Stockist Highlight: Brooklyn General Store and Custom BG Backpacks
BGS: Oh gosh...I would say three things...1. My favorite Colors...rich, earthy, calming and all the blues. While I do also love the bright speckly hand dyed yarn, I love the grounding and balance that natural yarns offer in all their earthy and natural tones. 2. My obsession with critters that play in the shop amongst all the yarn and fabric. My goal when you walk into my shop is to feel like you have stumbled on a magical yarny garden where wooly and woodland surprises welcome you throughout your stay. 3. I love old broken things...I love the contrast of rustic and vintage furniture with the unbelievable color palette of all the wools and fabrics.
I guess you could say my aesthetic is retrowoodlandfarmist?
RD: How long have you had Brooklyn General and how did you get started in the fiber industry?
BGS: I opened Brooklyn General in 2002. I started knitting when I was 5 and never stopped. I started designing when I was in my 20's. At that time, there was no internet and I never submitted anything anywhere and it never even occurred to me to sell a pattern. I created one of a kind garments for a business I called Arachne Knitwear. My logo was a little drawing I did of a spider with a girls face...super cheesy! I made up a little label and I sold my sweaters in local shops in Greenwich Village. So, I guess you could say I joined the fiber industry back then.
RD: What is your favorite thing in the shop right now?
BGS: All the non-superwash yarns...
Ritual Dyes Maven, Elder and Undine, Sawkill Farm worsted and dk, Hudson Valley Fibers Moodna, Farmers Daughter Soka'pii and Pishkun, Magpie Fibers Nest, Twisted Willow Cobblestone, all the Spincycle yarns and my own Skydance Fibers. I am also loving some branded hats I had machine knit out of local Hudson Valley kettle dyed Wool and of course our new amazing Ritual Dyes custom knitter's backpacks. (Should we come up with a name for it?) How about Patch?
RD: Sweet or salty?
BGS: Neither sour and spicy! But, if I must eat sweet there must be salt and if I must have salt, there must be sweet.
RD: If you could be knitting anything right now , what would it be and why?
BGS: If I could be knitting anything? like if I didn't have any responsibilities at all? I would be knitting (stitching and quilting) some grand sculptural installation out of all my leftovers and all the leftovers I have collected from people in my life who have passed. A mixed fiber piece I have been planning for years. A work that would teach girls about the incredible power of their bodies, minds and souls.