Over the past several weeks, it seems like the our worlds have been turned upside down many times and in many ways. At the shop, I would put together a business plan and then it went "poof" into thin air the next day. There have been many hours of worry and some tears for my employees, customers, friends and my little business in Old Town, Anacortes. I had no idea of some of the challenges when I opened up for business almost six years ago.
At this time, the shop is planning to reopen on May 4th or just as soon as the Governor allows businesses to reopen. I am in the shop several times each week sending out online orders, doing some remodeling, and/or providing pickup service for customers. I am also working at the dye pots so that we have a better back stock when we reopen....and very full shelves, too!
I miss my employees, Emily, Fran, Janet and Carol terribly. I miss our camaraderie and the tremendously creative energy we generate when together. I also miss our customers and the support we give and get and the simple 'togetherness' we all enjoy.
Should you need anything, please leave a message at 360-293-7377 or email us at email@example.com. I am thinking of you all and wishing you the best. Happy Spring! - Lori
CHOOSE YOUR ALASKA!
One of the very best things about dyeing our own yarns is that we can develop colorways and techniques for different patterns.
Fran found the Alaska hat and after we all said our "OOHHs and AHHHs" Lori went to the calculator, scale, knitting machine, and dye pots to create a radiant yarn with our own Halo yarn to use for the "ALASKA" hat pattern. We now have kits available if you would like to try this fun knit.
Our kits are $29.50 and include two small cakes (the solid for rib and trees and radiant for background sky) and the pattern. You can choose from three versions: Sunset, Full Moon or Dark Night.
In the Dye Pot (or at, about, near...oh, the prepositions!) with Lori Maul
Each week I generally spend 20-30 hours at the dye pots. It is a lot of heavy lifting, bending, stretching, mixing, thinking, blending, dipping, waiting, stirring, washing, rinsing...you get the idea. It is good for me until I hurt my shoulder, my wrist, my hip, or I burn myself. It reminds me that I am getting older. But, I still LOVE IT.
As many of you may know, I studied Fiber Arts at the University of Washington where I learned surface design techniques, art history, to weave and to dye. (These were the most important subjects to me.) My professional career was in business administration and fundraising but I had always dreamed of having my own business centered around knitting, design, color and fiber. Well, here I am. There is hardly a day that goes by that I am not very grateful for my little shop and the work I get to do at, in, and near the dye pots.
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