Keeping busy this summer has proved to be a bit of a struggle. Jobs (decent ones, that is) are in scarce supply, although I’m still looking. As well, it’s been one of the hottest summers in recent memory. Into the low to mid-thirties almost every day. That’s 85-95°F for you non-Metrics out there. Factor in the humidity and were floating around the 40°C (104°F) range. So if I step outside mid-day, I not only look like a steamed lobster, but I feel like one too. Still, it’s better than what we came home to in April.
Truth be told, I’m bored. I’ve had the same view outside my window now for 4 months. We’ve settled into a slow routine of daily grind where the only variable seems to be what day to go for groceries. If it wasn’t for YouTube and Twitter, they’d have carted me off by now.
But man does not live by YouTube alone, so what to do?
Idle Hands are the Devil’s Workshop
As a general rule, when I get bored, I get creative. Now, sometimes that can land me in trouble, true, but it beats the rubber room alternative. And besides, if I can find something to do and make a couple of bucks off it as well, how is that a bad thing?
Enter Ravelry. For those who aren’t familiar, Ravelry is a website for all things to do with fiber arts, as in knitting, crochet, tatting, etc. Here you can find help from experts, tutorials, reviews, like-minded people, and patterns. By joining the community, you are permitted to submit your own original patterns for sale.
For the last year or so, I’ve been using the platform to sell my own original patterns, with modest success. It’s nice, because once you finish the pattern and post it, the website takes care of the rest. It handles the transactions and downloads, and if the pattern needs no editing, there’s nothing else the seller needs to do. Granted, it usually takes me a few days to get the pattern to where I want it. It can be a big job to check for typos and mistakes, add photos and make sure the step-by-steps are clear, but once it’s completed, I can sell it over and over again and not have to touch it.
I’m also on Craftsy, which is sort of the same idea, although I don’t find it nearly as easy to use, and haven’t had much success with it. There doesn’t seem to be a way to see all my designs in one spot, rather you’d have to search for each individual pattern. It kind of reminds me of Etsy, the way you can get buried on there. I’ll keep looking into it.
Muses and Motion
Ravelry and designing have worked out well for me on the road. Since Mike does the driving, it leaves me with hours (sometimes days) to fill, and my crochet bag is always at hand. When inspiration strikes, I get to move on it right away while the idea is still fresh.
I’m a bit of an anomaly when it comes to crochet. My yarn of choice is actually thread, and I use it almost exclusively. I’ve always enjoyed the fine detail or lacy look I can achieve with it. Below are some samples of commissions and craft sale work I’ve done. Just to be clear, the projects in this gallery are not my designs, they were older purchased patterns and either commissioned or made for craft sales.
However, thread has fallen out of fashion over the last 10 years or so. I’m not a fan of doilies, which seems to be the only thing the manufacturers offer for thread patterns anymore. Sure, I’ve made them, but since I don’t use them myself, it’s only been on a commission basis. So if you can’t find the patterns you want, then you have to make them yourself. Ok. Challenge accepted.
And lately, with all this free time on my hands, I’ve been adding to my portfolio steadily. My day consists of burrowing myself in the trailer with a glass of cold soda, the A/C set to sub-arctic, and hook in hand. As I said, it keeps me out of the rubber rooms. And until I find gainful employment, I guess this is what I’ll be doing. As full-time self-employment goes, the boss can be a bit of an ass, but the job ain’t bad.
So I thought I’d share some of my designs with you, partly for a bit more exposure, but mostly because I haven’t posted in a while and I’m desperate for something new to share. Click on the photo to visit the pattern page.
You can find the entire assortment of my patterns here. Feedback, comments, constructive criticisms and suggestions always welcome. (Sales and shares are good too, lol)
Til next time.
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