Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Stitches West 2008 & Article Pract

All of the yarn is packed, all the fiber bundled, the t-shirts rolled, the spindles priced, the business cards cut, the list could go on but I am sure you get the point.

I am sitting in bed eating a toasted peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Genuine comfort food. I fought long and hard to sit in my bed today. Kind of sort of blowing off the world (at least for an hour, maybe two). F-you world! Just kiddin. You are going to have to forgive my wacky mood. It's the exhaustion talking.

On Monday, I went over to Aija's and picked up Zero stitch markers. We are going to be carrying them at our Booth at Stitches. My goodness, her son is adorable. I have to admit, yesterday, I was very grumpy. I still had a mound of work in front of me, and felt like I had been climbing the mound for days on end. I took a break from work, sat at my desk, and started to go through Aija's stitch markers, looking at the stones, they are so pretty. Honestly, they made me so happy. I really needed that yesterday. I have gone through lots of ups and downs trying to start my own business, however, its interactions with people like Aija and products like Zero Stitch Markers that make it worthwhile.

When I first started building my business, I was consumed with operations and production. What types of fiber to offer, what types of yarn, what size, what price, how should my labels look, etc. There are still many of those decisions to be made, however, as my business grows and expands, I recognize that one of the most beautiful things about my business are the relationships formed through similar interests (the love of fiber!) and being granted the opportunity to work with some really amazing people.

It's an amazing feeling to see my dream become real and to watch my business become a living, breathing entity, to participate in new relationships, and to be inspired by those who I work with such as Michelle, Marlowe, Maia and Brooke of Tactile Fiber Arts and Aija of Zero Stitch Markers.

In other news, I am very excited to announce that Article Pract, my favorite yarn store is going to carry my fiber and yarn. I really can't believe it. This is has been a longtime dream of mine. Once I get back from Stitches, I will start working on their order, which means that if you live in the area, and if you should want to see my fiber and yarn in real life, you will probably by able to see it at Article Pract towards the end of March.

OK! Enough gushing and dreamy this and that. I hope everyone is doing well, working on fun projects, etc., and if you are in the area, hope to see you at Stitches!

P.S. I still can not decide what to give away as prizes for the Ravelry passport game. If you have any requests, let me know!

Monday, February 4, 2008

I knit.

On Saturday, I took the day off, hoping to take Cleo for a walk in the woods. We had grand ideas of heading north to Sonoma County. But it ended up raining, and for the Bay Area, cold. Instead, we decided to stay in the neighborhood and went to Redwood. The walk was great. It was quiet, the trees were glistening with drops and dew, their trunks covered with mossy fur. Adrienne has really been getting into mushrooming. As much as I resist a new hobby, its actually kind of fun finding little mushrooms hiding under oak leaves. Taking the time to notice the slight nuances and growth patterns means more to me than identifying them. I have been meaning to post about mushroom dyeing. Soon.

Adrienne has a friend who is pregnant, we were invited to her baby shower on Sunday. There is no way that I could allow this prime opportunity to make baby booties slip away. And, what better sense to make of Saturday's rainy afternoon.

Saartje's Booties
100% Blue-faced Leicester Handpsun
Naturally Dyed: Cosmos, Birch, Indigo, Madder, Logwood Grey