“Come on, you should just do it,” Kristy said. I have been knitting forever, always creating something and giving it away. I love watching their face when I give someone a freshly knitted hat! "Come on, just do it!" she said.
One night my Faithful Sherpa and I went to dinner at our favorite local restaurant, Saylors in Sausalito. As the night went on, and the drinks flowed, more and more friends showed up. By the end of the night none of us, except my Faithful Sherpa, could drive.
So we loaded everyone into my Ford Explorer and drove them all home. We had 7 people packed into that car! It was cold outside, so I put my hat on. “I want one” Oliver shouted, “so do I” said Sophie, as well as everyone else. I typically keep lots of hats in my car, so I pulled out a hat and handed one off to everyone. Everyone went home with a hand knit hat. Even the guy in the front seat that no one knew!
“Really, Eva, you should start your own business and sell them in the Salon,” Kristy said.
So I took the plunge.
Off to the courthouse, registered my business and it was official! It was such a scary step to take but I’m glad I did! After creating a display for her salon, and installing my work, I expected to have everything magically sell out. You know, like in the TV shows, an overnight success.
But that’s not how it happened.
After a year or so of floundering, I decided I needed to take this gig to the next step. So, after two glasses of wine, I called Tim and asked if he would be interested in a photoshoot of my work. He is a fantastic photographer, I’ve seen his work, and I know this will work out!
We spent a several hours together, over the next couple of weeks, laying out the plans. Well, actually, it was really Tim who was really teaching me what I needed to do. So I listened, and took notes. His mind goes so fast! It always took me a couple of days to sift through all the information he fed me.
But he was there every step of the way, encouraging me along, giving me pointers on what to do and how to take great photos and what I could do with them!
I learned invaluable lessons during our dinners together at Taste of Rome! Lessons, not only on how to take beautiful photos but color combinations, how to look at the light playing against the trees, how to start a website…everything!
Now whenever I reach a milestone, I call Tim and tell him about the accomplishment. “That’s fantastic, he always says. “Now you know what you should next right…” Always thinking how to up my game and take this knitting gig to the next step.
“Let’s do a community supper together” Kristy said. It was my first big step outside, showing my work to the world. It was a small step, but a step anyways! And without Kristy’s encouragement, I wouldn’t have done it.
I’m so lucky to have such good friends, rooting for me along the way and being such inspirations!