I did finish the bright blanket I mentioned a few posts ago, affectionately nicknamed “Clown Barf”:
It’s the sort of project you know is pretty awful, but you’ve done a lot of work on it so you just keep doing more. You’ll notice the stripe sizes aren’t consistent; I just worked until I ran out of colors. And while I confess to buying another skein of green, I could not justify more orange and yellow. So let’s just acknowledge that my acrylic stash is a little more busted than it was before, and move on. To this:
I can’t tell if this Space Invaders cowl is coming along nicely or not; it’s my first foray into stranded knitting. I’ve been advised that the strands on the reverse side should look like they’re too loose, and they do, so I’m hoping the piece will have enough stretch when I’m done. So far, managing two yarns in one hand has been a bit awkward, but I can do it.
And, lest it seems I’ve forgotten all about my beadwork, I’m still plugging away at the purple beaded crochet rope, which is growing longer and longer. I’m also reading three books on craft business advice at once; every week I take on a topic and read what each has to say. Honestly, the whole idea of trying to make a go at this is terrifying. Perhaps that’s why I’ve stalled all summer. Still, with every artisan shop I visit, craft fair I peruse, book I read, and Etsy shop I study, I get a bit closer to understanding what to do–and what not to do. It may be a more artsy and free-spirited thing to just create a bunch of stuff and plunge in, but I prefer a realistic approach. So far, I’m not creating anything a factory in China couldn’t do (and probably is doing right now) for a fraction of the cost. So . . . Phase I of my plan is to spend the rest of the year continuing this research and creating new things, developing a practice. Come January . . . well . . . I will have formulated some next steps by then.