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The Unblocking Season

One reason that people have artist’s block is that they do not respect the law of dormancy in nature. Trees don’t produce fruit all year long, constantly. They have a point where they go dormant. And when you are in a dormant period creatively, if you can arrange your life to do the technical tasks that don’t take creativity, you are essentially preparing for the spring when it will all blossom again. 
~Marshall Vandruff 

Sneak Peek – The New Studio

Another teaser post about the new business!  This time, it’s a peek inside the realm of Yarnia, aka the new studio!

For those who’ve been with me since the start of BabesterArts, the significance of a dedicated shop space is obvious.  For those who may have just found The Yarnicorn, let me share a bit of my history:

Welcome to my old “studio”
Yep!  Everything for my original shop had to be tucked into the hall closet when not in use.  Thankfully, my family members are patient people and they were willing to put up with the fiber overspill that took over the kitchen table, living room, bedroom, etc. more often than I’d like to admit. It’s tricky to know what you have, and get to it, when everything is stashed in such a small space!

I’m a pretty meticulous person by nature, and I was able to make it work, but it was far from ideal.  When we moved at the end of last year, finding a new home with space for the new shop was very important.  And find it we did!  The entire second floor of my home is dedicated to The Yarnicorn (though the “couch” is actually a daybed that folds out to a king bed, so fiber friends can visit).

The mat at the bottom of the stairs
Going up!
There’s so much space, and such amazing LIGHT!  It’s wonderful!  I love that I can have dedicated space for my carder and cardables, room to hand paint top or felt scarves, plenty of storage for both my fiber & fabric, and my ready-to-sell inventory and shipping supplies all easy to access.  It’s such an incredible blessing, and after years of feeling cramped it’s GLORIOUS to be able to spread my wings!
We’ve only lived in our new home for 2 months, and obviously setting up the family space took priority.  The new space still needs some unpacking, reorganizing and a bit of decorating, but it’s functional now.  Which is to say that, for the first time in my career as a fiber artist, I have a functional fixed space in which to work!  MAGIC!!!
So work I will!  There’s a nice stash of locks to wash and dye, 9 bags of roving fresh from the mill, and an amazing amount of new inventory on its way from my tried-and-true suppliers and a few new accounts! Plus, May is coming, which means Maryland Sheep and Wool (aka Fleece Fest)
And there will be yarn.  Oh, yes!  SO much yarn!  I can’t wait to show you the projects I’ve been working on as a part of my Fibery Goodness Journey to the Golden Fleece. So much magic has been happening in my fiber world!
I wanted to share a glimpse of The Yarnicorn’s home to help tide you over until the new shop is formally launched.  This is part of what I mean when I say there are all kinds of exciting things happening here, and I can’t wait to share more!

At the Beginning…

I’ve been a long time in this magical forest, digging deep into the as-yet-unknown realm of The Yarnicorn.  It was a spark in my heart early last year, little more than a placeholder page with a very plain Blogger site for months as I began to learn how to make websites do what I want them to do (note: this process is obviously ongoing).  All the while, I was still working at BabesterArts, doing shows, shipping hundreds of feet of carding cloth, and raising those two precocious little darlings I’m blessed to share this life with.  I can credit at least one of them with inspiring the name of this new venture, and both of them with providing me daily reassurance that magic and mirth are, indeed, worthy pursuits.

Still, there has been a great deal of work and not much to say about it yet.  That’s about to change, and I can’t wait to show you all the awesomeness I’ve been creating!  I’m so excited, I’m ready to shout from the rooftops!!!  Soon, my yarnies.  So very soon…  I can’t wait to show you the new studio, the new products, and the other magical delights I’ve been carefully cultivating.

Watch this space for updates.  You might want to add your email to that little box on the right sidebar so you don’t miss new posts as things go live.  Please also join the The Yarnicorn on Facebook, as I will be hosting giveaways and other fun celebrations as the new venture takes flight.

So excited to have you with me on this wonderful adventure!

Ode to my Socks

Maru Mori brought me
a pair
of socks
knitted with her own
shepherd’s hands,
two socks soft
as rabbits.
I slipped
my feet into them
as if
jewel cases
with threads of
and sheep’s wool
Audacious socks,
my feet became
two woolen
two long sharks
of lapis blue
with a golden thread,
two mammoth blackbirds,
two cannons,
thus honored
my feet
They were
so beautiful
that for the first time
my feet seemed
unacceptable to me,
two tired old
fire fighters
not worthy
of the woven
of those luminous
I resisted
the strong temptation
to save them
the way schoolboys
the way scholars
sacred documents.
I resisted
the wild impulse
to place them in a cage
of gold
and daily feed them
and rosy melon flesh.
Like explorers who in the forest
surrender a rare
and tender deer
to the spit
and eat it
with remorse,
I stuck out my feet
and pulled on
and then my shoes.
So this is
the moral of my odes:
twice beautiful
is beauty
and what is good is doubly
when it is a case of two
woolen socks
in wintertime.
-Pablo Neruda


The Magical Forest

Once Upon A Time…

…in The Magical Forest, there lived a wild yarnicorn.  How The Yarnicorn came to be is no quick tale.  Find your drink, your favorite fiber and that WIP you’ve been putting off, then sit a spell while I tell of the wonders of Yarnia.