Stitch Please: “Do you really think there’s even a market for that?”
“Looks like you’ve got a project?”…Inquired the gentleman ringing me up at the hardware store and looking at the bright, berry pink spray paint I set on the counter.
Me, obviously bursting at the seams to talk about Fibre Forward, “I do have a project! I’m starting my own nonprofit. I’m making these knitting supply exchanges and putting little free kits in them. Basically, I get supplies from local shops - you know the Wisconsin Craft Market, right? So I’m putting together these free kits of yarn and needles I get from there. I’m adding instructions to teach people to knit! I am so excited. The paint is for the first exchange where I’m putting all the stuff. It’s going to be two blocks down the street. I figure bright pink should be noticeable. And it’s in a high traffic area on a corner. Well, actually, I’m calling them “Collectives.” It’s my dream that other people will charter their OWN Collectives and it can catch on. Kind of like Little Free Libraries, you know?! If it doesn’t work, that’s ok! I hope I can at least inspire one new knitter. And that’s what the paint is for…and…”
As I took a breath, he asked, “Do you really think there’s even a market for that?”
I smiled and said, “Maybe?!”
If this project inspires one new knitter, or connects a couple members of the knitting community in new ways, Fibre Forward is a success!
For years as a hippie lawyer, I’ve dreamed of somehow paying forward the generosity of those who have helped me to knit, and who have kept me from unraveling (see what I did there?). It took a few weeks of behind-the-scenes work. I created a name for this project, after my first name fell flat on its face. I found an amazing Bulgarian-based, female designer on Etsy for my logo. I bought a domain, developed a website, and ***gasp*** started social media accounts. <— For anyone who knows me, I’m introverted and have reached “Oregon Trail” status when it comes to technology. With a law degree and good advice from Dr. Kat of Guardian Whiskers, I started registering all the legal-ish stuff.
..AAAAAaaaannnddd as Charlie Berens would say, “Keep ‘er movin, [Allison]!”
…Ok, so last night, I parked it with a pile of yarn, needles, instructions, two curious kitties, and a dream. I snuggled up in my favorite poncho, gifted from my friend’s time in Ecuador working on a hummingbird research station. Mother Nature was gifting Madison with its first proper snow, and Lab Coat (nickname given to Boyfriend Mike by my boss and colleague because he does science! for a living) was seriously itching to go shovel. Mike and I both like to shovel, but I also think he really wants to beat the neighbors in our unspoken who-can-shovel-first competition.
LIFE WAS A REAL LIFE SNOW GLOBE! I was assembling my first “Let’s Knit Kits,” and admiring this adorable lamb weather vane to mark the Collective.
I realized that, when the hardware man asked if there is a market for this, I should have said, “Yes, ME!”