The Retreat Shawl, worked in the Nutmeg Fibers Retreat base, was my very first shawl design, and (for me at least), it was a doozy! I’d never really thought of myself as much of a shawl knitter, or a shawl wearer for that matter. I loved the idea of shawls and have knit (and frogged) a few, but they’re certainly not a go-to knit for me. My lack of shawl confidence was made very apparent with this project!
I’m so thrilled that the 3rd issue of our magazine is finally arriving next week from the printer!! I wanted to tell you a little bit more about what will be inside. So, this issue is a collection of 3 patterns and 4 recipes. The theme of this issue is Growth, which seemed perfect for spring, when shoots and blooms and leaves are all pushing their way up from their long winter sleep.
Well, It’s that time of year! Time for me to get a bit crazy in the head with preparations for the multiple trade shows coming up! We wanted to write a quick blog post to let you know about when and where we’ll be! Be sure to come visit us if you're in the New York area this month at Vogue Knitting Live, and in February at Stitches West!
I can hardly believe that it’s been 5 years since I started dyeing yarn in my kitchen for Nutmeg Fibers!!! And also, that I’ve been in business as Nutmeg for 7 years! This post is over a week after “New Years” but it takes me a little time to get around to my blogging schedule after the holiday season is over. Oh well! That’s how life works.
We’ve reached the first of our 3 Fridays here in Korea. I can’t tell you enough about the amazing energy that this city exudes. I really need some time to process most of what I’m thinking and feeling right now, so instead, I’ll just post some pictures of our last few days here. More on all the feels this neighborhood gives me later!
I feel like I have so much to tell you all this month, which is a good thing, so I’m gonna spread it out a little instead of bogging you down with too much information right now!
I’ve been waking up extra early since I got back from my trip to Stitches United, and it’s been nice to have a few quiet hours in the house before the kids wake up to think and journal. I often wonder with this blog how much information I should really include about non-Nutmeg related things. I mean, it doesn’t seem like people would read this just to know what I’m up to in my day to day life. However, Nutmeg is so much more than just yarn to me. It’s what I’m building my family around. It’s ideas I have that sometimes never materialize, and it’s a place for me to channel all my creative leanings. It’s where I can create, then pass on to others things to create with. I feel so constantly blessed that I’m able to do this for work! With that in mind, I’ve decided to share a little more on here than only what’s in my dye vat right now (although that is very important too). Being a maker is so much more than just making, and so why not share all of it with you!
Did you all know that I’m a small business owner and single mom? Well, if you didn’t, I am! I’ve been fortunate in my life to have friends and family surround and support me, especially as I’ve been building this business. Owning a small business is sometimes scary, and I feel like I’ve gained as much weight lately as I did when I was pregnant while trying to grow this thing! Apparently that’s common…but still…I’m annoyed.
As a parent, it’s always been a dream of mine to take my kids on a trip…a grand adventure, that I’m able to completely fund from the hard work I’ve put in on my own with Nutmeg. I’ve been dreaming about this for a while now, and I decided to put this plan in action about a year and a half ago. First off, let me just tell you, Simple Bank has completely changed my life. If you want to know more about it, visit this link. It’s amazing. Anyways. Enough of a plug. Because of their format though, this dream of mine is now a reality!
So, about a year and a half ago, I told the kids that we were going to start saving and take a trip to South Korea. Now, there’s a whole other story regarding why Korea, etc. (which so many people ask) but the long and short of it is that I have been so drawn to Korean culture, language, friends, music, movies, dramas, food…the list goes on and on. My daughter and I have been learning Hangul (Korean) for about 3 years now, and I teach an ESL class here to some amazing Korean women where I can occasionally practice speaking Korean as well. Anyhow! I’ve been working hard to set aside money for the trip, bit by bit.
Side note, it’s amazing how you can plan trips these days! With the help of AirBNB and other such websites, you can have most of your whole trip paid for little by little along the way, instead of having to have it all saved up in one big chunk for when you go. Traveling is something everyone should have a chance to experience if they want, and so many websites are helping with that now! More on that later…
Well, we’ve been waiting for so long now, and our trip is finally coming up at the end of this month! We are leaving at the end of May for 3 weeks in Korea! While we’re gone, I’ll be posting lots of photos and stories about our trip (mainly so that my mom doesn’t go crazy with worry, I love you Mom!). I’m hoping to get to meet some fellow fiber fans while I’m there, and am currently working hard to translate correctly “I’ll be visiting in a few weeks” and “would you like to meet up and talk about yarn?”
Fibers, creative arts, dyeing yarn, knitting, crochet, making…these things are without border and bring people together across the globe. I think that’s what drew me in first to the community of makers…we can communicate with each other without just by photographs or showing projects or cheering each other on as we make things worldwide. We can find inspiration in each other’s work and process, no matter where we are from or who we are or what language we speak.
I’m so thrilled that I get to finally be taking my kids on an adventure like this. We’ll be making memories that will last a lifetime, and in my mind, the world is the absolute best classroom. I was speaking with a dear friend of mine about this upcoming trip, and she was telling me how the more you travel you realize just how small the world is. Our daily problems here are the same as what people experience in their lives all around the globe. Traveling brings understanding and empathy and widens our mind beyond our county lines here in Tennessee. l can’t wait to see how my 11 and 13 year old respond to our big trip. What will their favorite moment be? What will make them miss home? What will make them want to visit again someday? What was their favorite food? Souvenir? Sunset? Subway ride?
We’ve already decided that we need to plan more of these and we’re calling them our “Passport Trips” so that they can get lots of stamps in their books before they’re 18. Scotland is next on our list…‘cause castles and cairns, of course…but I can’t wait to see what Korea can teach us about ourselves while we’re there.
Also…what should I watch on the plane ride? Hmmmmm….all suggestions welcome.