The last yarns have been packed, and the last orders have been shipped. My studio set up has been sold and is now, I hope, bringing good juju to a newer dyer. I’m still ignoring the empty area where it used to be, but it feels really good knowing someone else is making good use of all of it.
Thanks to each and every one of you who placed an order in my final shop update; I appreciate it so very much. I admit I had some panic attacks over the amount of yarn I had dyed for this final update (nightmares that nobody bought any, and I had nearly 800 skeins of yarn to deal with – rather silly, but those late hours at night play tricks on you, right? It’s no fun at all waking up in the middle of the night to THAT, let me tell you). But you all came through this one last time, and I’m once again – as always – honored knowing that a small part of me has been invited into each of your homes and imaginations, when you’ve purchased my yarns to create your own personal masterpieces. Thank you so very much for that honor and the joy I’ve received from it over so many years. As always, I can’t wait to see what you make (and, as always, absolutely no pressure! My stash is ridiculous, too. haha).
What’s next? I’ll be hanging out in my Ravelry Group, knitting along with everyone else. I’ll still be on Instagram, and on Facebook on my Page and in my Group, posting about my knitting, upcoming designs, the beautiful area where I live in NM, and whatever else strikes my fancy. And my newsletter (albeit much smaller since I deleted it all by accident; still shaking my head about that) is still up and running, if you’re interested in hearing from me now and then. My website is staying up for a while at least, with info on yarn bases, links to my Ravelry pattern and group pages, and more; I haven’t decided whether to shut everything down, but if I do it will be down the road a bit. And I’m sure I’ll pop here in now and then to post about what I’m knitting, and life in general. Writing has always been my thing, too.
And I’ll be painting more. My love of color has never been restricted to yarn. It started long before that first dye workshop, way back in elementary school when I got my first set of paints and colored pencils. It came along with me through high school and college, and really only fell silent after I graduated and started working full time. And then life does what it does, and 30 years had passed since I’d picked up a paintbrush. I started painting again a few years back and if you’re interested, you can follow me on Instagram and Facebook for my painting. And I have a newsletter for that, too, if you’re interested in hearing about new collections, shows, and possibly (down the road a ways) workshops.
I started some new, part-time, remote consulting work for a nonprofit in the DC area a few weeks ago, and I’m glad to have the work and a bit of steady income coming in as I work through all these transitions and evolutions.
And finally, while I’m still pretty scared about all the unknowns, I’m more excited than scared of change, and all that accompanies it.
I look forward to keeping in touch with all of you online and, if I’m really lucky, some of you in person, too.