I've been digging through some old things, looking for memories of Pat Chew for a little "memory-fest" that is going to happen after the Yarn Group Meeting at the TNNA Show on Sunday night. I didn't have much luck at all finding any photos for the slide show Trisha and Doreen from Soho Publishing/Vogue Knitting are putting together. I never took many photos at work of work events because it was always "work" to me. As I was digging through my boxes of photos, I did find lots of photos to jog my memory of my family life over the years. Things I hadn't thought about, places I went to long ago. Sweaters I can't fit into anymore. Dogs that have left the earth. Photos of my Dad when he was young and loud and so alive.
I only found one little box of stuff left from my office at Classic Elite. It's pretty hard to think about 16 years of my creative life bundled up into one little box of barely anything. But when I left, I was so ready to be done. I think that's a normal thing for anyone when they leave a job and start a new chapter of their life. I just wanted to leave it all behind and get on with doing the best job I could do with our daughter Julia. At that point in her life, everything was very precarious for her - so many surgeries - and we just didn't know how she would do.
Now it is almost ten years since Julia was born and she is thriving in her own little way. Her hydrocephalus hasn't been a surgical problem in many years. We just keep our fingers crossed and deal with the other challenges she has with as much patience and understanding that we can find within us.
I'm going to the TNNA Show in Columbus for the whole weekend. Leaving The Farmer and The Farmer's Daughter to entertain themselves for a few days all by their lonesome. I'll be setting up a section of a booth that the kind folks at Westminster have rented for me to display my wares. It's funny to be going back and doing the whole trade show - dog and pony show - thing again. It's also sad to know that Pat Chew won't be there ever again.
When I was digging through my stuff, I came upon this little gouache I did of socks on a clothesline. For awhile I've been toying with putting some of my illustrations up on Cafe Press to be put on bags or t-shirts. I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with this and if it is even worth my time. I've got lots of little paintings I've done - some are yarn related and some aren't - and I'm wondering if there is a way to market them on the web. Etsy maybe? Anything to generate a little cash.
I would appreciate any feedback anyone has for this. I don't have a lot of time in my life for researching and experimenting so I'm opening this up for ideas. Thanks so much. You can find my email address at the left.
At any rate, if you will be at TNNA, I'm doing a booksigning Sunday afternoon (I think it is at 2 p.m.). Westminster is giving out tickets for the books and you have to come then to have it signed and pick it up. First come, first serve. Hope to see some of you in Columbus.