Hello all! I hope 2016 has been kind to you so far. I haven’t written on the blog in a while because I haven’t had much to say, but I wanted to give you some updates on what’s going on with me personally, as well as what’s going on with the shop.
As most of you know, I had my daughter in May 2015, and motherhood has been a huge adjustment. I can’t imagine my life without Madelyn now, but it has meant that I have had to change pretty much every aspect of my life to put being her mom first, and my chronic ailments have given me quite a bit of trouble postpartum as well. As a result, I have not been able to work as much as I have in past years, although I have done my best to keep the shop well-stocked.
I have embarked on a series of collaborations with some very talented bagmakers, namely Kim of Kicks And Giggles Designs and Rick of WhimzeeStitches Designs, making some very adorable limited edition kits of yarn from me and a bag from them.
These kits have been very popular so far, and I have collaborations with other amazing bagmakers planned for the future too!
Running the kits on a preorder basis has given me a chance to try out a new model for running the shop that I have been contemplating, and it has given me the confidence to go forward. Starting today when I reopen the shop, Unwind Yarn Company will mostly be run on a dye-to-order basis. This means that you can select a yarn base and purchase the number of skeins you want, let me know what color you want it dyed in, and I will dye it to order for you and ship it within 3-4 weeks of purchase. Why such a long lead time? Well, I am my child’s sole caregiver during most of the day, and I get limited dye time each week, so I don’t want to promise that something will be shipped sooner and disappoint anyone. If you should need something faster than that, then please send me an email and we will try to work something out (there might be a small “rush” fee if I currently have a lot of orders ahead of yours). There will still be some ready-to-ship items in the shop at any given point, new colorways will have both ready-to-ship options (in limited quantities) and dye-to-order options, and miniskein sets and sock blanks will always be listed as ready-to-ship (not available for custom order). I really feel that this business model will allow me a lot more freedom, as it requires that I store less dyed inventory, and that the skeins I dye will actually go to new homes within a reasonable period of time. The number of skeins available for dye-to-order will be limited to the amount of undyed stock I have on hand, just to keep things from piling up too much in my to-do list, but I will do my best to keep a decent amount of stock of all of my bases available at any given point. If you wish to order a particular base and do not see a listing for it in the shop, please feel free to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will be happy to order the yarn base in so that I can dye it for you. All of my repeatable colorways will be available for order (except for the ones specifically noted), and there are no minimum lot sizes. You can see the list of available yarns in the header, as well as links to the repeatable colorway pages. I hope this works out, as I think it will suit everyone’s needs!
I hope you are all doing well, and I look forward to hearing from you soon! 🙂