I’m Finally on Etsy! Hello LifeofYarn!
Five Sisters Farm has a shop link on this site (which really needs updating) but in an effort to tap into the Etsy handmade market, I have launched an Etsy shop. Honestly, the Etsy site is pretty easy to use. Yes, I know there was controversy when the company went public and people criticized that the small handmade producer would be lost in the mass, but I really just need a place to sell handspun yarn.
Since Five Sisters Farm is an entity on its own with other future products of lamb and other farm things, I decided to go with another name separate from the blog or farm name. By the way the RV doesn’t have a name yet according to me, my kids named her Bertha. Really.
How do you Name Your Business?
Do you know it is quite difficult to come up with a name? Brainstorming sessions, collaborative discussions with husband, daughters, I even read articles on best way to name an online business, etc., etc. . .
Life of Yarn is born! The name came about after much thinking, procrastinating, scribbling on odd bits of paper and notebooks and so forth as writers do … I was thinking about my passion with Fiber being a “Sheep to Project” life cycle type of thing, and I went with Life of Yarn. Also the way fiber has taken up most of my spare time, time I used to spend writing and reading, so yes, my life is all about yarn.
Yarn Life Cycle
All yarn is first born as simple fluff growing on the back of an animal or even grown in a field. (Eventual post coming about the tiny flax plot growing in my yard!!)
Then said fluff or fiber is harvested through shearing, plucking, picking, and so forth.
Processing can lead to various end products; roving for the hand spinner or felter; yarn for the knitter, weaver, and crocheter; wool locks, batts, and bits for other artists.
If you manage to make this fiber into a finished product, the possibilities are virtually endless! Some people even take old knitted sweaters unravel the yarn and make into another item, recycling at its best!
At every step there are opportunities for creativity, collaboration (if that’s your thing), meditation and enjoyment.
I love every step of the process, spinning is my favorite but raising sheep, washing, carding, and knitting are all things I do. I also take time to teach others how to spin and knit, because there are so many people out there who want to learn how to make things by hand. I really do love teaching people, I’m all about enabling future fiber addicts.
Anyway, I certainly stay out of trouble except when I look at my husband and say “Someone has some sheep for sale . . .” More on that story later. 😉
A lot of upcoming events this fall, maybe I will see you somewhere in Maine!