Jen Hintz Yarn Arts

Jen Hintz Yarn Arts specializes in hand-crocheted bags, purses, hats, and a few other odds and ends, in addition to hand-dyed yarns and rovings.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
About 6 years ago my mother was trying to relearn knitting and crochet from one of those "Idiot's Guide" books. I decided to give it a try, and I picked it up very quickly. The book also covered crochet, so a couple years later I decided to give that a try too. Things have just kind of snowballed from there, and I've now branched out into other aspects of fiber arts such as dyeing yarn/fiber. Next I'm going to learn to spin my own yarn.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
If there's yarn in my hands, I'm happy. If there's a NASCAR race on TV while I'm working with the yarn, then I'm extremely happy. If there's both of those things plus a cat in my lap, well, that is my nirvana.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
Anything that has to do with taxes or accounting makes me a deer in the headlights. I can handle the numbers associated with writing a crochet pattern, but I'd sooner gouge my own eyes out with a knitting needle than balance a checkbook (and with less pain, too).

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
It's got to be the yarns, especially my Monet colorway.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
There were many different things that I was interested in, but none ever lasted very long. My current occupation was never on my radar, though, that's for certain.

What other shops out there do you love?
I love soaps from HelloCrafty, herbal goodies from Xiane , and I marvel at jenmaestre's pencil sculptures (see her interview on this blog here - FP.)

What does your future hold?
My long-term plans are somewhat vague. I want to keep doing what I'm doing, and grow my business as big as it can get without becoming too much for me to handle by myself. One specific goal I have is to expand my hand-dyed yarn/fiber line, and to eventually add my own handspun yarns as well.

Everything at Jen Hintz Yarn Arts is 20% off with the exception of Christmas items which are 50% off. Sale ends Jan. 8th, so hurry hurry! Don't forget to visit her blog as well at jenhintzllc.blogspot.com.