Hello September – and the first official day of autumn according to the BBC Breakfast presenter this morning. Once again, the summer has disappeared on me. I have to admit, I am looking forward to the season of falling leaves and warm jumpers. Maybe that’s only because I have a week of Greek sun coming up at the end of the month though – one final hot week to end the summer of seventeen.
My last post was about knitting keeping me sane through year end at work – and I am pleased to say that I think it has. Or at least kept me marginally more sane than I would have been without it. My aim to complete all of my works in progress throughout August was in part successful – I finished one baby blanket, two baby cardigans, and a giant crocheted floor rug. However as well as finishing projects I started a couple of soft toys, invested in a whole host of Bernat Blanket super chunky yarn that is waiting to be worked into a chenille bed throw, and I’ve got another baby blanket on the go. I’ve actually ended August with more WIP than I started with. At least I tried.
I’ve also in the past week made no less than 6 pairs of fingerless gloves. A strange project for August some might say – but there is method to my madness…
You see alongside starting this little blog a few months ago I started a dedicated _MadeByGilly Instagram account, and since doing so I have gained so much motivation to develop my crafting after following some of the amazing makers from around the world. I’ve always loved the idea of crafting for a living, but it seemed like such an impossible idea. Crafting being my main source of income still feels like an unachievable dream, however seeing all the Etsy shops successfully run by independent crafters has inspired me to dip a (very) tentative toe in the water, and try my luck at selling some of my homemade creations rather than just giving them to friends.
I’m 95% sure that this is where I will realise that my friends have just been being kind this whole time, and I’ll find out that I’ve been forcing my amateur work on them for years, with them accepting hand made gifts gracefully so as not to hurt my feelings. But I have about 5% hope that people may choose to purchase items MadeByGilly for themselves or as gifts for others, and I think that little bit of hope is enough for me to give this a wee go.
I’m starting small – with a simple collection of fingerless gloves that are hand crocheted in the softest King Cole yarn… and we’ll see how it goes from there. Perhaps this is actually why I’m looking forward to autumn – because I’ve spent the last few evenings making my winter wares.
Labels are ordered, and business cards are in progress. And if nothing sells, then my friends reading this can each expect arm warmers for Christmas. And their birthdays. For the next few years at least.
Wish me luck - the #MadeByGillyStore is on its way…