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.

It’s been a good year. There have been ups and downs of course, and a whole lot of moments where I felt like things weren’t paying off, but on the whole, everything’s been good. I’ve learned so much, and am still learning a lot. I’ve experimented, made plans, ditched plans, reformed plans. There’s been a lot of self-assessment and real talk about what I can realistically do as a one-woman operation in a home where the kitchen is only about 30sqft in size (sooo tiny!). Sometimes I felt like I had bitten off more than I could chew. But still I pushed on, one day at a time, and just kept figuring out what I could do next. One foot in front of the other day after day and here we are!

I’ve had a lot of amazing support from my husband (who currently lives in the UK but still manages to give me so much), my parents, and my community. Specifically, from my community I want to thank Stephanie (who has been there for me with support and encouragement since the beginning) and Gracie (who has gone out of her way to voluntarily give me constructive feedback and assistance, as well as so much more). I couldn’t have gotten here without both of you cheering me on. I couldn’t have gotten here without the rest of my community and customers either. You all rock, you’ve all made beautiful and wonderful projects that get me all choked up when I see them, and I’m so thankful to have had you as patrons of Iron Dragon yarn.

Four Iron Dragon colorways: Amethyst Sky (on Dream), Skywing (on Fearless), Prairie Smoke (on Journey), and Bachelor's Button (on Solitude).

Amethyst Sky (on Dream), Skywing (on Fearless), Prairie Smoke (on Journey), and Bachelor’s Button (on Solitude).

In the shop’s first year I introduced thirteen repeatable colorways and also offered numerous one-of-a-kind skeins. I also started making luxury stitch markers which are only available from my website shop. My customers come primarily from the United States and Canada, but I did have orders from the UK too. In the shop’s second year I hope to introduce even more repeatable colorways in more, shall we say, exotic colors. I hope to do more kinds of photography (macro, mostly) to get colorful pictures I can dye to. I’ll continue to offer primarily solid, dual-tone, or slightly variegated color combinations until the day my husband can move to Canada and we can buy a house with enough space for me to set up a proper dye studio. I look forward to continuing to learn about color theory and how I can arrive at those more exotic colors that I want to dye. It’s still going to be a lot of work, but I hope it’ll be a lot of fun, too!

To celebrate my yarniversary, I’m giving everyone a special treat: Starting tomorrow and until June 20, 2020, everything in the shop will be 20% off when you use the code ANNIV20! Enjoy, and happy stitching.