So who are we?  It is a we, not just a me kind of business.

First of all, yes, there IS a Miss Babs! It is a name that came from my husband, a Southerner, who uses it as an endearment. It seemed natural to use that name since other people had taken to calling me that as well. Over the years, this business has grown to include the efforts of five other full-time employees here in the studio.

The Women of Miss Babs 

Miss Babs Hand-Dyed Yarns and Fibers is a woman-owned business, employing a like-minded group of women who are hard-working and often hard-talking. We like loud music, telling our stories and the truth, supporting each other, sharing tears and laughter, all the while getting a good day's worth of work done. While diverse in our political beliefs (we do not talk politics here), we clearly enjoy each other's company. We join together to get things done, and are proud of our accomplishments.  
Four of us are the primary or only breadwinners in our households. For the rest of us it is an important component of the family income. We do not take the success of this business lightly.

What we Believe In

We all believe a good day's work is good for the soul. None of us backs off from hard work. At shows, people often lament about how long we've been on our feet, and it is true days at shows can be hard on the legs and feet, but we also stand for long hours every day doing our work. For the most part, this is not sitting down work!
We have all come to believe that the phrase, "It is what it is" should be the group tattoo.  We believe in dealing with reality and moving on! Also important to all of us is irreverence and tenderness, thoughtfulness and a sharp wit, sanity and insanity, reality and flights of fancy, dreaming big dreams and being grounded in today. It makes for an interesting life!

Customer Service

We know our customers are critical to our lifeblood and we all believe in great customer service. We like to receive it and so we think it is imperative to provide it to our customers. 

Meet the Miss Babs Team

Babs

I come from a family of six Midwestern kids with lots of East Coast influence. We always wondered where all the artistic and creative flair came from, but I think it was my mom's side of the family. I have three brothers, all of whom are creative – two as sculptors and glassblowers, while the oldest is an engineer. I have two sisters, both of whom are very creative. One of my sisters was a potter for years and is now an incredibly talented knitter. The other is a pattern maker for a major clothing manufacturer. My father was an insurance agent, having taken over the family insurance business at age 20 when his father died. My mother was among other things a knitter and a seamstress, but served the community actively working as a volunteer on many local service agencies such as the YWCA, the Oasis Women's Center, and helping to start a daycare so women would have a safe place for their children while they were at work.

The collective effect of my family is that all six of us have college degrees or more because of the importance my parents placed on education.  We have all been small business owners or entrepreneurs at one point or another in our lives. We all traveled when we were young and many of us continue to travel for work and pleasure. My college education includes a finance business degree followed by an MBA. My degrees were earned when I was in my 30's.

My family life includes my husband of 35 years, my step-daughter and son-in-law and our 3 rapidly growing grandchildren! We also have had a number of wonderful dogs and cats who have shared our daily lives and who have been the recipients of our daily love and attention.

My work life has been hugely varied. From being a chef's apprentice, a real estate agent, an insurance agent and owning the family business, an office manager in a mental health facility, a secretary in a hospital, director of staff development in the same hospital, teaching business courses at a community college, teaching marketing at a university, to dyeing yarn and fiber... all these jobs have provided me with a rich store of knowledge to draw upon and which I am grateful for when I am presented with the normal and abnormal dilemmas of life. 

My life experiences have given me insights and thoughts that urge me to make color in the ways that I do, to be an entrepreneur, to look at the world in the way that I do. Read more about my philosophy as an artist here

Jen J.

  We figure I've been here with Miss Babs since about 2007. I have an almost-all-grown-up son, and a daughter in middle school. I started volunteering with Babs when my "little" girl started pre-school. A lot has changed in the time I've been working with Babs. She has moved up and out of kitchen dyeing and into a very busy world of serious hand-dyeing. I love traveling and working the 10-12 shows we do every year. If you come see us, I'll be the chatty one! I also love the physical work we do while we get yarn from plain to pretty. I don't do any dyeing, but I help with all the rest. I love the colors and I'm pretty good at naming, matching, and combining the ever-growing palette that comes from Miss Babs. I'm an idea person who can lift most everything, and can pack the HECK out of a box or trailer. I'm here to help. And I'm proud of the group we have here at Miss Babs.

.

Carmen

  I’ve been working with Miss Babs since 2011. I oversee yarn through the post-dyeing process. My favorite part is naming Babettes.

I am a proud grandmother of five. I’ve been crocheting for over 25 years, and have since picked up two new fiber arts: knitting in 2005 and spinning in 2009. I’m the instructor at the local knitting guild, and I love to turn “I can’t” into “I can!” My favorite things to knit are lace and cashmere, although not necessarily together. My motto is: There’s nothing I can’t do!





Helen

  I learned to knit at age 9. After a slow start, I knit on and off for years, until high school, when I realized I could knit while reading (thus doing something productive while doing schoolwork!) I had my Knitting Epiphany my first year of college when I read Elizabeth Zimmermann and began to understand the mechanics of the knit and purl stitches and what was happening when I looped yarn around the needles. After jobs at 2 local yarn shops, I knew I wanted to work in the yarn industry after I graduated. 

I moved in May of 2011 to start working with Babs and the team. I mostly take care of administrative things, getting shipping out on time, organizing much of the Knitting Tour, and helping out with other tasks as needed. I don’t often go to shows, but if you call or email, you’ll most likely be talking with me!


Veronica

   I am a life-long knitter and third-generation yarn shop employee. I grew up in the Chicago suburbs and lived in the DC area before moving to sunny Silicon Valley, California with my husband. I have worked for small businesses nearly all of my life and love the camaraderie and getting things done! When I’m not knitting or working on occasional designs in Miss Babs yarns, I’m probably in the kitchen making something delicious or curled up with a good book or crossword puzzle.

I met Babs several years ago when I was working in a yarn shop in Virginia. Now I mostly work 'behind-the-scenes' at Miss Babs wrangling paperwork and the website, but you can also see me at a show or two every year.


Vicki

 I started with Miss Babs part time in September of 2012, and in January of 2013 I became full time. I have two daughters, who are the true loves of my life.
I love working in this business, and am learning new things every day. Miss Babs and her ladies are all hard working and lend hands in all areas. I mostly work with Carmen to help take the yarn from the post-dyeing dry to ready to sell!