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Pre-orders & pressing pause - Woolly Rebellion - Issue #37

Pre-orders & pressing pause - Woolly Rebellion - Issue #37
By Katharine • Issue #37 • View online

Hi Crafters,
Yarns sales have slowed right down. I’ve sold less in May 2021 than I did in May 2020, when I didn’t stock a fraction of what I do now. That makes sense, last year we were in the midst of lockdown and now we’re in the process of opening back up.
My day job has picked right up though… which makes me feel like I should follow the money for a while.
The Woolly Rebellion shop is still here, should anyone want yarn I have time to do Post Office runs. I actually love a little trip to the Post Office with your orders. And concentrating on recruitment work for a while won’t undo anything I’ve built here.
I really wanted to start stocking ‘Knit n Purl’ greeting cards in the run-up to Father’s Day, but I haven’t sold enough yarn in May to make the numbers work. That’s OK though. The next big greeting card event is probably Christmas, so I have plenty of time to get there. This woolly dream was never going to appear fully formed overnight. That wouldn’t be any fun!
I don’t think it’s worth continuing to do in-person markets every week either. Most weeks, since things opened up here in the UK, I’ve barely taken enough to cover my pitch and parking. Foot traffic is low and, many of the people who do come to have a look around, don’t seem to be there to shop, but rather to get out of the house.
I’ve had fun in May, prototyping some Pride-themed Christmas tree scarves well in advance of the festive season. They are on pre-order throughout June, with 100% of profits going to Switchboard LGBT+, a helpline for the LGBT+ community.
Nonbinary Pride Flag inspired Christmas tree scarf, from £58.50.
Nonbinary Pride Flag inspired Christmas tree scarf, from £58.50.
What's on?
You want to become the next Heavy Metal Knitting World Champion?
sweater weather, A new yarn event from Farnham Maltings | 10 & 11 September 2021
We’ve spent the last week enjoying the end of the Darts Premier League via NOW TV. It was nice to see fans returning and adding to the atmosphere, but I don’t think I’d be brave enough to go to an event like that yet. I got my first dose of the Covid vaccine this week, but I think I’ll still feel weird about going to coffee shops and restaurants for a while. I think it’s going to be a very slow ease back into “normal” life for me.
We’ll probably look for a documentary on Netflix to entertain us, when we’re not in the garden with the piggies, over the bank holiday weekend. Any recommendations? 📺
End Notes
If you’re looking for yarn, use the code WOOLLYREBELS for 10% off an order via the Woolly Rebellion website.
I love hearing from you about your projects, challenges, finished objects, or new yarn purchases. Tag your makes with #woollyrebels to help me find you. Or you can get in touch via email, Twitter or Instagram.
Until next time…
take care and happy crafting!
Katharine :)
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