Thank you for visiting Peg & Jane Yarn Company. My name is Kristen and I am writing from my home in Minnesota, the Land of (over) 10,000 Lakes. In addition to selling yarns, I hope to utilize this space to join the yarn addict community in sharing bits about who I am, what I am knitting, interesting things in the world of makers and the arts, plans for giving and technical information about the world of fiber.
The Woman Behind the Curtain
My mother taught me to crochet when I was around eight or nine years old. I loved the freedom of creating my own purses and projects (I brought yarn with me everywhere), but I never advanced from straight lines until I was in college. Knitting joined my repertoire the summer after I graduated and became an obsession with the advent of Ravelry (thanks Alison) and the stress of graduate school. In graduate school I learned to spin (thanks Nora) and joined a knitting club (Greetings, to all the Oxford Drunken Knitwits!). Like many other dyers, I spiraled into the world of dyeing.
Peg & Jane
Many knitters and knit because they are compelled by the need to create. There is not great necessity to knit or crochet in the modern world. It is less costly to buy a sweater or a blanket than to make one. We knit because we desire to, not because we have to. But we are not far from the days when that wasn't always the case. Even in the age of online tutorials, many of us were taught by the hands of others, parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, siblings or friends. We are tied to each other through this living tradition. The fiber arts is an incredibly tactile and tangible method of feeling connected to our predecessors, our culture, and those around us. It is an avenue for expressing love and affection and a way to honor those who have cared for us in the same way. I am choosing to honor my grandmothers, Peggy Gillette and Janice Knox, with this endeavor.
Mission in Light of Conviction
One of the things you are supposed to do when starting a business is write a mission statement. This a very good thing to help define the goals and values which set the business apart and will, hopefully, lead to success. Expounding with some business jargon just feels kind of like false advertising. Therefore, I am going to be as truthful as I possibly can.
Over the past year, I have had the opportunity to do some exciting things in some distant places, adding to my career experience but not to my bank account. There comes with that a feeling a futility, that you are unable to do anything about your situation or anyone else's. In this process of setting up a very personal, small business, I have been convicted of one thing.
You don't have to wait.
With what little I have, I have the means to give something. Why do those who need help have to wait for me to get my life together? And if I can't give money, I can give my time. So what does this all mean for a little yarn shop and why is this so wordy?
Peg & Jane Yarn Company has two missions driven by the above conviction:
- To create a beautiful, quality, and eco-conscious product, because we live on this earth and are responsible for its sustainability.
- To give, because we can.
Practically this means that I will regularly add Colorways for a Cause, where a percentage of the retail price will go straight to where it's needed.
Thank you for visiting Peg & Jane Yarn Company, and I hope you continue to join me as I strive to fulfill what I set out to do...and other business-type things too. ;)