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Lightning Round with Jay from Loopy 4 Ewe

September 3rd, 2009

I first met Jay many years ago, through a mutual friend; we were distant acquaintances when, in 2007, I contacted her out of the blue for advice about joining Etsy. The warmth Jay returned blew me away — in our multiple backs-and-forths, she patiently sent me advice, suggestions, encouragement; she introduced me to a group of wonderful fellow Canuck Etsians who meet up to chat online and support each other. I could go on about how thoughtful and supportive Jay is, but then I’d run out of room to talk about her mad knitting and crocheting skills…

1. When and how did you learn to knit and crochet?
My Mom taught me when I was young — along with a ton of other crafts. It’s just what we did. Although I don’t think sitting around clanking knitting needles together to mimic the sound my Mom’s were making really counts as learning, but it did give me the fundamentals I needed when I took it up again in College. Random fact: although I’m right-handed I knit left-handed. Likely because I learned looking at my Mom — facing her.

2. How did your hobbies turn into the full-fledged Loopy 4 Ewe?
I have no idea. At one point I saw an ad for someone who was looking for a handmade Christening gift and thought “Hmmm, I could do that.” Then a friend of a friend told me about Etsy. I started looking into craft shows and it exploded from there. I didn’t set out thinking I’d start a business.

3. Favourite breakfast spread?
Blueberry jam and/or jelly

4. How did you spend your time before Loopy 4 Ewe took off?
I had just become a stay-at-home mom doing your typical stay-at-home mom things. Which is very rewarding but my mind requires the added stress and pressure of other things, apparently.

5. Who would you thank if you won an Oscar?
Matt Damon, the Academy and, of course, my Man for being so supportive.

6. You do a lot of fundraising — can tell us about your cause, your efforts and your successes?
There are so many worthy causes. In the past I’ve helped to fundraise and raise awareness for Multiple Sclerosis, Prostate Cancer, and Allergies & Asthma. All diseases that have affected people I love. Lately I’ve been focusing on my kids’ school and The Weekend To End Breast Cancer.

Anyone with kids in the school system knows how many cuts  have been made. The fundraising efforts I help with at the school are done in a way to provide fun (dances and fairs) as well as bring in funds to purchase extras for the students to help enhance their learning experience. In two years, we’ve raised over $50,000 for the school.

This is also the 2nd year I’m participating in the Weekend to End Cancer 60km walk. Last year a friend told me about her experience and suggested I sign up. I did. Our team of 5 women raised over $13,000 last year for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. I was set to take a break this year but after experiencing the journey, hope and courage that weekend provided, I signed up for 2010 two days after completing the 2009 Weekend. Still hobbling with blisters heel-to-toe and two swollen ankles. But I KNEW I would heal. This year I’m Team Captain for an incredible group of women who have different reasons for walking, and our goal is to raise over $20,000. The Weekend has been expanded to raise money not only for Breast Cancer but also gynaecological cancers, helping to raise funds for education, research and patient care for ALL women’s cancer. In our area, 1 in 3 people be affected by cancer in their lifetime,1 in 9 will be affected by Breast Cancer. I have to believe that a cure can be found within my lifetime, and since I’m healthy and able, why shouldn’t I be a part of it?!?! Who knows — I may actually be doing this for myself, my mom or my daughter one day.

[pictured here is one of Jay's lip balm cozies — the proceeds go to The Weekend To End Cancer.
More will be listed soon! Includes a lip balm and free shipping.]

7. What was the first concert you ever went to?
Another Road Side Attraction

8. Any fellow Etsians or iCrafters who catch your eye in particular?
So so many! I’ve bought more then enough dresses for my daughter from Beccabeedesigns and I have a paper addiction and love the cards at Creativepapertrail I’ve been known to stalk her shop as she sells out quickly.

9. Any suggestions or words of advice to other Moms who wish they could turn their hobby into a business?
Go for it. You never know until you try it.

10. What is your kryptonite?
My kids … ok, and chunky chocolate icecream that’s peanut-free (hard to come by!)

11. You’re a fellow Ottawan (woot woot!)… what’s your favourite thing about living here?
I LOVE Ottawa! We moved away for 5 years and I was so happy to be back! I love the green space and the paths available for biking and inline skating. I love that they close the Parkways on Sundays in the summer. I love that there are farmers’ stands all over for fresh produce in the spring, summer, fall. I love that it feels like a small town but also has the benefits of a larger city. So many things to love about it!

12. What would you be doing if you weren’t doing this?
I have no idea. I love to volunteer and I’m lucky that I’m able to give my time to others. I loved working the last job I had here as a Project Manager for an amazing web technology company, and yet when I think what do I want to do if/when the time comes to work outside of the home again, I lean towards a little office job with short hours so my kids would never know I was working.

13. Happiest kid memory?
I know you mean my kid memory but I have to honestly say that it was when I got to meet my own kids.

14. How do you motivate yourself when you aren’t in the mood to knit or crochet, but have an order to fill?
I have a strong need to get things started and to get things finished. I’m time-line driven from all my years as a project manager and I’m client-/customer-focused from the account management side of my professional career.

15. What colour combo and style of hat are most popular with clients?
It really depends on where. It used to be lots of browns and pinks but now it’s all over the map. Some more subtle tones but lots of bright colours too, like hot pink, orange, apple green. The flapper style hat has been the most popular but the lacy beanie is picking up steam too. If I had more time to experiment I’d make more to get them photographed and listed.

16. What are you most proud of right now?
Without a doubt, my kids.

17. If you had the time, what’s something you’d work at improving or learning?
I’d love to learn more about mountain biking, scrapbook and card making, and take biology classes.

18. Chocolate or vanilla?

19. What do you like best and least about running your own business?
Is that what I’m doing? I still don’t see it as that. But I LOVE seeing my hats on people. My favourite thing is to get an email that is thanking me for my work and includes a picture of the hat in action. My least favourite thing — I don’t think I’ve come across this yet.

20. Finish this sentence: “I am…”

Find out more about Jay, her work and her fundraising efforts via:

Fellow Ottawa-heads, Jay will be at the Glebe Craft & Artisan Fair on: Fri, Nov. 13th from 6-9pm / Sat, Nov. 14th from 10am-5pm / Sun, Nov. 15th from 10am-4pm — at the Glebe Community Centre (175 Third Ave., Ottawa); free admission.

Thanks for bearing the hotseat, Jay. And thanks for being such an inspiration.

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