Tuesday, February 23, 2016

New Adventures

Many things have happened since 2014 when I last blogged.  I made a commitment to myself that year.  That I would focus on taking better care of myself.  Knit for myself more.  Try new things. Learn new techniques.  And I did.

I learned to knit beautiful lace:


I learned to use a drop spindle:



I began dying some of the yarn I spun on the drop spindle.  

I started with Kool-Aid: 



I got adventurous and began to dye the fiber before it was spun:



In September of 2015 I purchased a small, 2nd hand Kromski Prelude spinning wheel.  I drove all the way to Atlanta to pick it up.  My husband thought I was a little nuts:


It was love at first sight!  Since then we've been learning to work together to make beautiful yarn:





Spinning came intuitively to me.  It was like something I had been waiting my whole life to do.  A hidden talent.  But I had also discovered another love.  A deep, passionate love that touched the core of my artist's heart. One that would drive me to reinvent my business and breath new life into it. I discovered dying.  

I didn't last long fooling around with Kool-aid.  Or food coloring.  I quickly moved on to using fiber reactive dyes.  Inspired by nature, and the beauty of the world around me, I explored this new medium with great enthusiasm:
  




Meanwhile, friends and family began to notice my creative efforts.  They encouraged me.  Purchased from me.  Pushed me to begin listing on Etsy again.  And tentatively, I did. 

Then on November 2nd, something happened that radically changed our family's life.  My husband was seriously injured in a motorcycle wreck. While ultimately, he will heal and lead a normal life, things seemed very bleak.  Financially, the wreck was devastating.  Medical bills mounted.  I looked at all my fiber and thought, "I have to turn this into income.  I have to use my talent and my passion to help my family crawl out of this black hole."  

Slowly, but surely, that is what I am doing.  It's meant taking some risks. And I've been learning as I go.  Learning new dying techniques.  Spinning techniques.  Marketing.  Navigating social media to get my art out there to my target audience.  Which is why, once again, the Hippie Homemaker is back at her blog.  

What can you expect to see and read about here?  Fiber, for sure. Spinning.  Sneak peeks at new colorways, yarns in progress, hand knitted items.  Possibly coupon codes for loyal blog readers :) 

But you might also read funny homeschooling escapades, tales of escaping chickens, and possibly recipes for my glorious homemade jams and jellies. I am a woman of many parts, and I wear many hats.  

3 comments:

  1. Love this post, love your work.

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  2. Great post! What a way to get back on the wagon!

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  3. The roving colors you have are spectacular! I love the Hand Dyed Roving- Caravan, aprox 4oz--such a pretty presentation of colors!

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