Life Goal – Achieve The Impossible

Everyone has dreams, and ideas that they want to make come true.  Some people want to travel around the world. Others want to read as many books as they can, or even publish their own.

I want to open a yarn store.

Yes, you heard me correctly.  I want to open a real, brick and mortar yarn store.  One where people can come to not only buy fantastic yarn, but enjoy each other’s company. Where they can sit and work on a project, or enjoy a class on a new technique, or just get help with a crafting roadblock.  I want to have comfy chairs and a place for a nice cuppa.  I want to have at least two nights a week where people can come, sit, and knit/crochet/spin.

I’m very luck that I have a dear friend who shares the same vision that I do.  Brandon is one of my oldest friends; we’ve known each other for at least twenty years.  He and his wife, Tory, want to help me make this vision come to life!  The only major roadblock we have is getting the money.  We want to get started, but don’t have a lot of funding.

 

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Brandon & Tory. Friends who knit together, stay together.

 

I decided to start a GoFundMe campaign.  Now, I sat on this for a few months.  I listened to a lot of viewpoints on this subject, some very supportive, while others were skeptical.  But Amanda Palmer’s book, ‘The Art Of Asking’, has inspired me to move forward.  Brandon and I are looking to raise $600, to cover the cost of starting the LLC and legal fees associated with that process.

If you would like to donate, you can visit the link HERE.  If you can’t donate, I ask that you share this post.  Tell you friends and family.  We are halfway to our goal as of today, and I’m so thankful for the kindness of not just my support system, but of strangers as well.

 

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There is no longer a yarn store in my town, not like I want to see and make happen.  If anyone is interested in investing in our business above and beyond the GoFundMe campaign, please contact me.  Brandon has done a fantastic job with out business plan, and it is quite detailed.

Have a great weekend!

 

Etsy Shop Update – January

The shop update over at the Etsy store is live!  I’m really excited about the new colors that I’ve been working on.  Let me tell you all about them!

 

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I’m continuing to work with my new base of sock yarn, named ‘Tory’s Toes’.  Inspired by a good friend, this base has a tighter twist than my standard ‘IMC Sock’ base.  The above colorway is called, ‘Misty Mountain’. I love the layering of soft purples and pinks. There are two skeins available and ready to ship.

 

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Next up is an old favorite in my ‘IMC Sock’ base.  ‘Sunset Shimmer’ is one that I’ve had a lot of luck with, and one that everyone seems to really enjoy. Super soft, shades of orange, yellow, and pops of white and pink.  There are two skeins available and ready to ship.

 

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This one was a lot of fun to dye.  ‘Chocolate Covered Cherries’ is perfect for Valentines Day!  Dyed in my ‘IMC Sock’ base, there are shades of brown and red, with pops of white and pink.  This is a OOAK (one-of-a-kind) skein and there is only on available.

 

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Lastly, meet ‘Go Go Godzilla’!  Another great OOAK skein, in my ‘IMC Sock’ base, it has hues of green, black, purple, and white.  I really like this one!  There is one available.

 

I plan on trying to do a small shop update every month.  It is so much more manageable that way.  I reskein everything by hand, so while the process is a long one, I know that it is well worth it for you, my customer.  I don’t want you to have to deal with tangles while you are trying to wind your yarn.

 

 

 

 

 

Life Goals – Tech Edition

I’ve been taking this month to write down everything that I want to achieve and accomplish this year. From the smallest task (do one load of laundry every day, so that I don’t have to send for a Sherpa guide as I try to tackle the giant pile in the basement,) to the most grand and extravagant. After a recent late night FB chat with my friend, Rachael, (who lives in Guatemala doing amazing work with climate change research,) I decided to list it all. Top to bottom, A-Z.

One of my first projects was to update my tech equipment, so that I could get some fantastic work done on both my blog, and my Etsy shop.  I purchased a basic point-and-shoot camera.  Now, I know what I really wanted to buy, but I also knew that I had a budget and I wanted something that was not only easy to use, but waterproof. Miss Z spends so much time in the pool, that I wanted to be sure it was safe. Also, I killed my last camera at the lake in NY.

 

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Such a fun little camera!

 

 

This camera had really excellent reviews, and I was fortunate to purchase the LAST ONE in the store.  I’m still playing around with it, but so far, I’m really happy.

Here are a few photos from our afternoon snow and hot cocoa adventures.

 

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My second purchase was one out of necessity.  I was using my iPad mini AND a laptop that I shared with the hubby (it worked well until we needed it at the same time.  And that always seems to be the way of it. That’s what happens when you’re main media time is after work.)  I noticed that when I started my Etsy store, it was getting harder and harder to get time on the laptop.  Then, a few days ago, my tablet died.  So, I went to the Big Box Store That Shall Not Be Named, and purchased a laptop for myself.

 

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Lenova Yoga – I love you!

I am in love with this little powerhouse!  I originally didn’t think that I wanted a 2-in-1, but wow!  I’m so glad that I purchased it.  And it was on sale!  Double win!  The only disappointment was customer service, but honestly, I didn’t go in with high expectations, and I’m not here to blast anyone, or anything, and put more negativity out into the world.

What are some of your goals for 2017?  New tech, or gadgets?  Fantastic trips or vacations?

 

 

 

 

WIP Wednesday – November 9th

It’s getting close to Christmas, and already I’m starting to feel the strain of deadlines.  I have some holiday knitting to accomplish, but I’m not sure that I’ll get it all done in time.  Then again, I know that I have to be vigilant in my time management and really set a schedule up for my self.  The hard part … following said schedule.

The first thing that I’ve been working on is a baby sweater for a friend of mine who is due in December.  The yarn is a special order from Crochet The Winter, and I’m in love with the bright pink shade!  It is so much fun, and I know that the Mom-To-Be will be pleased.

 

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The other project that I really want to finish in time for Christmas are my hubby’s Christmas Socks.  He didn’t get a pair last year, so I really need to get these done.

 

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I have been trying, with no success, to blog in the last week.  Seriously, it has been one roadblock after another.  Slow internet, WordPress not wanting to format my posts, and life in general, have all gotten in the way.  I swear to all that is good and holy, I WILL post tonight!

This weekend has been a busy one in the shop.  I’ve been dyeing my heart out to get a shop update ready to roll before Black Friday.  Bulky, worsted, sock … it will all be there!  Since my normal sock base is on back order, I’m trying a new one at the suggestion of a friend.  I’m really excited to see the response once everything is loaded on Etsy.

There are so many wonderful colors, all dyed in groups of two.  Here’s a little sneak peak of what is to come.

 

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I hope that you all have a fantastic week! Remember to check out the current selection in my Etsy shop to find that perfect yarn for you!