It's been a while, so I wanted to take a minute to introduce myself formally, my name is Rachel Jones and I am the owner and dyer here at ontheround yarn!
I am a homeschooling mom to three spunky kiddos ages, 10, 51/2, and almost 3. Along with my husband, we live on the beautiful coast of Maine.
In November of last year, after working out of my home for over 5 years, I moved ontheround into a studio in Rockport, Maine. Having a dedicated workspace has allowed me to grow because I am able to keep more inventory and materials on hand, as well as be able to concentrate my work time since my tools are always out and ready to go. This is a studio space, I do not have a traditional retail space set up here. I keep my inventory in a dedicated room where it is organized by base and colorway for efficient shipping. Visitors are welcome to stop by with an appointment, but I do not keep set hours here. I like to come and go as I please, and I often have my kids with me!
This business is mostly a one woman operation. I do all dyeing, tagging, shipping, inventory, photography, marketing, and cleaning. I am lucky enough to have the help of my husband during the winter months while he is off from his own landscaping business. Evan has training in lean management and shipping so he is a huge asset to setting up easy to use systems to get our yarn out quickly and efficiently. Evan also coordinates with new and current wholesale customers. If you email email@example.com, he's the guy you'll be talking to.
I am an intuitive maker, meaning I let my own curiosity guide me verses seeking outside inspiration. This is especially true for my dyeing but also my knitting, spinning, and even business practices. Ideas just sort of float into my head and the ones that really linger in my memory are the ones I choose to pursue. Since I've been dyeing for just about 10 years now, the majority of my ideas come by way of colors and feelings so I have a whole language in my head that I translate onto the yarn. It's all very woo woo, but I've learned to trust it and good things usually come.
My mission here at ontheround is to create unique and beautiful, fun to work with yarn, for creative makers like myself. I try to provide a positive community of creative makers on my facebook page, ontheround. I also tell my story as a creative maker, mom, and entrepreneur daily on instagram via @ontheround.
I try to respond to all of you as much as humanly possible and it makes my heart sing to have you all participate in such a fun and positive way- so thank you! If there is anything you ever want to know about me or my work, please let me know as I am always looking for new ways to share!
I do intend to do more blog posts in the future. I would like to get all those little snippets that I post out into the world into one, more organized place, so stay tuned for more posts to come!
Good morning! I've been busy this morning getting photos and spinning supplies ready for my first update in 2015, when it occurred to me that I haven't updated my blog in a looooooong time.
Sorry about that.
It's the new year, so obviously that means a whole new set of goals/plans/dreams, a yes, I've got lots. I thought I might share a few of them with you today.
First and foremost, I would like to...
However, somewhere along the way I seemed to have lost track of my beloved mantra. Lately, I've...
This update will also feature one of my newest products- a felting kit! More information on that to come tomorrow....
Tonight I have four new colorways in my superwash merino base that I will be adding to my Etsy Shop. There are 4,4 oz 210 yard skeins of each new colorway. Also,these are repeatable colorways, so if you are interested in more skeins or a full sweater lot please just drop me a convo, email, or comment and I'll put together a dye lot just for you!
Although tonight's update is just a small one, it is...
Today I am editing photos for my next shop update. At the rate that I am currently waddling, it's looking like I'll be listing new yarn on Thursday, Feb 2nd. Be sure to come by the shop and see all the beautiful blues and greens I have in store for this week!