Granted, while I'm not talking about this craft publicly, I'm still working on it privately. I've been working on several different projects at once just to gain some skills and do something different. I'm subscribed to this Annie's Hook and Needle Kit Club where for at least 25.00 a month, I get patterns and skeins of yarn on some nifty projects...and the yarn is really nice quality as well. I've had such a backup because of other projects that I decided to make it a goal to work on those patterns and see how it comes out and who gets it. If it's something that I think no one will use, I'll donate it to Good Will or another charity. If it's a gift for someone who I think will like it and could "use it" and it "fits them." I'm just gonna hand it over.
I have several people in mind for some of the projects I'm making. As the current BPW/MI president, I'm even making small knit items because its from me, its kind of my passion to give...and its fun.
As far as making money with my knitting. I'd like to get back into that some day. It's just a matter of finding the right market, the right niche, and the right way to go about it. My dad has already suggested making hats because he always gets compliments on the hats I've made him for the winter (which reminds me to make him a new one for Christmas). I can make decent accessories (and I love to do that).
I know a lot of people used Etsy to sell things, but I find it kind of tedious to set up. I knew of someone that sold candles online on Artfire but had to close it because of little traffic. While trying to create a home-based business is ideal, it takes a lot of work. Just like anything else these days. Plus, I need some money to pay the bills and that's where my current jobs are helping me. However, I think because I've become so busy and have had not choice to be busy with those things that when I want to do what I want, I kind of lack the disciple and drive. It's almost like my fortitude goes because I just need to rest and need time for myself.
I would like to work in a job that I enjoy so I can enjoy everything else and that's tough some times. In fact, these days you really have to find the job that you really like and be able to stick with it, as well as your skills that got you there or else you're gonna be stuck and wore out. That's kind of like what I'm feeling right now...a bit stuck and wore out. I mean, I've sought out other jobs out there but have been nonplussed by the online applications, the step-by-step processes, and even the interactions with the interviewers in general. While I've had practice with great interviews, time and time again, it seems like I'm either not the direction the company wants to go, or my resume is SO impressive that it kind of intimidates them.
But wait, isn't that the kind of person you want? Sure, but it takes money to train them and make use of their skills that is needed.
I would LOVE to get into a job where I can be more creative than I am now. I'm hoping that what I'm doing with Vape MAgazine is that platform. I love writing and copy writing for them. I get paid decently but not exactly enough to live on which is why I need to have at least more than one job at the income I'm at and the bills I have to pay (credit card, insurance, student loan). I'd love to be able to pay all those off and I'm trying to think of and find ways to do so. But even that, has been taking longer than I've wanted to.
So, I'm not sure how I can answer all of this or what the solutions or conclusions are. I'm just looking for some answers or some kind of light at the end of the tunnel. Thus, having said that, knitting is kind of like my creative solace and relaxation from the world...its my hiding place right now. And it's probably why I have not been as publicly engaged as I'd like to be.