It was a trip to the Big DeStash in Edinburgh which set up the momentum for this website. I have been selling wool for a couple of years now. I tried Etsy and had no (zero) sales. I have been selling on Ebay for some time but the profit margin is tiny and probably doesn't cover my diesel to the local post office in Humbie.
I took a table at the Big DeStash (is that not a fabulous idea?) and met some people who seemed genuinely blown away by what I was selling. What they loved most of all was that the wool was traceable and local(ish) and their first question - and I would be the same - was 'can I buy this online?'
I was embarrassed to have to say no and got some great advice on how to get started.
The new website has two main purposes: to inform people about my Shetland sheep and what it's like to keep them and produce wool from them, and to provide an online shop for my wool.
If this works out okay, then I would like to expand into selling wool for other local producers (perhaps other breeds as well as Shetland wool).
The website also has a contact page and a log/in register page. My plan is to send out the blog as an email to contacts so I'll need to work out how to do that.... In the meantime, have a peaceful time of it.