Wednesday, April 25, 2012

pretty damn lucky

i woke up in the worst mood today - things here have been pretty stressful lately.  our house situation isn't great, and there's no immediate prospect of being able to move out of it.  i have tendonitis in my foot, & haven't been able to run or go to the gym for weeks.  the studio refurb, which should have been simple, just seemed to be dragging on forever.  i didn't sleep well last night, & woke up with a splitting headache.  then i banged my leg off the bath with such force that i gave myself a 6-inch bruise down my shin.  i had to be at the studio early so i could make sure i was in for a courier delivery - and early mornings are, dare i say it, not me at my best.  the dog was being a nuisance, it was threatening to rain, and we ran out of loo roll.
there just wasn't enough coffee in the world to fix this morning.
and then, this happened:

back in the dye room!

and i realised something. no matter what worries i have, what annoyances plague me, or what petty things i decide to focus on - i'm pretty damn lucky, actually.  as soon as i start working, everything else just fades into the background.  sure, i'm still a little stressed - i've been away from the studio for so long, stock is ridiculously low, and i have a ton of work to catch up on.  but still, i get to spend the day doing something i love - and because of all of you, my amazing customers, i even get to earn a living at it.  i get to create lovely things, and pass them on to other crafty folk, who use them to create some amazing & beautiful work (if you don't believe me, check out the OMA group gallery on Ravelry!). so in a way, i'm not just making yarn - i'm making the possibility of something even better.
so, thank you all for supporting me - because of you, i got to spend my afternoon piling up little bundles of possibility, ready to head off to become something fantastic:

one offs

pretty damn lucky.

Friday, April 13, 2012

a quarter of....

"a quarter of" collection

now that the preview club is officially over, i can finally unveil the new collection of colourways for 2012! inspired by traditional british sweets, these colourways will now start to become available in the web shop for all customers (i'm uploading some new stock right now!!). to learn more about the colourways in the collection & their inspiration, you can go here.

Friday, April 06, 2012

phew!

well, i think that's it - the web shop has now been updated with everything necessary to enable VAT! 
currently, the web shop is displaying the prices before VAT; international customers will pay the price that they see on their screen, while UK/EU customers will have VAT added to their order total at checkout.  my shopping cart software is also being upgraded; after that's finished, it should display the prices with/without VAT automatically based on your location.
a few of the yarn prices have stayed the same, but i've dropped almost all of the yarn prices by as much as i can afford, which will hopefully help soften the blow of that extra 20% tax!  this new pricing structure may not last forever - i'll have to give it a few months & make sure that everything is going to work ok (i really want to give you all a great deal, but i do still need to pay all my bills!).  but i wanted to make the effort to keep everything as affordable as i can for my lovely customers. i really appreciate everyone who has stuck with me for so long, and am happy to see so many new customers as well!  i'm really sad about suddenly having to charge this tax, but unfortunately there just isn't any way around it - i'm just crossing my fingers & hoping that it won't have too much of an effect on your future yarn orders  ;)