cosy knits (literally)

i’ve been thinking a lot about moving back to the states and what i would like to do for work next. there are many options. i could work in a church (preferably in adult education) or teach in some capacity. i’d love to teach art/knitting/spinning/poetry in an after school program of some sort. i like working with teens on a mentor type level. maybe teach homeschool classes? i’d also love to teach theology through knitting/spinning – maybe as a retreat leader? i could also teach theology through visual literacy, literature, poetry etc. here are a list of things i need to take into consideration:

*i have a knitting accessory book coming out
*my shop on etsy is doing well and i love knitting
*i enjoyed the craft fairs i dabbled in last winter
*my teaching degrees in art and english are expired because my graduate school is not accredited in the right way
*i’d like to have a baby some day… with no insurance? at least there are birthing centers in pittsburgh. ugh. i’ll miss canada on this one.
*ben will probably make enough money so that i have some flexibility in my options

the question is, am i on my way to a career in fiber art? or is this just a side note? it has the feeling of career. i found my spinning wheels and my drum carder at a thrift store. i’ve was totally blessed with this interview by the lovely shannon okey. i’m encouraged monthly if not weekly in so many ways. last month i had record breaking sales on etsy. every way i turn, it seems to be pointing in the direction of this small business being a big part of my life. *gulp*

that said, i’m working (or will be working) on expanding the shop. the newest addition to this plan is a used ashford traditional sent as a christmas present by my mother-in-law katie. we brought it back with us from washington (she mailed it to friends) and there it sits, not assembled. ah well, when i get time. what will make this part of the business more feasible is that it has more than one bobbin (yay!). another purchase was this chunk of wool. my next purchase will be a scale. baby steps baby steps.

so i’m scared and excited and so busy finishing my thesis that it’s hard to think about. i also have serious doubts… i’ve so much still to learn and i’m really still quite a new to all of this. i guess if there’s anything i know from teaching, it’s that we’re all learning together constantly, so maybe it’s okay to be a professional before i feel like one. so the plan is, to expand and see what needs to be done after that. you won’t be seeing much expansion until after the book is done (june) or maybe even not until we move. i’m feeling that i need to try some before we leave vancouver to feel it out, but i don’t know if i’ll have the time. regardless, onward.

my current plan is to add recycled sweater wool and hand dyed recycled sweater wool to the shop.  after that i might experiment with hat and mitt kits, made out of funky wools (hand dyed, handspun, recycled etc.).  i’m not sure i’m ready to add handspun yet.  i also might add some hand dyed wool top for spinners.  anything else you’d like to see?

i need to go knit.  thanks for listening to me prattle a bit.

6 thoughts on “cosy knits (literally)

  1. i can relate – i’ve just moved from australia, am living with my american partner in minneapolis, US, and we’re planning a move to vancouver in august. all confusing… and i have no career to speak of… eek.

  2. All this stuff is so hard, huh? And it just gets trickier with kids in the mix. I think if you want to have a baby soonish – then go with expanding your knitting business, because you can do this from home, whilst pregnant and with a wee one around your ankle. Like you say, it seems to be turning into a career – so why not see where it takes you for now?

    Best of luck with it!
    x Helen

  3. Follow your heart. Spinning is growing in popularity, it might be the best time to get on board teaching/retreating with that.

    From my vantage point (stuck in the corporate ratrace) I would love to see more folks (my kids included) avoid this torture and make enough in the indie economy to live simply and happily.

    The big thing with kids is that someone must carry health insurance.

  4. “i guess if there’s anything i know from teaching, it’s that we’re all learning together constantly, so maybe it’s okay to be a professional before i feel like one.”

    I totally agree with this. I’ve certainly noticed in teaching craft classes that students are looking for someone who is knowledgeable, but that’s not as important as them being enthusiastic, patient, supportive. And you definitely learn from your students.

    If you want to do some practice classes, let me know. My little craft group is interested in learning a few things I know you could teach us. And we could pay you a little.

    I’m a little biased because I want you to stay in fiber. (I’m very sad you are leaving Vancouver.) I find all your work so inspiring and motivating.

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