I have a little announcement to make… No wait! Close your mouth — I’m not pregnant. In fact, I could make this announcement even more shocking than that if I followed the lead of a friend of mine who made my announcement in an email to her friends with the opening words, “Strawberry is dying!”
I’m not. She’d misspelled it.
The thing is, you all know that ever since I left my job to become a stay-at-home mum, I’ve been trying to figure out what I want to do when I eventually go back to work. Knowing I didn’t want to go back to what I did previously, I’ve spent several years casting about for what might be the right career to go into. Well, this is not it, but it is an itty-bitty baby step toward doing something I love. A tiny step, and a huge step all at the same time. And I am immensely excited about it.
I have been dyeing lately, quite a lot — that’s dyeing with an ‘e’ — and at some friends’ very enthusiastic encouragement, I have opened a shop on Etsy, called SpaceCadet Creations, where I sell my hand-dyed yarns and fiber. Take a look:
I can honestly say I haven’t been this excited in a long time. Mixing the colours myself (from the three primaries and black), seeing the results come out of the dyepot, putting the yarns and fiber up on Etsy, getting the email to say that someone has bought my stuff… It feels fantastic. When I grow up, I want to do a job that I love doing, and this — opening this shop, taking one bold baby-step towards that goal — has made me feel that that might actually be possible, for the first time in a long time.
Come, have a look at my shop and dance a little excited-dance with me! And if you know anyone — anyone at all — who knits, spins, felts, or crochets, please, please send them my way.