I'm joining Ginny's Yarn Along today, though really for me it's more of a Thread Along. I made the mistake of saying yarn instead of thread when I hit the jackpot in the craft section of the thrift store recently.
A veteran crafter/thrifter called me on it - I won't make that mistake again! No, I probably will. I scored all this vintage thread for a quarter a piece. I'm in crochet heaven.
I've got a nice little cottage industry going on right now. My little crochet heart garlands are keeping me in business! To think all I needed to turn a little profit was 75 cents in thread, an old crochet hook, and a well timed email to the staff of Design*Sponge. A good small business investment indeed!
My friend Shannon of The Spun Monkey is also looking to grow her small business - a fiber studio in rural Vermont! - with a little help from Kickstarter. What is Kickstarter? To borrow their words:
Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative ideas and ambitious endeavors.
We believe that:
• A good idea, communicated well, can spread fast and wide.
• A large group of people can be a tremendous source of money and encouragement.
Kickstarter is powered by a unique all-or-nothing funding method where projects must be fully-funded or no money changes hands.
Anyone can make a pledge to help Shannon grow her business. Any amount helps. And just like pledge drives on PBS and NPR, pledgers receive perks (as in free yarn!). Help Shannon, help yourself.
I really want to see Shannon reach her pledge goal, so I'm going to offer a little perk of my own. Pledge any amount towards Shannon's Kickstarter project, email me (firstname.lastname@example.org), and I will enter your name in a drawing to receive a Mini Hearts Crochet Garland.
Here's the link (again):
In other small business news, I've added a few new things to my Etsy store:
Mini Heart Hair Clips, in pink or red.
I'm working on a new pattern which I should be ready to share by Friday. Shannon asked me if I had a crochet pattern for stars. I didn't, so I made one up. Ask and you shall receive!