November writing is off to a solid start with a post has been written every day the first week.
Yesterday I posted a picture of the almost finished boots on my personal Facebook page and had three people want to make some. My enthusiasm took the upper road as I replied to them and started planning on a several hour workshop in my head.
This morning as I was fine-tuning the fit of the boots it struck me: the workshop I took cost $300 plus over $40 in material fees. Granted, it was a 12 hour workshop. Still, I can’t justify teaching even an abbreviated workshop of 4 – 5 hours without charging a basic cost for the class, plus I’d need to buy enough roving for the participants, another cost I can’t afford to absorb right now when our business already taking a major cut in the transition from direct sales to wholesale. I took the class with the long-term goal of not only making felted foot gear for our family but with the idea of eventually recouping the huge cost of the workshop.
Neither Ed nor I are good business people as far as watching the bottom line and drawing firm boundaries. I agreed to teach a one-hour beginning class this Saturday at the terrific local yarn shop, for free, to help the store drum up local enthusiasm for our spindles. As anyone who has taught knows, the teaching hour is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s the prep work, arriving early to set up and staying long enough to answer questions and pack up. While I’m very happy to do this quick intro to spinning it’s easy to get overextended, something I need to guard against when the compensation isn’t worth the time and effort as I already struggle to have the energy to accomplish my responsibilities. We’ll see how the clammer to learn to felt boots/slippers turns out in the months to come.
Today I started Chained three-ply using the Corriedale roving left over from the felted boots to make cord for the boot fasteners.