What happens when I die-hard yarner doesn’t participate in World Wide Knit in Public Day?
I had every intention of knitting in public on June 8, 2019, even if it was just in the damned park by myself. I didn’t realize until it was too ate that I had scheduled the Colfax Stitch ‘n Bitch for a roadtrip to Truckee on that exact day. When I did find out what I’d done, I put public knitting on the itinerary.
That didn’t pan out; however, I did my part for the yarn industry by purchasing my first organic linen yarn and pattern by Quince & Company. The shop? Atelier in Truckee, California, a great place with art supplies and books in the front and yarn in the back.
All in all, I don’t feel too bad for not knitting publicly. I do it twice a week at the local Starbucks so I feel like I do my yarnly duty all the time. Besides, this was fun also. We’re now trying to figure out another venue for our next road trip, perhaps next month?
What did you do for World Wide Knit in Public Day?
I am pleased to announce that my knitting and crochet themed graphic designs are now available on Amazon! I’m stoked! I don’t know how hard their initial vetting process is, but, hey – I’m trying not to overthink that. I want to believe this is an achievement. LOL!
There are only two designs available right now, and I can upload only 10 designs a day. They do review the individual items carefully, because the first design I uploaded, I used the the phrase “guaranteed to bring a smile” in the description, and it was immediately denied. I fixed it up, and re-sent it, where it took about 12 hours for them to review and pass it.
If you feel you don’t have enough t-shirts that proclaim your crafting obsession, check out my store. The picture above is a link. If you’re not personally interested, but think someone else would be, please pass this info along!
“Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it.” René Descarte
If you read my blog with regularity, you know that I am caught in the machinations of trying to open a local yarn business. My biggest hurdle? Lack of confidence – and for once, it’s not a lack in myself. I did an exercise in Google maps a few weeks ago to help me get a grasp on where my customers would be, literally, in relation to the brick and mortar location. I was not impressed. I used zip code information and got the population from there. All in all, it was a dismal showing. Maybe that’s why there isn’t one in town already. I don’t know. With approximately 70% of the store fronts in town empty, it can be hard to justify opening a niche shop and making it work.
So…I’m juggling a little. Make that a lot. My internet savvy cousin, Nancy, told me to build an online presence first, then open the lys after you can make ends meet that way. Such pragmatism and great genes in one package! I feel like Veruca Salt from Roald Dahl’s creation “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and the subsequent movie “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” when she’s singing I want it now! https://youtu.be/2zcVnNwAHys
For the last, oh, I’d say, 12 years? 13 years? I’ve been intrigued with tattoos. At one point, I was trying to compile images of tattoos that had a story behind them. That got a little sticky. Some of those tattoos had real BIG stories behind them that I couldn’t deal with. The last one had to do with infidelity and the all the emotions around that situation. That’s when I put that little project to sleep. Maybe I should have spelled out some parameters first, but that didn’t seem to fit with the spirit of the project, which, never yielded one picture! I think people used me as a priest, or counselor.
On July 6, I decided to make my own story. With a blog called “Nittin’ Ninja” (yes, I went with the phonetic spelling because the proper spelling was already taken) having a skein and some knitting needles inked on my shoulder was probably no big surprise. Maybe that I did it would be a surprise to some, but there you are. I’m also seriously looking into opening a yarn store here in my little town of Colfax, population 1,800. Why I haven’t gone ahead full bore is because a yarn and accessories shop just wouldn’t make it. I know. I’m trying to come up with something else that would fit in the little space I already have picked out that would kinda go with yarn. I’ve heard coffee, which has received the most thumbs up, and baked goods and sweets, the runners-up. If it actually gets off the ground still waits to be seen, because my husband is not backing me on this, and he’s the one who has income. I don’t. So once I land on a viable business model, I have to find someone(s) to fund me. Any grant writers out there? What better way to document this temporary turmoil than to get a permanent tattoo?
If anyone can think of a service or commodity that would dovetail nicely with knitting and crocheting, PLEASE feel free to remark in the comments. I’m open to anything good.