I hope you had a lovely summer! It was wonderful to see quite a few of you during our August Knit Night - it's always such a treat to sit and knit and chat with you for a little while.
Today, I am back with a slightly different post than the last ones I wrote. Today, 6 years ago, we officially signed the founding papers for Making Stories GmbH, so I thought it would be nice to take stock with a little list today.
I like lists, but I don't like "What I've learned" lists, because frankly, I feel like I'm continuously learning something new and changing things up - both because I want to and because external circumstances force us to. So, take this as an in-flux list, as something that is ever-changing:
I am capable of changing.
The first one that comes to my mind is incredibly personal. For a long time, I felt like I was ... finished. Like, not done, but I was who I was, and that I couldn't change that. If running this business has taught me one thing, then it is this: I can change. A business is an entity that's moving all the time, it's evolving, it's changing - or it dies. As a business owner, you need to respond to how your environment changes, no matter whether that's rising print cost (nooo) or more people getting into natural yarns (yaaay).
So, if the business can change and evolve, I can too. From the big - I can change how I respond to change - to the small: I can change how I start my day, and how my email signature looks like. It's been incredibly freeing to realize that.
I love this business. I am SO glad that this is my work.
What an enormous privilege this is: I wake up every day and get to do something that I truly, deeply love. It's not always been like that here at Making Stories - there were times when I dreaded work, mostly because the setup or team wasn't right, but for the past two years, it's felt like heaven.
I get to spend my day doing all sorts of awesome things - pick colors and yarns for the shop, package up beautiful orders, chat with designers and folx who produce wonderful yarn, you name it.
When something is not working, better change it quickly.
I've gotten better at recognizing when something is not working, and making changes to make it work again for us here at Making Stories. At the beginning of this business journey, I would sometimes drag my feet in situations where I had a bad gut feeling - and that's always turned out worse than when I took quick action.
Luckily, we haven't had any big "not working" moments in the last year, but I'm sure they'll come again, and I am happy to know that I can trust myself to recognize them and act.
We have the best customers.
Truly. I am so, so incredibly lucky with all of you. You saved us last year when I didn't know how Making Stories would survive, and how I would ever start paying myself. You come back and order again, and again, or you discover us, gradually get to know us, and then become a regular. You walk up to me at a yarn show, and I finally get to hug you - all of those moments add up to this: You are the best.
I can't wait for what's to come.
I have a million ideas for the next years, and I finally feel like I have the stable foundation and tools to put them into place, gradually, slowly. I am truly so excited for what's to come - both the things that are already in the works as well as the ones that just exist as an idea on paper right now. (If you have an idea about Making Stories you'd like to share, please do!)
Thank you so much for supporting us, for sticking with us through the hard times, for making this work possible for me and my team. I so appreciate this, and you.
I've been sitting here for the past 10 minutes, gazing out the window at the slowly turning leaves, trying to figure out what I wanted to write about. Originally, I had planned a post about preparing a launch, but all of a sudden, I was sitting here and thought "oh, maybe that's a bit boring?" (Do let me know if you do not think it's boring and I'll write it up!)
As I let my gaze wander, I noticed a bowl full of fluffy yarn on my office shelf - Bérénice, our latest yarn addition, and I suddenly knew what I wanted to write about: I wanted to share with you how I decide which yarns to carry.
Finding a new yarn that fits into our webshop feels a little bit like magic and fate.
My first stop when selecting the yarns for the magazine is the designer submission. Most designers will include at least one, sometimes more, options for yarns that they would pair with the design in their submission. I believe the designer knows best which kind of yarn would work well for their design, and so I try to honor their yarn proposal as much as I can.
long time no see! I am SO sorry that I just dropped off the face of the earth - February suddenly became very, very full with my travels to Unravel, and then March was around with the launch of Issue 9, and then all of a sudden it was April.
I am back today to make up for the absence with a blog post that takes you to the heart of our magazine:I'd love to share with you how we select designs for an upcoming issue.
For every issue, we get about 150 to 200 submissions from knitwear designers from all over the world, and ranging from very new designers to long-time ones.
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