Yes, it’s been a year. A year since the fire. A year since I had to lay 7 employees off. A year since Linda and I sat in silence considering whether to close the door and file bankruptcy. One year later we are still standing, albeit with much needed and appreciated support from our customers and friends not only here in the US, but all over the world. This support has allowed me the opportunity to continue to provide the finest knitting needles and fiber tools we possibly can, yet retool to offer products made from a variety of materials. It is the new products that allow me to keep the lights on. Linda and I are extremely grateful for the overwhelming support we continue to receive from our customers. Yes, I continue to keep my promise of completing as many DymondWood orders placed prior to the fire as I can. Your patience and understanding on delivery times is greatly appreciated. When orders were placed with an 8 month estimation, I had seven other folks assisting me. Now, it is just me. I get up each day and give it my best effort. And I will continue to do so until I have honored as many requests made prior to the fire, paid and unpaid, as I possibly can. I do have the stock needed to fulfill these pre-fire requests. I just need more hours in the day.
I created this blog as a tool to update the status of orders. This Sunday/Monday I will get back to posting the orders numbers I am working on. But today I want to update on the status of Tom Diak, DyakCraft and the Diak family. As many of you know, Linda and I have had a most interesting summer with moving our family to a new home resulting in the need to move again to another new home. That has finally come to an end with the Diaks relocating to beautiful Chester, Vermont. On the anniversary of the fire, our family was able to wake up for the first time in our new home, a home that we hope will serve our family and our business well for a long time to come.We have come full circle so to speak, being that our first venture into Vermont was in Chester 20+ years ago!
Today, I am looking forward to autumn, not only because it is my favorite time of year, but because I will finally see the plans I’ve been developing over the last several months come to fruition. Just as the extreme popularity of of metal needle lines has kept the lights on in the shop, my creative light has been turned on to ideas for new ways to improve our needles and ideas for new products: A new version of Darn Pretty Needles line of wood needles to be released this fall, Hummingbird, Peacock and interchangeable hooks in wood and other materials along with metal double points. just to name a few. Stay tuned for these exciting announcements.