One of the great things about knitting is its portability both inside and outside the home. You can knit just about anywhere. Before I started writing and then running my own business, I did a lot of knitting and then as life got busier, knitting went by the wayside until about six years ago when I joined a group as a way of getting out of the house and meeting other women. I've enjoyed getting back to knitting.
AND... as is typical of me... I've been learning how to improve my skills, particularly with aspects like buttonholes and ways of sewing the garment together plus different methods such as top down or side to side or in all one piece or in sections. As with sewing, I've explored fit with knits and how to construct a garment that is more individualized and flattering. Knitting is much slower than sewing but equally satisfying.
I've changed existing patterns and I've developed patterns of my own. At first, when I decided to set up a knitting business, my intent was to knit items to sell. That idea quickly changed. On my drive down and back through Washington and Oregon, I stopped at a lot of galleries, showed them my scarves, and asked what could you sell this for? The answer was often far less than the yarn to say nothing of the twenty-one hours it took to knit the scarf below. Selling at prices like that would not only be discouraging personally but would not create a viable business and therefore not qualify for the deductions.
Even though my objective is to legally meet the requirements for the in-home business deductions - which I have to say is a fabulous perspective from the perspective of doing whatever you want to do and not worrying about what "they" would buy - the idea I'm working on has to make sense SO...
...plan B is to knit prototypes and develop patterns and then publish and sell the patterns. Both the blue and the teal scarf are my adaptations. I'd say original design although I do have to wonder with all the years and years and years of knitting that's been going on if there are actually any original designs left. The pink is the center of a scarf I designed last year. Each end is lacy and the scarf is knit in two sections with a seam in the middle - the fatal flaw. I'll redo the design and change that aspect which will mean learning a new skill. And this is good. And so is designing and publishing versus knitting and selling.
Above is yesterday's painted piece. Again, it started with a sample from the workshop that was rather blah. See below.
With knitting, my focus is on having fun while meeting those in-home business requirements to legally qualify for the deductions. With painting, my focus is on having fun making marks on the fabric and seeing where they lead me. Having fun is a good focus. Play is good for us. We should all play far more often.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - a new knitting direction
Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it.
- Ernest Holmes