When I envision business growth and especially when I examine businesses that have been doing what I want to do for a while... I have this fairytale assumption that it happens quickly. Like in a week or two. I know it's silly! Totally naive. But that's the childish, underlying belief that I have to talk myself out of all the time. Businesses (and most things worthwhile, for that matter) take time, and Trial and Error, and fits and starts.
I haven't dyed as much as I would have liked the last couple of weeks, but I've been examining logos, testing yarns and planning *gulp* budgets.
I've also been translating a messy dye notebook into something that'll be a bit easier to revisit and follow:
I can't find the exact post, but over a year ago I found the idea over on this blog to use blank business cards and plastic card-holder sheets to organize a yarn dye notebook.
Like the working names? They may change. Still not sure if George Strait will come after me for naming a colorway after one of his songs. Or Larry McMurtry for that matter. Little known fact: Lonesome Dove is one of my all time favorite books and I've watched the mini-series more times than I'll ever admit.
So... next steps. It is time to make my first indigo vat. *GASP* Yes, my first. I have dyed with indigo, I've just never cooked up the vat myself. And as long as I'm being honest here, I will tell you that all I can think of when I see lye is that scene in Fight Club where Brad Pitt makes the kiss burn/scar on Ed Norton's hand. Ouch!
Next-next step: logo. This is happening, and I'm super excited. I've examined round one and I love my options. Just need to provide some feedback.
I'm also pretty pumped about a custom mill in the works. Though I will most likely continue dyeing my current worsted base as well because it's lovely. Just this morning, I ordered up a single-ply fingering to play with, and I'm going to experiment with liquid dyes and saxon blue from Botanical Colors. I've been enjoying watching Pigeonroof Studios' instagram feed; her experiments with liquid saxon blue are what piqued my interest there.
Wish me luck! and focus! I'll keep you updated on my progress ;)
Here's one final pic of my latest (almost finished!) color & wear test/sample: