3.23.2014

what i've been up to

You're probably wondering what I've been up to lately! I don't call, I don't write... well, I've been a busy bee working to create my own hand dyed yarn line. And, it hasn't been just me. Last year when I left my corporate job, I sat down with my family: hubby, daughter, brother, his long time girlfriend, my mom and dad, and I told them my hopes and aspirations. I've been wanting to hand dye and sell yarn since I began knitting almost a decade ago. You remember back when hand dyers were just starting to emerge and gain some popularity. All those years I imagined myself over a dye pot man handling some wool, but life, work and you know whatever else us moms do seemed to always get in the way. Well, now my baby is almost a teenager (eeek!), I've kicked the steady paycheck and mind numbing computer work to the curb, stopped cleaning my house, convinced my non-knitting little brother that dyeing yarn is about the coolest job of jobs on earth and decided to throw caution to the wind and follow my dreams. It's all so very exciting and scary all at the same time.

I don't want to bore you with the details, but I've definitely not been able to do all of this alone. I have an amazing support system, my family, close friends and a new job and co-workers at Tolt Yarn and Wool that has filled a void in my heart I didn't even know I had. Just yesterday, we had our very first trunk show at Tolt and it was a huge success! If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen these pictures already...

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If you're wondering, the yarn isn't available to the online public yet. It's exclusively available at Tolt Yarn & Wool in Carnation, WA, for now; however, we're working hard on getting our remaining palettes of colors chosen, dyed up, photographed and online at YOTH Yarns for your hot little hands to get to knitting soon. In the meantime, I have a new pattern I released on Ravelry today. Her name is 'izel', and originally I was shooting to have this be my holiday time freebie last December.

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You can see that never happened, so here she is now. Better late than never! And, because she is priced at $6, here is a coupon code for my knitting blog friends so you can get her for FREE. Use: myYOTHpeeps during checkout from now until the end of March 30th. Merry Christmas a few months late!

Happy knitting!

-Ve

19 comments:

Gaile said...

Beautiful hat! I've been watching for it since seeing it on Instagram.

unionjgirl said...

What a great space! It's so inspiring to see others following their dreams, it makes me want to throw caution to the wind as well!

Rachelle said...

Lovely hat and thank you for making it free for us. Btw, good on you for following your dream and for knowing what it was you wanted. I'm still feeling my way in that direction.

Kelly K. said...

Just added to my queue. Beautiful hat! Thanks Veronika!

Jesssica K. said...

Thank you so much! This immediately went in my queue. Congrats on your beautiful yarn :)

ummrania said...

Congratulations on doing what you want to do, that is really inspiring! Thank you so much for the beautiful hat pattern. I am looking forward to see how this new adventure goes for you.

Suzanne said...

Hurray for you for taking a leap right into the dye pot! With all of your talent, drive and amazing photos, I'm sure success will follow. Thank you for the pattern as well.

shellirene said...

What a gorgeous hat. I love the slouchy and color work combined. Thanks Veronika! Best Wishes on your yarn odyssey.

Maryse said...

Thanks for this great pattern! Great hat! And good luck with your yarn line! A toast to its success!

Kelly Ramstack said...

What a cool hat - thanks for the pattern!

Zed said...

Thanks for the hat pattern! Your yarn palette looks fabulous...looking forward to public sales.

Evelyn said...

What a beautiful hat design ~ thank you! Love, love, love the display of your new yarns. congratulations.

glongley said...

Beautiful hat & yarn, would love to make in a like colors. Good lucky to you & everyone helping.

pspgirl said...

thanks a low for the free hat pattern ...it's so awesome. congratulations with your dream .... the yarn look so great.
hugs from Italy
Lis

Hind DP said...

Thanks for the coupon code, that's a beautiful hat! I wish you lots of success in your yarn dying business.

Anonymous said...

Well Ve I've been wondering what you're up to! Glad to hear you're doin so well.
Get in touch with me.
Pavla

Stephanie said...

Glad to see you are doing well and looking forward to seeing your yarn line! (sjn821 on Rav)

Reneelynn said...

SO cool!!

Jessica Powers said...

I keep coming back to this wondering where I can get one of those wool weight wall signs and when you'll be online! I'm cold sheeping, but you know, I need to stay in the loop on your latest endeavour!