NOT a tale of woe

This is not a tale of woe. No sympathy required, thank you very much. Pah.

It’s merely to explain my recent radio silence and the practical implications on OookWorks as a result of my life imploding 2 weeks ago. I had to leave my home and workshop and my options were limited in the extreme.

An old friend, nay, a feckin’ angel, came to my rescue and the past week has been spent moving my stuff, getting my new workshop set up, trying to sort a reliable internet connection, sorting and selling gear to raise funds for a car and generally trying to get my head together.

Yesterday I started sewing again and tomorrow I will be shipping an urgent order for someone who is off to the Alps this weekend. And that feels so good. I will not let anybody down. My customers throughout this first 12 months have been fantastic and I’ve worked too bloody hard at this to just let it all go.

Inevitably there will be delays to orders that have already been placed as I’ve pretty much lost 3 weeks of production time. I’m in the process of emailing everyone to point them to this post. They will all be getting a little Oook gift too. Because of my usual long wait times new orders will not be affected.

Ironic that this should happen just as I get multiple mentions in this month’s TGO magazine – thank you Chris. And thank you to several others who have been helpful, patient and supportive.

So there we are. It’s business as usual, if at a temporarily reduced pace. Oook is the word.

Finally a couple of photies. The new OookWorkshop is a kind of bedroom with bathroom above a detached garage in the countryside near Castle Douglas. If I lean my mattress against the wall there is just enough room to assemble the nests :)

There is a wee balcony that looks out over the fields and there are nests of swallow chicks in the eaves, and red kites overhead. So all in all it could all be a lot worse.

Thank you for reading. Hope I didn’t bore you too much.

An update

I haven’t been online much partly because I still haven’t got my own dedicated connection yet and partly because I’m not feeling particularly communicative just now.

But I’m sewing, which is the main thing, and look at this! The very first Oookstar from the new place. A somewhat bittersweet moment, but immensely satisfying because the customer needed it for a trip to the Alps next week and I was concerned at one point that I was going to have to let him down.

Here’s a photo of my buddies in the eaves.

And here’s one of them 2 days later on it’s first outing.

And here’s one of the coos. Which somehow have all turned into sheep this morning. Which kinda freaked me out for a moment.