Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Mother Nature gifts.

There may be snow on the mountain but the sun is out, doing its best to get our pure wool socks dry the natural way. Yay!

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Bring it on!

After the last few weeks of winter weather, this week we have had some beautiful days, which is all good as far as our sock drying goes. It is only in the midst of winter that we struggle to get our socks to dry. Endeavouring to be kind to the planet, we have made a conscious decision to not artifical drying processes, we get lots of sun here in Tasmania, and it is only for a few weeks in winter that it's not possible to get our pure wool socks to dry. So although we have still been busy knitting, we do have a bit of a back log to steam and dry before they can be labeled and ready to go out. It is alway's a good feeling to be ahead in production, we really hate playing catch-up. Just not having to stress about our stock levels, when the order's come in, knowing we can fill them is a good feeling. We have had a few hiccups with the old machines this last couple of weeks, which left us scratching our heads, unable to get them going properly. Lucky for us, a friend, whose a wizz with machinery took a look, and as embarrassing as it is for us, he had the problem worked out in under an hour. We'd been picking over the glitch for many hour's, and we know the old Bentley Komet's well, he's waltzed in and had it sussed in record time. Bless his heart. Never a dull moment around here in the Mongrel Sock business.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

From little things....

They sure don't look like much now, but your looking at a forest in the making. We just took delivery of these sturdy little Tasmanian bluegums, now just got to get to work planting. The site prep has been done, grass removed etc, now we've got to make time to get them in to the ground, before spring hits. The Mongrel Socks team, in all seriousness want to turn our nude paddocks in to a forest. We are well on the way. We intend leaving a living, breathing Mongrel Sock legacy, so long after our sock making days are over, these tree's will still be giving back goodness.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Loving and hating winter!

Snow blanketed Hobart last night, Mt Wellington is pretty as a picture. It's a good time to be selling warm woolly socks, and while business is brisk, the working conditions are not too inviting. It was hard to tear ourselves away from the roaring fire this morning to head down to the Antarctic-like workshop. We delayed the inevitable, with bookwork, phone calls and numerous other excuses, as long as we could. We rugged up, putting on almost every product we make....pure wool socks, arm and leg warmers and head warmers. Lucky for us, we don't just say they're warm as a sales pitch, they really are warm! The local news website has some fantastic photo's taken in Hobart today. Check it out

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