I looked in the skilled trades/crafts section of Craigslist today, just to see what types of jobs are being posted.
RV mechanic technician
Experienced tile layer
And that’s about it. I had to laugh — did I really think I was going to find a post wanting a weaver?? Or a spinner??
I am doing my first commission spinning though, nearly 2 lbs of an alpaca cria (baby) fleece (actually it’s called blanket) my friend tried to process and was worried she was going to destroy if she did any more. Some of it is already in roving with lots of nepps (little balls of fiber) and I’m spinning that into singles that will become a worsted weight 3 ply. Some of it is washed but not processed in any other way; this I will card on my drum carder, very slowly and carefully to keep the smooth and lofty nature of the fiber.
Ideally, the owner of the fleece (not my friend, she owns a fiber mill) will end up with a textured yarn and a smooth yarn, and be happy with her first fleece product. She is new to owning fiber animals, and recently learned how to knit in anticipation of using her own yarn. I am enjoying spinning this so far; it’s deliciously soft and fine and most of the prickly things are falling out as I spin.
I wish I could do more commission spinning and less actual working. It’s less money by a long shot, but I don’t have to get dressed up, drive a long way away, worry about meals and drinks, or stress out about deadlines or working overtime.