This year has brought so many challenges and activities. Last month I had the privilege of learning bobbin lacemaking from an established bobbin lace maker. I confess that the project which is just a band of lace is still on the pillow as it requires me to move my work up and take out all of the pins to do so. I am equating this process to be similar to “steeking” in knitting.
The first farmer’s market has passed and I have learned that my handmade items for sale are very low. There are only 6 hand spun skeins in inventory at this point along with 3 hats (fall weight) and 2 cowls. How did I sell so much of my products? Of course I still have several mohair/silk ruffle scarves and the lace shawl/stole.
The market was a wake up call to me as I have been working on several long term knitting and spinning projects along with learning bobbin lace making. On the positive I have started recording my knit projects in a journal to keep track of them and the yarn used. It also helps in writing the blog. Since it takes me about 2 hours to spin 4oz of roving for sports/worsted yarn, I am dedicating at least 3 nights a week to spinning. As I now know what my handmade inventory is lacking I have 2 summer hat projects on needles.