Year's End and New Year's Thoughts

The New Year always serves as a point in time that calls for reflection on the past year and thoughts about the coming year. This year is no different. This is a time when I tend to consider changes for the future.

And actually I have been pondering things since the end of the show season in November about what my responsibilities are for the coming year to family, business and self. Not necessarily in that order… but strongly focused on needs for my family. This year has brought health issues within my family to the forefront. I don’t want to go in to a lot of detail here but it is important for me to be available to take care of my family should the need arise.

My husband and I have decided to add Oliver, a black lab puppy, into our family after losing three of our fur babies in 2014/2015. We now have an animal “toddler” in our midst, who (cute as he is) requires lots of supervision and training as well.

The major change I have decided to make is to reduce our show schedule for this year – we will not be going to DFW, Stitches South, or Stitches Midwest. The reasoning for this is to reduce the constant show prep this year, so that I can take time with family. This also does not mean that we won’t come back to these shows – but I have to have some pressure relief. And means that we can continue to focus on providing quality colors and yarn bases for your projects.

I am also looking forward to having some time to try some new things and develop new colors and ideas for combinations of colors. And as always we are continuing to evaluate our selection of yarns and patterns and are looking forward to offering inspiring new projects in collaboration with a number of designers.

Another change that has been in process for a while is a revision to our logo and an update to the website. You will begin to see our new logo on tissue paper and business cards. We expect the update to the website to be complete by the end of January. This will include improvements to the mobile version of the site. We hope that these changes make the website easier to navigate and understand.

new logo

In another blog post, I will be sharing about Babettes and ways we hope to make them more understandable. This includes designating those colorways that are non-repeatable as a "Wild Iris" instead of a Babette. You will be seeing new stickers that designate these in the very near future.

Wild Iris Sticker Babette Sticker

I'm not sure what 2016 is going to bring, but knitting and crocheting and weaving is surely a wonderful way to keep our wits and calm about us. May you have health, prosperity, love and peace this year.

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Ruby

I missed seeing you at some of the shows this year. I sure hope you can come back to DFW Fiber Fest in 2017. It was awesome in 2015 when you were there.

Besides shows, where can we find Miss Babs yarn? What yarn shops stock Miss Babs Yarns?

Ruby

Dawn

The reduction in show schedule is totally understandable and I wish you good health for you and your family in 2016. You must take care of yourself first for the business to thrive. Your faithful clients will wait patiently to see you at shows when and if you choose to return. Oliver is just precious. Take care!

Janie

Family always comes first! Oliver is adorable. Fortunately, I was able to experience your fabulous yarns at several Stitches South events, so I am completely comfortable ordering from the website. May you and the Miss Babs family have a blessed 2016.

Kathy C

Take care of yourself and family. Your yarn is lovely and availability on line! Will miss you at stitches Midwest!

Wendi

So excited you’re scaling back for family and your furry pup! Love the new logo and the wild iris line. We wait in the long lines in Rhinebeck and am in awe for every beautiful skein I purchase. Thanks for doing what you do so incredibly well. Happy and Healthy to the
Miss Babs amazing team of incredible people.

Sheila

Agree with all the comments about taking care of yourself and family. I love your products and glad that you are so inspired to continue making beautiful colors! Love the updates to your logo.

Connie

As the others have said, please take care of yourself and your family (and, of course, sweet Oliver) first. We’ll all be here for you via online purchases and truly understand the change in your show schedule. Hugs to all of you in Miss Babs’ land and thank you for all that you do to make us smile.

Kim Bierly

Wishing you and your family the best. A smart move to scale back for now. You also need to take care of yourself. Pet that new fur baby from me.

Amergin

We’ll see you when we see you! In the meantime, godspeed and much love for everyone! :)

Cheryl

We will miss you terribly in Dallas! But your newest addition melts my heart! Glad you will have more time with family!

Linda

I know that you will be missed – but I must state that your decisions reflect solid values and I appreciate that. Thank you for all that you do to make the knitting/crocheting/weaving world a better place.

Janet

Enjoying and caring for family is always most important. Hope the time home is helpful

Cindi Roy

Thank you for taking more time for yourself and your family!! At our age we finally realize that even though we love our career, that our own health and family are ultimately more important. Your yarn business is one of the greatest “finds” in my knitting passion, and I pray your yarns and colors go on forever….so to speak!! May God bless you with great health this year of 2016, and strength to care for those who aren’t so healthy. Congratulations on your newest family addition…..best way to stay young is to raise and love a new fur baby!! Love you and your yarns…..thank you!!

Wendy

Had a chance to meet you in line at Rhinebeck and your warmth was very apparent. Wishing you all the best this year and beyond!
Love the new logo and labs are the best!!

Ann

Have a great year! Will miss you at Stitches South! Maybe Bliss can have your yarn in their booth(if they do it again).

Ruby C

We will miss you at the shows. But I wish you all great times together and the best health. Oliver looks like he will keep w you all on your toes. Love the new look on the website. Looking toward the future of Miss Babs yarn wise and health wise. Best to you and your family.

Jean

While I will miss your faces (and a few hugs as well) at Stitches Midwest his year, I totally understand your decision, and it’s the RIGHT one. Take care of yourself while you take care of others (and that cute little pup!). Sending hugs to all!

Margaret

I too, wish you and your family all the best for this coming year. I think it is awesome of you to scale back to have more time as you said. That is what is important “family”. I made a similar decision last year. I will miss you all at Stitches South as your fibers and color choices are the best. Take care all of you. We will be here on line to make our purchases.

kim in oregon

I like the new logo but LOVE the new family member!

Cyndi C

Enjoy your extra time with your family and new fur member. I, too, have come to realize the importance of family as my son goes back to college and my youngest gets ready to embark on that journey. Thank you for the joy your yarn gives to so many. It truly enriches my knitting.

Jessica

So glad you’re still making the trip to Stitches West! I love the idea for “wild iris” versus “Babette”. Wishing you and your family a healthy new year.

Karen

I just read that you won’t be at stitches Midwest. ☹️ I’ll miss you. I always spend the bulk of my budget at Miss Babs. I have a stash laid up but I’ll miss picking out all kinds of new goodies. I enjoy seeing the colors and just buying what catches my fancy.

Betty richardson

I know you will be missed at the shows, glad you will still be at SAFF. Know your yarn will always be the best!

Jenny

Sorry I will not see you at Stitches Midwest this year, but it is very smart of you to set your priorities and stick with them.

Sandra

I love the logo and the new labels are a great idea! Thanks for all you and your crew do to provide excellent service and yarns! Sending prayers and happy thoughts for you and your family. Btw, that Oliver is so cute!
Sandra

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