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.