I want to share with you a story that makes me happy everytime I think of it. It shows how the wonderful people in our fiber community work together, and create beautiful things.
Let me start with my local yarn shop, Joseph's Coat, in Missoula, Montana. The owner, Janet Sullivan, has supported my little indy dye business from the very beginning. I am so grateful for her help and support. In her honor, the image on my Retail Shops webpage is from her shop, and I reposting it here. My yarns are hanging at the front of on the right.
In September, 2015, I got a lovely email from Candis C., saying: "I’m a Montanan who moved to San Diego years ago, but I always feel as though I’ve come home when I return to Montana to visit. On a recent visit, I discovered your yarn in Joseph’s Coat in Missoula. I actually made two separate trips to Missoula to buy more yarn because I fell in love with your colors based on local landscapes and the incredible feel of the fibers you use. I only bought seven of the colors and now I’m regretting that I didn’t get one of each – I like them that much."
As if that were not wonderful enough, she went on to say: "We had our annual Yarn Crawl in San Diego this past weekend and I talked up your yarn to one of the shop owners who will probably be contacting you. I would like so much to have your yarns available locally. The shop is Yarning for You in San Marcos." A few days later, I got a call from Lynn K. from Yarning for You, saying that they wanted to carry my yarn, and that they would like to feature me as Indy Dyer of the Month in their shop! To say I was thrilled, would be an understatement.
When I emailed Candis about this, she told me that she and her knitting friends were planning an outing to Yarning for You, and then she emailed me photos of the trip and gave me permission to share them with you. Here are 'the girls' heading for Yarning for You.
And this is Yarning for You in San Marcos, CA - what a beautiful shop!! And by the way, in front is the lovely display of my yarns that they put together for their Indy Dyer of the Month!!
Looks like our travelers did a thorough job of checking out (and fondling) the yarns!
She scored some Cedar Waxwing!
Looks to me like Candis draped some knitted pieces over the manikin.
You should know that Candis does STUNNING brioche work - here is a piece she is creating using Hellroaring Creek and Blue Spruce colorways. Thank you, Candis, for being the yarn that knits together our communities in Montana and Southern California.
I feel so privileged to be part of this wonderful fiber community. I am doing what I love amoung people I love - does it get any better than that?