And we’re done …

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.

Happy Stitching!

Jen

Final Shop Update is Live!

Just a quick note to let you all know the final shop update at Spirit Trail Fiberworks is now live (and going fast!).

I plan to start shipping orders the week of August 19, so I’ll combine orders whenever possible and refund any shipping overcharges. If I’ve already shipped your previous orders, of course this won’t be possible. But because I already have a load of orders to ship, I’m estimating my shipping turn around is going to be longer than usual and more like 7-10 business days.

While supplies last, I have some goodies to include in orders over $200.00. Some fun stuff I know you guys will like so the earlier you order, the more chance you’ll get a little surprise (and the better selection of yarns will be there).

I am now officially out of the dye business. Another dyer purchased basically my entire set up, drove to my studio from Tennessee and picked it all up yesterday. Can you believe that she drove all that way?! In her defense, she’s from Texas and added a trip to me into a trip home to see her family (though I was definitely not on the way). I am so happy – I was able to help another dyer ramp up her business, and she helped me out by taking it all. I was really concerned I might have to take much of it to the dump, so I’m super happy I didn’t have to do that. I hope some dyeing mojo went along with it back to her studio.

So, this is it! Everything is dyed and up in my shop. I can’t even dye more if I wanted to :-).

In other news, I’m happy to report that I’ll be staying in New Mexico! I’m really quite happy about this; it’s a good thing for not only myself but this ranch. Having someone living here has been beneficial on several levels, and I’m so pleased to be staying and continuing to help my brother and sister-in-law care for this wonderful place. And, of course, it’s on Airbnb so if you ever want a vacation in a truly gorgeous place, look me up and come stay at Sapillo Creek Escape! It would be a perfect get away for a group of knitting friends, too (just saying 😀 ).

I’m starting a new, part time remote job next week, and excited about that as well as having time to paint and pursue some other work. I’ll be posting here now and then (when I have a new pattern design come out, or just to check in and update you all on what’s going on here at the Adobe Abode (my daughter coined that 😀 ) and in my life.

Thanks again (I really can’t say that enough to encompass how thankful I am) for a fantastic 18 years of playing with color, yarn, and having the great good fortune to meet you! xoxoxo