A lot has happened since I last updated the shop. A friend from the weavers guild gave me a floor loom!
It’s a Macomber Add-A-Harness, 40″ weaving width, with four shafts. I plan to upgrade it to eight when I’m able. I started a project on it, but haven’t had time to finish.
Why? Because I got a part-time job at the local yarn store, which just closed last month. My boss, the owner, had been running the shop for 34 years and was ready to retire. So I helped out until the end, and have been getting the leftover products ready to put on eBay and Etsy. I’ll share links when the time comes, as we’ll have some pretty good deals on yarn and needlepoint stuff.
Now that my life is a bit calmer, I plan to resume spinning for the shop, as well as finishing that weaving project. I have some other crafty plans, too, like learning to spin “in hand” for a medieval re-creation, and learning to spin flax. Should be fun!
I just wanted to update you all on the shop status. I’m currently running low on handspun, and it may take a bit before I have more. I just started back to college, and I don’t have a lot of free time for spinning at the moment.
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In the meanwhile, I decided to extend the 30% off sale on yarns and handknits until Sept. 30th. Use the code CLOSET30 at checkout.
I hope you’re doing well, my friends, and staying healthy in these troubling times. Most of us are worried about the coronavirus. I know I’m taking precautions. So I wanted to let you all know what’s up at SwitchKnits.
All my handspun yarn gets washed in hot water to set the twist. My finished products and mailing supplies are kept in plastic bags. If I get sick I won’t do any production work or touch my products. I’d hate to pass anything along to my customers, although the coronovirus dies off surfaces in the time it takes for the mail to reach you (according to current CDC thoughts about the virus’ lifespan; this may change, so keep up on your news).
I will continue to mail out orders, unless the post office closes or I’m under quarantine, in which case I’ll let you know. (I’ll also post a site-wide notice about it.) If your order is delayed, you’ll have the choice of a refund or waiting until I can mail your package (which will be done as soon as possible).
I started a discussion group on Rav for fans of my yarn (and other stuff I make). I’m hoping to get some conversation going, and also see what y’all have made with my yarn. I’ll probably do occasional giveaways and group-only coupons, if I get at least a few members. Come join me!
I had gone quiet for a while because I couldn’t spin. The shop was still open, of course, but I haven’t added anything new since December. I was in a fender bender that hurt my right hip, and I treadle with my right foot… I thought my days of spinning were over, or that I’d have to get an electric wheel. But! A couple of weeks ago I finished healing, and I’m back to spinning up some more pretty yarns for the shop. So far I’ve done some luscious Shetland wool/silk blend and more of my beloved Haunui. Right now I’m working on some delicious merino. Watch the blog or social media for the updates!