The last couple of weeks have been the sort when things ‘come together’. I have not done anything really amazing or different. It has just sort of happened.
Regular readers will be aware that I recently joined a ‘trendy’ WI (Woman’s Institute). On one of my many trips around the village I recently noticed a sign advertising the next meeting for the local WI here within the village. Normally I would have ignored it but the topic for this meeting was one that I have an interest in: Knitting with wire. How could I not go? For the first attempt I persuaded a friend to come with me. It was a cold night and when we got there found that it was a Weight Watchers meeting. Hmmm. Luckily my friend is very good natured and took no offense. The meeting was the next night.
The Local Meeting
Not wanting to hassle my friend again I went on my own the next night, reflecting that a year ago I would never have considered going to a meeting on my own. On arrival I was met by some lovely ladies and shown to a table ‘where the rowdy people sit!’ Unlike the meetings I attend in Cambridge they started the meeting singing the hymn Jerusalem (no I did not know the words). They then had an accounts summary like a more formal meeting.
The Knitting lady
She briefly introduced herself and showed us the three crafts we could do. I opted for the knitted bracelet.
It was really interesting how different each one turned out – the size of the beads make a huge difference. I had a really nice evening and may well go along to more of these local meetings in the future. Yes the age is older but they are all amazing women and being a smaller group you can develop relationships easier.
1 and 2: The first lesson I learnt was from the wire knitting lady. She spends her whole time going around meetings such as WI groups and leads sessions such as this. I found this really interesting and is definitely something that I could do. I also saw how she packaged the little kits that we used – again an idea that I could do very easily in order to sell them on line.
3. I liked the effect of using larger needles.
My First Commission
Following the meeting I was wearing my bracelet at the Swish party I went to and a lovely lady actually asked me to make one for her friend! I was completely taken aback and quoted a silly price for it but still. She asked for purple and pearl beads:
Final lessons for this week:
This has all given me a bit of a lift in confidence. I do not have to constantly push the boundaries and make new, intricate and difficult things – sometimes simple is better (how could I forget that?). Have you ever got carried away by challenging yourself to difficult, complicated things all the time? With this sale I have also madly been looking at how to package it, thinking of a logo (and name)….. the list feels endless. More on all that another time… (any tips VERY welcome.)
Now I am going to treat myself by heading over to Handmade Harbour and see what all those other wonderful crafters have been up to this week.