Flying By The Seat of My Britches

To those who know me, this is no surprise. I plan…really I do, then I change my mind. Often, to the untrained eye, it looks like I just make things up as I go along. Little do they know how long I’ve been thinking, planning, sketching, rethinking, planning and sketching. Then one day – TA DA! I put whatever it is out there for the world to see. And so it is with my little fledgling business.

After closing Yarntopia I knew that I didn’t just want to sit around (despite being very good at this) and I certainly don’t want to go back to work for someone else. The only thing left is to get creative and get busy. Knowing Yarntopia was not going to make it, I’ve been mulling over possibilities for a while. Foremost in my planning was being sure what I wanted to do was something I feel a passion about; something I love doing and helping others do as well. The natural first stop was crochet. But I felt I had “been there, done that” and didn’t want to go backwards. I want to provide fiber folks with beautiful products all while doing what I love. 

I decided that I would just step back and see what it is I really did once the store was not the motivator. I found the answer interesting. More often than not, I picked up a spindle and made yarn. I made yarn to weave with and I’m still working on my first yarn for socks. I enjoy spinning on my wheel, but it is spindle spinning that really makes me happy. I don’t know if it is the affordably beautiful tools I can collect or the intimacy of making yarn slowly, but I truly love it. When I am not spinning I knit or make fiber art with my hand spun yarn. So, you see, for me it is all about the spinning.

I got to work, bought the domain names and started building the shops. Neither is as full as I want but I have started. I’m starting small and will grow this thing organically. I have so many ideas for products. I’m not reinventing the wheel, but I am putting my unique twist on things and hope that others will love what I am doing.

I don’t have a specific studio set up where I can do everything. This is a situation I hope to remedy soon. In the mean time I store fiber and yarn in the spare bedroom, the dining room is my office and now I am putting merchandise in the living room! This last situation is very temporary!

I’ve had grandchildren for two weeks out of the last four which has rendered the spare bedroom unusable for my purposes. The last one will be going home tomorrow. Let the cleaning and organization begin!

The other thing that has kept me busy is designing and making things for my Etsy shop: The Twisted Spindler’s Art (TwistedSpindlersArt). This is where I will be selling the handmade items I make, primarily with my handspun. The Purl & Loop looms I love so much are a big part of what I make for the shop. Whether it is home decor or personal adornment, I love creating with this product.

So, as I push forward I hope you follow along. My goal here on my humble little blog is to entertain and inspire fellow fiber and yarn lovers on their journey of self expression. 

Let’s get twisted!


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