When I was pregnant with my first child I bought 3 skeins of Lopi yarn and some knitting needles. I bought a sweater pattern that was waaaaaaaaay beyond what a beginning knitter could ever hope to knit. But my belly was getting bigger and my energy supply was getting smaller and I needed something creative to keep my mind and hands busy. I had no sheep and very little knowledge of fiber let alone how to even knit my first stitch. I bought the yarn for it's deep evergreen color and thick texture -knowing myself well enough that my attention span would only allow me to work on something that I thought would come together quickly.
The yarn became very special to me as I read the books that taught me the stitches as I awaited being a mom for the first time. I still have it to this day, I knit the panels and started the sleeves and named it the 8 year sweater. I never finished it, but I will never part with it, it is a part of my knitting history.
Sometimes artistic projects connect us to places and moments, and some with very special people. I have realized as I have been on this journey that I have had to open my mind to changes in my business if I want to continue to get up every day and do the work I love.
My Farm Blend is at the heart and soul of my business. It is the result of years of expirimenting, learning and growing. It is what I proudly produce every year from my sheep and I use that solid Romney foundation to create blends with Mohair or Alpaca or other breeds of wool. I have learned the options for ways to spin, the best uses for, the best colors for white or grey bases, and just recently that a smaller needle changes the whole feel of Farm Blend in a way I would never had imagined. I learn so much from my customers/friends.
When I introduced NIMBUS last Fall, and then few weeks ago UNICORN, it was from a desire to try something new, and have a little different approach by adding to my passion, my lines of hand-dyed yarns. I have, in the past, spun wool as just wool into a sport-weight yarn and I have learned that that isn't for everyone. I have learned that being able to produce enough of a type of yarn at a price that makes me a good business woman is very important.
I had such a desire to grow, so keeping my Farm Blend as the base of my line, I found these lovely wool and wool/nylon bases and will continue to introduce new quality yarns from Romney Ridge Yarns & Wool and I will tell you the stories of their purpose and work with you on designs and projects and in the process I will gain knowledge and an emotional connection for you, my customers who I also very much value as my friends.