I know that as of late, all I have been writing about here, have been my Projects of the Week. It is in part because I have been busy working on gifts for friends.
Over the last few years, with the tough economy I have thrown myself into knitting for children in need. It has given me something to do besides just sitting at home being bored.
I have often thought about how I could take this to the next level, and reach more people, and what I am going to do with my life, career wise. I have been told that I should sell what I make, and go into business for myself, but there is one huge problem with that for me anyway. I am not business savvy, and to do everything the legal way, gives me one huge head ache, and almost makes me cry. Not because I can’t do it, but it would take away from the whole point of me knitting, and selling it for a profit. Knitting, for me is a creative outlet, and when you tie it to business, legalities of owning a business and taxes, you can forget about it, its not me.
If you are wondering what I, ideally would like to do, I would like to work with people, and tell them about the knitting, sewing and crocheting projects that are out there that help children in need, here at home and around the world. I know that the few people who have told me that I have inspired through this blog, my facebook page and through posting on ravelry, that there are people out there, who would get involved if they had a pattern, and where to send the finished projects, while others have donated yarn, and financially to help these causes, and that helps those of us who craft these projects, to keep on making more sweaters, hats, blankets, and other projects for children, those who are sick, and the elderly.
From the standpoint of a knitter, having yarn donated to be used for these projects, has really helped out. I would love to be able to partner with a group, to help continue making it possible for the individuals and groups to be able to continue to craft projects, and make it possible to reduce the cost to them to be able to do something good for others. The cost of yarn itself, is prohibitive for many to get involved, even if they know how to knit or crochet. There are many who know how, and would love to get involved but could not afford to buy yarn to keep up knitting projects, so they don’t bother.
I have often thought about what it would be like to work with knitting/crocheting groups as part of a non profit organization, where we work to get affordable (or even free to the knitters/crocheters) yarn for the group members to use, and then send them off to the appropriate charitable organizations (like world vision) or working at a retreat center, and working with groups that come in, and hosting knitting/crocheting conferences and such. So it is so just in idea phase, and I have no idea how that would work out or come to fruition, but it has been on my mind, and on my heart lately, and I thought that I would share it with you all.
I am definitely a crafting, hands on type of person, and being able to share what I do well with others, and learn from their knowledge and experience is important, to me anyway.