It’s official – my contribution to UK yarn shops ends at the end of October – if someone comes along before then who wants to run a wool shop of their very own, the Village Wool Shop will stay open, but I won’t be running it anymore.
I am sadder than I can say and hugely disappointed that I won’t have my own little wool ‘den’ anymore, but I have a damaged knee that needs repair, and I can’t afford staff while I’m recuperating. So that is that.
I will miss my regular customers and new friends, and the sheer delight in being surrounded every day by lovely wool, and of course I will miss the knitting group too.
I would like give a really BIG “thank you” to my landlords for helping me out of a hole, as well as a huge shout-out to all the regular woolaholics for keeping me in business (if I every run out of yarn, I know where to go…)
I won’t miss the predatory service providers (electricity, telecoms, water and payment system providers) who call the shop far too often and charge like wounded bulls. And I won’t miss the very quiet days when almost no-one came into the shop. How do you support your local high street in these tough times? Use it!
My ramblings on this blog will continue (I mostly talk about knitting, and as I’m as likely to give up eating as knitting, I might as well keep on keeping on) – but unfortunately the Facebook page will go with the shop, so apologies to our followers.
I am hoping that even though this is the end of the shop, it’s potentially the beginning of a new chapter. I have gained a lot of business experience, a working knowledge of pattern design and I will most likely have quite a lot of spare yarn by the end of the next few months! Put them all together, and what have you got? An Etsy page perhaps – or simply a shopping opportunity on the Villagewoolly site, or perhaps a stall at a future yarn fair – who knows, I reckon it’s the end of the beginning, rather than the beginning of the end!
PS – The sale to end all sales starts next week – there will be bargains!!