yarn. I was amazed! This piqued my interest; I was curious to know more about crochet.
I found it so interesting and thought to myself, “This is it!” Truthfully, I had only the basic knowledge of how to start. Way back in Primary School, we had crochet lessons after class. I just brushed them off over the years. So this time around, I thought it wise to start off taking a different route by trying to make simple small projects like bras, and panties. For this, I had to learn patterns through online tutorials for beginners. YouTube has had a great impact in my life. Thanks to it, I have learnt so many patterns. I got really good that I started relying less on the video tutorials. Now, I can call myself a proud experienced crocheter.
Dangy Knots favourites.
My favourite crafting memory is when I made a stylish maroon set of a ruffle skirt and top. I also managed to take perfect shots of the set. This one killed it! Even now, every time I promote it, I get so many orders!
My passion for the craft inspires me to work harder and do better in this game of crochet. Passion gives me the urge to try out new patterns and styles that keep up with the trend.
Dangy Knots Goals for the year
My goal is to expand my scope of business operation. I want to not only be available online but to also have a physical shop. To achieve this, creating trust amongst my clients is key. I’m most excited because everything is panning out as planned, and I’m confident that by 2022, I will have something tangible enough and build my brand on another level.
What else are you involved in?
Currently, I multi-task, I help manage family business while trying to build my own. So I try to balance.
Influence of culture.
Well honestly, my tribe and culture has affected my interest in one way or another. I am from the Kikuyu community. Kikuyus are quite artistic and engage in different crafts from childhood like bead making, knitting and even pottery. With all this influence from my community, I guess it was only a matter of time before I found myself crafting as well. Crochet is even more special because most (if not all) Kikuyu mothers and grandmothers of a certain generation crocheted or knitted at one point in time or are still doing it and passing their interests to their children.
I have been fortunate enough not to have experienced any instances of discrimination. However, I know of such cases and I find it heartbreaking and I wouldn’t want to see anyone passing through that. I would encourage us to be better humans and make this world be full of positive vibes. Let’s support each other both in businesses and life.
I would encourage us to be better humans
Building your brand from scratch requires a lot of effort and consistency. It’s not easy but I’m a go getter and I usually finish what I start. I’m not the type to quit. So no matter how long or hard it takes, my plan will work out.
How you can support Dangy Knots
You can offer your support by encouraging me, giving me business ideas, growing my business, sending feedbacks and also following my business pages. I would really appreciate that. You can find me on Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp or email at [email protected]
Disclaimer: All photos provided for the purposes of graphics & illustrations for this article, are from Sharon Wangui of Dangy Knots.