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I spent most of the day today feeling sorry for myself. Because I have a very sore throat. All because of this guy on the next seat who kept sneezing and coughing and sniffling through the flight from Hyderabad to Mumbai. Thanks random stranger!

I was moaning about it to a friend and she said “Pamper yourself.”

So that got me thinking. How does one pamper themselves? I think I’m sadly undereducated in this regard. The only options I could come up with included:

1. Staying in bed all day (way too many courier deliveries and sundry bell ringers, not to mention work)

2. Reading some old favourites (couldn’t drum up the concentration after work)

3. Crafting (see disclaimer above)

4. The old fallback, retail therapy

As the photo says…

I’m valiantly trying to resist buying another loom, a folding one that I could more easily carry to craft fairs. One of my current portable looms is too narrow and the other one doesn’t fold. Wallowing in self pity isn’t exactly strengthening my resolve.

Hopefully the cold will take its course (3 days or 72 hours, as the joke goes) and I’m not extra unproductive. In the meantime, as a diversion, I was wondering what my readers do when instructed to “pamper” themselves.

Do comment and let me know.

This is the Live video from Facebook that I posted from a fair I had a stall at a few days ago. Don’t mind the soundtrack; I’m still not comfortable putting my voice out there.

I’ve done a mini stall and a ‘proper’ stall in the time since I last posted here. This video shows the full one. Full in the sense of having two tables to display on, as well as being there almost the entire day until forced out by rain.

Overall it was a positive experience. Custom began slowly but picked up as the weather cooled, the fault probably lying also in it being a working day of the week. I didn’t have any people giving me wild unsolicited advice about my products (“Why don’t you join up two triangle shawls to make a poncho?”) Plus most were appreciative of the work and that I had done it myself. Although there was one lady who insisted I must have given it out to people to do…

I think maybe now I have an idea of what might sell. My problem, if you can call it that, is that I find too many patterns I want to make. When I  made up my inventory on the night before the stall I discovered I had over 25 different kinds of things on the list. Which is likely not a good thing. I feel I should find a few universally appealing styles/patterns and make more of those, rather than dipping my toe into every pattern class.

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Warp watching me tot up my stock and wishing I would get to bed for snuggles

I have another stall coming up in the same place and I’m thinking I should het my ducks in a line.
1. Batik sells
2. Sling bags sell
3. Batik sling bags will sell
4. Zipper pouches in attractive prints
5. Possibly do a batch of water bottle carriers? I hadn’t any stock of those last time
6. Try yoga mat straps? (On second thoughts, no, unless I can find a pattern which isn’t as hardware-heavy as this one. I don’t think I should be running around to buy new technology in the short term. It is an idea to explore, though.)
7. Weave!!! Stoles in ombre colours. (About which, more next time.)

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