UndyedYarnpire’s Fiber Opera

December 18, 2009

Finished, except the waiting at the post office.

Filed under: knit, toy — Tags: , , — UndyedYarnpire @ 1:02 pm

I finished all my holiday knitting. There was less this year than some years. I would say that is because I did not make unsolicited items, but I did. This was the year of the animals.

I am going to share the elephant pictures because the recipient does not yet use the internet.

From elephant

I brought it to the knitting group at the library and one of the librarians tried to buy it right then and there. (That was a bit weird.) The other librarian said I should do a show (they have “gallery” space for local artists). These are the same librarians who saw me with my first knitting projects. I started learning to knit from library books because I was ahead of the trend curve and there were no yarn stores. So these women saw me with the knitted equivalent of an adult with a macaroni collage. I got better. I know I did an awesome job on the elephant. Everyone has a sense of when they have “nailed it”. It makes me happy to see the improvement in my own work, but I do not really consider these “art”.

One of the librarians suggested that I sell knitted rabbits for Easter at the farmers market. She said I could probably get $25 for them. Aside from the fact that is a copyright violation. It took me at least 12 hours to make the first one. Even if it only took me 4 hours, and that is definitely the minimum considering how fiddly the pattern was, that is under minimum wage. Add in the overhead of having to have a tax license, the fees to the market for having a booth, the cost of materials, people who complain that they only want one if it comes in [insert favorite color]. I just cannot see it being worthwhile.

I think I would like to make a giraffe. The idea interests me. I think I should go to the zoo and take pictures of actual giraffes for inspiration. Admittedly the idea of going to the zoo and taking pictures of giraffes interests me a lot more than actually knitting the giraffe.

I also finished the giftcard holder sweater. I made this according to the round yoke directions in the book by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts, Knitting In the Old Way.

From micro sweater
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