I've just returned home from a fabulous weekend in Rhinebeck, NY, at the illustrious New York Sheep and Wool Family Festival. It was wonderful in many ways - my mom came to help out with the kids so I could have a girls' weekend away with Barb and Maridee from the Yarnover Truck, and the amazing designer, Afifa. The whole weekend was more than I could have imagined.
I come back re-invigorated, the creative juices flowing strong, and with lots of new things that I can't wait to share with everyone!
I found a new-ish mill to work with, creating some exclusive yarns with exotic fibers I've never seen before. I'm hoping to debut the first of these sure-to-be amazing yarns at Stitches West in February.
After taking a class on natural indigo dyeing on Saturday, I was super excited about natural dyes, thinking on when I can learn more to eventually add a naturally dyed collection to the Forbidden Woolery lineup. Then on Sunday, I discovered some new-to-me dyes called Japanese Mud Dyes. They're all natural, don't require a mordant of any kind, and work on both plant and protein-based fibers. I purchased a set of primary colors and can't wait to start experimenting!
I also spent a lot of time chatting with my cohorts about business-type things, and have so many ideas of new things to offer and how to offer them. First up, I will be working hard to add more kits to my shop for those multi-colored patterns that are popping up all over the place. Comfort Fade Cardi kits will hopefully be up for pre-order later this week on Gluttony and Pride DK, followed by Achoo Sweater, Sunset Highway, and Speckle and Pop for those of you who, like me, waited to see the final product before diving into the pattern!
So today, my first day back to work, I'm planning out all the things, and am so excited for lots of new things, both coming up soon and in 2018!
Did you attend Rhinebeck this year? If so, what was your favorite find or experience???