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Don’t Call It a Comeback

text: don't call it a comeback image: a yellow frame that looks like a music player with a colorful yarn inside it. There are smilies and stars surrounding it.

I’ve been listening to a lot of K-pop lately.

I know, I know. “Christiane! I thought you were only into Goth/Industrial/Darkwave” etc etc. Well, my friends, that’s just not the whole picture. I have always listened to a wide variety of music, though my heart is owned by those styles for sure. And K-pop has been important to me during my long recovery from my struggles with Crohn’s Disease.

I needed something that feels cheerier on the surface – though let me tell you, those surfaces hide plenty of deep and moving moments under them! – and it fit the bill. I say with all sincerity that it would have been a real struggle to get through all of this listening to just the darker side of my musical collection.

Okay, so what does this have to do with yarn and fiber, right?

In K-pop, when a group or soloist releases a new song or album, it’s called a “comeback.” Sometimes there won’t even be a significant break between comebacks, which can be a strain on the artists. Usually when a comeback happens, there’s a huge amount of promotional activities that occur around it, including official videos, dance practice videos, promo clips on social media, performances on all the different music programs in South Korea, and appearances on Korean variety shows. Some groups are finally becoming big enough to get regular appearances on US late night shows [thanks, BTS, for paving the way!] and now are starting to make touring across the US part of their regular promotional schedule.

Sounds exhausting, right? I love watching them happen, but an AMAZING amount of energy [and money] go into these comebacks.

I, on the other hand, am back without any kind of big promo or special release. I’m just here, with yarn and fiber in hand, saying hello. [HI!]

So don’t call it a comeback. [I’ve been here for years]

A collage of colorful and textured yarns

My plan is to re-enter the fiber world gently. Easily. Slo-o-o-owly.

I’m honoring my health and my supporters by doing it this way. I don’t have the stamina that I used to have – and that’s okay – and I’m also writing another book, my third, at the same time as I’m re-emerging into the fiber world. I’m almost finished with the first draft so I’ll have more brain power and energy to dedicate to fibery things. And my fiber and yarn will be funding the editing, layout, cover design, and publishing of my book. [more on that to come!]

I have some great ideas for thematic launches of fiber and yarn collections. Those might include more Arcanity jewelry and knit/crocheted/woven accessories, too. Not working for so long has given me a lot of room to dream and plan and stoke my creative fires!

So here’s my question for YOU: are you ready for my quiet, mellow, but still exciting comeback? Because right now this is not-a-comeback, but soon? A comeback will be happening,. And even if it’s not a full-out star-studded spectacular, it’s going to be a lot of fun!

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