Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Knitted Wit is Moving!!

Alert the presses! Knitted Wit is moving out of my house and into a studio space! I am so excited I can't sit still! April 1st we'll be moving to a space in my neighborhood that will be perfect for Knitted Wit to continue growing in. Have I told you how small our house is? 760 square feet. With two adults, three kids, and a dog. Oh, and Knitted Wit. To say its cramped is a massive understatement. The space we're moving to is almost as big as our house, but it will just be Knitted Wit. I could gush all day really!

In order to afford moving and installing all the equipment necessary I'm doing an indiegogo campaign. A lot of my larger equipment won't work indoors or can't leave my house, like my washing machine. If you are so inclined, please check it out. There are some great perks to take advantage of. If you could let your knit night know too, that would be great!

One of the things I'm excited to offer at the new space is dye classes. You'll be able to come to the studio and see how it all works and then make variegated or semi-solid color yourself! And there's an old school pharmacy up the street with a fountain, hello milkshakes and root beer floats!

Another bit of quick news, mini skeins are in the shop! There's sweater kits here and here, flip through all the color options to see your choices. 20 and 40 color sets are also available.

A major thank you for your continued support. Today has been humbling with all the support of my passion.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

I'd Like To Thank The Academy...

Only a week late, but better late than never! And it's International Woman's Day so this fits perfectly! I've been wanting to write a thank you letter to all the people that have helped me and Knitted Wit get to where I am. I think about it every time I prepare for and have a successful show. I was further inspired by a tweet from Madeline Albright this morning. (Technology is amazing!) "In honor of Intl , go out of your way to help another woman. We must support each other in order to succeed." I want to thank all the people who have helped me succeed. And most of them have been women.

While it could be challenging to work in a female dominated industry for all the stereotypical reasons, I have been surrounded by incredible women. Women who believe that a rising tide lifts all boats. Women who have shared their experience and knowledge with me. With their help I have grown from a one woman show out of a basement, to my back patio, to having assistants, to now moving out of my house and into a studio. What an amazing journey!!

With the help of my incredible support network, your continued patronage, and my hard work Knitted Wit is growing up! I'm thrilled for this next step and all the possibilities it brings. In a few days I will be launching an indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the remaining expenses for this transition. Please join me in the next chapter of Knitted Wit!
I plan on passing on the generosity that has been given me. In June I will be picking an entrepreneur to support on Kiva. I'm so excited to invest in women! I look forward to brainstorming with you about other ways to contribute.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Pack Up The Moon

I was lucky enough to get an early copy of Pack Up The Moon from Rachael Herron. This book is beautiful. And heart breaking. It's gorgeously written and I felt my self sinking lower and lower into the book. So many layers to the story. When I got to a really hard part I flipped to the end of the book and read the Q & A with Rachael. Her inspiration was from her day job of 911 dispatch. Wanting to complete the story since she only sees a few minutes of often very difficult stories. As some one who likes to make up stories about everybody I pass by, I can totally understand wanting to wrap up a story. This helped me dig into the story a bit more, but wow did I get my heart broken. I even emailed Rachael to break up with her for a few days. We're back together, trying things out again, but it's a little touch and go.

Reading Pack Up The Moon is sort of like listening to a This American Life story. The story gently unfolds from multiple characters, explains the sorrow of how everyone got to their place in life, and how they will continue on. It felt like such a raw look into someone else's life, so intimate. When I'm done listening to an episode of This American Life I feel connected to humanity. I have grace and understanding for people. When I was done with Pack Up The Moon I felt the same connection. An understanding that everyone has been hurt, nobody escapes pain. And hopefully everyone has the chance to reconnect.

This book is not like any thing Rachael has written. Grab your box of kleenex, make a pot of tea, cozy up with your book and dig in.