You may remember that I was due with baby boy #2 October 1st. Well it’s October 2nd, and wouldn’t you know it – still pregnant. I’m quite happy to roll around like Violet who turns into a giant blueberry in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory because having a newborn is a whole thing. Did you know? It’s like a lot of work and stuff.
Anyway, I bring up my mass-acquisition & impending tummy friend turned roommate situation because I put the Etsy shop in vacation mode as of today. I just want to make sure nobody is waiting to get an order filled if I suddenly go into labor.
With that said, I do anticipate a lot of exciting changes in the upcoming months. I may need a few of those months to remember how to function on no sleep and nurse 486 times a day, but I have a ton of ideas. My Notes app looks like a random word generator with all of the disjointed thoughts that occur to me. Here’s what’s kaleidoscoping around my brain & already in the works:
Fun bags (lol not boobs)
And I don’t intend to stay with Etsy forever – at the moment I like being able to use their search engine to guide people to my corner of the hippy-nonsense-yarn-world, but I’m pretty particular with how I’d like my shopping platform to look, and I have a lot more to offer than Etsy can help with. SoOoOoOo eventually, I’ll either add shopping on this website in addition to the Etsy shop, or I’ll completely transfer everything over here.
TL;DR – Etsy shop is in vacation mode, it’ll open with in-stock items after the baby comes.
Good gravy have I been busy the last few weeks. I feel like I have lots of announcements, so I’ll consolidate them all here in one post!
I have several discount codes running at the moment – take advantage!
Are you a FibreShare participant this round?! To get 20% off everything in my Etsy shop, use the official FibreShare discount code – no minimum orders! Don’t forget to check out the Natural Yarn Directory I compiled for those of you whose partners prefer synthetic & superwash-free yarn!
I was feeling sassy and made approximately a million color combinations for the Teroldego Shawl that was recently released by Caitlin Hunter (@boylandknitworks on Instagram). This led to me wanting to share the inspiration with a 10% off code for all yarn in the Etsy shop through September 16th using code TEROLDEGO10!
As of the end of the day September 14th, I’ll be deactivating Dyed to Order listings in the shop. If you don’t know, I’m due with baby #2 October 1st. Babies come on their own timeline, so it’s best to be safe and make sure everyone gets their orders on time!
On that same note, once I either go into labor or as late as October 6th, I’ll be putting the shop in vacation mode for a few weeks! I’ll be using this time to get to know the new kid, keep the house from falling down, and planning what stock to add to the shop once I’m ready to get back to the dyepots! I have approximately a million more colorway ideas, and I’ll have lots of middle of the night nursing sessions to solidify them!
In addition to all of this, I’ll be introducing some new yarn bases to the shop in the next few months, among infinity other projects!
Over the last couple of months, it’s become more clear what the future of Fuzzzy Green Fibers will hold. I’ve been having a lot of fun designing knitting patterns and will continue to do so when inspiration strikes. I quite enjoy how art + math = clothes. And rather than retailing yarn that is natural in some way (which was my only previous aspiration), I’ve decided to fill a hole in the yarn community that I personally have needed. I really want indie, hand-dyed yarn that is trendy, colorful and FUN but doesn’t have any trash in it – so I’m doing it myself. Sometimes I want a sock kit that has exciting colors… but I just don’t feel good about spending money on something with dyes, treatments, and fibers I don’t feel great about. There is a place for making concessions, but I don’t make them for things I knit for myself. Or hey maybe I want to do a faded sweater of some kind… but the only kits I can find are superwash, or I would really have to stretch the imagination and color palette accepability to make a cobbled-together fade look halfway decent. I love natural undyed neutral colors that still smell like the sheep it was shorn from, but I also want some neon speckles in my life. Oh and I need to use all of the colorway names stockpiled in my brain, and a neutral gray doesn’t lend itself well to a name like “Good God, Lemon!”
In addition to all of this, I think my “thing” is turning out to be project bags. I haven’t released any of them for sale yet since I’m waiting on labels for them, but I am in LOVE. I love all of the artistic, utility and ethical decisions I’ve made on each one. Hand tie-dyed organic cotton sturdy project bags? You may have to fight me so I don’t keep them all.
I’m super happy with what I’ve decided to do now, what I’ll do next, and my ultimate plans.
However, there’s this annoying little “not good enough” cricket chirping in my ear. I’m not so much concerned about the quality of my work or the aesthetic of certain things – that will all improve & evolve with time, experience, and preference. What my brain is goading me about is my sourcing for every. Little. Thing. Sometimes it feels like I’m not meeting the standards I’ve promised customers, and especially myself. I’m trying to use the least toxic, least environmentally impactful materials and processes I can. Of course it’s not perfect because I don’t live in fairyland. But even now in my research and development phase, my brain won’t let it go that it’s not good enough. Were your labels printed on recycled paper? Is the yarn you bought domestic? Would you feel safe eating your dye? Are your shipping supplies made from plastic rendered from things found in your own living room? NO BRAIN, NONE OF IT IS PERFECT. I guess I just wanted to get off my chest that I am a wee fledgling learning what it even means to sell products to people. As time goes on, I know I’ll source every last item as well as I can (most natural, least toxic, most local, most ethical). For now, my claims are true: no nylon, superwash, or heavy metal-containing dyes in my yarn; organic cotton fabric, US-made zippers & labels, and low-impact dyes for my bags.
I hope my art & enthusiasm will translate well to those interested in my products. I’m consciously planning and strategizing every day on improving all that is possible to improve. And every time I make an improvement that approaches my ideals (even if asymptotically), I’ll announce it with pride so all you other hippy-nonsense nerds like me can high five a tree or whatever.