December 28, 2010

Really deep thoughts on knitting, and why I'll probably never open up shop

just enough ruffles scarf
pattern: just enough ruffles by laura chau
(made for my mom)


molly scarf
pattern: molly by susan mills
(made for my mom-in-law)



I've been knitting a lot lately. And I was thinking like I tend to do, and I'm trying to think of the best way to describe this, but when you mess up a stitch in knitting, really the only way to fix it is to go back by un-doing the stitches until you come to the messed up one, and then start again.

And I was thinking... about life and stuff... and how there are a whole heck of a lot of mistakes I've made but would I ever want to un-do the stitches that came about after those mistakes? Sometimes the ripple effect of our misfortunes leads to something really good. Would I want to erase that, if I had to do it all over again?

The people in my life, the lessons learned, the heartache-turned-heart-healed.

Not like we can go back, but sometimes we wish we could.

[And sometimes I leave little blemishes in my knitting. It's a little signature, or if it's really bad, I'll put a button over it and it makes for a very beautiful mistake.]

Anyway.

I decided that I can't ever open up an etsy shop or whatever to sell my knitting wares because I just couldn't afford it. I prefer to use the good yarn that costs a lot, and if you factor in that and the time it takes me, I would have to price my items way too high to even cover my expenses... and I wouldn't want to do that so I'd price everything way too low and then I'd get distracted and probably never mail it in time and then pay for expedited shipping because I felt bad and... anyway... I just can't afford it. That's all.



PS, if you're there, I'm
BabywearKnittery on ravelry.

26 comments:

  1. I think that's rather wise, mama <3

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  2. I feel so special to have been given this gift. I will cherish it forever.

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  3. Nice analogy, knitting to life. I can't knit, but I can still make plenty of life mistakes. :)

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  4. Those are gorgeous...
    (my goal for next year is to open a shop... we'll see... one reason is to be able to make a little money to buy more yarn ;) ha!)

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  5. you are too cute! I know what you mean about not being able to afford selling things. I"m terrible at remembering to send things out, but luckily for me & my shop, I can print shipping labels through paypal and never actually need to go to the post office. :)

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  6. I love this. It's so hard to pull out all those stitches to get to the mistake. I'm not being metaphorical here, for once. It really makes me feel so sick about it that I end up leaving the mistake or I pull it out and quit the piece all together. Terrible, I know. But true.

    I do love how you tied the knitting in with mistakes in life and what follows. And the pretty buttons and blemishes like a signature.

    xo happy new year, steph.

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  7. Very similar to why I could never sell my caramel corn. At least knitted items don't expire!
    The things you make are beautiful, and as long as you don't mind, you have a faithful customer in me :)

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  8. same exact reason why my stepmom can never sell her stained glass...plus we would kill her cause we all want to inherit it someday :)

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  9. what lovely gifts.

    I totally get what you are saying.

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  10. You do beautiful work, but I understand what you mean about opening up shop. Yesterday my cousins called me (after seeing something I made for a Christmas gift) and asked me to make something else similar for a baby gift. It's a really cool project, and I'm excited to do it, but doing it over and over and over in just such a way WHILE taking care of my kids would be hard. So I think rather than restocking my etsy shop and advertising, I'm going to make what I feel like making and mention that I'd sell it for (whatever I feel it's worth) on my blog. No fees or expired listings or user ratings to worry with. Because, really, at this point I'm more interested in creativity and fun and sharing than I am in making money from crafts. My stuff is so far from perfect, but it just makes me happy to make things :-)

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  11. What a beautiful analogy! Love it! So true that we can beautify mistakes with time and with God, love it!

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  12. Love your knitting. I think that is the problem with our society though. We are unwilling to pay what lovely handmade things are worth. But we should all be able to do what we love...

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  13. You're cute and wise!

    Nell

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  14. Lovely knits! And I know exactly what you mean. People ask me all the time if I sell my knits, if I have a shop, etc... and I have to tell them that they probably couldn't afford it... Same reasons- I only use good yarn, and if I were to actually factor in my time, well, I wouldn't be able top oafford it either!

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  15. i feel the same way about knitting/life...and selling my crafts.

    and those scarves are beautiful!

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  16. You are something else altogether...

    :-D

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  17. So, you'll still do orders for your friends though right? Because I don't care how long it takes you to ship it... ;)

    You do great work but I understand why you wouldn't want to start a shop.

    p.s. I would LOVE to take back a few mistakes I made it life but yes, we learn from them all...

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  18. I often want to turn back time and change it! but I always ask myself, am I willing to give up the now for the then? Can't give up the now for the then.....Love how God works everything for the promise of the heart!

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  19. Those are so beautiful! And ... never say never! Maybe one day when all of your lovely children are in school and a trip to the post office isn't like a herding cats in and out of a one-room tuna processing plant (as it is for me!) you can do it cost effectively and relatively anxt-free! Handmade things are WORTH the extra money they cost -- people wouldn't expect Wal-Mart prices and they'd value your things way more than mass-made silliness.

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  20. Your knitting is gorgeous! I knit as well and I know what you mean about mistakes. It has forced me to stop being a perfectionist and enjoy the process. In fact, I agree that the mistakes force you to take another look at your pattern to be creative in ways to work with your mistake. Isn't that true about life? It is not how perfect we live our lives that counts, it is how well we handle the imperfections that make our lives better and much more interesting. :) My mom used to say that which doesn't kill us, makes us stronger - Character building. I can't tell you the number of times I have heard her say this, it used to drive me crazy. Now I see the wisdom in it! Happy Knitting! I friended you on Ravelry. Can't wait to see more of your projects. Thank you for sharing this story!

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  21. The top scarf is gorgeous! I wouldn't trade the mistakes I have made for anything. Love the new blog look! Great shot of the kiddos up on top :)

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  22. I probably couldn't afford you opening an etsy shop either. :)

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  23. ha, i hear you on this, though it is quite a shame since your scarves are all sorts of lovely.

    love the new 'do, by the way.

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  24. steph, those two patterns are pretty. i <3 ruffles!
    love the colors you chose too.
    your explanation for not opening up shop is so funny, and i can so agree with that train of thought. that is me in a lot of ways, with my jewelry. especially for weddings, i lose money. i want the bridesmaids to have the good stuff but never can ask a bride to pay for it!!

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