Saturday, January 9, 2010

What I've Been Up To Lately

Check it out:

A five-star week! I kept up with my workout program every (week)day this week, so that deserves a star on my calendar. Go me!

But you know what else makes this a five-star week? I finally get to reveal the giant project that I've been working on for the last nine months!!! This project has been a lot of work and has also been the source of a lot of fun (and a lot of stress!). It is the reason I haven't always had time to blog (not a good excuse, I know, but there you have it). It has also taught me a lot and, more importantly, given me a purpose and something to work towards which has been a huge help these days.

And now I finally get to reveal it!

Presenting...


(click on image for link to site)

After completing grad school and finding myself in the middle of a horrible job market, I took stock of what I know and what my strengths are and decided to open up an online shop. I polled friends and family members for names, and the winning selection was Flocks of Yarn. I got finances in order and started planning: I took great care to select a good web designer who could do both the artwork and build the website (and train me how to use it!), and even though it took quite a bit longer to complete than I had originally planned for, I think the end result was worth it.

The next step was the fun part: researching and choosing yarn lines and other products! I wanted to go with yarns that I like to work with, and companies that I knew to offer high-quality products. It is my intention to grow from here, but I am happy with the base lines of yarn that I offer.





I am very excited about this next step in my life, and I would love it if you check out the shop. Feel free to tell me what you think, if you're so inclined. Don't worry--I don't intend to turn this blog into one big advertisement. I might mention "the shop" once in a while here, but this is still my personal knitting blog and I want to keep it that way. I have a shop blog to talk about shop things, so feel free to subscribe to that one too, if you like. But at least you'll know what I mean when I talk about "work" or "my job" from now on. :)

19 comments:

Yarndude said...

This is so exciting! I'll totally check it out! :P

Jess said...

Congratulations! The website design looks great, especially those cute sheep:)

pacalaga said...

Congratulations!

Strickmuse said...

How exciting, congratulations. I like the easy navigation on the shop/webpage. Lay-out is very clear. I will browse more to check out the content. Wishing you a successful 2010.

Rainy Daisy said...

Hooray! OH, I'm so excited for you! I'm going to go check out your shop right now...

Julie said...

wow that's so awesome, congratulations!! I'm going to click on over and check out your new shop.....

Denise said...

Super! I've been enjoying the podcast, so now I'll go check out your new shop. Congratulations on starting a new venture.

Dana KBS said...

Fabulous! Congratulations! :-) Dana

JoAnn said...

Good luck on your new adventure!

I look forward to checking it out.

whitknits said...

Oh, wow, how exciting! Congrats! I like the layout of your site quite a lot.

Jacey said...

Yayayay! Congrats, chickadee. I'm definitely going to check it out (and probably become a customer) asap!

Kristen said...

yay, congrats! off to check out your shop. :)

Hilary said...

That's awesome! Congratulations!!! It's a wonderful (and beautiful!) shop and I just love the "grow your own flock" customer rewards program. Adorable. I can't wait to get shopping!

Cookie said...

You said nine months and I thought baby. /sigh

I'm so happy for you and proud of you! It's a great looking site. Well done!

CrookedKnits said...

Love it love it love it!! The site looks great and is sooo fun. I can't wait to make a purchase and start my little fiber flock (great idea by the way). Good thing I have some purchases coming up :o)

leann said...

wow! Congrats!!!!

Yarndude said...

Hahaha!! I liked Cookie's comment the best. It actually does make sense if you go back and read the post that way. Was that intentional?

Melissa said...

Congrats on the shop. I've been lurking while slowly reading all you back blog. Love the shop. Great choices of yarns and patterns. I'm currently placing my first order (I have to decide what else I want to add to my order besides everything). Good Luck.

Andrea said...

Congratulations!!! I'm so happy for you!