Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
Well, one day, Teetante came to me, praising a new craft she had learned somewhere else: spinning. To be honest, my first thought was to get over with and try it once, so I can say what a bollocks that'd be...well, it turned out, it wasn't. It got a bit out of hand from then on with buying an enormous amount of fibre and a spinning wheel and...so it's all her fault!
I re-started knitting around 4 years ago and always liked the idea of creating the yarn myself. On a renaissance fair a short time later I saw someone spinning with a hand spindle and was instantly hooked because you don't need a spinning wheel for that and I didn't have the money and space for one at that time. I got myself a spindle and tried on my own, but I didn't really start after a weekend's workshop from a nice spinner I met on the internet. After I started I couldn't stop anymore and added some more fiber hobbies like dyeing, weaving and sewing and doing some raw fiber processing myself.
|Peacock - handspun artyarn with glass beads and sequins|
Hm...acting...no wait...Improv acting...no wait...maybe...spinning...no...more like...hanging out on the sofa the whole day without having to do anything at all while watching tv...maybe my motorcycle...music?...
I enjoy reading, watching movies & SF shows, having good food, nice company and of course knitting and spinning. And the possible combinations of that.
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Lack of material. I have moved to London at the beginning of November but I could only take my drop spindle and some fiber with me. The result: I swear at the drop spindle because I miss my spinning wheel and I only have two colours right now. If you know me you know that I love colours. I miss my colours!
But at the beginning of January I will bring everything to London and we will live happily ever after!
I have to say time. I started my PhD one year ago and sometimes can't afford to spend much time in fiber things. If I'm not too tired I can spin some yarns in the evening, but sometimes there's just the weekend. And there's always something to do, dyeing some fiber, spinning of course, but also things like working on the website or the blog, taking good photos (which sucks in winter in a north-facing apartment), loading them up and link to the sites where we tell people about what we do, coming up with new ideas and finding the right ingredients for that (in a still foreign and a bit strange country), doing some ads, mailing what we sold etc. But I still love the job, because it's so many different things I can do and learn. I just wished there was more time for it.
What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
|Walnut Stripes - handspun handdyed natural dye yarn|
Teetante's "Happy Onion". Those colours...
From Tini's creations I really really like the Great Barrier Reef cuffs, they are really really gorgeous!
It's not in the shop at the moment because it still spends some time in Germany, but here is a picture.
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
Astronaut. Still would try if my eyes hadn't decided to shrink into some excuse of a visual instrument when I was eight. The "being a pilot" plan B was also burried at that time.
Apart from the stuff you come up with because every girl wants to become it (nurse, vet, something with horses...) I really enjoyed documentaries on Astronomy and wanted to become an Astronomer. Other things I imagined were gardener or librarian. And it really turned out to be sciences, though I take a detour to rocks right now. But maybe it's "Ad Astra per Aspera" and I will still end up in stellar regions later.
What other shops or artists out there do you love?
Yarn shops: snowberrylime and weirdandtwisted on etsy
General: malam on etsy. Check out her "Alice in Wonderland" dress. OMG!
[Also check out the SCS interview with malam! - Ed.]
I successfully could prevent myself to do much etsy-exploring (and shopping), so there are not many shops I can recommend, but I saw tons of nice earrings. I love earrings. Should look for some on etsy. Now...
|Blue Fire - handspun merino silk art yarn|
Not even God knows that one... I finished my law degree on October 31st. After that...Freedom? No law, fun, acting (hopefully), film making (hopefully), a full shop (hopefully), an empty shop (hopefully), music, people, and peace.
Who really knows? Would also be quite boring. I just hope to end up with an interesting job but enough free time for my hobbies and friends. And lots of books and fiber. And a nice home in the Green with a little garden and a cat, I'm tired of moving all the time. But I'm afraid that will take some more time.
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