This is the week I have set aside for completing your custom orders. (Ordering closed on Monday) I find that a nice, do-able workload for me is about six hooks per day. At that pace, I have time to craft the handles in the morning and then work on other responsibilities while they cure.
After lunch, I spend time in the finishing phase – sanding through five grits of sandpaper, and then buffing them to a high shine. I’m realizing, actually, that I spend just as much time finishing the hooks as I do putting the handles on. That’s kind of a shame, since finishing is my least favorite part.
If you ordered crochet hooks or loom tools from me, know that I am working on them this week. Some orders may find their way into next week, depending on whether I can pick up my pace a bit. I may be able to stretch to nine hooks per day. Or maybe not – I’ve got kids home with colds, and I kind of can’t ignore them. Not completely, anyway. Sometimes I have to stop and play a game, or listen to a story. That, of course, is no hardship at all, but it does impact productivity a bit. Just so you know.
Those of you who missed out on custom ordering? Don’t worry – I haven’t closed the shop completely. You are still welcome to order anything that is still in stock. And while I really can’t commit to another few weeks of filling custom orders, I do expect to sit down at the table and make a batch of hooks or loom tools now and then before Christmas. I’ll add these to the shop as I make them. If you have any special requests for sizes, just leave a comment here. I’ll try to make what seems most popular!