Janie's Quick Update
I have been thinking about you all so much this week and hope that this email finds you all safe and well...
It has (of course) been another strange week here at Janie Crow. As I told you last week, we are still able to work from the studio as internet business is allowed to continue for now anyway. With more and more people at home we have seen the traffic to the Janie Crow and Just Knots web sites soar, which has presented a bit of a challenge in these unusual circumstances as it is just the 2 of us here now.
We continue to live and work in our own little 'Jane & Andy' bubble and I am amazed that we have not yet had a major fall out! I was reading an article about how people who are self isolating together can avoid confrontational situations by giving each other plenty of physical and emotional space and that they should try to spend time away from each other to make being together more special – not sure how those of us who live and work in very close proximity can make this work, but it made me very glad that the two us can at least escape the house and continue to enjoy keeping our business afloat, especially as so many others are not as fortunate. I have been thinking a lot about those of you who are on your own or working in key worker professions. As I said already, we have been working in our own little weird bubble and this is scary enough, so I cannot imagine what it must be like for all the NHS staff, the council employees, teachers and shop workers (etc) who are busy helping us all on the 'front line'.
Fruit Garden CAL
On Monday we added the yarn kits for the new Fruit Garden CAL to our web sites. The kits sold out in a stupidly bonkers short amount of time so we immediately got on the phone and asked Stylecraft to send us more stock. As it stands at the moment we have the Parchment and Caramel Life DK and Batik kits on sale on a back order basis, but we were unable to order more of the cotton + bamboo version as the shades for this are now out of stock at Stylecraft too. With all that is going on the supply chain for all our stock is far slower than usual, so we are hoping to be able to receive, pack and dispatch the next batch of kits early next week, then another batch the week beginning 13th April. As soon as we get word from Stylecraft that the cotton + bamboo kits are back in stock we will add these to the web site.
I know many of you are really looking forward to having a crochet along project to get stuck into come the end of April, but I also know that many of you are worried about getting yarn packs in time. We have been inundated with requests to release the patterns and the yarn packs early, especially from those of you outside of the UK, but for now the scheduled dates all remain in place. A huge amount of work has gone into the design stage, the pattern writing, the promotion and of course the preparation of the yarn packs, so making changes now is not an option. I still have the final read through of the patterns to do and all the video tutorials to film. Add to that the fact that many people are still waiting for their yarn packs to arrive and you can immediately see that there is definitely no chance of having the CAL sooner than originally planned, so please be patient!
The 'Getting Ready' document will be released in just over a week on the 14th April and I hope to get a little video filmed to coincide with this. As soon as this is ready I will let you know.
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