This morning I got a fabulous surprise. I woke up to a shout out from a fellow blogger and Etsian, Michaela of Buttons and Yarn Oh My! A couple of weeks ago, she'd bought a skein of my handspun yarn (one of my favorite ones, at that!) and she had some very kind words to say about it, and about handspun yarn in general. Thanks Michaela! You can check out Michaela's shop at www.buttonsandyarnohmy.etsy.com.
Handspun yarn is very hard to give up. There's just something about it. The process of spinning is so tactile and so tangible, not to mention so time consuming, that you really grow to care about the yarn. There are skeins that are like a beloved pet to me, that I would never give up. With others, I just want to see the yarn in the hands of someone who loves it.
I'm sure that artists of every type experience the same separation anxiety that I do. I know firsthand how hard it can be to give away a knitted garment or to sell a piece of handcrafted jewelry. I can't even imagine what it must be like to sell an original painting or sculpture - even if your living depended upon it.
So I'm wondering... for those of you who create original, one of a kind art or crafted items, how do you deal with giving them away or putting them up for sale? Does the sale make it worth it, or do you miss your item later on? Or is it enough, as with my skeins of yarn, to see it in the hands of someone who loves it?