When my friend asked me to make 4 monogrammed infinity scarves for her to give to her bridesmaids, I was naturally thrilled.
I had about a year before the wedding so I worked on it gradually. I created this design, the Cliffside Infinity Scarf, that is extra long and held together with a strap and lovely wooden button.
But it just wasn't what I had in mind.
So I started again. This time I chose a thicker yarn and thought "chunky". I came up with this pattern, the Graphite and Rose Infinity Scarf. I really liked the soft feel of the yarn, Lion Brand Chunky, worked with a large hook. It worked up well and fast.
But my friend had something a little closer knit in mind. So back to the drawing board.
It took me longer than I wanted because I had to juggle creating patterns for Crochet Spot. But I finished it finally and was ready for the embroidery.
At first I intended to design the monograms myself. And yet the more I worked at it the more I realized this called for something a little more professional than I could give it. After talking to some people I began to fear the stitch was still too open for it to work. With fingers crossed, I took it to a local store. The result was pleasing and I learned a few things in the process.
Here is the finished product.
My friend was very happy about the scarves, which made me happy.
You might think I should start a business. Well, I've fiddled for a few years with the idea of starting an Etsy business,
but I just haven't felt the final nudge in that direction. And yet I
really enjoy making things for people, requested and gifts. I guess the idea of having to make a certain pattern over and over doesn't appeal to me. It's like working in a factory. I know some people don't have a choice, but while I do, I want to make the best of it.
This is the conclusion I have come to after all this. I am more than happy to take orders, especially custom. But as for starting a full, blooming business, I'd rather not. My writing is too important to me to sacrifice.
It's nice to make up one's mind once and a while.