While I have covered this subject in the past, through this Ravelry forum post and previous podcasts, I have had numerous emails over the last 24 hours regarding dyeing solid color skeins as custom orders. I am currently not offering this option. I’m not saying that I won’t ever offer them, it’s just that it’s not going to happen at this point in time (beyond what is being offered in the mini skein sets and Doppelgänger sets).
I did not make this decision lightly, or as to upset people, I made this decision based purely on my current workload with GnomeAcres, and my life as a full time stay-at-home mom and wife. I have had, literally, hundreds of requests for solids in the past couple months. While I am truly, completely flattered by this response, I know it is not something that I can take on at this point in time. I am, as they say, not ready to open that proverbial “flood gate”.
There are a lot of things going on right now that I am working on privately. I’ll share when it’s the appropriate time. These are positive things that are incredibly important to my family, and the healthy growth of GnomeAcres, right now and into the future. These items require extensive time and planning. Given that I currently work at least 60+ hours a week with GnomeAcres, I do not see where I can create the extra time to dye solid color skeins and continue to expand the existing colorway catalog offerings.
Q. But why are you offering solids in mini skein sets and Doppelgänger sets?
A. Because offering these items through these specialized listings is a controlled environment. I can offer, and make, exactly as many as I know I have time for and avoid over-extending the deadlines I put in place for every customer. Plus, this is a great way for me to test which solids I would like to offer in the future.
If you’ve ever placed a custom order or pre-order with GnomeAcres, you’ll notice that it ALWAYS gets shipped out by the date it is promised, and more often than not, days/weeks ahead of schedule. I don’t ever want to break this trend. I also don’t want to become a business that doesn’t ship out custom orders for several months from the time it was ordered. I feel that adding on solid colors would push this trend and I’m not at all comfortable with that.