Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Thanks for the Food for Thought!

Hey Folks,

I just wanted to thank all of you for your very well-thought ideas about the whole knitting / designing / writing and earning a living at it conundrum.

I was so impressed - and very pleased - with the measured feeling of your comments. Somewhere deep inside I think I was afraid I'd get a lot of either, "You da BOMB, don't stop!" or "Just grow up, girlie!" and I was really gratified at the depth of thought that went into each comment.

I'm thinking - contemplating. Of course, if a nice well-paying, steady job presented itself to me I wouldn't turn it down, but I have been spending a lot of time remembering back when I DID have office-type 9-5 jobs, and how I'd look for ANY excuse to "play hookey" - run a package to a vendor, go out of the office for a meeting, etc.

Am I proud of this? No, not really. But I realized at the time it was a symptom of the type of person I am - very much like my father. I don't like to label myself - I don't like anyone to label themselves - because often that leads to falling into a pre-ordained personnae which may not fit for more than a week or so. But my dad and I are definitely the type of folks who need challenges presented in unusual ways.

This may be why I gravitated toward the theater - lots of short term goals! And it's the same with what I do right now. I know that I am a happier person now than I've ever been in my life - I was just thinking this morning that folks who'd known me at different times in my life may have thought that I'd had some kind of 'personality transplant' But no, it's just that - money aside - I'm happier in my work than I've ever been in my life.

And, although I CAN'T put money aside, I can use some of your excellent comments and suggestions to try to expand on my ability to earn $$ for mortgage. Suzyn had some very excellent suggestions, and although not all of them are on the money, they really got my mind thinking hard.

One thing I think I'll do is offer some of the patterns for History on Two Needles early, to raise interest in the book and to help FUND the completion of the project. If I wait until everything is finished, I'm afraid I won't be ABLE to finish. Stay tuned for more info on that, but I think I know the project I'll be offering as as stand-alone project, I'm reknitting it right now in a different yarn to check it's universality. It's a good, short project with WONDERFUL gift giving possibilities...

I'm also thinking of dedicating a portion of my time to retraining myself to return to consulting in an application in which I excel - Filemaker Pro! I'm a database designer - I couldn't do what I do without a good database of my stitch library, yarn choices, vendors, past designs - I keep just about EVERYTHING organized via databases.

So I'm going to spend some time to reacquaint myself with Filemaker, upgrade to the newest version and actively seek work designing and maintaining databases for companies. I did this for a few years while I was transitioning from full time to part time when my kids were little, and it was very satisfying work.

So, thank you. You made me think, you calmed me down, you made me realize that my 'sky is falling' feeling was due - in large part - to the extreme head cold that is finally going away. I can HEAR again! Soon I may even be able to smell again!
Bookmark and Share
posted by Annie at


Anonymous Paula Durrant said...

Annie ... I'm late at responding but I hope not too late ... I think I remember the same soul searching and questioning from last summer ... maybe it is cyclical and/or seasonal ? You don't say whether an event triggered your meditations but I found that I went through questioning/doubting my path every summer - winter I was way too busy to think how much I disliked my work at times ...all of us have doubts at times ... I think it just goes with the flow ...whatever we choose to do or not do we think the path might be easier had we chosen differently.

That being said if you aren't making ends meet financially and if your family doesn't do well when you are traveling and if you feel more comfortable staying home and if Gerry thinks life is better with you around, THEN get a local job. Otherwise you work hard and have much talent to offer. The money may not be enough give the output but I think I did that all my life ... work harder than my salary suggested but I don't regret that choice for a minute.

All of this is to say that possibly a job at the textile place or a college [or several colleges in this market] would use all your talents, keep you home and let your creativity fly !

Now about SSO9. I was there and it was wonderful BUT there were lots of my favorite knitters who were NOT THERE ... Knitgirl, Stephanie Japel, Vickie Howell, Marnie MacLean [who lives in Portland], Wendy Johnson [who is the sock queen] ... etc, etc, etc.
You were in very good and talented company of those not attending the event.

I agree with the woman who said that getting your priorities set is the beginning of whatever you decide to do ! Your talent will take you far whatever the direction !

August 12, 2009 4:58 PM  
Blogger Jena the yarn harpy said...

I'm glad that you have settled on some ideas that should help you continue to do what you love while making things financially reasonable, too. This economy is a tricky one - some industries seem to be doing quite well while others are not and there's no rhyme or reason to it - Dave is in an industry that has been thriving but he was just laid off because his particular company didn't have another contract lined up yet. I'm a teacher, which once meant excellent job security but now is really a year-to-year job depending on budget cuts and students moving in and out of the town when it's too expensive to live there.
What I mean to say by all this is that it's a crapshoot, so do what you love and as long as the kids are clothed and fed and everyone is getting any medical treatment they need, that's all you can worry about.

August 12, 2009 6:43 PM  
OpenID suzynjackson said...

I'm so glad my brainstorm was helpful! Big hugs to you.

August 12, 2009 9:29 PM  
Blogger Ambermoggie, a fragrant soul said...

Annie have you thought of maybe doing something similar to what Ysolda did with her book? Folks could pay up front and she emailed patterns as they were ready then sent out the book after wards? Not sure if this would work or not?
good luck
amber in england

August 13, 2009 10:58 AM  
Blogger lookinout said...

After this post, I went back to read Suzyn's comments. Wow, what a ton of ideas and info! I really enjoyed reading it all.

August 13, 2009 11:47 AM  
Blogger ruthcrafts said...

I hope you can smell again soon! I had nearly a month of one-ear hearing, and I felt like my brain had melted whenever I was in a group situation. Releasing odd patterns in advance is a great idea - I'll definitely be keeping my open for them :)

August 13, 2009 3:59 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...


I just signed up on Interfaith family and found your blog via that website.

Your blog is simply lovely.

I hope to visit again soon.

Sunbonnet Cottage

August 14, 2009 11:43 AM  
Blogger Angela said...

I think it's a great idea to offer some of the patterns from History on Two Needles early. I've been enjoying following along as you describe your inspiration for what look like fun and fascinating projects. By the way, thanks for your comment on my blog post in which I mention the Soho Publishing contract-- certainly you've led the way in encouraging designers to ask for fairer compensation, and the fact that more appealing options are now available (IK and Twist Collective among them) is probably due in large part to your efforts. Brava!!

August 15, 2009 7:38 AM  
Blogger Jersey Shore Deb said...

I sent you two hats using the instructions in your newsletter. Hope it helps!

Deb in NJ (JerseyShoreDeb on Ravelry)

August 16, 2009 10:11 PM  

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home

Alison's Scarf
Link to pdf file of cable/trellis lace scarf

Hannah's Poncho
Link to pdf file of multi-sized poncho


advanced web statistics