The Gift of a Tie: Stash's Origin Story Posted on 01 May 09:29 , 5 comments

Do you know the story of the tie? Some of you do, some of you have seen it. For those who don't know here is how it goes.

Shush and I met in 2008 on a not to be named website. We like a lot of the same things: corny old songs, Broadway musicals, food, and we hit it off pretty well. On the day we met he was wearing a tie, I don't remember which one but I'm sure it was goofy. It may have been Goofy. He told me that he wore a tie pretty much all the time including when we was working from home. Silly me, I thought you worked from home so you could wear jammies all day. 

Fast forward to 2013 and I'm scrolling through the interwebs when I see a post by a friend for a Kickstarter campaign that had some really cool sculptural, wearable art, including some kick a** ties. I thought this would be a really cool gift to get Jose a/k/a Shush. And so I pledged the required amount and hoped they would get fully funded. (For those of you who don't know about Kickstarter, make sure you investigate it. I've made several pledges and sometimes they are life changing. Stay tuned for this one, too.) Had this campaign not got fully funded the story would have ended here. I would have found some other tie, he would have been mildly amused and I'd probably be teaching Comp 1 or working in a bland cubicle. This was not to be the case. Instead, I was invited to a cool thank you party at the home of the artists, George and Scott of Spathose, and picked up my tie. Here's a photo, pretty cool, eh?

I gave it to him for Christmas. He thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread, calling it the best present anyone had ever gotten him. Damn, I did good! Then he asked, "What do YOU want?"

I instinctively replied, "A yarn store." 

"You want yarn?" he asked.

"No, a yarn STORE."

He knew I knit, but I don't think he knew that it's every knitter's dream to have their own store, their own giant stash. 

In January of 2014 we took a quick little trip to New Orleans and we visited Quarter Stitch. He picked up a big ol' hank of yarn, looked at the price and asked if people would really pay that much. "Yes, and gladly" I told him. That's all it took, he was all in and the rest is history! We opened July 1, 2014 and have never looked back.