Thursday, November 04, 2010
Intentionally Spinning consignments
As my energy level increases, I find that I want to participate more in the world.
In particular, I want to take workshops as a way of improving my yarn related skills and of testing myself.
In order to do so, I need to raise some funds. So I've been spinning yarns that I can sell at Knotty By Nature.
I know handspun yarns are expensive to buy, especially when you take into account just how much time goes into creating the yarn. It's not just the spinning, it's also the sorting the fleece, washing, drying, preparing the fibre, and then the spinning. If we asked for minimum wage for every hour spent on a yarn, handspun yarn would be almost $2 per yard.
Thank goodness spinners don't charge that much.
Recently I talked with some spinners and they said that given how much time, skill and energy they put into their yarn, they could never sell it. The yarn becomes like their children. I know how they feel.
But, I need the funds.
So I've been focusing on yarns that I can make and sell for a more affordable price.
Here is some English Leicester that I spun as bouclé singles.
This is a technique that I read about in the Intentional Spinner. A book that is going on my wish list, especially now that I hear there is a version with a DVD included.
I'm making a few skeins of this colourful boucle and then some of the same style yarn with undyed Cotswold. I'll take it down to Knotty by Nature to put on consignment, next chance I get. Also, I've decided to sell my magic yarn:
I do totally love this yarn - Corriedale, silk noils and soft, soft, angora - but I can make more later on if it turns out that I want to knit something with it later on. It is perfect knitting yarn after all.
Maybe, with Christmas season coming up, someone would love to journey down to the shop and pick up some extra special yarn for that extra special gift.