Hello! I’ve been working hard at starting my own hand-dyed yarn business. My studio is complete! I’ve taken over the garage! I have to have a comfortable space for my family to hang out with me in the studio. My “family” consists of my husband, grown children, grandchildren, 5 dogs and one cat, Max! The dog beds are coming. We’re buying another carpet to fill in the other half of the garage. We want a clean spot for our grand baby to sit down on the floor and play. The garage floor is dirty, hence, the carpets. The color of the carpet is perfect! It hides all the dye spots I spill on it and it cleans nicely with a carpet cleaner.
I’m having so much fun! I have wanted to have a yarn store for many years now. The reality of it was just not something we honestly wanted, myself or my husband. I’m what’s called an extroverted introvert. I know! Crazy! How can you be both? You can be! My introvert side doesn’t want to actually go to a yarn store every day and hang out there. I’ve never “hung out” at the yarn store. I prefer to be at home, in comfort, with a fridge full of food and snacks, and lots of movies at my fingertips. Although, I think it’s a great idea and a great place to meet fiber friends. I love hospitality and am pretty good at it. I would be a great yarn store owner. I realized it was just a fantasy and nothing would ever come out of it.
Then I lost my job. I left of my own free will, but I was pushed out. I was a little heartbroken to be honest. It was a blessing! I’m very loyal. I had to be pushed out to leave, or I would still be there today. Sometimes, disasters are blessings in disguise!!!
It’s taken me almost a year since I left the work force to figure this out, but I’ve figured it out! I CAN own a yarn store! I LOVE YARN! Have you seen my stash? ( It’s on an article here on my blog, search “stash” and it will come up. ) I’ve started up my own hand-dyed yarn business! I create and color the yarn and will sell it on-line and at various trade shows. I LOVE the trade shows! My husband and I take vacations with a plan to visit yarn stores and fiber mills. They are the spots along the way to our destination. Now, we can go to trade shows, set up my little trade show store, sell yarn, and travel! Hot diggity dog!!
I looove it! Isn’t there a song “I’m in love with my car!” by Queen? I haven’t heard it but hey… “I’m in love with my yarn!”
You’ve met my daughters. They will be there to help along the way! What a great family business! I can also include my husband. He loves to socialize! He and my son are currently planning, designing, and building me an electric skein winder/swift. That might become a thing in itself for my son. We can sell those too!
I’m the type that needs a plan and a goal. I’m still young for “retirement”. Now, I have a direction for my energy and it’s the best direction!
I’m making a cropped little cardigan in this beautiful sunshine yellow to wear with my sundresses this summer.
I’ve also started a YouTube channel to journal about starting this business, connect with other dyers and fiber lovers, and promote my yarns. I’m new at this and learning from scratch so they aren’t great yet, but, they are entertaining!
I’m in the research and development phase of the business. I’m gathering base yarns from various sources to find out which I like best and want to represent “A Chick That Knitz”. I’ve heard several indie dyers say they don’t know or care what the yarn looks like knitted up. It’s the artistic process they like and how it looks in a skein. Well, I’ve bought a $32.00 skein of hand-dyed yarn and it’s pretty in the skein but ugly knit up. I am a chick that knits after all , so it is important to me, that the yarn looks pretty in all its forms; skein, to ball, to knit project.
Take care and I will be back soon with an on-line store grand opening!
One more thing! Knitters, Crocheters, Yarn lovers, please feel free to give me any input on what you like and don’t like about hand-dyed yarns. I’m here to please and would really like to know your thoughts.
Take care and don’t forget, Valentine’s Day is close!
Aussiedoodle puppy hanging out with me in the studio.