For the first time ever we have decided to officially close up shop and take a true vacation this summer. The webshop will be closed and not accepting orders between July 13th and August 13th. 1 full month off! All orders placed before we close up shop will be processed and shipped asap.
I have no idea how I will react to this. Since the existence of TFA I have never shut down and taken time off. Every summer we vacation out east, but in the past I've simply put up a notice letting customers know that orders won't be processed until we get back from vacation. It's worked for us, though it has also made it so that I can never really get away from the computer, from my email, from thinking about orders and all the work that we will be coming home to. Last year we cut our trip short because I didn't think that we would be able to get caught up in time for fall if we didn't get back home and back to work.
The plan is to come home in August feeling refreshed, re-energized and ready for an awesome fall! I'll be bringing a few design projects with me and will hopefully make some progress on those. I should have a new yarn ready to launch in September. I've ordered a few new tools to help my kit-making process go quicker and smoother, so I should be able to have Mini Sock Yarn Skeins and Lifesavers Sweater kits available more frequently. I have this completely unrealistic expectation that this month off is going to change everything! That somehow Chris and I will come home with the energy and production capabilities of 4 people... but since I know that is unlikely to happen I'm also officially putting it out there that I will be looking for an assistant come fall. So if you know anyone who's dream it is to skein yarn, ship orders and wind mini skeins let me know!