My career as a market trader is done…at least for this year!


It was a beautiful day at the nut farm yesterday. The festival was well-attended. I had paid my half of the stall fee, as I was sharing with my friend and her stuff. I was there for five hours and made……..$3!

Actually it was minus $7 as I only sold one little pumpkin, which didn’t even cover the stall fee.

I am a positive and optimistic person but I am not going to ignore signs like that. I decided not to do any more craft fairs this year. I am going to finish my sweater and then enjoy making something else…for myself!

Once I had made that decision, I felt so much lighter and more relaxed. I also took a suitcase of my handiwork to my study class today and offered to give away whatever anyone wanted, with an optional donation to the organisation. At least half the stuff was claimed happily with people prepared to pay fairly for it (I’m sure it helped that the money was going to a good cause).

That felt good!

And now I’m browsing Ravelry and my pattern folder to find something for my next project. I made great progress on the second sweater sleeve yesterday at the festival, so it won’t be long before I will be binding off and wearing the sweater.

I’m thinking Groovyghan by Tracy St John. I notice it’s $6 to buy now, but I had it in my Ravelry queue when it was free, and I printed it out too, thankfully (please don’t ask me for a copy of the pattern, I would be breaching copyright).

I think I have enough yarn in the box in my living room to make this, if I add some older Knitpicks Brava to the Willow Wash. I like that it’s made from components which makes it portable even though it’s a blanket.

I have one other thing I’d like to make, and that is an arm-knitted infinity scarf in the turquoise and pink Zoomba to go with my ski jacket. I will use Michaels coupons for that.

Hope you had an awesome weekend. Happy crafting!

6 responses »

  1. Glad you’ve made a decision. It sounds as though it’s so difficult to sell home-made knitted and crocheted items for anything remotely resembling a fair price, which is so sad.

  2. At least you gave it a good try. Selling anything homemade is getting harder and harder as The Twisted Yarn said. Have you thought about an etsy store or similar? but then again there are so many of them out there and there are people like me who shy away from buying due to the high cost of postage/shipping.

  3. Nah, I don’t want to do etsy, at least not at the moment. That’s not to say I won’t change my mind in the future!

  4. Oh no! I’m sorry the craft fair didn’t go well, what a bummer. At least you tried! I’m sure you’ll have better luck in the future, I wouldn’t let it get you down. That’s not to say you shouldn’t take a break!

    I love the Groovyghan! That is just too cool, I think that one is in my Rav favorites, too.

    Good luck with arm knitting!

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