Sounds official eh?
January is suitably cold so far. Sometimes it feels like normal.
It hasn’t been normal for a long time. I’m still here, and still sewing. My pace is slower, and my hours are greatly reduced by the compounded needs of friends and family. Going forward, I’ll be conservative with my output, sticking to 4-6 of anything at a time. I’ll post product sizes and quantities in the Mailchimp messages (bottom of the home page) and accepts pre-orders for 1/2 that output. The rest will go on the website when they are finished.
The one serious change is this:
There will be no more True North Boots.
I’ve built close to 1200 pairs in the last 22 years. Their time has passed. I can apply that energy to family and business.
I hesitated about pulling the page from the website, but the recent uptick in requests showed the need to make it official. No patterns. No kits. No instructions. No back stock. No passing the torch. These weren’t a product to take lightly, or build 3 at time. The minimum buy for liners alone is now beyond my budget. They’ve been a labor of love for decades. I’ve done well enough.
I wish you all a safe and peaceful start to the new year.
Itty bitty bites.
Fall creeps in slowly to my shop. Both doors are open for the breeze, but the mosquitoes are gone. Chickadees land on the table, flit into the fabric rack, and snoop around the shelves. More than once, I’ve opened up in the AM to angry squeaks from an overnight guest.
As the early leaves turn orange, my inbox floods with requests. Harvest time puts us all in a pleasant panic. This year is slightly easier on our family because there is less school angst. We’re staying virtual. Pajama time.
Ours is a weird situation in a good year. I’m a guy in a garage, building expensive clothing for places that normal people don’t go. In truth, I’m uniquely set for working through this shitty year. I love what I do. I have no debt. I set my own hours, and I’m not a bad teacher.
This year taught me to say no. 2020 also proved that being unencumbered is a blessing. I’ve crossed the country several times to help family. I’ll do it again pretty soon.
To that end, I’ve adjusted my own expectations for the next season:
- I’ll cut 2 to 3 of anything at a time, in regular sizes until further notice.
- I’ll limit #doomedblanket conversions to a set number per month.
- Facebook and Instagram are the place to go for current info.
- There is no schedule. I’m planning about 48 hours ahead.
I hope you and yours are safe and relatively happy in this tough time. Keep your heads on straight. Be kind to each other.