Come read through our latest quick chat with Sati Glenn of Rows and Roses
How and why did you start Rows and Roses?
Well, it’s funny, kind of. I just recently got into the whole “crunchy parenting” thing with my latest pregnancy. When I was about eight months pregnant with Rosy, I went to a LLL meeting, and met a lot of really cool mamas who really seemed to support each other and do things differently than the ways I had always known. One of the things they did that I had been interested in was cloth diapering. I had seen things online, but I didn’t know anyone who actually DID that, you know? And here was a room FULL of women who all did and had been doing for some time.
After building a stash, and giving birth, I started seeing babies in woolies, and I thought, “Oh my! How cute! Rosy needs some of those.” So I started looking for some longies. Wow. Everywhere I looked, wool was out of my price range. Even the used stuff was kind of expensive. I then remembered that I had a “Learn How To Crochet” book somewhere that I had acquired years ago, and just never really got into. I thought that if other mamas could knit and crochet, then so could I! And I did. I learned, just because it was that important to me for Rosy to have longies. This is why my prices are lower than most; I want to make sure that parents who really want to go the cloth-diapering route can afford some great wool covers.
What is your favorite product / best seller and why?
Now that I’m really “into” crocheting, (and knitting, dying and spinning!), I honestly prefer to do more out of the ordinary things. Don’t get me wrong: I am all about longies, shorties, skirties, rompers, hats, etc. but I love to do household things, like dish cloths and placemats and market bags, and especially things like shawls and sweaters and such. I have made a few baptismal/christening gowns that are amazing, thanks to an awesome pattern I got from another WAHM. I just really enjoy anything at all that I can do with a hook
Customs are, by FAR, my best seller. I don’t sell a lot of in stock stuff, other than yarn that I’ve dyed. Mostly my customers hit me up on Facebook and place an order telling me what they want, what types of colors, measurements, etc. I am always happy to accommodate anyone. I can work any pattern, and I actually do a lot of free-hand stuff off the top of my head.
Is there anything else you’d like us to know about you and Rows and Roses?
Fiber is my passion. Period. It is something that I can do for my family, a labor of love. Now I know that my kids, husband, and extended family will never be without sweaters for the winter, warm socks, or of course, longies and shorties for their babies. It means a lot to me for other people to entrust me with their wants, needs and ideas, and I am truly thankful for every single person who buys from me, helping me to live my dream of staying home with my children and homeschooling.