Blogging - A New Hope

Hello friends!

As you can tell, I have a new website. My old website served me well for several years, but then a Very Bad Thing happened to it involving... ahem, adult content... and I thought this is probably a good opportunity to do a total refresh. Also to put a better system in place so that never happens again because it was unpleasant. So many butts...

All of my old blog posts are lost in the abyss, but as I have time I plan to copy and paste some of my favorite posts via the Wayback Machine. This, though, seems like a good time for a reintroduction!

My name is Susan and I'm the lady behind With Pointed Sticks Yarn. I’m a knitter, spinner, indie dyer, and writer. I live in southeastern Massachusetts with my husband and our cattle dog. My husband is very supportive of my yarn habit, and can frequently be seen with me at yarny events. Jackson, the blue heeler/corgi mix, is less supportive because he's not allowed to play with the yarn and therefore it serves no purpose and is just a distraction from me petting his ears. His ears are very big and so require lots of pets.

I went to school for fiction writing, with the intention of working in children’s book publishing and writing novels on the side. But I graduated college in 2011, when jobs in publishing were hard to come by and even harder to keep. So I took the sensible, if not exciting, route and sent out 100 resumes and took the first job I was offered. Which is how I ended up a secretary in a hospital despite my complete and total lack of medical or scientific background. But I did the “fake it 'til you make it” thing, and four years later I was promoted to the Communications Department where I get to write and edit and manage websites all day.

I love my day job, but somewhere along the line I decided one full-time job wasn’t enough, and I added a second full-time gig to my plate – indie yarn dyer.

Like most dyers, I started dyeing just for fun using food coloring and cheap wool I bought at Michael’s. Then I moved up to professional-grade acid dyes, and yarns that I actually wanted to knit with. Then my house was overrun by more skeins of hand-dyed yarn than I could ever knit in my lifetime, so I opened an Etsy shop. Then people ended up liking my yarn, so I kept making it, and that’s how this venture has ended up being one of the most fun and rewarding things I’ve ever taken on.

In my spare time (LOL no one has spare time, who are we kidding), I knit like a fiend – mainly socks and shawls, but occasionally I throw in a sweater – and spin yarn on my numerous drop spindles.

I’ll be posting here about all of the things I’m working on, but in the meantime, follow me on Instagram! I’m super active over there unlike Twitter which I’ve never gotten the hand of and Facebook which has the tendency to make me hate people I previously enjoyed.