History of Quill and Bean, Part I: The Unicorn

I learned to crochet when I was 12 years old.

Over the next decade or so, I didn’t do much with the skill. I made myself a couple of scarves, but they took forever — and there weren’t many opportunities to wear them here in Florida. I didn’t have the patience for following patterns. Occasionally I made something for the cat, which she graciously wore long enough for me to take a photo.

I don’t remember why I decided to pick up my crochet hook again in the autumn of 2017, but I ended up creating three mug cozies for my coworkers. They were inspired by one of our favorite quotes from The Office (the Princess Unicorn jingle, “My horn can pierce the sky!”).

Not only did my coworkers love the cozies, but I realized what I enjoyed about crocheting: the sculptural, make-it-up-as-you-go design process. Figuring out how to shape the yarn into something that resembled a mythical creature. Making it cute as well as functional.

Opening an Etsy shop had been a dream of mine for a while, so I didn’t need much persuading to start selling my cozies.

And with a bit of experience in marketing, I knew that all the cool businesses had Instagram accounts. I created mine and made my first post.

And thus, Quill and Bean had begun. I had designed my first product, set up an Etsy shop, and started posting on Instagram — but there’s another step in this story that deserves to be told. Before I could establish my cozy business, I had to come up with a name.

To be continued

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