February 2021

Finally! it’s February. Was it just me or did January take forever?

I’m sure you have seen this poem by Brian Bilson on social media, but it seems so true:

The successive lockdowns are taking their toll on sense of time with a loss in day structure, shortened day light hours. This latest lockdown seems quite wearing, which on a personal front has affected my knitting motivation. Everything seems more interesting than knitting! hard to believe, I know.

But, having spoken to some of my wool reps, reviewed the new lines coming for Spring and Summer, I’m sure my enthusiasm will soon return – once I have finished a couple of projects I’m currently working on.

I will mention the new lines, nearer the time. However, West Yorkshire Spinners has released a wonderful new Home projects book, available over on my website. Using the finest British fleece, both aran and double knit weights, there are some gorgeous items to add to your home:

Optimism is on the horizon with spring flowers starting to make a show – alway a lift! and the vaccine rollout, with the most vulnerable and key workers getting inoculated first. Hopefully, life will return to some form of normality soon.

Dates for February:

12th February – Chinese New Year

14th February – Valentines Day

16th February – Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day – my favourite!)

January 2021

Reflections on 2020

Happy New Year and best wishes to you all, let’s hope 2021 will be an improvement on 2020.

Needless to say the Covid-19 pandemic has had a massive impact on our lives, as well as on Neath Valley Wools.

2020 began with a great deal of promise.

Neath Valley Wools – had been building a regular customer base since we opened in 2017 and was bringing new visitors to Glynneath from quite far afield. One customer made a special visit from Canada! A group of knitters from USA had already booked a visit in April. We had visitors from Scotland and the North of England as well as customers from nearer to home.

The successive lockdowns have all but stopped visitors to the shop. During the initial total lockdown we took the opportunity to redecorate and install the necessary safety equipment.

The subsequent disruptions have kept customer visits to the shop at a minimum and again as we have entered the new year the shop is closed again. This is quite depressing for us and for our customers.

Many businesses are beginning to fail and with this pressure I am not at all surprised.

Some businesses have survived because of on-line sales. Our on-line store Smallscrafts has been operating since 2007. Without this side of the business things may be very different.

Hopefully, with the promise of a vaccination rollout things will slowly improve and we will be allowed to open our doors again.

We want to thank all our customers, old, new, local, online, all who follow us on FaceBook, Instagram, read our newsletters, blogs etc – without you guys we wouldn’t be able to keep going.