I’m about to tell you something I don’t talk about very often. It may be a bit controversial, but it has to be said.
Opening a yarn shop has really cut into my knitting time.
Imagine immersing yourself in the world of fiber arts, a world you’re already spending most of your free time in. You obsess over patterns, yarn, colors, and tools, playing and dreaming up the perfect combinations. Your heart feels light and your mind inspired when you pick up the needles to being a new project.
Soon your dream starts to grow and you imagine filling the shelves of an empty store with just the right materials. Yarns you know and love, as well as new-to-you colors and textures swirl in your mind.
One day you find an empty retail space and your dream quickly proceeds into reality and it is amazing.
But there’s a dark side. A side people in the industry rarely admit to.
Sometimes when you’re living your dream, you stop dreaming.
What once was nothing but pure joy has changed. Sometimes knitting feels like work. Not all the time, but in small ways. Yarn can become a widget if you’re not careful.
It’s a continual challenge to stay inspired, to not let the dream be replaced by rote repetition and paperwork. It is so important to keep dreaming, to feed the dream you imagined with new ideas, people, and adventures.
Our mission at Stash is to cultivate an inspired knitting community. We actively hunt and gather the most beautiful and unique collection of inspiration for our tribe (psst…that’s you). But it’s also important that we work to stay actively inspired ourselves.
To that end, we are working on an all new lineup of classes and events that we’re super excited to take ourselves! We’re also taking Stash Enhancer field trips, dreaming up new yarn + pattern combinations for fall samples, eating a lot of ice cream, and working on other big new projects.
We’re so thankful that you’re along for the ride. YOU are a continued source of inspiration and love, and we wouldn’t be here without you. Thank you.
As a maker, how do you stay inspired? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!