Saturday, March 15, 2008

Let's get Physical, Physical!

Wow! It feels like a long time since my last post. Honestly, I am still getting my bearings straight post-Stitches. I had been working so diligently towards that goal, that now, I feel a little discombobulated. I imagine it is something like running a marathon. Training for months, engaging not only the physicality of it but the mental and emotional aspects as well. I have never run a marathon but for the first time in my life, I feel drawn to do so. Another form of process in which you can watch your mind, body, and emotion evolve.

But then it’s over, the goal completed, and for the first couple week, my muscle memory walks me the area where my raw materials live and there are none. I dyed them all. And. I am kinda crabby because I am overtired but am running on adrenaline. But then again, exhilarated because Stitches was more than I could have ever expected. Seeing old friends, meeting new ones.

I am completely taken aback how much talent is in this field, moreover, the fact that the talent continues to grow and broaden. I had the opportunity to meet Nicole and Jenny from the podcast Stash and Burn. If you have not listened to them, check them out. I have listened to them for years and love their warm, kind and personable style. Nicole just announced that she has started a new podcast where she talks about TV watching – I am sure it will be hilarious.

Then, there was the Passport (deserves a capital letter). When I mentioned the Passport idea to Casey and Jess of Ravelry, I imagined that we might have some kind of sheet of paper for vendors to stamp. Of course, as we all know from the stunning execution of Ravelry, with everything Casey and Jess do, they bring it to the next level; aesthetically, functionally, fairly, and otherwise. Once again, they took an idea, and rebuilt that idea into something far more than imagined. It was also great to meet everyone who came by with their Passports. If I stamped your passport, REMEMBER YOUR COUPON FOR FREE SHIPPING, EXP 4/30.

Thank you to everyone who supported my business at Stitches and purchased fiber and yarn. Now, I have more confidence in my business. I have a little more wiggle room financially. This week I made a decision that I have been fretting about for months. I rented a studio. I am so excited. I have a printer, with a press (this could come in very handy), on one side of me, and a man who makes custom dentist chairs on the other. Over the next week, I will be moving in, doing some minor remodeling. Hey, do any of you have a free electric stove hanging around your house?

So, what have I been doing instead of dyeing? I have been knitting!! I am so thrilled. I am so mad at Christina and Leslie! They have created this outstanding pattern, Carmen, (actually a series of patterns) that I can’t put down. Literally. Except maybe to feed the dog. I highly recommend their patterns. They are simple, straightforward, sophisticated, and use a surprisingly little amount of yarn.

This week I delivered 3 lbs of fiber at Article Pract. Stop by and check it out. More is on its way (if I can put down my knitting). Also, Piedmont Yarn Studio on Piedmont Ave. is carrying my fiber. Both stores have a very sweet, helpful staff, if you are local or are in the area, stop by and check them out.

More photos of knitting to come soon…


cpurl17 said...

I was just this morning listening to the Stash and Burn podcast today and heard the interview in your hotel room!

I'm so impressed with how you've taken this goal of starting a business and run with it. And your yarn is amazing! I can't wait to knit it up.

Stefaneener said...

Oh, hurray! I'm so glad that you and B found each other. She's a special person to me. I can't wait to go and visit your yarn.

KatDee said...

Oo, I want that Carmen pattern. I can't find it on the website, I hope it's still available.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see what you make in your studio! Congratulations on that wonderful step!