I’ve come to this same realization before. You’d think I would have learned by now that separating my work from my Work is never going to…well, work. The oaths I have taken are such that there’s really no way it can.
At any rate, my latest notion that it would be a great idea to completely separate my budding fiber business from everything else I do and try to secularize it? Not so much. Already the skeins I’m making are dripping with symbolic colors, references to folklore and fairy tales, and hidden meanings. And while I’m sure some of you out there are saying hey, it’s only yarn, as I’ve mentioned before on this blog there is a wealth of tradition and spiritual meaning incorporated into the act of spinning. It conjures up images of Rumplestiltzkin, Sleeping Beauty, and the Norns; it forges connections with the magic of the sagas, with Frigga and the other northern goddesses, and with all sorts of non-northern mythological figures from Spider Woman to the Fates. It also occurs to me that trying to secularize my spinning would be a mistake, even if I could do it, because my background as a witch, an Odin’s woman, and someone whose life is centered around the gods and spirits is part of what sets me apart as a spinner (and as an artist in other mediums, and as a person in general).
So, where does this leave my plans for Fensalir Fiber? Not very far from where they were; I still think it makes sense to have a separate Etsy store for it, and to forge a brand identity for the business that’s related to, yet distinct from, my existing Wytch of the North store (http://wytchofthenorth.etsy.com, which will continue to focus on jewelry and various other witchy sundries). I have decided, however, that it doesn’t make so much sense to be struggling to maintain a separate blog for the yarn store, since at times it’s a challenge for me to keep one blog supplied with fresh content, let alone two. Besides, I remember a few readers of this blog expressing disappointment that my adventures in spinning, dyeing and assorted other fiber arts would be migrating over to a different blog, since those activities really do merge quite well with my spiritual path as a whole. (Also, I don’t blame people for not being overly enthusiastic about having yet another blog to add to their reading list.) For these reasons, Fensalir Fiber and Wytch of the North will be sharing a Facebook fan page and Twitter account too, when I manage to get both of those set up.
This isn’t necessarily a permanent decision; if my fiber store becomes wildly successful at some point in the future it may make sense to establish a separate blog for it again. Or, then again, it may not. (See my opening paragraph, above.) It’s possible that, if at some future date I’m supporting myself to some extent with my crafts and not working full time, this may be something worth doing. But for now, it’s making things a lot harder for me than they need to be.
Over the coming days, I will be copying the posts made at Fensalir Fiber over here, in the interest of making the merger complete (and just in case anyone’s missed them).
Meanwhile? I’ve been doing a lot of seasonal reading (Fairy Tale Rituals, Wolfsangel, and The Witches’ Book of the Dead, reviews of all of which will be forthcoming at some point soon), struggling with exhaustion and flirting with sickness as a side effect of Jo’s boss having decided she needed to work a 7-4 schedule for the past two weeks, and still haven’t gotten the rest of my first batch of yarns uploaded to the Etsy store, let alone finished designing my business cards and other marketing materials (which are all going to be redone, eventually, for Wytch of the North too). I’ve been doing a little less spinning than usual but a fair amount of dyeing using Jacquard acid dyes, and am contemplating offering rovings for spinning in addition to finished skeins. I’m very much looking forward to the Samhain vacation Jo and I have coming up next week—October 26th through November 2nd), even though this time of year continues to promise to be a real season of death for us, as usual (Sassy, my elderly Maine Coon, is still on the decline) rather than merely a symbolic one.
At any rate, currently the plan is to have the new Etsy store uploaded by the first week of November for real, since at that point I need to turn my attention to producing an entirely different set of yarns for a vending opportunity at my job starting 11/21 and running for two weeks (just in time for Black Friday!). More soon!