I’ve been trying to write this post for many hours, days in fact and I’m still struggling with finding the right words , so maybe I should just come straight out and say it, then explain?
We’re closing down.
I know there are a good few of you that will read what I’ve written, then re-read it, possibly even more than once. I also know some of you might think I’m having a laugh, or playing some kind of practical joke, but I’m afraid it’s true L
I think I’ve known it’s been coming for a long time now, but like most of us do when faced with a tough decision, have been avoiding making it. Now it seems that the universe has stepped in and taken over, the elements have all lined up and the conclusion has pretty much, been made for me.
It’s been almost 10 years since my husband and I moved to Ireland and I opened my little shop in Dungarvan (I know some of you will probably be surprised to hear that I’ve been at this for that long).
Since then I’ve moved premises more times then I, or my ever suffering husband care to remember, but I’ve always felt the shop was ‘home’ when we eventually came to Midleton.
I can’t say ‘I always wanted to own a yarn shop’ because I’m not that kind of person, I’m not really aspirational, my life hasn’t worked out that way. I’m what most people like to refer to as a bit of a ‘hippie’ I guess and I just amble through life trying to do what feels right at the time. My love of all things crafty combined with the terror of moving to a new country and knowing I’d need to find ways of meeting people, resulted in the shop. Which several years later became the Knit you know and I hope, have loved?
Throughout the 9 odd years I’ve been extremely lucky to have met some truly wonderful people and am blessed to be able to call many of them friends, lifelong friends too (I hope). It’s easy to take for granted how the people you meet can brighten your day and adjusting to life without the smiles and chat with my regulars is something that I know will take time.
How we’re closing and when we’re closing are some of the more practical things I shall need to tell you about. I shall pop a separate post up about this over the next little while; I just have to finish typing it up.
In the meantime I hope you will all understand that I don’t really want to talk about the why’s and where for’s because in all honesty closing the shop is not as a result of just one thing.
You name it and it’s probably a factor – family, health, wealth and happiness there are changes happening in every aspect of mine and my family’s lives and this is just something that needs to happen.
The Facebook page as you know it will eventually be going, but I shall still be on Instagram and blogging about my fibery exploits among other things. Hopefully a few more of you will come and join me here by following the blog and then we can keep in touch?
Most importantly I want to say a very big ♥ heartfelt ♥ thanks for all your support over the years.
15 thoughts on “Unravelling”
Just to say, be kind to yourself and I am sending lots of love and hugs for what must have been a really tough decision. I’ve never met you but have followed your blog and have really been inspired by the things you have shared. Know that your crafting friends are holding you in their thoughts this evening. 🙂
Many thanks for your thoughts and words Nik. I’m hoping to continue to bore people here on the blog with my love of all things fibery for years to come.
Sorry to hear of your closure to come, I hope the decision leads you onward and upward somehow! It’s sad to loose local businesses. I’m a very very slow knitter so have called rarely but you taught me how to buy yarn for the right project, how to use ravelry and been a great resource to my small few projects and my stash. Thanks and best of luck.
Thank you for your kind words Celine. I’ve loved every minute of it and I’ll still be here on the blog to help if you need me.
Nearly crying , I’m sorry Lora x
Wishing you good things for the future. Vicky (ex:Re style and Allabri Interiors)now living in Vancouver.
Many thanks Vicky, glad to hear you’ve managed to follow your dream.
Lora I love you and your beautiful family May your enjoy the next part of your journey . You have thought me so much. I thank you , xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
You’re so lovely Mary, I’d like to bottle you and keep you just for myself 💕
So sorry to hear you are closing Lora but if it’s right for you then you are doing the right thing and best of luck in the future.
I hope to get to you maybe this week before you close the actual shop to use a gift voucher I’ve had for the past few months.
You will be sorely missed in Midleton, and you were missed when you left Lismore – thanks to your shop being there I got back my knitting mojo after nearly twenty years since the kids were small.
Good luck from Catherine (LismoreLady on Ravelry and Instagram)
Hi Catherine many thanks for your kind words, be sure to get in and spend that gift voucher. I’m sure there’s lots to tempt you 🙂
I’m so sorry to hear this! I saw your shop on our last trip to Ireland, but it was a Sunday and you were closed – I have been telling my husband that when we went back, I wanted to go when I could actually go into the shop! I do hope that as a result of all of this, your life will be a happy one and it will have worked out to be a decision that contributed to that happy life. Best of luck to you.
We’re broken hearted that you’re closing but I know you have to do what’s right for you… Hope everything goes well for you in the future. Huge hugs
Brenda, your kind words are like warm blanket.
My biggest disappointment with the shop closing comes from not being able to teach the children’s classes. Hopefully, I’ll find a reasonably priced venue and we’ll be able to resume them again soon.