Daily Archives: March 30, 2009

A Potential Mini Business Venture and Ishbel

I’m having such a grrr day at work. With every passing minute I’m considering the feasibility of quitting. I have to keep reminding myself that these are crippling economic times and I should be grateful to have a job. Sadly, that argument is wearing thin. Watch this space for an announcement that I finally gave in/gave up. The fact that I’m even publishing my sentiments in this public forum shows how dire the situation has gotten.

Anyhow, enough of my moping. This weekend, I spent both Saturday and Sunday in the environs of Covent Garden and its bead shops. I also did a bit of shopping for a black spring jacket but had no luck. I want it to be black as I intend to turn out some spectacularly colored lace shawls/scarflettes and I want a jacket that will match it all.

So while enjoying the fat-free indulgence that is pick’n mix bead shopping, I decided that the art that I’ll teach myself before my 30th is jewelry-making. And as I’m a huge fan of instant gratification, it occurred to me that starting an Etsy shop selling stitch markers might be fun. I recognize that selling stitch markers on Etsy in no way provides a viable alternative to my current job but selling my wares on Etsy might keep me in beads and maybe a few skeins of yarn…

Anyhow, my weekend was not completely spent wondering the streets of Covent Garden. I did manage to get some knitting done. I finished Ishbel, my first time working with laceweight yarn and it’s absolutely lovely. It’s apple green in color though one might call it lime. You can see now why I will need a black spring jacket :-).

Pattern: Ishbel by Ysolda Teague

Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Lace (Apple Green) approx. 0.8 skein

Needles: US 5 / 3.75 mm

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