Thoughts on selling for Etsy.
So I’ve had little knitted blog fodder lately. You guys may have noticed 😛 Here’s why: after the crazy success of my Katniss cowl pattern (which I have renamed the Huntress cowl in order to avoid copyright infringement. I don’t want to get sued!) a lot of people got in touch with me and wanted cowls of their own, but either couldn’t knit or didn’t want to go through the long process to do the neckline. So I started selling them on Etsy, and it was actually quite successful! I’ve been knitting my fingers to the bone creating these, and let me tell you, I am amazingly sick of my own pattern 😛 I’ve got it completely memorized by now though, which is nice. I totally zoom through them, and the extra money is more than welcome with my research assistant’s salary. It’s just that I miss my creative time, where I could knit something different, or things for my friends, or work on new designs. My design idea notebook is getting completely stuffed with new ideas, but none of them are getting worked on and I have a bit of a backlog of creative energy. I also find that creating something and sending it off to someone you don’t know can be a little like sending out a little baby into the world to fend for itself. You worry about them being loved and cared for! (I know they’re inanimate, but I created them.) Sorry to vent on the blog, but I wanted to know how people knit the same patterns again and again without getting bored? How do you keep from feeling creatively drained if you’re selling your work? And how do you make sure you’re not overdoing it on work if you also have a full-time job? I’d appreciate any insight you guys have, I’m trying to learn to balance my fibery stuff with my real job (which I adore and also think is super important.) Thanks for listening friends!