I swear she thought I had lost my mind.

I had just told the woman who helps other crafters in Asheville find business information that I was taking a year long sabbatical from shows and moving away from wholesale. “You are too young to be burnt out from shows.” Awe, thanks! I know I look younger than I am.

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But you know it is not burn out. Okay maybe a little bit of burn out after shows like Stitches SOUTH. But really it was heartbreaking to watch my online business take a hit every time I had to stop to prepare, travel to and recover from a big show. I may be back when the year is up, and the online business has the necessary systems in place. Or maybe I will just do smaller trunk shows where I get to meet with you guys on a more personal level.

And the wholesale thing? It is hard to shoehorn the new direction of my business into how yarn shops do business. I have reduced my inventory to be more exclusive with one of a kinds and limited editions. It is not easy for a hand dyer to reproduce colorways in the same manner as commercially produced yarns. So I stopped trying to. I am embracing the beautiful painterly qualities of my hand dyed yarn. That is what I loved about dyeing yarn to begin with. Wholesale is set up to be about quantity price breaks. I am no longer dyeing in quantities that would support the normal wholesale discount without actually COSTING me money or having to raise my retail prices to be ridiculously high.

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While revising my business plan, I realized I was not a yarn factory, but a fiber artist. I wanted to make art not stuff. I want to give my customer artisan supplies to work into their art. And I got real about how I wanted to spend my day in my business. Working with fibers I love into sweaters I love to knit and sharing that info with knitters and crocheters who resonate with that work.

I guess I am just crazy like that.