|Jasper & Millie, July 2010|
What is your favorite aspect of your business?
There's nothing quite so cool as seeing pictures that customers send in of their children wearing something I made and/or dyed.
|"On Fire" Shirt|
Where do you find artistic inspiration for your products?
A lot of my inspiration comes from what my own kiddos are into at any given time, or their friends. Also I do a lot of thinking back to what things and colors I liked as a child. I also love working with themes, because they often get me thinking outside of my usual box and that always spurs some new designs or color ideas.
What is your purpose behind your creations? (ie. your business philosophy)
My philosophy is really pretty simple -- make cute, beautiful or fun stuff that I am proud to sell and hopefully others are proud to buy and wear or have their children wear. And if it's not feeding my soul or making someone smile, it's time to take a step back and figure out how to make it work better.
|"Four Seasons" Scrappy Yarn Set|
How long does the average shirt take to make from start/finish?
This varies greatly from design to design and also depends on the dye technique being used, but the process includes drawing, waxing, soaking, dyeing, boiling, washing, and drying before a shirt is done and is often done over a few days. From start to finish I'd say the average shirt involves around an hour of active work (drawing, waxing, stirring dye) plus several hours of additional time when I can be doing other things in parallel (soaking, boiling, washing, drying).
Do you have a favorite design?
I love my Heartfeet design, which was originally inspired by a beach-themed stocking (the original shirt was sand-colored like footprints in the sand) and is now my most-requested design. I also love some of the multicolor designs like the rainbow, mosaic turtle, kawaii kitty and fire designs... but they are very time-intensive and persnickety, so as much as I love them, I only offer them on occasion.
What is your favorite yarn colorway?
Frolic was my favorite colorway to create. I first dyed it for a yarn for knitting swap and really did let myself play with color with no boundaries to see what would happen. It was a huge bonus that I adored the results when it was worked up into shorties for my daughter.
|"Frolic" Colorway and "Flower Kamon" Shirt|
Alfabette Zoope Giveaway: Yaaaaaaaarn!
This is a superwash skein of Merino/Nylon blend fingering-weight yarn (approximately 3.5 oz / 424 yds) that has been naturally-dyed with plants found around my yard and a food-safe mordant. This skein has been space-dyed, with subtle transitions of color from soft tan to natural. This yarn would be perfect for a pair of socks or a shawl (or check out ravelry.com for more pattern ideas).
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