Can I Just Knit For A Living?

I am at the point where I am resentful of my job because it interferes with my knitting. Mostly what I want to do is knit interspersed with spinning when I need a break from knitting.
I had been bringing my knitting to work with me. It was going well; the kids would be working on their math and I would walk around the class knitting and helping them at the same time. Next, was knitting in meetings. What could be more perfect? I can knit and pay attention to the topics (actually, it really helps me pay attention better). Well, my down fall happened when I started knitting during my plan time. Lots of planning happened; however, it was not the teaching planning that go done. I have had to leave my knitting at home, mostly because it is the end of the semester and I really need to focus on getting kids to pass and grading.
I need a wealthy relative to leave me a ton of money so that I can work part-time and knit the rest. Anyway, I'm off to a union meeting today and tomorrow and I will be knitting a ton. (I'm also really done with my dealings in state union politics and knitting during meetings helps me cope).

On the knitting front, I have been studying round work ad nauseum. I'm really understanding the construction and how to transition between stocking stitch and lace. Here is my latest bit. This, again, is only the center but I'm very happy with the change to the lace from stocking. I'm about to embark on the next part of the motif and hopefully, in a few weeks I can show this pattern as a completed shawl.


smalltownknitguy's picture

I am right there with you. Trying to figure out how to become at least locally famous and get some knitting "gigs." Wife and I are embarking on a couple of knitting ventures: a local knitting retreat and made to order items. Good luck on that rich relative thing.

Gregory Patrick's picture

I feel you, man. But, too a much deeper degree. I am 20 miles from anything. Truthfully. Store, person, car...I am now relying on this knitting life to buy groceries, not lovely things I want, but a box of Jiffy Cornbread Mix. Is it possible? You and I both seem tenacious and clever....It can be done, just depends on how vibrant our survival instincts are. If you ever have the chance to listen to Clark Howard, he often mentions how desperation builds some of the best entrepreneurs. I'll bust ass, if you will.

Can't wait to see the next section as this is already beautiful. Hope a rich uncle finds you soon.

I'm with you in spirit, but my current work usually keeps my hands so dirty that I wouldn't dare work on anything at the warehouse. So I burn the candle when I get home with knitting or spinning. My students from 15-20 years ago still remember my knitting, spinning, raising goats and sheep, etc. One vest I made in response to a comment in geometry class: "When will we ever use this stuff?" I said, "I use it all the time when I design vests or sweaters. Need to know how angles fit together." So I designed a vest in two shades of blue and of white. I knit little circles, line segments, lines, triangles, points, etc. Just beneath the armpits I spelled words used in geometry, but I spelled "SIDES" in a different color and put the word on the right side of the back. On both shoulder areas I knit in more complicated geometric designs. Sometimes students would ask where I bought the sweater. I'd tell them that you can't buy a sweater like this. The students enjoyed the vest, but invariably the first time a class saw the vest someone would ask, "Why is "SIDES" a different color from the other words?" "Uh, . . . . think." (Pause, pause, pause) "Oh, that's your name." A teacher never knows when brilliance hits, but it's a beautiful thing.

Regarding the financial thing, I figure I would have it made if a creation of mine could be worn to the Oscars. But I'm not even that well connected. I'm enjoying your work, too.

Bill's picture

Well...I guess I've "made it"! I have had my work worn at the fact the whole opening number of the 1989 Oscars was my work...(grin)
I used to do the costumes for "Beach Blanket Babylon" in San Francisco.

robstrauss's picture

Great costumes, Bill! More than the Oscars, I hope they've been preserved in a museum collection. They (and your experience) are part of history and deserve to be around for future generations to admire.

Bill's picture

Thanks, Rob,
We did have an exhibit at the DeYoung Museum years ago...but the costumes are all in storage at BBB. Students of mine are doing the costumes it's still sort of in the family...

FiberKevin's picture

I'd rather knit than work any day! I'm so praying for the power ball! Someday!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Can't really comment on the rich relative and being able to knit for a living...However, that design is coming along just great! You are really plucking at some creative energy there, so keep up the good work. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

mrossnyc's picture

Looks great! I like how some of the color changes give it a spiral look. Nice job.

Geez, if that work is any indication, you could "turn pro" anytime. Wow, your work is really something. During my unemployement, I've knitted some stuff and had it sell (and not just to family who's trying to help out). In my 20's I used to do a LOT of Native American beadwork which I would sell when things got tight.
I try to keep socks around for that purpose.

MMario's picture

You think I'm kidding about stealing your designs, don't you?

I'm not - well - not completely....

So far what you have shown are intrigueing and different enough from most of what is out there to be very interesting.

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

Buck Strong's picture

Thanks guys! Maybe I'm whining too much. The BF and I have been talking about how I can shake things up to get me back on track. One idea is to teach for a year overseas. Maybe I'll look into that. Hmmm.....Scottish men.....

To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring-it was peace.
~Milan Kundera

To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring-it was peace.
~Milan Kundera

FiberKevin's picture

Do you teach or have a knitting club at school for teachers/students/parents?
Just a thought?