• Got Bread?
    Summer Lake Cabin
  • The English Robin
    The English Robin
  • Japanese Maple
    Japanese Maple
  • Waterton Lakes Valley
    Waterton Lakes Valley
  • Magic Mushrooms
    Magic Mushrooms
  • Skywing
    Skywing
  • Fairy Stream
    Fairy Stream
  • Canadian Fall
    Canadian Fall
  • Amethyst Sky
    Amethyst Sky
  • Summer Lake Cabin
    Summer Lake Cabin
  • Stormy Mountain Sunset
    Stormy Mountain Sunset

Yarniversary!

Yarniversary! Tomorrow, June 14, 2020, marks one full year since I opened my yarn shop. Holy moly! The time has gone really quickly.

I remember how nervous I was in the leadup to the opening. Would anybody even like the yarn? Could I really do this business thing? It wasn’t the first time I’d gone into business for myself, but it was the first time where the business centered around a physical product (whereas previously, I hired out as an editor on a freelance basis). When I first started planning for the shop in May of 2018 I had no idea how much prep and lead time it would actually take to get everything ready. It was a lot of work! So by the time I was finally ready, I wondered a lot if all the work would pay off.


Årdrakin Tech: Starships

Årdrakin Tech: Starships

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Årdrakin Tech: Wetware

Årdrakin Tech: Wetware

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Årdrakin Tech: Armor

Årdrakin Tech: Armor

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I’m An Introvert

I'm an Introvert

When you find out your normal daily lifestyle is called 'quarantine'.I’m a pretty extreme introvert. I don’t like being with more than two other people at one time, and even that is a very draining experience. If given a choice, in most cases I’d rather curl up on the sofa as a contented homebody than go out. When I do go out, my outings are still very introverted: I’d rather go alone to the mall (let me shop at my own pace and only for what I planned to shop for), solo my photography outings (much easier to take 100 shots of this particular flower without worrying that I’m boring someone to tears), and so on. Even going to a movie alone is just fine with me. But mostly, I stay home. So, all this social distancing stuff hasn’t really had much impact on my day-to-day. Except


Rethinking the Approach

When I started out as a dyer, my plan was to dye to match photos I’ve taken. I enjoy photography so the idea of using my pictures as inspiration for the yarn seemed like a great way to give my hobby a new layer of meaning.

Despite those best intentions, if I can be honest for a moment, I feel a little strangled. My shop has been open for almost eight months and I’m frustrated with how I’ve lagged behind where I thought I would be in terms of the variety of colorways I’m offering. Color matching dye to photos has turned out to be pretty challenging! Having the challenge is just fine, but at the same time… It’s been a slow process, much slower than I anticipated. Still getting established means I have to be careful about wasting supplies with failed experiments.