First of all we want to thank you all SO MUCH for your patience the last several months. We have both had some major changes in our lives (more about that later) and the result has been that The Unique Sheep has been a bit quieter than usual. Not as many new club announcements, a bit slower to respond to emails or get orders shipped. But we want to reassure you that the dustiness has been the sawdust of building and growing and exciting new changes, rather than the cobwebs of neglect. This is a long post, but if you are in a hurry just scroll down to the bottom for some announcements!
Many of you know a bit of what has been going on due to following us on Facebook or Ravelry but for those of you who don’t, I’ll summarize. 2016 has been a year of changes for both Laura and Kelly. We both spent an inordinate amount of time packing, cleaning and prepping our homes to be put on the market. Open houses and last minute showings are not an easy task when you dye yarn in your home! But thankfully we also both found buyers for our homes which meant it was time to pack up our homes and studios and move. Kelly headed to the mountains of North Carolina and Laura down south to Florida.
We both moved into beautiful new homes…that didn’t come with dye studios (why anyone would build a house without a dye studio is beyond me) so the next step was setting up new studios for ourselves. After building walls, installing shelves, running electricity and (the part I hate most) painting everything our studios are finally done! While they were in chaos we were dyeing on folding tables or around constructions material but now we can settle back in. The only thing we are still waiting on is reliable internet and phone service which should be fixed “in 3-6 weeks or whenever the county permits go through” so don’t be alarmed if there are occasional delays with emails or website updates!
Laura also had some changes of a more personal matter– her son Connor was born in May! As a first time mom, she wasn’t sure how that would affect her work but thankfully Connor loves to hang out in the dye studio watching his mom work. So far he is a healthy, happy and (mostly) easy going little guy.
All these changes have meant that we’ve spent less time at the dye trays this year than usual, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been planning big things for the future. We have several new clubs and colorway collections that we will be announcing in the coming weeks. We are also doing some freshening up – both digitally and physically. We will be updating a lot of the photos on the website– some of our colorway photos are from years ago and since our photography skills (and the quality of our cameras) have improved overtime we’ve noticed that some of the old photos don’t represent the colors very well. We are also clearing out and cleaning up our physical inventories. We did the first round of sample auctions a few weeks ago and raised over $1,000 for charity. We will be doing another round soon so keep an eye out for an email announcing it! We may also do some surprise “pop up” sales on other items. It is time to make space for new things!
We’ll have more information on the new clubs, colorways and yarn soon. The place to hear about things first is our Facebook page and Twitter. We will also send out announcements via email so make sure you are signed up for our newsletters. And we are even going to try to keep this Blog section of the website updated (but to be safe, make sure you are signed up to get those newsletter and check the Facebook page. If things get busy in the dye studio, the blog is always the first thing to get neglected!)
Thank you again for your patience and for sticking with us through the chaos of the last several months. We hope that you enjoy the new clubs, yarn, colors and sales that we have planned for the near future. We can’t wait to tell you all about them!!
New Yarn Bases:
New Colorway Collections:
- Sample Sale #1: Complete with over $1,000 raised for charity!
- Sample Sale #2 Coming Soon