I know, I know, 2016 was the worst, right? My bad year was 2015, and it started with a big pile of undyed yarn.
I was all set for Vogue Knitting Live in Chicago. All the yarn was in. All the dye was in. Things were designed. Samples were made. The booth: gorgeous. Then the bottom fell out of my personal life.
An inevitable divorce and court battle began. To add insult to injury, a pipe burst in the apartments above the yarn shop. Damage to yarn and fiber was minimal, but God had spoken. There were two new yarn shops in the area AND the awesome antique store next door wanted to build a cafe. I could see the signs that Midwest Yarn, my cute little shop in Milwaukee, had officially served its purpose.
I saw an opportunity to walk away from my studio and yarn shop before many years’ worth of debt piled up and I took it. I wanted to focus on getting the boys to adjust to our new life and single motherhood allowed me to take time to rebuild myself and rekindle my passion for the fiber arts.
What happened next was the thing of fairy tales. I found my sassy self again and rescued my resolve. There is a knight in shining armor in all this too. We call him #teamdennis or D.
Without #teamdennis, 2016 would’ve been way too overwhelming. I moved four times (yay, drama…), found out I was expecting baby Ola, spent a while working as a phlebotomist, and eventually settled down in Racine.
Then, a BIG project fell across my lap a few weeks ago. I was tasked with launching a craft blog by my mother. She and I both thought that I needed another fiber arts challenge and I began to dream of all the things I wanted to do with my yarn shop.
I wanted to launch a REAL blog; do all those “go big or go home” projects I never had time for because I was running a yarn shop. I pictured my goal list and realized I could now do all those things because life had fallen into place to focus on my dreams again. So, here I am, man of my dreams, kiddos, house with white picket fence (well, it’ll be painted white eventually), and a craft room for all of my yarny projects!
What’s next for OMG Yarn (balls)?
OMG Yarn (balls) is going to be everything I want it to be and I make no apologies for taking life by the yarn balls. In the coming weeks and months, more designs will be published, I’m going to get started on some big projects, and I am moving all the best parts of my fiber arts journey online.
Yup, unique yarns will be still dyed, but in small quantities. Finished knit and crochet items will be offered in a new Etsy shop for OMG Yarn (coming soon). I want to redefine fiber arts as an expression of who I am, what I feel strongly about, and doing all of it using yarn as a medium.
Yarn as a statement. That’s what it’s about. Again, no apologies allowed.
So why OMG Yarn (balls)?
Haha! Long story short, the Internet is the Internet. I owned omgyarn DOT com and it expired in the personal life nuclear meltdown. At some point it won’t cost the soul of my first born to purchase it again. For now, it’s OMG Yarn (balls)…why not? [Insert my crass, sassy pants sense of humor here…and all the jokes]
OMG. I’m really doing this.