25.09.14

We have a scrumptiously autumnal selection for you this week! We’re on Sweater Weight Week, so get your cozy on….

Looking ahead, we’ve recently been reviewing the way we do our scheduled updates, and considering whether it is still working well for us. I know how much you like that way of doing updates, and I was grateful for your input on that when I asked you to vote on whether to keep the scheduled updates going. At the same time, we have to consider whether it is working for us, and we’ve come to the conclusion that it’s not working as well as we would like. The current scheduling is quite restrictive. I try to keep a really good range of bases available, and that involves buying from several suppliers. Some of the bases are custom spun for us, and we have to order large amounts. What this has resulted in, behind the scenes, is a backlog of stock, and it’s beginning to take over! We only have a small home, and a small workshop/storeroom, and I swear the yarn is multiplying!! Besides the practical side, I feel we are a bit creatively restricted by the schedule.

So, after weighing up lots of options, we have come to the following decision. As usual, attempting to please all of the people all of the time!

From October 2014, we will amalgamate the Regular Range and Occasional Range back together. The current scheduling will carry on, but with a little tweak. This is how it will run:

Week One: Lace Week (cobweb to heavy lace)
Week Two: Sock Week (sock weight)
Week Three: Sweater Weight Week (heavy lace to aran)
Week Four: Medley Week (all sorts, this is my week to have a bit of fun!)
Week Five: (if there is one) Wildcard Week

I will continue to let you know, at the start of each month, what bases will be coming up throughout the month, but I may tweak that as the month progresses (if I do, it will only be minor tweaks). I may also occasionally tweak the update order, *maybe*, depending on our plans. But in general it will remain as above. To keep things interesting for all of us, I may adapt the weeks for special extras. For example, in October, Sweater Week is actually going to be sweater packs (more on that later), on the Saturday night, with the leftovers and orphans on the Sunday night. I will always let you know well in advance what the plan is.

I hope that all sounds acceptable to you, and that you understand our need to sometimes adapt and change things up a bit. Although we are amalgamating the regular and occasional range back into one, we will continue to feature the regular yarns more heavily, they are bread & butter yarns. But a sprinkling of cake never goes amiss, right?

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