I have so many little things to catch y’all up on and I am hell bent on getting done today and off my plate. Here we go:
Our first Blanket CSA has (finally!) come to fruition! All but two or the shareholder’s blankets have been shipped (due to a color mix up that is now corrected) and we have already gotten lots of lovely replies from shareholders telling us how happy they are with their JMF blankets.
I want to thank all the Blanket CSA Shareholders for their patience- this was a new product for us and we made some mistakes. (My timeline was, well, let’s call it ambitious.) We also learned a whole lot about what to do differently next time. I’m not sure if we will do the blanket CSA again, but I am pondering it. In part because I forgot to order a blanket for myself! And after seeing them, I want one for every bed in my house.
Members of our Sock Club should start stalking their mailboxes for their first skein of lovely, hand-dyed sock yarn. It’s going out today and it is lovely. I will give you a tiny hint- it was inspired by the gloomy, wet and grey weather that we had a the farm for most of January.
Fall 2012 Yarn CSA Shareholders also have something to look forward to soon; the mill has completed our order and a couple of enormous boxes of mohair blend yarn are on their way to the farm right now! If you are a Fall 2012 Shareholder, you can expect an email in early February asking if you’ve had an address change and advising you of dyeing options.
I don’t think we will be doing the Fall CSA Shares again. The timing just works out badly for us here at the farm, and now that we have the Colored flock as well as the Cormos, it’s just too much. The Fall Shares have always had a smaller but very dedicated following, and I am very grateful for your support over the years. This was our fifth Fall Yarn CSA and it seems like a good time to draw the curtain on it.
In other news, we have moved most of our shipping from the USPS to FedEx Ground. I hated to do it, but with postal rates going up on 1/27 and the difficulties we’ve had with packages going astray this year, it was a no brainer. Smaller, more easily replaceable packages may still ship USPS from time to time.