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An introduction, Stitches United and an online event

Hello to those of you who just discovered my company and to all my longtime followers! I’m excited to be part of the Indie Untangled Marketplace!

I thought I’d take the opportunity to let you know a little more about me and my growing business. Eight years ago, I learned to crochet, and then to knit, launching what was then called Adella’s Crochet Cottage while my husband Jimmy was teaching in Afghanistan. Like many of you, I became obsessed with all of the different colors, textures and compositions of the different yarns I’d come across. Frustration with not being able to get quality yarns locally, and the discrimination I sometimes faced in yarn shops, further strengthened my desire to dye my own yarn. So, I did.

Dyeing came very naturally to me and I was encouraged by my friends and family to start my own business and sell my hand-dyed creations. The rest is history.

After the birth of my daughter, I realized that I had much more to live for and be grateful about. I decided to rebrand my company in honor of my little princess, in hopes that one day I would be able to pass something down to her and keep the legacy alive. As a woman of color, I want to show my daughter, and hopefully inspire others, that we can achieve success regardless of the circumstances.

A lot has happened as Lola, and my business, has grown…

I’m in the middle of prepping for my first big show — Stitches United in Atlanta, just a couple hours from my home and studio in Grovetown, Georgia. If you’re planning to go, please stop by Booth 623 (see the map here) and say Hi!

You can get a sneak preview of what I’ll be bringing to the show (and, of course, photos of my biz’s adorable namesake) on Instagram. I’ll be bringing some of my most popular colorways, like Steampunk, Queen Bean and Funny Bones, as well as some new ones, plus a new Georgia Peach enamel pin from Shelli Can.

If you’re not able to make it, I will be having an online event that will run from May 30th to June 2nd. All of my colors, even seasonal ones, will be available for preorder on several different bases. I’ll be donating 20% of sales during this event to pediatric cancer research through the D10 competition, a major athletic event that my uncle Duane is participating in on June 8 in NYC (his goal is to bench press 175 lbs. 20 times in a row!).

Also, if you’re local to any of these stores, you can “visit me” at the shops listed here.