On letting go


You all remember the prayer shawl I just finished? The one I crocheted from my own handspun yarn?

The back, draped over a dress.

Here’s what happened when Mom, Aunt Geri, and I went to put a price on it for the show:

I’d just driven down from Fort Collins on Friday, my last day at my old job. I had to get my products ready for the big show the next day, and the day after that, I had to be on a plane. I was, as you might suspect, a bit stressed out.

Enter the rest of the family. We price the skeins of yarn, a hat I found floating around in a box, a little neck warmer thing. All good. Then we get to the shawl. It is, apparently, too small. An awkward size. Not worth as much as previously discussed.

I burst into tears, accept the suggested price and try to escape the room before I have to talk about it any more. Because the fact of the matter is this: I actually like this piece. Much of what I make, I have to settle with “Eh, not terrible”. But this shawl is one of the best things I’ve ever made. And even though I know I’ll seldom wear it, I can’t let it go.

We never put a price on it.

About cliffhousealpacas

Once upon a time, my dad drove by some funny looking animals standing on little dirt hills in a field. Thus, the dream of an alpaca ranch was born. Now, we are embarking on a grand adventure of raising alpacas and becoming fiber artists.
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2 Responses to On letting go

  1. ilashdesigns says:

    It’s a beautiful piece you did an excellent job! I love it! Your experience brought two things to mind –
    1. I’m not the cheapest. I will never be the cheapest. You will not find “cheap” here.

    2. Some “things” are worth more than money.

    Kudos to you! I did the same thing when building a shawl. Too small. Now it’s a 1/2 way fringed large table runner of sorts. Art. the end. 🙂 (someday I might try another one but when I do I will have to be more particular about those measurements!)

  2. Thanks. Good to know I’m not the only one who has trouble putting a price on some things.

    I’m afraid I hardly ever measure things. Unsurprisingly, it fits me…

    Thanks again. I know no one was trying to offend me, but it still smarts a bit.

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