Sunday, September 21, 2008

Recap: A Year in a Day

Here are some photos recapping the par-tay.
Marlowe's delicious sheep-y cupcakes

Jane and her sister May, show us Jane's outstanding work.

Marcel was a natural. Complete party animal.

I want to say thank you to everyone, literally, from the bottom of my heart. First, for the phenomenal past year. It has been such a pleasure to meet all of you. I am so gracious to all of you for your support and laughter. It was great to see everyone yesterday. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedules to stop by. And for all of you that sent your well wishes via email, thank you for your kind words of support. Last year at this time, I could never have imagined that my life would have manifested itself in this way.

As we get to know each other, it is no secret that I value a life full of challenges and exploring the unknown. This provides a healthy serving of torture and bliss. Having my own business certainly has had its ups and downs. To some extent, it is great to be "the boss". I can nap in the afternoon for an hour or two, however, I may have to stay up until 1am, 10 days in a row, because I am the one ultimately responsible that deadlines are met. This is textbook. Anyone who has considered starting their own business has probably gone and bought a book which describes that there is going to be a lot of hard work...for years. Most times the big book of business lets you know that if you don't like hard work, then starting a business is probably not for you. Ok, well I am not afraid of hard work. Check.

But there are challenges that are not covered in business books and in some ways how could they. These challenges are personal and most likely particular for each of us in our distinct personalities. For me, my biggest challenge running my business has been my sense of security. Over the past year, I have had to go through a deep exploration of my idea of security, its foundation, and a re-evaluation of it in order for my business to grow. Challenging my sense of security has meant re-evaluating my idea of what constitutes as success and as failure. It has also meant learning to trust in myself to accept vulnerability. That by trusting in myself, I will make the best decision that I can. Most importantly, I have had to learn to draw boundaries around my self-critic. This single step has been the most important thing I have learned all year. Once I learned to draw a boundary around my inner critic, I could drop the entire pretense of success and failure and actually get to work. Right now, I feel like I am in this beautiful stage of my business. At this very moment, I have more self trust than probably ever before because, in my mind, the concept of failure has evolved. Failure no longer has the same meaning. Failure is no longer a destination in itself. This life, and this business, does not lead to a distinct point, it is a continuum, it is an experience.

This past year has been a whirlwind of activity. We have used new dyes, new types of dyeing, moved into our first studio, and worked at a variety of venues, from Stitches to the Black Sheep Gathering, to sell Verb's product. We have learned a lot about our craft and about business.

I look forward to this upcoming year, to new ideas, learning even more new things, meeting more new friends, and watching my current friends and customers grow and create. To start things off, I am excited to tell you -- that we have decided to rent a second space and to open up a small retail venue. Beyond the fact that it is rented, there are still a lot of particulars to be worked out. For instance, store hours, products, etc. Over the next couple weeks, I will be brainstorming for ideas and ways to carry out those ideas. Our goal is to have the store up and running by November.

Soon!

p.s.
The 1st shipment of the Ultra Fiber Club. 3oz of Baby Camel/Silk.

8 comments:

Yavanna C. said...

Good Luck with the start of your own business. It has always been my dream to do the same someday, so I wish you the best.

cpurl17 said...

I saw the fiber club fiber at knit night last week and almost passed out from jealousy!

I think you're doing a fabulous job and it's truly a labor of love!

Anonymous said...

Again, congratulations on the milestone! And I was wondering so much about what the announcement was - I looked all over Ravelry and locals' blogs! That is a fantastic new adventure portion of your work! I can't wait for the store (hee-hee and the next installment). Terry

Katie said...

Wow, I'm sorry I missed the party! Looks like it was a blast.

A retail store - congratulations! Even though I enjoy buying your stuff at Piedmont Yarn, I think this is an excellent addition to the fibery shops of the East Bay. Good luck getting the kinks worked out.

kate R said...

Kristine-
My sincere congratulations on your new venture...your fiber is great. I love my fiber club shipment. SO sorry I couldn't join you this weekend, but I will certainly come see you at your new retail store!!!

Knitsonya said...

Sheep cupcakes! Gah! Sorry I had to miss the celebration. Congratulations and a Happy belated Verb Birthday!

Lisa T. said...

I was soooo looking forward to the party, but got sick Saturday. I am so happy to see it was a success and look forward to taking more classes when I can.

bratmobile said...

Hey Kristine,

What a beautiful post. Congratulations on your new shop! It has been amazing to watch your business grow SO MUCH, I wish I had more time to join in on all the activities. I do check in here every week or more to drool a little and pick up stuff at article pract whenever i am there. I'll be dragging my kids over to your new store when its ready so lookout!