I am currently not employed. Not that I don’t work, I have been an entrepreneur for a year now, but I am yet to draw a salary from my company. In the meantime I’m very lucky that my partner earns enough for us both to get by on , however my current situation has gotten me thinking a bit about making money from my creative endeavors.
At the moment I am knitting the Oak Scarf from the Rowan Windswept collection as a sample for a Melbourne yarn shop. Sunspun has a beautiful selection of yarns and a very lovely knowledgeable staff, and while they pay extremely generous rates, knitting for money (at least at the slow speed I knit) is still just a bit of pocket money for doing something you love rather than a salary.
That said, I’m really enjoying the process. There is something about knitting for reward that holds you to a higher standard. I will pull back to correct minor mistakes that I would leave in if I was knitting for myself. I also get the chance to try new yarns and knit patterns that I might not normally choose myself – for example after living in Australia for over five years it is only fairly recently that I have discovered that it never really gets cold enough to warrant a fair isle tube scarf knit in wool. Yet I love colour knitting (and Marie Wallin’s designs) so it is a good opportunity to knit something I don’t have to worry about wearing.
The downside is I am a fairly slow knitter so I can feel fairly stressed out if I feel I’m taking too long to complete something that has a deadline. Due to being off gauge I have already had to pull back 60 rows of knitting and start again, which is tedious, however the fabric produced on the current needle size is much better suited to purpose. It is firm but pliable and shows the pattern off nicely.
I have also been given slightly different colours to that in the pattern (I’m using Tawny and Scree rather than Peony and Frozen) and they work beautifully, although the colour in real life is somewhere between that in the pictures here and those in the original. My camera can’t seem to pick up the purple of the Tawny, capturing it as a sort of rich burgundy colour.
Anyway, I’m a quarter of the way through and 2 weeks in (one week for the first attempt and another for the second attempt) so I should be done within the month!