I’m not one to beat around the bush, so here’s the news:
Kitchen Sink Dyeworks will be closing down by the end of the 2011.
This is, of course, bittersweet, but I’ve made this decision from a place of seeking balance and health, both of which have been infrequent for the last 18 months or so.
I’ve been doing my typical riff of taking on more, more, more, in my traveling shows, my (beloved) Badass Women’s Yarn Club, and my design work (which, in spite of my saying “I’ll take fewer jobs, do less,” I just keep gravitating back to MORE designing. More on that in a bit.). With this exploded 60-80 hour a week schedule, full of travel, dyeing, designing, teaching, and, and, and…it’s getting to be more than one person should do.
I’ve been naggingly sick on and off for well over a year, and it’s time to reprioritize.
So after a few months of Very. Serious. Thinking., I’ve decided that it’s time to let the Dyeworks go. It’s been an amazing run, full of beautiful yarns, amazing people, and indelible (and often hilarious) memories. Every enthusiastic email from yarn club members, thank you cards from non-profits we helped, hugs from customers, new and old, at shows around the country, stays with me.
So before things get out-of-control, harried, scary, it’s time to let this time pass while things are happy, lovely, and fun.
I’ll be selling the remaining KSD stock in our online store. A fair amount of it is up in the KSD shop now, at a sweet discount, and I’ll be adding more items over the next couple of weeks as the studio gets cleaned out and organized.
Badass Yarn Club members, you’ll be receiving more detailed information in an email next week, but the short version: November will be the last club shipment. You will not pay for anything you do not receive, and if you do get charged extra by PayPal error, you will be promptly refunded. And November’s club will be AWESOME. I love you fabulous ladies, and bringing you yarn club shipments each month is something I will miss dearly.
So what’s next?
I’ll be designing more knits. A LOT more, if all goes well!
As the last two years have passed, I have found myself drawn to knitwear design more and more, so when it came time to take stock, that’s where my heart seems to lead. Piebird Design will be renamed Mercedes Knits, and I have a bunch of new designs lined up for release over the next several months. A lot of these will be in beautiful hand dyed yarns from some of my fellow dyers, whose yarns I now get to design in with abandon! That niggling sense of conflict of selling my own yarn and wanting to design in other (read: ALL.) the other beautiful yarns from companies that I love will now pass, and I look forward to new collaborations, freedom, and the openness that will come with this change.
Thank you for all of your support, kindness, and love, I truly appreciate it!
Love & Stitches,
PS- If you have any questions or comments, just drop me a line at mercedes-at-knitn-dot-com.