I am slowly but surely working my way through the yarn for my Woodfords. It feels so great get to the point when you finish a skein and must wind another the next one. I am alternating skeins which I highly recommend when using this yarn and I am really enjoying the results.
The last couple of days I have been musing on my sweater and if it is ever going to be finished. I really seem to embrace the concept of the “glass half full” when I am knitting a sweater. I am about as pessimistic as one can get when I knit one. I am not complaining about complaining but I have just come to realize it as the “natural” state when I am working on a sweater project.
The other day I realized I had roughly used up 3 of the 13 skeins of yarn I have for my Woodfords that is less than the 30% complete… I think the expression a “Oh crap!” went through my head.
In the meantime while I have been SLOWLY knitting along I have also been buying craploads of yarn.. maybe from stress? Well anyways I digress the real lightbulb moment was when I realized that buying sweater quantities of yarn that you likely are not going to get a chance to knit anytime soon is the knitting equivalent to keeping your small size “goal” jeans around the house that you can’t fit in to. There is no logic in buying the yarn.. just like it is unlikely that one isn’t going to fit in to the jeans that are 2-3 sizes to small but are still in the closet… but is sure is fun to imaging the possibilities:)
Well, I finally pulled he trigger and launched my handgun hope on Etsy. It has been a long time in the making. I have really debated whether I do it or give my surplus of handspun to friends. There are so many elements of having this as a business that make me step out of my comfortzone: having to put oneself out there, pricing one’s work, opening myself and my hand spinning to feedback, and interfacing with customers.
While I spin yarn for pleasure I really considered all of the angles to pricing and consulted several people that I knew in the industry. The honest truth is that there are so many more variables with hand spinning an using “raw” fiber than other making activities. While it is easy to look at the time aspect there are other things such as the amount of dealing with the same amount of raw materials products that are of a different yardage and weight of yarn.
I have thought about certain aspects I am sure there are unexpected elements that I will encounter. I think of this new venture as a growing exercise and am looking towards it with a great sense of curiosity.
I have so much appreciation for mothers now that I am one. Happy belated Mother’s day to all of you out there. You are miracle worker’s, cheerleaders, teachers, kind, and are there when the chips are down and there is nothing left to give. It can be a thankless job sometimes and a single day doesn’t seem like enough to convey how much they are appreciated.
The weather in Seattle held out and we got to to brunch and the local farmer’s market which was a lot of fun:
Today seems like as good as any to blog. I don’t have anything really exciting to report or new that needs to be shared, but I realized I have lapsed a bit in the frequency of blogging. There hasn’t been so much knitting time lately, which I expect to change soon, I have some WIPS and I have created a bit of a backlog on the yarn I have spinning that needs to be plied.
Crafting these days seems to be therapeutic, which is really nice when I can get sometime to actually do it. I finally broke down and bought a Hansen Minispinner last month. The good news is that I was receptive to one of my friends “selling” me on the entry level model. If you know me, you know I have a hard time going “on the cheap” or being “economical”. It is not that I am looking so spend money but I have a strong belief that you should enrich your life with things you will actually use. After the initial purchase there is nothing that has make me regret the entry level model, which really makes me smile.
So I guess I just should focus on all of the “Work in Progress“ projects. I did manage to make a tiny dent this weekend