The SweetGeorgia Show
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Join Felicia Lo, founder of SweetGeorgia Yarns, as she explores the sweet spot between craft, creativity, and colour together with some of the most inspiring knitters, spinners, designers, shop owners, and makers in this handmade community.
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068: Creating a Community Through Colour with A Yarn Story
3 days ago
Today Felicia welcomes another yarn shop owner to the show: Carmen Schmidt. Carmen is the owner of A Yarn Story, a knitting shop in Bath, England. She’s also begun a new venture called Walcot Yarns, with the goal of producing luxurious yarns and fabulous patterns for knitters and crocheters alike. A Yarn Story opened almost 3 years ago in 2014 and has become a destination shop for knitters and yarn lovers. Please join us this week as Felicia and Carmen discuss creating a knitting community through colour! In this episode, we talk about: 1:38 The ladies chat about how they first met when Felicia was teaching at Unwind Brighton in the UK. Carmen also chats about how she started A Yarn Story. 5:00 Why is the shop called A Yarn Story? 6:28 Carmen shares some of her favourite “yarn stories” from customers 8:45 Felicia asks Carmen what her vision for A Yarn Story was when she first decided to open a yarn store and how she tries to foster a knitting community through her shop 11:14 How Carmen chooses which colours of yarn to stock in the limited space in her store and what colour trends Carmen has been observing lately 16:00 Felicia asks Carmen about the rise of popularity of knitting in Europe 17:52 Felicia asks Carmen how she made A Yarn Story the successful yarn store it is today in a tough economy 20:30 Carmen talks about her latest venture: producing her own line of yarns called Walcot Yarns 25:52 Felicia asks Carmen why she feels driven to start a yarn company now when so many new yarn companies are being created and there is so much competition 29:07 What is next for Walcot Yarns? 31:05 Discussing planning (or lack thereof!) 32:32 What is currently capturing Carmen’s imagination and attention knitting-wise 36:40 How you can find A Yarn Store and Walcot Yarns online 37:42 Felicia’s final notes and podcast giveaway! Links and Things Here’s where to find A Yarn Story and Walcot Yarns online: Website: www.ayar