Yarn in a Barn was born in a moment of boredom, while reading through my Facebook newsfeed, somewhere in 2013. My husband and I were in bed already, each scrolling through our Facebook feeds. At that stage, the t-yarn craze just started and everybody was looking for t-yarn. A fleeting thought came out of my mouth: “maybe I should open an online shop and sell t-yarn”. My husband’s response was quick. “Go big”. I chewed on the thought for about 5 minutes, thinking what I was capable of doing myself, and what platforms and/or software I would need to make it happen. When I finally decided to get serious about it, I asked him what I should call the online shop. Without looking up from his tablet, and without a moment’s hesitation, he said: “Yarn in a Barn. It sounds nice”. Right then, Yarn in a Barn was born.
I had no plans to resign from my job. I had a wonderful career as a Business Analyst that I worked very hard on. But God’s plans were different from mine, and at the end of 2013, I walked out of the corporate world to become a full time business owner.
I made so many mistakes on the journey up til now. I had no mentor and no one I could ask for advice. I met human angels on this journey, and unfortunately, I met a few human demons as well. Luckily they are far in the minority. Crafters are generally nice people.
My approach is different. My designs are different. My focus is different. And for that, I have received my fair share of criticism over the last four years. Other yarn shop owners and designers keep their lips sealed when they make a mistake, I don’t. I am transparent and I will remain transparent. That is my choice.
Yesterday, I archived both the Yarn in a Barn Crochet Along Group, and the Yarn in a Barn Knit Along Group. The groups consumed an enormous amount of time, and they didn’t add any business value whatsoever. It was a hard decision to make, but hey, that is what life is all about. What is the good of having a mind, if you can’t change it? We fall down, we get up….
I have reached a point in my life, where I finally understand enough about myself, to go forward in determination and confidence.
I am not here to become a wonderful book author. I had the chance and I turned it down. I was approached by one of the biggest publishers in South Africa to write and publish a crochet book. It wasn’t for me. It is not who I am. That gift belongs to people like Karen Adendorff, somebody I admire immensely.
I am not here to become a world renowned blogger and CAL designer. I have a blog, but I only blog when I feel I have something to share. I don’t stick to a regular schedule, I know it is my downfall, but I am not going to stress too much about it. I would rather blog once in a blue moon when I have something worthwhile to say, than blog weekly and not actually add any value to the life of those who read it. I have done CALs and I will do it again, but I will do it very differently next time. With each failure, we learn. I have learned a lot in the last four years.
Each person is born with certain gifts and talents. It took me a very long time and lots of failures to finally reach a point in my life, where I know what I have to do. And that is what I will focus on from here on forward. Obviously, I want Yarn in a Barn to be a profitable business. But that is not my main focus. My mission is to add value to the lives of other people. And I do it through my yarn shop and through my projects. If I can make one person believe in herself again, I will feel blessed. If I can guide one person to a point where he / she can find and express the inner creativity, I will feel blessed. If I can walk a road with a customer that needs a sister to lean on, I will feel blessed. If I can teach people new techniques and give them new confidence in their crafting, I will feel blessed. That is the focus of my life. Impacting people with positivity. Encouraging those that are too tired to carry on.
The beginning of Yarn in a Barn is now over. Yarn in a Barn is a well established business that still have loads of potential to grow. And with your support, it will. I hope to see you somewhere on my journey…