yarn stories

The start of a yarn obsession

I learned how to knit in college, I always joke that besides learning how to properly pencil my eyebrows that it was one of the most used skills I picked up in my 4 years at College of Charleston ( besides my two college degrees of course) 

One of my roommates was from Maine and her sister worked in a yarn store there and she was always knitting in the common room. I become completely enamored with learning how since it was something I always wanted to learn but no one close to me could teach me.  So it began, with super slick super cheap yarn and some equally slick metal needles.  Unfortunately I'm also a really loose knitter so my first project became " the magnificent trapazoid" I kept it in my car as a dust rag for many years for sentimental reasons.  During finals my senior year, I was a double major so I was twice as crazy I attempted to knit my first sweater.  This also ended up being a disaster.  I picked a pattern that had to be totally sewn together after and then I knitted it on giant straight needles and it was dk weight.  Many years later I found out I sewed the sleeves on upside down which had a very attractive bat wing affect.  I'm sure all of this has now put great faith and reassurance in you that I am a crafts person with discerning taste and ability.  Well fear not , I have continued to knit and join knitting groups and even met some ladies with actual spinning wheels in the great northwest where such hipster things are actually available and readily talked about.  The first time I ever felt handspun yarn it was all over. Not that I don't love ready made yarn, but handspun is so dense and just asked to be held and squished and always creates something special.  Not to mention it opens a whole pandoras box of learning about different types of fiber.    So this is a very long way to say, I'm really excited about this website, business, adventure.   My goal is to provide what it is I'm always looking for when I go into a yarn store "that something unique and special and locally made" .  I hope that one of these skeins of yarn speaks to you and you feel compelled to make it into something special no matter how simple or complex.  I know I put a lot into each and everyone and they are all unique in they're own way.  I will also have a select group of handmade items that are mostly inspired by whatever nerdy obsession i'm currently into.  With two babies a healthy dose of escapism is always welcome right? On that note I may need to go re watch "stranger things" on netflx to make sure someone didn't have something cool and knitted that needs to be created..... Maybe Barb had a heinous 80's headband or something. (just kidding,  maybe)