it has been a week of cosy as a coffee maker. i tend towards being a percolator anyhow… but this week has been exceptional for constantly planning the next steps. sometimes i couldn’t sleep because my brain was going. even though i was sick and therefore relaxing, i was still at work.
here are my current thoughts on where my business should go
1) start selling my spinning at craft fairs, and maybe even my dyeing. with that in mind, on monday, while sick and grumpy i managed to figure out what was wrong with my spinning wheel and fix it! it had been having problems before we moved and i finally figured it out! hurrah!
here’s the culprit (a piece i didn’t even know came apart!)…
and here she is apart. it was gunky on the inside.
that’s what i get for having a one-of-a-kind (as far as we know…) spinning wheel – lots of guess and check. this new discovery also means that i can now get new bobbins made for this wheel, which is also exciting.
so of course i’ve been spinning. one skein is too ugly to mention, because it is heading to be over dyed, but here are a couple i did in the last few days.
i dyed them all. expect better shots once washed. on that front, i also may have found someone to fix my country spinner (and maybe make me new bobbins for the little wheel?) and a farm nearby where i can get wool processed. i don’t want to say too much because who knows how fast any of this will finally get done, but things are looking up and, frankly, it feels so good to be spinning on my wheel again.
things i don’t know yet – i’m not so sure if i’m going to sell handspun on-line, but there is the ‘i made it’ market every month or every other month. i’m also not concrete about pricing of handspun yet… although with a little more percolation…
as to dyeing, i have now figured out the ins and outs of our household and when the best time to dye is, so i should be getting more of that done. that’s on the back burner right now.
2) start writing up colorwork patterns – thus the mosaic from last entry. the non-colorwork hats seem to sell better than the colorwork ones do at fairs, but i have lots of interest in the colorwork ones as patterns. i’m also planning other patterns, but i’ll start with the colorwork ones.
3) embellish on everything. it’s what sells. so these hats will now be embroidered (or something) – hopefully by monday which is my next show.
4) lastly, i want to teach – it’s in my blood and my nature. i’d like to offer things like ripping apart sweaters for yarn, beginning and group knitting, maybe teach some of my own patterns etc. and i’m currently not entirely sure how to go about it. i contacted a local yarn store about my own patterns, so that may work out. i thought about running an ad on craigslist?!? input? maybe i should flier :)
any comments and feedback would be great. thank you all in advance and thanks for sticking with the blog through all of this crazy business stuff. i hope to get back to ranting about wool and other misc. things very soon.