Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Once again Ravelry is hosting the knitting, crocheting, spinning, weaving, and other fiber games to coincide with the Olympics. I've been a Ravelry member since 2007, when it was in Beta, my Ravelry number is under 40,000. There are over 5 million users on the site now.
Interesting to think how my fiber life has changed in those years, in 2007 I was actively running an online yarn business, which started with selling environmentally friendly yarns (bamboo, eco-wool, etc.) and morphed into hand dyed yarns which I sold online and at Saturday Market.
Here are some photos from those days, taken by Kim Still.
Somewhere in there I started spinning, I took a class from a teacher at a now-defunct yarn store in Carlton. This involved getting up early two Saturdays in a row and taking a 3 hour drive each way. I wasn't the swiftest in the bunch, in fact I did terribly. The second Saturday I showed up and one of the women had spun and knit a project during the week in between, I was still struggling to make something resembling yarn. I am still not an expert, but eventually I did make and sell some handspun yarn.
I'm getting my wheel out and dusting it off for the Ravellenic Games. In the process I dug out some of my old handspun, which I hope to list on my soon to be second Etsy store for my crafts, since my main store focuses on vintage sewing machine stuff now.