Hi. It’s me again.
The post previous to this one is dated about 18 months ago, and life and situations have changed again. The web shop is on hold and I’m thinking maybe this blog should come off of hold.
The web shop is on hold because I’m saving my inventory for local markets. I’m not dyeing fiber like I used to. Since moving to the U.S., and now working 40+ hours a week, and commuting a crazy number of hours in SoCal traffic, I just don’t have the energy to also dye enough fiber to keep a decent shop going. So I’m scaling back. We’ll see how this goes and what happens after the Fall 2018.
Meanwhile, I feel like I’d still like to document my fiber and craft adventures somewhere and Facebook just isn’t a place I like to hang out. And I do have this lovely blog that I’ve spent hours creating. I went back and read some of the very first posts in 2006, from my earlier days in the Netherlands. It made me so homesick for NL! Why don’t I post some thoughts about what it’s like to move back to the U.S. after 25 years abroad? I have plenty of thoughts about THAT!
So here’s post number 1 of a new year, a new life, a new country, city, house. Same old me and same patient and understanding DappereBas. Stay tuned.
I’ve been saying, out loud and in writing, that Under Dutch Skies web shop would open the 17th of January 2016. One week from today. I’m sorry to now say that that isn’t going to happen. In order to open a well designed, well functioning and full of product web shop, I’m going to delay by one month.
Under Dutch Skies web shop will now be open for business on 21 February, 2016. Look for Grand Opening deals!
I might as well let the cat out of the bag (or, as the Dutch say, “now the monkey comes out of the sleeve”). Above is the logo image that will appear in the program for MidWinterWol 2015. Ta Da!
Between now and 11 December I will be busy dyeing spinning wool to sell during MidWinterWol (along with keeping up my regular day job of course). This two day event, in the far north of the Netherlands, has been going for 5 years already and gets bigger and better every year. I’ve been there as a shopper for the past 2 years and really enjoyed it. It’s quite a long drive to get to Winschoten from Haarlem, but it’s worth it.
The event is organized by those friendly people Hans and Gerrie from LowLandsLegacy but the vendors come from all over Europe. Last year I bought a Shetland woven blanket from the UK and a kilo of BFL top that came from Germany.
Between now and then you can follow along on the blog as I dye up a storm. My house is filling up with bags of un-dyed fiber: BFL, BLF/silk, Texel, Shetland, Blend A, and some raw fleece I might also throw in to the pot (Polwarth from England and CVM from Washington State).
The lamb in the photo above, by the way, is a Texel sheep. I took the photo a few years ago during a weekend on Terschelling.